Neuropsychological evaluations are now available on Saturdays!

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

Group Therapy for Students

Mindfulness and Expressive Arts for Teens

  • 8-week group starting Mondays in Febuary or March
  • 5-6 pm
  • 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.

Acting Games and Social Skills Development

  • 8-week group starting Mondays in Febuary or March
  • 3:30-4:30 pm
  • 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!
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Parent-Child Group Therapy

NESCA Now Offers 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 the 4-6 year old group or have any questions, please contact: If you are interested in joining the 7-10 year old group or have any questions, please contact:

"Friend" Raiser for Mass Advocates for Children

NESCA is hosting a "Friend" Raiser for Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC). Please join us as we celebrate the wonderful and necessary work done at MAC.

Trump’s First 100 Days and Beyond: Impact on Children with Disabilities

Big changes ahead for education with the new administration. Please join us for a discussion of the threats to special education and other federal programs that support children with disabilities and how we can take action here in Massachusetts.

Guest Speakers:

  • Robert K. Crabtree Special Education Attorney and Partner at Kotin, Crabtree, and Strong. Mr. Crabtree was a principal draftsman of the Massachusetts Special Education Reform Act (“Chapter 766”) in 1972 , an initiative that served as a model for the later-enacted federal special education act, now called "IDEA"
  • Julia Landau Attorney and Director of the Disability Education Justice Initiative at Mass Advocates for Children
  • Jerry Mogul Executive Director at Mass Advocates for Children

As responsibility for education may shift from the federal to state governments, organizations like Mass Advocates for Children (MAC) who have been leading efforts in the state house for decades become even more imperative. We need MAC more than ever to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities are maintained in this state, which is likely to be increasingly challenging in light of federal cuts.

Come learn about the crucial work of MAC and lend your support to their efforts financially and by joining their mobilization efforts.

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm

(Remarks from 6:30-7:15 followed by Q&A)

Location: 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA

(Free parking in the lot across the street)

We expect this event to fill quickly! (Please Note: We are only able to accommodate paid/registered guests)

To register for this event, please use the PayPal link below. The entrance fee is $25.00


Strategies for the Management of Anxiety and Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom

Many children, particularly those with emotional and learning challenges, lack the resources to identify and express their learning and emotional needs adequately. As a result, they may communicate their distress through challenging and disruptive behaviors that can interfere with their ability to access learning curriculum. How these behaviors are interpreted and managed, have a large impact on children’s self-esteem and overall emotional well-being. This workshop will address strategies for identifying and evaluating misbehavior, distinguishing between anxiety and oppositional behavior, and ways in which professionals can intervene in a supportive manner.


Dr. Elizabeth Lops, Ph.D., NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist

  • Friday, May 5, 2017
  • 8:30-10:00am
  • Location: Best Western, Marlborough, MA
  • 39th Annual MAAPS Conference

How to Conduct Parent Feedback During Parent/Teacher Conferences

Teachers play an integral role in children’s lives. Because teachers spend a significant amount of time with children, they pick up on specific emotional, learning, and behavioral challenges that children face in the day-to-day learning environment that may not be evident at home. Providing this crucial feedback to parents in a supportive manner is essential for promoting change. However, giving constructive feedback is challenging, and parents may react in a variety of ways. This workshop will focus on strategies for teachers to provide collaborative, supportive, and effective feedback in a manner that will help to empower parents.


Dr. Elizabeth Lops, Ph.D., NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist

  • Friday, May 5, 2017
  • 10:20-11:50 am
  • Location: Best Western, Marlborough, MA
  • 39th Annual MAAPS Conference

Transition Basics: The Why, Where, and How of Transition Planning

An overview of post-secondary transition planning including a brief review of key definitions and laws, the ongoing assessment process, and development of student vision. Participants will learn key factors known to make a difference in post-secondary life and discuss basic strategies for developing critical skill sets inside and outside the classroom.


Kelley Challen, Ed.M., C.A.S.

  • Friday, May 5, 2017
  • 1:40-3:10pm
  • Location: Best Western, Marlborough, MA
  • 39th Annual MAAPS Conference

Strategies and Practices for Children and Adolescents, and the Adults Who Support Them

Yoga and mindfulness are frequently touted as strategies that contribute to a positive classroom environment and decrease disruptive behaviors. Across the country, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is gaining a prominent place in district goals and classrooms where academic achievement goals once stood. Yoga and mindfulness practices promote self-awareness and self-management skills (the basis of SEL) and are beneficial to students’ (and teachers’) mental health, well-being, and the learning environment in general. Hear how the power of Yoga and Mindfulness translates to the classroom and student skill building, and take away both an increased awareness of how you can benefit individually and multiple tools to use with students.


Ann-Noelle McCowan, M.S.

  • Friday, May 5, 2017
  • 1:40-3:10pm
  • Location: Best Western, Marlborough, MA
  • 39th Annual MAAPS Conference
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
nderstanding 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