I experienced school as the place to love learning, to be inquisitive, to ask questions and to discover the interconnectedness of the world around us. Only when studying to become a teacher in Special Education did I learn how this attitude towards children and learning is not the rule - especially for children experiencing any difficulty.
My desire to understand the why of learning difficulties has led me to conclude that learning is a whole-body experience. The body is the instrument with which we learn. If one part does not function effectively, learning will be affected. When I work with a child, I begin by sharing that I am a curious person who will ask many questions to understand why he does what he does. Not because what he is doing is incorrect, but because I want to understand. Mistakes become intriguing learning moments for both of us.
Over the years I have invested in professional development and accreditation toward refining a comprehensive whole body/person approach. I am a certified teacher of special needs. I subsequently earned certification as a Brain Stimulation Method de Jong Therapist - Holland, Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Mediator - Israel. I work with Collaborative and Proactive Solutions as developed by Dr. Ross Greene, and am one of the few authorized providers of Interactive Metronome in Israel. To date, I am the only certified Johansen Individual Auditory Stimulation practitioner in Israel.
Unrelated to or perhaps due to my school experience in my youth, I developed an interest in how people learn, adapt and achieve a sense of self-worth.
I began my academic and professional journey with an honors degree in Philosophy followed by a Professional Teaching Certificate. After teaching in public elementary and high school classrooms my “How do we learn?” questions became more insistent. Society’s direction became increasingly diagnostic without successfully answering the “how” about learning.
A lecture by Professor Reuven Feuerstein PhD, Z”L in 1991 opened the door to the field of Dynamic Intervention & Assessment - the how of learning and why some children do not succeed in meeting expectations. This enlightening lecture led to a 12-year collaboration with the Feuerstein Institute Jerusalem and enrollment in an innovative postgraduate program in Special Needs at the Hebrew University. I subsequently directed a successful Pediatric Developmental Center in Montreal, Canada from 2003 to 2017 where I led a clinical team of therapists, teachers, team supervisors, and social workers. Our clients, 7 weeks to 18 years of age, ranged in ability from the profoundly challenged to the gifted. My how, why and why not questions were central to our understanding of the change process for child, parents and partners. Today, at יוצרים למידה, I continue to collaborate with children, parents and partners for success.
Children exhibit challenging behavior when the demands being placed upon them outstrip the skills they have to respond adaptively to those demands. The same can be said of all human beings.
-Dr. Ross Greene