Fall Symposium

Our 2013 Fall Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Groves Academy. We have an excellent slate of presenters.  Register now!

 


2013 Symposium Details

Date/Time

Saturday, November 9, 2013
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location

Groves Academy
3200 Highway 100 South
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
(view map/directions)

Registration

$75 per person. $60 with two or more members from the same family register.

$40 student rate; must present valid student ID at event
Please call 952-582-6000 to register or

Register Now Online



2013 Symposium Schedule: 

 

8:30 am - 9:00 am    Registration / Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:10 am    Welcome

9:15 am - 10:35 am   Breakout Session I

10:45 am - 12:05 pm    Breakout Session II

12:05 pm - 1:00 pm     Lunch, provided 

1:10 pm - 2:30 pm     Breakout Session III

2:35 pm - 3:00 pm    Wrap-up / Closing Remarks

 


2013 Breakout Sessions: 

 

 

Session I  
9:15 – 10:35 am

for Parents and Guardians
Executive Function: A New Conceptualization and a New Approach to Treatment

Russell Barkley's new conceptualization of executive functioning is changing the way that we view ADHD and learning disabilities, as well as a multitude of mental health issues.  Moreover, Barkley's groundbreaking work is shifting our view of how problems with executive functioning should be treated. This presentation will provide an overview of Barkley's model, consider ways to evaluate executive functioning, and look at revised approaches to treatment.
Dr. Gary Johnson & Dr. Chris Bedford | Clinic for Attention, Learning and Memory

 

for Adults and Students
Assistive Technology: How can it help me organize my life?

Technology is constantly improving and can help make our lives more manageable.  Learn new technologies to help keep you and your family members with ADHD organized.  Bryan will share practical ideas along wiht examples of inexpensive/free assistive technology!  You won't be disappointed.
Dr. Bryan Cichy | St. Cloud State University

 

for Teachers and Professionals
Individualizing Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction in the LD Areas

Individualizing is the fundamental context of Specific Learning Disabilities services, in contrast to the class context in regular education. Understanding and using the many individual characteristics of the student is essential for optimal results. Why do some interventions work better with certain individuals? Success is individual and empirical; what works with this particular student and why?
Dr. Lyelle Palmer | Winona State University

 

Session II
10:45 AM – 12:05 pm

for Parents and Guardians
Unlocking the Genius Within You and Your Child

Using humor, stories and expertise, published author Stephanie Shawn will empower parents, students and teachers alike. Stephanie will introduce four key skills from her book that can be used to unlock the genius within children and break down the barriers to learning.
Stephanie Shawn | Excel Achievement Center

 

for Adults and Students
Know Your Rights

Self-advocacy and self-determination will be topics Kathy addresses while helping students navigate the system to know their rights and what options they have.
Dr. Kathy Seifert | University of Minnesota

 

for Teachers and Professionals
Change the Environment, Not the Child: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders & Interventions for School Success

School can be extremely frustrating for children with FASDs, who often experience learning, behavioral and social difficulties. This presentation will highlight best practices in education to enhance cognitive, social and behavioral functioning in children with FASDs.
Dr. Julia Conkel Ziebell | MN Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)

 

Lunch provided 12:05 AM – 1:00 pm

 

Session III
1:10 PM – 2:30 pm

for Parents and Guardians
TBA


for Adults and Students
Executive Function: A New Conceptulization and a New Approach to Treatment
Russell Barkley's new conceptualization of executive functioning is changing the way that we view ADHD and learning disabilities, as well as a multitude of mental health issues.  Moreover, Barkley's groundbreaking work is shifting our view of how problems with executive functioning should be treated. This presentation will provide an overview of Barkley's model, consider ways to evaluate executive functioning, and look at revised approaches to treatment.
Dr. Gary Johnson & Dr. Chris Bedford | Clinic for Attention, Learning and Memory

 

for Teachers and Professionals
Tune in to Me

There are times we wish people came with little instruction cards explaining, "Here's how to reach me.  Here's how to motivate me."  This session will help you understand the personality structure of the students and adults in your life. You will discover how tailoring your communication will motivate and inspire someone to their fullest potential. Plus, learn how to provide avenues for creativity and spontaneity to shine.
Jason Colvin | Friendship Ventures


Speaker Profiles

LDA's 2013 Speakers include:

 

Chris Bedford, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist.  Dr. Bedford specializes in the identification and treatment of problems with executive functioning.  The ability to pay attention and remember things in integral to learning and working.  Dr. Bedford runs the working memory training program at the Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory.  He has expertise in learning and cognition and the relationship between executive function and mental health. He has clinical experience in college counseling centers and has worked as a consultant applying psychology in workplace settings.

Jason Colvin, is a developer and director of special needs programs and team-building strategies for Friendship Ventures and a certified PCM (Personal Communication Model) trainer. For more than eight years, Jason has incorporated experiential education programs in his work with individuals who have ADHD and other challenges.

Julia Conkel Ziebell, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Pediatric.  Dr. Conkel Ziebell works at the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)

Gary Johnson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Dr. Johnson is the clinical director at CALM, Clinic for Attention, Learning and Memory.  He specializes in evaluation and treatment of adults and children with attention and learning disorders. He frequently speaks at conferences, schools, and professional organizations about the diagnosis and treatment of attentional problems.  Gary has received extensive training in ADHD, including study at Harvard Medical School with Ned Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D., authors of Driven to Distraction.  He has studied research by Daniel Amen, M.D. and follows many of Amen's principles in his practice.

Lyelle Palmer, Ph.D. is a professor of learning disabilities with interests in principles of effective instruction, error analysis, sequential developmental curriculum, vision development, early childhood developmental sequences, learning strategies, curriculum-based assessment, effective LD lessons, neuro-developmental assessment in LD, documentation, early childhood brain stimulation, brain biochemistry and nutrition, printing and handwriting development, and clinical education. Dr. Palmer is co-developer of the S.M.A.R.T. program at the Minnesota Learning Resource Center and co-author of Bright Brain: Learning Readiness Stimulators video (1997).

Kathey Seifert, Ph.D. Dr. Seifert is an instructor at the University of Minnesota.  She was a classroom special education teacher for 10 years prior to teaching at the University. She specializes in reading, learning strategies, data-driven decision making, and due process.

Stephanie Shawn, is the owner of Excel Achievement Center in Sioux Falls, SD and has been involved in educaiton for over two decades. Stephanie taught at the elementary, middle school and university levels. As the mother of two teenage boys, Stephanie's passion is speaking to parents about discovering the natural gifts that their children have and assisting parents in identifying exactly how their child learns best. Stephanie's book Unlocking the Genius Within Your Child and You! is available at this conference.

 

 

  


 

 

 Thanks to our Sponsors & Partners

Great Harvest - Minnetonka

Caribou Coffee @ Bylerly's in Golden Valley

D. Brian's Deli & Catering

Groves Academy

True Friends


 Symposium Location

Groves Academy
3200 Highway 100 South
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Directions to Groves Academy

From the north: Take 100 South and exit at Minnetonka Boulevard. Go left at the stop sign (Vernon Avenue). Go left at the stop light (Minnetonka Boulevard). Go right as if going back onto Highway 100 South, but stay to the right on the service road. Groves Academy is on the right.

From the south: Take Highway 100 North and exit at Minnetonka Boulevard. Go right at the stop light (Minnetonka Boulevard). Go left as if going onto Highway 100 South but stay to the right on the service road. Groves Academy is on the right.