substance abuse


 Are you worried your child or young adult is drinking and/or using drugs?

Are you feeling confused about what to do? 

First thing to understand, This is not your fault. 

The Wayside Parent-Peer Partnership Program

Is offering a FREE 8 week educational program for parent’s whose

Children or young adults are using drugs and/or alcohol.


A variety of topics and strategies will be discussed.


We are currently looking for a number of parents who

share similar struggles to get the group up and running.


This will be an 8 week course

And will meet on

Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


Wayside Youth & Family Support Network

88 Lincoln St,

Framingham, MA. 01702


If this is something that you may be interested, Please contact:

John Allen            508 620 0010 x189

Irene Roche      508 620 0010 x108


CBHI Update: Communication Matters: A Guide for Sharing Information about a Child’s Care


As part of our efforts to share best practices and information, we’d like to draw your attention to a terrific new resource produced by the Massachusetts Child Health Quality Coalition, Communication Matters: A Guide for Sharing Information about a Child’s Care 

The guide provides information to support communication among four teams:

  • Children, youth, and families
  • Primary care providers
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Schools

For more information about the Massachusetts Child Health Quality Coalition, visit

 We hope you find this resource helpful and ask that you please share this link with others who may be interested in this important work. 

Thank you for everything you do each day for the children and youth of the Commonwealth.


Emily E. Sherwood

Director, Children’s Behavioral Health Interagency Initiatives

Executive Office of Health and Human Services


Massachusetts’ Disability Events

Massachusetts’ Disability Events 
Statewide Transition Conference for Parents
September 20, 2014, Hogan Center at
Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA

For families of children with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22 
who are transitioning from school into the adult world
For more information visit the Conference Page
For workshop descriptions visit the Workshops page
To register, visit the Registration Page

 Adaptive Fishing Clinic: September 18th, October 9th, 2014, Bridgewater. Designed for the beginner fisherman, and is open for people ages six and above and with all abilities. Instructed by Jim Legacy, Angler Education Program, DCR Universal Access Program. Fees apply. Participants must attend with an adult. All equipment is provided. the Adaptive Fishing Clinic. For more information visit the Bridge Center’s Programs page.  
  Ellie Bloom Olympics: September 20, 2014, Needham. Athletes of all ages and abilities participate in a day of fun and challenging track and field events, such as running, wheelchair dashes, tennis and softball throws, ring tosses, relay races, Frisbee throws and walks, with many medals. awarded. This event is held in memory of Ellie Bloom, a longtime supporter and volunteer of The Charles River Center who worked develop quality programs for her daughter with multiple disabilities and others. For more information contact 781-972-1060 or or visit The Charles River Center.
 Making Peace with Autism  Author to Speak: September 24, 2014, Danvers. The “Laugh, Love And Learn Series” from the Northeast Arc and EMARC present author Susan Senator.
  Ms. Senator is a parent of a young adult with autism, an activist in the Boston area, and author of “Making Peace with Autism”, “The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide”, and “Dirt – A Story about Gardening, Mothering, and Other Messy Business.”  Tickets are $10 at the door. RSVP to  or 781-587- 2223 or visit EMarc.
 Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work: October 1, 2014, Natick. Free and open to the public. This workshop will feature Judy Canty and Carson Graves, authors ofParents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work: An Insider Guide. RSVP to 508-655-9200 or   or visit Academy Metrowest.
 MaryPoppins – Be Prepared for the Team Meeting: October 10th, 2014, Natick. Christine Riley and Jennie DunKley, experienced advocates, will cover IEP meeting-related topics such as:
• What to bring with you to every Team Meeting, and why
• How to prepare for a Team Meeting
• How to act during the meeting, and how to use what you brought
• How to followup after the meeting (with parents, with district).
• How to write measurable goals.
Fees apply. For more information visit the Special Needs Advocacy Network page or contact
 The Fragile X Society of Connecticut Conference: October 18th, 2014, Farmington, CT. For families, educators, therapists and providers who care for children and adults with fragile X-associated disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Understanding and Managing Hyperarousal Throughout the Lifespan is this year’ theme. Presenters are Sarah Scharfenaker and Tracy Murnan Stackhouse. Fees apply. For more information contact  860 – 233-1904 or or visit the Fragile X Society of Connecticut Conference Page.
 Disability and Community Resources & Craft Fair. October 19th 2014: Dartmouth High School Gym, South Dartmouth, 10 – 4 pm.The 2nd Annual South Eastern MA Community Resources & Craft Fair will feature many area disability and community resources for your child or student. There will also be raffles, crafts, specialty art vendors and more. For more information visit The Dartmouth SEPAC page or contact  or 508-207-3015
 Find more Massachusetts Recreation on our Recreation Page


