Practically Speaking About Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention by pxe18882


Practically Speaking: About Learning Disabilities (LD) and
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

                November 8, 2008
     KEYNOTE                   Location:
                               Capri Hotel & Convention Centre
      SPEAKER                  3310 - 50 Ave
  Barbara Colorosso            Red Deer, Alberta
             Practically Speaking About LD And ADHD

                                      Greetings from the President
I want to extend my warmest words of greeting to the conference delegates. I have been involved in many
Conferences organized by the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta and its chapters as a delegate,
organizer and now as the President of the association. After every conference, I walk away inspired by
the imagination, insight, skills, and persistence of presenters and delegates alike. I am exhilarated by the
new research and the dedicated practitioners who put theory into practice daily in their classrooms and
offices. The gathering of like-minded individuals provides a unique opportunity to reaffirm beliefs and solid
instructional practices. Importantly, by meeting like this, we also have opportunity to critically evaluate
practices which need to be rethought based on emerging research findings.

The board and staff of the LDAA are excited to be collaborating with the Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer
Chapters on a number of joint activities. Our unified efforts will result in a greater ability to advocate and
provide services for individuals with learning disabilities, educate people about this complex issue, and
lobby key stakeholders to improve services. I encourage you to monitor the provincial and chapter web
sites to keep abreast of what we are up to and how the associations may be able to support you.

Great achievements in the field of education are within our grasp. Our understanding of the nature
and causes of learning disabilities is increasing exponentially. Research is clearly demonstrating which
interventions are the most effective. An array of adaptive technology is in use or being developed to
support people with learning disabilities.

We live in a region of Canada with unprecedented financial resources. But this means little if these
resources are not invested to make a difference in the lives of individuals with learning disabilities. All of
us here today must continue to work towards increasing understanding and raising awareness. If you are
not already a member of the association, please join now. Help us work to ensure that individuals with
learning disabilities have equal opportunity to reach their potential.

Enjoy the conference.

Michele Pentyliuk
LDAA President

                         2008 Conference Committee Members
LDAA President: Michele Pentyliuk
LDAA Executive Director: John Wojcicki
Communications Consultant: Dina Hendzel
Pacific Western Event Management Co. Ltd.: Serena Ma
Graphic Designer: Raymond Yee
LDAA Treasurer: Janice Mills

             Practically Speaking About LD And ADHD
                          Barbara Colorosso, Keynote Speaker
Barbara Colorosso, our keynote speaker for this event, is an internationally recognized speaker and author
in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, non-violent conflict resolution, and reconciliatory
justice. She is an educational consultant for school districts, the medical and business community, the
criminal justice system and other educational associations in the United States, Canada, Europe, South
America, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Iceland.

                                      Kids are worth it! Parenting with Wit and Wisdom

                                      An evening packed with solid practical advice for parents of children
                                      from toddlers to teenagers, that shows how to utilize the very stuff of
                                      family life—chores, mealtime, sibling rivalry, toilet training, bedtime,
                                      allowances and more—to create a home environment in which
                                      children can become self-disciplined, compassionate, responsible,
                                      resourceful, resilient human beings who can act in their own best
                                      interest, stand up for themselves and exercise their own rights
                                      while respecting the rights and legitimate needs of others. Barbara
                                      will discuss the keys to good parenting: treating kids with respect;
                                      giving them a sense of positive power in their own lives; giving them
                                      opportunities to make decisions, take responsibility for their actions
                                      and learn from their successes and mistakes.

