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Craig Selinger Podcast

Join me and my guests as we discuss topics related to child development, education, therapy, and more! If you are a parent, educator, administrator, doctor, or therapist, join us as we engage in down to earth conversations helping each other grow as individuals.

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Podcast Episode 1:

Dr. Deara Espinoza, author of Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere!

Discusses five ways to engage students, based on her doctorate research at the University of Southern California – Los Angeles.

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Podcast Episode 2:

Founder of The Lang School Talks About Twice-Exceptional Students

In this episode of the Craig Selinger Podcast, Micaela Bracamonte, founder of the first 2e (Twice Exceptional) friendly school in New York City talks about how The Lang School started sixteen years ago when her son was diagnosed as 2e at the age of four. She discusses the evolution of the Lang School and how it incorporates social-emotional learning and strength-based approaches, among other curriculums. In the early years, teachers notice students’ talents and nurture them throughout their Lang School careers. For the 2019-2020 school year, the graduate class, all three Lang valedictorians, received financial merit-based college scholarships. The Lang School offers virtual free resources for families. Learn more, please visit The Lang School website: www.thelangschool.org.

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Podcast Episode 3:

What you need to know about Late Talkers

Hearing your child talk for the first time is one of the most magical moments of parenthood.

In this episode of the Craig Selinger Podcast, Dr. Michelle Macroy-Higgins, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and associate professor of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Program at Hunter College, New York, talks about how to diagnose a late talker and how to help them.

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Podcast Episode 4:

Approximately 32 million adults in the United States can’t read. How can we help?

Lavinia Mancuso, native New Yorker, teacher, principal, and currently Executive Director of Everyone Reading joins us to discuss her favorite topic- literacy! She explains why students are still illiterate in the US, and how we can solve this problem. Here are some of her tips: Parents and teachers must teach the five pillars of literacy and tackle all four modalities: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. When it comes to teaching decoding and spelling, keep it simple! Say the sound and write it. Practice and repetition are the key ingredients for success. Train students to use their inner ears and eyes to monitor themselves when they read. Come learn more about how to effectively teach literacy! Lavinia also recommends the Reading League to keep updated with the science of reading.

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Podcast Episode 5:

What You Need to Know About Students’ Rights of Children with Learning Disabilities

In many instances, learning disabilities are invisible. What many consider as typical behaviors, such as acting out or lack of focus, could turn out to be warning signs of underlying learning or attention difficulties. We have seen parents get caught off-guard when their child is diagnosed with a learning disability, and the process of seeking assistance from schools also adds another layer to these challenges. In this episode, special education advocate and consultant Miriam Nunberg, Esq., talks to us about students’ rights and getting proper education for children with learning disabilities. Know more about these laws created to ensure equitable learning and what accommodations you can avail for your child. Miriam recently was on the “Nice White Parents” NY Times podcast.

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Podcast Episode 6:

The Language of Writing and Language-Based Learning Disabilities

Language is all about being able to communicate expressively and effectively not only through sounds but also through listening, reading, and writing. And for many children who struggle with language, this can lead to further issues with literacy, such as learning to write as well as peers.

Watch this video with Dr. Anthony Koutsoftas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and professor of speech-language therapy at Seton Hall University, and learn more about why writing is one of the most difficult skills to master and the pivotal roles that speech-language pathologists play in literacy.

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Podcast Episode 7:

Mental Health While Parenting During a Pandemic

Fara Jones, MA, LCSW is a Psychotherapist and Creative Arts Therapist. During this podcast, she discusses how the pandemic is impacting our mental health and provides suggestions for how to best care for ourselves. COVID-19 is best understood through understanding the stages of grief. Acceptance helps us deal with loss. We need to learn to adapt to our new lives, accept discomfort, allow the flow of our full circle of emotions, and find a cause. Cultivating how to best express oneself during hard times is crucial for our well beings. Creativity helps us engage with the world, even when expressed during mundane tasks. Come learn how Fara helps families, tweens and teens, find their paths during these unprecedented times.

