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This series will help you answer the question, "Why is my student struggling to learn?" Based on the latest research, these sessions will provide insight on a multitude of factors that influence how a child learns.

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  • Bridging the Achievement Gap: Allie's Story

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow, PhD

    Allie is a 9-year-old student who recently completed the fourth grade. She exhibits excellent creative story-telling skills and a strong oral vocabulary, but she is struggling to master grade-level objectives in reading and spelling. Reading difficulties were first identified when Allie was in Kindergarten, and, over the years, her teacher and the reading specialist have provided tutoring and other reading interventions. Despite instruction and targeted intervention, Allie continues to struggle with written language. Her mother requested a psycho-educational evaluation to determine Allie’s eligibility and need for direct specialized instruction, and to identify appropriate instructional goals. This webinar will describe and analyze the results of the evaluation in an effort to understand (1) why Allie has not responded to reading interventions; (2) if Allie has a Specific Reading Disability (Dyslexia); and (3) what interventions are needed to improve Allie’s academic performance.  

    Date: May 06, 2015 

     
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  • Learning Disability Identification: Linking Assessment to Intervention

    Presenter: Jennifer Mascolo, PsyD

    This webinar will present an alternative research-based operational definition of specific learning disability (SLD) that is consistent with the third option, or the pattern of strengths and weaknesses (PSW) approach, included in the federal regulations. Selected subtests from the WISC-V, WIAT-III, KTEA-3, and CELF-5 will be used to demonstrate how to organize assessments to address referral concerns.

    Date: Mar 12, 2015 

     
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  • From Research to Practice: Instructional Strategies for Written Expression Disorders

    Presenter: Amy Gabel, PhD

    Many children will learn with few difficulties, but there are many who learn differently, or experience challenges that impact the breadth and depth of their skill development. Our experiences as educators, clinicians, and parents make us keenly aware of the impact that individual differences can have on teaching and learning. This session is designed to provide an extension on a prior webinar that focused primarily on the research related to the cognitive processes related to written expression.

    In this session, we will focus on providing more information concerning instructional strategies related to the key developmental processes associated with writing, and the barriers that can occur in the case of writing disorders. The session will include information concerning related to instructional strategies to address hot topics such as handwriting, subtypes of writing disorders, and other general manifestations of writing problems across the lifespan.

    At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: a) identify at least 3 neurodevelopmental processes related to written expression; b) describe subtypes of written expression disorders; c) list at least 3 possible accommodations or teaching strategies for certain types of writing difficulties.

    Date: Jan 21, 2015 

     
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  • Language Assessment within the SLD Identification Framework

    Presenter: Elizabeth Wiig, PhD

    This webinar will focus on interactions between measures of academic achievement (KTEA-3), cognitive ability (WISC-V), and language and communication skills (CELF-5). The presenter will first identify overlapping areas of assessment across the three assessments. Overviews of the areas evaluated by KTEA-3 and WISC-V will then be presented. The areas evaluated by CELF-5 are then presented and commonalities with KTEA-3 and WISC-V measures discussed. The potential contribution of CELF-5 results for developing a comprehensive profile of a student’s strengths and weaknesses will be discussed with reference to an existing SLD case.

    Date: Sep 04, 2014 

     
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  • Putting Together the Math Puzzle: The Investigation of Math Skill Competencies and Related Cognitive Processes

    Presenter: Adam Scheller, PhD

    During this webinar session, the presenter will describe the developmental building blocks, cognitive processes, and math related skills correlated with the acquisition and competent performance of mathematics. Included in the discussion about what skills are necessary for math to develop is how math fails to develop effectively in some children, with a review of math learning disability subtypes and evaluation of math error patterns.

    Date: Apr 16, 2014 

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  • Individual differences and Academic Achievement: What Does the Research Tell us About Written Expression?

    Presenter: Amy Gabel, PhD

    This session provides information concerning the typical developmental processes associated with writing, and the barriers that can occur in the case of writing disorders. The session will include information concerning hot topics such as handwriting, neurodevelopmental components of written expression (brain-behavior linkages), subtypes of writing disorders, and the general manifestation of writing problems across the lifespan. At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: a) identify at least 3 neurodevelopmental processes related to written expression; b) describe subtypes of written expression disorders; c) list at least 3 possible accommodations or teaching strategies for certain types of writing difficulties.

    Date: Mar 26, 2014 

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  • Individual Differences and Academic Achievement: What Does the Research Tell Us About Reading?

