Parents of children with special needs are invited to attend the Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas' annual educational conference from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on March 9.
This year's conference, which is also open to educators, speech-language pathologists, reading specialists and other professionals, will focus on literacy and reading. The featured speaker, Nancy Coffman, director of outreach and training for the Shelton School and Evaluation Center in Dallas, will lead workshops on dyslexia and reading comprehension.
In the workshop "Put Yourself in the Shoes of an Individual with Dyslexia," attendees will experience first-hand the language difficulties that children with dyslexia face. The simulations help to increase empathy and awareness. Then, participants learn how to address those learning needs in the classroom and at home.
Coffman will also present a lecture titled "Reading Comprehension: The Final Frontier for Reading Skills," in which she will discuss the strategies developed at the Shelton School in Dallas, as well as the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Strategies for reading chapter books and textbooks will be presented and modeled for both parents and educators.
Cost is $75 for parents and $100 for professionals. Lunch is included. Click here to register, or contact Becca Green at (501) 831-2423 for more information.