May 6, 2017
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Welcome

Strategies for Struggling Learners:
Applicable for All Learners

A conference promoting greater understanding of
Literacy and Learning issues for parents, teachers, and other educators

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

at the Embassy Suites Hotel
900 East Birch Street, Brea, CA 92821

 

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The So CA Tri-Counties Branch of the International Dyslexia Association endeavors to bring researchers and relevant literacy topics to the public and to share information regarding literacy, including dyslexia, via media, personal contact, and events focused on literacy

 

We wish to thank our generous sponsors for this conference:

 

·         The Jeannette C. McIntyre & Frederick Lask McIntyre Trust Fund

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

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Testimonials

 

 

 

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Schedule May 6, 2017

 

 

 

 
7:30 am to 8:30 am

Registration, exhibits, breakfast

Exhibit Hall open opens

(open from 7:30am - 3pm)

     
8:30 to 10:30 am
   
10:30 am to 11:00 am Exhibit hall visits and snacks  
11:00 am to 12:15 pm  
     
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Exhibit hall visits and get your lunch

 
1:00 to 2:30 pm

Keynote Speaker:

Virginia Taylor
Dyslexia: Myth Busting and Soul Saving
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Last Exhibit hall visits and snacks

 
3:00 to 4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

 

Peg Dawson – Smart but Scattered: Helping Children Improve Executive Skills to Achieve School Success

 

Virginia Taylor – Safe Schools for Dyslexics: How Do You Find Them? How Do You Make Them?

 

 
4:30 to 4:45 pm

Legislative Update

Judy Reising

 

 
4:45 to 5:00 pm

Raffle and Silent Auction Winners

 

Conference Fees & Online Registration

Register Online

Online registration closes April 21, 2017 at 11:55 pm

Mail In form (click here)

Mail In your registration, you must make sure that it is received by the dated listed for either Early Bird or Regular Registration.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Ends May 2, 2017

Normal Early Bird Registration  $135
IDA Members $90
Student IDA members $65
Other Students $75

REGULAR REGISTRATION

April 22 until May 2, 2017

Normal Registration    $155
IDA Members $110
Student IDA members $80
Other Students $90

LATE REGISTRATION OR AT-DOOR

After May 2nd

Normal Late Registration $160
IDA Members $115
Student IDA Members $85
Other Students $$95


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Scholarships Available

 

 

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Other Details

 

   
Exhibitor Info Exhibitor Information / Sign-up
   
Donations Donation Items
   
Sponsorships Sponsorship Levels
   
UCR Units UCR units, cost $70
   
ASHA CEUs available
Form Available at Conference Desk
ASHA CEUs are awarded to those that meet eligibility criteria by the ASHA CE Registry
upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form
from the ASHA Approved CE Provider.

This course is offered for 0.65 CEUs (intermediate level, Professional area).

Disclosure: Financial – Peg Dawson receives honoraria from TCB and royalties from Guilford Press. Nonfinancial – No relevant relationships to disclose.
Disclosure: Financial – Virginia Taylor has no relevant relationships to disclose. Nonfinancial
– No relevant relationships to disclose.
Disclosure: Financial – Judy Reising has no relevant relationships to disclose. Nonfinancial
– No relevant relationships to disclose.
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BOOK PURCHASE

PEG DAWSON’S BOOKS
Peg Dawson’s books will be available for sale in the Exhibit Hall

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Nomination for Leadership Award

Who is eligible?

• Curriculum directors

• Principals

• Special Education Directors

• Superintendents

• Program Specialists

 

Click here for award form and instructions

 

AVAILABLE SLEEP ROOMS

Sleep rooms available at The Embassy Suites Hotel

 

The Embassy Suites Hotel

The Embassy Suites Hotel will have sleep rooms available for our group

  • King Standard $149  (normal $179)

  • Deluxe Queen $179 (normal $209)

    You may call Embassy Suites at 714-990-6000 and ask for the room rate for the So CA Tri-Counties Branch conference.  Or, you may use our personalized webpage

until April 7, 2017. 

After that date, they will give you $10 off the best available rate.  However, feel free to ask for the conference rate, just in case.

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Beyond “Lazy and Unmotivated”
Why Parents and Teachers Need to Know about Executive Skills


Peg Dawson

When the conversation turns to executive skills, teachers and parents often say, “We didn’t know anything about these when we were growing up—and we turned out just fine.” In this keynote, Dr. Dawson confronts that sentiment head on. The co-author of Smart but Scattered and other books on executive skills explains the executive skills framework she’s been working with for over 20 years—why it’s a better way to describe struggling students than calling them lazy or unmotivated, and why the more parents and teachers understand about these skills, the better they’ll be able to help students strengthen these important habits of mind. She will paint a picture of the strategies she sees as holding the most promise for helping students of all ages develop, tune up, and master these critical life skills.

 

Learning Objectives: As a result of this keynote, participants will:

Be able to describe the brain processes involved in executive skill development both in typically developing children and those with executive dysfunction (such as ADHD).

Be able to identify how executive skills impact school performance and daily living.

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

 

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She worked as a school psychologist for 16 years in Maine and New Hampshire, and, for the past 25 years has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has authored several books, including two books for professionals, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits, as well as two books for parents, Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens. Their most recent book is a self-help book written for adults, The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success. Dr. Dawson is a past president of both the National Association of School Psychologists and the International School Psychology Association. She is also the 2006 recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2010 recipient of the International School Psychology Association Distinguished Services Award.

 

Disclosure: Financial – Peg Dawson receives honoraria from TCB and royalties from Guilford Press. Nonfinancial – No relevant relationships to disclose.

