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The Multidisciplinary Evaluation Center will help identify areas of child development that need support while fostering areas of strength. This will sustain the child’s self-concept and self-esteem in order to preserve their inner soul, their neshama. The multidisciplinary team will consist of a social worker, special educator, speech/language therapist, and occupational therapist, with pipelines to a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. We are all b’tzelem elohim - made in the image of God - and deserve to be celebrated and nourished for who we are and what we bring to this world.

Gan HaNeshama is here to support families with young children now. After a year without formal preschool, we know parents are worried about the resulting impact on their child’s development. Furthermore, the months of isolation restricted opportunities for additional eyes to observe their development and growth. Come meet our clinicians, get a better understanding of any supports your child needs, and know you are not alone. Speech/Language, Occupational Therapy and Developmental Screenings are being offered  April through June 2021. 

Contact Stephanie Slater for more information on how you can access our developmental screenings and support.



 

"As the parents of a Gan HaYeled student over the past three years, we cannot say enough good things about Stephanie Slater, the Gan's Director of Early Childhood Development and Family Support. In our son's second year at the Gan, Stephanie helped us identify certain areas in our son's social communication that required additional support."
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"At the suggestion of a dear friend, I called the Gan at Adas Israel Congregation. After the initial conversation with the Director of Early Childhood Development and Family Support, Stephanie Slater, for the first time, I hung up the phone feeling hopeful."
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"When our older son was 3½ and at another pre-school, he was unhappy and did not want to go to school.   We moved him to the Gan and he was struggling early on and frustrated with class activities. Stephanie identified that his fine motor skills were slow to develop and she recommended 'Finger Olympics,' a therapy program to improve fine motor skills."
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"The Gan is a no judgment zone.  At another preschool, inclusion is catchphrase.  At the Gan it is real.  We have had two children go through the Gan, one on the spectrum and one with a significant speech delay.  As a parent of a child on the spectrum, you always fear that the next phone call from the school will be the one saying, 'Pick up your kid, we can't handle them.'"
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"Stephanie Slater has been an invaluable leader at Adas Israel’s Gan HaYeled Preschool as the Director of Early Childhood Development and Family Support. When our son entered the Gan as a Dagim in the fall of 2019, his teachers expressed concern about his limited speech, and encouraged us to speak with Stephanie. From the moment we met her, we knew we were working with someone special – a dedicated, and experienced professional committed to providing support and care for children with special needs and their families."
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"When we first investigated preschools for our son, who was having developmental challenges, Stephanie Slater fully reassured us that there was a place for him.  He was not yet walking, and we were unsure whether he would walk by the time he would enter the Gan.  But Stephanie was exceptionally calming.  'We’ve had non-walkers before,' she said.  And that was that.  We knew we’d found the right place."
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We were so lucky to have our daughter Natalie at the Gan for three years.  She started the full day program at two-and-a-half years old and the teaching team promptly realized that her low muscle tone was interfering with her oral and gross motor development.  The teaching team and Stephanie did a fantastic job in explaining to us what they saw in the classroom and supporting us in coming up with a plan to address Natalie’s challenges."
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