Meredith Englander Polsky is a founder of Matan and currently serves as its Director of Training and Advocacy. She has masters degrees in special education and clinical social work, but has learned the most from her 3 children, ages 8, 6 and 4. She and her husband live in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
A few years ago I was that nursery school mom with a son in the 3’s class, a daughter in the 2’s class, and a new baby, born seven weeks into the school year. Whether that was a…well-thought out plan or not didn’t really occur to me in those early years; it just was. I saw those other moms whose last child was going through nursery school and although logically I knew that they must have done this dance with their older ones as well, it was pretty impossible to imagine. Yet… >> Read More
When your child has special learning needs--or any kind of physical, emotional, or behavioral challenge that impacts learning--finding a suitable religious education can be a challenge.
For the 85%…of us who look towards an afternoon or Sunday Hebrew School, particular challenges may arise. First of all, show us a child for whom 4:00 p.m.--after a full day of a structured secular school environment--is an optimum time for learning, and we'll show you a dozen more for whom it's not. At 4:00 p.m., most… >> Read More