By Craig Selinger
Breaking down hot educational and therapeutic topics by experts who help children, adolescents, and families. Hosted by Craig Selinger, CEO of Brooklyn Letters and Themba Tutors.
What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation and how can it be performed remotely by a psychologist?
Dr. A Jordan Wright, Ph.D., ABAP, Faculty and Director, Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing New York University, specializes in psychological assessment (including learning disabilities and ADHD) and is the author of five books on psychological assessment, discusses online neuropsychological assessments. He answers common questions about the validity and reliability of tele-assessments for learning and attentional difficulties commonly seen in children, adolescents, and college students. Come learn what the important factors families should consider when deciding if an office or tele-assessment or both make the most sense when a child or teen is struggling with learning in school.
June 13, 2021
Despite her accolades and accomplishments, Dr. Jane, internationally renowned for adoption medicine, openly discusses her obstacles throughout her career. Resiliency is the key to her success.
Dr. Jane Aronson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine, Director of International Pediatric Health Services, PLLC, Founder and former CEO of Worldwide Orphans 1997-2019, and Director of Global Behavioral Health Network for Children and Young People, who is also known internationally as the Orphan Doctor, reflects on her childhood growing up above her father's grocery store in South Jamaica, Queens, through age 3 and then in Franklin Square, Long Island. Jane was passed over, ignored, and sometimes bullied at times throughout her medical career for being a woman, and yet she was resilient and became a leader in adoption medicine and global health. Even as a young child, Jane knew she wanted to become a doctor like her revered Great Uncle Joe, who helped treat Native Americans with Tuberculosis. As a young child, she created "The Bee Hospital" nursing injured bees brought to her by friends on the block. Her father, who owned a grocery store, would take Jane, as a very young child, on home visits to his diverse customers. He would ask them about their lives and about their children and spoke quietly and asked them to pay only what they could afford at the time. Early in her childhood, Jane experienced trauma and the identity crisis of coming out LGBTQ without the support of her family. This motivated Jane to help others as a teacher, doctor, and as a global leader. At the age of 69, nothing stops Jane as she plans to grow her work as a pediatrician by developing a counseling practice to help adopted children grow a healthy identity. She currently works with professionals all over the United States to improve health equity and provide social justice for vulnerable and at-risk children.
March 12, 2021
Literacy and the Brain: What You Need to Know.
Dr. Jan Wasowicz is an ASHA-certified, IL-licensed, and FL-licensed speech-language pathologist with 35+ years of experience as a language, literacy, and learning specialist working with students who have language-based reading, writing, and spelling difficulties and disorders. She has taught numerous university-level courses and is frequently invited to speak about best practices in literacy assessment and instruction at professional conferences. She is also the inventor of the Earobics® software, author of SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing, and lead moderator of the SPELLTalk professional listserv. She is here to speak about her favorite topic, literacy! Learn about the updated science of literacy, how her word study program was adopted by the Colorado READ Act, and Dr. Wasowicz's favorite literacy tips to help students become more proficient readers and writers.
December 8, 2020
Academy Award winner, Peggy Stern, discusses SuperDville, a media channel for students 7-12 years of age with dyslexia and learning issues.
Academy Award winner, Peggy Stern, who produces and directs documentaries, who struggled with dyslexia as a child, discusses how she created SuperDville, a media channel for students 7-12 years of age with dyslexia and learning issues. The SuperDville curriculum was developed by seminal researchers, therapists, and educators, and stars actual students who have learning differences on and off the screen. These fun educational videos are for educators, parents, and students and can be used at home! Each video lesson contains a scaffolded activity to promote social-emotional themes and discussions. Please take advantage of this free subscription while it lasts!
December 4, 2020
Micro-schooling and Equity for All Students: Prenda is the Game Changer.
Kaity Broadbent, Head of Learning from Prenda, discusses micro-schooling! Kaity is an ardent believer in equity and Prenda's approach to learning. Prenda believes students of different ages can learn collaboratively at their own pace. Flexibility helps students learn through fun engaging activities. Finding each child's internal drive, allowing autonomy for student choices, and making connections with peers and learning guides helps students grow as individuals as they master vital skills. Helping provide equal access to students who struggle with literacy, Kaity was one of the masterminds behind Treasure Hunt Reading (check out one of 93 videos), an Orton Gillingham based multisensory way to learn literacy! It's free for all https://treasurehunt.prenda.co/!
November 23, 2020
Dr. Mukherjee Discusses her Evolution from India to New York City as a Neuropsychologist who Helps Families Overcome Challenges
Preetika Mukherjee, who grew up in India, is a pediatric neuropsychologist in private practice in New York City. She specializes in neuropsychological evaluations of children and adolescents. In India, she received her master's in Applied Clinical Psychology. Knowing that she wanted to advance her studies in understanding human behavior, she studied in New York City and received a doctorate in School Psychology from New York University, received her post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Later in New York City, she was the Director of Neuropsychological Evaluation Services at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, served as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University and Mount Sinai Hospital. During this podcast, she discusses the field of psychology, particularly neuropsychology, cultural differences between India and the States, and how she helps families best understand their child's learning and behavior through a neuropsychological evaluation.
