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List of CBIT Providers:

Information overview regarding CBIT can be found at: CBIT, HRT, habit reversal therapy,
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Telemedicine Options

Long Island Providers:
Laura Braider, Ph.D – Psychologist
Specialty: Anxiety, Tic Disorders & OCD Management
Age Range: Any age (individual support to family support)
Contact information: 718-470-8049
Address: 75-59 263 rd Street, Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Jill Sonnenklar, Ph.D Psychologist
Specialty: OCD & Tourette Management
Age Range: Children 6-10 Years old
Contact information: 516-802-6118
Address: 1983 Marcus Avenue, Suite 130 New Hyde Park, NY 11042


Victor Labruna, Ph.D Psychologist
Specialty: Anxiety
Age Range: Children & Adolescents
Contact information: 516-672-3859
Address: 444 Community Dr Ste 304, Manhasset, NY 11030

Mid Island Psychology Associate, PLLC
Specialty: OCD Related Disorders & Anxiety
Age Range: Children & Adolescents
Contact Information: 516-260-5186
Address: 500 N Broadway, Suite 142, Jericho, NY 11753


Manhattan Providers/New Jersey Provider:

T3 Group of NYU Child Study Center
Specialty: Tics/Tourette’s/Trichotillomania
Age Range: Children & Adults
Contact information: 646-754-4958
Address: 1 Park Avenue, Flr 7, New York, NY 10016

Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center
Specialty: Pediatric OCD, Anxiety & Tic Disorder
Age Range: Children 6-10 years old; Adults – Up to age 28
Contact Information: 646-962-2820
Address: 315 East 62 nd Street, 5 th Floor, New York, NY 10065

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders
Specialty: Tourette Management
Age Range Children & Adults
Contact Information: 908-575-7350
Address: 50 Division Street Suite 205, Somerville, NJ 08876

NJ Center for OCD & Anxiety
Specialty: OCD & Anxiety
Age Range: Children & Adults
Address: 939 Ridge Road, Suite 2B, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

West Essex Psychological Associates, LLC
Specialty: Tic/Tourette’s Management
Contact Information: 973-228-2299
Address: 104 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068


Westchester/Connecticut Providers:

Weill Cornell Psychiatry Specialty Center
Specialty: Pediatric OCD, Anxiety & Tic Disorder
Age Range: Children 6-10 years old; Adults – Up to age 28
Contact Information: 914-997-4875

Address: 21 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains, NY 10605

Nicholas Crimarco, Ph.D
Specialty: Anxiety & disruptive behavioral disorders
Age Range: Children 6-10 years old
Contact Information: 646-317-3586
Address: 155 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Dr. Matthew Specht, Ph.D
Specialty: OCD, Anxiety & Tics
Age Range: Children, Adolescents, & Young Adults
Contact Information: (203)-501-3034
Address 25 Valley Dr #2B, Greenwich, CT 06831


Northern New York Area (Rochester/Albany) Provider:

Dr. Suzanne Sefton Silver, PsyD
Specialty: General Psychology
Age Range: Children up to the age of 12
Contact information: (585) 244-4161/ 585-330-0177
Address: 130 Allens Creek Rd, Rochester, NY 14618

Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence
Specialty: Tourette Management
Age Range: No Age Limit
Contact information: 585-341-7500
Address: 919 Westfall Rd Suite 100, Rochester NY, 14618


Children Neuro Services
Specialty: Tic Management
Age Range: Children & Adolescents
Contact information: 518-439-1641
Address: 834 Kenwood Ave, Suite 3, Slingersland, NY 12159

Meet Suzy Eppling - Remote Occupational Therapist


Suzy has been practicing as a CBIT therapist, specializing in tic disorders. She practices primarily in Massachusetts in collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital, but now also has a New York license and is hoping to support more people with TS via telehealth.

If you are interested in CBIT therapy, visit 

For families in need of support and please feel free to reach out to with any questions or concerns.

