• Past Meetings and Events 2012-13


    Tuesday, 11th June, 2013 at 7:15 p.m in Fox Meadows NMPR: Review of the year, look forward to 2013-2014.
    Thursday, 9th May, 2013 at 7:15 p.m. in Fox Meadows NMPR: Technology for differently abled children. Marcie Klebanoff returned to update us on the latest applications of technology (especially iPads, iPods, iPhones and desktop computers) after her last visit two years ago. Note that this presentation was not recorded so it will not be broadcast on local TV or available for download on demand. However, you can attend her workshop in White Plains on 10th June, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Sunday, 14th April, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Sheldrake Environmental Center. In partnership with Larchmont and Mamaroneck SEPTA we invite you to enjoy the springtime with a Sheldrake educator who will lead family walks around Goodliffe Pond. Have a Sweet and Social cupcake and munch on some organic apples as you walk.
    Wednesday, 10th April, 2013 at 7:15 p.m. in Fox Meadows NMPR: Dr. Seth Pearl presented "The Perfect Storm", a workshop that explored and explained the causes of neuro-developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD, seizures, and sensory integration disorder, with a specific emphasis on the role of the brain and central nervous system. He addressed how the brain and neuro-development are supposed to occur and where it goes wrong with spectrum disorders and developmental delays.

    A large focus of this presentation was on in-utero constraint and birth injuries, which Dr. Pearl feels is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of caring for kids on the spectrum. In his practice Dr. Pearl finds that greater than 80% of his spectrum patients have some degree of birth injury, resulting in subluxation and abnormal neuro-development. He reviewed what he calls the “3Ts/4Ds” concept of neuro-developmental disorders, where the 3Ts (traumas, toxins, and thoughts) create a neurological “storm” of dyskinesia, dysafferentation, dysautonomia, and dysponesis and how that is often a sure-fire recipe for autism spectrum disorders and more.
    Monday, 11th March, 2013 at 7:15 p.m. in Fox Meadows NMPR: Sheryl Frishman of Littman Krooks presented "What’s Next? Transition and Planning for the Future of Your Special Needs Child." Currently being broadcast on Scarsdale TV and available for viewing on demand. Her presentation is available in PDF, please respect her copyright.
    Monday, 4th March at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday, 5th March at 7 p.m. The Scarsdale Public Library presented in the Scott Room the acclaimed documentary movie "Bully" (PG-13, 1 h 34 m). This is a powerful film that captures moments in the lives of 5 families whose children suffered from bullying at school. This led to an international movement to stop bullying in schools, called the bully project. The screenings were followed by a short discussion led by local psychologist Ilana Rosenberg. See also www.thebullyproject.com.
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2013 at 7:15 p.m. in Fox Meadows NMPR: 
    Dr. Goetz-Haver, director of reading and literacy programs at Bankstreet College, discussed reading comprehension and strategies parents can use at home. I asked her about some of the authors she referenced in her talk and this is her reply:
    "One of the authors I mentioned was Peggy Kaye. Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read is something that our grad students often use when working with kids. She writes primarily for parents, giving some simple but enjoyable ways to work on literacy concepts and skills. She has a website, http://www.peggykaye.com/target.php?ct=welcome, where you can get some of the games and materials. One thing I like about her games is that most of them can be modified for content or format, to fit the needs of a particular learner.
    I also mentioned Jeffrey Wilhelm. He has written a large number of books for teachers. I recommended two of them for parents or anyone working with learners who would benefit from movement/ drama as pathways to learning. There are two books: Reading IS Seeing: Learning to Visualize Scenes, Characters, Ideas, and Text Worlds to Improve Comprehension and Reflective Reading. (2004), and Action Strategies for Deepening Comprehension: Using Drama Strategies to Assist Improved Reading Performance. (2002) New York: Scholastic.
    I've just begun using another book with my teachers that some of your people might find interesting. It's called "A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students With Autism", and it's by Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott (published by Paul H. Brookes in 2008). The audience for this is teachers, but it's a gem in an area where not enough has been put out there." 
    Her presentation will be broadcast on local cable TV starting Tuesday, 26th February, and is available for viewing on demand, online.
    Tuesday, 4th December, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. in Fox Meadows NMPR: What is neurofeedback? 
    Gerry Radano answered that question drawing on her experience as a licensed practitioner, and demonstrated two machines, HirPeg and Cygnet. The presentation's slides, video on demand, and Ms. Radano's web site.

    14th November, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. in Fox Meadows NMPR: Current Topics in Special Education, Dr. Michael Mendelson, Director of Special Education, Scarsdale School District
    13th November, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Scarsdale Middle School: Alfie Kohn, education critic, presented at the PT Council meeting. This event was sponsored by the PT Council.
    10th October, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. in Fox Meadow Elementary School:  
    "Understanding The Child With Special Needs", by Harriet Weinberger
    • What are the red flag behaviors that we need to concern ourselves with?
    • Creating a manual for the child that didn't come with one. (Supportive parenting techniques)
    • What are some of the major differences between autistic spectrum behaviors, ADHD, and sensory processing disorder?
    More information about Ms. Weinberger can be found at www.hweinberger.com.
    12th September, 2012 at 7:15 p.m., Fox Meadow Elementary School
    Topic: Introduction to Special Education by Sheryl Frishman of Littman Krooks.
    An overview of special education law in New York and what parents can and cannot expect from their school district. Video of this meeting is available on the District's web site under Scarsdale Cable TV, Video on Demand. Mrs. Frishman has graciously made her presentation available as a Microsoft Power Point file for viewing, please respect her copyright.