To Understand. To Listen. Achiya held a one day conference for principals of Talmud Torahs in Bnei Brak and Elad

December 1, 2012

 

On Wednesday, November 21, Achiya held a one day conference for principals of Talmud Torahs in Bnei Brak and Elad, focusing on how to help children with ADHD in a mainstream educational framework. The response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic; in the words of one principal of a prominent Bnei Brak Talmud Torah, “This conference had a tremendous impact on how our school will deal with children who until now we viewed as wild and undisciplined.”

 

Over 120 principals and supervisors of Talmud Torahs in Bnei Brak and Elad attended the conference, which was held in the scenic Nir Etzion Hotel Conference Hall, just south of Haifa.  Rabbis Mordechai Beiri and Peretz Wertheimer, who head Achiya’s ADHD Centers in Bnei Brak and Elad respectively, initiated and planned the conference, with the assistance of Israel’s National Insurance (Bituach Leumi).

 

The audience sat in complete silence and listened, enthralled, to the lecturers, all experts in their field, as they delved into the topic of integrating these “problem children” into the regular classrooms. It was obvious from audience’s reaction and subsequent questions, that they were struggling with this problem on a daily basis. As one principal explained, “Too many times teachers have walked into my office in despair, feeling like total failures. ‘It’s either me, or him,’ they’ve told me, and although I understood their frustration with a child who disrupted every lesion, there was very little that I could really do. Now, thanks to what I’ve learned at this conference, I realize that there is an answer. There are tools to help these children overcome their inability to sit still and pay attention in class. I know where to turn, and that is a huge weight off of my shoulders.” 

 

It is our hope that this conference will be the first of many similar conferences to provide educators with practical tools to deal with very real and pressing problems in the Talmud Torah educational system.