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Pittsburgh Region 2014 Conference

Dyslexia Today 2014: A Conference for Professionals and Parents

Pittsburgh Region of the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Date: Saturday, April 05, 2014
Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
LOCATION:NEW
DoubleTree by Hilton
500 Mansfield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Keynote Address
Conference Program
Continuing Education Credits
Handouts
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Keynote Address

Dr. Eric Tridas: The Developmental Web: Diagnosis and Management of Learning Disorders

The diagnosis and management of developmental and behavior disorders is complex and at times confusing.  The Developmental Web offers a clear, systematic, and practical approach to the workup and management of neurodevelopmental and behavior disorders.  During the presentation, Dr. Tridas will review the four areas that are typically associated with clinical impairment.  He will then review the factors that combine to cause this impairment by emphasizing the dynamic relationship between development, behavior, health and the environment.  The description of how these symptoms combine to cause impairment can then lead to intervention techniques to manage them including educational, psychological, medical and environmental strategies.  Dr. Tridas will use examples of common developmental problems such as dyslexia and ADHD to describe the clinical applications of the Developmental Web.

Eric Tridas, M.D. Medical Director of the Tridas Center for Child Development; President, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Consultants; President of the International Dyslexia Association; Editor of From ABC to ADHD: What Parents Should Know About Dyslexia and Attention Problems.

 

 

 


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Conference Program

           Dyslexia Today 2014: A Conference for                                      Professionals and Parents

Keynote Address:

Dr. Eric Tridas: The Developmental Web: Diagnosis and Management of Learning Disorders

The diagnosis and management of developmental and behavior disorders is complex and at times confusing.  The Developmental Web offers a clear, systematic, and practical approach to the workup and management of neurodevelopmental and behavior disorders.  During the presentation, Dr. Tridas will review the four areas that are typically associated with clinical impairment.  He will then review the factors that combine to cause this impairment by emphasizing the dynamic relationship between development, behavior, health and the environment.  The description of how these symptoms combine to cause impairment can then lead to intervention techniques to manage them including educational, psychological, medical and environmental strategies.  Dr. Tridas will use examples of common developmental problems such as dyslexia and ADHD to describe the clinical applications of the Developmental Web.

Eric Tridas, M.D. Medical Director of the Tridas Center for Child Development; President, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Consultants; President of the International Dyslexia Association; Editor of From ABC to ADHD: What Parents Should Know About Dyslexia and Attention Problems.

 

 

Morning Sessions:

1.  IDA: The Perfect Storm—Inattention, Dyslexia ,and Anxiety
Dr. Eric Tridas, M.D.

Dr. Tridas will discuss the relationship between attention deficit disorders, anxiety and dyslexia. While these are three distinct disorders, they often coexist and compound the management of individuals with learning challenges. He will describe some of the ways in which attention and anxiety affect critical functions that may hinder a student’s ability to learn to read. Understanding the interactions between these contributing factors can then lead to the formulation of a multi-modal treatment plan that will help maximize the student’s potential and diminish the clinical impact that these disorders may have on the student.  
Audience
– All  
Audience Level
– General                     

 

2.  Teaching Writing: Basic and Expanded Paragraphs
William Van Cleave, M.A., Educational Consultant, W.V.C.ED.

In order to succeed in coursework as well as various state and national assessments, students must have an understanding of basic and expanded paragraphs. Participants in this workshop will learn a structured, sequential approach to teaching the basic and expanded paragraph, including idea generation, writing topic determination, and supporting, concluding and transition sentences.                                                                                      Audience – Teachers and Tutors                                                  Audience Level – Intermediate

  

3.  How to Get a Diagnosis and What to Do with It 
Joe Utay, Ph.D.,
Co-founder and Director of Counseling and Evaluations at the Total Learning Center

Are you concerned that your child or a child you work with might have dyslexia? Is this child’s reading below grade level? Do you have a diagnosis for a child, but you are not sure what should be done to help? A diagnosis of dyslexia is an important first step in getting the right program to help a child who is struggling with reading. This session will explain the tests that should be included in a diagnosis, who can do the testing, and what to do after the diagnosis. 
Audience – Parents
Audience Level – General

  

4.  Dealing with the Student with Dyslexia in the Classroom: Appropriate SDIs (Specially Designed Instruction) and Accommodations
Maura Paczan, Ph.D, Lead School Psychologist, Pine-Richland School District 

