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.
The "I Can Succeed" Program Team
Dr. Bosmat Tovin
Dr. Tovin is a counselor, a faculty member at the Educational Counseling Department of Or Yehuda College for Academic Studies, and a lecturer at the Educational Counseling Program of Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Tovin began her professional career as a special-education teacher at an elementary school. The insight derived from her work led her to earn her master's degree in educational counseling, and to work as an educational counselor at a middle school for six years. To expand the cycle of influence, she furthered her professional training by pursuing a doctoral degree in counseling and supervision in the United States, where she worked as a psychotherapist at a mental health center serving adolescents and adults suffering from addiction, severe financial problems, unemployment, and legal trouble. Dr. Tovin's involvement with the "I Can Succeed" Program represents her two specialties – special-education and at-risk population and counseling therapy – coming full circle.
Lev is a psychologist who is currently finishing her residency in educational psychology. She is trained in offering adolescents short-term and group therapy, and serves as a students' mentor at the Learning Disabilities Clinic of the Schneider Children's Medical Center.
As part of her work as a psychologist in various educational frameworks, Lev promotes systematic work and treats children and their families. She heads a special education forum at the Educational Psychological Services in Israel and serves as the representative of the Educational Psychological Service at a district forum on special education.
For the past four years, Lev has been working at the Learning Disabilities Clinic of the Schneider Children's Medical Center, where she specialized in diagnosing learning disabilities. She is part of a group of therapists who are being trained in offering protocol-guided therapy to children suffering from learning disabilities and their families through the "I Can Succeed" Program. She also supervises third-year psychology undergraduate students as they advise children with learning disabilities as part of a protocol-guided mentoring program.
Project Manager and Pedagogic Community Coordinator
Ben-Uriel has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in the diagnosis and treatment of treating learning disabilities. A certified special-education teacher, she has been working with children and adolescents suffering from learning disabilities for nine years, six of them as part of the educational system.
Ben-Uriel has been working with at-risk high school students for the past five years, and as part of her work she screens for at-risk youth and offers them diagnosis and treatment. Ben-Uriel has created teaching materials in various subjects, which have been distributed in schools nationwide; she lectures before education professionals on the subject of learning disabilities, and helps them devise teaching materials appropriate for students with learning disabilities.
An expert educational psychologist specializing in learning disabilities, Dvir has been a part of the Educational Psychological Services bureaus in Haifa and Pardes Hanna, and is currently head of the Learning Disabilities Unit at the Haifa District Psychological Services. Dvir is a member of the Education Ministry's Psychological Services' professional committee on learning disabilities, and serve as a learning disabilities instructor for the District of Haifa.