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CW Austin Learning Disabilities Conference

The Greater Baton Rouge Learning Disabilities Coalition: www.GBRLDC.org

Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)

CW Austin Learning Disabilities Conference

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Learning Disabilities Conference Free to Parents and Educators!  


 CEU certificates will be provided at the cost of $10 per participant.  

The Louisiana State Board of Social Work has approved this conference for 7.5 Clinical hours.  Each participant can receive up to 6.0 clinical hours. We are still waiting to hear if General hours are approved.  The clinical sessions are:  Randall L. Lemoine, Darlyne Nemeth, Steven Bordelon, Brandy Klingman, and Belynda Gauthier.  

The Louisiana Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA) has approved this conference for 6 Related-Education Hours for Speech-Language Pathology.  The cost for the day will be $10.  Participants must attend all 4 sessions to receive 6 hours of credit. 

Teachers may obtain CEUs by getting approval from the principal of their school.  Certificates forteachers will be available at NO COST, since there is no  application fee for the organizers.  20 lucky teachers will receive a "Thank You" of $25 for attending, thanks to a project by high school student Madeline Richard, aimed at encouraging teachers to learn more about teaching kids with  Autism Spectrum Disorders.

This event has been co-sponsored by the Louisiana Counseling Association, and NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider.  6.0 Continuing Education Contact Hours will be awarded.  As soon as the LCA received the sign in sheets, Certificates will be created for all LCA members and sent to the workshop sponsor.  Non-LCA members may submit $5.00 with the sign in sheets for a certificate.  Speak to Mary Dawson at the conference, if you are interested in this.  

Louisiana Academy of Medical Psychologists (LAMP) is approved by the LA State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (LSBEP) to offer Continuing Education for psychologists.  Each 1.5 hour workshop earns 1.5 credits.  6 credits available for the whole day!  If the psychologist wants CEUs, there is a charge of $15 for EACH WORKSHOP ATTENDED.  So, $90 for the whole day, if you want a certificate from LAMP.  The Conference-issued Certificate will cost $10.   

 OVER $600 in DOOR PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN!!  MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!!  Some examples of Door Prizes:  A Gift Certificate for $100 for a spa service at Bumble Lane; A Microdermabrasion treatment at The Dermatology Clinic, worth $150; GIft cards to Fresh Market, Indē Salon, and Barnes & Noble!  PLUS, many more, including gifts fromStarbucks and Mignon-Faget!  

Sponsored by: LA Key Academy, LaBIDA (Louisiana Branch of International Dyslexia Association);  CHADD, LA Chapter (Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD); Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health, GBR Literacy Coalition, Mire Consulting, The Brighton School,  Baton Rouge Community College, Redemptorist Elementary School, The Neuropsychology Center of LA,  Magellan Health Services, and Lamar Advertising. Program printing by Downtown Duplicating. 


Presentations will Include:

Sessions by local experts, who have volunteered their time to Increase Success for Students With Learning Disabilities.   See list below:

Darlyne Nemeth, PhD, MP, MPAP; Clinical, Medical (prescribing), and Neuropsychologist, Founder of The Neuropsychology Center of Louisiana, LLC. Dr. Nemeth has practiced in Baton Rouge for over 30 years. Title: What to do if Traditional Medications are not Achieving Expected Results; Presentation will address treatment options for children and adolescents that may be offered by medical psychologists, as well as troubleshooting issues regarding medication efficacy

Belynda Gauthier, Coordinator of LA Capitol Area CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD).  She is a member of CHADD's National Board of Directors, and is a longtime Board member of Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge.  Title:  ADHD in the Classroom.  Teaching and parenting kids with ADHD can be difficult if you don't understand the diagnosis or have the right tools for success.  Participants will learn how ADHD affects student performance and will be provided parenting, teaching, and intervention strategies to help children with ADHD achieve academic and behavioral success.

