Hi, my name is Shirael Pollack. I'm a New York licensed physical therapist. I graduated from Long Island University with my Bachelors and Masters in Physical Therapy in 2002. I own a therapy center called Watch Me Grow with two locations in Manhattan, on the Upper West Side and in Gramercy. We offer physical, occupational and speech therapy services to children of all ages. I'm also a guest blogger on Mommy Bytes, where I blog about special needs and child developmental delays. I'm also a board member of the National Autism Association New York Metro Chapter, currently serving as the Chair of its Fundraising Committee. I'm a mom to two beautiful little girls, Gabby and Dahlia, ages four and one. I'm very passionate about promoting parent advocacy. I believe that parents are the best vehicles to improve their children's ability to learn and grow and prosper. And, parents can have fun playing with their children. So, I encourage them to learn more and to become the best tools for their children's growth and development.
I'm also very passionate about the work that I do within the autism community. In partnership with the National Autism Association and Watch Me Grow, we provide a free summer camp program for children with the autism spectrum. We also, in collaboration with the NAA, provide free monthly support groups for families affected by autism, that's run by a New York licensed psychologist.
For more information on all that we do, please visit my website at www.watchmegrownyc.com.
I hope you found this series on child development helpful and if you find that you need more resources or help, speak with your child's pediatrician directly.