Welcome to 2019

Strategies for Struggling Learners

Dina Leland

Description of Session ---

ADHD, Dyslexia and Everyday Life: Barriers, Overcoming, and Technology
This session will address the everyday struggles of those living with ADHD and dyslexia. The discussion will focus on removing barriers associated with ADHD and dyslexia as well as strategies and the use of technology to help overcome their symptoms.  ADHD and dyslexia can affect all areas of life. Fortunately, we live at a time when there are many strategies and technologies available to support those challenges.  The struggle of knowing you need to do things and not being able to do them, of knowing you know something and not having the time to demonstrate that knowledge can feel overwhelming.  There are many barriers faced by children and adults with ADHD and dyslexia. Strategies and technologies that are available to help remove barriers for those with ADHD and dyslexia will be discussed as well as what works in different situations.  How learning styles matter when finding the right support.  We will discuss ways to help remove barriers, put effective strategies in place and use the right technology for barriers in order to overcome the symptoms of ADHD and dyslexia.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the barriers that those with ADHD and dyslexia face.
  2. Describe effective strategies for removing barriers for those with ADHD and dyslexia.
  3. Understand different technologies available for those with ADHD and dyslexia.


Dina’s bio:

Throughout Dina Leland’s 30-year career she has specialized in diversified education working with students who have learning differences. She has spent time working under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the general education classroom, special education, as a reading specialist, and elementary administrator as well as under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA) in a university disability resource center.  She worked as a teacher mentor in the BTSA induction program for the University California San Diego Induction Program, Capistrano Unified School District Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Induction, and the Orange County Department of Education Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA).

Mrs. Leland has been invited to present at the California Catholic School Superintendents Curriculum Committee, Loyola Marymount School Leadership class, Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, the Diocese of Orange Teacher In-service Day, St. Polycarp Catholic School, Stanton, California, Mission Basilica School, San Juan Capistrano, California, St. Justin Martyr Catholic School, Anaheim, California, Diocese of San Jose administrators and staff conference, Diocese of Orange Diversified Education Coordinator meeting, and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Conference, San Diego, California.