Dimitra Loomos, Au.D., Auditory Consultant
The topics covered in this workshop include definitions of Central Auditory Processing and CAPD, CAPD diagnosis and the test battery approach, principles guiding diagnosis, differentiating among co-morbid disorders, treatment and management approaches. This presentation will also address the importance of networking within the community of professionals working in the area of learning differences, in order to establish and implement a cohesive management plan for the child. It will address auditory skills in relation to reading and the importance of classroom acoustics. Ages 7 years through adult.
Shayla Hulgan, M.A., Educational Specialist, Children’s Health Council
This talk will provide a definition of executive functioning as well as descriptions of the many potential implications of deficits in this area. Basic principles of executive functioning intervention will be covered. To exemplify these principles, we will discuss specific behavioral strategies to help build executive functioning skills and compensate for deficits, as well as technology to support these strategies. Elementary – High School.
Confidence Can Be Learned, Lowers Anxiety and Improves Focus: Tricks of the Trade for Appearing and Feeling Confident
Everyone wants to look and feel a bit more confident. Speaker Sioux Messinger, owner of Cream of the Crop Leaders Confidence Coaching workshops, will lead all participants in fun and simple exercises designed to boost both the appearance of and feelings of confidence. Confidence skills have important implications for all people, including those with learning disabilities. New research from Harvard University shows that confidence can be learned, and that learned confidence becomes authentic and has enormous implications for improving our lives, including lowered stress and anxiety (which helps LD students to focus), elevated performance, improved mood, and increased goal-setting tendencies (great for buffering LD related academic and career setbacks). Join us for this fascinating seminar.
Jamie Martin, Coordinator of Assistive Technology, The Kildonan School, and Sharon Plante, Director of Technology, Eagle Hill School-Southport
Travel with us through the adventurous journey of assistive technology, where students and teachers navigate the rigors of today’s classroom with greater ease. Visit exciting destinations through the wonders of reading, send an email home with written ease, and discover how technology can be the ticket to academic success. In this session, students and teachers will pack their bags with tools that make America’s greatest ports of call accessible and engaging. Kindergarten – 12th Grade.
Diverse Panel of Accomplished Adults with LD and Dyslexia. Facilitated by Ben Foss,
Founder of Headstrong Nation, Author of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan
Headstrong Nation’s fellows represent a diverse and global team of entrepreneurs, artists, dyslexic and LD educators, and grassroots activists who are empowering people with LD and Dyslexia through their work and personal stories. Learn the tools to become a powerful self-advocate through their experiences and insights. All ages.
El Poder de Saberâ: Lo que usted necesita saber del sistema educativo en este pais obtener la mayor ventaja (In Spanish only)
Tamara Centeno Educadora de padres de familia y enlace comunitario, Telemundo 48
Susan Baum, Ph.D. and Robin M. Schader, Ph.D.
My LearningPrint™ was the basis for a pilot program to increase student engagement with learning. Find out how collecting, organizing, and applying information about abilities, interests, learning preferences, out of school activities, and family experiences makes it possible to build relevant connections between what is taught in the classroom and the individual needs of students. Participants in this session will receive tools and practical strategies to involve parents, teachers, and students in developing a child’s potential. Primarily geared for elementary and middle school; My LearningPrint has also been used in high schools and with adults.
Session II 2:45–4:00pm
Dominique Baudry, MS, Ed
Middle and High school are times of great transition in the social worlds of children. The peer group takes on a greater role in defining kids’ identities, which becomes especially challenging if kids have difficulty connecting with their peers. While social media helps kids to stay connected, it often becomes the only manner in which some kids connect with their peers. This talk will describe the basic tools necessary in order to begin to build acquaintances and friendships in the real world. The audience will also have a chance to participate in some activities aimed at teaching these important skills. Middle and High School.
Rebecca Field, Director, Rebecca Field Consulting
The transition from high school to college can be an overwhelming one for students, parents, and their support teams. This workshop outlines the college admission and application process and important laws as they pertain specifically to students who learn differently. Additionally, learn tips and resources that can help students not only get into college but stay there successfully. Student voices may be a part of this presentation! High School.
Pari Schacht, President, Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring, and Amanda Vogel, Vice President, Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring
From setting up an organizational system, to building routines, to encouraging independent and effective study habits, there’s a lot parents and teachers can do to help build executive functioning skills. We’ll teach parents and teachers practical strategies for encouraging these skills, which are so critical for academic success. Most relevant for grades 5 – 12, but parents and teachers of younger students are also welcome to attend.
Hal Hensler, Head of School, The Laurel School, San Francisco
In 2011, the Laurel School implemented an executive function curriculum developed by Dr. Lynn Meltzer and her colleagues who are associated with the Research Institute for Learning and Development. Dr. Meltzer has worked for the past twenty years with schools in the greater Boston area developing her executive function curriculum with much success. In this seminar, learn how a school begins to implement an EF curriculum unique to students with learning differences, builds a culture for executive function to be used daily in the classroom and commits to continued follow through for success. In addition, learn how to make executive function skills an accountable part of every student’s daily education and learn the pitfalls and successes you may encounter. Kindergarten – 8th Grade.
Cassie Britton, Co-founder of Sensory Social Playgroups, Child Development Specialist at The Little School, and Fiona Zecca, M.A., Co-founder of Sensory Social Playgroups
This workshop will offer a brief overview of Sensory Integration Theory, delving into the importance of tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive processing as it relates to a child’s motor, speech and language, cognitive and social/emotional development. You will also be provided some concrete strategies aimed at supporting a range of sensory needs in the classroom. Elementary School.
Panel of SAFE Students. Facilitated by David Kessler, MA, LPC, Senior Think Different Diplomat
Standing up and speaking out is not an easy thing to do. The Goldilocks Project will help you to advocate and use your voice in a way that fits just right for your specific learning profile. Come hear from SAFE students and professional learning advocates and discover your strengths, challenges and the advocacy style that fits you best. 13 – 19 but others are also welcome.
Educators around the world are using Design Thinking to co-create new solutions for their classrooms, schools and communities. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll explore the design thinking process with fellow educators, parents and students using some of the most instrumental design thinking methods that the Stanford d.school has pioneered.