 

 

Smart but Scattered:
Helping Children Improve Executive Skills to Achieve School Success


Peg Dawson

 

Session Description: Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in. They may rush through work or dawdle, they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don’t know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it. Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, and notebooks as “black holes.” Students with executive skill deficits present tremendous challenges to both parents and teachers who often find themselves frustrated by children whose problems in school seem to have little to do with how smart they are or how easily they learn.

This workshop will present a variety of intervention strategies to promote executive skill development. These will include individual, classroom and whole school strategies designed to improve executive skills in all students.

 

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will learn:

Key strategies for improving executive skills in individual students, including

1) how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills,

2) how to design protocols for teaching executive skills, and

3) how to use incentives effectively to encourage students to engage in the practice necessary for improving executive skills.

How to create a student-centered intervention tailored to individual executive skill challenges.

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She worked as a school psychologist for 16 years in Maine and New Hampshire, and, for the past 25 years has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has authored several books, including two books for professionals, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits, as well as two books for parents, Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens. Their most recent book is a self-help book written for adults, The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success. Dr. Dawson is a past president of both the National Association of School Psychologists and the International School Psychology Association. She is also the 2006 recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2010 recipient of the International School Psychology Association Distinguished Services Award.

 

 

Keynote address: Dyslexia: Myth Busting and Soul Saving

 

Virginia Taylor

 

New medical research about dyslexia and toxic stress should be a game changer in education. It is time to unite evidence-based medicine with best-practice education to help schools with the problems of achievement gaps, test scores, literacy, bullying, school dropout rates, suicides, mental health, classroom management, drug use, and criminality. Children who are English language learners, or who come from a lower socioeconomic status have even more to gain if schools embrace the new medical information. Many children with ADHD, executive functioning delay or behavior problems are misdiagnosed. With simple screening, adoption of an internationally accepted teaching approach, use of technology that already exists in most classrooms, and a new perspective of learning differences, these children thrive. The research is exciting as hard science puts a whole new spin on understanding why children struggle in school. The answers are not hard, nor expensive. Using precious school resources in an efficient manner that addresses the heart of the problem early translates into immeasurable cost savings for schools and society. Everybody wins.

 

Educational objectives:

 

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1) Describe the biologic basis of dyslexia, including genetic patterns and brain differences that explain dyslexic gifts and challenges;

2) Explain the emotional fragility of children with learning disabilities, accounting for behavior problems and inattention;

3) Outline solutions that parents and schools can adopt to allow dyslexic children to thrive

 

Biography

Dr. Gini Taylor is a private practice pediatrician from Denver, Colorado who is a passionate advocate for children with dyslexia. She began her professional career as a public high school science teacher, teaching advanced biology and health education for children with learning disabilities. For decades, she has continued her passion for teaching, presenting at multiple medical conferences, local hospital courses, and over the past several years, providing professional development on dyslexia for teachers in schools throughout the Denver Metro Area. She is a passionate advocate for dyslexics, not only as a former teacher and a current pediatrician, but also as a spouse and parent of dyslexics, in a bilingual family. She is currently partnering with parents, educators, speech therapists, reading specialists, physicians, and business to change the landscape for people with dyslexia

 

 

 

Breakout groups: Making Schools Safe: Creating Climate Change for Dyslexics

 

Virginia Taylor


For children who learn differently, most schools aren’t safe places where they are celebrated. In fact, they are quite the opposite. Medicine is now pushing the envelope in learning theory, and technology is providing solutions, such that schools have more than just an opportunity to embrace change, they now have an obligation to do so. Finally understanding a problem that has always existed doesn’t precipitate a crisis, but instead allows for directed change, with cost savings.
Using a multicultural model of education to accept difference, we will examine real school solutions that have arisen from grass roots efforts in communities. While schools differ in needs and resources, there are common goals.
1) Promote awareness: This is the generation where we should be changing from a deficit-driven diagnosis of dyslexia to a strength-based learning difference. Asking “How do you learn?” changes the paradigm, and sets the stage to build self-advocacy in every student.
2) True structural change in the schools must occur to include early screening (kindergarten), identification and intervention at the school. It must be universal, and it must be provided by schools. (i.e. Why Response To Intervention (RTI) doesn’t work.)
3) Teacher/staff support and education is critical for adopting change.

 

Educational Objectives:

 

At the end of the session, participants with be able to:

1) Outline critical steps in changing schools to support dyslexics;

2) Provide examples of school solutions to support dyslexics;

3) Recognize the importance of a new paradigm for schools in supporting learning

 

Biography

Dr. Gini Taylor is a private practice pediatrician from Denver, Colorado who is a passionate advocate for children with dyslexia. She began her professional career as a public high school science teacher, teaching advanced biology and health education for children with learning disabilities. For decades, she has continued her passion for teaching, presenting at multiple medical conferences, local hospital courses, and over the past several years, providing professional development on dyslexia for teachers in schools throughout the Denver Metro Area. She is a passionate advocate for dyslexics, not only as a former teacher and a current pediatrician, but also as a spouse and parent of dyslexics, in a bilingual family. She is currently partnering with parents, educators, speech therapists, reading specialists, physicians, and business to change the landscape for people with dyslexia

 

Disclosure: Financial – Virginia Taylor has no relevant relationships to disclose. Nonfinancial – No relevant relationships to disclose.

 

 

 

 

Legislative Update with Judy Reising



Judy Reising


Learning Objective:
Participants will be able to explain the educational impact of the new California Dyslexia Law.

 

Disclosure: Financial – Judy Reising has no relevant relationships to disclose. Nonfinancial – No relevant relationships to disclose.