Events

Neuropsychological evaluations are now available on Saturdays!

NESCA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists.

Parent-Child Group Therapy

NESCA Now Offers Time-Limited Parent-Child Therapy Groups

  • For Ages 4-6 and 7-10
  • Cost: $100 Per Family Per Week for Each Group
  • Location: NESCA offices – 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA

These groups welcome children who present with emotional difficulties and behavior problems, such as disruptive and oppositional behaviors, as well as those who exhibit ADHD symptoms.

Informed by evidence-based treatments, such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Russell Barkley’s behavioral parent training program, these groups aim to facilitate positive parent-child interaction patterns, help caregivers learn effective parent management strategies, and reduce challenging behaviors in children.

Our groups are highly structured and skill-based, with both in-session practice and homework designed to reinforce skills learned.

Parents will be provided with modeling and feedback during practice exercises. A token economy system will also be used to highlight rewarding positive behaviors.

If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Ryan Conway at 617-658-9831 or rconway@nesca-newton.com

Email Dr. Ryan Conway

Affinity Method Consultation for Enhanced Treatment of Children with ASD

  • Learn more about the "Affinity Method" of utilizing a child's special interests - or "affinities" - in development of social, communication, emotional regulation, self-help, play and executive functioning skills
  • Use cutting edge technology (i.e., an app called Sidekicks) to access video clips of your child's interests in treatment
  • Developed by Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and parent of a child on the autism spectrum. Ron now lectures nationally and internationally on the benefits of understanding and engaging a child's special interests in therapeutic work

Please contact Rebecca Girard, LICSW, CAS at rgirard@nesca-newton.com for more info

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Life Outside of the House for Teens and Young Adults

We’ll take a whole child approach to looking at Transition planning, especially when plan A (and even Plan B) is not working out as hoped! We’ll discuss how to create and balance a long-term plan with short-term attainable goals and share tips for how to help teens and young adults foster social motivation and engagement to prevent isolation. You’ll leave with knowledge for accessing key community resources to help teens and young adults learn skills necessary for engaging in decision making and daily activities independent of parents.

Presenter:
Kathleen Pignone, M.Ed., CRC, NESCA Transition Specialist

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Location: Cotting School, 453 Concord Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421
  • Cotting School 5th Annual Conference: Educating the Whole Child

Ensuring Appropriately Ambitious IEPS: Translating Neuropsychological Evaluations into Function

This lecture and interactive workshop, led by an educational advocate and pediatric neuropsychologist, is designed to advance the skills of experienced educators, advocates, attorneys, and parents in developing meaningful IEP goals for the difficult areas of social communication, emotional self-regulation, and executive function. Using the knowledge of a student’s unique learning style derived from neuropsychological evaluation and utilizing a framework (“the Four Fs”), participants will learn to create functional, measurable, and “appropriately ambitious” goals.

Presenters:
Jennie H. DunKley, Special Education Consultant and Owner of JDK Communications
Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D., NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Location: Cotting School, 453 Concord Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421
  • Cotting School 5th Annual Conference: Educating the Whole Child

Translating Neuropsychological Evaluations into Functional Appropriately Ambitious IEPs

This lecture and interactive workshop, led by an educational advocate and pediatric neuropsychologist, is designed to advance the skills of experienced educators, advocates, attorneys, and parents in developing meaningful IEP goals for the difficult areas of social communication, emotional self-regulation, and executive function. Using the knowledge of a student’s unique learning style derived from neuropsychological evaluation and utilizing a framework (“the Four Fs”), participants will learn to create functional, measurable, and “appropriately ambitious” goals.

Presenters:
Jennie H. DunKley, Special Education Consultant and Owner of JDK Communications
Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D., NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist

  • Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Location: Cotting School, 453 Concord Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421
  • Cotting School 5th Annual Conference: Educating the Whole Child

Assessments: The Cornerstone of Transition Planning and Services

This workshop will be presented at AANE’s The Daniel W. Rosenn Annual Connections Conference with featured presenter Temple Grandin and 24 workshop options. Attendees at the workshop will learn to:

  • Describe the legal requirements for age appropriate transition assessments
  • Define transition assessment and describe the components of a high quality evaluation process for a student with AS/ASD
  • Use transition assessment findings to drive a student-centered IEP process

Presenter:
Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS, NESCA Director of Transition Services

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Location: Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452
  • AANE’s Annual The Daniel W. Rosenn Annual Connections Conference

Transitioning to College with Autism: Practical Strategies for Successfully Managing the Process

This workshop will be presented at AANE’s The Daniel W. Rosenn Annual Connections Conference with featured presenter Temple Grandin and 24 workshop options. Attendees at the workshop will learn about:

  • Evidence-based factors that impact the success of students with AS/ASD when transitioning to college and describe transition planning activities that impact these factors
  • Key differences between student responsibilities within high school and college

Presenter:
Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS, NESCA Director of Transition Services

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Location: Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452
  • AANE’s Annual The Daniel W. Rosenn Annual Connections Conference

School Anxiety, School Phobia, and School Refusal

This workshop will be presented at AANE’s The Daniel W. Rosenn Annual Connections Conference with featured presenter Temple Grandin and 24 workshop options. Attendees at the workshop will learn about:

  • Warning signs that a child or teen is experiencing school anxiety or that anxiety is getting in the way of going to school
  • • Home and school-based strategies that target these challenges and what an effective intervention plan looks like

Presenter:
Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway, NESCA Clinical Psychologist


Rebecca Girard, LICSW, CAS, NESCA Social Worker

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Location: Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452
  • AANE’s Annual The Daniel W. Rosenn Annual Connections Conference

Neuropsychological Evaluations: Interpreting and Understanding

Senior neuropsychologist Dr. Nancy Roosa, NESCA, will discuss what makes a good neuropsychological evaluation, with particular attention to the type of evaluation that should be done for children with High Functioning Autism. Some common misconceptions and misinterpretations of these types of evaluations will be discussed. This talk should help attendees become better consumers of neuropsychological evaluations.

