Learning Tree Miami Dade

At Learning Tree we are grounded in the philosophy that children deserve a holistic and multifaceted treatment approach to addressing their needs.

At Learning Tree we are grounded in the philosophy that children deserve a holistic and multifaceted treatment approach to addressing their challenges. We also know from experience, that children benefit dramatically when there is seamless communication between professionals, parents and schools. Learning Tree is a “one stop learning shop”, where teams of specialists bridge the communication gap

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[05/19/20]   Watch our Sunday Night Live with Nicki Salfer Michal Behar and Financial Concierge!

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[05/08/20]   A global pandemic is a perfect storm for anxiety to set in
Here are some tips to address general anxiety, we are all experiencing right now:

Some behavioral habits to lessen anxiety include:
Having a schedule, take time to exercise, minimize sugar, eat well, keep to a routine. Avoid news, start reading a book to allow your mind to escape.

Some cognitive habits that are useful:
Ask yourself: What am I feeding my brain? Is it helpful or harmful to my mental health.
Develop the ability to have a critical response to the information your brain is exposed to.
For example, news tends to be fear inducing, yet the news is not always accurate.

Focus on one day at a time: Don’t get carried away with all the things that could possibly happen in the next few months. Ask yourself what do I need and want to do today?

You can also approach the day from a spiritual angle: What does G-d want me to do today?
G-d created this chaos and he will also create a solution.

Talk yourself down from chaos: Engage in a dialogue with your brain in order to be able to control your thoughts. Have techniques at the ready for replacing thoughts that will lead to a negative spiral. If a negative, crippling thought comes to your mind- recognize it, acknowledge it and then carry on with your day.

[05/08/20]   A global pandemic is a perfect storm for anxiety to set in
Here are some tips to address general anxiety, we are all experiencing right now:

Some behavioral habits to lessen anxiety include:
Having a schedule, take time to exercise, minimize sugar, eat well, keep to a routine. Avoid news, start reading a book to allow your mind to escape.

Some cognitive habits that are useful:
Ask yourself: What am I feeding my brain? Is it helpful or harmful to my mental health.
Develop the ability to have a critical response to the information your brain is exposed to.
For example, news tends to be fear inducing, yet the news is not always accurate.

Focus on one day at a time: Don’t get carried away with all the things that could possibly happen in the next few months. Ask yourself what do I need and want to do today?

You can also approach the day from a spiritual angle: What does G-d want me to do today?
G-d created this chaos and he will also create a solution.

Talk yourself down from chaos: Engage in a dialogue with your brain in order to be able to control your thoughts. Have techniques at the ready for replacing thoughts that will lead to a negative spiral. If a negative, crippling thought comes to your mind- recognize it, acknowledge it and then carry on with your day.

[04/29/20]   Many working women have been contacting us with similar feelings below we address the most common and pressing concerns:

I don’t feel I’m professional working from home with my kids around:

Organize your space: Carve out a designated space even if it’s tiny, to work everyday. If you need to use that space for other things after work hours, pack up your office into a bag everyday so it’s safe, out of the way and ready for the next day. a clear space lends itself to a clear, focused mind. Use that same space everyday, sameness sets your brain on a track to be in a mindset of task or activity at hand, whether that’s work, exercise, or relaxation. Explain to children that this is Mommy’s special work stuff and it is off limits.

My work productivity feels like it's sliding:

You can only be as productive as possible. Don’t view yourself as a failure for not performing as highly as you normally have. Now is not the time for perfectionism. Set longer timelines than you think you will need for projects. If your boss or client needs a project done in a week, ask for two weeks, and if you finish it before, you’ll feel an added boost of confidence and if not then getting it done within the timeframe agreed upon is equally as admirable.

My mental health is being drained because I’m constantly yoyo-ing between not being sufficient as a mom or as a professional: HELP!

As women, we have to remind ourselves that we’re juggling a lot. Give yourself a break in order to refresh. Figure out your ways of unwinding and carve out time to do those things for yourself daily for a minimum of ten minutes. This is your mental health time, it is crucial to prioritize this time. This time will allow you to be more calm and present for those you care for. It can even be something discussed as a family with your spouse and children where everyone can come up with a way to relax and destress as individuals and as a family.

03/13/2020

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[03/01/20]   Question: I'm embarrassed to admit this but I often find myself being disappointed in my child's behavior or ashamed of it. How can I reframe these feelings to channel positivity towards my child and my desire for him/her to succeed?

Answer: Parents struggle so much with their own feelings of shame that they project onto their children that come from many different places such as their own childhood, what’s going on in their life, and some of their own mistakes. Shame is usually not an isolated feeling about one issue.

Having a feeling of shame is NOT indicative of being a bad parent or not loving your child. The beauty of parenting is that it is a learning process, wherein new perspectives can constantly be implemented into parenting techniques. Parents should understand that there’s no right or wrong with regard to discipline and should give themselves more credit. It’s hard out there, there are many forces battling for the attention of our children.