Healthy Brain Network Study - EDUCATE


The Healthy Brain Network has a study which they are actively enrolling right now. Those who qualify get fast-tracked through the waitlist and evaluation. Children who are aged 6–11 and are struggling with reading or math may qualify to be part of the Healthy Brain Network + EDUCATE combined program. 


The combined program offers these children the opportunity to have a comprehensive evaluation AND receive 12 weeks of at-home reading and math skill-building computer games — all at no cost.

As usual, it’s easy to refer families to either of the two options — just share the appropriate study flyer with them:

If you or your colleagues are working with children struggling with math or reading, this could be a tremendous opportunity for them and their families. The games featured in the EDUCATE program help improve math and reading skills when children use them at school. Now the hope is that they also work when children play these skill-building games at home.

Contact MJ Bushey with any questions via email or at 646.625.4390.

The World's First Genetic Sharing Resource





















  • Email to become part of this breakthrough research. The TIC Genetics study is activily seeking families to donate their DNA to be studied. Simply email them with your interest and they will send you further information.


  • You can also donate to the Faith W. Rice Legacy Fund, which helps NJCTS continue the support of this very important research. A program that was very near and dear to Faith's heart.

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Webinar Series on Tourette Syndrome


Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence, The Baylor College of Medicine Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, is pleased to host a webinar series on Tourette Syndrome.

The three-part series sheds light on the educational, emotional and medical aspects of Tourette Syndrome. Please see below for the upcoming webinars and register today!


The Medical Aspects of Tourette Syndrome 

Thursday, July 22 at 12:00pm CST - REGISTER HERE

The Emotional Aspects of Tourette Syndrome 

Thursday, August 5 at 12:00pm CST - REGISTER HERE

The Educational Aspects of Tourette Syndrome 

Thursday, August 12 at 12:00pm CST - REGISTER HERE

Child Mind Institute Offering No-Cost Comprehensive Development Evaluations


For toddlers ages 18–48 months through the Autism Center: Research Lab.


View flyer for details.

Meet Suzanne Sanchez, Occupational Therapist

In my 20+ years as an Occupational Therapist, I've gained a wealth of knowledge through extensive education and experience that allows me to be a highly effective therapist working with children and young adults. Most recently, through the Tourette Association of America, I completed certification in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT).  For more information on CBIT and/or to schedule services,


Please feel free to reach out at 516-535-9890 or via email at

Adult Webinar Series: Navigating Romantic Relationships, May 4, 7pm


  A healthy romantic relationship requires dedicated partners, patience, and time. When one of the partners is plagued with a chronic condition, such as Tourette Syndrome, the relationship can be tested. Please join Dr. Katie Kompoliti and Eric McGowan as they reunite to discuss the intricacies of navigating a romantic relationship.


  Dr. Kompoliti is the Educational Director of Movement Disorders, as well as the Director of the Movement Disorders' Fellowship and Center of Excellence on Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders at Rush University Medical Center. She is an accomplished author, as well as an experienced principal investigator in research focused on several therapeutic areas, including studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new compounds to treat Tourette Syndrome, Parkinson's disease, functional movement disorders and dystonia.


  Eric McGowan has a Bachelor of Science in Acoustics from Columbia College in Chicago and a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Kansas. He first became involved with the TAA Southern California Chapter in late 2016 and joined the Board of Directors in March 2018.  Eric is passionate about helping those living with TS through advocacy, organization, and attendance of Chapter events, and as the director of Camp George – a sleep-away camp for youth with TS and their families.


  1. How adults develop and maintain romantic relations

  2. Navigating dating and romantic relations for adults with TS

  3. Challenges and limitations in navigating romantic relations for adults with TS

  4. How socio-emotional experiences with family and peers influence dating.


Meet Speech Pathologist, Jessica Salas


Jessica Salas M.S. CCC-SLP is a graduate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who provides services in English and Spanish, and has been practicing speech therapy in the New York City area for over a decade.


