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Pleasantville SEPTA Discusses Changing Behavior Of Special Needs Children

SEPTA and the Mount Pleasant Library will hold a panel discussion aimed at helping and dealing with children and young adults with special needs and behavioral issues on April 6.
SEPTA and the Mount Pleasant Library will hold a panel discussion aimed at helping and dealing with children and young adults with special needs and behavioral issues on April 6. Photo Credit: www.pvillesepta.com

PLESANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Helping children and young adults with special needs will be the focus of an upcoming discussion group hosted by Pleasantville SEPTA on Wednesday, April 6.

The Pleasantville SEPTA is a Special Education Parent Teacher Association created to provide a consistent and unified voice in the school district and is geared specifically to meet the needs of, and provide resources to, families who have children with learning, developmental or emotional needs.

The panel discussion, held in partnership with the Mount Pleasant Library -- "Addressing Challenging Behaviors of Children and Young Adults with Special Needs" -- will feature a panel of medical and educational professionals to discuss behavioral issues of children and young adults with special needs and what can be done at school and at home to help them.

Speakers and topics will include:

  • Lee S. Cohen, MD.: What is the role of the psychiatrist and can medication help?
  • Carolyn McGuffog, Ph.D., Ed.D.: What are the responsibilities of the school district?
  • Seth Pearl, DC: Taking a holistic approach: what is available to help?
  • Theodore M. Roth, Ph.D.: How psychotherapy and counseling can help the student and family?
  • Susan Varsames, MA.Ed. What is Applied Behavior Analysis and how to be consistent at home?
  • Susanne Wilson, MS.Ed, BCBA: How can behaviors be managed in the classroom?

The program will run from 7 to 9 p.m. The library is at 350 Bedford Road. The program is free, but registration is required: RSVP to events@pvillesepta.com .

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