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2022-2023 Community Programs

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

The Rankin Institute offers its programs in-person and virtually. These presentations are open to all, but registration is required. The registration will allow you to select your preference on attending on our campus or virtually. Registration for Rankin Institute Community Programs will open on Monday, August, 22. 

Reading Disorder: A Picture's Worth a Billion Words

This presentation on Reading Disorder will give an overview of the disorder as well as demonstrate proven technologies for helping children with reading disorders. Presenter: Kristin Lane, Fellow-in-Training/AOGPE of The Fletcher School.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 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? How can you tell if their learning is "normal" for their age or if they are showing early signs of learning difficulties? Join us for a discussion, presented by Terri James, Ph.D., of early identification of learning issues in the preschool age.
Monday, October 17, 2022, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 

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Written Expression Disorder: Watch for Sales on Erasers

This presentation on Written Expression Disorder will give an overview of the disorder as well as address technologies for working with children who are struggling with written expression. Presenter: Hannah Harrison, Ph.D.
Monday, October 24, 2022, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 

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It Is More Than ABC: How Emergent Literacy Skills Engage and Support Young Readers

A lot of focus is put on learning the alphabet with young readers. While alphabetic principle is important, there is more to learning to read than just the ABCs. Emergent literacy skills can help professionals and parents to cultivate reading skills from birth. These skills include oral language, print knowledge, and phonological processing. During this presentation, we will discuss each of these skills, ways that professionals and parents can address them, and provide information about when to seek further assistance. This presentation will be interactive. Presenter: Sydney Bassard, MS, CCC-SLP of The Listening SLP, LLC.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 

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ADHD: Follow the Bouncing Ball 

This presentation will discuss the effects of attention deficit disorder and provide suggestions for effectively treating ADHD and managing consequent behavior. Presenter: Lisa Pennington, Ph.D., of Carolina Minds, PLLC.
Monday, November 7, 2021, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 

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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. Presenters: Mary "Mo" Froneberger, MAT, and Gretchen Hunter, Ph.D., of Child and Family Development and Michelle L. Podboreski, AuD, F-AAA, of Novant Health.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10

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Social Skills Development in Children

Description TBD. Presenter: Michelle Tolison, LPC, RPT, of Dandelion Family Counseling, PLLC.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10

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Mindfulness Approach for Parenting ADHD Children

Description TBD. Presenter: Alyse Bone, LPC, of Dandelion Family Counseling, PLLC.
Monday, January 30, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10

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What is Orton-Gillingham? Orton-Gillingham Subscriber Course

Presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/ AOGPE, this is a 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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How to Model Executive Functioning Skills for Your Child (Virtual)

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? Presented by Lisa Podell of Better Sessions, this online workshop will discuss ways parents can model advanced executive functioning skills to help increase their child's healthy behaviors. Note: This workshop provides tools and techniques intended to serve students with learning differences, but can also be utilized in a traditional setting.
Monday, February 13, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10

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Learning Difference 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, presented by the staff of The Fletcher School, 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. 
Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Cost $10

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Childhood Anxiety and Depression: Practical Strategies for Caregivers and Teachers

This presentation will address the ramifications of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents and will provide easy to use suggestions and treatment options. Presenter: Heather Dyer, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 

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Digital Dives:

Learn more about multisensory approaches to technology in the classroom and at home. Hear from our in-house digital expert, Director of Educational Technology, Heather Ramsey on best practices to employ tech in creative ways. 
Presenter: Heather Ramsey, Director of Educational Technology of The Fletcher School.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10
Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10
Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10
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