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November 2017

IDA Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference (Atlanta, GA)

November 8 - 11
Atlanta Hyatt Regency

November 8-11 Atlanta, Downtown Hyatt Regency DA’s Annual International Conference is the premier professional development conference dedicated to reading, literacy, and learning. The conference brings in experts from all over the world to educate attendees on the latest research, remediation, and more. The Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference is held for both professionals and families and is attended by some 2,000 teachers, educators, and administrators, reading specialists, researchers, university faculty, psychologists, physicians, tutor, and parents. The four-day conference includes four…

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Demystifying Dyslexia with Elaine Cheesman, PhD (Cumming, GA)

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Forsyth County Board of Education,
1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, 30040 United States
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7:00 – 8:30 pmForsyth County Board of Education Bldg., Cumming, GA This presentation clarifies the 2003 definition of dyslexia adopted by the International Dyslexia Association, including the foundational causes, the primary impact on foundational reading and writing skills, the secondary consequences on vocabulary and comprehension, and the social-emotional impact. Using authentic writing samples of people with dyslexia, participants will scrutinize typical spelling error patterns and practice several instructional activities to provide differentiated instruction for students with dyslexia. Participants will gain…

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October 2017

Your Dyslexia Questions Answered – A Panel (Gainesville, GA)

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Academy of Innovation (formerly Ava White Academy),
1399 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville, 30501 United States
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6:00-6:30 Check-in, Gathering with Light Refreshments, Student-led Tours of Academy of Innovation 6:30-7:30 Panel Discussion Carol Lynn, M.Ed. – Hall County Special Education Teacher, Level 1 Wilson Certified Teacher with over 20 years of experience Josh Hall, Ph.D. – Gainesville City School Psychologist Connor Pittman – A Young Harris College Graduate, an Adult with Dyslexia Stephanie Wilson – Parent of a Child with Dyslexia This outreach event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Childcare will be available. Please register…

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September 2017

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Thomasville, United States
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You are invited to a showing of director James Redford’s highly-acclaimed HBO film, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. The film provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts, and iconic leaders. The Big Picture not only clears up misconceptions about dyslexia but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it. Jennifer Hasser (Past President of IDA-GA) and Karen Huppertz (Current President of IDA-GA) will answer questions and facilitate discussion immediately following the film. This event is free and open…

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April 2017

Understanding Dyslexia: An Overview

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Darlington School,
1014 Cave Spring Rd SW , Rome, GA 30161 United States
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Rome, GA Does your child struggle with reading, writing, and spelling? If you have a child or a student who has been diagnosed with dyslexia or a student or child you suspect may have dyslexia, this outreach event is for you. This presentation is designed to provide an overview of the following topics: characteristics of dyslexia, information on diagnosing dyslexia and information to better understand the most effective remediation interventions and accommodations. This is an open forum. Ongoing questions are…

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Understanding the Relationship Between Motivation, Learning, and Executive Function

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Decatur Library,
215 Sycamore Street, Decatur,
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7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Decatur – Decatur Library Description: This presentation is designed to help middle and high school parents understand the cognitive processes behind Executive Functions (EF) and ways in which they impact a child’s effort, goal-setting, organization, study skills, and motivation. Executive Functioning (EF) means being goal-driven, self-motivated, self-sufficient, introspective, and engaged in learning. The developing brain needs guidance and support to promote mastery of Executive Functioning ability. Sucheta Kamath will discuss ways parents can direct their children…

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Sifting Through Parental Rights

April 20 @ 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Fairview Public Library,
28 Austin Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281 United States
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5:45 pm to 7:45 pm Stockbridge – Fairview Public Library Is your child struggling with reading and writing? Do you understand how to navigate the public school? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Take a deep breath and come to the April 20 outreach meeting. Our outreach presenter will teach you about your parental rights and strategies for working with the school. Speaker: Angela Gattison from Parent 2 Parent of Georgia Decoding Dyslexia Georgia and the International Dyslexia Association – GA would like…

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March 2017

How to Address Fine Motor and Writing Success using Tablet Apps

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Alpharetta Library,
10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, 30004 United States
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6:30pm to 7:45pmAlpharetta – Alpharetta Library Description: Does your child have trouble with fine motor activities, neatness with handwriting, or organization of writing activities? Is your student motivated by technology? Polly Benson, OTR/L will teach you how to leverage apps on smart technology for fine motor strengthening, dysgraphia, reversals, illegible handwriting, sensory deficits, and executive function weaknesses. We will review apps, strategies and how to utilize available technology for better, more legible writing. Do you have a phone in your…

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Understanding Dyslexia

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School,
7171 Glenridge Drive NE, Atlanta, 30328 United States
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6:30pm to 8:00pmAtlanta – St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School Description Understanding Dyslexia is designed to educate participants in the origin, characteristics, remediation and accommodations for the neurobiological disability known as Dyslexia. This is the most common reading disability found in the classroom. Presenter: Brenda Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, a Master of Education in Early Childhood and an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is certified as a Reading Specialist K-12, has…

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How to Help My Struggling Reader

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Fairview Public Library,
28 Austin Rd, Stockbridge, 30281 United States
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Stockbridge GA DESCRIPTION Is my student really struggling with reading? When should I start worrying, and what should I do? Outreach attendees will learn the signs of a struggling reader at different ages and curriculum components that need to be present to help correct the problems. Speaker: Jennifer A. Hasser M.Ed., Past President of the International Dyslexia Association of Georgia and Executive Director of Syllables Learning Center/Kendore Learning. Decoding Dyslexia Georgia and the International Dyslexia Association – GA would like…

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