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August Telepractice Workshop

Telepractice Training August 14th from 2-4pm EST

Telepractice can transform your practice.

Maintaining the standards and procedures of each educational therapy session is crucial, so this training will focus on specific guidelines for how the integrity of NILD techniques can be maintained in a virtual setting. Therapists will see a demonstration of techniques to learn how to deliver sessions with the same accuracy as face-to-face. The entire training takes place online using the Zoom video-conferencing platform, allowing therapists to experience firsthand this user-friendly and interactive format.

NILD has tested and refined this method for delivering educational therapy over the past two years and now we’re excited to share this medium with you!
REACH students who are homebound, geographically remote or otherwise not able to engage in face-to-face therapy

EXPAND your therapy practice and add flexible scheduling

CONTINUE to work with your student whose family moves

CONNECT with parents, teachers and other colleagues online using the NILD/Zoom platform

Priced at $150, Registration closes 08/14/2019 @ 1pm EST.

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Open Panel Discussion

August 7th at 1:30 pm EST 
Open Panel Discussion

Join us as we chat with school & program administrators to review the different view points, challenges, and questions relating to the implementation of a NILD program.

Priced at $35, registration closes August 7th at 12:30 pm EST

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Stop Bullying: a Practical, Neurological, and Attachment Perspective

Stop Bullying: a Practical, Neurological, and Attachment Perspective
Featuring Ashley Wroton, EdS, LPC, RPT

July 23rd @ 4pm EST, Priced at $35
Registration closes 7/23 at 3:30pm EST

Bullying is repeated, unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power. Learn how to help children and adolescents by considering the developmental, socio-emotional, neurological, and attachment impacts on child and adolescent behavior.

Learning Objectives:
Name and describe mis-directions of bully prevention
Integrate an understanding of basic attachment theory and the neurological functions in treatment of bullying behaviors and response to being bullied
Utilize play based approaches to increase secure attachment, mindfulness, and regulation

About the speaker:
Ashley Wroton is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Ashley was awarded a Masters of Science in Education in 2006, teaching middle school; then returned to Old Dominion University to complete her Education Specialist degree in Mental Health and School Counseling in 2011. Ashley is also a professional member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the Association for Play Therapy.

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Recognizing and Working with Anxious Students

Recognizing and Working with Anxious Students
May 20th @ 12pm EST 
Presented by Donna Weston, CDT, PCET
 
Priced at $35, Registration closes May 20th @ 11:30am EST

Description: The rates of anxiety in children and youth have grown tremendously, especially for those with learning disabilities. Join us as we examine how anxiety affects the students, but also how to de-escalate the stressful situations and enable the students to be cognitively available for learning.

About the Presenter: Donna Weston is Founder and Executive Director of Discovery Therapies, Inc. (DTI, www.dtiusa.org). She is not only an educator, educational therapist, NILD Board Member, and NILD Instructor, but is also a parent of a learning disabled and ADHD son. Donna started her educational therapy career in private practice, always with the vision of reaching the wider community through a clinic, which she started as her own private business in 2006, hiring her first two educational therapists and part time administrative staff by 2007. In 2010, she founded the nonprofit organization DTI, transferring all equity and services from her business to the nonprofit. Much of her and her staff’s efforts have been devoted to developing not only the best intervention services, but also establishing the processes and procedures that make DTI a highly reputable clinic in the metro Columbia, SC area.

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NILD Research Update

NILD Research Update
April 18th @ 12pm EST, Priced at $35
Registration closes April 18th at 11:30am EST

This webinar will serve to update our community of NILD Educational Therapists on our research findings from recent analyses of our Annual Testing data.  We will begin with the 2010-2015 project evaluating the impact of NILD Educational Therapy on student intellect and achievement. Next, we will review achievement trends and outcomes by age group and academic domain from our 2015-2017 project, with discussion connecting research to practice.  Finally, we will discuss patterns from the 2017-2018 data set, as well as immediate and long-term NILD research plans and opportunities.  For those that have attended our last two regional conferences, the first part of the webinar will be a review of information that has been presented.  For those that were not able to attend one or both of our last two regional conferences, this will be a wonderful opportunity for you to learn more about our research findings and how this information can be used to impact and expand your practice.  The last portion of the webinar will share new information for all, related to a potential large-scale collaborative research project and how you can help!

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NILD Telepractice Workshop

Telepractice Workshop 

April 30th, 2-4pm EST, Priced at $150

Telepractice can transform your practice.

Maintaining the standards and procedures of each educational therapy session is crucial, so this training will focus on specific guidelines for how the integrity of NILD techniques can be maintained in a virtual setting. Therapists will see a demonstration of techniques to learn how to deliver sessions with the same accuracy as face-to-face. The entire training takes place online using the OmniJoin video-conferencing platform, allowing therapists to experience firsthand this user-friendly and interactive format.

