Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located and how do you get there?
We are currently located at 304 West 75th St. (between West End Ave. and Riverside Blvd.) Suite 1A New York, NY 10023. The entrance is the right of the main building. Since we plan to relocate, please call our office at (212) 799-0702 to confirm the address.
If you are driving from outside the New York City area, it is best to search for driving directions online using a site such as mapquest.com, maps.google.com, etc. If you cannot locate parking, there is public parking available two blocks away at the intersection of 75th and Broadway.
Several major buses (e.g., Peter Pan, Greyhound, etc.) stop at 42nd St./Port Authority. In addition, many trains (e.g., Amtrak, MetroNorth, LIRR, Path, etc.) stop at 34th St./Penn. Station. From either location, follow the directions below.
If you are located within New York City, take the 1, 2, or 3 train(s) to 72nd St. Walk three blocks north on Broadway until you reach 75th St. and take a left onto West 75th. Walk 1 full block and then cross West End Avenue. We are located on the south side of the street between West End Ave. and Riverside Blvd. The entrance is to the right of the main entrance. Ring the buzzer labeled "Elbaum."
What ages does your program serve?
We begin working with children from 5 years old through to adults about age 55-60.
How can I get more information? How can I get written information?
Our website continues to be the best source of information about our program. If you would like more information or have questions that are not answered on our website, please call us at our office (212) 799-0702, and someone would be happy to provide you with as much information as you need.
Which learning and behavioral difficulties does your method address?
Typically, we help children and adults who struggle with any or all of the following diagnoses or symptoms:
- Poor reading comprehension and/or word decoding
- Slow reading
- Inattention/lack of focus
- Acting out
- Oppositional behavior/defiance
- Poor spatial awareness
- Driving difficulties
- Asperger's (very mild cases)
Do you have scientific studies on your Method? Can I read about this method anywhere else?
Moshe Elbaum is the author of several books and training manuals that are presently written in Hebrew. The same applies for magazine articles that have been written about the Elbaum method. All of these works are in the process of being translated so that they will soon be accessible.
Does my child need to come off of his/her medication to participate in the program?
Your child does not need to come off his/her medication to participate in the program. However, the majority of children do come off of their medication successfully.
In most cases it is possible to either reduce the dosage or to stop taking the medication. This conversation occurs between — and is overseen by — you and your child's doctor.
Do you sell products pertaining to your method such as books, training manuals, DVDs, etc.?
We are excited to inform you that we are in the process of publishing a book containing several stories about the types of difficulties children can have. This book will also contain a technical instruction component on how to perform the exercises in the training program. In addition, there will be a set of DVDs available that demonstrate how to perform all of the exercises at home.
Do you have any testimonials from families who have completed the program?
We encourage you to take a look at the "Testimonials" page of our website. If you wish to find out about a certain type of difficulty and how it has been corrected through this method and you cannot find this information on the "Testimonials" page, please contact our office at (212) 799-0702.
What should I expect on the day of the evaluation?
The evaluation takes between 2 to 4 hours.
We begin by investigating the reasons for the evaluation and collecting details about the person's medical history, background and motor/speech/cognitive development. Next, we conduct an evaluation of the person's senses, which includes a number of basic tests in conjunction with pointed questions. Thereafter, we administer a number of other simple performance-based tests that determine the degree of physical coordination present in the examinee at that time. In conclusion, the evaluator summarizes the findings and builds a training program tailored to the person being evaluated.
What do I need to bring to the evaluation?
You do not need to bring anything to the evaluation. However, if you are interested in sharing copies of report cards or paperwork from other kinds of tests/evaluations, these are welcome but not necessary. If your child is young (5-6), snacks or games might be appropriate.
Why do both parents need to be present at the evaluation?
It is vital that the family operates as a unit throughout this process. The parents' understanding of the training program and their awareness of the changes that take place are important because the whole family is affected by the child's struggles and successes.
From the professional point-of-view, it is also important to consider both parents' viewpoints on the child's development/habits/preferences in order to get an accurate picture of the issues and their possible solutions.
