Dover Family School Alliance
Spring Night Out!
A time for parents and educators to unwind, share stories, challenges, or whatever else we want to chat about. Drop-in for a short visit or stay for a burger!
The Farm Restaurant, Dover - The Farm is offering $5 Classic Burgers and $5 drinks!
Wed, May 20th at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Friday, March 13th, 7:15-8am
Dover Middle School Cafeteria
16 Dailey Road, Dover NH
Please join us for our 3rd annual ParaPalooza event celebrating our amazing and dedicated school district paraprofessionals.
DFSA will be hosting a breakfast. If you are interested in donating food/drinks or volunteering at the event, please contact Jamie Willett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents and Kids!
Share your love and appreciation!
Send the paraprofessionals a note showing them how you feel about them by clicking here:
March 19th 7pm - Dover Middle School Renaissance Room
Join author Carrie Cariello as she explores the colorful world of autism in her reading. A mother of four boys and one girl, Carrie writes regularly about the challenges and joys of raising five kids, one of whom is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
During her talk, Carrie will not discuss anything to do with statistics, hyperbaric chambers, or a how to find pretzels that don’t contain gluten.
Instead, she will cover important scientific matters such as what it feels like to watch The Wizard of Oz approximately thirty zillion times, how to stay calm when your son pitches a giant fit at the barber’s, and why taking five kids camping is a very bad idea.
Dr. Neely Provides Smart Ways we can Make Sure Kids Keep Their Energy Tank Full!
On November 20th, DFSA hosted a training on how educators can more fully include students with Autism, ADHD and other disorders into their classrooms. Dr. Erin Neely, a Greenland-based psychologist, hosted the training session and did a wonderful job sharing with the group what challenges such children are facing. Dr. Neely’s goal is to deepen educators' understanding of some of the complexities of these disorders, how they may influence behavior and some of the best practices for working with children in the classroom.
Using the analogy of a student's ability to learn based on when their "gas tank" is full, 1/2 full or empty, Dr. Neely noted that when children are feeling "empty," they are unable to learn and more likely to meltdown. Instead, educators' awareness for how to interact and teach students differently depending on their "tank's level" will help avoid meltdown behavior and create a calmer, more capable student. Additionally, Dr. Neely noted the importance of shifting language from consequence-based to pep-talk, allowing processing time and how adults can best narrate thought processes and cue aloud what you may do in a social situation.
"I thought the presentation was informative and shared wonderful ideas to use with students in classrooms," noted one DMS teacher in attendance. "It was very much worth my time!" Dr. Neely's presentation can be found here: Presentation (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0b8e990dd36aee19f6ad7489/files/Regulation_and_Shining.pptx)
Intrigued? For further information, the following web sites were recommended:
How to Leverage Regulation and See Your Students with Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Challenges Shine.
An Educator Training Presented by Dr. Erin Neely
Thursday, November 20th, 3:30-5pm
Dover Middle School, Renaissance Room, 16 Dailey Road, Dover NH
Dr. Erin Neely, a Greenland-based child psychologist, will lead a training on how educators can most effectively work with a range of students facing challenges in the classroom environment. This training will review some of their complexities and offer evidence-based practices that educators can employ to ensure all children within the classroom function at their best.
This event is free and CEUs will be provided for attendance.
RSVP to email@example.com
Dr. Erin Neely is a Greenland based child psychologist specializing in treating children from pre-school through their early teens. Dr. Neely works with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD & Executive Skill Challenges, Selective Mutism, and Attachment Disruption.
World Café Style Discussion on Special Education in Dover
The McConnell Center (Room 305) 61 Locust Street, Dover NH Thursday, October 9, 2014 • 6:00-8:00PM
Dover Family School Alliance and NH Connections invite you to join a World Café style discussion to share your ideas on improving special education supports for children and families, accessing needed resources, and addressing unmet needs in the Dover school district.
The DFSA is now entering its third year and we want to hear from you! What type of events would you like to see? What concerns do you have? How can we better build community between and among parents and school personnel?
Childcare and light refreshments will be offered, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-834-5585.
Families and Educations of kids with special needs – Please join us for a end of summer pot luck – a great, informal way to meet other families in the “special education” community.
Henry Law Park - Sunday, August 24th, 4-6 PM
Please bring a dish or dessert to share, as well as drinks and seating for your family. Paper products and tables will be provided. Members of the Dover School District special education team are invited, so we hope that this will be a great opportunity to meet with our children’s educators outside of the class setting.
We look forward to seeing you!
There is an opportunity for you to be part of this event and help recognize your child’s Para for doing such a great job all year long. Just click on the link that coincides with your child’s school and sign up (with just an email) to donate an item or two for the breakfast event.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you have a problem signing up, email Jamie and let her know what you wish to donate and she will add you to the list.
Garrison School Link: http://tinyurl.com/garrisonschool
Horne Street School Link: http://tinyurl.com/hornestreetschool
Woodman Park Link: http://tinyurl.com/woodmanparkschool
DMS Link: http://tinyurl.com/dovermiddleschool
DHS Link: http://tinyurl.com/doverhighschool
Mental Health Issues in the Classroom: A Teacher Training by Dr. Lauren Cook
April 16th at 3:30pm: Dover Middle School
A significant number of youth struggle with emotional challenges, which can impact the child’s academic functioning, social skills, behavior, and overall well-being in school. It is crucial for educators to be able to identify mental health concerns, provide appropriate referrals, and implement evidence-based strategies in the classroom. This training will provide teachers with a better understanding of mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression. Participants will learn to identify risk factors, protective factors, and symptoms, as well educational strategies for helping to teach and support children with emotional problems.
This event is free and CEUs are available.
Dr. Lauren Cook, a licensed clinical psychologist, provides diagnostic evaluations and psychotherapy at the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center, LLC and is an adjunct professor in UNH’s Education Department.