Speakers

NDA has a wealth of speakers available to speak on the topics of Dyslexia. Explore the topics and speakers below. These sessions may be presented individually, combined into a multi-session workshop, or adjusted to meet the needs of participants.

A Pediatrician’s Perspective on Learning Problems
Presenter: Dr. Eileen Vautravers
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Parents, educators, medical professionals

This session will review the physical, emotional and cognitive disorders that influence a child’s ability to learn. How can parents and educators recognize these problems? What can parents of a learning disabled child do to help? Learn answers to these questions and more.

Trubl Speling
Presenter: Gwelda Carlson
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Parent
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Spelling is a common frustration for many students, especially for those who have trouble reading. Learn helpful ideas for studying spelling and vocabulary and improving scores on those weekly tests. The techniques can also be used for daily spelling skills.

When Problems Surface: Getting Help From Your School
Presenter: Carolyn Brandle, M. Ed
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Parents

A special education professional will address how to cope with learning problems. The discussion will include information about identification processes, screening, response-to-intervention programs (Rtl), individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 plans for students with learning problems.

The Connection Between Wellness and Academic Success
Presenters: Gwelda Carlson, M.A; Carolyn Brandle, M.Ed; and Eileen Vautravers, M.D.
Length: 1.5 hours
Target audience: Parents, educators, medical professionals
There is a vital connection between a child’s medical wellness and academic success. The definition, signs and neurobiology of dyslexia in school-age children will be discussed, along with improved brain processes that result from appropriate, early interventions. Methods for identifying dyslexia through school assessments will be reviewed. Intervention strategies (including response-to-intervention) and ideas for incorporating multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham teaching techniques into the curriculum will be demonstrated.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Presenters: Gwelda Carlson, M.A.: Carolyn Brandle, M.Ed.; Eileen Vautravers, M.D., and Shelli Cook, M.S.CCC-SLP
Length: 2 hours
Target audience: Parents, preschool educators
The definition, signs and neurobiology of dyslexia in pre-school children will be discussed, along with improved brain processes that result from appropriate brain processes that result from appropriate, early interventions. Speech pattern development, milestones, stuttering, and auditory processing are reviewed. Information and activities to increase print awareness, knowledge of the alphabet, phonological awareness, and handwriting skills will be shared.

Reading With Purpose: Developing Comprehension Skills
Presenter: Gwelda Carlson, M.A.
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Parents and upper elementary, middle and high school educators
To get the most out of reading, students need to read with a purpose. Reading is based on language ability, and comprehension is a learned skill that relies on a student’s experiential background and reading level. We’ll explore the reciprocal relationship between the growth in vocabulary and improvements in comprehension.

What About the Child Who Can’t Read...or Write?
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Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Elementary, middle and high school educators and parents

They’re in every grade level- how will they survive? We'll discuss why this happens and what to do to help the struggling reader. This session also addresses reading difficulties, accommodations, support, and self-advocacy.

Phonemic Awareness: Building Blocks to Phonics
Presenter: Gwelda Carlson, M.A.
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Preschool and lower elementary educators and parents

We’ll discuss what children need to know before phonics instruction, how to layer phonemic awareness on phonics instruction, and hands-on activities to help children hear, segment, and blend sounds. Includes hearing initial and ending sounds, sound boxes, rhyming, word families, counting syllables in words, and counting words in sentences. Techniques to enhance learning through movement and multi-sensory activities will be reviewed.

Adding Multi-Sensory Techniques to Classroom Reading Instructions for Greater Student Success
Presenter: Gwelda Carlson, M.A.; or Carolyn Brandle, M.Ed.
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Elementary educators

Learn strategies for meeting the needs of struggling readers in general and special education classrooms, along with multi-sensory techniques to add to your district's reading curriculum. We'll discuss realistic interventions that can be implemented in the classroom, and strategies that are appropriate for response-to-interventions groups.

Get Ready! Get Set! Read Better!
Presenter: Gwelda Carlson, M.A.; or Carolyn Brandle, M.Ed.
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Elementary educators and parents

This session focuses on building phonological awareness, phonetic decoding and encoding skills, and fluency. We'll share practical strategies to implement in classrooms and multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham methods. Review the basics for teaching phonology and decoding/encoding skills, applying syllabication elements, and measuring and building fluency and accuracy in reading.

