30th Annual Ellie Bloom Special Olympics

Sponsored by the The Charles River Center
Saturday, 9/29/18
DeFazio Park
Needham, MA

The 30th annual Ellie Bloom Special Olympics will be held on Saturday, September 29th at DeFazio Park in Needham. Check in begins at 9:30 am and events begin at 10:00 am. This fun and inspiring event welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to participate in track and field events such as running and wheelchair dashes, basketball throws, relay races, and ladderball. Every event is modified so that all who attempt to participate will be successful. Learn more and register here.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Annual Conference

Sponsored by the IDA
October 24-27, 2018
Foxwoods Resort
Mashantucket, CT

IDA’s Annual International Conference is the premier professional development conference dedicated to dyslexia. The conference brings in experts from all over the world to educate attendees on the latest research, remediation, and more.

The Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference is held for both professionals and families and is attended by some 2,500 teachers, educators, and administrators, reading specialists, researchers, university faculty, psychologists, physicians, tutors, and parents. Register and learn more here.

Cinderella Sensory Friendly Performance

Hosted by Open Door Theater
Saturday, 3/24/18
1:00pm
R.J. Grey Jr. High School Auditorium
16 Charter Road, Acton

This show is recommended for children and adults who prefer a sensory friendly theater experience. Open Door Theater is proud to be one of the charter members of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s UP initiative for Universal Programming and Universal Design to increase the accessibility of all organizations in Massachusetts and beyond. Read complete details about the sensory friendly performance and purchase tickets here.

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network’s Training Institute

Hosted by Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
Framingham, MA

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network is a teaching and training facility. They offer training opportunities for visiting professionals, families and caregivers in order to enhance the delivery of mental health services to their clients, families and communities. Upcoming training and workshop topics include:
– Compassion Fatigue and The Art of Self-Care (3/21/18)
– Autism Spectrum Disorders: How to Make Sense of Challenging Behaviors (4/25/18)
– LGBTQ Children: Shifting Families Toward Acceptance (5/9/8)
– Play Therapy: Fun & Creative Interventions for Children (6/20/18)
View complete details and register to attend here.

MGH Aspire 2018 Open House

Hosted by MGH Aspire
Tuesday, 1/16/18
6:00-7:30pm
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA
(Snow Date: Tuesday, 1/23/18)

This evening will feature light refreshments, the opportunity to meet and chat with Aspire’s clinical staff, hear about their Summer 2018 programs for all ages, and more. Please RSVP by 1/12/18.

Practical Strategies to Develop Independent Executive Function Skills in Students

Hosted by Medfield Public School District
Tuesday, 1/9/18
7:00-9:00pm
Medfield High School Auditorium
24 Pound Street, Medfield, MA

Parents, teachers and professionals: Come learn how to coach students to effectively self initiate and manage academic work, time and materials. You will walk away with many simple, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop independent homework and executive function skills.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): How to Make Sense of Challenging Behaviors

Hosted by Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
Wednesday, 1/17/18
9:00am-12:00pm
Plymouth Church
87 Edgell Road
Framingham, MA

This presentation will describe the process of diagnostic clarification for youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/neurodevelopmental disorder and co-occurring mental health diagnosis within the context of an interdisciplinary diagnostic team. Learn more and register here.