PDK Education & Advocacy Support

Janice Plunkett D’Avignon, Ph.D. & Linda Kelly, Ph.D.

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Thank you for visiting our website. We provide Educational and Advocacy support for families living in the greater Boston area and the South Shore. Our services include:

- Advocacy to assist parents of children with learning, social and/​or emotional challenges

- Guidance with navigating the special educational process, ranging from eligibility to concerns with services and school placement

- Psycho-educational and neuropsychological evaluations for diagnostic clarification, assistance with the educational process and transition planning

- Consultation session(s) with parents in need of a plan to address their educational and home-based concerns




Janice Plunkett D’Avignon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has a private practice south of Boston. Dr. D’Avignon has 30 years of specialization in working with students who struggle with a wide range of learning, emotional and social challenges. She has worked in various school settings enhancing her ability to effectively collaborate and negotiate with school staff.

Additionally, she has developed an expertise in addressing the needs of students who present with social communication challenges, including those with high functioning autism. She is the co-author of a book entitled, Charting the Course for Treating Children with Autism: A Beginner’s Guide for Therapists, published in March 2014 by W.W. Norton.

Linda Kelly, Ph.D. is a school psychologist employed in the Brookline, MA public school district. Dr. Kelly works with an extensive variety of students with social-emotional and learning needs. In addition, she has an expertise in transition planning, including testing & programming to prepare students for post-secondary success. Dr. Kelly also provides various consultative services and performs psycho-educational evaluations in private practice. With Dr. D'Avignon, she is the co-author of a book entitled, Charting the Course for Treating Children with Autism: A Beginner’s Guide for Therapists, published in March 2014 by W.W. Norton.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
A therapist's guide to working with high functioning children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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