The Reality of Dyslexia
Presenter: Gwelda Carlson, M.A.
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School educators and parents

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, occurring in up to 20% of children. Individuals with dyslexia have the ability to learn and are often talented, creative, and have productive minds. Research has helped us to understand that the areas of the brain designed for learning to read need to be developed by reprogramming the brain pathways. Explore the signs of dyslexia, the need for appropriate instruction, and strategies to build successful readers.

Dyslexia is Real! Imagine That!...
Presenter: Gwelda Carlson, M.A.
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School educators and parents

THINK Dyslexic! Learn the facts about dyslexia. If trying to teach students with dyslexia/S.L.D. is frustrating for most teachers, consider what it must be like from the student's point of view. Engage in tasks that simulate the difficulty students with learning disabilities might have when asked to perform typical classroom work. You'll look at your role a little differently.

Get Ready! Get Set! Read Better!
Presenter: Gwelda Carlson, M.A.
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School educators and parents.

This session focuses on building phonological awareness, phonetic decoding and encoding skills, and fluency. We'll share practical strategies to implement in classrooms and multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham methods. Reviews the basics for teaching phonology and decoding/encoding skills, applying syllabication elements, and measuring and building fluency and accuracy in reading.

GAMES AND MORE!
Presenter: Gwelda Carlson, M.A.
Learning is not all in books. Have fun while you add more tools to your parent resources. Join in on this interactive session.
Objectives:

  • Realize that games and activities reinforce learning.
  • Participate in games to build skills in phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary building and comprehension.
  • Make an activity to take home with materials provided.
  • Share valuable learning activities.

Multisensory Techniques and Activities to Enhance Learning
Presenter: Carolyn Brandle, M.Ed.
Using more than one sense at a time can greatly add to a child’s ability to learn and retain information. Combining hearing, seeing, touching and movement helps children hold onto facts, ideas and concepts that they can move to and keep in long term memory. Repetition and practice is the way we learn most things, and using multisensory techniques can speed up that process for most children. These techniques are particularly helpful for students who are struggling in some area, but all students can benefit from them. In this presentation, demonstrations of multisensory techniques and activities and handouts will show what parents can do to increase their children’s learning.

Teaching Strategies for Students with Dyslexia and Reading Struggles
Presenter: Shelli Cook, M.S., CCC-SLP
Do you have a child who struggles with reading, writing, and/or spelling, but you're not sure what to do? Do you wonder if they have dyslexic tendencies? This session will provide systematic, multi-sensory strategies to help children from early childhood to middle school with these challenges.

Childhood Speech and Language Development - What should I expect from my child?
Presenter: Shelli Cook, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech pattern development, language patterns, stuttering, and milestones for early childhood into the grade school years will be reviewed. Strategies to help children develop to their best potential will be shared.

HOW DYSLEXIA CHANGED MY LIFE
Presenter: David Staenberg
David will share coping strategies he used as a child to overcome dyslexia, Monday mornings, and being bullied -- without resorting to bullying himself. He will also talk about ways he worked around reading problems as a young adult, continuing now as an adult, and how this struggle inspired him to create a nonprofit for youth with dyslexia, and to provide scholarships for tutoring and college using the Free Smile Card to raise awareness.

PRESCHOOL AND EARLY ELEMENTARY WARNING SIGNS OF RISK FOR READING STRUGGLES AND EARLY INTERVENTION TECHNIQUES
Presenter: Eileen Vautravers, M.D. and Shelli Cook, M.S., CCC-SLP
The signs of risk for dyslexia in preschool and early elementary children will be discussed, along with the definition of dyslexia and the differences in the brain's pathways for reading in dyslexic individuals. Information and activities to intervene early in high-risk individuals to increase print awareness and phonological awareness and to improve handwriting skills will be shared.

EARLY BRAIN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT HINGES ON GENES, ENVIRONMENT AND EXPERIENCES
Presenter: Eileen Vautravers, M.D.
Research has proven that it is not a matter of nature versus nurture in determining one's learning ability, behavior, and physical and mental health, but an ongoing interactive combination of both. Learn how an understanding of brain development helps parents be the best they can be and helps strengthen their child's brain architectural structure for their lifetime.

For more information or to book a session contact:
Nebraska Dyslexia Association
P.O. Box 6302
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506 402.434.6434 or info@ne-ida.org