June 29, 2017

EP Girls' Summer Adventures!

Our EP Girls took a special field trip to Family Funway in Foxboro on Monday 6/26. It was sponsored by one of the parents, and the girls had a blast! From the driving range, and mini golf, to bumper boats and trampolines, it was a perfect summer day for some FUN! 

EP Division Bowling & Pizza Party!

On Sunday June 25th Emergence students had a day of fun at King's in Dedham. Students enjoyed big ball bowling under black lights.  They enjoyed showing their teachers their skills, with many bowling spares and even a strike or two!  The fun didn't stop there; bowling was followed by a pizza party!  EP has enjoyed this annual tradition and can't wait to see what next year's trip brings.

June 27, 2017

"Just One Person" Video - Continuing Dr. Kitahara's Legacy

This is our "year in recap" video for 2017. This is the kickoff to Higashi's 30th year, and we couldn't be more delighted to have an opportunity to reflect on where it all began, with "Just One Person," Dr. Kiyo Kitahara. Enjoy!

June 20, 2017

Research Opportunity - Take a Survey

Invitation to Participate in Dr. Woodman's Research Study

One of our research consultants, Dr. Ashley Woodman, from University of Massachusetts Amherst, is seeking parents of children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to complete a survey on use of respite care and related services for her research study. Previous use of respite care is not required for participation. Parents 18 years or older are invited to participate. Findings from this study will be used to inform the creation of a free, publicly available respite care training curriculum.
If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link provided below to access the electronic survey. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You will have the option to enter your name into a raffle to win one of two $25 gift cards to a merchant of your choice.

Please address any questions or concerns to Ashley Woodman, Ph.D. by phone (413-545-0292) or email (awoodman@psych.umass.edu).

URL: https://umassamherst.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3wsd8jayAujpJ9b 

May 26, 2017

BHS attends IMFAR

This year, the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) was held in San Francisco, California from May 10th to 13th. As usual, members of the Boston Higashi School were enthusiastically in attendance. Michael Kelly (Executive Director), Deborah Donovan (Principal),  Dr. Ann Roberts (Director of Clinical Services) and Dr. John Maina (Director of Program Research, Evaluation, and Development) spent their time attending presentations and making connections. They had a chance to meet with some wonderful colleagues- old and new!

May 10, 2017

Daigo Kobayashi Joins Us for Residence Soccer Fun!

NE Revolution Mascot Slyde glad posed for photos
We welcomed back Daigo Kobayashi from the New England Revolution on Wednesday to join us for some division team soccer matches at the Residence! 

We kicked off the event with Middle School Division, and a game of Red Light / Green Light using soccer balls to practice dribbling skills. Then, the division matches began.

The final standings:

  • Junior High Division (Mark S., Jayson I., Christian G., Derek K. & Timmy H.) was defeated by High School A (BJ S., Cole C., Zack L., Jeremy M., & Brendan W.); 
  • Girls Division (Hope K., Grace F., Helen C., Karina, Kristina & Dyan) dominated over EP Girls Division (Henya, Maeve from the younger girls division, Nicole, Andrea, & Hayley);
  • EP Boys apartments 1&3 (Cameron D., Ben O., Andrew B., Nick B., Pat G.) beat apartments 2&4 (Ethan N, Jack W., Hayato M., Antony G., & Dale L.);
  • Young Adults (TJ B., Ryan D., Jacob D., Patrick C., & Dante G.) triumphed over High School B (Billy C., Austin L., Johnson L., Paul W., & Chris B.)

After the games, students tried their best kicks against Mascot Slyde, and even got autographs from Daigo! Thanks Revs for a great night! 

Check out our Facebook page for photos from the event!

April 05, 2017

BHS Leaders Invited to United Nations

Pictured (from Left to Right): Dr. John Maina,
Director of Program Research, Evaluation, and
Development, Deborah Donovan, Principal,
Michael Kelly, Executive Director
Each April, the United Nations (UN) recognizes Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by bringing together leaders in the field to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. For the second year in a row, representatives from the Boston Higashi School, Mike Kelly, Executive Director, Deborah Donovan, Principal, and John Maina, Director of Program Research, Evaluation, and Development, were invited to attend the UN's day-long seminar. This year, the theme of the event was "Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination," a topic strongly related to BHS's goals of empowering its students to lead fulfilling lives. One speaker the event included Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, who has been a long-standing front runner in the field. Our team is very proud of its leadership and is thrilled to see that others recognize the true magic of our program!