Finding the right school for your child's needs

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Finding the right school for your child's needs

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The best way to know if the school is a good match for your child is to get yourself on campus and to tour the classrooms. And if your child loves to wiggle, needs to move around and you observe a classroom where everybody is regimented and must stay in their seat for long periods of time that should raise a question mark for you. If you have a child that glories in being right, that has to know specifically what’s required of him and wants to follow that directly, then you know again that a structured program might make your child a lot happier with school. So those are some of the variables you look at – ability to move around the classroom, structure – it’s key to take a look at the director or the principal, because they set the tone of the school. And if you as parent feel as if this is someone who you could go and talk to, then right away you’ve got important information about the match.

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Fay Van Der Kar-Levinson, PhD

Psychologist

For more than 30 years, Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson has helped parents to navigate the maze known as parenting. She acts as both a guide and a resource for parents as they deal with the joys and challenges of raising children.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson’s passion is to help parents to help their children thrive at each stage of development. She works to identify each child’s unique temperament and learning style in order to create and implement effective behavior strategies. Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson is an expert at helping families deal with life changes such as birth of siblings, changing schools, divorce, and death.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson also guides parents through the process of determining the best school for their children, and has co-authored two books on that topic, Choosing the Right School for Your Child and Secrets to School Success.   

For the past three decades Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson has lectured and consulted at private as well as public schools. She has served as an adjunct professor at both the University of California at Los Angeles and Pepperdine University.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson earned her PhD and MA at the University of California at Los Angeles where she studied and trained with some of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians in the fields of child development and clinical psychology. She is a lifetime member of the American Psychological Association.

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