North Star Education Services

We help our clients understand their learning style and personal strengths, thus allowing them to be successful at home, school and work. The North Star has been a constant guide, directing the way.

North Star Special Education Services’ mission is to guide our clients to an appreciation of their own learning abilities and a recognition of their personal strengths, thus allowing them to be successful at school, home, and work. This success is a powerful tool that gives our clients the momentum to continue to work towards their personal goals. The North Star Education team of coaches, tutors,

Operating as usual

[10/02/19]   North Star is looking to hire a part-time Bookkeeper. This position will be part-time, approximately 25 flexible hours per week. Responsibilities include Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Quarterly Reports: State and Federal, and Year-End Tax Prep. If interested please email a cover letter and resume to Kaki Crimmins at [email protected].

10/01/2018

“For anyone who has been afraid to express themselves - from a child in art class to an adult whose fear has shut down a long-held dream, Peter H. Reynolds' book The Dot (Candlewick Press) is there to remind us all to "Make your mark, and see where it takes you."

Students from around the world, including our North Star students, celebrated International Dot Day on Sept 17th. Our students were asked to “Make Your Mark!” by creating a variety of dots with various art techniques and making their mark posters from a single black dot.

10/01/2018

The students in the Northbridge programs have hit the ground running for the start of the school year! They began their year by creating projects to enter into the Deerfield Fair.They worked in groups to come up with a theme and what each student would contribute to the project. The first group's project is the Northfield Amusement Park. It has a working Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster, Swing Ride, Pirate Ship, and Carousel. This project involved math, science history and they even created a Haiku poem about their amusement park.

Another group created artifacts from the Ancient Egyptian Religion, Anibus, The Scale of Anubis, model of a pyramid, 3D printed Ra, and jelwery, The Eye of Horus and a Horus pendant.

And finally, a group created a project about Tools of the 1800's. Students created medical tools, a sickle and poster of the Cotton Gin with a description of the importance of the textile mills and the Industrial Revolution.

One student also entered an individual project as well. The student engineered a bridge out of popsicle sticks that could hold over 100 pounds.

Congratulations to all Northstar students you worked hard and deserve the blue ribbons! Keep up to good work!

understood.org 09/27/2018

Through Your Child’s Eyes

Very cool! Follow the link to tailor a simulation of what it is like to be a child in school with learning issues. You may have to create an account to be able to go through the whole simulation but this website is worth have an account for. It provides many great resources for parents with children who have learning disabilities.

understood.org Through Your Child’s Eyes tool from Understood: Interactive media to understand what your child with a learning disability or attention issue goes through.

[09/27/18]   Thank you to all who have donated to our drive thus far. We are well on our way to reaching our goal of 200 bags! There is still plenty of time to bag up and donate any old clothes or other acceptable items for the drive which ends on October 31st! Thank you for your support!

[09/19/18]   Please consider donating any unwanted clothes or other items that are acceptable to our clothing drive. See the link below for a list of acceptable items. Thank you for your support!

kqed.org 09/11/2018

Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids' Ability to Learn

Wonderful article on the importance of executive function skills and the scientific research to support. The article also provides strategies to help develop these skills in children.

kqed.org Training teachers how identify executive functioning issues in kids is helping to create opportunities for teaching kids skills that lead to better lives.

09/11/2018

Understood

Check out this great non-profit organization! It is wonderful for parents with children who have learning disabilities that provide tools, resources, and parent support. Follow them on Facebook to read articles that relate to learning disabilities and access to many tools and resources. You can also sign up with them through their website and personalize your account based on your child’s learning disability. Once you create and personalize your account you can join parent discussions for support and get personalized recommendations and tips to help support your child’s needs.

We are committed to helping the millions of people with learning and thinking differences. Because difference is what makes the world worth exploring.

understood.org 08/27/2018

Download: Sample Picture Schedules and Visual Planners

Start off the school year with a routine that will help ease anxiety and make for a smooth and successful transition. Visual schedules are great for kids who have trouble with organization and anxiety about what is happening next. Download and customize routines that best fit your family's schedule.

understood.org Using picture schedules can help kids with executive functioning issues stay organized. Download these sample picture schedules and visual planners.

