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This week on our blog, Liane Kupferberg Carter, a camper parent and columnist at Autism After 16, writes about sending her son to Camp Ramapo for the first time.

Check out her story here!
http://blog.ramapoforchildren.org/2014/04/moments-of-agitation.html
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"Every child is so drastically different...To be able to work with kids with special needs, you need to be able to mold to whatever they need." 

Nikita Reddy is a high school student who works with children with special needs. We caught up with her at our Youth Worker Leadership Conference to talk about the work she does and why she does it.

Check out the interview here! http://blog.ramapoforchildren.org/2014/04/student-spotlight-nikita-reddy.html #ywlc2014
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We're looking for summer counselors - please spread the word!
http://www.ramapoforchildren.org/about-ramapo/employment/summer-staff
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Education World published an article by Senior Program Officer Rachel Lissy about how to structure classrooms to encourage positive behaviors. 

"Successful teachers create environments that recognize unmet needs and teach, promote and reinforce social and emotional skills for positive behaviors such as coping, self-calming and resilience."

Read more here!
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/structuring-classroom-management-positive-behavior.shtml
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A NY Times op-ed on discipline in schools speaks to Ramapo's own work on structuring schools and classrooms for students, instead of the other way around: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/17/opinion/real-discipline-in-school.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

See Senior Program Officer Rachel Lissy's blog post on the same topic, outlining some of the history behind school disciplinary policies today: 
On Transforming Zero Tolerance
http://www.ramapoforchildren.org/blog/on-transforming-zero-tolerance
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We're thrilled to have Rick Guidotti of Positive Exposure speak before our Casino Night benefit on 4/24! Rick is an award-winning former fashion photographer who now focuses on changing the way we perceive people living with genetic differences. 

Find out more about Rick's talk and our benefit following here: http://blog.ramapoforchildren.org/2014/04/casino-night-to-raise-funds-for-ramapo.html #ramapocasino
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Our 7th annual Youth Worker Leadership Conference takes place this Sunday in NYC!

Ramapo will host 300 high school students interested in working with special needs children for a day of free, hands-on workshops, expert career panels and dynamic speakers. The event provides inspiration, information and resources for working with children with special needs.

http://ramapoforchildren.org/youth-worker-leadership-conference
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This week on our blog, we talk with Matt Bloom, a Think Different Diplomat with Eye to Eye and the keynote speaker at Ramapo's Youth Worker Leadership Conference on March 30.

Eye to Eye is a mentoring movement that pairs kids who have learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (LD / ADHD) with college and high school mentors. 

Check out Matt's interview here!
http://blog.ramapoforchildren.org/2014/03/a-talk-with-matt-bloom.html
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This week, our own Lisa Tazartes and Rachel Flynn presented at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Conference in Washington, D.C. (http://www.nasponline.org/conventions/2014/index.aspx)

They presented Ramapo’s model on managing difficult behavior to representatives from schools and colleges around the country.
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We recently visited Urban Assembly School for Civic Engagement in the Bronx to showcase best practices. Ramapo is in the second year of an integrated services partnership with the school that provides training workshops and one-on-one coaching for teachers, team-building retreats for staff and students, and direct support at Camp Ramapo for the school's most high-needs children to develop their social and emotional skills.
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101 Anchorage Trail, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
49 W. 38th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10018
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Through direct service youth programs and highly regarded training programs for adults, Ramapo works on behalf of children who face obstacles to learning, including children with special needs, enabling them to succeed in the classroom, at home, and in life.

At the heart of our work is the conviction that all children seek the same things: to learn, feel valued, and experience success. Ramapo helps young people learn to align their behaviors with their aspirations.

Our programs include:
  • Camp Ramapo, a residential summer camp serving children with a range of cognitive disabilities and behavioral challenges, including autism spectrum disorders
  • Ramapo Training, empowering educators, parents and other youth-service professionals with practical tools to promote positive behaviors and foster environments that support success for all children
  • Ramapo Retreats, short-term, adventure-based experiences for youth, educators and community-based organizations that give participants a greater appreciation of their own potential, and strategies for successful communication, teamwork and leadership
  • Staff Assistant Experience, a residential transition-to-independence program for young adults with social, emotional, or learning challenges that helps participants to practice vocational and life skills within an inclusive community