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2019-2020 Community Programs

Community Programs are designed for parents, professionals, and community members interested in improving the lives and services offered to students with learning disabilities and ADHD. The courses are designed to provide tools for teaching students with learning disabilities and ADHD, but are beneficial for all students.

READING DISORDER: A PICTURE’S WORTH A BILLION WORDS
In addition to an overview of the disorder, this presentation will demonstrate proven technologies for helping children with reading disorders.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10 
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UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF CREATING AN IEP/504 FOR YOUR CHILD 
Planning for an IEP or 504 Plan for your child can be an intimidating and sometimes frustrating process. This workshop will discuss strategies for advocating for the accommodations your child needs.
Monday, October 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 
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EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF DEVELOPING LEARNING ISSUES IN PRESCHOOL 
Do you have concerns about your preschool-age child’s learning? Join us for a discussion about early identification of learning issues in preschool-age children. 
Monday, October 21, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 
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**NEW** WRITTEN EXPRESSION DISORDER: WATCH FOR SALES ON ERASERS
This workshop will provide an overview of this disorder and address technologies for working with children who are struggling with written expression. 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10 
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LD SIMULATIONS: WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES
Have you ever wondered what a child with a diagnosed learning disability experiences in the classroom? Do you have a child with a diagnosed learning disability at home, and their sibling(s) just do not understand them? This workshop is designed to put you in the shoes of a child with LD. Bring your whole family (ages 12+). This session helps promote more understanding, compassion, and discussion within the family. 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 
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**NEW** ADHD: FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALL 
The effects of attention deficit disorder will be discussed, and Dr. Pennington will provide suggestions for effectively treating ADHD and managing consequent behavior. 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 
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**NEW** HOW TO MODEL EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS FOR YOUR CHILD
Your child may be at a stage where they are not receptive to advice given by parents. Instead of offering explicit strategies, why not switch up the approach? Join us for a discussion on ways parents can model advanced executive functioning skills to help increase their child’s healthy behaviors.
Monday, January 13, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10
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**NEW** AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER: GIMME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME
This workshop will review neuroscience related to language and auditory structures, current assessment protocols for auditory processing, and differential diagnosis of attention, behavior, and learning disorders.  Intervention strategies from both an educational and speech and language perspective will be provided.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10
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A MINDFUL APPROACH TO BUILDING AND TEACHING RESILIENCY
Cultivating resilience in ourselves and others is a key ingredient for living, leading, and parenting well. Life is hard, and the better we are at recognizing the things that throw us off balance and the ways we respond, the better we are at righting ourselves and moving forward wholeheartedly. This workshop will also incorporate research and tools from mindfulness.
Monday, January 27, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 
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**NEW** NAVIGATING ADHD: A PARENT’S GUIDE TO EMPOWERING KIDS WITH ADHD
Learn about the diagnosis of ADHD - inattentive, hyperactive and combined types - and how it looks in different children.  This workshop will discuss behavioral and developmental stages that are specific to an ADHD child as well as management strategies and medication alternatives will also be presented.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10
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WHAT IS ORTON-GILLINGHAM? THE ORTON-GILLINGHAM SUBSCRIBER COURSE
This is three-part course offered to parents and other professionals to familiarize them with the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching. This course is an excellent introduction for those who are considering further training in the Orton-Gillingham approach. 
Various dates, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $75 
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USING iPAD FOR DIGITAL STORYTELLING IN THE CLASSROOM
iPad cultivates student expression and creativity with built-in Apple apps. Using Camera, Clips, and iMovie to enhance a multimodal approach, students create meaningful, deep learning experiences. Either bring your own iPad or just watch and learn how to use a wide variety of apps for classroom innovation. This session has valuable information for anyone using iPad, but is geared specifically for Grades K-5 teachers who serve students with learning differences.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 
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**NEW** BEYOND ACADEMICS: HELPING CHILDREN NAVIGATE THE SOCIAL NUANCES OF ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL
Children’s early years in school build a foundation for the academic skills that will help them throughout life, and the social skills that will propel them to success in and out of the classroom.  From respecting others, to developing healthy friendships to building self-confidence, this presentation will discuss the social milestones commonly encountered by students and how the adults in a young person’s life can support this social growth.  During this two-part session, the first hour will focus on topics pertinent to Grades K-3, and the second hour will delve into issues more common in Grades 4-8. Participants are welcome to attend one or both portions of the program. 
Monday, February 24, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10
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SUPPORTING STUDENT CREATIVITY USING iPAD
Teaching and learning with iPad fosters innovation. Using Keynote, Garageband, and eBook, students create dynamic projects to incorporate concepts and display their knowledge. Either bring your own iPad or just watch and learn how to use a wide variety of apps for classroom innovation. This session has valuable information for anyone using iPad, but is geared specifically for K-5 teachers who serve students with learning differences.  
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 
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**NEW** RISKY BEHAVIORS IN ADOLESCENTS
This overview presentation will focus on three key areas of concern for adolescents: technology, substance use, and depression/suicide.  The workshop will provide information related to historical trends, current incidence, warning signs, and intervention. 
Monday, March 30, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10
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CHILDHOOD ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR CAREGIVERS AND TEACHERS
This workshop will address the ramifications of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents and will provide easy-to-use suggestions and treatment options. 
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 
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