Jessica specializes in the evaluation and treatment of multi-lingual or multi-culturally diverse children, and understands the importance of being able to make a differential diagnosis between a disorder, and a potential delay due to cultural upbringing. While working with children of all ages, she identified executive function as the foundation for all learning. She has developed a real love for integrating mindfulness activities to engage her clients and encourages them to become active participants in the goal-setting process of intervention.


Jessica has experience in treating areas of communication disorders including: articulation and phonological disorders, expressive/receptive delays or disorders, fluency, written language expression, reading comprehension, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia, and limited social skills. She uses effective research based methods and strongly believes in meeting the needs of each client and their families in a collaborative, holistic, and integrated manner.


Please feel free to reach out to her at or (646) 942-1451.

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View Recordings of the Cutting Edge Topics in Tourettes Conference

Huge thank you to LI TAA Youth Ambassadors Aiden, Charlotte and Pierce, Young Adult Ambassadors, Becca and Chris and Adult Ambassador, Dave for their valuable participation as panelists.


To view the Conference, please click here:

New Dates For Virtual Leadership Academy
August 6-7

The NJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy is designed to develop self-leadership, advocacy skills, and resilience in teens with Tourette Syndrome and its associated disorders. Of course, we are hoping to be able to once again meet in person, but in the meantime we are planning a spectacular virtual event. We encourage all of you to join us to connect with others in the TS community.


Eligible participants are entering sophomore, junior or senior year of high school in the Fall of 2021 or will have completed senior year of high school by June 2021. No application is required.


Registration is coming soon, but if you would like to be one of the first to sign up, fill out the form below to be notified.

Click here for the FORM

Free 3-Day Educational Sessions Around Tics and TS

The Tourette Association of America (TAA) is hosting a Virtual Conference on May 14 – 16, 2021.

This three-day free event provides numerous web-based educational sessions to learn more about the complexities surrounding Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. Continuing Education Credits* are available, at an additional rate, for a variety of sessions listed below. 

Interested in showcasing your organization? There are various exhibitor and sponsor opportunities that will reach thousands in the community across the US.

11:00am EST: Research Symposium*
11:00am EST: Newly Diagnosed Seminar
4:00pm EST: The Present and Future of Therapeutics in TS*
5:00pm EST: Expressing TS Through Art
6:00pm EST: Parents with TS Support Group
7:00pm EST: Self Esteem - My Life With Tourette
8:00pm EST: Conference Launch

11:00am EST: Keynote - Ross Greene
12:00pm EST: Tourettic OCD: Exploring the Tourette/OCD Interface CE*
12:00pm EST: Understanding Oppositional Behavior
12:00pm EST: OCD & ADHD with TS
1:30pm EST: Finding the Superhero Within: Your Amazing Basal Ganglia!
2:00pm EST: Emotional Overload: Understanding Non-Tic Behaviors in Tourette Syndrome*
2:00pm EST: Integrating Creative Strategies to Enhance CBIT Treatment Engagement*
3:00pm EST: Let's Put the Tics in TikTok: How to be a TS Advocate in the Digital Age
4:00pm EST: Translating Evidence-based Interventions into Clinical Practice*
4:00pm EST: Tourette Syndrome and Young Children
5:00pm EST: Parenting Your Superhero: Parent Support Group
6:00pm EST: Tourette 101 for the Community Practitioner*
6:00pm EST: What Am I Missing? IEP/504 Plan Process Simplified
8:00pm EST: Musical Performance

11:00am EST: Raising Tourettes: A Family Perspective for Educators*
11:00am EST: Dealing with Employment
11:00am EST: Taking Tourette to Middle School - For Children
12:30pm EST: The Big Sad
12:30pm EST: Taking Tourette to Middle School - For Parents
1:00pm EST: Tourette & Law Enforcement
1:00pm EST: Handwriting Deficits in children with Tic Disorders*
1:30pm EST: Developing & Maintaining Friendships
2:30pm EST: Ask the Youth Ambassador Burning Questions
3:00pm EST: Classroom Strategies and Accommodations*
3:00pm EST: The Diverse Experience of Living with Tourette Syndrome
4:00pm EST: UptoMe: A Tool for Self-Advocacy
5:00pm EST: Taking Control: Daily Strategies
5:00pm EST: Instructional Teaching Strategies to Support Students with Tourette Syndrome*

