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Register Now for Rebecca School’s 2018 DIR Conference!


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Let’s Dance! Play and Joy through Collaboration in the DIR® Floortime Approach Rebecca School hosts the ICDL Regional Conference

Date:  Friday, March 9th, 2018  8:00 AM- 3:30 PM

*There will be a special What is Floortime session pre-session from 7:30 AM- 8:30 AM. This is highly encouraged for any people who are new to DIR. There is no additional fee for the additional one hour training. If interested you must register prior to the event by emailing Melissa Sinacori at msinacori@rebeccaschool.org.

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

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: jnoble@rebeccaschool.org.
Per lunch, indicate any dietary restrictions.


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: http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_PP60970

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. jnoble@rebeccaschool.org, 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.