Conference planned on overcoming everyday challenges of autism, Aug. 20 and 21

Behavior analyst Tom Caffrey to present at August conference

BERLIN — Board certified behavior analyst Tom Caffrey, who has presented at over 300 conferences all over the world, is coming to White Mountains Community College in Berlin, on Aug. 20 and 21 to share his knowledge and experience with autism. 

"He's coming right to Berlin from Thailand," says Heather Day Holt, former Director of Autism Network-Guiding, Educating and Learning in Ireland, who attended over 200 hours of workshops and hands-on training with Caffrey. "My background is in communication disorders, counseling and play therapy and this approach to teaching is a bridge between all three!"

The cost of this workshop has been drastically decreased to ensure every individual in the North Country who has a child with autism or another developmental disability can attend and gain this life changing knowledge. Specifically, participants will learn about practical strategies that can help them to: engage a child that shows little or no interest in interacting with others, expand a child's interests and activities, teach functional communication skills to vocal and non-vocal learners, engage children in meaningful social situations with their peers, decide if a child should be a vocal or non-vocal learner, shape cooperative behavior and decrease escape motivated problem behavior, use research based teaching procedures to establish and maintain instructional control during structured teaching, develop an effective schedule to maximize learning opportunities, and implement reinforcement-based approaches that reduce problem behavior.

"No matter what areas of difficulty a child presents, first and foremost they are children," says Holt. "They are in need of fun, natural, play based interventions, especially when they have deficits in the area of social pragmatic skills, and Tom's presentation will address this beautifully."

White Mountains Community College has generously donated the venue and lunch for both days. The cost of the workshop is $295 for professionals and $195 for caregivers. They encourage early registration as seating is limited. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Send payment to: Heather Day Holt, 106 Hill Rd. Dummer, NH 03588.


Foot Clinic at AVH Professional Clinic

BERLIN — Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, a member of the Northern New Hampshire Health Care Collaborative, is offering a Foot Care Clinic at the lower level of the AVH Professional Center every Friday in August from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, please call 800-750-2366.

Nursing Alumni Association to disband

CONCORD – The officers and members of the N.H. Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association voted to end their long and devoted 109 year history with a grand reunion titled, 'Celebrating our Legacy'. According to the program chairperson, Stanley Plodzik, Class of 1964, the final early afternoon event will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Grappone Conference Center in Concord, on Sept. 12.

N.H. Hospital School of Nursing was one of the oldest psychiatric based hospital diploma schools of nursing in the United States. The school was founded in 1888, at the New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord, closing in 1983. The school provided a total of 95 years of continuous operation and nursing education. Graduates have held positions in every field of nursing in most states, and many foreign countries as well. Many of the graduates are proud veterans who served a commissioned officers in our military organizations serving in the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and more current areas of conflict.

Most of the schools of nursing in the state of New Hampshire, as well as schools from the New England states sent students for a three month affiliation. In total, 8855 students affiliated and completed their psychiatric component curriculum required for Registered Nurse licensure.

The event committee hopes to reach as many of the 1195 graduates along with faculty, friends and nursing affiliates associated with the school during its long history. For those would like to participate in this historic event and did not receive an invitation, please call (603) 219-6956.

Nursing-AlumniPictured in the photo are committee members: Sitting: Claudette Mahar, Joyce Johnson, Chester Fuller Standing: Sandra Davis, Stanley Plodzik, Carolyn Egan.

Family Health names three new board members

BERLIN — Coos County Family Health Services has named three new members to its Board of Directors. Bob Thompson, Dawn Fountain and Tim Beaulac all bring a variety of skills and knowledge to the board. 

Bob Thompson has a broad range of experience in the development and management of prevention and substance misuse programs. He recently joined SAU 3 in the role of Program Director for the Project AWARE Initiative (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education), a federally funded, five-year effort designed to improve the social and emotional well-being of area students.

Dawn Fountain serves as the Branch Manager for the Bank of N.H. in Gorham. She is a long-time advocate for children, serving on the N.H. Children's Trust, and as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer. She is also a member of the Berlin-Gorham Rotary Club, and serves on the Advisory Committee for Northwoods Home Health.

Tim Beaulac recently retired after a long career in pharmacy. He is a Registered Pharmacist with a long history of service to residents of the Berlin-Gorham region. He is active in the local chapter of the Kiwanis International organization, and brings a wealth of both professional and practical experience to the organization's Board of Directors.

The CCFHS Board of Directors has also elected its officers for the year: Bob Pelchat, president; Joan Merrill, vice-president; Aline Boucher, treasurer; and Jeff Smith, secretary.

To learn more about the services that Family Health offers, visit the organization's website at or call them at (603) 752-3669.


Foot Clinic offered at AVH

BERLIN — Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, a member of the Northern New Hampshire Health Care Collaborative, is offering a Foot Care Clinic at the lower level of the AVH Professional Center every Friday in August from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For an appointment, please call 800-750-2366.