ALUMNIBack to School Picnic - August 30, 2017



Online References

Reference Books

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
By Ross W. Greene, Ph.D

Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder
By Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. John J. Ratey, M.D.

The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding And Teaching the Most Challenging Students
By Jessica Minahan and Nancy Rappaport, MD

By Carol Dweck

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children
by Reid Wilson PhD Lynn Lyons LICSW

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education - Jewish Day School Program

Gateways provides Boston-area Jewish day schools with on-site special education support and services to students with a range of learning needs above and beyond what the schools can offer. Gateways staff collaborate with teachers, special educators, other school personnel, and parents to develop and implement individual or group programs, provide treatment and consultation, and support classroom activities. Our goal is to help students generalize developmental, academic and social skill strategies to the classroom.

Occupational Therapy

  • Fine and Gross Motor: Helping to improve coordination, dexterity, strength, planning and sequencing for skills such as balancing, skipping, hopping, ball skills, shoe tying, sitting at a desk, handwriting, utensil use and manipulating classroom materials
  • Sensory Motor: Helping the child integrate, process, and respond to information received from the body's five basic senses. We can design and implement individualized programs incorporating sensory motor activities throughout the school day, embedding specific sensory equipment in the classroom, and/or direct intervention to address the underlying concerns.
  • Visual Perceptual and Cognitive Skills: Helping to develop attention, comprehension, visual memory and reasoning, and problem solving abilities.
  • Handwriting/Assistive Technology: Supporting writing production by offering alternative and/or intensive handwriting programs, keyboard instruction and use of other assistive devices.
  • Assessment/Evaluation Services

Speech and Language Therapy

  • Articulation: Supporting students with speech impairments that impact a child's ability to communicate effectively.
  • Fluency: Supporting students whose flow of speech is disrupted by sounds, syllables, and words that are repeated, prolonged, or avoided.
  • Voice: Supporting students whose voice has an abnormal quality to its pitch, resonance, or loudness.
  • Written and Oral Language Expression: Supporting students with language impairments where the child has problems expressing needs, ideas, or information, and/or in understanding what others say.

Learning Specialists

  • Reading: Supporting students through intensive one on one or small group intervention in reading for decoding and/or comprehension, and specialized support for dyslexia.
  • Writing: Teaching skills and strategies for planning, organizing, revising, and editing narrative and expository writing.
  • Math: Providing intensive one on one intervention in math to address individual learning needs.

Additional Services

  • Social Pragmatics/social skills groups: Individual and group support utilizing the Social Thinking© curriculum to teach students the necessary skills for making and keeping friends, solving conflicts with others, improving communication, reading non-verbal cues, and managing emotions including anger and frustration.
  • Executive Function: Individual and group support for study skills and organization, including note taking, test taking, and time management
  • Behavioral support: Observe and consult with a teacher or team around classroom management, design and implement behavioral plans, using positive behavioral supports to improve student's independence and support social competence and academic achievement.
  • B'Yadenu: Consulting, strategic planning and training for day schools interested in creating a comprehensive, school wide approach to inclusion.
  • General consultation to schools: program review, implementation of RTI (Response to Intervention), and development of child study team.
  • Connections: Gateways offers a variety of opportunities for job alike collaborations across day schools. Connections groups currently include: Social workers, teachers, and special educators.
  • Understanding Our Differences: a curriculum to help students dispel myths about disabilities using hands on, experiential activities.

Benefits of Gateways

  • Our staff are conveniently located—right at school
  • We work in direct partnership with the school as part of your student's educational team to provide connected, relevant support for the students.
  • We utilize school assignments and social/behavioral situations from the same day and incorporate them into their work
  • Our staff work with teachers to modify the curriculum when necessary
  • Gateways staff can attend IEP meetings
  • We partner with the school to advocate for, interpret and implement accommodations from an outside IEP or neuropsych evaluation
  • Our staff can provide recommendations for outside providers
*Please check with your school to see which services are currently available. Other services can be provided if not currently offered based on demand.

Gateways' Mission

Gateways provides high quality special education services, expertise, and support to enable students with diverse learning needs to succeed in Jewish educational settings and participate meaningfully in Jewish life.

Sharon Goldstein
Director, Day School Programs
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA 02459

Phone: 617-630-9010 x106
Fax: 617-517-9160
E-mail: sharong@jgateways.org