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.

Research Team

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Inna Kats Gold PhD

PhD and masters in Educational Psychology.

Inna is an expert Educational Psychologist specializes in Emotional and Social Competence and works in the public sector.

Inna is a head of Maagan program, which provides support and multidisciplinary counseling to kindergarten teachers.

Teaches at the Levinsky College of Education, at the Peres Academic Center and at the Tel-Aviv School of Educational Psychology.

Inna has joined the IDC LD unit where she is conducting a research developing an intervention for kindergarten and pre-school children aiming to improve their learning and interpersonal skills.

Meira Ben-Zaken

An Expert in Educational Psychology. Specializes in working with children with ADHD and self-regulation problems, group facilitation, and diagnosis. Working in the Psychological and Educational Services (PES) in Tel-Aviv since 2009. Within the PES, working in school systems and in the research and knowledge management unit.

Noa Weiss

Noa Weiss earned her bachelor's degree at the IDC School of Psychology and serves as the coordinator of both the Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Unit and the Learning Disabilities Clinic. She is experienced in working with children as part of the mentoring program of the "I Can Succeed" Program at the Schneider Children's Medical Center.

Anat Ronen

Ronen is a third-year undergraduate student for psychology and criminology at Bar Ilan University. She is a research assistant and works as a workshop instructor for adolescents preparing for their military service. She is experienced in mentoring special-needs adolescents.

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