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Transitioning to Middle School

The beginning of a new school year marks a major transition in the life of every child. Between stressful educational, social, and personal changes, the first two months at middle school can be especially challenging. How can parents best help their children navigate the often bumpy transition to middle school? JSSA social workers offer these […]

easing back-to-school challenges for students with special needs

Heading back to school means new classrooms, new people, and new expectations. Students with special needs often feel especially uncertain and fearful about returning to the school environment and routine, making this time of year an especially challenging season of adaptation.

tips for parents and children about transitioning from preschool to kindergarten

Moving from preschool to kindergarten is a natural and exciting part of growing up. However, between creating new routines and adjusting to a new environment, the transition can be challenging for both children and parents. One of the most effective ways to ensure a smooth transition

JSSA Legacy Donor Jane Rosov

“Our family lived the Jewish immigrant story,” says Jane Rosov. “I’ve lived a blessed life.” Her family emigrated to the United States from Easter Europe, and Jane was born in Brooklyn then raised on Long Island, New York. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Penn State and her master’s degree from The Catholic University of […]

Starting preschool can be anxiety-provoking for toddlers, but parents can ease the transition with a little preparation. Here are a few tips to help set up children for success on their first day in the classroom.

JSSA Hospice Volunteer, Montgomery County, MD: Amanda B

Amanda B. started volunteering at JSSA in 2017. In her own words, she discusses her experience visiting hospice patients, plus the skills and lessons she has learned as a JSSA hospice volunteer.

JSSA's Specialized Employment services featured on ABC7 News

Evan Friedman, 30, offers employers a unique set of strengths and abilities. Like many of JSSA’s Specialized Employment clients, Evan is on the autism spectrum. Jay Korff of ABC7 met Evan this spring when he was working at RHW Surplus Sales in Gaithersburg, a job that JSSA helped him find and train for. One of his […]

JSSA Volunteer Appreciation event 2017

JSSA hosted an interactive evening for volunteers on May 25, 2017 to thank them for their selfless service across our volunteer programs. The theme of the night was “Taking Care of Others, Taking Care of Ourselves.” Following opening remarks from Todd Schenk, CEO; Natalie Merkur-Rose, Director of Outreach; and Elana Premack Sandler, Director of Volunteer […]

considering assisted living article

Older adults tend to agree with Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz: “There is no place like home.” While some eventually move in with family or to smaller homes, many resist the idea of moving to a residential care facility, commonly referred to as assisted living. When they enter an assisted living facility, it’s usually because […]

Talking to children with special needs about death and dying

Talking with any child about death and dying can be daunting, but it may be particularly so when the child has special needs. When done in a way that takes into account the child’s specific developmental, social, and learning needs, a discussion such as this can be meaningful and highly influential as the child continues […]

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