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 (and related disorders and delays), and school-age language-based learning issues, including reading and expressive writing remediation, executive functioning, and enunciation therapy (all ages). He is also available for evaluation and consultation services. Craig and his speech language therapists team also offer telepractice or internet online speech therapy services.
Some of Craig’s homeschooling tips appear in the NYMetroParents’ article This is How to Successfully Navigate At-Home Learning and in Helpful Coronarivus Homeschooling Tips for Parents, which he wrote for NVLD Project. These articles provide tips and suggestions to help you educate your kids and guide them through their new homeschooling routine.
I would like to thank you, Craig, for the wonderful work you are doing with my daughter Rivka. When you started, she was not eating much- just cheese and crackers and most of her caloric intake was from the formula. As of today (six months later) she eats so much more solid food and eats a more diverse diet. Craig, your approach is very gentle and Rivka has liked you from the start.Celeste BostonI highly recommend you
We are so grateful to Craig. He has worked with our son, Max, for over a year with his speech delay. Max’s progress with Craig has been phenomenal to the point where, going into kindergarten in September, Max will no longer be needing speech services! Craig has been very thoughtful in tailoring the program to meet Max’s needs and finding ways to inspire him. We're so grateful we found him.Irene and Julie, mothers of MaxTwo Thumbs Up!
Apraxia of Speech, Interview on PIX11 Morning News
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.
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.
1) Connecting Language Pathology with Literacy and Learning, 2) Speech Language Pathologists: Language Experts and Literacy Resource, 3) Six Techniques and Exercises to Facilitate Early Childhood Speech and Language Development, & 4) My Son or Daughter has a Learning Difference: Finding a Caring Professional Tutor.
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
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.
THE EARLY START DENVER MODEL
Craig Selinger Podcasts
Podcast Episode 16
What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation and how can it be performed remotely by a psychologist?
Dr. A Jordan Wright, Ph.D., ABAP, Faculty and Director, Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing New York University, specializes in psychological assessment (including learning disabilities and ADHD) and is the author of five books on psychological assessment, discusses online neuropsychological assessments. He answers common questions about the validity and reliability of tele-assessments for learning and attentional difficulties commonly seen in children, adolescents, and college students. Come learn what the important factors families should consider when deciding if an office or tele-assessment or both make the most sense when a child or teen is struggling with learning in school.
Podcast Episode 15
Despite Her Accolades And Accomplishments, Dr. Jane, Internationally Renowned For Adoption Medicine, Openly Discusses Her Obstacles Throughout Her Career. Resiliency Is The Key To Her Success.
Dr. Jane Aronson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine, Director of International Pediatric Health Services, PLLC, Founder and former CEO of Worldwide Orphans 1997-2019, and Director of Global Behavioral Health Network for Children and Young People, who is also known internationally as the Orphan Doctor, reflects on her childhood growing up above her father’s grocery store in South Jamaica, Queens, through age 3 and then in Franklin Square, Long Island. Jane was passed over, ignored, and sometimes bullied at times throughout her medical career for being a woman, and yet she was resilient and became a leader in adoption medicine and global health. Even as a young child, Jane knew she wanted to become a doctor like her revered Great Uncle Joe, who helped treat Native Americans with Tuberculosis. As a young child, she created “The Bee Hospital” nursing injured bees brought to her by friends on the block. Her father, who owned a grocery store, would take Jane, as a very young child, on home visits to his diverse customers. He would ask them about their lives and about their children and spoke quietly and asked them to pay only what they could afford at the time. Early in her childhood, Jane experienced trauma and the identity crisis of coming out LGBTQ without the support of her family. This motivated Jane to help others as a teacher, doctor, and as a global leader. At the age of 69, nothing stops Jane as she plans to grow her work as a pediatrician by developing a counseling practice to help adopted children grow a healthy identity. She currently works with professionals all over the United States to improve health equity and provide social justice for vulnerable and at-risk children.
Podcast Episode 14:
Literacy and the Brain: What you Need to Know.
Dr. Jan Wasowicz is an ASHA-certified, IL-licensed, and FL-licensed speech-language pathologist with 35+ years of experience as a language, literacy, and learning specialist working with students who have language-based reading, writing, and spelling difficulties and disorders. She has taught numerous university-level courses and is frequently invited to speak about best practices in literacy assessment and instruction at professional conferences. She is also the inventor of the Earobics® software, author of SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing, and lead moderator of the SPELLTalk professional listserv. She is here to speak about her favorite topic, literacy! Learn about the updated science of literacy, how her word study program was adopted by the Colorado READ Act, and Dr. Wasowicz’s favorite literacy tips to help students become more proficient readers and writers.
Podcast Episode 13:
Academy Award winner, Peggy Stern discusses SuperDville, a media channel for students 7-12 years of age with dyslexia and learning issues.
Academy Award winning filmmaker, Peggy Stern, who struggled with dyslexia as a child, discusses how she created SuperDville, a video based social emotional learning curriculum students 7-12 years of age with dyslexia and learning differences. All subscriptions are currently free to support communities through the pandemic. The SuperDville curriculum was developed by seminal researchers, therapists, and educators, and stars students who have learning differences. Educators and parents around the world are using these fun educational videos with students to support in-person and remote learning. Each video lesson contains a scaffolded activity to promote social-emotional themes and discussions. Please take advantage of this free subscription while it lasts!
Podcast Episode 12:
Microschooling and Equity for All Students: Prenda is the Gamechanger.
Kaity Broadbent, Head of Learning from Prenda, discusses microschooling! Kaity is an ardent believer in equity and Prenda’s approach to learning. Prenda believes students of different ages can learn collaboratively at their own pace. Flexibility helps students learn through fun engaging activities. Finding each child’s internal drive, allowing autonomy for student choices, and making connections with peers and learning guides helps students grow as individuals as they master vital skills. Helping provide equal access to students who struggle with literacy, Kaity was one of the masterminds behind Treasure Hunt Reading (check out one of 93 videos), an Orton Gillingham based multisensory way to learn literacy! It’s free for all https://treasurehunt.
Podcast Episode 11:
Dr. Mukherjee Discusses her Evolution from India to New York City as a Neuropsychologist who Helps Families Overcome Challenges
Podcast Episode 10:
Netiquette in a Virtual Pedagogical World
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.