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AANE Webinar: Transition Planning: Skills that Make a Difference in Long Term Success
April 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am, $10.00
WHEN: Monday, April 27, 2020
TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
HOST: Kelly Challen, Ed.M., CAS
COST: $10 Reduced price made possible through a grant from the John W. Alden Trust.
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WHAT: Transition Planning is a journey, not a race. It requires a steady pace and a great deal of optimism, creativity, and flexibility. Maintaining this mindset is much easier when we know, and focus on, the skills that will most impact postsecondary adult life outcomes. Join NESCA Director of Transition Services, Kelley Challen, as she explains why transition planning for adulthood needs to start early, describes the skills known to make the biggest difference in postsecondary transition, and provides tips on what you can do to build these skills.
Bio: Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS, is NESCA’s Director of Transition Services, overseeing planning, consultation, evaluation, coaching, case management, training and program development services. She is also the Assistant Director of NESCA, working under Dr. Ann Helmus to support day-to-day operations of the practice. Ms. Challen began facilitating programs for children and adolescents with special needs in 2004. After receiving her Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Risk and Prevention Counseling from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ms. Challen spent several years at the MGH Aspire Program where she founded an array of social, life and career skill development programs for teens and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and related profiles. She additionally worked at the Northeast Arc as Program Director for the Spotlight Program, a drama-based social pragmatics program, serving youth with a wide range of diagnoses and collaborating with several school districts to design in-house social skills and transition programs. Ms. Challen is co-author of the chapter “Technologies to Support Interventions for Social- Emotional Intelligence, Self-Awareness, Personality Style, and Self-Regulation” for the book Technology Tools for Students with Autism. She is also a proud mother of two energetic boys, ages six and three. While Ms. Challen has special expertise in supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,
she provides support to individuals with a wide range of developmental and learning abilities, including students with complex medical needs.