 Inclusive Camps & Activities in Massachusetts for 2014:  From Ayer to Boston to Plymouth, Sturbridge, Worcester and more, camps and programs to help your special child stay busy, engaged and included by enjoying movies, sports, recreation, outings and social activities. See the Camp Page for listings. 
 Boston Museum of Science Disability Prototype Testers: The Boston Museum of Science is seeking visitors with all disabilities to test new exhibit prototypes, explore the museum, and give feedback to help improve their accessibility.
Testing includes free admission to exhibit halls for the day and free parking in the Museum’s garage. To participate and give the Museum feedback fill out their Boston Museum of Science on line form or contact 617-589-4438 or 
 Adaptive Recreation Across Massachusetts: With the DCR’s Universal Access Program:

Viewing deck at the Summit House atop Mount Holyoke at Skinner State Park is now be wheelchair accessible with the ramp opening scheduled for mid-June, for a spectacular view of the Connecticut River Valley.
Mount Tom State Reservation has a new accessible trail leading to a viewing bridge on Lake Bray.
Mt. Greylock State Reservation has several new accessible interpretive and signage exhibits open.
Scusset Beach has a new accessible boardwalk over the dunes and two new beach wheelchairs that roll into the water
More information can be found on the on the State of Massachusetts DCR Universal Access Program Page. 
Sensory Friendly Films are now on the Recreation Page.
 Free Disability Parent Workshops in Massachusetts – From the Federation For Children with Special Needs:
Basic Rights
Effective Communication with the IEP
Suspensions & Discipline in Special Education
To register, contact The Federation For Children With Special Needs in Boston, Massachusetts, or , or call 800-331-0688.

Parenting Without Panic

Asperger’s Association of New England


Join us for a free wine and cheese reception
at Wellesley Books to celebrate 

Parenting without Panic

a new book by Brenda Dater

Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE 

Do you ever wish that having a child on the autism spectrum came with instant access to a support group?


Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic and Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE, has provided parents with exactly that. Brenda addresses parents’ frequently asked questions with warmth and humor. If you’ve ever wondered how to bring a little less chaos to your daily life, join Brenda for practical tips to help you feel more confident and hopeful and parent with less panic. Brenda will give a short talk, read from her book, answer questions and sign books.  


Where: Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street Wellesley, MA

Date: September 18, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. 

Fee: This event is free


To register for this event, visit the Facebook page! 

 To learn more about Brenda, click here.


Free: IEP/Neuropsych Webinar

Hello All,

The information below is from the Neuropsychologist, Dr. Joseph Moldover, who spoke at the Parent Support Group Workshop that I hosted here at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network in Waltham on September 8th. He did a wonderful job of explaining to the attendees what a neuropsychological evaluation is and how it differs from school testing. Dr. Moldover addressed why one would do a neuropsychological evaluation and how to utilize it in assisting in and supporting a child’s IEP planning. 

Dr. Moldover along with one of the top attorneys from Kolton, Crabtree, & Strong (who were highly engaged in the formulation of the MA SpEd law back in the ‘70’s) Eileen Hagerty, Esq. are hosting a FREE webinar for parents on October 16th. 

If you or a family you know may benefit from this free webinar, the information for registering is as follows:


An Open Webinar for Parents

Presented by : Dr. Joseph Moldover, Developmental Neuropsychologist & Eileen M. Hagerty, Esq.

Thursday, October 16th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Back to school is a time when parents are reminded of one of their most important responsibilities: understanding their child’s educational needs and advocating for those needs to be met.

Join two leading experts in special needs science and law as they share a NO COST webinar geared for parents of children with special needs.

During this live event, they’ll:

  • Focus on learning and developmental assessment and diagnosis and special education law and advocacy
  • Help you translate clinical and legal language into usable concepts and strategies for your child
  • Host an extended question and answer session to cover your specific questions

Register Now! All registrants will be emailed a copy of the recording 24 hours after the live event takes place.