Presenter:
Nancy Roosa, Psy.D., NESCA Senior Neuropsychologist

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Location: Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452
  • AANE’s Annual The Daniel W. Rosenn Annual Connections Conference

Neuropsychological Assessments of Students with Complex Trauma: Helping Developing Brains Get Back on Track

Significant adversity during the early years of life may significantly alter the trajectory of normal brain development, leading to a wide range of problems including emotional dysregulation, attachment and socialization issues, and learning problems. This workshop will educate caregivers, teachers, attorneys and advocates about the impact of growing up in traumatic circumstances on the development of children’s brains and discuss the ways in which neuropsychological evaluations can pinpoint areas of concern and help with development of effective interventions in the school setting.

Presenter:
Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D., NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist

  • Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Location: Hampton Inn Boston-Natick
  • SPaN 2017-2018 Programming

Reservation is required due to limited space. Please contact Martha Cregan, Family Support Specialist at mcregan@eliotchs.org or 508-688-5671.

Email Martha Cregan

EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) Teachers’ Conference

NESCA Founder and Director Dr. Ann Helmus will be presenting several workshops on topics including:

  • Overcoming the Blank Stare: Supporting Students with Writing Anxiety co-presented with Dr. Bonnie Singer
  • Using Passion to Fuel Learning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Providing Feedback to Parents, Even When They Don't Want It

Presenter:
Ann Helmus, Ph.D., NESCA Director and Pediatric Neuropsychologist

  • March 28-31, 2019
  • Location: Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand

For more information about this conference, please visit www.earcos.org/etc2018.

Enhancing Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood

According to research published by Strategies for Children (2017), over 70% of all children under the age of six in the state of Massachusetts have two parents in the labor force. As a result, a large number of children are placed in day care centers and homes throughout the state. Research suggests that child care quality is directly related to improved cognitive and language outcomes for children. This lecture and interactive workshop is designed to teach day care providers in Central Massachusetts the necessary tools to enhance social and emotional development with children from birth through age four. Participants will learn about social and emotional learning competencies, how to create supportive environments, and how to integrate social-emotional strategies and activities with children in their care.

Presenter:
Jacquelyn M. Reinert, Psy.D., LMHC, NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
  • Location: Greendale People’s Church, 25 Francis Street, Worcester, MA 01606

This is a CLOSED workshop

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NESCA Workshop: School Refusal and the Back to School (BTS) Program Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway November 2017
Transition Workshop: Forget Failure to Launch! How to Support Your Teen or Young Adult in Getting Off the Couch and Involved in Live Outside the House Kathleen Pignone, M.Ed. CRC October 2017
Fostering a Positive Parent-Child Relationship: The First Step in Behavior Management Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway October 2017
Diagnosis of Students with Autism Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. October 2017
Ron Suskind and The Affinity Project Rebecca Girard, LICSW, CAS October 2017
Stressed-Out Teens: Understanding the Impact of Anxiety on Learning Angela Currie, Ph.D. October 2017
Best Practices for Diagnosis and Education of Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. October 2017
Strategies for the Management of Anxiety and Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Dr. Elizabeth Lops, Ph.D. May 2017
How to Conduct Parent Feedback During Parent/Teacher Conferences Dr. Elizabeth Lops, Ph.D. May 2017
Transition Basics: The Why, Where, and How of Transition Planning Kelley Challen, Ed.M., C.A.S. May 2017
Strategies and Practices for Children and Adolescents, and the Adults Who Support Them Ann-Noelle McCowan, M.S. May 2017
Demystifying Neuropsychological Assessments Dr. Elizabeth Lops, Ph.D. March 2017
Hiding in Plain Sight: Shining Light on Women with Asperger/Autism Profiles Sponsored by NESCA March 2017
Assistive Technology: Leveling the Field for Dyslexic Students Courtney Rose Dykeman-Bermingham March 2017
Understanding Your Developing Reader: How to Identify and Address Reading Challenges in Children Angela Currie, PH.D. March 2017
SMART KID. CAN'T READ. Dr. Alissa Talamo, Ph.D. January 2017
"I can't think when I'm stressed!" Understanding the Impact of Anxiety on Self-Regulation, Learning, and Daily Living, and How to Help Students Succeed Angela Currie, PH.D. November 2016
Stressed Out Students: How to Identify and Manage Anxiety in Kids and Teens Angela Currie, PH.D. November 2016
Be The Parent You Want To Be: A New Way of Parenting Kids Angela Currie, PH.D. November 2016
Executive Function Assistive Technology Applications: Your Phone As Your Frontal Lobe Courtney Rose Dykeman-Bermingham, Transition Services Provider October 2016
The Impact of Anxiety and Self-Regulation on Learning and Behavior: Understanding the “Unmotivated” Student Angela Currie, PH.D October 2016
Anxiety and Homework: Helping Your Child Shift From Undone to Done Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. October 2016
Let's Make Sense of the Neuropsychological Evaluation Reva Tankle, Ph.D. September 2016

NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents) is most highly regarded throughout the region. NESCA’s outreach and community service programs are outstanding. Throughout, Ann’s leadership is evident in terms of quality control and attention to the client’s unique needs. In summary, I heartily recommend Dr. Helmus as a professional who understands the complexity of children with various learning and social/emotional challenges. She is a master of helping parents understand how to help their children

- Head of a Private School for Children with Learning Disabilities