08/27/2018

We are very excited to be holding a clothing drive again this year! We were very successful last meeting our goal! We are hoping to reach our goal again this year! Its a good time of year to go through your closets and donate your items to a good cause. You can drop them off Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM at our office in Bedford. Acceptable its that can be donated are:
Clothes: tops, pants, jeans, shorts, ties/scarves, dresses, skirts,
gowns, suits, sweaters, sweats, vests, blazers, t-shirts, pj’s,
socks, tights, belts
Outerwear: coats, jackets, ski pants, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves,
rain-gear, bathing suits
Other: uniforms, costumes/dress-up clothes, fabric/fabric scraps/yarn,
linens, towels/washcloths, drapes/curtains, sheets/pillowcases,
tablecloths, cloth napkins, pot holders, blankets,
comforters/duvets, sofa/chair covers, shoes/boots/flip-
flops/slippers, pocketbooks/backpacks/duffle bags

Don’t forget about the single mittens, gloves, and socks! Items are accepted in any condition.

northstared.org 06/01/2018

Home

We are very excited to be launching our new website! Thank you all for being patient when it was down. Here is the link to check it out! https://www.northstared.org/

northstared.org Let North Star Guide You Our mission is to empower our clients to appreciate their own learning abilities and use their strengths to increase their success at school, home, work, and in the community. Success is a powerful tool that gives our clients the impetus to continue working toward their pers...

05/31/2018

We are extending the RSVP date to June 8th! See below to see how you can RSVP!

05/25/2018

North Star is holding another fun and creative workshop! See below for details!

North Star is holding another fun and creative workshop! See below for details!

05/17/2018

North Star Education Services

Mini cloud for the Mini Cloud workshop!

Mini cloud for the Mini Cloud workshop!

05/17/2018

North Star is holding another fun and creative workshop! See below for details!

North Star is holding another fun and creative workshop! See below for details!

05/13/2018

North Star would like to wish all the Mother’s a Happy Mother’s Day!

05/10/2018

Mini Cloud

Mini cloud for the Mini Cloud workshop!

05/10/2018

North Star is holding another fun and creative workshop! See below for details!

[05/09/18]   North Star's 2018 Summer Programs are here! We have many programs that can fit your child's needs. Below is a list of the programs we are offering. If you are interested in any of these programs please contact our office, (603)488-1264

- Northbridge Summer Program. This program will run from July 10th- August 9th for students from grades 3 to 11. The program will focus on academics, social skills, and themed activities based on the interest of the NorthBridge clients

-Preparing Ready Young Adults for Education and Employment Programs. This program will run from July 9th-August 10th for young adults with high functioning ASD, learning or social challenges who may be entering the PREP School-Year Program or entering a final high school transition year. The goal of this summer program is to assist the young adults to develop a working relationship with transition/PREP staff and peers; explore their own learning, social, emotional and physical profile in order to develop short and long-term goals for themselves; explore the academic, social and career opportunities available, as well as increase the skills and knowledge in that area. Young adults who need to work on specific goals/objectives/courses will have individual staff support as needed to accomplish those goals.

-PREP Program- Summer Extended Services. This program will run from July 9th-August 24th for PREP students who have completed one year in the PREP Program. They will be involved in two-days of job shadows, volunteer work or internships or part-time employment in the community. The third day will involve a half-day working with the PREP peers and staff on Soft Skills to be applied in the work environment and Social Skills in Recreational Settings on and off-site.

-College and Career Transition Prep Weeks for High School Students. This program is a special one-week program running from August 13th -17th for high school students in the 9th, 10th or 11th grades. This program is to provide high school underclassmen with an opportunity to learn about their Learning Style and match that style to effective strategies for high school success and college/career exploration. The Social Skills and Habit Goals are ones that have been identified as needs in college students and employees. There will be follow-up days during the school year scheduled to monitor student progress and make course corrections as needed.

-Social Learning Opportunities. This program will run from July 10th to August 9th, twice a week. Days will be determined by clientele availability. This group will be run by a certified learning specialist and/or counselors who have had training in the field of social communications, social thinking and/or related areas. Thematic interests and abilities will form the groups. Each session will include direct instruction of social skills. All skills taught are practiced and rehearsed during the theme-based activities which will emphasize the executive function skills of goal setting, problem solving and self-regulation.

-Summer Game Nights for Students with Social Challenges. This program will run from July 11th – August 1st. It will be divided into 2 groups based on age, 8-12-year-old and 13-17-year-old. Board and card games will be available and pizza will be provided.

