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Monday, September 25, 2017

Transition Workshop October 17: Forget Failure to Launch! How to Support Your Teen or Young Adult in Getting Off the Couch and Involved in Life Outside the House

That's the topic of a presentation taking place at NESCA's offices in Newton at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 17th, featuring Veteran Transition Specialist  Kathleen Pignone as speaker.

Participants in this work shop will learn how to:

·        Contingency plan when Transition Plan A (and even Plan B) is not working out as hoped 
·        Create and balance a long-term plan with short-term attainable goals
·        Foster social motivation and engagement and prevent isolation
·        Develop motivation, perseverance and resiliency using a strengths-based and person-centered approach
·        Help teens and young adults learn skills necessary for engaging in decision making and daily activities independent of parents
·        Access key community resources

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, although seating is limited!

To register, email info@nesca-newton.com, with "Failure to Launch" in the subject line.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ron Suskind and The Affinity Project

is excited to announce a new partnership with Ron Suskind and

A strengths-based approach to building social, emotional, practical, and executive functioning skills for people with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis

The Affinity Method is an exciting new approach that uses your child’s unique interests – or affinities – as tools to expand social-emotional awareness and intelligence. By using their passions as pathways, we meet them where they are, learn more about how they use their interests to navigate the world, and draw out the connections between what they know and what we want to help them learn. 

Meet Ron Suskind, founder of the Affinity Project,
and hear about how this exciting new partnership could benefit you!

Day: Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Time: 7:00p-8:30p
Location: NESCA office
55 Chapel St.
Newton, MA 02458

The method uses ground-breaking technology – an app called Sidekicks - to engage our clients.  The client is called the Hero, Sidekicks are avatars; animated characters that live in the Hero’s smartphone or tablet app who act as the Hero’s friend. Behind the scenes, these avatars are controlled by various coaches - therapists, parents, and other individuals who wish to engage with Heroes through the app. When either a Hero or a Coach searches for video content, it will mirror simultaneously on the other paired device.

They can play, pause, discuss, enjoy, play again!
The Coach controls what the Sidekick says out loud to the Hero.

The Hero responds by speaking out loud to the Sidekick.
This is heard by the Coach through their mobile device or computer console.
The Hero can also choose to text (instead of speaking aloud), and the text will appear on the Coach’s screen.
Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author of Life, Animated, now an Academy-award nominated movie, used Disney movies to reach his nonverbal autistic son and bring him back to language and relationships. He and leading technologists created The Affinity Project and the Sidekicks app so parents everywhere could do the same, no matter what their child loves.

Click the video link to learn more about Ron, his son Owen and how the Affinity Project came to life! 

NESCA is proud to be one of the very first providers to offer use of the Sidekicks app in therapy sessions!

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, contact
Rebecca Girard at NESCA
Join us on Monday, October 2nd. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Rebecca Girard, LICSW, CAS joins NESCA

Rebecca is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Autism Specialist.

We are pleased to announce the newest member of the NESCA team, Rebecca Girard!

Meet Rebecca:

Rebecca has worked with children, adolescents, adults with Asperger's/Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families for over a decade. Having previously worked at Aspire, AANE, and Northeast ARC where she was a co-founder of The Spotlight Program, Rebecca is highly experienced in using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as well as Socio-dramatic Affective Relational Intervention (SDARI), in additional to a number of other modalities. She is excited to be partnering with The Affinity Project to provide enhanced psychotherapy to children with ASD at NESCA.

Her other clinical interests include group work, trauma-informed care, and mindfulness/meditation. Her approach is child-centered, strengths-based, creative and compassionate. Ms. Girard’s professional passion is promoting tolerance and understanding of neuro-diverse people of all abilities, and creating an empowering and accepting environment in therapy for clients of all ages.

Reach out if you would like to work with Rebecca!

direct line: 617-658-9825