Dover Family School Alliance
"Working Effectively with Parents in Preschool Special Education and Beyond!"
with a panel of families and professionals presenting from their experiences!
When: Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
There will be optional time to talk with individual presenters from 5:00-5:30 to apply the knowledge to specific situations, or participants can schedule time with them via phone or in person before the end of June.
Location: McConnell Center, Dover, NH
Description: This interactive, small group workshop will provide participants with important components and examples of how school districts can support parents in preschool special education (and beyond!). From transition from ESS through identification, IEP development, service delivery, and transition to Kindergarten, there are many opportunities for successes in developing partnerships with parents. The panel of presenters from Dover Family School Alliance, Parent Information Center, NH Family Voices and Farmington School District Preschool Program will share their wisdom and advice regarding practices that have built relationships and trust. There will be opportunities to ask questions and learn about resources.
Participants: NH Preschool Special Education staff or Community Childcare personnel. Two people from each agency/program can apply. Others from the agency/program are placed on a wait list for available space.
To register: contact Pam Miller Sallet. Email or fax works best. Only 2 people from each agency/program will be accepted initially. Others will be placed on a waiting list.
Pam Miller Sallet, Program Coordinator, email@example.com/ (603) 772-7848 (phone) / 800-641-5614 (fax)
Co-Sponsored with DFSA, NH Family Voices, and Parent Information Center
eein gratefully acknowledges its funders:
Department of Education: Bureau of Special Education; Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Developmental Services and Child Development Bureau; and UNH Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology Program
EEIN Early Childhood Mentorship Program www.eeinnh.org / (603) 228-2040 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.
Group Classes for kids and teens with special needs, their family members and friends!
WINTER YOGA SESSIONS: Jan 5 – March 16, 2015 (No class on Feb. 23).
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:
NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents) recently opened an office in Londonderry, NH.
75 Gilcreast Road, Suite 305, Londonderry, NH 03053
Tel. 603-818-8526 | Fax: 603-965-4330
Initially, Pediatric Neuropsychologist Angela Currie, Ph.D. will be offering evaluations and consultation in our new space, supported as necessary by other clinicians and staff from our Newton, MA center. Our intention is to add permanent staff in Londonderry as needs and interests develop. For now, the scheduling of appointments there will be handled by our Newton administrative staff, who can be reached by calling 617-658-9800.
You can learn more about NESCA by visiting our website.
NESCA is a client and family-centered, private pediatric neuropsychology group practice with offices in Newton, Massachusetts and now, Londonderry, New Hampshire. We were established in 2007 by Dr. Ann Helmus, along with a core group of seasoned clinicians. NESCA serves children and their families from throughout the United States and from many other nations.
We assess children and adolescents confronted by developmental, learning or emotional challenges. Employing a range of specialized diagnostic and projective tests, we evaluate:
· Reading problems and academic issues
· Language-based, nonverbal and other learning disabilities
· Autism spectrum disorders
· Executive functioning deficits
· Emotional issues including anxiety
NESCA is well known and widely acknowledged as one of the finest private pediatric neuropsychology practices in New England.
Collectively, our senior staff has decades of experience at the highest levels. Working together with a shared commitment to best practice and a willingness to go well beyond the expected in time and effort, they deliver accurate and insightful assessments of even the most complex cases. Their evaluations generate timely, exceptionally clear and useful written reports, which embody a rich understanding of each child. They have the training, experience, clinical judgment and professional standing to perform thorough and accurate diagnostic evaluations, make persuasive, useful recommendations and monitor their effective implementation.
We also offer expert assistance with educational planning and school selection, transition assessment, planning and support for young adults moving into post-secondary education and beyond, into the workplace, and an array of accommodations for international clients.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.