How to Make it Work: A Collaborative Interprofessional Program in a School-Based Setting

Ms. Genna, Ms. Sandee, and Mrs. Allen are proud to be a part of the unique Speech and OT collaborative program at Newgrange. Last month they had the opportunity to present at the American Occupational Therapy Association national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. They presented their research about their model program! The poster presentation, “How to Make it Work: A Collaborative Interprofessional Program in a School-Based Setting” highlights the Newgrange occupational therapist’s and speech-language pathologist’s value of interprofessional collaboration. Mrs. Allen, Ms. Sandee and Ms. Genna are dedicated to teaching their graduate students and improving related services for students at Newgrange!

Newgrange Helps Celebrate 100 Years of Occupational Therapy

Mrs. Allen, Ms. Sandee and Ms. Genna presented their poster: “Interprofessional Collaborative Learning For Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology Student Clinicians in a School-Based Setting” at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference in Philadelphia on April 1, 2017! This conference celebrated the 100th year of Occupational Therapy. The occupational therapists and speech language pathologists at Newgrange value interprofessional collaboration to improve therapeutic outcomes for Newgrange students, as well as teaching the next generation of related service providers the importance of collaboration! 

From left to right: Genna Wallerstein, MS, OTR/L; Sandee Chalik, MS, OTR/L; Marcia Allen, MA, CCC-SLP

Amazon Smile Program

The Newgrange School of Princeton, Inc. is enrolled in the AMAZON.SMILE program.  

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Please enter Newgrange and Laurel Schools as your charitable organization and start contributing a portion of your purchases to The Newgrange School of Princeton, Inc.

Tell your family and friends.  Thank you.

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Newgrange Students Participate in Mercer County’s “Dare to Dream” Leadership Conference

Dare to Dream
Newgrange Students “How to Throw a Great Party !”

The Office of Special Education is proud to sponsor regional Dare to Dream Student Leadership conferences that highlight the importance of student self-advocacy and leadership. Each conference features presentations from accomplished students and adults with disabilities who have demonstrated exemplary self-advocacy and leadership skills. Additionally, the conference program includes a variety of concurrent breakout sessions that provide conference attendees opportunities to gain insight into the transition and self-advocacy process. Students participate in workshops led by their peers who are developing their own self-advocacy and leadership skills. Workshop topics include goal setting, self-discovery, student self-advocacy, and planning your future. The Dare to Dream Student Leadership conferences have long been a positive and empowering experience for thousands of New Jersey’s students.

Newgrange did a breakout session: “How to Throw a Great Party!” – This workshop offered step by step instructions and tips for how to plan and host a great party! Attendees learned how to invite guests, choose music and activities, decorate, plan for food and drink, and get the conversation going! As part of the program they talked about how important social skills are to throwing a party and how it is a good and fun way to practice them!

Laurel School of Princeton Has Moved

The Laurel School of Princeton, sister school to Newgrange,  has moved to its new home at
75 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ.  The Laurel School, established in 2012 at 407 Nassau Street in Princeton, will open their doors to students next week.  The new school has six large classrooms and other amenities that will allow Laurel to expand and provide additional growth for its students.

For more information visit the web site: or call 609-566-6000.

The Newgrange Education Center and Newgrange School Business Office will continue to provide services at 407 Nassau Street.

For more information call 609-688-1280.


Sandee Chalik, our occupational therapist at Newgrange, and Caryn Johnson, Associate Professor and Fieldwork Coordinator at Thomas Jefferson University, presented a scientific poster at the annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) National Conference, in April. The AOTA conference provides an opportunity for over 7,ooo occupational therapists from across the USA and other countries to connect, collaborate, strategize and share the latest evidence from OT programs and research. The poster highlights the fieldwork internship program that was created at Newgrange and the value it brings to our school and to the OT fieldwork interns.

Read more about our Special Programs:
Occupational Therapy
Interns, Student Teachers, Volunteers



March, 2014.  The Newgrange NVLD (Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities) program once again made its presence known at the spring ASPEN Conference. ASPEN (Asperger Autism Spectrum Education Network) is a nonprofit organization providing education, support, and advocacy to people living with ASD and their families . This year the keynote speakers were the world-renowned animal expert, Dr. Temple Grandin and her mother, Eustacia Cutler. Grandin has written several books on the subject of her life with autism including Thinking in Pictures, which was made into an HBO movie staring Claire Danes. Cutler wrote a book about her experience raising Grandin, A Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin’s Mother Tells the Family Story.  Newgrange NVLD Program Coordinator, Carol Cooper-Braun and special educator Erin Flynn hosted a booth at the conference to share information about the Newgrange School’s NVLD program with parents, educators, and service providers. Several other Newgrange staff members were in attendance including the Newgrange School’s principal, Bob Hegedus. Eight topics for professional development were offered as part of the afternoon presentations.  Topics included “Are You Ready for College,” by Farleigh Dickinson University’s assistive technology expert, Vince Varassi, and  “Video Game Playing and the Autistic Spectrum” by Dr. Mark Pesner, director of Therapeutic Options, and “Teen Girls and Young Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Special Strengths, Special Challenges, and How We Can Help,” by Dr. Elizabeth Roberts of the NYU Child Study Center. By dividing and conquering, the Newgrange staff managed to have an attendee at every seminar offered. “The ASPEN Conferences always provide us the opportunity to learn from a variety of experts in the field.  I’ve been attending the conference for over ten years, and each time I go I learn valuable information that I can take back to Newgrange and utilize to make the NVLD Program even better,” said Cooper-Braun.

Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities



February, 2014.   Newgrange School students jumped all over heart disease and stroke by participating in Hoops and Jump Rope For Heart by raising a grand total: $983.00 for the American Heart Association  The AMA funds research, programs and education to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers.

“I’m so pleased with the success of this year’s event,” said Mr. Chis-Luca, PE Teacher and Program Coordinator. “We all had a lot of fun, and the kids enjoyed learning about the importance of physical activity and how they can play a role in saving lives.”

Hoops and Jump Rope For Heart are programs that promote physical activity and heart health through jump roping activities and basketball games.  It is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Thanks to all who participated and to our top fund raisers in Hoops & Jump Rope for the HEART!