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow PhD

    This session will focus on the research-based cognitive factors that help us understand the differential needs of children with reading difficulties. The presenter will describe processes, such as auditory processing, phonological awareness, short-term auditory memory, visual memory, rapid automatic naming, and visual processing speed that underlie performance in reading. Based on the description of reading-related cognitive processes, it will become clear that children struggle with reading for different reasons. The presenter will discuss an assessment battery, including measures of reading achievement and reading-related processes that will allow us to document a pattern of strengths and weaknesses for each child.

    Date: Feb 26, 2014 

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  • Why Some Students Struggle to Learn: Assessing Memory and Learning

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow PhD

    This webinar will describe the assessment processes that will allow us to understand how a weakness in memory can affect a student’s learning. At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe (1) the process of learning and remembering; (2) theories of memory and learning; and (3) commonly used assessments of memory and learning.

    Date: Nov 19, 2013 

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  • The Role of Executive Functions in Learning to Read and Reading

    Presenter: George McCloskey PhD

    This presentation will discuss how executive functions are involved in directing and coordinating the use of multiple cognitive capacities to read words and connected text passages, discuss assessment approaches (with an emphasis on the PAL-II) for identifying executive function-related reading problems, and discuss teaching strategies for helping students compensate for the effects of executive function difficulties.

    Date: May 16, 2013 

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  • The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders: A Framework for Effective Interventions

    Presenter: Steven G. Feifer DEd NCSP ABSNP

    This webinar will provide educators and psychologists with an overarching framework for effectively diagnosing and treating reading comprehension disorders in children. There will be an overview of reading from a brain-based educational perspective, as well as a review of the neural underpinnings of literacy in children. Specific emphasis will be placed on frontal lobe functions such as executive functioning and working memory as the primary cognitive constructs that allow children to hold, manipulate, and self organize verbal information in an archived manner for more effective recall.

    Date: May 14, 2013 

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  • A Case Study: Why Does Logan Struggle with Learning and Behavior?

    Presenter: Adam Scheller, PhD

    Results of this comprehensive evaluation revealed a distinctive pattern of strengths and weaknesses in both cognitive functioning and academic achievement, so that his strengths were often undermined by specific deficits. During this webinar we will review these findings regarding Logan’s learning in detail.

    Date: Apr 23, 2013 

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  • The Role of Executive Functions in Learning and Using Mathematics

    Presenter: George McCloskey, PhD

    Before you can determine which interventions will be the most effective in helping a struggling learner, first you must find out the specific cause of the child’s learning problems. We are pleased to offer a new web-based seminar series that will help you answer the question, “Why is my student struggling to learn?” Based on the latest research, these sessions will provide insight on a multitude of factors that influence how a child learns.

    Date: Apr 18, 2013 

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  • The Neuropsychology of Mathematics: Diagnosis and Intervention

    Presenter: Steven G Feifer

    Before you can determine which interventions will be the most effective in helping a struggling learner, first you must find out the specific cause of the child’s learning problems. We are pleased to offer a new web-based seminar series that will help you answer the question, “Why is my student struggling to learn?” Based on the latest research, these sessions will provide insight on a multitude of factors that influence how a child learns.

    Date: Apr 16, 2013 

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  • A Case Study: Why is Kaylee Struggling to Master Grade-Level Objectives?

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow

    Before you can determine which interventions will be the most effective in helping a struggling learner, first you must find out the specific cause of the child’s learning problems. We are pleased to offer a new web-based seminar series that will help you answer the question, “Why is my student struggling to learn?” Based on the latest research, these sessions will provide insight on a multitude of factors that influence how a child learns.

    Date: Mar 20, 2013 

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  • The Role of Executive Functions in Learning to Write and Written Expression

    Presenter: George McCloskey

    Before you can determine which interventions will be the most effective in helping a struggling learner, first you must find out the specific cause of the child’s learning problems. We are pleased to offer a new web-based seminar series that will help you answer the question, “Why is my student struggling to learn?” Based on the latest research, these sessions will provide insight on a multitude of factors that influence how a child learns.

    Date: Feb 28, 2013 

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  • Understanding Why Students Are Struggling to Learn: Analyzing DAS-II Test Results Within a CHC Framework (Session 2)

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow

    During the second session, the presenter will use case study data to illustrate the interpretive process that will allow the clinician to answer questions such as 1) is the child able to perform complex mental processing; 2) are there intra-individual cognitive strengths and weaknesses; 3) do identified cognitive strengths and weaknesses explain identified weaknesses in achievement?

