Upcoming Events

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Ashland Middle School Activity Room (front left entrance), 87 West Union Street, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.


Monthly Meeting

Board/ALL

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Monthly meeting All are welcome to attend.


Maintaining Balance, Self-Identity, and Relationships as the Parent of the Special Needs Child

Kate J. Stone, Psy. D, Clinical Psychologist

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 PM

As the parent of a child with significant special needs, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to care for an extraordinary child and, at the same time, stay even-keeled, continue to do things that are important for your own mental/physical/spiritual health and well-being, and have enough space at the end of the day for other relationships - relationships with your other children, relationships with your guy/girlfriends, even the relationship with your spouse. And as a clinical psychologist, I know just how important it is to maintain balance, self-identity, and relationships as the parent of any child, let alone a child with special needs. This workshop will delve into some of the real issues with which parents of special needs children struggle, and it will strive to provide real strategies for managing these struggles one day at a time.

Kate J. Stone, Psy.D is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Natick, MA. She has a varied background in psychotherapy in both the outpatient and clinical setting, and her degrees were earned from Boston College and William James College. Her professional focus centers around the health and treatment of caregivers of children with special needs, panic and anxiety disorders, chronic procrastination and avoidance, pregnancy and infertility, and struggles with loss of self-identity. Dr. Stone is also a mother of two girls, one with significant special needs.


The Power of Choice

Judy Giovangelo, Founder and President of Ben Speaks

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

For Educators – Middle & High Schools, Teachers, Administration, Parent Groups and Students:

Education combined with awareness create change. Founder & President of Ben Speaks,Judy Giovangelo offers a dynamic Power of Choice Presentation.Many teenagers miss school due to depression, anxiety, addictions and/or temporary hospitalization. Many of our teens in school often can\'t stay on task due to issues like emotional distress. Ben Speaks programs help make students and faculty more aware of these daily challenges that many teens experience. Increasing awareness and showing students how to support one another in a more collaborative approach will increase productivity and allow troubled teens to engage with academics, arts, athletics … life. Heightening the awareness of healing and expressive arts gives students and educators a new toolbox of resources so that each teen feels empowered and emotionally resilient.

Ben Speaks’ President & Founder, Judy Giovangelo, is an award-winning, energetic, and inspirational teacher and healer. She brings compassion and understanding to the challenges of life and provides a power-filled toolset for change to her audience. She shares a message of hope, positive psychology and tools to reduce stress & grow emotional resiliency in homes, schools and the workplace, She is a voice for change to create a kinder world through empowering others.

Standing ovations from middle/high school students, along with community groups is a clear indicator that our message is reaching the hearts and minds of our youth. Judy was honored in 2013 with the Be The Change award at the 9th Annual Massachusetts Women’s Conference and A Hero Among Us award from the Boston Celtics for her work.

In collaboration with PTO and Decision At Every Turn (DAET)


Monthly Meeting - Elections

Board/ALL

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting. All are welcome. Annual board elections;


Creating Independent Coping Strategies for Anxiety

Lynne Mitchell, MSW

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Does your child have a hard time coping with anxiety in an appropriate and effective way? Do they respond to anxiety with anger? Withdrawal? Sadness?

Everyone gets anxious. Our children will continue to confront situations that make them anxious. No one can offer your child an anxiety free life. That cannot be the goal. This workshop will help parents understand the ways most of us cope with anxiety. It will also explain the ways in which your children cope with anxiety that are not effective. Finally, it will help parents gain insight into how to teach your children more effective ways of coping with anxiety.


Monthly Meeting

Board/ALL

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend.