Parents of Students with Learning Differences

Open to all parents with children with learning differences

In 2014, Gordon began organizing opportunities for parents with children with learning differences to gather and share and discuss their experiences.

The meetings provide parents with an opportunity to discuss the challenges and rewards of having a child with a learning difference, specifically in regards to Gordon but also the experience of parenting a child with a learning difference in general.  

This group meets quarterly, and all parents are invited to attend. The meetings are facilitated by the school psychologist, and the Lower School and Middle School learning specialists, as well as members of the school's academic administration, attend all meetings. At some meetings, professionals in the field have been invited to come to present their perspectives.

At the January meeting

Teaching and promoting social skills in children with autism spectrum disorders or similar social needs at home and in the community

Kelley Harrison Pistacchio, PhD, will be the guest at the January meeting.

Dr. Pistacchio received her PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York in Binghamton in 1991. She was a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Assistant Director of the Child and Family therapy clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore MD for 8 years. 

From 1999 to 2019, Dr. Pistacchio was the Director of the Community Support Services Program at the Groden Center, Inc. In this role, she provided oversight of as well as direct clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults with autism, developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges and their families and provided training and consultation to schools and other agencies working with this population.  

Dr. Pistacchio is currently in private practice. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioral challenges with a special interest in Asperger Syndrome. She provides school consultation services as well as individual, family and group therapy. She has developed and facilitated several social skills programs for individuals with Asperger Syndrome. She has presented on a variety of topics at local and national conferences as well as many school districts across R.I. and Southeastern Massachusetts.

RSVP for the January meeting

January 29th, 2020
April 30th, 2020

All meetings 6:00-7:30pm


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