November 5, 2020
Netiquette in a Virtual Pedagogical World
Due to a sudden pandemic, a new set of online social norms are being established between educators/therapists and their students/clients. Netiquette is acceptable online behaviors within a network of individuals. Sharon Baum, a NY licensed speech-language pathologist, explains netiquette and its connection to social-emotional learning while virtually working with her New York City middle school students.
October 18, 2020
Progressive Education for Middle and High School Students
Patty is a Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn resident, mother of three girls, helps her hustler husband run one of their local businesses, a restaurant, and is the Math Department Head at a Manhattan public school, The Institute for Collaborative Education, 6th-12th grades. Come learn about progressive education, portfolio-based approaches, and how to encourage students to problem-solve. Patty explains how she facilitates her students to apply their understanding of mathematical concepts and use tools to build upon their understanding of mathematical learning. By encouraging her students to collaborate together, this creates a community of inclusion and allows her students to challenge themselves. For the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, regardless of how students are taught, Patty stresses that students, regardless of the discipline, need time to think and actively engage with the world and their peers.
October 1, 2020
1st Week of all Remote Learning for the 2020-21 School Year: A Middle Schooler Chimes in
James, a Brooklyn middle school student, discusses his first week of all remote learning from the comfort of his home. Come learn what James enjoys about his online learning setup, what he misses from being physically at school, and what he predicts will happen to his online curriculum as the school year progresses. He also offers several suggestions to help students improve their online learning!
September 23, 2020
Mental Health While Parenting During a Pandemic
Fara Jones, MA, LCSW is a Psychotherapist and Creative Arts Therapist. During this podcast, she discusses how the pandemic is impacting our mental health and provides suggestions for how to best care for ourselves. COVID-19 is best understood through understanding the stages of grief. Acceptance helps us deal with loss. We need to learn to adapt to our new lives, accept discomfort, allow the flow of our full circle of emotions, and find a cause. Cultivating how to best express oneself during hard times is crucial for our well beings. Creativity helps us engage with the world, even when expressed during mundane tasks. Come learn how Fara helps families, tweens and teens, find their paths during these unprecedented times.
September 18, 2020
The Language of Writing and Language-Based Learning Disabilities
Language is all about being able to communicate expressively and effectively not only through sounds but also through listening, reading, and writing. And for many children who struggle with language, this can lead to further issues with literacy, such as learning to write as well as peers. Watch this video with Dr. Anthony Koutsoftas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and professor of speech-language therapy at Seton Hall University, and learn more about why writing is one of the most difficult skills to master and the pivotal roles that speech-language pathologists play in literacy. Link: https://youtu.be/fpOM_-dcsRA
September 17, 2020
Approximately 32 million adults in the United States can't read. How can we help?
Lavinia Mancuso, native New Yorker, teacher, principal, and currently Executive Director of Everyone Reading, joins us to discuss her favorite topic- literacy! She explains why students are still illiterate in the US, and how we can solve this problem. Here are some of her tips: Parents and teachers must teach the five pillars of literacy and tackle all four modalities: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. When it comes to teaching decoding and spelling, keep it simple! Say the sound and write it. Practice and repetition are the key ingredients for success. Train students to use their inner ears and eyes to monitor themselves when they read. Come learn more about how to effectively teach literacy! Lavinia also recommends the Reading League to keep updated with the science of reading.
September 7, 2020
What You Need to Know About Students' Rights of Children with Learning Disabilities
In many instances, learning disabilities are invisible. What many consider as typical behaviors, such as acting out or lack of focus, could turn out to be warning signs of underlying learning or attention difficulties. We have seen parents get caught off-guard when their child is diagnosed with a learning disability, and the process of seeking assistance from schools also adds another layer to these challenges. In this episode, special education advocate and consultant Miriam Nunberg, Esq., talks to us about students' rights and getting proper education for children with learning disabilities. Know more about these laws created to ensure equitable learning and what accommodations you can avail for your child. Miriam recently was on the "Nice White Parents" NY Times podcast.
September 4, 2020
What You Need to Know About Late Talkers
Hearing your child talk for the first time is one of the most magical moments of parenthood. In this episode of the Craig Selinger Podcast, Dr. Michelle Macroy-Higgins, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and associate professor of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Program at Hunter College, New York, talks about how to diagnose a late talker and how to help them.
August 27, 2020
Founder of The Lang School Talks About Twice Exceptional Students
In this episode of the Craig Selinger Podcast, Micaela Bracamonte, founder of the first 2e (Twice Exceptional) friendly school in New York City talks about how The Lang School started sixteen years ago when her son was diagnosed as 2e at the age of four. She discusses the evolution of the Lang School and how it incorporates social-emotional learning and strength-based approaches, among other curriculums. In the early years, teachers notice students' talents and nurture them throughout their Lang School careers. For the 2019-2020 school year, the graduate class, all three Lang valedictorians, received financial merit-based college scholarships. The Lang School offers virtual free resources for families. Learn more, please visit The Lang School website: www.thelangschool.org.
August 3, 2020
Five Ways to Engage Students
Dr. Deara Espinoza, author of Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere!, discusses five ways to engage students, based on her doctorate research at the University of Southern California - Los Angeles.
June 26, 2020