Chris Walsh Center

October 2021

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A center at Framingham State University dedicated to helping families and educators of children with unmet needs.

Introducing Fall Call-In Hours with Ellen Rose, Graduate Assistant:

The Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of MetroWest will be hosting Call-in Hours from Oct. 4 to Dec. 10 for parents, caregivers, and educators. As the center’s Graduate Assistant and a student in Framingham State University’s MA in Counseling Psychology Program, I will be taking the calls.

Calling times are available Tuesday afternoons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In an effort to keep the lines open for other clients, these sessions will be time limited. However, longer sessions are available over Zoom by appointment.

The Call-in Hours act as a resource for parents, caregivers, and educators whose situation falls in line with the Center’s mission to serve children with unmet needs. The hours will also provide the Center with a way to connect with the community. The Center is open to community suggestions on resources, topics to look at, and other ideas for consideration.

The call can even just be to talk through a situation. Having raised two children myself who had problems arise in their education, I know how stressful it is. You don't know where to go and sometimes you just need someone to talk to.

The driving force in putting together the Call-in Hours was to provide not only a resource, but an outlet for clients to discuss their problems with someone who can relate and who can provide advice and further resources. With my education being in psychology, I am able to provide that support aspect to the Call-in Hours.

Clients should not feel reluctant to call the Center. There is a lot of availability in terms of call time with the hours just recently starting up. I encourage everyone to call in.

At the end of this month’s newsletter, you’ll find our resource of the month. Feel free to call in if you have any further questions about the Dyslexia Guidelines’ content.


Check Out Our Upcoming Events:

Virtual Book Discussion for Parents & Educators:​ Sincerely, Your Autistic Child​ Edited by Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon daVanport, and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu​

Monday, Dec. 6th, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. or

Wednesday, Dec. 8th, 7 – 8 p.m.

Online Video Chat (on Zoom)

Register on Eventbrite.

This event is open to the MetroWest community parents, family members and educators as well as FSU students, faculty and staff. Discussion will be facilitated by Dr. James Cressey’s Education Department students from his course “Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities.”

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing up, Acceptance and Identity is a collection of pieces by writers from the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. This book is a diverse collection of autistic voices that highlights how parents can avoid common mistakes and misconceptions, and make their child feel truly accepted, valued, and celebrated for who they are.

Register by November 12th, and the Chris Walsh Center will provide you access to Sincerely, Your Autistic Child.

Seeking Website Reviewers

The center's new website has officially been launched, but continues to grow each week, thanks to the work of our interns and staff. The center values accessibility and want our content to be available for everyone. Therefore, we are seeking reviewers to navigate the site and give us feedback. We are especially interested in users with a variety disabilities to test out the accessibility of the site. If you are willing to serve as a website reviewer, please contact us at

Click Here to Take Our Parent/Caregiver Survey

Click the blue box above to take our survey about how we can best serve the needs of parents and caregivers!

Introducing This Semester's Interns:

Breanna Huntley, Psychology Intern

Breanna Huntley will serve as a Psychology Intern at the Chris Walsh Center during the Fall 2021 Semester. She is a senior at Framingham State University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. After graduation, she plans to get her master's degree in Clinical Psychology. As an Intern at the Chris Walsh Center, Breanna is most looking forward to the ability to provide families with the resources they need to help their children throughout their education. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as exploring new hobbies in her free time.

Krysta Padellaro, Psychology Intern

Krysta is serving as an intern at the Chris Walsh Center during the Fall 2021 Semester. She is a senior this year at Framingham State University majoring in Elementary Education with a coordinate in Psychology as well as member of the Honors College. She plans to get her master’s degree in Special Education or Elementary Education. By joining the center, she is looking forward to understanding and learning the perspective of parenting and bringing that knowledge with her to help guide her classroom in her future career as an educator. She is excited to locate resources to help guide parents to help their children. Outside of the classroom, she plays for the Women’s Basketball team at Framingham and enjoys going home to beach with her family.

Resource of the Month:

New Massachusetts Dyslexia Guidelines

In honor of October being Dyslexia Awareness Month, the Chris Walsh Center would like to recommend the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's updated dyslexia guidelines. Our staff have put together a summary of this 81-page document. Be on the lookout for our next resource of the month!

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About Us:

Mission: To provide information for families and educators about the continuum of educational support available to students with disabilities, students who are gifted, and students with unmet needs. The center will offer support, workshops and other programming for families, educators, student support professionals, administrators, and advocates in the MetroWest area. The center also will engage in scholarly research, educator preparation, and professional development.

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