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Fall 2011 Workshops for Parents of Twice Exceptional (2e) Children

The Quad Manhattan is a center devoted to the Twice Exceptional model of learning. Twice Exceptional (2e) children have talents or gifts in one domain (one exception) and also have social learning or cognitive differences (the other exception).

For Fall 2011, The Quad Manhattan is holding a workshop series on Monday nights by experts in 2E children. Past Talks included Collaborative Problem Solving, Medications in Kids, Executive Functioning and Social Cognition.


  • #1: Monday, September 19, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00pm – Kindergarten and Beyond: Navigating Turning 5
    Speaker: Sarah Birnbaum

    The parent of a child with special needs, Sarah Birnbaum has amassed a wealth of knowledge in dealing with New York City’s unique subculture of therapists, agencies, schools, and governmental bodies. She turned her experience into a consultancy helping parents navigate the maze of services and educational options here. She guides parents to schools that can best support their children’s needs, gives advice on the application process, coaches them on working with their school districts, and helps them to become powerful advocates. But most importantly, she offers them support in coping with the complicated emotions that accompany the quest to educate an exceptional child.

  • #2: Monday, October 17th, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00pm – Developmental Milestones for ALL Ages
    Speaker: Anne Marie Albano, PhD., ABPP

    Master Clinician and trusted advisor to The Quad Anne Marie Albano will discuss the measures she is creating to assess real world markers to gage where a child is in the process of developing towards independent and autonomous young adults. When should kids be independent enough to ride public transportation on their own? Have a cell phone? Do sleep-overs or sleep away camp? Interact with store clerks? Find out answers to these plus a whole lot more!

    Dr. Anne Marie Albano is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University and Director of Columbia University’s Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

  • #3: Monday, November 14th, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00pm – Meeting the Needs of Your Gifted Child: All 8 Intelligences
    Speaker: Pat Sciortino, Ms. Ed

    The Quad’s very own gifted 2e expert and Educational Director, Pat Sciortino, will share her insights and strategies for parenting and educating a gifted child. Ms. Sciortino, who has over 10 years experience working with gifted 2e learners at Bridge’s Academy in L.A., will outline best practices and settings for these very EXCEPTIONAL kids!

  • #4: Monday, December 12th, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00pm – Raising a Sensory Smart Child
    Speaker: Lindsey Biel, MA OTR/L

    Lindsay Biel is a pediatric Occupational Therapist with a private practice in New York City. She works with children, teens, and young adults with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, learning challenges, and other issues. She is also the author of “Raising a Sensory Smart Child” that has long been the “bible” for children with sensory difficulties–those who struggle to process everyday sensations and exhibit unusual behaviors such as avoiding or seeking out touch, movement, sounds, and sights. In this talk, Ms. Biel will describe SPD and best practices to help those affected by it: from the right type of therapies to practical tips on parenting in a “sensory smart” way.

Fee: $25 per family (advance) and $30 at the door. Child Care is included in the $30 fee for children enrolled in The Quad Manhattan.

54 Reade Street, New York, New York 10007

Registration: 212.513.1840 or info@thequadmanhattan.com

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