Learning Center Aligns with New Approach in Education

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New York Learning Center is among first to align with growing Mind, Brain, and Education movement, which brings researchers, educators, and health care providers together to influence best practices in learning.

Paul B. Yellin, MD, FAAP

Paul B. Yellin, MD, FAAP

To help students who struggle with learning difficulties, we need to consider how their brains work, how they develop emotionally, and how they learn.

The Yellin Center, a nationally recognized pioneer in learning assessment and learning disability support, has been renamed The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education to reflect its role as the first clinical learning center in New York aligned with the field of Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE). MBE is a growing academic field which promotes collaboration between researchers, clinicians (such as physicians and psychologists), and educators to develop, evaluate, and apply best practices in learning.

“To help students who struggle with learning difficulties, we need to consider how their brains work, how they develop emotionally, and how they learn,” said Paul B. Yellin, MD, FAAP, Director of The Yellin Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the New York University School of Medicine. “Traditionally, these issues have been considered separately. We believe that the best practices for struggling students require a shared vocabulary and an ongoing conversation between scientists, teachers, and diagnosticians.”

Dr. Yellin added, “When we apply new scientific findings to understanding a student’s strengths and challenges, and leverage this insight to develop classroom strategies that help students experience success, that’s ‘Mind, Brain, and Education’ in action. We apply these same principles when we provide professional development to educators and schools. It’s a natural evolution to align our organization with our colleagues working across disciplines in this exciting and growing field.”

Mind, Brain, and Education is the area of study that examines how scientists, clinicians and educators can work together to advance education for all learners. Many leading universities, including Harvard (whose program in the Graduate School of Education was founded in 2001) now host programs in Mind, Brain, and Education. The International Mind, Brain, and Education Society (IMBES) was established in 2004 to further the movement. IMBES publishes the scholarly journal Mind, Brain, and Education.

Students from pre-school through graduate school are assessed at The Yellin Center by a multi-disciplinary team which applies a customized range of dynamic assessment measures to develop a comprehensive profile and strategy plan for struggling students. Outreach to schools, extensive follow-up, and advocacy consultation with an education attorney are all part of the program.
Headquartered in New York, The Yellin Center has worked with school districts, individual schools, and students from more than 15 countries and throughout the U.S. Dr. Yellin serves as a consultant to the New York University School of Medicine as well as other schools and organizations, and serves on the Boards of Directors of Cornerstone Literacy and the New York Institute for Special Education.

Originally known as The Yellin Center for Student Success, The Yellin Center was founded in 2007 by Dr. Yellin and colleagues from the nonprofit institute All Kinds of Minds, a Chapel Hill, N.C. based national organization which was well known in education circles for its ground-breaking work in educator development and clinical assessment. Dr. Yellin served as National Director of Clinical Programs for that organization prior to founding The Yellin Center.

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