To register for this FREE webinar, go to:




Disney’s Frozen, free family movie



Disney’s Frozen

This is a Sensory Friendly Experience.

Dim lights, moderate volume and children can move around as needed in a safe and accepting environment

Saturday, September 27, 2014

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hudson High School Mini Theater

69 Brigham Street, Hudson, MA

– Parents must stay with students.

– Intermission will be approximately 15 minutes.

– Water will be provided

– Family provide own snacks for intermission break

– Handicap- accessible theater

– Doors open at 10:00 am; movie beginsat 10:15

Event organized by Office of Pupil Services and collaborating parents.
Questions? Please contact Cathy Kilcoyne at 

Keeping accommodation on track

Wayside Parent Partners are often asked about school accommodations for children with IEPs or 504 plans. We’re here to help and pleased to offer some tips from ADDitude Magazine.

7 Secrets to Keeping Accommodations on Track


I have heard from other parents that the school doesn’t always implement every accommodation in the written IEP or 504 Plan. How can I check up to see if they are?

Each teacher is responsible for implementing the IEP or Section 504 accommodations in his or her classroom. Staying actively involved in your child’s education keeps you up to date on how well the accommodations are working. Some ways of staying involved include:

1. Maintain communication with teachers via phone calls or e-mails. Ask specific questions about different accommodations and any problems that might be occurring because of them. Ask which accommodations the teacher finds most helpful and which don’t seem to be working.

2. Attend parent-teacher conferences. Prepare by writing down questions and concerns, and listen to ideas the teacher offers. Review progress reports.

3. Give positive feedback to teachers and administrators about what is working and why you feel it is working. Be willing to listen to their feedback as well.

4. Monitor your child’s tests, homework, and reports. Make copies, and place in your IEP or 504 file.

5. Attend school functions and PTA meetings. Volunteer to help in the library, or to chaperone on field trips. Become known in your school as an active and involved parent. The school will be more receptive to requests that you make for your child if you are.

6. Request information on training sessions in Section 504, IEPs, ADHD, and other pertinent topics. Ask if you can attend training sessions along with the teachers to stay up to date on these topics.

7. Share information, such as articles and fact sheets about ADHD and other related disabilities, with teachers and the 504 and IEP teams.

Can I Call For A Meeting Or Tweak The Plan?

You can call for a meeting at any time if you have concerns that the accommodations are not working. Small changes can be made by talking on the phone with the IEP or 504 Plan head. If parent and school agree that a change should be made, such as adding a day of speech therapy, it is easily made.

Major changes to the document are made at the annual review.

Click here for Step 12: Review and Reassess.

By Eileen Bailey


Framingham Parent Support Sept calender



Parent Partnership Support Groups

fallSeptember 2014 Calendarfall

Monday Morning Parents Support Group 

Monday, September 8th and Monday, September 22nd – 10am – 11:30am

A group for parents/guardians who are looking for support and information on their child’s behavior, emotions or mental health challenges. 


***Please note that dates are 2nd and 4th Monday of September due to Labor Day Holiday falling on the first Monday of September.


è FREE Group meets at Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, 88 Lincoln St, Framingham (across from the Framingham Union Hospital.)


J For more info, contact Ann Killionat 508-620-0010 x194 or



Understanding Neuropsychological Evaluations

Wednesday, September 17th – 7pm-8:30pm

Guest Speaker – Dr. Joseph Moldover


Dr. Moldover is a clinical psychologist with specialty training in developmental neuropsychology.  He works with children and adolescents with psychiatric, developmental, and learning needs. He will be talking with our group about evaluation strategies for working with children with mental health diagnoses and the issues in translating those evaluations into the educational system.


èFREE Workshop to be held at Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, 88 Lincoln Street, Framingham, (across from the Framingham Union Hospital).


J  PLEASE RSVP to Ann Killion, 508-620-0010 x194 or


Basic Rights in Special Education

Thursday, September 18th – 7pm-9pm


Presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs


Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individual Education Program.  This workshop takes parents step-by-step through the development of the IEP including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable annual goals and measuring their child’s progress


èFREEWorkshop to be held at Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, 88 Lincoln St, Framingham (across from the Framingham Union Hospital.)


J PLEASE RSVP to Ann Killionat 508-620-0010 x194 or