2016 Webinars

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Dyslexia Rocks

Speaker: Lorraine Donovan

January 2016

A webinar to explore being dyslexic and/or having a greater understanding of a child with dyslexia.  Lorraine presents us with a different viewpoint.


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Sensory Processing and the Child

Speaker: Karyn Buky, OTL

February 2016

This webinar examines sensory processing and sensory integration issues which prevail in children today. These underlying sensory issues can impact a child's abiltiy to learn, can be disruptive for the child - causing behavioral issues, and create inattention. 


view the webinar:
Sensory Processing

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Improve Writing Skills with the Magic of 5

Speaker: Bonnie Terry, M.Ed., BCET

April 2016

Are writing assignments difficult?

It’s not just those with dyslexia, learning disabilities, and ADHD that struggle with writing. Too many students struggle with writing. According to the Nation’s Report Card, 73% of eighth graders and 12th graders are NOT proficient or above proficient in writing. That is 7 out of 10 kids or 21 out of 30 kids in a class struggling or not proficient in writing!

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Improve Writing Skills with
the Magic of 5

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The Who, What, When, and Why of Reading Instruction

Speaker: Diana Kennedy

May 2016

If you’ve heard about Orton Gillingham or Lindamood Bell or Wilson or Slingerland or Language! or Read Naturally…and ever wondered with whom you should use each and why, this presentation is for you.  Diana shares insights into the areas of reading that can break down for children. She also covers warning signs and red flags to look for, assessments that reveal what is happening with a given child, and the major reading programs that address each type of breakdown.

view the webinar:
The Who, What, When, and Why
of Reading Instruction

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English Language Time Travel - Abridged

Speaker:Judy Fuhrman

June 2016

In this presentation, Judy Fuhrman will take us on a fascinating journey through the English Language history and we will uncover some of its morpho-phonemic secrets.  (Morpho like morphology - linguistic units such as root words, prefixes, and suffixes).  We will explore aspects such as Anglo-Saxon endings, Latin roots, and Greek combining forms and more. The result is that you will have a new-found appreciation of our Mother Tongue and more ammunition with which to teach your child or students.

view the webinar:
English Language
Time Travel
- Abridged

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There Is No Such Thing As A Sight Word

Speakers: Kelli Sandman-Hurley  &
Tracy Block-Zaretsky

July 2016

A introduction to Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) and how to use SWI to help students investigate the spellings and pronunciation of words that are often labeled as sight words. 

view the webinar:
There Is No Such Thing
As A Sight Word

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Listening, Comprehension, and Vocabulary - for Early Literacy

Speaker: Regina G. Richards, MA, BCET

September 2016

This presentation will describe the necessary aspects for reading development, focusing specifically on strategies for listening and vocabulary skills. Included will be a large number of multisensory techniques. After all, effective reading begins with good, efficient listening skills.  

view the webinar:
Listening, Comprehension,
and Vocabulary
- for Early Literacy

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Dysgraphia & Handwriting: Has Handwriting Become an Instructional Dinosaur?

Nancy Cushen White,

October 4, 2016

Writing by hand is a written language skill - not just a motor skill - and it impacts early literacy, working memory, planning, composition - and even note-taking in adults. Handwriting is most effectively taught within a purposefully integrated language arts approach that includes the teaching of reading, spelling, and written expression (and their subskills).

view the webinar:
Dysgraphia & Handwriting

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Assistive Technology Accommodations for Reading and Writing: 


Considerations for Successful Implementation in Grade School and Beyond

Presenter  - Stanley J. Tom

October 27, 2016

Knowing what AT software accommodations exist and how their features work is just the beginning. 

It is also important to have a perspective on how the following items are essential
for successful integration of AT use in grade school through post secondary education and into vocational and personal life.

view the webinar:
Assistive Technology

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University Avenue:  


Preparing the LD and ADHD Student for a Successful Road to College

Speaker:Jan Kerchner

November 3, 2016

Preparing for college is challenging for any student and parent.  Overlay the complexities of a learning difference, dyslexia, or Attention Deficit, and it can seem overwhelming. This session provides an assessment to determine if your student appears to be ready for college and what to do to help them prepare.  We discuss the factors to consider when choosing a college that meets the needs of your student and present information about the various college support programs available in US colleges. Attendees will walk away with tools they can use to guide their student in this process and help them achieve their collegiate goals.

view the webinar:
University Avenue

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Special Education Law 101: 


A 90-minute Special Education Law Primer

Speaker: Kaye Ragland, LMFT, BCET

December, 2016

This webinar covers the basic tenets of Special Education law. Understanding Special Education law can help parents, therapists, and educators ensure appropriate services for children with special needs both in and out of the public school system. The history of education for individuals with disabilities in America will set the frame for the webinar.


view the webinar:
Special Ed. Law

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Looking at What's New: Math & Technology: 


Speaker: Nancy Bley

January, 2017

The goal of this webinar is to describe some of the current findings in research with an eye towards the developmental process as well as the practical applications. Examples of a variety of types of technology will be discussed with examples provided.  It is hoped that each participant will come away with a better understanding of how to harness and apply current information to become more informed educators and know how to evaluate appropriate uses for different types of learners.


view the webinar:
Math & Tech

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