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NOTE: RNBC is not currently accepting applications for the Meryl Lipton Scholarship. Please check back at a later time for updates. Thank you!
Mission Assessment and intervention for children with social-emotional learning difficulties is costly and time consuming. The staff and supporters of Rush NeuroBehavioral Center (RNBC) feel that every child should have the opportunity to succeed. The Meryl Lipton Scholarship was established to provide the resources necessary to promote academic and social emotional success for underserved children struggling with social emotional learning difficulties.
All children who fulfill the referral, diagnostic, and financial criteria are invited to apply for the scholarship. RNBC will provide evaluations, set achievable goals, plan and oversee interventions for participating children.
Based on careful consideration of the clinical and financial needs of the child, appropriate evaluations and services will be provided. Each child is eligible for up to $7,500 worth of services, of which $3,250 is allotted for post-evaluation intervention services such as working with school personnel, implementing treatment plans, completing parent and teacher trainings, and providing other case management services. The list below outlines services provided by RNBC.
- Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation (including Intake) – A battery of assessments that measure the child’s cognitive ability, perceptual processing, language and academic achievement, social-emotional and behavioral development (may include a school observation)
- Parent feedback session – Psychologist presents evaluation findings to parents
- School feedback session or IEP meeting (up to two hours covered by scholarship) – Psychologist presents evaluation findings to school faculty who are involved with the student - parents are also encouraged to attend
- Patient feedback session – Psychologist presents evaluation findings to patient
- Single-Discipline Speech-Language Evaluation – Test scoring, data analysis and written report with recommendations and treatment goals (can be adjunct to a Neuropsychological/Psychological Evaluation)
- Speech-Language Therapy – One on one therapy to develop and implement individual treatment goals
- Speech-Language Consultation – School observation with parent/school feedback to develop therapy/treatment plan
- Initial In-take
- Medicine management follow-up session
- Consultation with child physician with recommendations
Social Emotional Learning Intervention
- Social skills classroom curriculum – Develop classroom support systems and curriculum/activities to address the social emotional needs of the child within the classroom environment
- One-on-one therapy session – Clinician meets with child and/or family to address issues that may be interfering with academic and social success at school
- Social skills group consultation (for recipients from partner school) – Clinician consults with school advocate, school counselor, school social worker, and/or school psychologist to develop a social skills group curriculum
- Social skills group (for recipients from an internal referral) – Clinician led groups teach children the specific social skills necessary for developing successful social relationships. Participation will include a maximum of three school consultation sessions and three parent feedback meetings
- School observations (including teacher and parent questionnaires) – RNBC clinician will observe the child in their classroom and other school environments
- Parent consultation – Parent check-ins allow psychologists and school consultants a chance to share the progress of the treatment
- School consultation – Clinician consults with school advocate on developing treatment plan and progress monitoring strategies
- IEP meetings (up to two hours covered by scholarship) – RNBC professionals will attend an IEP meeting when appropriate
- Annual case review – RNBC staff will initiate a one year follow up with relevant professionals, school staff, and parents to discuss progress
- Academic support – Tutoring or Executive Functioning services
- Family therapy / Parent guidance
- In-home behavior support
- Occupational therapy / Physical therapy
- Assistive technology
- The applicant must have a chronic social-emotional learning impairment as often seen in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The applicant must also have Normal Intellectual Potential.
- The applicant’s family financial status must be no more than 350% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.
The child is NOT eligible if one or more of the following are true:
- Full Scale IQ less than 85 (FSIQ must be greater than 85)
- Primary concern or diagnosis of Conduct or Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Uncontrolled Epilepsy
The Meryl E. Lipton Scholarship Program is 100% funded by philanthropy. If you are interested in making a donation or learning more about how you can support the program, please contact Clark McKown, Executive Director at 847.763.7957 or Clark_McKown@rush.edu.