Should my child be medicated on the day of the evaluation?
If your child takes medication specifically for his/her learning or behavioral issue, he/she should not come to the evaluation having taken medication. However, if your child takes psychiatric or other medications that would be harmful to stop taking, even for a day, he/she must take the medication regularly as prescribed by his/her doctor.
Can the child's grandmother/aunt/babysitter/etc. come to the evaluation?
If someone besides the parent is involved in the daily care of the child and will be a part of the child's training program, it is acceptable for him/her to be present in the evaluation. Generally we ask that only the child and his/her parents are present.
Can I do this program at home with my child/children?
If you live outside of the New York City area, you can bring your child for an evaluation and complete the majority of the training program at home. You will need to help your child complete the exercises 3 times every day. Or, if your child is 13 or older, he/she can practice the daily exercises independently. In any case, you will need to follow-up with an Elbaum trainer once every 3-4 weeks so that the trainer can evaluate the child's progress and make adjustments to the training program.
What if my child does not practice at home?
Because the child has to work through some frustrations in training, he/she will likely resist doing the training on some days. Keep in mind that the practice is simple and brief; it should be kept simple and brief. Resistance of some kind is typical, but encouraging your child to follow-through with the program and finding ways for this to happen are the best solutions. Without practice, the neural networks cannot mature; the muscles and other bodily systems cannot improve; and the child's difficulties will not disappear or change on their own.
What if my child does not want to do the training?
Know your child's habits. Respect his/her "up" and "down" periods throughout the day. Be creative. Training affects the entire family and the most successful cases usually come from families who work together.
How might my child respond to the training?
The range of responses to training is unique and varied. Many kids enjoy training; others may resist particular exercises, knowing the activity is difficult for him/her to perform. The child may feel elation at his successes and frustration at his setbacks. Occasionally, the child may even be bored by the repetition of the exercises. But every part of training is helpful for one reason or another — whether it's mastering a new physical skill, experiencing more emotional calm, or developing stronger willpower.
How long does it take to see results?
Results can occur as early as the first week but vary according to the individual. Results throughout the training program are incremental; they increase both in complexity and quality at different times. Sometimes one can pinpoint changes day-to-day or week-to-week. Changes can be technical (as in an improvement in coordination), emotional, and/or behavioral. Given the variations, it is important to remember and understand that the training program can take 3-6 months in total.
What are some of the changes one can expect to see at first?
Oftentimes the child displays more assertiveness and even more defiance at first. This is an important step in the child's development because it leads to better confidence and improved self-esteem. It also paves the way for the type of emotional calm and self-regulation that is conducive to less tension and crisis within the home and school environments.
The child also often shows fast improvement in reading ability, reading speed, as well as better performance in physical activities like sports, writing, and more. Over time, the child's self-esteem, self-awareness, and organizational skills continue to improve. Although there are trademark developments each person can expect to achieve, each person's rate of progress and specific types of improvement is different.
Does my child need to keep training once the program ends?
Fortunately, the skills mastered in training are like learning how to ride a bike — once the skills are in place, there is no need to continue practicing. However, it is strongly recommended that the trainee practice all exercises for a period of 3 weeks beyond the highest level of mastery to ensure that those skills are in place and that the neural networks have had a chance to fully mature.
The only exception is with the eye exercises. If the child practices these exercises once every week after the training program ends, his/her eyes will remain functioning.
Billing and Insurance
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately, we do not accept insurance at this time.
Do you have any payment plans?
No. Unfortunately at this time, we do not have any payment plans. We expect to offer this option in the near future.
Do you have a sliding scale or a reduced fee evaluation?
No, we do not have a sliding scale. If you are interested in a reduced fee evaluation, please contact our office at (212) 799-0702 and we will put you in touch with someone who can help you.
Do you train professionals in your method?
It is possible to be trained and certified in the Elbaum method if you are already certified in a professional field such as a Special Education/LD teacher, occupational therapist, the creative arts therapists, etc. Please call our office for more information (212) 799-0702.