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Monday, January 30, 2017

Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life - Sat. Feb, 4th


Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems

This is a full-day conference for adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) or related profiles and family members of adults and older teens with AS/related profiles. Experts will explain the many public and private supports that may be appropriate for adults who live in Massachusetts.

When: 
Saturday February 4, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EST

Where:
Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton Hotel, 320 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458

Link for more information:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edg6cuzs1a21e829&llr=b54cxzaab

Or check out the Facebook event page: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/706508249509287/

Conference Workshops:

  • Asperger Syndrome Employment and Social Security Benefits
  •  Legal Planning and Alternatives to Guardianship
  • Public Vocational Supports
  • Healthcare
  • DDS
  • Person Centered Planning
  • Private Housing Options
  • Private Vocational Options
  • Thinking About Housing
  • Moving Out

NESCA's Newest & Cutest New Staff (Puppy)


Meet Abby!

Abby is the newest and cutest member of NESCA's Team! She is a 3 month old Portuguese water dog. Who loves meeting new friends and long naps . She will soon be starting her training to become a therapy dog! As a therapy dog she will be in the office to serve and support NESCA's clients. 

Some Fun Facts! 

  • Are Portuguese water dog hypoallergenic?
    • Yes!
  • Are therapy dogs different from service dogs? 
    • Yes! 
  • So, what is a Therapy Animal?
    • Therapy animals are generally though of as cats or dogs but other animals train for this. Their primary role is to comfort and provide psychological or physiological therapy to people other than their owners.
    • That means Abby is here for YOU! 
  • What if my child is afraid of dogs and doesn't want to meet Abby?
    • If your child does not want to meet Abby that is also completely fine, and Abby can stay in her office. She is here to help and wants what is best for you! 




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Apply Now for MAC's Young Adult Leaders Fellowship

Are you or someone you know a young adults with autism and/or intellectual disabilities, between the ages of 18-26 years old?

Yes!

Then the Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) invites you (or the individual you have in mind) to apply to their Young Adult Leaders Fellowship Program.  


MAC invites young adults 18-26 with Intellectual Disability or/and ASD to apply for a state-of-the-art Young Adult Leaders Fellowship that offers an opportunity to learn the professional skills needed to advocate on behalf of other youth with disabilities.  The Young Adult Leaders Fellowship involves a one year part-time advocacy training under the direction of the Autism Center public information specialist and senior attorney. A small stipend is provided. 

Check out these links for more information and access to the application!

Application Due Feb. 15th 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Group Therapies Starting Jan 23rd at NESCA - Quick, sign up before it's too late!



Two Therapy Groups Starting Jan 23rd at NESCA: 
          1) Drama Therapy: Acting Games and Social Skills Development for Preteens
          1) Mindfulness Therapy: Mindfulness and Expressive Arts for Teens


Drama Therapy Groups: 
Acting Games and Social Skills Development
  • 8-week group starting Monday, January 23rd 
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm    
  • 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 starting Monday, January 23rd
  • 5-6 pm
  • 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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Therapy Services Now Offered at NESCA's NH Office!

A Warm Welcome to our New Therapist!
Sharon Stirling, MA, CAGS, LRC 


Sharon Stirling has extensive experience in individual counseling of youth, especially teens, and assisting their parents in fostering positive developmental growth.

She holds a Masters’ Degree in Psychotherapy and has gone on to complete two additional years of study to earn a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Stirling also has certification in Eating Disorders.  

Ms. Stirling is versed in a wide variety of disabilities and understands how to adapt her therapeutic approach based on individual needs.  She utilizes drawing and art therapy to enhance counseling progress.  Ms. Stirling works out of the Londonderry, NH office.


For More Information and to set up an Intake Appointment

Please call NESCA's New Hampshire Office: 603.818.8526
75 Gilcreast Road, Suite 305 Londonderry, NH 03053

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Event Tomorrow 7pm: SMART KID. CAN'T READ.

SMART KID. CAN'T READ. 

Workshop on Diagnosing, Evaluating and Treating Reading Problems 

Workshop Will Cover:

  • Reasons children have trouble learning to read 
  • Why do we want to act soon?  
  • What are the red flags for reading problems?
  • What are the language, behavior and developmental red flags associated with reading problems?
  • What are grade level expectations?
  • What role does an independent evaluation play - and how are reading problems assessed?

