About Us

The Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Unit was formed with aim of realizing the joint vision of the IDC Herzliya School of Psychology and the Learning Disabilities Clinic at the Schneider Children's Medical Center.

 

The unit seeks to change the developmental path of children and adolescents suffering from learning disabilities and attention disorders, from being at risk for emotional and social problems to success, realization, and becoming productive and contributing members of society.

 

The unit is the product of a longstanding professional collaboration between the Education Ministry, the National Insurance Institute, the Schneider Children's Medical Center, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and several local authorities.

 

The Leading Team

Dr. Daphne Kopelman-Rubin, Director of the Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Unit, IDC School of Psychology and Schneider Children's Medical Center.

Prof. Mario Mikulincer, Dean of the IDC School of Psychology – academic advisor.

Prof. Alan Apter, Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine, Schneider Children's Medical Center – clinical advisor.

 

The unit comprises 30 professionals and researchers, including psychologists, counselors, education professionals, and social workers. 

The unit strives to improve the process of coping with learning disabilities and attention disorders at both the individual-family level and the national-educational level, by means of three different, but related, paths:

 

  • The Educational Path: Implementing the "I Can Succeed" intervention program nationwide and training education professionals accordingly – led by Liora Gashri-Rosinski and the "I Can Succeed" Program's team.

  • The Clinical Path: Offering diagnosis and treatment as well as parental counseling at the Learning Disabilities Clinic of the Schneider Children's Medical Center – led by Hila Argentro and the clinic's staff.

  • The Research and Development Path: Developing research-based intervention programs and training students in advanced degrees as well as pursuing collaborations with other universities in Israel and worldwide – led by the research team and our research and development partners.

 

The unit's flagship program, "I Can Succeed," is implemented nationwide and is sponsored in collaboration with the Education Ministry, the National Insurance Institute, the Herzliya Municipality, the Bat Yam Municipality, the Or Yehuda Municipality, the Or Akiva Municipality, and the Kiryat Yam Municipality.

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Dr. Kopelman-Rubin completed her PhD in counseling psychology at Tel Aviv University.  She is an educational psychologist, specializes in learning disabilities and attention disorders in children and adolescents.

 

In 2002, Dr. Kopelman-Rubin founded the Learning Disabilities Clinic at the Department of Psychological Medicine of the Schneider Children's Medical Center. Within this clinical setting, she developed innovative models to aid in the diagnosis and intervention of learning disabilities and attention disorders while promoting an interdisciplinary approach and fostering collaborations between psychologists, education professionals, psychiatrists, and social workers.

 

Dr. Kopelman-Rubin joined the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in 2007. Her research focuses on exploring the contribution of personal, familial, and systemic resilience to the emotional and social development of children and adolescents suffering from learning disabilities, as well as developing research-based models for educational and individual intervention.

 

In 2008, Dr. Kopelman-Rubin initiated the "I Can Succeed" Program - an intervention program for children and adolescents with learning disabilities that works at both the individual and school level. The program was developed in collaboration with the Education Ministry, the National Insurance Institute, Schneider Children's Medical Center, IDC Herzliya, and several Israeli municipalities. The program has been endorsed by the Education Ministry as one of its leading programs and is currently being implemented in the Israeli cities of Herzliya, Bat Yam, Or Yehuda, Or Akiva and Kiryat Yam.

 

In 2012, Dr. Kopelman-Rubin founded the Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Unit at the IDC Herzliya School of Psychology. 

Dr. Daphne Kopelman-Rubin 

Head of the Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Unit