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“Educate a child according to his strengths, so that when he grows older he will not abandon his path."

Proverbs 22:6

Avigail Gimpel, M.S.
 
 

My Approach

 

My assessment of a new client begins with the assumption that I am meeting a healthy person who is struggling.  What drives my work is asking the question - “why is he suffering?” and not “what is his disorder/diagnosis?”.  I first want to hear each client’s personal story.   I consider myself a wellness detective, looking for clues within the story:

  • Is there an underlying health issue?

  • Are there allergies or food sensitivities?

  • What habits have not been formed and why? 

  • What does his/her diet look like?

  • How many hours is he/she exposed to screens?

  • Is he/she getting quality sleep?

  • Are there learning disabilities?

  • Sensory challenges?

  • Is his/her social life stressful and why? 

  • Has he/she experienced trauma?

  • Is his/her environment structured and are boundaries clear?
     

Based on these questions and many more, I am able to peel back the layers of complexity and give a more accurate diagnosis.  With this holistic understanding, I can now help my clients set up an intervention plan.  

 

We all deserve the respect and patience to discover the root cause of our challenges, and the tools to overcome them.  Quick diagnosis and medicating benefits everyone ... but the person struggling.  A single diagnosis for so many complex symptoms stunts rather than enhances growth.  In my 20 plus years of work with people with ADHD symptoms, I have been every client’s advocate to achieve his best potential.  My goal is to give you the knowledge and skill to thrive with and/or overcome ADHD symptoms.  I aim to reintroduce curiosity and respect to diagnosis and intervention. 

Avigail Gimpel’s course was not only informative and interesting; it gave me insight into ADD and ADHD that were neither negative nor worrisome.  With the right information given over by Avigail it became manageable and at times humorous.  I stopped seeing it as something to be concerned about but rather something to embrace and work with. - Michal C.

About Me

I began my career as a special education teacher in an inclusion classroom, with children of all ability levels, unique gifts and challenges.  I loved all my students, but the most intriguing were the students with “special energy”, the ones who were trying to drink from a waterfall instead of a glass.  The ones who dreamed all day, but then said something that no one else thought of.  The ones whose engines ran on instant gratification, and had not developed habits and routines to focus their explosive energy.  They were creative, funny, out of the box and… struggling.  They had trouble with follow through, organization, social skills, routine and emotional regulation. It was time to fill their tool kit with strong skills and habits. I developed an intervention program full of novelty, discovery, structure, responsibility, routine and faith in each child’s ability.  My special energy kids began to flourish.

The 2nd wave of my career launched when my children were being diagnosed one after the next with ADHD. While neurologists insisted that my children had a chronic brain disorder which could be “cured” or managed through the use of stimulant medication, it did not seem that my children’s struggles were due to a Ritalin deficiency.  Now that my own children were being affected by ADHD, I left no stone unturned in my quest for deeper understanding and solutions. 

EDUCATION
  • Masters degree in Special Education from Touro College, Manhattan 1998
     

  • Certification in Special Education focus in Dyslexia, David Yellin, Jerusalem 1999
     

  • Certification in Instrumental Enrichment and MLE, Feuerstein Institute Jerusalem, 2000

I am a College lecturer, practitioner in private practice, and parent educator. Married for 20 happy glorious years, and a mother of 6 beautiful children, (ages 7-19).