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International Dyslexia Association


Webinars 2018


Orton-Gillingham & Structured Word Inquiry

What is the difference?


December 2018 

Speaker: Tracy Block-Zaretsky

This workshop, Orton-Gillingham and Structured Word Inquiry: What is the Difference?, will help participants understand how these two philosophies differ and how they are similar. The basic premise of each approach will be described and common myths and misconceptions about both will also be discussed. We will also discuss basic linguistic terms to use during instruction and the benefits of using this proper terminology.

Sounds First

The Mechanics of Reading & Spelling


November 2018 

Speaker: Patricia Padgett, M. Ed.

English is a phoneme (sound) based language. This webinar will discuss the organization of consonant and vowel sounds with reading and spelling rules: concepts that are among the foundational knowledge for individuals teaching reading and are applicable to all reading programs. Patricia “Trish” Padgett Master’s Degree is in Curriculum Development and she is currently the Owner/Director of Foundations for Reading & Learning and President of Create! Press, Inc.

Intro to Dyselxia



October 2018 

Speaker: Regina Manning

1 in 5 children and adults experience problems with reading, spelling and writing.  This webinar will answer questions such as:  How do you know it’s dyslexia? What’s it like to be dyslexic? What does it take to bring a student’s skill to grade level or above? How can we help people with dyslexia?


Helping Children Learn and USE New Words


September 2018 

Speaker: Regina G Richards, MA, BCET

This webinar will highlight the importance of using explicit, multisensory strategies to bring vocabulary words to life for your students. While these strategies are essential for many dyslexic students, they are also valuable for ALL students. Plus, they can generate a lot of fun!

What is That Thing Under Our Skulls?


August 2018 

Speaker: Elaine Offstein

This webinar provides a basic introduction to the structure and function of the lobes and hemispheres of the brain, neurons, brainwave patterns, neurotransmitters, and EEG technology.  Elaine is President of the Tri-Counties Branch and also an Educational Therapist.  She provided EEG NeuroTherapy to a wide variety of clients.

Changing How Struggling Students Perceive Math


Speaker: Dan Sinclair
, co-author of Perceptions, an intensive math intervention curriculum.

July 2018

Research has proven that the best instruction for a student is explicit, systematic, and cumulative. Good instruction also uses tools that show clear representations that build understanding. Come join us for an intensive K-5 math intervention session for teachers to help you further develop your skills and change the way you perceive math! Parents are welcome to attend.

Memory Strategies For All Students


Speaker: Regina G. Richards, M.A., BCET

June 2018

What is memory? Have you wondered how it develops and how we hang on to information? We’ll explore how the brain processes data for memory.  Memory can be improved through better teaching and use of a variety of strategies.  In this webinar, we will explore memory concepts and develop appropriate strategies for our students.

Preparing for the College Experience, Focusing on the LD Student

Speakers: Jan Kerchner, MBA, CEP & Karen Lerner, MA, ET/P

This webinar will explore college readiness and the comparison of the demands encountered.  We will also identify special considerations necessary in selecting an appropriate college and discuss the advantages of using assistive technology.

What’s math got to do with it?

Math learning disabilities, dyslexia and ADHD: Understanding the connections, remediating effectively.

Speaker:  Diana Kennedy, BCET

Did you know that 80% of people with Specific Language Impairments and 31% of people with ADHD struggle with math?  Many students miss out on mathematics remediation because of frequent focus on literacy.  Diana will explain the symptoms and causes of Math Learning Disabilities and their relationships with dyslexia and ADHD.  Participants will leave with games, lessons, and approaches to help math students excel.

Fluency - The Road to Comprehension

Speaker:Andrew Stetkevich, M.A
April 2018

This webinar will provide participants with the research and best practices to improve reading fluency from individual sounds to text. Fluency strategies and routines will be shared to assist both elementary and secondary students with dyslexia.
Presented by Andrew Stetkevich, M.A. Andrew is a staff development specialist for the Riverside Unified School District. Mr. Stetkevich has over 36 years of experience in the field of special education. He is a past-president of his local IDA Branch.

Strategies for Getting Reluctant Writers Writing

Speaker: Diana Kennedy
January, 2018

Diana Kennedy presents Strategies to Get Reluctant Writers writing (and comprehending better, too!) Have you faced a child who hates to write? Maybe she/he fits a pattern typical of dyslexia, but maybe not. Some students read fine, spell well, and get grammar, but blanch when you ask them to write. For some, nothing is scarier than an open-ended writing assignment. Still others write the bare necessity but do anything to avoid filling in details. Diana offers a great deal of exciting activities to use.

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