Click here to REGISTER for the Virtual Conference

NJCTS Announces 2021 Program of Webinars

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders has announced the topics of their Wednesday Webinars series for 2021 featuring presentations by medical and mental health professionals, education specialists, and other leaders in their field.*


01/13/21 – Using Positive Psychology to Find More Happiness Everyday

02/03/21 – Outgrowing the Child Neurologist: Transition in Tourette Syndrome

03/03/21 – Anxiety & Worry

04/21/21 – Importance of Play

05/26/21 – Nature & Mental Health

08/18/21 – Trauma Informed Classroom

09/22/21 – Medical Marijuana

10/06/21 – Mental Health in Media/Stigma & Stereotypes


NJCTS’ free Wednesday Webinar series was launched in 2008 and draws an audience from across the United States. The series features online seminars for parents, educators and professionals on topics of interest to the Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders community, such as anxiety, OCD, sensory issues, bullying, school accommodations, and much more.


To sign up for a webinar, or browse an archive of past webinars, visit A professional development certificate or a certificate of attendance for attending any of these live webinars is available for educators at a nominal fee.

*Topics are subject to change. Keep an eye on our website for the latest info.

Sleep-Wake Rhythms Survey in Children with Tourette Disorder

Researchers in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry are seeking children ages 10 to 17 with Tourette Disorder or other chronic tic disorders, and their parents to participate in an internet survey assessing sleep-wake rhythms. 

The survey includes questions on demographics, medical/psychiatric history, tic severity and course, sleep-wake rhythms, general sleep habits, and emotional and behavioral functioning. Parent and child questions are presented in the same survey. Upon completion of the survey, participants will be able to enter a drawing to receive 1 of 20 $50 Visa gift cards.


Survey Link:

Tips for the 2020-2021 School Year

This school year is vastly different as we experience different learning models with COVID-19. Whether classes are held all in-person, a hybrid model, or all remote, the Tourette Association of America is here to provide you with resources and tips for every type of classroom setting.

To help guide you this school year the TAA’s Education Advisory Board co-chairs have offered advice on best practices that will help reduce anxiety and give some predictability and routine to the school year.

Visit to get many practical tips and resources.

Child Study Center Webinars

The Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, hosts frequent webinars to offer insights, practical tips, and advice to parents and caregivers. Webinars cover topics such as effective parenting, managing stress, and improving emotional health. The webinars are hosted by expert clinicians.

Previous sessions are available from the Child Study Center webinar archive.


For information on upcoming workshops, please visit this page.

Is your child struggling to get and stay organized for schoolwork during in-person, virtual, or hybrid learning?

Many students struggle to stay organized, manage their time, and plan activities. These organizational problems can cause schoolwork difficulties and create headaches at home. Switching to virtual schooling can make organizational challenges even harder for some.

If your child is in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade and has one main teacher, your child may qualify for a study that includes clinical treatment conducted over video and brain imaging.

Participation Includes:

  • No-cost brief assessment

  • Two brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans

  • No-cost 12-week individualized treatment to improve organizational skills based on an empirically validated program adapted to meet demands of both in-person and virtual schooling

To see if your child might benefit from Organizational Skills Training, please complete a short quiz.

For more information about this recruiting study,  contact us at 212-404-3770 or

Ronald E. Stiskin & Associates, P.C. 
Specializing in Special Education & Disabilities Law


Ronald E. Stiskin is passionate about assisting families and individuals in transition. Whether securing educational services for children with special needs; planning for the future of disabled adults; or helping seniors and their families identify their next steps, Ronald is committed to guiding his clients to their best outcome.  


Ronald has attended several TS events and has educated himself with what many familes and children experience when faced with Tourette Syndrome.