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Podcast Episode 8:

1st Week of all Remote Learning for the 2020-21 School Year: A Middle Schooler Chimes in

James, a Brooklyn middle school student, discusses his first week of all remote learning from the comfort of his home. Come learn what James enjoys about his online learning setup, what he misses from being physically at school, and what he predicts will happen to his online curriculum as the school year progresses. He also offers several suggestions to help students improve their online learning!

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Podcast Episode 9:

Progressive Education for Middle and High School Students

Patty is a Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn resident, mother of three girls, helps her hustler husband run one of their local businesses, a restaurant, and is the Math Department Head at a Manhattan public school, The Institute for Collaborative Education, 6th-12th grades. Come learn about progressive education, portfolio-based approaches, and how to encourage students to problem-solve. Patty explains how she facilitates her students to apply their understanding of mathematical concepts and use tools to build upon their understanding of mathematical learning. By encouraging her students to collaborate together, this creates a community of inclusion and allows her students to challenge themselves. For the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, regardless of how students are taught, Patty stresses that students, regardless of the discipline, need time to think and actively engage with the world and their peers.

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Podcast Episode 10:

Netiquette in a Virtual Pedagogical World 

Due to the pandemic, a sudden set of online social norms are being established between educators/therapists and their students/clients. Netiquette is acceptable online behavior with a network of individuals.
Sharon Baum, a NY licensed speech-language pathologist, explains netiquette and social-emotional learning when virtually working with her New York City middle school students.

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CRAIG'S BIOGRAPHY

Craig Selinger is a NY State licensed speech language therapist (pathologist) and a learning specialist, who works with babies, preschoolers, and elementary and middle school students. He makes house calls in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, and Brooklyn Heights. His expertise is early childhood speech language delay, e.g. autism spectrum disorders, late talkers, etc and school age language-based learning issues, e.g. reading and expressive writing remediation, executive functioning, and enunciation therapy (all ages). He is also available for evaluation and consultation services, and Craig and his speech language therapists team also offer telepractice or internet online speech therapy services.

NYMetroParents interviewed me, CEO, Craig Selinger, and published Helpful Coronavirus Homeschooling Tips for Parents that will help you educate your kids—and talk them through their new homeschooling routine.

Craig Selinger Podcast

Join me and my guests as we discuss topics related to child development, education, therapy, and more! If you are a parent, educator, administrator, doctor, or therapist, join us as we engage in down to earth conversations helping each other grow as individuals.

Anchor

Podcast Episode 1:

Dr. Deara Espinoza, author of Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere!

Discusses five ways to engage students, based on her doctorate research at the University of Southern California – Los Angeles.

Spotify

Podcast Episode 1:

Dr. Deara Espinoza, author of Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere!

Discusses five ways to engage students, based on her doctorate research at the University of Southern California – Los Angeles.

Check on Spotify

 

Podcast Episode 2:

Founder of The Lang School Talks About Twice-Exceptional Students

In this episode of the Craig Selinger Podcast, Micaela Bracamonte, founder of the first 2e (Twice Exceptional) friendly school in New York City talks about how The Lang School started sixteen years ago when her son was diagnosed as 2e at the age of four. She discusses the evolution of the Lang School and how it incorporates social-emotional learning and strength-based approaches, among other curriculums. In the early years, teachers notice students’ talents and nurture them throughout their Lang School careers. For the 2019-2020 school year, the graduate class, all three Lang valedictorians, received financial merit-based college scholarships. The Lang School offers virtual free resources for families. Learn more, please visit The Lang School website: www.thelangschool.org.

Check on Spotify

 

Podcast Episode 3:

What you need to know about Late Talkers

Hearing your child talk for the first time is one of the most magical moments of parenthood.

In this episode of the Craig Selinger Podcast, Dr. Michelle Macroy-Higgins, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and associate professor of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Program at Hunter College, New York, talks about how to diagnose a late talker and how to help them.

Check on Spotify

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Contact Craig at:
craig@brooklynletters.com (immediate response) & 917-426-8880, 347-394-3485.

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EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

  • Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders- University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Language Pathology (American Speech Hearing Association)
  • New York State Professional License- Speech-Language Pathologist
  • PROMPT trained
  • Orton-Gillingham Trained (2 graduate credits- approximately 40 hours)
  • International Dyslexia Association Provider
  • Everyone Reading Member
  • Bilingual Spanish/English Speech Therapy Provider for Children Younger than 3 years old.

