Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Let My Child Learn

Malkie Schulman

Your child is struggling, falling behind in school. But you and his teacher can’t figure out why. Experts discuss the ways we learn, how kids get “locked out,” and the various keys to helping every child access his potential.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

My ten-year-old niece Rivka, is a conundrum. Some professionals surmise her difficulties are caused by multiple learning challenges, like dyslexia coupled with an auditory processing disorder and sensory issues — which lead to disruptive behavior, because she can’t keep up with the rest of her class. According to others, however, Rivka “simply” has behavioral issues. Everyone agrees she is bright — but no one has yet been able to decipher the best treatment plan. When I was asked to cover Lakewood’s On Track Educational Expo, I immediately thought of Rivka, who struggles with many of the issues showcased in the event. This gathering promised information on the latest therapies from the best and brightest in the education field. Perhaps I could glean some information that would help my desperate sister-in-law figure out how to help her daughter succeed in school. 
So Many Therapists…“The purpose of the Expo was to let Lakewood educators know what’s available to their students in terms of remedial help,” explains Expo coordinatorMrs.ShulamisTropper, certified school psychologist and founder of On Track Resources, a company that provides child study team evaluations to over 50 schools in Lakewood.Nearly 700 individuals in the chinuch field availed themselves of the exhibitions and presentations on this one-day, action-packed event. Tables set up with informative displays, computers, and reading and multisensory materials filled two large rooms, staffed by the exhibitors — all religious male and female professionals in helping fields, eager to share their innovative methods. An additional room downstairs was designated for various presentations throughout the day.The room was filled with therapists — physical, occupational, and speech — along with kriah and reading specialists, behavioral and social skills therapists, parenting experts, and those experts who claim to be able to eradicate many brain disorders by addressing underlying brain function. Whereas once our children with learning and behavioral issues had to attend public schools to meet their learning needs, today,baruch Hashem, there is no shortage of services in a township like Lakewood. In fact, some might say the overabundance of treatment options adds confusion to an already daunting problem — each therapist claiming to know exactly how to help the child, but everyone with different advice.Despite all the available services however, there are always the puzzles, the “Rivkas” who seem to elude all labels, yet clearly experience challenges.

To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

A Response to "Too Far from Home"
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “Chareidi Israel is not happy to absorb immigrants”
Life after Kollel
Yonoson Rosenblum Remaining a ben Torah requires remaining a bar daas
Angel's Advocate
Eytan Kobre Because this is how’s it’s supposed to be always
Bring Back the Wonder
Yisroel Besser Look around and say, “Ribbono shel Olam, wow!”
Make Your Words Count
Rabbi Shneur Aisenstark This story delivers two sobering lessons for all of us
I Know of What I Speak
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman I would allow my mask to fall, my soul to be revealed
Meet the Tzaddik
Jacob L. Freedman “Aren’t there meds that can get him back to yeshivah?”
Two centuries later, the Chasam Sofer’s niggunim are heard again
Riki Goldstein The musical side of the Chasam Sofer dynasty
How Do You Think of These Words?
Riki Goldstein “For me, the words are the neshamah of the song”
The Song I Can't Stop Singing: Shlomo Simcha
Riki Goldstein “Which song are you connecting to this season?”
Megama Had the Magic
Riki Goldstein Remembering Moshe Yess a”h and Shalom Levine a”h
Living Beyond the Moment
Faigy Peritzman Someone steeped in Torah always lives beyond the moment
Sarah Chana Radcliffe We can only be sure that we can never be sure
Instinctive Knowledge
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Jewish babies are born knowing Hashem
The Gardener: Part II
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer “It’s a secret language called body language”