List of resources for parents and patients
Dr. Learsy is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician located in New York, NY. She acquired her fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Yale Medical School. During her fellowship, she split her time between the Yale Pediatric Department and the Yale Child Study Center. She has been involved in teaching pediatric residents and research. She was a consultant for Head Start in the New Haven area and was involved School-Based Medicine. She is Board Certified in Developmental and Behavioral Child’s Mental Health and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She was trained under Maternal and Child Federal Grant. Dr. Learsy is also an activist in changing the laws to broaden the definition of Learning Disabilities, in the hopes that all our children can have an equal and fair chance at an appropriate education.
Dr. Annotti is a licensed psychologist in New York. She earned a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Maryland, and she completed her post-doctoral training at the Westchester Institute for Human Development. Dr. Annotti has experience conducting comprehensive psychological, educational, and neuropsychological evaluations for children ages birth to 21, in addition to providing individual and group psychotherapy for children, parents, and families. Dr. Annotti practices CBT, Schema Therapy, and Play Therapy, and utilizes the Early Start Denver Model when working with young children with Autism. In addition to providing therapy sessions with the kids, Dr. Annotti provides psycho-educational and support groups for parents to find a supportive community with other parents and to learn new skills to foster their relationship with their child.
Navigating the special education system (CSE), whether it be Early Intervention (EI), Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE), or CSE, along with establishing and maintaining your child's individualized education plan (IEP), can be extremely challenging and time-consuming. We will assist you with issues related to your child’s educational planning. We developed this specialized IEP Preparation Consultation in order to help families understand the system, inform families about the services that are available for their child and how to qualify for the services, and how to advocate for your child. This 60-90 minute consultation session involves meeting with an experienced doctor to:
• Discuss any concerns regarding your child's experience at school, or on the bus ride to school
• Review your child's current IEP
• Review the most recent assessments your child has received
• Discuss progress made during the current school year
• Discuss any gaps that may not be addressed by current educational services
• Discuss if your child is receiving the appropriate services for the appropriate amount of time(s)
• Discuss individualized goals for your child's education
• Consider the appropriateness of your child's participation in his/her IEP meeting
• Establish ways to coordinate services across school and community
• Organize materials and prepare for the meeting itself
Based on your need, one of the doctors can attend the meeting with you. The goals of this service are to help you understand the department of education, your legal rights, the services available, and to prepare you so that you can advocate for your child. This will facilitate your ability to ascertain the services your child requires to access his/her education.
The goals of this service are to strengthen and expand the schools behavioral health practice, to support teachers and staff while they promote social, emotional learning and development, and to address behavioral challenges with individuals and groups of students. As school mental health consultants, Child’s Best provides the following services:
"My experience with Child's Best couldn't have been better...I am very thankful for all the help we have received form Child's Best and I would recommend them to anyone."
"Dr Learsy was able to communicate well with my children immediately as well as conveying useful information to us as parents...Dr Learsy is a natural with kids..."