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Brain Research, Volume 1389, 10 May 2011, Pages 93-102: P300 as a measure of processing capacity in auditory and visual domains in specific language impairment

LECTURES

Craig lectures to parents, schools, and professionals. He lectures locally and internationally; read more about his professional lecture vitae.

VIDEOS

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BLOGS

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BIO

I've worked with children of all ages with and without disabilities for over 18 years as a day camp and sleep away camp counselor, respite care worker, tutor, volunteer, and the last 10 years professionally, in NYC, as a speech language therapist.

1997-2003: MADISON, WISCONSIN: THE LAND OF COWS & CHEESE

Madison is actually a surprisingly progressive liberal city and an epicenter for academic research. Sophomore year, an interesting class entitled Introduction to Communicative Disorders piqued my curiosity. Not knowing anything about speech language pathology, I signed up and became instantly hooked. Dr. Julia Evans, who taught the course, became my mentor for the next four years, and she introduced me to Dr. Seth Pollak, who I worked with for three years. Before you could say abracadabra, I was in grad school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the top programs in the country for speech language pathology. While there I conducted the following:

  • Neuropsychological testing on Romanian children adopted in the Midwest
  • Neuropsychological research on children from Wisconsin who were abused
  • Brain research on school-aged children who had language processing difficulties, examining limited working memory capacities

2003: WELCOME TO THE BIG APPLE

I started my clinical fellowship and later working with children of all ages (babies through adolescents) with varying learning needs. Speech, language, and feeding therapy Check. Reading and writing intervention Check. Socials skills remediation Check. My experiences working in early intervention in families homes and at a school in Queens plus working as an independent contractor for the Board of Education, with preschool and school age students, have led me to work with a diversity of family cultures and backgrounds. I also have training and experience with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), a type of therapy used with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

2005-2007 CLIMBING MT. SINAI

worked as a pediatric speech language pathologist at Manhattan s Mount Sinai Hospital s Therapeutic Nursery division of Child Psychiatry. Here, I taught (along with a special education teacher, social worker, and a teacher s assistant) at a nursery with caregivers and their children incorporating an interdisciplinary model of teaching (each family was assigned a psychiatrist who we collaborated with weekly).

2007 HITTING THE LECTURE CIRCUIT AND OHHHMMMM

I started giving talks to parents, professionals, and schools about early childhood speech and language delays. That same year I also collaborated with a yoga instructor, Marty New, creator of Climb Time Yoga. We developed a curriculum incorporating contemporary scientific research on healthy cognitive and language development with unique yoga partnering exercises; enhancing emotional, social, and communication bonds between parent and child.

2008 MONTESSORI MAGIC

I started working as a learning specialist for a Montessori school (toddlers through 6th grade) in Manhattan as a learning specialist. Here I worked one on one and in the classroom helping students with speech, language, and learning difficulties and I collaborated with their teachers.

2009-2010 NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN

Wanting to be closer to my Park Slope hood, I opened Brooklyn Letters in the summer of 2010. Stop by my office and introduce yourself! Don't live in the neighborhood Don't worry, my team can probably travel to your home.

2010 STILL IN BROOKLYN. NOW AWESOME.

I was featured on About.com explaining and modeling six techniques to facilitate early childhood speech and language development and I was later filmed by About.com demonstrating how to teach sight words (reading development).

2011 OFF TO INDIA

I presented my first international lecture along with Sarah Stuntebeck, Brooklyn Letters speech language therapist, to a preschool, The Study, (emphasizes learning through play) in New Delhi, India.

2012 THEMBA TUTORS IS BORN

Along with my business partner, Dr. Blythe Grossberg, we opened up a tutoring company, for all ages, offering tutoring in all core subjects, including services for those with learning differences, test preparation e.g. SAT, regents, SHSAT, etc and adult learning services. What distinguishes our company from the competition is that our tutors are professionals with rigorous academic and professional training in fields related to learning and learning differences.
www.ThembaTutors.com

THE EARLY START DENVER MODEL

October 2012, attended a full day introductory workshop, lectured by Dr. Sally Rogers, at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain.

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