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Register Now for Rebecca School’s 2019 DIR Conference!

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What are the essential components to promote a student’s creativity and curiosity? During this one day conference, participants will understand how Floortime™ and the DIR® model can be used across the disciplinary domains with students of all ages.  Breakout sessions will address a range of themes including how curiosity and creativity develop through meaningful relationships across the developmental ladder. By cultivating curiosity and creativity, students are able to build a strong foundation necessary for productive learning and development in a shared world. Presenters from the Rebecca School, the self-advocacy and ICDL community will show how following a student’s passion can both build a strong relationship and accomplish discipline specific goals. This conference is open to self-advocates, professionals and parents.

Keynote Speaker: Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

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Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, is an Autistic woman of color, educator, writer, public speaker, parent, and global advocate. A proactive, resourceful professional, Morénike, whose undergraduate and graduate degrees are in International Relations and Education, is passionate about human rights, justice, and inclusion. She is a contributing author/editor of several publications, abstracts, and books focusing on community engagement, HIV research, disability, diversity, and nontraditional leadership. Morénike has been an invited speaker in the White House, at the UN, and numerous national disability, advocacy, and research conferences.


Date:  Friday, March 8th, 2019  8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:  Rebecca School- 40 East 30th St. NY, NY


Please fill out and email this Rebecca School Presentation Proposal 2019 ICDL form to


Rebecca School SLPs at ASHA!

Our Speech and Language department “Brought Play to LA” and presented at the AmericanSpeech and Hearing conference for the 3rd consecutive year. The conference was a true success as the department presented to an audience of over 600 SLPs on play development, the importance of early pre-linguistic skills, and of course on DIR/Floortime.
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Rebecca School at Only Make Believe Broadway Gala!

Our very own student Collet was invited to participate in the Only Make Believe Gala. Collet had participated in their program over the summer and was chosen to speak on stage about his experience. He was amazing and we are all very proud of him here at Rebecca School!
read more about Only Make Believe Gala here:

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Parent Trainings for Sibling Day!

We are happy to announce two parent trainings for the upcoming fall semester:

Tuesday, Nov. 7th 11am – 1pm
Sibling Day, TWO trainings!

Long Term Planning (11am – 12pm)
Speakers: Adrienne Arkontaky (Attorney) & Zeke Zimmerman (Financial Planner)

Eating Challenges, Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep (12 – 1)

    • Theresa Millerschoen (RS Nurse)
    • Ashley Lyons (RS Speech Dept. Supervisor)
    • Caitlin Sweetapple (RS Adaptive PE Teacher)
    • Meghan Collins (RS Physical Therapy Dept. Supervisor)
    • Colleen Gabbert (RS Occupational Therapist)

RSVP or questions to Josh Noble, RS Transitions Coordinator:
Per lunch, indicate any dietary restrictions.


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: