Join us to discuss special education issues, programs, and concerns.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

7:30 – 9 pm


Newton North High School

457 Walnut Street

Newton, MA

Executive Function Skills in Children and Adolescents

Kristen Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP

This presentation is co-sponsored by Newton Public Schools

Teach children to manage their time, space and materials (and keep their emotions in check)!

This presentation will cover powerful strategies to help your child develop independent executive function; teach students to internally sense the sweep of time, self-monitor in order to sustain concentration, manage pace, and complete tasks in allocated time frames; improve students’ motivation and task initiation, help them to plan homework and long-term projects/papers, and coach students to think in an organized way; and encourage self-initiative to manage homework and personal belongings.

Ms. Kristen Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP is a trained speech-language pathologist who is Co-Director at the Cognitive Connections Executive Function Practice. She is currently working with Newton Public Schools to develop an Executive Function program for middle school students. She provides training and coaching for teachers and professionals, parent consultations, as well as student coaching services. Ms. Jacobsen has worked as an educational consultant and speech-language pathologist in public education, private schools and hospital settings, and has provided teacher training seminars and school consultations nationally.

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2018-2019 Monthly Presentations

Thursday, October 18, 2018 Preventing Bullying of Children with Disabilities, Johanne Pino of Massachusetts Advocates for Children

(presentation available here)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Basic Rights in Special Education, Dan Heffernan, Esq. of Kotin, Crabtree, and Strong
(presentation available here)
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 10 Traits of Effective Parents in

Special Education, Jeffrey Sankey, Esq. (presentation available here)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Executive Function Skills in Children and Adolescents, Kristen Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP

Newton North High School Auditorium
(presentation available here)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Mental Health in Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities, Dr. Kerim Munir, MD, MPH, DSc, Director of Psychiatry at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Boston Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Public Safety, Newton Police Department
Thursday, May 16, 2019 TBD

SEPAC Elections

May 30, 2019 10th Annual Special Educator Awards Celebration

Newton North High School

Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Newton SEPAC) meetings are free and open to all people interested in learning more about special education.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville, in Room 210. Light refreshments and networking start at 7:15 p.m.