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      February 8, 2020

      Saturday   8:30 PM

      1800 South Acadian Thruway
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

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      C W Austin Learning Disability Conference

      Register Today!  We are working hard to plan a special day of learning and networking - and it's free! Special thanks to our sponsors, Entergy and Blue Cross, for their generous support for our work to help LD students in our community. We honored to dedicate this free conference to Christopher Austin who was tragically killed at age 20. His learning disabilities did not stop him from achieving success as a creative college student with plans to become a screen writer.  A talented singer/song. writer, he loved to sing the blues and he had plans for a bright future.  He was passionate about helping other students with learning disabilities follow their dreams and he knew how valuable people like you are to LD kids. We provide free 6.0 CEU hours to educators, parents and foster parents and $25 CEU's to counselors, social workers and SLPs.  Payment at the door:  cash, credit or check Catered hot lunch available for purchase at the door:  $10  For a listing of past presentations, please go to Thanks to our volunteer presenters who make this event possible Presentations: Positive Discipline for Children with AD/HD by Randall L. Lemoine, Ph.D.:  Frustrated with all the drama and constant nagging to get your child/student to behave? Wish there was a more positive and lasting method to do discipline? Well, this workshop provides positive, practical strategies to effectively accomplish discipline of children with AD/HD and other neurodevelopmental disorders both at home and school. It will transform the way you think about and do discipline - we are positive! Assistive Technology: A Brief Overview by Josh Miller,Assistive Technology Facilitator, Louisiana Department of Education:  Participants will be exposed to a range of high to low tech tools to help students succeed. Topics covered include: the continuum of assistive technology, making content more accessible and an overview of the types of tools available. Participants will get to see, touch and try various types of assistive technology in this hands-on session and leave with a deeper understanding of tools that can benefit student achievement. Developing Executive Functions for Optimal Learning by Darlyne G. Nemeth, Ph.D., M.P., M.P.A.P., Patricia McElroy, Ed.S., NCED, Kayla “Mckenzie” Chustz, B.S. from Neuropsychology Center of Louisiana, LLC. : We will define Executive Functions, and explain their role in children’s learning. We will explain the importance of play in developing children’s Executive Functions. Finally, we will discuss interactions with the school system when helping children acquire necessary accommodations and adaptations for success. Math Anxiety, the Academic Crutch of the 21stCentury: Breaking it Down into its Component Parts and Ending the Drama by William B. Daigle, Ph.D:  Children and adults alike seem to have no difficulty proclaiming to have math anxiety.  It has become an easy excuse to avoid any and all tasks involving math.  This presentation will break down math anxiety into its component parts and provide strategies based on sound psychological principles to help teachers combat it in the classroom.   Promoting Early Literacy and Language Skills in Children with Language Delays/Disorders by Eileen Haebig, PhD, CCC-SLP of Louisiana State University:  We will discuss early foundations to literacy that are important for later reading, writing, and academic success. We will also discuss strategies that can be used in educational placements and at home to promote language and literacy. Neurology of Dyslexia and Early Identification by Theresa Hastings and Cheryl Ollmann of The Brighton School: This presentation will focus on the unique characteristics of the dyslexic brain.  It will further look at the need for early identification for children at-risk for learning differences and the impact early intervention can have on brain development. Imagine a Better School Year by Jennifer Crowder of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes:  Learn how to help your child with homework using our unique approach. We’ll show you ways to use the imagery-language foundation to make homework easier. Identifying Mental Health Issues with LD Students by Tanya  Stuart, LCSW-BACS,LAC,CCS of Genesis / Holistic Solutions Center of Baton Rouge: The workshop will educate the audience on metal health issues among the students with learning disabilities. We will explore healthy coping skills and techniques to assist students in managing their anxiety and depression. Resources will be identified in the community for additional services.  Specific Learning Disorder Diagnosis in the DSM 5 by Bora Sunseri, LCSW-BACS:  This workshop will focus on the DSM 5 diagnosis of Specific Learning Disorder.  There will be a review of (1) the diagnostic criteria of Specific Learning Disorder, (2) culture & gender related diagnostic issues, as well as (3) functional consequences of Specific Learning Disorder.  Differential diagnosis as well as comorbidity with other diagnosis (such as ADHD, communication disorders, etc) will also be discussed. Conquering Algebra through Multisensory Instruction by Patsy Keenan, retired dyslexic educator and tutor in Livingston Parish:  Multi-sensory techniques for teaching pre-algebra and algebra students who struggle in upper level math.  Video Games – Friend or Foe? by Belynda Gauthier, President of CHADD, the National Resource on ADHD: This presentation looks at how young people use technology today and what that means when they also have ADHD/LD. Current research provides some much-needed information for using digital technologies to improve executive functioning and academic skills, and for determining when and how to place limits.  School at Home – Panel Discussion by Brenda Dawson, Ph.D., Jane St. Pierre, Aimee Cramer, Linda Holliday, Chris Shipley, and Jewell Simon:  Attendees will hear from a panel of parents/ educators who have chosen to educate students at home through online schools (public and private) and hybrid programs. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions of those on the panel. Math Strategies for Dyslexic Students by Desley V. Plaisance, Ph.D. Director of University Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Nicholls State University:  What is dyslexia? How does dyslexia affects the learning of mathematics?  Attend session to explore methods and strategies to facilitate mathematics learning for students with dyslexia. Experience the Frustration on Learning Disabilities by Georgann Mire, Founder of the C W Austin Learning Disabilities Conference:  This interactive presentation helps participants empathize with and understand the frustrations of people with learning disabilities in a typical classroom setting, and how to create a successful school experience for them. Career Development for Youth with Learning Differences by Mary Feduccia, Ph.D. LPC of and Lisa Hibner, Director of the Baton Rouge Community College Career Center:  The lifelong process of career development poses special challenges for people with learning differences. High school and college students with LD need a multifaceted approach to career development. This session will discuss practical steps to integrate career development into your work and interactions with youth who have learning differences and describe opportunities in higher education for LD students.  Understanding Struggling Learners:  Thinking beyond Medication to support children who are struggling with focus and attention by Vicky Roy Ph.D, CCC-SLP of Dynamic Therapy Is your child struggling in school because they have trouble focusing on their assignments and attending to their teacher? Has your child’s teacher or other professional recommended prescription medications to manage their activity levels? Were your child’s medications working but now seem to be ineffective?  Are you opposed to considering medications at this point?  Get Up-To-Date on the Often Overlooked, But Critical Missing Piece in Today's Reading and Writing Intervention Plans by Stacy Levy, M.S., CCC-SLP of Dynamic Therapy Specialists, LLC: Among all of the debate over the "right" reading intervention, one thing is agreed upon by everyone; Reading is a language-based skill that begins with sounds.  Current research supports that a speech-to-print method is the "missing link" for children struggling to read and write.  This presentation will discuss and provide the most current practical applications of the speech-to-print method for your child or classroom.  Caution- this application will require a mind shift of how you are currently teaching reading! Other topics include: Medication Setting Goals and Objectives What research tells us about teaching students with Learning Disabilities

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