CEO, Themba Tutors LLC
Craig Selinger is a New York State licensed language therapist with over sixteen years of experience working professionally in New York City and has worked with children for almost 25 years. He holds his Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is Orton-Gillingham trained. Craig received an undergraduate degree and a master's in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the top speech-language pathology programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. His training consisted of interdisciplinary work, including working in a psychology lab performing neuropsychological research and performing neuropsychological testing on Romanian children adopted in the Midwest. After graduating with his masters, he completed his clinical fellowship year in New York City.
Craig is an expert in childhood development and language-based learning issues. Craig has experience working with almost all ages and with a variety of developmental profiles, including helping individuals with expressive, receptive (listening), reading, writing, language processing, working memory, attentional and executive functioning learning difficulties and disabilities. His professional experience includes working at an interdisciplinary therapeutic nursery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, treating young children diagnosed on the autism spectrum at a school in Queens, offering professional services, as a learning specialist, at a Manhattan Montessori preschool & elementary school, working as an independent contractor as a speech-language therapist with the Board of Education (preschoolers and school-aged students) and, currently, providing Brooklyn home-based private practice speech, language, and learning support for students of varying ages and learning styles.
Some of Craig's clients have established a long term working relationship with him because he adapts his teaching style as the child grows and changes: it's a dynamic process. Craig begins by establishing a connection with families and then co-creates short- and long-term goals. Children and their parents need to acquire tools for learning and use them appropriately in a natural, nurturing environment. Before creating Themba Tutors with Dr. Blythe Grossberg, in 2010, Craig started a private practice for in-home and at school speech-language therapy (serving all ages, including babies and adults) and a remedial literacy tutoring company for younger students struggling with their decoding and spelling skills called Brooklyn Letters PLLC. These speech therapists and literacy professionals travel throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island.
Craig was published in the journal Brain Research, appeared live on WPIX 11, and was featured in About.com discussing literacy techniques. He lectured to professionals at Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone, Educational Alliance, private schools, including providing professional development to a school in New Delhi, India, and offered CEU courses. Also, Craig has lectured to parents.
Most of his work hours these days, as the CEO of Themba Tutors, are spent as an administrator helping families find the right professional for their children, assisting staff, coordinating with the Themba Director, reading neuropsychological evaluations, and collaborating with psychologists, psychiatrists, other therapists, teachers, and other professionals.
Craig is an avid traveler, who has visited close to thirty countries, and currently trains in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with the goal of becoming a black belt martial artist. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children and hopes he can be of service to you.
NYMetroParents interviewed CEO, Craig Selinger, and published Helpful Coronavirus Homeschooling Tips for Parents and Balance Homeschooling with Working from Home that will help you educate your kids—and talk them through their new homeschooling routine.
Craig Selinger was featured on a podcast: Hope for Kids and Adults with ADHD.
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Discusses five ways to engage students, based on her doctorate research at the University of Southern California – Los Angeles.
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In this episode of the Craig Selinger Podcast, Micaela Bracamonte, founder of the first 2e (Twice Exceptional) friendly school in New York City talks about how The Lang School started sixteen years ago when her son was diagnosed as 2e at the age of four. She discusses the evolution of the Lang School and how it incorporates social-emotional learning and strength-based approaches, among other curriculums. In the early years, teachers notice students’ talents and nurture them throughout their Lang School careers. For the 2019-2020 school year, the graduate class, all three Lang valedictorians, received financial merit-based college scholarships. The Lang School offers virtual free resources for families. Learn more, please visit The Lang School website: www.thelangschool.org.
Hearing your child talk for the first time is one of the most magical moments of parenthood.
In this episode of the Craig Selinger Podcast, Dr. Michelle Macroy-Higgins, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and associate professor of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Program at Hunter College, New York, talks about how to diagnose a late talker and how to help them.
Lavinia Mancuso, native New Yorker, teacher, principal, and currently Executive Director of Everyone Reading joins us to discuss her favorite topic- literacy! She explains why students are still illiterate in the US, and how we can solve this problem. Here are some of her tips: Parents and teachers must teach the five pillars of literacy and tackle all four modalities: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. When it comes to teaching decoding and spelling, keep it simple! Say the sound and write it. Practice and repetition are the key ingredients for success. Train students to use their inner ears and eyes to monitor themselves when they read. Come learn more about how to effectively teach literacy! Lavinia also recommends the Reading League to keep updated with the science of reading.
In many instances, learning disabilities are invisible. What many consider as typical behaviors, such as acting out or lack of focus, could turn out to be warning signs of underlying learning or attention difficulties. We have seen parents get caught off-guard when their child is diagnosed with a learning disability, and the process of seeking assistance from schools also adds another layer to these challenges. In this episode, special education advocate and consultant Miriam Nunberg, Esq., talks to us about students’ rights and getting proper education for children with learning disabilities. Know more about these laws created to ensure equitable learning and what accommodations you can avail for your child. Miriam recently was on the “Nice White Parents” NY Times podcast.
Language is all about being able to communicate expressively and effectively not only through sounds but also through listening, reading, and writing. And for many children who struggle with language, this can lead to further issues with literacy, such as learning to write as well as peers.
Watch this video with Dr. Anthony Koutsoftas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and professor of speech-language therapy at Seton Hall University, and learn more about why writing is one of the most difficult skills to master and the pivotal roles that speech-language pathologists play in literacy.
Fara Jones, MA, LCSW is a Psychotherapist and Creative Arts Therapist. During this podcast, she discusses how the pandemic is impacting our mental health and provides suggestions for how to best care for ourselves. COVID-19 is best understood through understanding the stages of grief. Acceptance helps us deal with loss. We need to learn to adapt to our new lives, accept discomfort, allow the flow of our full circle of emotions, and find a cause. Cultivating how to best express oneself during hard times is crucial for our well beings. Creativity helps us engage with the world, even when expressed during mundane tasks. Come learn how Fara helps families, tweens and teens, find their paths during these unprecedented times.
James, a Brooklyn middle school student, discusses his first week of all remote learning from the comfort of his home. Come learn what James enjoys about his online learning setup, what he misses from being physically at school, and what he predicts will happen to his online curriculum as the school year progresses. He also offers several suggestions to help students improve their online learning!
Patty is a Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn resident, mother of three girls, helps her hustler husband run one of their local businesses, a restaurant, and is the Math Department Head at a Manhattan public school, The Institute for Collaborative Education, 6th-12th grades. Come learn about progressive education, portfolio-based approaches, and how to encourage students to problem-solve. Patty explains how she facilitates her students to apply their understanding of mathematical concepts and use tools to build upon their understanding of mathematical learning. By encouraging her students to collaborate together, this creates a community of inclusion and allows her students to challenge themselves. For the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, regardless of how students are taught, Patty stresses that students, regardless of the discipline, need time to think and actively engage with the world and their peers.