Community Programs

The following is an overview of courses offered to parents by The Rankin Institute during the 2016-2017 school year.  To view all programs offered, click on the brochure cover in the sidebar.

“MY CHILD HAS WHAT?” is a workshop series providing information and strategies on specific disorders and diagnoses such as attention deficits, reading and math disorders, auditory processing deficits, anxiety, and related medications. Each workshop is taught by professionals in the field related to the workshop topic.

MIND, BODY, BACKPACK: A MULTISENSORY APPROACH TO EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING is presented by Jessica DeLing, M.Ed. of Child & Family Development. This workshop will discuss the following topics: Mind: Sustaining attention, self-advocacy, flexibility; Body: Task initiation, goal directed persistence, self-regulation; and Backpack: Organization, planning and prioritizing, time management.

MINDFULNESS: HOW SITTING STILL CAN GET YOU FARTHER is presented by Lindsay Bridges, M.D. of The Charlotte Center of Mindfulness, and Jennifer Hawthorne, Psy.D. This workshop will explore a practical understanding of mindfulness through the lens of basic neuroscience. The presentation will include experiential practices with mindfulness meditation.

EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF DEVELOPING LEARNING ISSUES IN PRESCHOOL is presented by Terri James, Ph.D. of Southeast Psychological Services. Dr. James will discuss the early signs of learning disabilities in preschool age children.
 
iCAN WITH iOS: ACCESSIBILITY TOOLS FOR ALL LEARNERS is presented by Jenny Grabiec, Technology Director, and Patti Weiss, EdTech Coordinator, both of The Fletcher School. Discover how iPad gives you the ability to personalize learning for each and every student. This session will focus on specific iOS features that help with reading comprehension, speach/oral expression, written expression and organization, time management and planning.
 
HEAD MEDS: MEDICATION FOR CHILDREN is presented by Barbara Kissam, M.D. of Mental Health Peds. The medication market is so bloated that at times finding the right treatment can feel overwhelming and impossible! Dr. Kissam will cover the types and uses of several medications for children, address medication concerns, and explain the options in terms we can all understand.
 
UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF CREATING AN IEP/504 PLAN FOR YOUR CHILD is presented by Darci Carter, S.S.P. of Southeast Psychological Services. This workshop will cover strategies for advocating for your child in order to get the accommodations they need.
 
POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION: WHAT EVERY PARENT AND STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW is presented by Debbie Holzberg, M.S.Ed. of the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center. This presentation will discuss the differences in services for students with learning disabilities in post-secondary education, such as legal differences, changes in the nature of accommodations, and the importance of self-advocacy.
 
WHAT DO THOSE NUMBERS MEAN?: INTERPRETING YOUR CHILD'S PSYCH-ED REPORT is presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/AOGPE of The Fletcher School. Confused by the complex test scores from your child's psychoeducational testing? Most parents are. Knowing how to interpret the results is key to understanding what they really mean. Joanie Gerken will help explain and demystify the process as well as the measures of abilities and achievements.
 
WHAT YOU SEE IS HARD TO GET: VISUAL PROCESSING is presented by Ginna Gosney Clute, M.Ed. of Charlotte Country Day School and Jeanmarie Tommasulo, MS, OTR/L of Southern Piedmont Pediatric Therapy. This presentation will explain visual processing and the disorders associated with it as well as demonstrate techniques to help children compensate in the classroom.
 
WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES: LD SIMULATIONS is presented by the Staff of The Fletcher School. Have you ever wondered what a child with a learning disability experiences in the classroom? This workshop is designed to put you in the shoes of an LD child.
 
THE INS AND OUTS OF SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER is presented by Shelley Dean, OTD, OTR/L of Crossway Pediatric Therapy. Sensory Processing is essential to the development of self. It affects cognition, self-control and self-esteem as well as social and motor skills. This workshop will cover how the brain processes external and internal stimuli to thrive and grow or even protect itself. Strategies will be presented for self regulation to enhance the learning for a child.
 
THE ORTON-GILLINGHAM SUBSCRIBER COURSE, presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/AOGPE is a five-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.