February 9th (Registration is full)
The pre-conference will be divided into 3 strands, which will each run all day. Participants are welcome to choose one of the following strands provided by our conference's keynote speakers.
Dr. Brian Willoughby
"Bright Kids Who Can't Keep Up: Helping Children Conquer Slow Processing Speed and Succeed in a Fast-Paced World.""What is processing speed, How To Assess Processing Speed, and The Science Behind Slow Processing Speed." I will also cover solutions to supporting slow processing speed at school, home, in friendships, etc. and the emotional costs of processing speed.”
Dr. Steve Chinn
‘Dyscalculia and Mathematical Learning Difficulties’This pre-conference will unpack dyscalculia and help create an understanding of how learning disabilities may interfere with math learning. The sessions will cover how to effectively identify math difficulties, using appropriate tools to diagnose math disorders and find efficacious strategies to help all children enhance their understanding of math. Exploring math anxiety and reaching learners right where they are to address problems in the affective domain, for example to reduce math anxiety, will be one of the focuses of the sessions.
Dr. Madeleine Portwood
‘Developmental Dyspraxia, Assessment and Intervention: Taking Participants through the Process from Identification of this Complex Condition to Programs of Support for use both in School and at Home.’
The very early signs of Developmental Dyspraxia will be presented, together with a range of assessments that can be used by educationalists with children and young people from pre-school to higher education. There will be discussion regarding the neurological basis for the condition and the implications for learning. The session will include practical activities and provide resources for staff who want to develop more specialist skills.