    Date: Feb 27, 2013 

     
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  • The Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders: Diagnosis and Intervention

    Presenter: Steven G. Feifer

    This presentation should be helpful in assisting educators and psychologists to identify specific breakdowns in the writing process. The ability to generate and produce written language requires multiple linguistic skills involving both phonological and orthographical functioning (the elementary components of language), word retrieval skills, executive functioning skills to organize inner thoughts and ideas, and working memory to hold our thoughts in mind long enough for effective motor skills output.

    Date: Feb 26, 2013 

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  • Understanding Why Students Are Struggling to Learn: Analyzing DAS-II Test Results Within a CHC Framework (Session 1)

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow

    Before you can determine which interventions will be the most effective in helping a struggling learner, first you must find out the specific cause of the child’s learning problems. We are pleased to offer a new web-based seminar series that will help you answer the question, “Why is my student struggling to learn?” Based on the latest research, these sessions will provide insight on a multitude of factors that influence how a child learns.

    Date: Feb 20, 2013 

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  • Executive Functioning in the Process of Learning: Assessment Results and Intervention Tactics

    Presenter: Adam Scheller, PhD

    In this next session, we will expand upon specific executive functioning weakness patterns we find in reading, math, and writing. Our ultimate goal will be to look at innovative and cutting edge assessment techniques using case study evaluations with linkage to intervention tactics for improving functional academic performance.

    Date: Dec 12, 2012 

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  • The Neuropsychology of Emotional Disorders (Session Two)

    Presenter: Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., NCSP, ABSNP

    This workshop will explore the neural architecture of emotional behavior by examining various brain structures laying the foundation for higher level social skill functioning. Specific biological factors related to the development of social competence and emotional self-regulation will be explored. There will be a detailed discussion on bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression from a brain-based educational perspective, including cutting edge interventions such as neurofeedback. Schools can enhance emotional wellness in children through early prevention efforts, appropriate assessment strategies, and an improved school climate to foster emotional growth for all children.

    Date: Dec 06, 2012 

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  • The Neuropsychology of Emotional Disorders (Session One)

    Presenter: Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., NCSP, ABSNP

    This workshop will explore the neural architecture of emotional behavior by examining various brain structures laying the foundation for higher level social skill functioning. Specific biological factors related to the development of social competence and emotional self-regulation will be explored. There will be a detailed discussion on bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression from a brain-based educational perspective, including cutting edge interventions such as neurofeedback. Schools can enhance emotional wellness in children through early prevention efforts, appropriate assessment strategies, and an improved school climate to foster emotional growth for all children.

    Date: Dec 04, 2012 

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  • Why Some Students Struggle with Mathematics: A Look at Math-Related Processes

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow PhD and Adam Scheller PhD

    This webinar will describe cognitive processes involved in the acquisition of mathematics skills - computation, operations, and problem-solving. Using case examples, the presenters will illustrate how we use assessment data to (1) document under-achievement in mathematics (2) determine which mathematics-related cognitive processes are linked to the under-achievement, and (3) identify appropriate interventions.

    Date: May 22, 2012 

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  • Why Some Students Struggle with Reading: A Look at Reading-Related Processes

    Presenter: Karen Apgar, MA CAGS/NCSP, Gloria Maccow, PhD and Justin Potts, MS NCSP

    This webinar will describe reading-related processes and other cognitive abilities involved in reading. Using case examples, the presenters will illustrate how we use assessment data to (1) document under-achievement in reading, (2) determine which reading-related processes are linked to the under-achievement, and (3) identify appropriate interventions.

    Date: Mar 29, 2012 

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  • The Role of Attention and Executive Functioning in the Process of Learning 

    Presenter: Adam Scheller PhD 

    Before you can determine which interventions will be the most effective in helping a struggling learner, first you must find out the specific cause of the child’s learning problems. We are pleased to offer a new web-based seminar series that will help you answer the question, “Why is my student struggling to learn?” Based on the latest research, these sessions will provide insight on a multitude of factors that influence how a child learns.

    Date: Jan 18, 2012 

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  • Why Students Struggle to Learn: An Overview of Cognitive Factors

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow, PhD

    Before you can determine which interventions will be the most effective in helping a struggling learner, first you must find out the specific cause of the child’s learning problems. We are pleased to offer a new web-based seminar series that will help you answer the question, “Why is my student struggling to learn?” Based on the latest research, these sessions will provide insight on a multitude of factors that influence how a child learns.

    Date: Dec 14, 2011 

     
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