Susan J. Schwartz, MAEd
Learning and Educational Specialist
Child Mind Institute
Susan J. Schwartz, MAEd, is a national expert in child development, reading and literacy, learning disorders, and the development of language skills and higher-level reasoning skills in children and adolescents. A dedicated advocate for children with special needs, she has been on the forefront of interdisciplinary approaches to evaluating and treating those with reading, writing, math, and organizational difficulties, as well as nonverbal learning disorders. She is also a significant public voice on learning accommodations and special education services in our schools.
Ms. Schwartz came to the Child Mind Institute in September 2010. She previously served as the clinical director of the NYU Child Study Center’s Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement and as a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. She taught cognitive and language development as well as neuropsychology and advocacy to psychiatry trainees, and she supervised psychology interns and postdoctoral neuropsychology fellows. She also has experience as a consultant teacher and remedial specialist at Manhattan’s Dalton School and Fieldston School in Riverdale, and early in her career she was the senior learning diagnostic specialist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Ms. Schwartz earned her Master of Education in early childhood special education from George Washington University. She went on to complete coursework in neuropsychology and education at Columbia University Teachers College. Her expertise in special education was enhanced when, after receiving her degrees, she worked as a classroom teacher and project coordinator in various public schools; she taught pre-K and kindergarten to children with special needs.
A seasoned lecturer, Ms. Schwartz has been a speaker at conferences nationwide. She has addressed a wide range of topics, including attention-deficit disorder (ADD), executive functioning and writing skills in the classroom, learning differences versus learning disorders, the myths and realities of standardized tests, and the demystifying of neuropsychological and educational reports. In her public talks to parents, she has presented guidelines for managing parent-teacher conferences, identifying children’s special needs, and discussing how parents can advocate for school accommodations. She has also offered in-service training to teachers who need additional support in identifying and teaching children with specific learning disorders.
Ms. Schwartz has authored numerous articles and book reviews, including columns for ADDitude magazine and The Parent Letter. She has been a frequent guest on Sirius Satellite Radio and appeared on, among other programs, NBC’s Today and CBS’s The Early Show.
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