How to Identify Your Child’s Learning Style

How to Identify Your Child’s Learning Style
San Jose Mercury News (CA)
August 27, 2008
There are general timetables for children’s developmental milestones. Some children who do not attain the scheduled milestones are diagnosed with a learning disability — a neurological disorder that causes difficulties in reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information. Have your child’s learning difficulties identified early, so he can begin to receive help early enough to maximize benefits.

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TEL NO: 718-983-3800

FAX NO: 718-983-3858


GRACE FOUNDATION PICNIC – Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008

12:00pm-5:00pm.  Goodhue Center, 304 Prospect Ave (Entrance on Lafayette Ave)


PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS –  Support groups are held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 10:00am at 264 Watchogue Road, Staten Island. Next group meets on September 9th, 2008. 


ASPERGER PARENT SUPPORT GROUP – Thursday, Sept 18th, 2008.  7:30pm.

264 Watchogue Road, Staten Island, NY.  Please call the Grace office at 718-983-3800 to register.



SOCIAL SKILLS – Classes will begin the week of September 7th.  Registration is now being accepted.  Please call Julie Larsen at 718-983-3800 for additional informaton. 


RECREATION PROGRAMS – If anyone is interested in our Recreation Programs please call Julie Larsen at 718-983-3800. 


BOWLING – AT SHOWPLACE located at 141 East Service Road -off Victory Blvd.

Sundays, 10:00am – 11:30am.


GYM PROGRAM – Saturdays. October – June.   P.S. 55, 54 Osborn Ave, Staten Island.

Please call Julie Larsen at 718-983-3800 for further information.

Session 1 –   9:15am-11:15pm

Session 2 – 11:30am-  1:30pm 



LITTLE LEAGUE –  TEMPORARILY CANCELLED DUE TO MAINTAINENCE ON THE FIELD. We will update you as soon as possible to let you know when Little League resumes.  Please call Julie Larsen at 718-983-3800 to register.


SWIMMINGSaturdays 2:30pm-3:30pm and Mondays 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Please call the Grace office at 718-983-3800 to register. No Swimming on July 5, 2008.


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Metdesk Metlife Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids –


Wednesday, September 17th, 2008. 6:30pm.  Ocean 3 Restaurant, 2481 Richmond Road, SI, NY.  Complimentary dinner will be served.  Please call Anthony Calabrese to register at 718-966-3281.


EVOLUTION DANCE COMPANY (Forest Avenue) – Dance Classes for children with special needs – Sundays.  Ages 3 and up.  Call Lisa for information at 718-909-2542.


AMERICAN KARATE OF STATEN ISLAND – Specializing in Assisting Children with Special Needs.  Call 718-761-7366 for additional information.


CALLA KARATE – Specializing in Assisting Children with Special Needs.  Call 718-720-2509 for additional information.




Daily Candy NYC – Brazilian Day Festival and Kid’s Catch & Release Fishing

Brazilian Day Festival

What: All-day fiesta features live samba music, deep-fried pastries, and colorful costumes.
Why: Blame it on Rio.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Sixth Ave., b/t 42nd & 56th Sts.; 46th St., b/t Madison & Seventh Aves. Map It

Catch and Release Fishing
What: Children ages 5+ can bring in a live one in the Harlem Meer.
Why: It’s reel good.
When: Thru Oct. 15. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, at E. 110th St., b/t Lenox & Fifth Aves. (212-860-1370). Map It

Summerstage August 2008

Thursday, August 14th at  7:00 p.m.: Two trailblazing Latino rock bands in a very special evening concert: Los Lonely Boys and  Los Lobos

Los Lonely Boys
is comprised of brothers Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Garza, who have been performing together since singing back-up for their father. They call their music “Texican Rock n’ Roll,” a spicy blend of rock, blues, soul, country, and tejano. Los Lonely Boys have performed with legends such as Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, and Carlos Santana and they won a Grammy award for their single, “Heaven.”

Los Lobos, with 20 albums and countless singles to their credit, remains one of the most innovative and popular rock bands of all time. Famous for their live performances, they have toured extensively with Bob Dylan and with The Grateful Dead.


Friday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m.: South American beats from Argentina and Uruguay mixed with house, trip-hop, and lounge sensibilities:  Bajofondo & Osunlade

, from South America, skillfully mixes traditional music styles from Argentina and Uruguay with house, trip-hop and lounge sensibilities to create what critics have dubbed “tango electronic.” This is music to dance to, and their live performances include strikingly original projected video imagery.

Yoruba priest and musician Osunlade has amassed a global legion of faithful fans through his spiritually-based compositions, and as a prolific house music producer and the founder of Yoruba Records. He has worked with artists such as Patti Labelle, Roy Ayers ,and Cesaria Evora and has remixed countless artists from every genre. His discography is extensive and impressive with over 50 releases to his credit, the latest of which is Elements Beyond.



Saturday, August 16th at 3:00 p.m.: A whole day of home-grown bands that have garnered an international reputation: Battles, Black Dice, and Gang Gang Dance

ignores the rules of tempo and timing, creating an abstract and timeless blend of instrumentation, computerized beats, and manipulated voices to craft a uniquely organized sound. In 2006, the band released their debut album EP C/B EP, a collection of obscure EP releases. Their new full length album, Mirrored, has attracted international acclaim.

Black Dice formed at the Rhode Island School of Design a decade ago and have released two albums: Broken Ear Record and Manoman. Now based in Brooklyn, the sonic groundbreakers push the limits of experimental sound in rock music by focusing on only a few notes per song mixed with doses of distortion.

Gang Gang Dance is a much-revered leader in the NYC indie-rock scene, known for crafting haunting minimalist collages of sound. The band surreptitiously utilizes tribal influences, techno instrumentation, and the power of silence to evoke a frenzied mood of anticipation. GGD has performed with Sonic Youth, Massive Attack, Black Dice, and TV on the Radio.


Sunday, August 17th at 3:00 p.m.: A powerful program of Brooklyn-based soul and funk masters with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Menahan Street Band, and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens

Sometimes called a female James Brown, the Brooklyn-based “Queen of Funk” Sharon Jones has been performing since the 1970s. Starting out singing in churches and talent shows, Ms. Jones has spent her life perfecting her trademark combination of soul and funk. Her band, the Dap-Kings, who recently toured with Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson, is chock full of masterful musicians. City Parks Foundation was an early supporter of the multi Grammy-nominated Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, who headlined in 2006 at Historic Harlem’s Jackie Robinson Park, through the organization’s free CityParks Concerts series. Her latest album with the Dap-Kings, 100 Days, 100 Nights, released last October, is a powerful retro throwback to the 60’s.

Funk and soul continue to pour out of Brooklyn with the birth of the Menahan Street Band. The Menahan Street Band shares members with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, the Budos Band, and El Michels Affair (also veterans of Central Park SummerStage). They produce an irresistible brand of music that has been described as classic, yet raw groove.

Whether from the church pews of Alabama or Brooklyn, or on her cutting-edge funk singles, Naomi Shelton is renowned for her cathartic brand of soul. And while wrenching your heart, she also gets your feet dancing. Her funk classic, “Forty-First Street Breakdown,” is one of the most sampled snippets for DJ’s looking for real soul.