DRACUT -- The Dracut Special Education Parent Advisory Council will host speaker Maria Broderick, Ed.D., Lic.Ac, from the Qigong Sensory Training Institute, on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the police station on Loon Hill Road.

Broderick is a state-licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Massachusetts. She holds a Master's degree in Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture and a Doctoral degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. She is a member of the clinical faculty of the New England School of Acupuncture.

She has researched the efficacy of holistic approaches to promoting health and well-being at Harvard's Mind/Body Medical Institute, at Boston area hospitals and research centers, and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was appointed a postdoctoral fellow and served on the faculty as lecturer in education. While a graduate student in Oriental medicine, she received a Schweitzer Fellowship.

In addition to being a general practitioner, Broderick has two areas of special interest: helping children and adolescents regain and maintain emotional balance; and treating children on the autism spectrum. She is certified in Qigong Sensory Training for autism, a research-based protocol that utilizes specialized massage for children on the autism spectrum. She provides both on-site clinical care and outreach to area schools and community centers.

All are invited. For more information, email dracutspedpac@gmail.com.