Kesha Burton,  Disabilities Services Counselor, Baton Rouge Community College. Kesha works with students to create a support services plan that increases academic success through accommodations and tutoring.  She is a mental health professional who has worked in Pupil Appraisal and as an Instructional Support Specialist Title:  What's Next? Transition to College.  This presentation includes information to help parents and students transitioning from high school to higher education.  

Kara Shupe, Inclusive Education Advocate, Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, and parent of a child with Learning Disabilities.  Title: My Child Has a Learning Disabiiity, Now What?  In this presentation, attendees will learn the basic laws that govern educating children with Learning Disabilties.  Parents, especially, will learn how to best advocate for their child to help ensure that their child receives the best education possible.  

Randall L. Lemoine, PhD.  Dr. Lemoine is a psychologist in private practice who has provided evaluation and intervention services for children and adolescents with developmental challenges of learning, attention, and or adjustment issues, since 1983.  Title:  Executive Function Skills: Keys to Academic Success. This presentation features an up-to-date, practical overview of executive function skills, how these skills relate to academic success, and how they can be assessed and improved.

Steven Bordelon, LCSW. Mr. Bordelon works in psychotherapy with parents, couples, and families in becoming aware of how efforts to solve problems often get stuck in negative and destructive cycles of interaction.  The focus is on exiting those cycles and creating stronger connections through shared vulnerability.  At that point, problem solving is much more workable. Title:  Creating Connection as a Foundation for Problem Solving  Developing connection, i.e. empathy and accurate understanding, is a powerful foundation that must me in place in order to help kids struggling with learning disorders.  Then, developing strategies for success is more effective.  Collaborative Problem Solving, by Ross Greene, PhD, is a process that addresses these needs.

 Traci W. Olivier, MS, and Chelsie Songy, BA:  Mrs. Olivier is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University.  She currently serves as a Clinical Associate at the Neuropsychology Center of Louisiana.  Ms. Songy earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Nicholls State University, and is currently a clinical assistant at the Neuropsychology Center of Louisiana.  Title: Understanding Bulletin 1508 Requirements and Standard Psychoeducational Evaluations  This presentation will address Bulletin 1508 evaluation requirements for special needs children.  In addition, various measures that are used in psychoeducational evaluations and their interpretations will be addressed.  Parents' and professionals' understanding of evaluation results will increase through this discussion. 

Patsy Keenan Ms. Keenan is a middle and high school mathematics teacher at The Brighton School, a school for children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.  She earned her BS from LSU, and attended Stonybrook University in New York.  She is New York State Certified for teaching math, grades 7-12.  Title: Dyscalculia, Definition and Accommodations to Increase Success.  This presentation will provide an overview of the signs and symptoms of Dyscalculia, the definition of the disorder, and discuss methods to increase academic success with math and math concepts.

Judy Moock David, MA, CCC-SLP  Mrs. David works as a speech-language pathologist, in private practice at Abilities Pediatric Services.  She specializes in language-based learning deficits, and also serves on the Board of Directors for LA Key Academy.  Title:  Reading Between the Lines. Beyond decoding, we access text at a deeper level to create meaning.  This session outlines language markers and comprehension strategies for building active reading skills.

Donna Nola-Ganey, MEd Ms. Nola-Ganey is the Department of Education Liaison for Magellan Health Services.  She began her career as a classroom teacher in East Baton Rouge, and began working for the Department of Education in 1978.  Her tenure over 3 decades in the DOE provided her with a variety of experiences, including administering many Federal Education programs and serving on numerous boards and commissions.  Magellan is the Statewide Management Organization for Louisiana's Behavioral Health Partnership (LBHP), and is charged with improving access, quality and efficiency of behavioral health services for children and adults with serious mental illnesses and addictive disorders.  Magellan is in the process of developing a qualified provider network to offer a full array of services to meet the needs of people with behavioral health challenges.  Title:  How the Coordinated System of Care (SCoC) in the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership (LBHP) Can Work For and With You.  The LBHP and CSoC are coordinated interagency initiatives that have been implemented to address the needs of children and youth with behavioral health and/or substance abuse issues that have been removed or are at risk for being removed from their homes.  In this session, participants will leave with a better understanding of how to connect with the many services now available to people with Medicaid benefits, and to certain people without insurance. 

