Spring Mental Health Series #2
March 2nd, 2017

Multidisciplinary Interventions for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

**Please note that this is a repeat of the October 20, 2016 conference and additional PDPs cannot be given to individuals who attend both conferences**

This conference will provide an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and describe practical strategies that may be implemented by school staff to address elementary school children with ASD's complex social-emotional, social pragmatics and sensory needs.  The presenters will share practical ideas of how to use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to manage anxiety, implement social thinking skills and self-regulatory strategies to support children's needs in an inclusive setting. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

One Cranberry Hill

750 Marrett Road, Lexington 

Free for members, $50 for non-members

Multidisciplinary Interventions for Students with ASD in Public Schools may be linked toFamily Interventions and Mindfulness Practices for Youth with ASD, to be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 for ten PDPs. MPY has applied for CEUs from NASW and MaMHCA for this conference.

Program speakers:

·         Lynn Chachkes, Ph.D., Psychologist, Newton Public Schools  & Independent Practitioner

·         Lori Franzella, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech & Language Therapist, Newton Public Schools

·         Trisha Poirier, OTR/L,Occupational Therapist, Newton Public Schools


Speaker bios:

Lynn Chachkes, Ph.D., is a Harvard trained licensed clinical psychologist and licensed school psychologist with a range of experiences working in schools, hospitals and private practice.  She currently works as a school psychologist in the Newton Public Schools where she specializes in working with children on the autism spectrum.  Dr. Chachkes maintains a private practice with a specialization in the assessment and treatment of children with learning, social-emotional and other developmental disorders.

Lori Franzella, MS, CCC-SLPis a Speech Language Pathologist with 18 years of clinical experience and currently works in the Newton Public Schools with elementary age students. Social thinking has been a special interest of hers and she has worked to infuse the concepts within the culture and language of the staff and students she works with.

Trisha Poirier, OTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist with over 15 years of clinical experience, primarily in school-based practice, and currently works for the Newton Public Schools.  Trisha attended and completed course work through the PASS Institute for Occupational Therapy in Educational Settings.  She has extensive experience working withchildren with cognitive and developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, learning disabilities and autism.


Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend any MPY conference after registering, you must contact Stephanie Guyotte via email at stephanie.guyotte@state.ma.us. All cancellations must be received via email at least 72 hours before the scheduled event. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee.

Accessibility and Accommodations

All Middlesex Partnerships for Youth conferences are handicapped accessible. Middlesex Partnerships for Youth will work to make reasonable accommodations as requested by individuals with disabilities. Requests should be made at least 3 weeks before the event. Direct accommodation requests to Executive Director Margie Daniels at Margie.daniels@state.ma.us.

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