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.

Trouble Spelling
Presenter: Nancy Coffey
Length: 1 hour
Target audience: Paren
ts/Teachers
Spelling is a common frustration for many students, especially for those who have trouble reading. Learn the basics of learning to spell and discover that learning to read and learning to spell are interchangeable. A discussion on phonemes, phonics, syllable types, syllable division, Greek and Latin roots and the different techniques you can use to help all students become better spellers and readers.

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.

Reading With Purpose: Developing Comprehension Skills
Presenter: TBA
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?
Presenter: TBA
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: TBA
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.

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.

Dyslexia is Real! Imagine That!...
Presenter: Kathy Johnson
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.

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.

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.

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