Andover SEPAC is a group of parents of children with special needs working together to address the issues facing us and our children.
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The SEPAC Big Tent
Are you interested in connecting with other parents
of children with disabilities living in Andover? The
Andover SEPAC board invites you to join our new
BigTent is an online forum for facilitating
communication across groups. Members of
the SEPAC BigTent group can post messages and
questions that other members can view and respond
to. If you are interested in joining, please send an
email with “join SEPAC BigTent” in the subject line
2013-14 Coming Events:
Information & Networking Group
"What are Tests Testing? Understanding Assessments"
Monday, January 6 from 12:00-1:30 School Administrative Building , 3rd floor, Conference Room B
Does an IQ test truly measure intelligence? How do psychological tests determine whether a child has a learning disability? Can neuropsychological tests identify ADHD? Can tests be used to predict behavior? Psychological and neuropsychological tests are commonly used to guide educational and clinical decisions for children and adolescents. Tests are used to identify learning disabilities and developmental disorders; to assess academic progress; to determine eligibility for special education services; and to evaluate social and emotional functioning.
Despite the importance of testing in decision making, interpretation of test results may be confusing and ambiguous. Parents may question the validity of test results and the conclusions which are drawn from them. Moreover, different examiners may draw different conclusions from the same results.
Please join us on Monday, January 6 from 12 - 1:30pm at 36 Bartlet St., Conference Room B. Meaningful for anyone encountering psychological or neuropsychological testing and wishing to be an informed consumer, this talk is particularly intended for parents who have children with special needs. We will discuss the ideas behind testing and the different kinds of tests which may be given to a child, focusing on understanding test results and identifying important questions to ask when your child participates in testing.
Dr. Joseph Moldover is a clinical psychologist with specialty training in developmental neuropsychology. His work focuses on building a complete understanding of an individual’s learning and behavior through the use of psychological and neuropsychological assessment techniques, psychotherapy, and school consultation. Dr. Moldover frequently works with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD/ADD, neurological and psychiatric disorders, and cognitive disabilities and emphasizes continuity of care, often working with children and families over a period of years. Dr. Moldover practices in Wellesley, MA. Information about his practice can be found online at www.drmoldover.com
Meetings and Events
“The Goal Driven IEP—A Parent’s Guide to Asking the Right Questions”
January 9th at 7pm at West Middle School Auditorium
Please join us on Thursday, January 9 at 7pm at
West Middle School Auditorium for an informative
talk about your child’s IEP presented by Dr. David
Stember. Topics covered will include:
• Specific items and wording parents should ask for
in their child’s IEP.
• Common mistakes seen in ineffective IEP
• How to ask for specific goals, approaches
and outcome measures that will be sensitive
to whether progress is being made.
• Common best practice approaches to
address learning needs, social pragmatics,
organizational skills and behavior/emotional
problems (i.e., What to ask for, how to
define it and how would you know that
progress is occurring).
There will be time for a question and answer
Dr. Stember holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology
and maintains faculty appointments
at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital.
He is a recognized expert in cognitive behavioral
and exposure-based therapies for anxiety, learning,
ADHD and behavioral disorders. Dr. Stember has
given grand rounds presentations, trained educators
and consults to a variety of districts throughout
New England. He is the prior Director of Behavioral
Medicine at North Shore Children’s Hospital,
and maintains private practice
offices in Salem and Arlington, MA. He can be contacted
at his Salem office at (978)-745-6555.