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Rebecca School Visits The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater!

What a great time the Rebecca School had visiting the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater’s Autism Friendly performance of The Princess, the emperor, and the Duck in Center Park on March 21st, 2017. The overall experience was wonderful and memorable for our students. This was all made possible by the thoughtfulness and preparation of the staff at the theater, the Parks Department, and Historic House Trust.

Accommodations included closer drop off site, dimmed lighting, and access to sensory space. We can’t wait to visit again!

Learn more about the Swedish Marionette Theater here!

…as well as on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

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REGISTER NOW for Rebecca School’s 2017 DIR Conference!

We are pleased to announce Rebecca School’s 2017 DIR Conference will be held on April 7th, 2017!

Learning Through Relationships:
How to Bring DIR Floortime Into Your Classrooms and Treatment

Register Here:


What are the essential components to promote a student’s thinking, relating, and communicating? During this one day conference, participants will understand how Floortime™ and the DIR® model can be used with students across all ages to foster engagement and higher level thinking. Interdisciplinary breakout sessions will target areas such as attunement, sensory processing, communication, and relationships both within the school and at home. Presenters from the Rebecca School will show how following a student’s interest can both build a strong relationship and accomplish discipline specific goals. This conference is open to professionals and parents both new to Floortime™ and experienced practitioners.


Time Session Space
8:00 -9:00 Registration and breakfast 2nd Floor Central Conference Room
9:00-10:15 Keynote – Dr. Gil Tippy, PsyD 2nd Floor Central Conference Room
10:15- 10:30 Coffee and transition to break out sessions
10:30- 12:00 Break out #1- Pick one of the AM sessions

See break out schedule

12:00- 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00- 2: 30 Break out #1- Pick one of the AM sessions

See break out schedule

2:30- 2:45 Transition back to ballroom for closing remarks

Cookies provided by Café Rebecca

2:45- 3:30 Closing Session: Sam Wilkinson

It Does Work: Reflections on DIR® from a Former Rebecca School Student

2nd Floor Central Conference Room


AM SESSIONS (10:30- 12:00)

Zachary Kandler, MA, MT-BC &

Jonathan Weiss, MA, MT-BC

Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m….21 2nd Floor Central Conference Room
Marguerite Cohn, MSEd. &

Devorah Zuckerbrod , B.A

To 21 and Beyond!: A Look at How DIR®/Floortime™ Prepares Teenagers and Young Adults for Life After Rebecca School 2nd Floor Conference Room East
Colleen Gabbert, MS OTR/L &

Toni Tortora, MS OTR/L

Individual Differences: An OT Perspective to Support Regulation and Engagement
*101 track session
Basement Level Room #1
ToniAnn Gambella, MS, CCC-SLP/TSSLD Silence at the Disco: A Study of Children with Autism and Cochlear Implants Basement Level Room #2


PM SESSIONS (1:00- 2:30)

Panel discussion moderated by
Joshua Noble, LCSW
DIR®/Floortime™ with Adults: Opportunities and Challenges 2nd Floor Central Conference Room
Samantha Slotnick, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D. Vision and Success in School 2nd Floor Conference Room East
Dr. Daniel F. Weiser, PsyD,
Rae Leeper, M.A
Michelle Flax
Waiting Is Not Easy: How Can Mental Health Support Symbolic Thinking in and out of the Classroom
*101 track session
Basement Level Room #1
Andy Kleiman

Emily Rozanski, M.A.

Floortiming In Neverland: Using DIR®/Floortime™ to Connect with All Students Basement Level Room #2


Join Us For ReelAbilities 2017!

Once again Rebecca School is happy to partner with the ReelAbilties New York Film Festival!  See below for our friends & family discount!

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ReelAbilities Film Festival brings together the community to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.



learn more about ReelAbilties and see this year’s complete program at their website:

Creative Writing Teacher Donnie Welch will be presenting at SXSWedu on the Rebecca School poetry workshops. He will be running a thirty minute model workshop to help educators implement similar writing workshops in their own schools and classrooms. The conference is held in Austin, Texas from March 6th – March 9th. For more information visit the session description online:

Transitions Panel, Tuesday Nov. 8th!

Transitions Panel
Tuesday, November 8th, 11am – 1pm

Hear from & meet leaders in various post-21 capacities:
Supportive Employment, Residential, Supportive Housing, Self-Direction, Parent and Consumer Perspectives, Entitlements, Financing, Higher Ed.

Confirmed Speakers: Gil Tippy (Rebecca School), Kathy Kelly (AHRC), Amy O’Hara (Littman Krooks, LLP), Nelson Castro, Gina & Don Barone (Parents of RS alumni), Sam Wilkinson (RS alumni) Amel Whiteside (YAI), Meg Henderson & Martin Gitt (Camphill Triform), Frank Bresnick & Allison Sanchez (Jespy House), Nadine Daley (Center for Family Support), Samantha Fineman & Raul Jimenez (New Frontiers in Learning), Katrina Roberts (Job Path), Joseph Campagna (Home Connect)

Panel: 11am – 12:30 pm
Lunch & Networking: 12:30 – 1pm

FREE. Open to RS parents, family members, & the public.

Overlaps with the 3rd Annual Rebecca School Sibling Day.

Space is limited. RSVP or for more info: Josh Noble, RS Transitions Coordinator., 212-810-4120 x294

Transitions at Battery Urban Farm!

Rebecca School’s Transitions Learning Program’s community classroom has expanded to include a school plot at The Battery Urban Farm. Transitions students will be planting and harvesting a number of fruits and vegetables to be used in Cafe Rebecca and the community meal prep program. Younger classes are invited and encouraged to walk around the garden, sample the crops and take part in the other attractions that the Battery Conservancy has to offer.


Register Now for DIR Conference 2016!

We are pleased to announce Rebecca School’s 2016 DIR Conference!

April 15th, 2016
8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Learning Through Relationships:

Using DIR® Floortime™ to Promote Thinking and Development

Click here to read about this year’s conference, including keynote speakers, our new location, and more!

This year we are also offering CEUs through ICDL!

Click here to register for Rebecca School’s 2016 DIR Conference at ICDL!

Tina McCourt & Gil Tippy with Dr Stephen Shore