Evelyn Gauthreaux and Kayla Reggio Ms. Gautreaux is the Principal, and Ms. Reggio is an interventionist at Louisiana Key Academy, a school that prepares dyslexic students for real world success.  Title: The Educational Jouney of a Dyslexic  Living with a child or adult with dyslexia can be a stressful experience, to say the least.  Parents and teachers will gain an understanding of dyslexia by reviewing and breaking down the definition into understandable parts.  The presenters will discuss what to look for as signs and symptoms, common difficulties that occur with these students, and ways they can help. They will also highlight the gifts that people with dyslexia possess, to help create principles that foster them to benefit a larger world.    

Gayle Smith, MA, English Language (CALT Pending) Ms Smith is and intervetionist at LA Key Academy, having previously taught at the Brighton School.  She has trained in several programs, the most recent being DSPP at Neuhaus Education Center for Dyslexia remediation.   Title:  Reaching and Teaching our Conundrum Kids. This presentation will cover effective practices and important guidelines for literacy instruction to dyslexic students in small group or classroom settings.  These strategies work well at both elementary and secondary levels. 

Josh Miller, ATP and Danna Bouey, M.Ed  Mr. Miller attended LSU, where he received a degree in Mass Communication.  He was formerly the Program Director for the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN).  He is a certified Assistive Technology Professional through RESNA.  Mr. Miller is and Assistive Technology Facilitator for the Southeast Region of Louisiana.  Ms. Bouey obtained her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Technology from LSU.  Previously, she was an Educational Program Consultant with the Louisiana Department of Education, coordinating the LINCS professional development initiative for Region II.  Before this position, she was a Math specialist in East Baton Rouge Parish, supporting elementary teachers in implementing best practices.  Danna is a Reading Specialist and is certified as an Instructional Coaching trainer.  Title:  Putting Technology to Work for the Learning Disabled Student  This presentation will provide an overview of the assistive technology continuum that can and should be used to assist students with learning disabilties.  Free resources will be provided. 

Brandy Klingman, LCSW, COO  Ms. Klingman has been a psychotherapist in Baton Rouge since 2007, and is the Chief Operating Officer at Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health.  She is an owner of Legacy Beharioral Health and outpatient clinic in Baton Rouge.  She  serves as a clinical supervisor for LSU and Southern University MSW programs, LSU and Southeatern U's Master's of Counseling programs, and  the LSU Medical School of Psychiatry.  She is a member and Honored Presenter of the  National Group for Psychotherapist Associaton.  Title: Autism in the Classroom  In this presentation, Ms. Klingman will help participants identify potential hurdles in teaching children with autism in a classroom setting, as well as explaining how to create a powerful learning environment when working with high functioning kids on the Autism Spectrum.  

Ashley Bourke Meaux, PhD, CCC-SLP Dr. Meaux works at Southeastern Louisiana University, and has been a practicing speech-language therapist for almost a decade.  She has worked with children through Louisiana Early Steps to school aged students in East Baton Rouge Parish schools.  Dr. Meaux conducts her research in effective reading strategies for students at risk for reading delays. Title: The Use of Visual Strategies to Support Literacy Development  Individuals with learning disabilities can benefit from visual strategies throughout their literacy journey.  These benefits, and ways to implement visually enhanced materials to increase reading success, will be explored.  Specifically, procedures to implement Phonic Faces, by Janet Norris, PhD, will be shared with participants.  

Georgann Mire  Ms. Mire is a Private Education Consultant, Founder of this Conference, and the Aunt of CW Austin.  Ms. Mire also serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.  She is the Professional Development Coordinator of the St. Elizabeth Foundation, and works part time in the Office of Disability Services at Baton Rouge Community College.  Title:  Simulation: Experience the Frustrations of Learning Disabilities!  This presentation includes empathy exercises for adults to help them understand what many different learning disabilities might feel like, including dyslexia, ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and auditory processing issues. Increasing the empathy of parents, teachers, and professionals can propel them to learn more about learning disabilities and how to find effective, evidence based interventions.  


