Ivy Street School's Second Annual Excellence in Special Education Summit

autism and special education expert Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D

On September 30th, 2015, Ivy Street School will hold its second annual Excellence in Special Education Summit with keynote speaker Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D. The Summit will be co-hosted by Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children & Adolescents (NESCA) and the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA), and will be comprised of two parts:

  • Morning and afternoon workshops held at Ivy Street School on topics relating to brain injury, autism, and effective transition programming. (Workshop participants may be eligible for free Continuing Education Units (CEU's).)
  • The John Pratt Memorial lecture at the Whitehead Institute, to be given by keynote speaker Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D..

The goal of the Summit is to highlight innovative research and its practical implications for special education. This event is free, but we ask that you RSVP beforehand by registering online to reserve your space. You may register separately for each component of the Summit.


Register for John Pratt Memorial Lecture by Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D.

Register for Workshops

More information:


Morning: 9:30-11:30am
Afternoon: 12:15-2:15pm

Ivy Street School
200 Ivy St.
Brookline, MA 02446

For attending any of these workshops, Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be provided for: Nursing, Social Work, Nursing Home Administrators, Psychologists, and LMHC's.


  • Transition to Adulthood-Strategies for Success (9:30-11:30 am)
    Marilyn Weber, Transition Specialist
    Kelley Challen, Ed.M, CAS
    Brooke Howard, MS, OTR/L
    Facilitated by Maryellen Pambookian, Ph.D.

    Helping young adults with special needs make a successful landing in the adult world is our biggest challenge. While most of them want very much to live independently and to be contributing members of society, helping them make this a reality is difficult. Our panel of experts will share their knowledge about what works.
  • Brain Injury and Behavior-Best Practices (9:30-11:30 am)
    Michael P. Mozzoni, Ph.D, BCBA-D, CBIST

    Each year, thousands of school-age children sustain injury to their brain that causes behavioral problems ranging from impulse control and poor judgment to short concentration spans and violence. These behaviors make it difficult for the child to succeed in the classroom as well as in the adult world. Dr. Mozzoni will share best practices that can be used by clinicians, teachers, and parents to help these students manage their behavior and achieve success.


  • From Our Perspective - Parenting Children with Learning Difference (12:15-2:15 pm)
    Parents of Ivy Street School Students (
    Facilitated by Maryellen Pambookian, Ph.D.

    The members of this panel will share their experience as parents of children with special needs. They will talk about what interventions and approaches were most effective and will explain what they wish teachers and clinicians understood about working with children like theirs.
  • "I Can't Think When I'm Stressed!" - Understanding the Relationship Between Anxiety and Executive Function, and How to Help (12:15-2:15 pm)
    Angela M. Currie, Ph.D.

    Children who confront developmental, emotional, learning or other neurologically-based challenges tend to struggle with aspects of self-regulation, including executive function. While it is important to teach skills to compensate for such challenges, exclusively doing so often proves ineffective due to the need to concurrently address other weaknesses, particularly anxiety. This presentation will focus on the dynamic relationship between anxiety and executive functioning, and will discuss methods for supporting the development of these skills at home and school.

John Pratt Memorial Lecture by Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D.

Title: "Solving Problems Collaboratively: Nurturing the More Positive Side of Human Nature in Our Kids and Ourselves."

6:00 pm

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
9 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142

Dr. Greene is the is founder and Director of non-profit organization Lives in the Balance and the originator of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach to improving outcomes for behaviorally challenging youth. He served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.

John Pratt served as Associate Director of the Whitehead Institute for twenty-five years. He was also a member of the MAB Board and cared deeply about the work that MAB and the Ivy Street School do to help young people with special needs develop the skills they need to lead successful lives as adults. The John Pratt Memorial Fund and Lecture is dedicated to facilitating the impact of research on practice at the School in order to improve student outcomes. John would be delighted to have this as part of his legacy.


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