We have formed an alliance with Ronald and his firm.  You can visit their website at Ronald E. Stiskin & Assoc. 


Contact by phone 212-939-7570 or email at

Other Related Organizations & Programs

Tourette Association of America

Long Island Tourette Association

Tourette Association Hudson Valley Chapter

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders

Job Accommodation Network: a Resource for Questions about Workplace Accommodations

Child Mind Institute

An independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

Child Mind Institute is currently offering no-cost psychological evaluations in Harlem and Staten Island.  Click here for more information.


Resources for families of children and adolescents with learning and attention issues

NYU Child Study Center

NYU Langone Tourette

Tics, Tourette Disorder & Trichotillomania Program | NYU Langone Health

PANDAS Network (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders)

Weill Cornell Tics and Tourette's Pediatrics Program

Mt Sinai Tics and Tourette's Clinical and Research Program

NY Connects

NY Connects provides free, unbiased information about long term services and supports in New York State for people of all ages or with any type of disability

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (New York State)

Camp Free to Be Me hosted by Camp Kinder Ring


Summer camp for children with Tourette


Tic Helper

Related Videos

Tics and Tourette Disorder: What Families Should Know to Get the Help They Need

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Tourette Syndrome in the Classroom: Collaboration and Accommodations for a Successful School Year

Planning the First Visit with the Doctor


Dr. Miri Rosen

Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg

Tourette's, ADHD, and Cerebral Hemispheres: Presentation by Dr. Goldberg

Manhattan Behavioral Medicine

Dr. Joohi Jimenez-Shahed

Resources & Events During the Pandemic 

Please find a list of resources below gathered by the NY State Tourette Consortium to help children and adults during the pandemic. Stay safe and healthy!


  • Washing your hands, wearing a mask when you are in public areas, and practicing social distancing are great practical ways to take care of your physical health during this time.   

  • Remember, it is also important to take care of your mental health!

  • Be kind to yourself, and to those around you.

  • Permit yourself and others to be human and imperfect.

  • Limit your social media and COVID-19 coverage intake.

  • Allow yourself a fixed amount of time (< one hour) to worry then move on.

  • Allow your children a fixed amount of time (< two hours) to play video games then try a new activity.

  • Stick to (or create) healthy lifestyle habits: Daily exercise, nutritious meals, consistent bedtime and wake-up hours.

  • Create and stick to a daily routine for yourself and your family.

  • Reach out to and nurture your support networks.

  • Focus on controlling the things that you can and letting go of those things that you cannot control. Know the difference!

  • Develop a toolkit for self-care: fun activities, relaxing activities, stress-relieving activities etc.

  • Find time to laugh about something at least once a day.


The Long Island Center for Tourette and Northwell Health
Telehealth services including new consultations and ongoing care are being provided as appropriate through the Long Island Center for Tourette and throughout the Northwell Health System. 
For further information call: Ms. Florentina Lazaroaie, Patient Navigator
Phone:  (516) 365-0587                Fax: (516) 365-1909

Mount Sinai Hospital
Therapy and Medication Management
Clinical Research Trials
Phone (212) 241-2135

Weill-Cornell Medicine
Call 646-962-2820 for information about telehealth services

University of Rochester Medical Center
Telehealth services are being provided where appropriate throughout the URMC system. Please contact the relevant office below for information and appointments:

Department of Neurology - Pediatric Neurology (for children < 18 years old). 
Phone: (585) 275-2808                  (585) 275-3683

Department of Neurology - Movement Disorders (adults)
Phone: (585) 341-7500                  (585) 341-7510

URMC Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness: Child & Adolescent Outpatient Services
Phone: (585) 279-7800

URMC Mental Health & Wellness: Adult Outpatient Services
Call: (585) 273-5050


Northwell Health: “Parenting During Covid-19”
Northwell Health offers practical parenting advice in this approx. 20 minute talk on YouTube, presented by Child Psychiatrist Dr. Vera Feuer, MD