Feeling shame is not significant, the key is what a person does with that feeling. To truly unpack shame or other negative feelings that arise, I would encourage parents to pursue cognitive behavior therapy alongside their child.

Just as a behavioral therapist works with a child to figure out what happened prior to needing a behavioral correction, it is equally as important to the same work with a parent. A therapist can discover parents’ antecedents and what puts a parent into panic/shame mode. From there the therapist and client can develop individualized techniques that the parent can use to calm down, avoid a bad place and fight negative thoughts.

Nobody benefits from shame: not the parent, not the child.

I would encourage parents to ask themselves what can be positive about a negative feeling. A negative feeling often indicates something to a person about a shift that can be made within or it can be reframed and looked at from a different angle, one that is productive.

#noshame #parenting #behaviortherapy #cbt

[02/10/20]   Q: If my child's behavior issue can be solved with a prescription what's wrong with that why should our family have to endure months and years of behavioral therapy- (the cost, the time and effort)?
This is the number one question I am asked.

A: Not all behavioral issues can be controlled with medication. Some behaviors need to be adjusted with daily work and discipline that children develop over time with guidance and direction from a behavioral analyst. Medications are complex and serious, additionally there are times in someone’s life that they cannot be on medication at which point alternatives must be considered. Medication plays a role in behaviors that can be tempered by medication. Children under seven years old cannot be prescribed with psychotropic medication.

If a boy over seven years old has ADHD, and is still not reading, medication will help with focus and behavior analyst can then proceed to teach reading with direct instruction. When ADHD is addressed that creates a foundation for any skills that need to be established within the child. A common misconception about behavioral analysts is that their primary role is to decrease problematic behavior, however behavior analysts also assists with increasing positive behavior and skills such reading, writing and other tasks that require focus.

Losing weight is another example where medical/pharmaceutical intervention has to go in tandem with behavioral change. A person can elect to have weight loss surgery but they still must commit to lifestyles changes like healthier foods, portion control, exercise and periodical weigh-ins for lasting change.

#behaviorcoach #commitment

[02/03/20]   What is one simple technique parents can incorporate into interactions with their children to help support behavioral change/ improvement?

Rewarding good behavior and ignoring chaotic, out of control behavior, re-enforces a child's implementation of behavioral change.
One technique is to provide an option to children when redirecting their behavior. For example, "No you can't play on my phone now, but you CAN take a piece of paper and crayons and color." Providing an alternative de-escalates the situation sets your child up for successfully overcoming a challenge.

If however, your child breaks down into a fit, allow some space for he or she to calm down, and self soothe. Avoid involving yourself in the outburst by saying, "stop having a fit, or calm down right now." The child knows that their behavior is unacceptable and waiting it out with them supports their process towards shifts in behavior.

Simply, wait until your child calms down and talks to you Verbally appreciate the fact that your child relaxed on their own for example, "I can see that you calmed down and are smiling. Thank you, now what do you want to talk about?"

06/28/2019

HEALING WITH EMDR personal stories

PTSD disrupts the lives of average individuals all over the world. The person experiencing the trauma often then impacts the lives of his/her family, friends, and workplaces. PTSD does not distinguish between race, age or gender and often goes undiagnosed. Even with proper diagnosis, many individuals do not know where to turn to get help. EMDR helps heal those with Trauma and PTSD.

EMDR therapy is offered today in Learning Tree Miami. Call 786-490-2940 to find out more or visit our website https://www.learningtreemiami.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiULmoDQe5g

A powerful short documentary on client experiences with EMDR therapy.

causematch.com 02/17/2019

Yeshivas Doresh: Where Students Learn to Unleash Their Potential 24 hours to TRIPLE your impact and enable Doresh talmidim to reach new heights

A great education does not happen on its own. It takes a lot of support to build an environment that gives challenged boys the ability to learn and SUCCEED. We need your support. The time is NOW.

https://www.causematch.com/en/projects/yeshivas-doresh-2019/

causematch.com You are reading this because you care about the next generation. You wonder what will happen to young men who struggle in school. You feel for their parents who spend more time feeling worried and frustrated than proud and confident about their child’s future.

learningtreemiami.com 02/14/2019

EMDR Therapy Aventura | Learning Tree Miami

EMDR therapy located in Aventura- Miami. EMDR therapy sessions to help our patients work through stressful and/or triggering emotional states and memories that are harming their ability to get through daily life. To find out more information on EMDR check out our website! https://www.learningtreemiami.com/emdr-aventura

learningtreemiami.com At Learning Tree, we use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, also known as EMDR, therapy sessions to help our patients work through stressful and/or triggering emotional states and memories that are harming their ability to get through daily life.

wsj.com 11/07/2017

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

wsj.com Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens.

