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The 2017-2018 Literacy Institute Speaker Series

All Literacy Institute Speaker Series events are FREE and open to the public. 
Thank you to The Balcer Family for their generous support of the 2017-2018 Literacy Institute Speaker Series.

Experience Dyslexia®: A Simulation

Experience what it is like to have a learning difference

October 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Presented by: PBIDA (the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association) & the Literacy Institute at Woodlynde School.

This is your enlightening opportunity to walk in your child’s shoes for an evening. You will have the opportunity to experience learning differences for yourself as part of a series of simulations. This fast-paced, active-involvement opportunity will not only clarify what it feels like to have a reading disability, but will also help you experience what it is like to have an executive function disability, auditory processing difficulties, dysgraphia, problems with visual-spatial organization, and challenges with memory and processing speed. Following the simulation will be a panel discussion with experts including psychiatrists, psychologists, learning specialists, reading specialists, counselors, educators, parents, young adults and students. This event is fully booked. 

Untangled: Parenting Teenagers

Presented by Dr. Lisa Damour 
November 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

“Just wait till she’s a teenager!” Most parents have been warned about the stress of raising a teen: the friction with friends, the rush of emotions, the stinging rudeness followed by sweet affection. But your child’s teenage years don’t have to feel like a tangled mess for you or them. There’s a predictable pattern to how children grow, a blueprint for adolescent development. Lisa Damour, Ph.D., pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your child’s erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Damour, will explain what’s going on, how to prepare parents for what’s to come, and lets them know when it’s time to worry.  

Dr. Lisa Damour, best-selling author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, is a renowned psychologist, New York Times online columnist, and a regular contributor to CBS News. Her work with teenagers, combined with the latest research provides parents and teachers with reliable, user-friendly guidance and practical strategies for connecting with teens. A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Damour earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Michigan. She is a senior advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and is the Executive Director of the Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.

Effective Strategies for Students with Anxiety-Related Behavior

Presented by Jessica Minahan, M.Ed.
February 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work. Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy-to-implement preventative tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring.

Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, international speaker and author of The Behavior Code and The Behavior Code Companion, understands how to work with students who are anxious. She combines behavioral interventions with comprehensive knowledge of best practices for students with complex learning needs and anxiety disorders. Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst and consultant to schools internationally as well as a blogger for The Huffington Post. She earned her BS in intensive special sducation from Boston University and a dual master’s degree in special education and elementary education from Wheelock College.

Mark Your Calendar!

The 2018 Fall Literacy Institute Speakers:
Dr. Cheryl Chase, Ph.D.
Chasing A Child's Potential
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
David Guerin
Future Driven: Will Your Student Thrive in an Unpredictable World?
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in Grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language-or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.