Comorbidity in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Hosted by the League School of Greater Boston
Thursday, 3/14/19
League School of Greater Boston
Vetstein Auditorium
300 Boston-Providence Turnpike
Walpole, MA

Comorbid disorders are very common in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Unfortunately, many of these co-occurring disorders are not recognized, even though many are treatable. Some frequently co-occurring disorders include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, seizure disorders, sensory disorders, sleep disorders and GI disorders.
Treating these co-occurring disorders in the context of a treatment plan for ASD can lighten the burden for the ASD child and family and permit the child to function at a more optimal level at home, school and in the community. This program will be presented by Dr. Clare O’Callaghan, R.N., C.S., Ed.D. – a neuropsychologist and psychiatric nurse in private practice, recently retired from the South End CHC where she was the Clinical Director of the children’s mental health program and the Training Director for the mental health program. She has served on the Board of Directors at League School since 1980. Learn more and register to attend for free, here.

Sensory-Friendly Kite Day

Sponsored by Advocates
Saturday, 4/27/19
Bose Corporation
The Mountain
Framingham, MA

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance month. Join Advocates for a fun, festival-like afternoon atop Bose Mountain in Framingham and bring your kite! This event is for individuals with autism and others who would benefit from a sensory-friendly environment. There will be trackless train rides, rebounders, police and fire vehicles, interactive music therapists, kite flying, food from Wegmans, ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s and more. The cost is $5 per car. Learn more here.

Parent Workshop: The Role of Technology in Living and Learning

Presented by Academy Metrowest
Wednesday, 3/13/19
Academy MetroWest
218 Speen Street
Natick, MA

Drs. Al Cotugno, Ph.D., and Peter Szuch, Ph.D. will be presenting “All Good or All Bad (Maybe Neither): The Role of Technology in Living and Learning.” The presenters will target issues of importance to parents related to technology’s place in children’s school and home lives. They will highlight recent research and evidence about its benefits and disadvantages that may influence and guide parenting practices in this new age and provide focused discussion points for analysis. Learn more and register here.

Webinar: Why is My Child Struggling in School? Executive Function Skills and a Roadmap to Success

Presented by Dr. Joseph Moldover and Michael Delman
Tuesday, 12/11/18

In this webinar, neuropsychologist Dr. Joe Moldover helps explain the process of evaluating children for learning differences and what the results tell you about how to support your child. Then, Michael Delman M. Ed., shares his expertise as an Executive Function coach, providing tips and strategies that can help students build the skills they need to be happy, confident, and successful learners. Learn more and register here.

A Full Life Ahead: Supported Decision Making

Presented by Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change in partnership with Advocates
Thursday, 12/13/18
Advocates Main Office
1881 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA

Supported Decision Making is an alternative to guardianship that allows an individual with a disability to work with a team and make choices about his or her life. Under this model, the individual designates a support network, sometimes called a circle of support, to help him or her with decision making. Learn more and register here.

Sensory Friendly Performance of Disney’s ‘High School Musical On Stage!’

Presented by Dover-Sherborn Middle School
Saturday, 12/8/18
Mudge Auditorium
9 Junction Street
Dover, MA

Individuals with sensory or special needs are warmly encouraged to attend the Saturday matinee performance of this musical. There will be a calming corner with bean bags, sensory toys, and volunteers to provide support as needed. Purchase tickets at and be sure to select the 1:00pm performance.

Sensory & Family-Friendly Performance of the Nutcracker

Presented by Commonwealth Ballet
Saturday, 11/24/18
Casey Theatre
Regis College
Weston, MA

In this relaxed and welcoming setting the theatre lights will be left on a little, the music volume will be turned down, and some of the action on stage will be less intense. There will also be a “quiet zone” if anyone needs to relax for a few minutes. Tickets for this show are $22 and $10 for age 5 and under. Learn more and download a social story here.

Transition Roundtable Fair

Sponsored by Advocates
Monday, 11/19/18
Natick High School
15 West Street
Natick, MA

Join Advocates and other human service agencies at the Natick High School for their annual Transition Roundtable Fair to learn about the services available to you and your loved ones as they embark on their transition journey. A panel discussion will take place in the auditorium followed by agency booth breakouts in the library. No registration is necessary for this event.

Understanding Behaviors & Setting Routines with Young Children

Presented by Academy Metrowest
Wednesday, 12/5/18
Academy Metrowest
218 Speen Street
Natick, MA

All behavior is our children’s means of communication and has meaning. When we begin to truly understand behavior from various perspectives, we are able to have more positive family interactions. Join Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Stefani Misiph for this free parent/professional workshop. Participants will leave empowered to use the concepts discussed and shape them into their own family experience. Learn more and register here.