Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall Events for New York Parents

Autumn begins next week and here in New York that means that fall programming is beginning at the city's cultural, educational, and other institutions. We want to let you know about some of the programs we think can be helpful for parents and students.

A new program for parents begins tomorrow evening at The American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Wired Child: How 21st Century Technology Affects the Brain will look at how the technology which our children and teens are using impacts their brains and development. The program is in four parts, each on a Thursday evening, and features presentations by such speakers as Dr. Pamela Rutledge of The Media Psychology Research Center, Dr. Douglas Gentile, Director of the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University, and Dr. Kirk Erickson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. The fee for the four sessions is $240 and registration is available online.

The JCC in Manhattan is beginning its fall season with programs for parents, children, and teens dealing with learning and related issues. Among their offerings are separate programs for teens (Transitions) and for young adults (Adaptations) with learning and social difficulties, groups for which services are often limited. There are fees for all JCC programs.

Everyone Reading (formerly the New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association) has several upcoming workshops for parents and teachers scheduled for this fall. These workshops cover topics from an overview of dyslexia, to spelling, to teaching social studies. There is a full list of workshops, all of which charge a fee, on their website.

Another New York City group gearing up for its fall programs is Resources for Children with Special Needs, whose free programs take place in locations throughout all areas of New York City's boroughs. The topics range from "Understanding Your Child's IEP", to "Special Education Made Simple," to "Getting Ready for High School." The programs are geared for parents and groups. Schools and organizations can request specific topics or arrange for presentations in Spanish.

Last, but not least, our own Susan Yellin, Esq. will be speaking at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York on Getting Ready for College: A Guide for Students with Learning Differences and Their Families on Thursday, October 13th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. There is no fee for this program but pre-registration is required. Contact to register. Mrs. Yellin is the co-author of the award winning book, Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010).

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