NILD has tested and refined this method for delivering educational therapy over the past two years and now we’re excited to share this medium with you!
REACH students who are homebound, geographically remote or otherwise not able to engage in face-to-face therapy

EXPAND your therapy practice and add flexible scheduling

CONTINUE to work with your student whose family moves

CONNECT with parents, teachers and other colleagues online using the NILD/OmniJoin platform

 

Click here to register

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Annual Evaluations: Single Subject Research at its Best

Annual Evaluations:  Single Subject Research at Its Best.
Presented by Dr. Kathy Keafer, PCET
April 23rd @ 12pm EST, Priced at $35

Single subject research is a useful tool for professionals when they want to change the behaviors of a student and document the progress made.  As educational therapists working with individuals, that is exactly our purpose.  We are interested in applying an intervention that will result in increases in academic and processing skills needed for success in life.  And to demonstrate those changes it is critical to ethically and accurately collect both informal and formal assessment data on at least an annual basis.  The further benefit to this process is the replication of quality single subject research that provides the opportunity to demonstrate the power of NILD educational therapy across many individuals.  We will explore the processes of both formal and informal evaluation that help us document the progress being made and develop the appropriate on-going goals that will propel each of our students to broader and deeper skill levels.

Dr. Kathy Keafer, PCET, is an educational consultant and former administrator for Johnstown Christian School, serving in that position since 2008. Kathy was also the Director of Johnstown Christian School’s Discovery Center for 17 years. Kathy is an adjunct professor for Liberty University and Regent University, holds licensure in Pennsylvania in Speech Pathology and Special Education and served as NILD’s Director of Research & Curriculum from 2002 to 2008.

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Building Success Skills Through Academic Instruction

Building Success Skills through Academic Instruction
Featuring Dr. George Selig and Dr. Alan Arroyo
March 27th @ 12pm EST, Priced at $35

Educators have known for millennia that it takes more than cognitive skills to achieve in academics and life. Some have called this extra factor to success character, values, morals, or ethics. However, these describe general traits or beliefs. The term “success skills” has come in recent years to incorporate all of the above qualities into demonstrable skills students need to succeed in every aspect of life and especially in academics. Also, success skills should be taught as part of the typical curriculum in order to show students the relevancy and importance of these skills during their academic and eventually, in their professional careers.
At participating in the webinar participants will:
1. Know and understand the importance of fostering success skills in students
2. Know and understand Four basic tenets of success skills building
3. Recall the four major categories of success skills
4. Know and understand the basic steps in combining Success Skill training with academic instruction at the primary, middle school, and secondary levels
5. Apply the knowledge and skills from the webinar to real life scenarios

Drs. W. George Selig and Alan A. Arroyo have spent the last 30 years writing and researching in the areas of building discipline, character, and resiliency as part of the classroom management and instructional processes. They will share with webinar participants how to intentionally and seamlessly teach and maintain necessary success skills for all of the students in the classroom.

*Registration closes at 11:30 on March 27th.  Click here to register.

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Summer Courses & Workshops

Please visit our master training schedule for more details & to register.  We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Register now for great discounts: $50 off FIE courses, and $30 off workshops.  Discounts expire one month prior to start date (online start date for Level courses).

Pricing for these events can be found here.

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Navigating Through the Writing Process with the Young Child

Navigating Through the Writing Process with the Young Child
Featuring Miriam Jordan, MSEd, PCET
All children develop at their own pace, however when it comes to developmental milestones, there are key elements that establish a strong sense of motor control. Let’s take a deeper look at developing fine motor skills, potential challenges such as mirror writing and navigating this core skill in the life of the young child. These tools provided will be helpful for parents, educators and those who work with preschoolers to second grade.
March 13th at 2pm EST
Priced at $35, Registration closes March 13th at 1:30pm

Miriam Jordan, MSEd, PCET
Miriam Jordan has been an educator for 29 years working as a preschool and primary elementary classroom teacher, mentor, and certified educational therapist for the last 20 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University and her Master’s degree from the University of Miami in early childhood special education. She established a Discovery program at a Christian school and in 2006 founded the non-profit organization 1 Child At A Time, Inc., which meets the needs of students of varying exceptionalities by providing educational services for children ages four through high school. Faith, trust, integrity, and building relationships comprise the very essence of her educational approach, which is defined by a teachable spirit. She has been married to her sweetheart for 35 years and has four children between the ages of 18-32.

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Welcome to NILD

Whatever the reason that brought you to our website ~ we are glad you have found us! NILD’s website was designed for you – the seeker, the parent, the educator – to get accurate information on learning disabilities, dyslexia, and […]

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November Webinar: The Brain Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools

November Webinar – The Brain Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools Featuring Dr. Mariale Hardiman November 19th @ 12 pm EST, Priced at $35 Overview: Emerging research in the neurological and cognitive sciences offers promising […]

NILD Panel Webinar – Developing Educational Equity for All Learners

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October Webinar – Linking Culturally Related Teaching to Written Expression

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South-Central Regional Conference Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities 

South-Central Regional Conference Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities January 9-11, 2020 Location: The Woodlands Christian Academy 5800 Academy Way The Woodlands, TX 77384 Saturday, January 11th – 8:30-9:55 am Conference Welcome/General Session 1 […]

Save the Date! 2019-2020 Regional Conference Schedule

Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities November 13-16 – Virginia Beach, VA January 9-11 – The Woodlands, TX February 6-8 – Winter Garden, FL February 20-22 – Meridian, ID March 26-28 – […]

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