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Monday, February 27, 2017

Assistive Technology Road Trip for Dyslexic Students

Join Learning Ally's Yes! Program Saturday March 4th Workshop on Assistive Technology! 

Come explore Assistive Technology (AT) and learn how it is leveling the playing field for dyslexic students. Experts in the field of the Assistive Technology will be available to demonstrate AT products and answer questions.

YES! Ambassadors will be demonstrating their “go-to”, favorite AT to our attending students. Parents will have the option of attending an information workshop with one of our AT Specialists. This event is suitable for students in third grade and up.

Date: Saturday, March 4

Time: 9:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M.

Location: Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall
379 Lexington St, Waltham, MA 02452
Entrance is at the Green Building attached to the old church building


Guest Speakers:

Courtney Rose Dykeman-Bermingham provides Transition Assessments and Assistive Technology consulting and training at Neuropsychology & Education for Children & Adolescents (NESCA), a pediatric neuropsychology practice with offices in Newton, MA and Londonderry, NH.

Karen Janowski Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Education, Simmons College; Assistive & Educational Technology Consultant, EdTech Solutions

For More Details:

Understanding Your Developing Reader Workshop - March 17th

NESCA and Hartmann Learning Center are pleased to present this free workshop!

Understanding Your Developing Reader: 
How to Identify and Address Reading Challenges in Children

The workshop will address:

  • Developmental expectations and what typical reading development looks like
  • Reasons why children struggle to read
  • Red flags for reading problems
  • What to do when you are concerned about your child’s reading
  • Learning, emotional, and behavioral concerns that can be related to reading challenges
  • How reading challenges are assessed and diagnosed
  • How reading challenges are treated

Dr. Angela M. Currie, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist, NESCA
Jill A. Hartmann, M.Ed., S.A.I.F., Hartmann Learning Center

Thursday March 16, 2017
Location: 1 ½ Hood Road, Derry, NH 03038

To learn about other NESCA Events check out our Facebook Page and NESCA Event Page!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Demystifying Neuropsychological Assessments - March 2nd

Understanding a child’s learning profile helps to gauge learning strengths and weaknesses, including how that student learns best and what is needed to adequately support his/her learning style. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessments can provide valuable insight into a child’s learning and emotional profile, including what may be hindering academic progress. 

In this workshop, child psychologist Elizabeth Lops, Ph.D., will provide information regarding the components of a neuropsychological assessment and when it may be helpful to seek an independent evaluation, as well as concrete suggestions for what to look for when ascertaining a neuropsychological assessment.

Thursday, March 2nd 
Commonwealth Learning Center
220 Reservoir St, Suite 6, Needham, MA

Topics covered will include:

  • Components of a neuropsychological assessment
  • What to ask for when requesting a neuropsychological evaluation
  • Differences between school-based testing and testing by independent evaluators
  • Factors influencing children’s learning progress

Admission is FREE, but space is limited and first come, first served. Please RSVP to info@commlearn.com or 781-444-5193 at your earliest convenience.

For more information about the presenter click here.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Still time to Sign up for Group Therapy at NESCA!

Drama Therapy Groups: 
Acting Games and Social Skills Development

  • 8-week group
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Mondays   
  • Preteens 
  • Improvisational acting games offer fun and structured ways to interact and make connections with fellow group members. Every game is used to teach key social skills and build each member's self-awareness and self-esteem. Some games have a simple structure, such as mirroring one another's movements. Some games involve acting out scenes you might see in real life. In an atmosphere of having fun, we will celebrate as each member's social confidence grows!

Mindfulness Groups: 

Mindfulness and Expressive Arts for Teens
  • 8-week group 
  • 5-6 pm on Mondays
  • Teenagers
  • Mindfulness is the practice of engaging in the present moment with compassion and non-judgement. It is an approach that helps with regulating emotions and attention - especially for those who experience anxiety. Practical ways to bring mindfulness into your everyday life.

Email Tonya White for more information or to sign up twhite@nesca-newton.com or fill out the intake form here

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Come and See these Women Shine!

NESCA is Pleased to Present 

Hiding in Plain Sight: Shining Light on Women with Asperger/Autism Profiles 

Workshop Co-Sponsored by

Keynote Speakers
  • William Mandy, DClinPsy Ph.D. 
  • Sarah Hendrickx, MA 
  • Liane Holliday-Willey, Ed.D. 
  • Erika Drezner, MSW, LCSW 
NESCA has combined resources with MGH/Aspire and AANE to present this timely and important conference on women with Asperger/Autism profiles. This conference covers many aspects pertinent to girls, teens, adults and their parents. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk in the cafeteria and designated lounges, throughout the day.

Friday, March 3, 2017 

8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH)
Bowles Conference Center's Shipley Auditorium
2014 Washington Street ~ Newton, MA 
For more information click this LINK
To learn about other NESCA Events check out our Facebook Page and Event Page!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

SMILE Mass Trading Post for Special Needs Equipment

SMILE  Mass Trading Post for Special Needs Equipment is a Facebook group that was created for the many deserving families who are raising children and adults with disabilities, and experience the struggle of getting the right equipment for their children/young adults with disabilities in a timely manner.

This group was created by SMILE Mass to allow the special needs community a forum to give away, trade or sell equipment that they no longer need and pay it forward to someone who would be able to use it.

If you would like to be part of this Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/388350928166682/, please sign up today and share with whomever you think may benefit from this program.

It was just created on January 11, 2017 - the first trades have already been made!

The intention is for this group is to extend across towns, states and even countries!