                                      The Bully, The Bullied, and The Bystander Breaking the Cycle of

Breaking the cycle of violence in our homes, schools and communities involves more than merely
identifying and stopping the bully. It requires that we examine the why and the how a child becomes a
bully or the target of a bully (and sometimes both) as well as the role the bystanders play in perpetuating
the cycle. A deadly combination is a bully who gets what he wants from his target, a bullied child who is
afraid to tell, bystanders who either watch, participate in the bullying, or look away, and adults who see
bullying as teasing, not tormenting, as ‘boys will be boys.’ not the predatory aggression that it is. If this
combination of relationships is not radically transformed, we have enough incidences in our recent past
to convince us that it is not only the bully who can terrorize our community. Join Barbara for a morning
packed with essential information targeted to help you give kids the tools to be able to stand up for their
own rights while respecting the rights and legitimate needs of others; to handle conflicts nonviolently; to
act with integrity when confronted with difficult situations such as peer pressure to cause harm; and to
develop a personal code (inner moral code) that gives them the wherewithal to do what is right in spite of
external consequences and never merely because of them.

          Practically Speaking About LD And ADHD
                                     Speaker Bios
Gordon Bullivant, MEd

Gordon Bullivant is a co-founder and executive director of Foothills Academy Society
in Calgary, a centre for children and youth with identified Learning Disabilities. He is a
chartered psychologist and a well known advocate for children and their families affected
by Learning Disabilities. Gordon has won numerous local, provincial, and national awards
for his work with children and youth and was recognized by the Governor General's
Medal for outstanding volunteering in Canada. Gordon was instrumental in getting the
Government of Canada to recognize that Learning Disabilities affect children dramatically
and, while he was President of LDA Canada, was able to reach agreement with the
government to have LD recognized as a disability and thus to qualify under the Disability
Tax Credit program as well as recognition to claim medical expenses for services

Kathryn Burke, BA (Hon), MA

Kathryn Burke was born in Montreal, Quebec and has a graduate degree in Sociology
from the University of Calgary. She is married with two children; her eldest son is
a gifted teenager with learning disabilities, ADHD and other health challenges. An
active volunteer and education advocate, Kathryn has been honoured for volunteer
activities with children at risk, including citations from the Government of Canada. She
is presently the Vice President of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta and
Chair of the School Council for the Academy at King Edward, a specialized school within
Edmonton Public for students with learning disabilities. In 2007-08, she served as the
parent representative to the Edmonton Public School Board’s review panel on learning
disabilities. In 2007, she co-chaired the first Special Needs Information Fair in Edmonton
for parents of children with exceptionalities.

Craig Nienaber, BA

Craig Nienaber is an Assistive Technology Advisor at NAIT Services for Students with
Disabilities and has seven years experience working in the Assistive Technology field.
At NAIT, he assesses post-secondary students for appropriate Assistive Technology and
trains students to use technology effectively to support their academic needs. Prior
to working in the Assistive Technology field, Craig spent several years as a Career
Counsellor for individuals with disabilities.

          Practically Speaking About LD And ADHD
Michele Pentyliuk, MEd

Michele Pentyliuk is a Registered Psychologist and Certified Teacher. She is in private
practice where she conducts learning assessments and provides strategy instruction for
individuals with learning and attention problems. Michele has presented workshops to
parents, professionals, and students throughout Western Canada and currently contracts
with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) providing learning strategy
instruction to students with learning disabilities. She has worked with the Edmonton
Chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association as facilitator of the both parent and
adult support groups and worked on the organization committee for the 2001, 2006 and
2008 Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta’s (LDAA) Provincial Conferences. She is
currently serving as the President of the LDAA.

Anne Price, PhD

Anne Price is the Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Learning Centre, a non-profit
agency with a mandate to build capacity to meet the complex needs of individuals with
learning difficulties (learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, low
literacy). Anne is a Registered Psychologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Applied
Psychology at the University of Calgary. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Psychology
(University of Alberta) and a Master’s in Developmental Psychology (York University).
Anne has extensive experience in assessment and program planning for individuals with
learning disabilities and AD/HD across the lifespan.

Karen Rabb, MSc

Karen Rabb has been involved in assessment and treatment of students with learning
disabilities for 25 years. Her teaching has included early corrective learning, resource
programming, regular classroom teaching as well as several years in a school specifically
for students with Learning Disabilities. Karen has developed resources for teachers and
was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship by Alberta Teachers' Association for her contribution
to education in Alberta. Karen is currently a provisional psychologist at the Calgary
Learning Centre.

