"Each parent is made to feel that their input is immeasurable--we don't make unilateral decisions but rather engage the parents in the decision making process and we value their input."

Rebecca Balsam, LMSW
Elementary School Guidance

"In addition to working with students individually and in small groups within the occupational therapy room, I conduct sensory groups within all of the classrooms to enhance the students' abilities to focus and sit for longer periods of time [particularly before core subjects, such as reading and math]. I train both the English and Hebrew teachers in exercises that they can implement within the classroom environment to help maximize the student's learning potential as well as design individualized sensory diets that parents can incorporate into their home routine."

Rivky Teitelbaum, MS, OTR/L

Speech and Language

    • Articulation

    • Resonance
    • Fluency
    • Proper Language

Speech affects every subject taught in school. From articulation to grammar, individual goals are ascertained and solidified throughout the day.

Occupational Therapy
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Coordination and Directionality
  • Upper Body Strengthening
  • Visual Motor Skills
  • Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Classroom Sensory Devices

Our unique in-house staff approach creates a team to best individualize strategies for each pupil. Occupational therapists meet with assigned students individually, in small groups and in the classroom as needed. Teachers and administrators carry out and implement sensory and physical exercises for reinforcement.

Social Skills

& Emotional Mentoring
   • Self Esteem
   • Problem Solving
   • Communication Skills
   • Self Advocacy
   • Self Organization

Social and emotional education is a cornerstone of the Gesher Yehuda mission. Our psychologist helps students identify personal strengths and weaknesses thereby building a bank of skills necessary for personal and interpersonal success; Reading nonverbal cues, emotional control, cooperation, appropriate assertiveness, good sportsmanship and respect for one another. Both individually and in small group settings students learn coping strategies to build patience and emotional tolerance in order to mitigate impulsive responses. Once mastered emotional and social competency is maximized throughout adolescence and adulthood.

"When a parent sees the transition of strengths from school to home, that is when you know that our efforts are paying off in the long run. For example, one of the students at Gesher has a difficult time remaining focused to tasks. After discussing her improvement with the student's parent, I was informed that she had begun to complete her homework on her own, correctly, without any redirection 
from the parent. What a breakthrough! "

Gloria Dweck, Speech Therapist