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MassHealth for Children with Special Needs:
Who's Obeying the Special Education Laws?
March 3rd, in Marlborough. Workshop will discuss programs for families, including those with specialized and mental health needs, the eligibility and application process, working with private insurance companies and more. See our front page.
The Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will conduct Special Education Compliance Reviews in eight school districts during February and March. See districts, dates, and who to contact with concerns on our Front Page Blog.
A Few School Vacation Week Activities:
Just added: Autism Alliance of Metrowest activities, ballet in Newton and Marblehead, and castles & fencing in Western Massachusetts. Plus "Back to the Beach" at the Boston Children's Museum, A petting zoo and Showcase Cinema movie tickets in Lowell, Let's Motor inclusion activity camp in Norwell, Adaptive Sports and Recreation in Sudbury, and the Westford Family Funfest. See our Camp Page.
Boston Disability Conference in March:
The Federation For Children With Special Needs' March 12th conference in will have information about Early Intervention, Transition-To-Adult, Advocating For Your Child, Inclusion in After School Programs, Social Thinking, Transformational Technology and much more. Some workshops are in Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish, limited transportation and childcare available. See front page for more info.
Sensory Friendly Films - Mars Needs Moms :
March 12th, in Dartmouth, Framingham, Tyngsboro, and Methuen. Participating theaters provide families with autism and other disabilities an opportunity to enjoy films with the lights up, the sounds down, and audience members allowed to dance, walk, shout or sing. See our Front Page.
Aspergers Teen & Parent Workshops:
In Watertown, through Winter and Spring 2011. Topics include Advocating for Your Child with AS in Public Schools, Behavior Management for Big People/Regulate Behavior and Emotions, Building Independence, and Transition Planning. See Teens and Young Adults on our Front Page
New - Tourette & OCD Support Group:
February 28th, Ashland. Guest speaker from Massachusetts General Hospital, and a forum to discuss and collaborate about raising children with these particular challenges. See our Metrowest Support Groups page for more information.
Three More Camp Fairs Coming Right Up:
February 19th, March 5th and 19th, in Marlborough, Bolton, and Chelmsford. Plus over 60 inclusion and special-need summer programs throughout the region. See our Camp Page.
Tweens and Teens Fun & Inclusion Activities:
February - March 31st, in Lowell. Swimming, music, computers, and arts and crafts. For middle school and high school-aged students. Visit Teens and Young Adults on our Front Page.
Know Your "Basic Rights" Free Workshops:
Basic Rights, Turning Three, MCAS, Suspension and Discipline in Special Education, Transition 101, 504 Plans and more free workshops in Belchertown, Burlington, Cambridge, Canton, Dedham, Dover, Douglas, Grafton, Georgetown, Greenfield, Jamaica Plain, Lynn, Oak Bluffs, Orange, Northhampton, Stoughton, Waltham, Wilbraham, Topsfield, and Tyngsboro.
Scoll down "Events All Ages" on our front page.
Train Your Brain! Using Neurofeedback To Help with ADHD, Anxiety and Other Issues:
Free, March 10th, Natick. Dr. Steve Rothenberg will discuss how neurofeedback can be used for ADHD, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders and other problems. See our front page.
Using Theater in Assisting Individuals with ASD:
Februray 26th, in Keene, NH. Part of the Antioch University Autism and Aspergers Exposition and Conference. Also featuring info about how to deal with ASD cognitive and academic inefficiences, and exhibitor booths with local support organizations. See Teens and Young Adults on our Front Page
Mental Health Family-Support Classes:
Free, Brain and/or Addictive Disorder Classes are free and taught by volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggling with these challenges. February and March start dates are in Boston, Cambridge, Concord, Holyoke, Salem, Taunton, Weymouth and Woburn. See our Front Page.
Respite Program Serves Eastern Massachusetts:
In Easton, serves 35 communities. Fee based, takes most disabilities except severe medical or behavioral. Weekends, holidays, vacation weeks and more. See our Front Page.