             Practically Speaking About LD And ADHD

               Session Descriptions
                                                        Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
Homework Tips and Tricks for Students with
LD and ADHD                                             Presenter: Karen Rabb

                                                        Understanding the specific challenges and learning
Presenters: Michele Pentyliuk and Craig Neinaber
                                                        strategies to deal with students with learning
This session will provide information about the         disabilities in the classroom can alleviate many
benefits and pitfalls of homework for children with     challenges for both teachers and students. Many
learning and attention problems. Motivational, time-    of the instructional approaches, strategies and
management, organizational and study strategies         accommodations that are typically successful
will be reviewed and demonstrated using both            for students with learning disabilities are usually
conventional tools and assistive technology.            beneficial to students without disabilities as well.
Teaching Students with Attention Deficit/               This session will review:
Hyperactivity Disorder.
                                                        •   A framework for instruction of students with
Presenter: Anne Price                                       Learning Disabilities
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is
                                                        •   Instructional approaches that are recognized in
a complex problem that has baffled and frustrated
                                                            research as “best practice” for instruction of
not only those with the disorder, but also parents,
                                                            diverse needs
teachers, and others in the lives of individuals with
AD/HD. Participants will become familiar with our       •   Accommodations and curriculum modifications
current understanding of AD/HD and strategies to            that support varying profiles
enhance the success of students with AD/HD.
                                                        •   Effective methods for monitoring progress
Specifically, the participants will gain:
                                                        •   Learning strategies and supports
•   An understanding of AD/HD: Myths and
                                                        Navigating the Educational System
    facts (symptoms, identification and diagnosis,
    prevalence, causes)                                 Presenter: Kathryn Burke

•   Management strategies (multimodal)                  What do you do when your child struggles to
                                                        succeed at school? How can a parent best navigate
•   Classroom strategies
                                                        the educational system to effectively support a
Show Me the Money: Funding Opportunities                child who has special needs? The need to “navigate
and Tax Breaks for Individuals with LD and              the education system” may emerge at the same
ADHD                                                    time a parent is coming to grips and learning about
                                                        their child’s diverse needs. This session will outline
Presenter: Gordon Bullivant
                                                        practical and positive strategies which parents
Gordon will cover the Disability Tax Credit             may use to work effectively with teachers, school
application process and explain how it must be          administrators and Districts of Education in the best
completed. He will also discuss the Medical claims      interests of their child.
allowed for persons with Learning Disabilities and
how to claim them appropriately.

                                   Schedule of Events
            Time                          Event                             Location
8:00 a.m.                     Registration and Coffee                         Lobby
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.       Barbara Colorosso: The Bully,                  Tuscany
(Coffee Break 10:15 a.m. to   the Bullied and the Bystander
10:30 a.m.)
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.                    Lunch                             Tuscany
1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.        LD in the Classroom                            Palermo
                              ADHD in the Classroom                          Savona
                              How to Navigate the Education               Boardroom # 2
                              Show Me the Money                           Boardroom # 3
                              Strategies for Homework                        Marseille
2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                     Break                              Lobby
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.        LD in the Classroom                            Palermo
                              ADHD in the Classroom                          Savona
                              How to Navigate the Education               Boardroom # 2
                              Show Me the Money                           Boardroom # 3
                              Strategies for Homework                        Marseille
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.        Barbara Colorosso: Parenting                   Tuscany
                              with Wit and Wisdom


    Advanced Education and Technology                        Foothills Educational Materials
     Alberta Distance Learning Centre                             HumanWare Canada
                  Aroga                                               KidSource Inc.
             Bridges Canada                             School Specialty/Premier School Supplies
         Calgary Learning Centre                                          Shire
     Davies & Johnson Associates Ltd.                         Spectrum/Layne Consulting
        Discovery Toys/T. Robbins                              Teachers' Book Depository
            Foothills Academy                              WINTERGREEN Learning Materials

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