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Have questions about CW Austin Learning Disabilities Conference? Contact The Greater Baton Rouge Learning Disabilities Coalition: www.GBRLDC.org

When & Where

LA Key Academy
3172 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)

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The Greater Baton Rouge Learning Disabilities Coalition: www.GBRLDC.org

The Greater Baton Rouge Learning Disabilities Coalition is made up of 7 Founding Board Members:  

Georgann Mire is an educational consultant in the Baton Rouge area.  She is also on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (LaBIDA), and works in the Office of Disability Services at Baton Rouge Community College.  She is the Professional Development Coordinator for St. Elizabeth Foundation.  She is the mother of two adultwith learning disabilities and the Aunt of the late Christopher Wayne Austin,who had dyslexia and was a talented musician and artist who had a passion for helping other young people with learning disabilities.  She is the founder of this conference, and organized it singlehandedly for 5 years, before allowing Tracey the opportunity to help. She is our Vice President and Secretary. 

Tracey Lyons Tozier, MSS, is a clinical social worker by training.   She has worked in inpatient psychiatry, juvenile justice, outpatient psychotherapy, locked residential treatment for adolescents, and early intervention for children with autism and developmental delays.  She has also been a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.  She moved to Baton Rouge in 2011, and has been involved with the schools of her children, both of whom have learning disabilities.  She has also volunteered with the Albemarle Spouses Association, the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, Families Helping Families, and is a former Board Member of Louisiana Key Academy.  She is the President of the Board for the Greater Baton Rouge Learning Disabilities Coalition.

William Daigle, PhD:  Dr. Daigle is a clinical psychologist in private practice and a native of Baton Rouge.  He has been practicing in Baton Rouge since 1984.  He does psychoeducational testing as well as psychotherapy, and specializes in children and families affected by learning disabilities.  He has been involved with this learning disabilites conference since its inception.  

Belynda Gauthier:  Belynda is the mother of a young adult with AD/HD and other challenges.  She has served as Coordinator for Louisiana Capital Area Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD (CHADD) since 1990, and is a past member of CHADD's National Board of Directors.  She is a long time Board Member for Families Helping Familiies, and has served on numerous other local, state, and national committees and boards involved in special needs and mental health advocacy.  Belynda has 33 years of professional Human Resources experience, including 20 years as HR Director for a large organization.  She has received the Coordinator of the Year award from CHADD, and the Employer of the Year Award from BACE for her work in employing persons with disabilities.

LuAnne Waran:  LuAnne is a mother of school-aged children with learning disabilities.  Her family relocated to Louisiana in 2013.  She actively volunteers with the Zachary Community School District and has extensive experience in the food and consumer products industry, from product development and research to regulatory affairs.  LuAnne is a registered dietician nutritionist, and has a degree in Food and Nutrition from North Dakota State University.  She has worked for leading companies including FMC, Pillsbury and General Mills.  LuAnne believes in fostering creative thinking and innovative methods to improve information sharing and collaboration are the keys to the success of any project, be it helping a struggling child with spelling or developing a new flavor of yogurt.  

Brenda Dawson, PhD:  Dr. Dawson received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Montana and completed her residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  Formerly a professor of psychology, she has been in full-time private practice in Baton Rouge since 1992, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children adn adolescents with psychological and learning disabilities.  She is a member of the Board, and plans to help develop workshops of in-depth professional development for psychologists.    

Mary Dawson is our public relations and marketing expert.  She was the Associate Director of the Pennington Foundation before becoming a stay-at-home mom.  She has a son with ADHD/ODD and dyslexia who is about to graduate high school.  Mary understands first hand what parents and families struggle with regarding finding the right kind of help in this area. 






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