Thursday, January 19, 2017
7:00-8:30 pm
$15.00 person/couple
Location: NESCA, 55 Chapel Street, 1st Floor; Newton, MA
RSVP to:  info@nesca-newton.com


Presenters:
  • Dr. Alissa Talamo, Ph.D. Pediatric Neuropsychologist, NESCA
  • Lorna Kaufman, Ph.D Former President of the New England Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Former President of the Massachusetts Council for Learning Disabilities

Monday, January 16, 2017

Finding The Right Fit For College


Finding the Right Fit for College For Students Needing Academic Support


You are invited to join Linda Katz, of Right Fit College Coaching, for an informative presentation and discussion for parents of college-bound high school students.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017
(Snow date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017) 
7-8 pm
Engaging Minds
188 Needham Street Suite 215 Newton, MA

Reserve your spot!
Please RSVP to info@engagingmindsonline.com or 617-964-3100

As you begin to navigate the college planning process, Linda will offer tips and suggestions to get on track and stay on track.

In the workshop, Linda will focus on helping your child make the most of their time in high school and then choose colleges that will be a good fit – academically, socially, financially and with the right amount of support services.

Linda specializes in helping students with learning differences; this presentation will be helpful to parents of students in grades 9, 10 and 11.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Changes to the Accommodation Process for the SAT


College Board has Changed the Process for Test Accommodations

Jason McCormick and Kelley Challen from NESCA explain what this means for you!

We applaud the College Board’s recent decision to leave the determination of the need for extended time, frequent breaks, and other necessary test accommodations up to the discretion of the student’s school. (see article) In most cases, school personnel will be using the results of psychological or neuropsychological evaluations as part of this decision making process. Although a comprehensive evaluation is no longer strictly a requirement for the determination of extended time on standardized testing, a neuropsychological assessment remains an extremely useful tool at this juncture in a student’s academic career.

Students applying for academic accommodations for standardized assessments such as the SAT or ACT presumably present with a specific learning disability, attention disorder, autism spectrum disorder, or emotional vulnerability. Students within this pool are at increased risk for struggles in college due to the combination of increased expectations and decreased support and structure. Unlike during their high school years, college students are expected to simultaneously manage the social demands of dorm life and academic self advocacy, the executive function demands needed to keep up with longer-term assignments and higher-stakes exams, and the independence skills needed to manage daily living responsibilities, including moderation of screen-based activities, medical self-care, maintenance of health lifestyle habits (e.g., sleep and exercise), and the ability to productively use larger swaths of “free” time. Meanwhile, these students are navigating all of these new demands without the safety net to which they became accustomed during and prior to high school. With this backdrop, the rate of students with disabilities graduating from college within an eight-year timeframe is at a concerning 34.2 %.

A comprehensive transition-focused neuropsychological evaluation and/or transition assessment is instrumental in helping students chip away at and/or circumnavigate barriers to success in college. Drilling deeper than their diagnosis, a comprehensive assessment helps provide a student with a strong understanding of their specific areas of strength and challenge, better equipping them to effectively self advocate, to anticipate and take steps to work around obstacles they will face in college. Neuropsychological assessment and transition assessment are also instrumental in identifying key areas to work on during a student’s remaining high school years, whether those are specific academic skills, daily living skills, executive function skills, social thinking, or emotional coping skills. Further, the information gathered through these types of assessments can help determine college readiness, and in situations when students do need some additional time to prepare for college, plans are generated to assist with transition readiness. Also garnered through this process are recommendations specifically tailored to college success, including advice around coordinating a workable class schedule, meeting with college support services, and securing accommodations, considering both academic and residence hall environments.

Thus, while families sometimes seek neuropsychological assessment primarily for the purpose of securing testing accommodations, those accommodations represent just a small part of an assessment’s utility in helping a student meet success in college.

By: 
Jason McCormick, PSY.D. Pediatric Neuropsychologist at NESCA
and
Kelley Challen, ED.M., CAS, Director of Transition Services at NESCA

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Event at NESCA

SMART KID. CAN'T READ. 

Workshop on Diagnosing, Evaluating and Treating Reading Problems 

Workshop Will Cover:

  • Reasons children have trouble learning to read 
  • Why do we want to act soon?  
  • What are the red flags for reading problems?
  • What are the language, behavior and developmental red flags associated with reading problems?
  • What are grade level expectations?
  • What role does an independent evaluation play - and how are reading problems assessed?

Thursday, January 19, 2017
7:00-8:30 pm
$15.00 person/couple
Location: NESCA, 55 Chapel Street, 1st Floor; Newton, MA
RSVP to:  info@nesca-newton.com


Presenters:
  • Dr. Alissa Talamo, Ph.D. Pediatric Neuropsychologist, NESCA
  • Lorna Kaufman, Ph.D Former President of the New England Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Former President of the Massachusetts Council for Learning Disabilities

Monday, January 9, 2017

Group Therapies Starting at NESCA

Drama Therapy Groups: 
Acting Games and Social Skills Development

  • 8-week group starting Monday, January 23rd 
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm    
  • 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 starting Monday, January 23rd
  • 5-6 pm
  • 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