-Individual Summer Tutoring. This program will run through the whole summer and scheduled will be determined by the client and a North Star Staff member. All summer tutoring will include a written progress report and family/parent meeting. Clients can receive specialized tutoring in SAT, ACT or SSAT Prep, College Application and Essay, VLAC Courses, and Technology. There is also academic tutoring available in:

*Reading: Certified and Trained Learning Specialists: OG, Wilson, LIPS, Visualizing & Verbalizing, Seeing STARs, Project Read. Language Circle: Story and Report Comprehension. Comprehension Skills and Strategies: Intermediate- High School and College Prep Reading

*Written Language: Language Circle: Framing Your Thoughts, Report Writing, Harris and Graham

*Math: Specialized Instruction for Dyscalculia, Math tutoring
available through Pre-Calculus.

*Science PREP: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

-Education Coaching. This program will run through the whole summer and scheduled will be determined by the client and a North Star Staff member. Students will work with an Education Coach to discover their own unique learning style, explore how to apply that learning style to various learning tasks: reading, writing, math, science, history, and/or foreign language learning. Students will discover what organizational systems, learning strategies, study skill approaches are effective for them. Clients will keep a binder of strategies for application in school. Coach will develop a Learning Profile Report.

-North Star Mentors. This is an opportunity for students to develop or enhance Social and Leadership Skills by partnering with peers in the NorthBridge Summer Program, Social Learning Groups or High School Programs.

03/21/2018

Handmade soap, a wonderful gift for your Easter Basket - $4.00! There are 9 scents available to choose from. Get your favorite while it's still in stock.
Come by North Star - 288 Rt 101, Bedford to get yours today.

ww2.kqed.org 01/21/2018

What Parents Can Do To Avoid Passing Anxiety On To Their Kids

Great article! Let's stop the worry cycle!

ww2.kqed.org Parents with anxiety disorders can unintentionally teach their children anxious responses to life. But parents can learn how to teach children coping strategies instead, a study finds.

[11/27/17]   A testimony from a wonderful and successful client of North Star:

My name is Jordan White and I am on the spectrum. Summer after graduating high school I learned about North Star Education Services and attended their summer program. In their summer program, I got to practice working a job with the support I needed. After that, I attended their PREP program. The purpose of the PREP program is to help those with mental disabilities to cope and succeed with the transition from high school to the real world. Once I completed the PREP program, North Star thought I did so well in it that they hired me for a short time as a mentor for incoming participants for this program. As a mentor, I helped those dealing with the same roadblocks as I did and gained some skills that I had not fully grasped myself. This is just a brief history of my time at North Star Education Services, now let’s get into why it worked for me and why I think it is helpful for anyone who goes to them.
What I love about North Star is that the staff are like family. They care about you and your success. They do their best to help you learn the way that is best for you. They go above and beyond the call of duty. Most importantly though, they treat you like a person and if you’re on the spectrum you know what it’s like to not be treated with the understanding you need. You know the frustration of not being able to communicate correctly to others and being treated like you are not normal. So that is why I appreciate what North Star has done for me and many others.
Just to show you how well their programs worked for me, let me tell you where I was before finding North Star and where I am now. Before I was severely depressed and I wanted nothing to with the outside world. I was an introvert to the point where I was completely crippled by it. Today, I have my Associates Degree in Accounting and am working towards my Bachelors in Accounting. I am president of Student Senate where I attend colleges, I am a tutor for my college, and am a student ambassador. All of these achievements I’ve made and jobs I do require me to work and communicate with people which are the hardest thing to do when you’re on the spectrum. Thank you for reading and if you have a child with a mental disability or know or are a young adult with a mental disability I highly recommend checking out North Star Education Services.

popsugar.com 11/21/2017

7 Reasons You Absolutely NEED to Take Your Kiddo to See Wonder

This movie and book are very inspirational and uplifting. The Northbrdge program students took a field trip to the movies to see it after reading the book and loved it! It is a great movie to watch with your child.

popsugar.com “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”

[11/21/17]   We want to thank everyone who donated clothes and other items for our drive. The final count is 195 bags weighing 1840 lbs!!!!

thismomlife.co 11/15/2017

How to Raise a Problem Solving Machine with a Growth Mindset - This Mom Life

Teaching kids at a young age to believe in themselves will support their growth and equip them with skills to succeed.

thismomlife.co Parent ideas for teaching a growth mindset for kids. Learning, free printable, goal settings, activities, books, tips, problem-solving.

11/15/2017

This is a great analogy to share with kids or anyone who worry. Put the worry down and enjoy life.

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."

Remember to put the glass down.

(Courtesy of Jimmy Harmon)

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