The Early Learning Center is excited to welcome their new behavioral intervention specialist, Dr. Yisroel King. Dr. King, who is set to graduate in December with a doctorate in counseling psychology from Carlow University, started his position last week. In his new role, Dr. King will assist the teachers, students, and families in understanding any difficulties or obstacles a student might have in the classroom that would disrupt themselves or others or prevent learning/growth as a part of the class. 

As part of his daily work, Dr. King observes the classroom as a whole, as well as specific students, and helps to identify behaviors or events in their day that are the source of disruption. He and Dr. Nassida then put together a plan to support these students, including suggesting skills and methods which support continued growth for both teachers and families, providing a united approach. These skills will be taught and modeled by Dr. King first and then scaffolded to the teachers. 

During his time as a doctoral student at Carlow, Dr. King studied methods of therapeutically providing support, treatment, diagnosis, and systemic/organization level structures to help children and families confront and overcome challenges and self-actualize. He specializes in working with kids and adolescents from toddlers to young adults, as well as both family and individual therapy. His dissertation focuses on how mashpiyim view their role when working with students with emotional, behavioral, or psychological struggles.

“We’re blessed to have tremendously invested staff and faculty within TELC who have facilitated every question or intervention that we’ve started discussing so far,” said Dr. King. “They’ve been more than interested and willing to join with me in thinking up solutions and making a plan for intervening. Parents are deeply committed to their children and ready to partner in whatever plan we have moving forward. On top of that, we’re starting to form a structure within the school to specifically focus on, address, and support teachers in dealing with developmental and behavioral disorders or obstacles in children in TELC. The school is ready and committed to figuring out solutions to any obstacles that might arise.”