Halloween 2014

Birchtree’s students celebrated Halloween with costumes, games, pumpkin decorating, sensory activities, cupcake decorating, and art projects. They also enjoyed a Practice Trick or Treat around our school to help them prepare for holiday celebrations with their families.

Birchtree Presents “Benefit for Learning” Fundraising Auction at Redhook Brewery, 11/15/14

Birchtree_auction_biddingJoin friends and supporters of The Birchtree Center at the annual Benefit for Learning on November 15 at Redhook Brewery at 1 Redhook Way in Portsmouth. This fun event features live music, live and silent auctions, raffles, appetizers, desserts, and drinks. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Birchtree Center’s educational and therapeutic programs for children and youth with autism and their families.

Musician Elijah Clark opens the evening with soulful light rock and crowd-pleasing covers. Then dancer Naomi Diaz–who is also a Birchtree instructor–offers up a Polynesian dance demonstration. A quick and entertaining live auction follows. Demijon Music Clan wraps up the evening with lively Irish and American folk and rock music.

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“Surviving the Holidays” Q&A Session Launches Admission-Free Autism Q&A Series

Autism Q&A SessionHoliday celebrations such as Thanksgiving can be difficult for children and youth with autism and their families. To help these families prepare for the holiday season, the nonprofit Birchtree Center in Newington launches a series of admission-free “Autism Q&A” sessions on November 12, 2014, with a session entitled “Surviving—and Enjoying—the Winter Holidays.”

From 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. that evening, Executive Director Sandra Pierce-Jordan and Behavior Analyst Brianne Pileggi will be at the Birchtree Center in Newington to answer questions from parents, guardians, and caregivers about the challenges their families face during the holidays. Continue reading

The Birchtree Center Welcomes New Board Members

The Birchtree Center elected three new board members in the summer of 2014: Sarah Grazier, Dennis Riendeau and Amy Smucker.

The group also elected officers including Bruce Dicker, president; Andrew E. Smith, vice president; Allison Bussiere, secretary; and Dennis Riendeau, treasurer.

The newest board members join a sixteen-member board that also includes MaryLiz Geffert, Bob Gross, Richard Guare, Glicka Kaplan, Carol McClard, Ann Tarlton and Mike Teixeira as well as staff representatives. Continue reading

Water Country Field Trip

June 18th was a great day for Birchtree’s students and instructors! The weather was perfectly summery, and many of our students and instructors enjoyed a field trip to Water Country in Portsmouth.

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