News and Upcoming Events

Dr. Lauren and Josh Noble, LCSW are excited to launch a new “Life After Graduation” class for older adolescents and young adults. This class (initial session: May 6-June 17) is open to individuals of all abilities and will support them as they transition from the structure of school life to greater independence in young adulthood.

Our next Parent Workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 13 at 8pm via Zoom. We hope to see you there!

We are thrilled to announce our Annual FREE Parent Workshop on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:15pm via Zoom for families preparing to transition their children with learning differences from preschool to kindergarten during the “Turning Five” process. Dr. Jaime, Dr. Jennifer, and Dr. Lauren will provide parents with a wealth of tips and strategies for navigating their IEP meetings, determining appropriate school placements, and promoting their children’s transition, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to register.

The next parent workshop in our Play is the Key series will be RESCHEDULED. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE TBA SOON held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:00pm via Zoom! Polina Shkadron and Dr. Lauren will be discussing holistic, child-centered, relational frameworks that provide parents with parenting strategies to address children’s challenging behaviors and promote their development. Please email: to register.

Check out Dr. Lauren’s participation in a panel presentation on Safety Technology for individuals with autism and young children. B’ZT Smart Clothing hosted this informative event which highlighted the safety concerns for young children and individuals with special needs. Dr. Lauren discussed the safety concerns that often arise for individuals with autism, young children in preschool settings, and parents of children with special needs.

The next parent workshop in our Play is the Key series will be held on January 13, 2021 via Zoom and will focus on separation anxiety, transitions, and behaviors, including within the COVID-19 pandemic. Polina Shkadron and Dr. Lauren are looking forward to it! Please email: to register.

Dr. Lauren and Josh Noble, LCSW are excited to launch their new COVID-19 classes for older adolescents and young adults. Check out the initial syllabus below!

The next parent workshop in our Play is the Key series will be held on December 9 via Zoom and will focus on anxiety, impulsivity and challenging behaviors. Polina Shkadron and Dr. Lauren are looking forward to it! Please email: to register.

We are excited to announce the start of a new virtual ongoing class for older teens and young adults! Dr. Lauren and Josh Noble, LCSW will be running this weekly group to teach individuals coping skills and ways of processing their COVID-19 experiences. For more information or to register, click here.

Stay tuned for information about our next group scheduled for December 9!

May 11, 2020:  

Toni Tortora, MS OTR/L and I presented a FREE parent workshop entitled: Parenting During the Pandemic. It was organized by Moves and Motions Dance, and open to the public.
The talk focused on stress and strategies for routines and addressing children’s needs, and will be pertinent to younger children and children with special needs.

April 21, 2020:

Navigating IEPs and Distance Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic was presented via Zoom by Dr. Lauren, Dr. Jennifer and Dr. Jaime to provide support, strategies, and information in light of the enormous strain families of children with special needs are experiencing.
Topics included: (1) Strategies for distance learning (including related services) for children with IEPs, (2) The IEP process during the pandemic and how schools are proceeding with applications and placements, and (3) Strategies for self-care, time management, and balancing school and family life during the pandemic.  


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our presentations have smoothly transitioned to Zoom. We are excited to be able to reach a broader audience using video.

March 26, 2020:

Our annual presentation, Ensuring a Successful Transition to Kindergarten will be held at our Bayside office. Please RSVP to

March 6, 2020:

We were so pleased to present two breakout sessions at the 2020 ICDL and Rebecca School Annual Conference.

Dr. Jaime and Dr. Jennifer led an informative and very well-attended presentation on Safety Through Relationships.

Dr. Lauren and Josh Noble, LCSW moderated a panel of young adults with ASD: Passions Pursued: Neuro-diverse Adults Use their Interests to Promote Independence and Success. It was an inspiring and rousing event full of visual arts and two musical performances where four panelists discussed and showed off their incredible passions and talents!

Dr. Jennifer and Dr. Jaime after their presentation at the 2020 ICDL’s NY Regional Conference

Dr. Tobing-Puente and co-presenter,
Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP
presenting at Molloy College. December, 2019
Dr. Tobing-Puente and co-presenter Toni Tortora, MS OTR/L presenting at ICDL’s Annual International Conference. November, 2018