Kadima Lecture Series

Parenting takes a village! The 2017-2018 Kadima lecture series invited the community to join our village and get answers to all their toddler to teenager questions. Our expert panel covered a wide range of topics from warning signs of learning disorders to effective management of common behavior challenges.

Proceeds from the series successfully funded upgrades to Kadima’s Early Childhood Education Center playground.


Thursday, October 26, 2017 
Behavior Problems and Solutions with Dr. Sharon Arbel (full)

Thursday, November 16, 2017 
Learning Disorders and ADHD: warning signs, helpful interventions, and community resources with Dr. Sharon Arbel (full)

Thursday, December 7, 2017 
Typical language development in children ages 0-5 with Tamar Barazani (full)

Thursday, January 11, 2018 
Developing Fine Motor Coordination In Children To Enhance Play and School Readiness with Hava Alloun (full)

Thursday, February 8, 2018 
Bullying across age and gender groups with Dr. Sharon Arbel (full)

Thursday, March 8, 2018 
Implications of visual processing delays on the young learner and the relationship between Visual Processing and Academic Achievement with Dr. Gary Etting (full)

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Anxiety in children: common red flags and therapeutic resources with Dr. Sharon Arbel (full)

Thursday, May 16, 2018 
Navigating family and sibling relationships with Dr. Sharon Arbel (full)



Meet The Experts


Dr. Sharon Arbel

Dr. Sharon Arbel is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist working in private practice in Tarzana, California, where she provides both therapy and testing to clients of all ages.  Dr. Arbel began her career in 1999 as a behavior therapist working 1:1 with children managing Autism in their schools and homes.  While earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she worked for thirteen years in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), with her most recent position as the clinical director of an ABA agency, overseeing all of the clinical work and training of behaviorists in the agency.  Along the way, she also earned a board certification in Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Arbel earned her B.A from UCLA and her Master’s and Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology.  As a part of her graduate training, she completed internships involving psychological testing, family and couples therapy, domestic violence support groups, parenting classes, and social skills groups for kids, among others. 

Dr. Arbel held several adjunct faculty positions at The California School of Professional Psychology as well as Antioch University, teaching both master’s and doctoral level students in the area of psychology and marriage and family therapy.  In addition, she has been passionate about her pro bono work in the community in the area of special needs, having founded a special needs program for the Israeli Boy and Girl Scouts. She is now in full time private practice.


Dr. Gary Etting

Dr. Gary L. Etting is a developmental optometrist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems that interfere with reading and learning. Board certified in vision development, he just recently celebrated his 41st year providing these speciality services to the public.

Dr. Etting is a past president of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (C.V.O.D.), a past member of the C.O.V.D. Exam Board, a founding member of the Sports Vision Section of the American Optometric Association, as well as a recent past chairman. He has published several papers on the efficacy of optometric vision therapy for strabismus and amblyopia. His work on visual development and visual sports enhancement has also been the subject of articles published in magazines such as Time, Equus, Cycle, Sports America and Plane and Pilot. Dr. Etting and one of his patients were also featured on a CNN special, which explained how vision problems are often misdiagnosed as learning disabilities, dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder.

In addition, Dr. Etting has been a featured speaker at many seminars across the United States, Europe and Australia dedicated to topics on visual development, as well as at statewide public and private school conferences. He has also served 6 optometry schools in the United States with associate and adjunct professor positions. Dr. Etting has been an adjunct professor at 7 different schools and is currently an adjunct at Western College of Optometry, Salus University, and Southern College of Optometry. Presently he maintains private practices in Encino and West Los Angeles, California.


Tamar Barazani

Speech therapist specializing in therapy with children experiencing language delays, articulation disorders, pragmatic language delays, autism, apraxia, and many other speech and language disorders. Tamar has over 11 years of experience working as a Speech and Language Pathologist. In addition to her experience in Speech and Language therapy, she has also worked as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist for approximately 7 years working with autistic children on self help skills, fine motor skills, desensitization and many other programs. Prior to beginning her full time position as a speech therapist she earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the distinguished Communication Disorders Program at California State University Northridge.

After 7 years working with the well respected Community Speech and Hearing Center in Tarzana, she recently expanded into her own private practice in Tarzana where she provides therapy for children from the ages of 15 months and up.


Hava Alloun

Hava is a Licensed Occupational Therapist who earned her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University Of Southern California in 1994. She started her career working in Psychiatry at The Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA, where she worked primarily with adults, conducting evaluations for Occupational Therapy and running daily inpatient groups.

She currently works for the Los Angeles Unified School, where she has been a therapist since 1999. She evaluates and provides school based therapy for students ranging in age from 3-18 addressing the child’s physical, sensory motor and social emotional issues that support or limit participation at school. She provides training to parents and teachers on child development, fine motor and sensory processing needs as well as environmental modifications and accommodations to best meet the needs of the child. In addition, she works in private practice as an Occupational Therapist helping families in the home for children birth-18.