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The Rebecca Listener

The Rebecca Listener

By Rebecca School
Therapeutic day school for children 3-21 with neurodevelopmental delays of relating and communicating.
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Telling Social Stories
Social Stories: What are they? In this episode we talk about using a tool called social stories to help students understand and anticipate events in their lives. From pictures, to details about an event, and even the time of day; social stories can help students understand themselves and the world around them.
November 24, 2021
Season 2 Trailer: WE ARE BACK!!!!
Welcome to season 2 of the Rebecca Listener!!! We know everyone has been excited for the Podcasts return and here we are! Stay tuned and hit that subscribe button!!! Questions: ICDL DIR Conference:
November 05, 2021
Improv: Say "Yes" and Follow it with "And?"
Chris interviews a teaching assistant, Haley R., and the two discuss how improv & Floortime lineup. Haley has used her skills in improv comedy to both help teach students through DIRFloortime and help staff realize their true potential in play.
February 14, 2020
Some Food for Thought
Chris interviews ToniAnn Loftus,MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD, and Liza Bernabeo, MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD, about their recent Journal Article "Food for Thought: Preparing the Brain to Eat New Foods through "Messy" Play." The article was originally a presentation that won "best presentation" at the London Conference. Want to read the article? You can find it here: Liza Bernabeo MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD was born in Stony  Brook, New York. She received a B.S. in Communicative Disorders and  Sciences from the State University of New York College at Geneseo in  Geneseo, New York, USA in 2008 and her masters in Speech-Language  Pathology from Adelphi University, in Garden City, New York, USA in  2010. She is currently a full time employee of the Rebecca School in New  York , New York, USA. Liza is also a paid training leader for the  Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental Learning. She is also  expertly trained in DIR/Floortime and has been working with in model  since 2011. Her special interests include expressive and receptive  language disorders, oral motor & feeding, DIR/Floortime, and  neurodevelopmental communication disorders. Ms. Bernabeo is a is an  active member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. ToniAnn Gambella Loftus, MS. CCC-SLP/TSSLD was  born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA. She received her bachelors  degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA in 2008 and  her master’s degree in speech language pathology from Seton Hall  University in South Orange New Jersey, USA in 2010. She is currently a  full time employee of the Rebecca School in New York , New York, USA.  ToniAnn is also a paid training leading for the Interdisciplinary  Counsel on Developmental Learning. She is also expertly trained in  DIR/Floortime and has been working with in model since 2011. ToniAnn has  a special interest in neurodevelopment, feeding and hearing. Mrs.  Loftus is an active member of the American Speech Language and Hearing  Association.
February 14, 2020
Why We Plan
On this special episode of the Rebecca Listener, a student joins the podcast to talk about their experience in transition prepping. He explains who the most important people are in his school transition plan and what he hopes to accomplish after graduation.
January 22, 2020
Goodbye 2019
On today's short episode, we say goodbye to 2019 and talk about some of the years memorable moments as well as what we have to look forward to in 2020.
December 20, 2019
Media Literacy p. 2
On this episode Chris is accompanied by Donal Welch, the Rebecca School creative writing teacher. The two take a deeper dive into explaining concerns that revolve around media literacy.
November 27, 2019
An Introduction to Media Literacy
Tina and Chris talk briefly about media literacy and why it is important to understand what we consume from our electronic devices.
November 15, 2019
Graduation Group
Graduation group is a transitions group that helps students understand what it means to graduate school and where they will going post Rebecca School.
October 25, 2019
Keep Calm, it's PT Month
To celebrate Physical Therapy month, the Rebecca School's PT department joins Chris to talk about what physical therapy looks like in the DIR Floortime model.
October 15, 2019
Season 2 is here!!
The Rebecca Listener is back with more content than before! This short episode is our season two podcast kickoff! Tina and Chris talk about the first month of school, what new changes are in store for this year, and much more!
October 02, 2019
Tina Talks - 2018/2019 School Year Finale Podcast
On this episode, Tina & Chris wrap up their discussion on DIR Floortime®. 
July 24, 2019
Better Speech and Hearing
Although it's June, our Speech department has come together to talk about their work and promote Better Speech and Hearing Month (May). The therapists talk about assisted hearing devices, different ways of communication, staff collaboration, and so much more.
June 17, 2019
Tech Time
Clinical Director Toni Tortora takes over as host for this week's podcast. She interviews Chris, Allison, and Morgan about the Tech/Science groups that several students participate in here at Rebecca School. Groups centered around technology and computers help foster critical thinking skills as well as shared attention when used appropriately.
May 30, 2019
Individual Differences
On today's episode, Tina & Chris continue the conversation of breaking down DIR Floortime® by explaining the I (Individual Differences) in DIR.
May 06, 2019
It's World Autism Awareness Month and we have a special podcast episode just for you! Listen in as our Occupational Therapy department speak about what it's like to be an OT at Rebecca School.
April 18, 2019
Tina Talks - (D)IR
On today's Tina Talks episode, Tina and Chris talk about development and the basic functional emotional developmental capacities. 
April 08, 2019
Travel Training
From learning to navigate the neighborhood, navigating to the store, and learning how to travel to an internship; travel training helps guide students towards their independence.
March 29, 2019
Handwriting is a skill that is often taught in a singular manner. Learn how an occupational therapist and teacher are switching up how handwriting is learned by using sensory play. 
March 15, 2019
Friendship (Transitions Team)
Today's episode is an open forum in which Chris and the transitions team talks in regards to fostering relationships outside of a school setting.
March 12, 2019
Chess Club
Sergio, a teaching assistant here at the Rebecca School, discusses his chess groups that he facilitates for students.
February 25, 2019
Just Breathe
Taking a step back and taking a deep breath can help us to self regulate/self soothe. Today's episode involves three therapists who co-run a breathing group, here at Rebecca School, which is helping students learn to self regulate, co regulate, and engage with each other.
February 12, 2019
Tina Talks - Episode 2
Let's recap this past months episodes as well as shed some light on various upcoming events and happenings at the school.
February 10, 2019
Post Rebecca School (Transitions Planning)
On today's episode, transition coordinators Josh and Shelby talk about preparing students for post Rebecca School.
February 01, 2019
Education Department & DIR Floortime
On today's episode a few members of our education department take the time to talk about what DIR Floortime looks like in a classroom setting.
January 25, 2019
Poetry Groups
In today's episode we look into one of the many groups that are run here at Rebecca School. The group we will be discussing today is poetry group.
January 18, 2019
Interdisciplinary Talk
Rebecca School's occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy supervisors talk about how each of their disciplines integrate into the DIR Floortime Model.
January 10, 2019
Tina Talks Episode 1
To start off our podcast Tina, our Director, talks about Rebecca School in order to set the overall tone of future episodes.
January 04, 2019