See also the Northwell newsletter article, “Parenting in the Age of COVID-19”

Weill-Cornell Medicine: Pediatric OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT)
“Parenting Strategies for Challenging Times Webinar Series”
Navigate to this site to access free, previously recorded webinars and learn about upcoming webinars:

New York Presbyterian Youth Anxiety Center
“Building Resilience in Challenging Times”
Free webinar series for young adults, ages 16-28, and parents of young adults.
Every Tue & Thursday, 4/30 – 5/28, 8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. EDT

Navigate to this site to access free, previously recorded webinars and learn about upcoming webinars:

Golisano Children’s Hospital: General Resources for Families – Parents and Children
Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong (Rochester, NY) offers the following landing-page with links to various resources for families:
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
Some individuals with Tic Disorders may have co-occurring obsessive-compulsive symptoms. The IOCDF has established a variety of resources including weekly town halls and online support resources, and tips for how to “Listen to the CDC, not the OCD”   



Wide Open School - “Schools are closed. Minds are wide open”
A free collection of online learning experiences for students of all ages, grades, and needs.

The Child & Family Institute
Our team of academic tutors, coaches, and educational consultants offer customized virtual learning sessions, home schooling and homework help, and executive functioning assistance. 
For enquiries, send email to:

Various Learning Resources:
10 Best You Tube Educational Channels for Kids:…/
Free audio books for kids:
Scholastic Learn at Home:
Helping You and Your Family Deal with Covid-19:

At Home with Special Needs Children:
150 Ideas for Sensory Home Learning

Some worksheet activities on Google Drive & DropBox:
Google Drive:

Drop Box:
               How I’m feeling
               All About Me
               Living Through History
               Coronavirus Time Capsule

Tips from Dr. Helene Walisever, PhD (Co-Chair of the NY Hudson Valley Chapter of the Tourette Association of America, and TAA Education Advisory Board Member)
Dr. Walisever provides the following tips:
·        Families can contact their child’s school in writing to request Special Education Services that their child may not be currently receiving virtually. If the school is unable to meet the child’s needs, parents may consider writing a “10-day notice letter” of their intent to obtain private education services for their child, if school is unable to meet the child’s needs. Information about this type of letter, and the process for preparing one are available at various sites, including:
·        If there are any work samples that parents think will document either regression or lack of progress they should save those and set those aside as well. This documentation may help in future, if requesting compensatory or additional services from the district to make up for the lost instruction time, IEP services, etc. Parents can also log the time spent in tutoring their child, particularly for special education services that are typically provided to the child by the school district.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA)
COPAA has many resources for parents of students with special education needs during this time, including guidance to families on how to proceed when the school district does not continue special education services at this time.
·        COVID-19 Landing Site:
·        COPAA Statement on Student Rights Under IDEA During the COVID-19 Outbreak:

Parent Training and Information Centers
PTICs serve residents through the country, to support children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. Educational advocacy is a large part of the PTIC mission. To find the PTIC for your area in NY State, navigate to this website and scroll down to find the listings for NY State:

From the Wrightslaw website, “Our goal is to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to advocate effectively for children with disabilities”


New York State Education Department:
Guidance for P-12 Schools, including many memos and resources, including for students with special needs

Guidance on Continuity of Learning

NY State Board of Regents is providing live-stream video for its monthly meetings and has archived the past meetings.

State Education Department Guidance on Graduation and Course Requirement Changes due to COVID-19 and Ongoing Statewide School Closure (April 7, 2020)

US Department of Education: Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak March 2020:



The Elephant in Every Room I Enter. Created by Gardiner Comfort and Kel Haney. A solo piece about Gardiner Comfort’s experience as an actor living with Tourette Syndrome.

Mr. Comfort will be returning to the Osler Society at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra / Northwell to present a free, one-hour presentation on Zoom. 
May 26th, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


And learn more here:

Virtual National Parks

Story Time from Space
Astronauts read stories, from space!

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