        This workshop will provide an overview of research-based interventions appropriate for students with reading disabilities in grades K-12. In addition, we will review the Responsiveness to Instruction model. A collaborative plan will be presented for working effectively with school systems and the home.
Audience – Professionals and Parents.                                
Audience Level – Intermediate

 

5.  Surviving Your Child’s Homework
Dawn M. Hodges, Ed.D., Director, Hill School of Wilmington

For a child with a language-based learning disability, homework can be a burden for the whole family. In this session, parents and tutors will be exposed to a multisensory approach to supporting a student’s efforts to complete homework assignments. A wide range of study tips, technology tools, time management aids, and advocating skills will be presented.
Audience – Parents and Tutors
                                               Audience Level – General


Afternoon Sessions:

 6. Teaching Writing: Complex Sentence Structures 
William Van Cleave, M.A., Educational Consultant, W.V.C.ED.

Students often struggle more at the sentence level than at the paragraph level; teachers ignore this fact if they move directly to practicing prompts for assessments. This workshop, which is aligned with the Language section of the Common Core State Standards, will focus on sentence parts as they apply to the act of writing. Middle and high school instructors will be guided through the components of a good lesson on sentence writing and learn strategies for developing sentence sense in student writers including clause structure and advanced writing elements such as verbals, appositives, and adjective and adverb phrases and clauses.                                                
Audience – Teachers and Tutors of Middle and High School Students
Audience Level – Intermediate to Advanced

 
7.  Hill Methodology - A Multisensory Reading Program
Dawn M. Hodges, Ed.D., Director, Hill School of Wilmington 

The Hill School of Wilmington uses a research-based and research proven methodology to teach students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD to read. A one-hour reading class is administered five days a week to groups of no more than four students. The class encompasses an Orton-Gillingham base, a core of reading fundamentals from the National Reading Panel, and teaching techniques based on over 30 years of implementing the program. Dr. Hill will present the strategies behind the Hill methodology, the program design, favorite teacher resources, and tools for multisensory reading and math instruction.
Audience – Educators and Adminstrators
                 
Audience Level – Intermediate to Advanced

8.  Assistive Technology: iPad Apps and More                   
Scott Dougherty, M.Ed. in Instructional Technology,
Educational Consultant with the Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

Participants will learn about an assortment of assistive technology (AT) tools that may be beneficial to individuals with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.  Sources for the best AT apps will be discussed as well as additional sources of accessible instructional materials. Participants will also be shown ways to make their own materials more accessible to students with learning difficulties.                                              
Audience – All                                                         
Audience Level – General


9.  Introduction to Dyslexia:  A Simulation                        
Carol Utay, Ed.D.,
Co-founder and Executive Director of the Total Learning Center; Kathleen Hartos, Advanced Level Certified Orton-Gillingham Tutor                                                                                                   
Really experiencing what it feels like to have reading and related problems can make you a more effective teacher or influential parent. This simulation will let you experience the following: 1. The difficulty of learning to read with a one-size-fits-all curriculum;  2. How having weak auditory processing skills affects everything in school; 3. How not being able to read as well as your friends can ruin your whole day.  This session is an introduction to the simulation Experience Dyslexia. 
Audience – All                                                                    
Audience Level
– General

 




 


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Continuing Education Credits

Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Act 48 will award four and one-half (4.5) Act 48 Credits. The $20 processing fee is payable with registration.


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Handouts

Links to the April 5th Conference handouts are below.

Keynote address-The Developmental Web:  Diagnosis and Management of Learning Disorders

AM-1. IDA: The Perfect Storm - Inattention, Dyslexia, and Anxiety

AM-2. Teaching Writing: Basic and Expanded Paragraphs

AM-3. How to Get a Diagnosis and What to Do with It

AM-4. Dealing with the Student with Dyslexia in the
          Classroom: Appropriate SDIs and Accommodations
(Handouts will be provided at session)

AM-5. Surviving Your Child's Homework

PM-6. Teaching Writing: Complex Sentence Structures

PM-7. Hill Methodology- A Multisensory Reading Program

PM-8. Assistive Technology: iPad Apps and More

PM-9. Introduction to Dyslexia: A Simulation
(Handouts are not needed for this session)
 


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