BACK TO SCHOOL 2014
News from The Yellin Center
What is it about summer that makes it fly by so quickly? It seems like we just finished celebrating the Fourth of July, but the new school year is somehow already upon us. This is a perfect time to make sure that your child's educational needs are still being met by their educational plan. Call us to find out what kind of evaluation update might be helpful at this juncture, and read on for articles about how to get your child engaged in reading and your child's right to an independent educational evaluation (IEE).
What's New at
The Yellin Center
It has been a busy few months here at The Yellin Center. Dr. Yellin has been working with the founders of newly created schools in Brooklyn and East Harlem, as well as with numerous established schools – public and private – to assist them with incorporating our approach to learning in their classrooms and school level assessments. Our fall professional development calendar is filling quickly; for more information, visit our website or contact us.
We have seen students from California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and several other states, in addition to the New York metro area (which includes New Jersey and Connecticut). We’ve also worked with a number of international students, who came to The Yellin Center from their homes in Europe.
On August 10th we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Yellin Center Blog, with almost 800 blogs to date. In our first post we promised: “news, reviews, articles, tips and more -- all about our favorite topic: learning.” We'd like to think that we have fulfilled this promise, and invite you to search for posts on topics of interest to you by visiting blog.yellincenter.com and searching by topic tag or keyword, or by browsing our archive.
Yellin Center Learning Specialist Beth Guadagni spent two days at her alma mater, Columbia University’s Teachers College, at a conference on the implications of current research on literacy assessment and instruction. Take a look at Beth’s series of blogs about what she learned at this program, on the following topics: writing, phonics, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
On August 19th, Susan Yellin gave a webinar presentation to several hundred parents, as part of an Experts Series sponsored by Additude Magazine. The webinar topic was “The IEP/504 Check Up: Tips for getting your ADHD/LD child's accommodations set for the new school year”. Dozens of parents were able to ask questions, which covered every aspect of this often confusing subject. You can listen to the webinar here.
And, on August 20th, Dr. and Mrs. Yellin each presented to a large group of School Health Physicians under the auspices of the Office of School Health of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Long Island City. Dr. Yellin spoke on “Neurodevelopmental Assessment: Linking Cognitive Neuroscience to Clinical Practice” and Mrs. Yellin’s presentation was on “Special Education Law and the School Physician.” The physicians attending this event had thoughtful questions and positive comments, making for a rewarding experience for both speakers.
On September 18, Dr. Yellin will present a talk on “Strategies for Success in Medical School” to the first year students at the New York University School of Medicine, where he is a member of the faculty. This annual presentation is part of his ongoing work with the School of Medicine to help medical students understand, manage and overcome the particular challenges they face in their professional education.
On October 15, Dr. Yellin will be the featured speaker at a presentation sponsored by the Young Presidents Organization of New York City.
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Getting Children Engaged in Reading
Whether you help your child become a more engaged reader by finding just the right book, or by sharing her thoughts about a book she just read, parents and teachers can help encourage every child to read more – and to enjoy it more as well.
READ THE ARTICLE HERE
Your Child's Right to an Independent Educational Evaluation
It seems to be happening more and more often. We receive a call from a parent telling us that their school district has agreed to pay for their child’s evaluation and asking us to begin the process of scheduling an assessment. Or, we may get a call from a school district, advising us that a parent wants to have their child evaluated at The Yellin Center and that the school district has agreed to pay for such evaluation. How does this happen and what rights do parents have to seek payment from their school district for an evaluation at The Yellin Center?
READ THE ARTICLE HERE
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