Six Hours of Professional Development Credit are available for attending.
Morning Session: 9am-Noon
How The Brain Can Be Trained To Impact Learning & Behavior
with Dr. Jim Russell
This session examines how people learn and focuses on brain-based descriptions about learning and emotions, including mapping of the brain. To understand the basics about the neurobiology of emotions, learning, and behavior, we must understand how the brain reads and then learn what accommodations can level the playing field for poor or non-readers. Dr. Russell will also examine basic areas targeted for improvement for children and adults with LD such as word knowledge, listening comprehension, and vocabulary knowledge.
Dr. Russell is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in clinical practice, whose focus is in working with special needs learners. Dr. Russell has served as Adjunct Professor at Webster University and at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has served the Learning Disabilities Association of America in many capacities, ranging from Volunteer, to Trainer, to President of the Missouri Chapter.
Afternoon Sessions: 1pm-4pm(Attendees Choose 1)
When registering online, please indicate the session you are choosing by placing a:
1 for Positive Behavior
2 for Reading Instruction at a Secondary Level
3 for Teaching Elementary Students Comprehension Strategies
4 ADHD Panel Discussion after your name.
1) Dr. Peter Alter
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
This presentation is designed to help schools ‘go deeper’ with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). After rules, routines and procedures have been established at the Primary or Universal level, schools have to make decisions regarding implementation for smaller groups of students and eventually individual students. This presentation is designed to outline key characteristics of PBIS at the secondary and tertiary levels. This includes student identification, key personnel roles and collecting data in order to make data-based decisions.
2) Dr. Allison Layland
Understanding, Planning, and Engaging Strategies in Embedding Reading Instruction at the Secondary Level
Students with learning disabilities and ADHD frequently struggle with reading which impacts their success in mastering the content areas. Addressing these struggling adolescent readers in middle and high school is challenging and calls for a systemic approach that includes knowledge, planning, engaging students and embedding strategies in all levels of content instruction. This session will prepare teachers to engage in this systemic approach. Participants will learn how to plan and use specific evidence-based reading strategies in content areas for struggling adolescent learners.
3) Dr. Janice Almasi
Teaching Elementary Students to Use Comprehension Strategies on their Own
Comprehension strategies instruction is visible in many elementary classrooms; however, students often have difficulty using strategies independently and transferring strategy use to other contexts. This session will examine critical elements to include in the learning environment that foster independent strategy use among elementary students. Techniques will be shared as well for designing lessons that gradually release responsibility for strategy use from teachers to students and that helps teachers differentiate instruction based on student performance.
4) Roundtable Discussion on ADHD with Experts
Featuring Dr. Allen Walker, Dr. David Causey and Dr. Stephen Bentley
The CDC estimates that 9.7% of the population has ADHD. This is an issue that impacts the workplace, relationships, and academics. This roundtable discussion will be an open question and answer session with some of the region's most recognized experts on the subject of ADHD.
When & Where
Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky
The Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, Inc.(LDA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that has been in existence for over 45 years. It was established in 1966 and has had a charter under four different names. The current name has been in effect since 1990.
The organization was originally brought about to provide counseling and support for families that needed advice about their children’s different learning styles. Our extensive lending library and a video/audio rental service has been the standard for information in this area for years. However, the advent of the information age has made it so that LDA has had to branch out into tutoring and seminars in order to maintain service and visibility for this area. However, we still maintain a large inventory of materials on learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia and related subjects.
LDA provides many of its services at no charge to families, children, adults, and professionals who work with learning differences, such as attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. It provides educational programs and services such as monthly support groups, self-esteem training, and academic enrichment programs. LDA has a lending library, information on learning differences, and video rental. LDA also offers Professional Development Seminars . It is an affiliate of LDA of America.
The mission of LDA is to bring individuals together and work to improve conditions for those with learning differences, to share knowledge, disseminate information, provide programs, and seek to affect policies related to learning differences.
LDA maintains a large inventory of materials on learning disabilities, including a lending library and a video/audio rental service. In addition, information on our website and support groups are available.