07/28/2017

Learning Tree Miami Dade provides psychological, education and therapy services for Tree of Knowledge Learning Academy students. If you or a loved one have a child that is out of school due to an illness or psychiatric problem, we can help get you funding and provide services for your child. For more information - please call 305-705-2211 or visit https://www.tokla.org/hospital-home-bound-program

06/29/2017

DEADLINES FOR THE GARDINER SCHOLARSHIP:

Please be advised of the following deadlines that can affect your students' award amount for 2017-2018 (funding is prorated based on the date the student is found eligible):
- Application must be received on or before August 1 and found eligible on or before September 1 = 100%
- Application must be received on or before October 1 and found eligible on or before November 1 = 75%
- Application must be received on or before January 1 and found eligible on or before February 1 = 50%
Application must be received on or before March 1 and found eligible on or before April 1 = 25%

To complete your application, please go to www.stepupforstudents.org and log in with your existing account.

If you need information for testing to qualify for The Gardiner Scholarship , please call out office at 305-705-2211 or email [email protected].

learningtreemiami.com 03/10/2017

Phonics For Literacy | Learning Tree Miami

Phonics For Literacy: a workshop on Dyslexia given by Nicki Salfer, MA.,MS.
http://www.learningtreemiami.com/single-post/2017/03/10/Phonics-For-Literacy

learningtreemiami.com Phonics for Literacy was a workshop on Literacy and Dyslexia given by Nicki Salfer, MA., MS., a certified Wilson Practitioner.

01/25/2017

AMERICAN DYSLEXIA

Look at how Public Schools, School Districts, States and Washington violate dyslexic students civil right to a fair and appropriate Education. Learning Tree Miami offers the Wilson Reading System tutoring for dyslexic students. Call us today for more information at 305-705-2211!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ_vuRdkVPg&sns=em

Look at how Public Schools, School Districts, States and Washington violate dyslexic students civil right to a fair and appropriate Education.

npr.org 11/30/2016

How Parents Can Help Kids With Dyslexia Succeed In School

Podcast: Dyslexia is a reading problem, but its influence can be felt far beyond the classroom. It often disrupts home life, making dinner time and bedtime a struggle. Experts say there are three things that can help.

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/29/503766818/how-parents-can-help-kids-with-dyslexia-succeed-in-school

Our Educational Director Nicki Salfer is a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. She has seen great success using the Wilson Reading System with dyslexic students. Check out our website http://www.learningtreemiami.com/ or Call our center today 305-705-2211 for more information.

npr.org Dyslexia is a reading problem, but its influence can be felt far beyond the classroom. It often disrupts home life, making dinner time and bedtime a struggle. Experts say there are three things that can help.

npr.org 11/29/2016

Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

"When things don't come easy, you learn to try new things and work hard at them."

Thank you NPR for this article. Million of people struggle with Dyslexia. Our Educational Director Nicki Salfer is a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. She has seen great success using the Wilson Reading System with dyslexic students. Check out our website http://www.learningtreemiami.com/ or Call our center today 305-705-2211 for more information.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/28/502601662/millions-have-dyslexia-few-understand-it

npr.org It's the most common learning disability, yet it's still hard to answer the question: What is it? An NPR reporter who has dyslexia talks with other people — young and old — in search of answers.

09/22/2016

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09/21/2016

ADHD: What is the Difference between ADD or ADHD?

Nicki Salfer talks about ADHD: What is the Difference between ADD or ADHD?

Nicki Salfer, president of Learning Tree, a national comprehensive psycho-educational program for children and adults, explains the difference between inatte...

09/20/2016

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” --Lyndon B. Johnson

09/19/2016

Hello everyone, we hope you had a wonderful weekend!
We would like to introduce you to the director of education at Learning Tree with a quick, fun questionnaire!

1. Where are you from? I am originally from Israel, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio when I was 5 years old.
2. What did you want to be when you were a child? Nothing close to what I am now. My dream was to be a Judge.
3. What made you decide to become a teacher and an entrepreneur? Actually, for a long time I was in business, I supported myself and it was great. However, I lost a baby and that made me decide that I wanted to be in the special education field. That is when I started Tree of Knowledge. Also, being an entrepreneur and a businesswoman makes me unique because there aren’t a lot of teachers that do business as well.
4. What is your favorite part of your job? Helping people. Not everybody gets helps, but when I can make a difference in a child’s life, it is a very special moment.
5. What is/was your biggest dream? I have a strong desire to grow all my offices in Miami, Cleveland and Lakewood, to create strong teams, and work with children with special needs.
6. Who is your hero and why? Shlomo Hamelech - Because he had wisdom. It requires having wisdom if a king rules for such a long period of time and has peace, just like Shlomo Hamelech.
7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Internationally, Israel, if I could afford it! In the United States, in California, because it is beautiful!
8. How would you spend one million dollars? First I would give 10% to charity. and also I would buy property in Israel.
9. What are your hobbies outside of work? I don’t have time for hobbies really. But in theory, I would love to garden.

Have a good week :)

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