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Over 370 parents, educators, and other professionals attended the 27th Annual Learning Symposium on January 27, 2017!

If you missed out on the event, or if you would like a re-cap of any of the sessions, please visit our Syllabi and Video page here:

http://www.winston-sa.org/syllabus/

Mark your calendars for next year’s Symposium on January 26, 2018!

 


27th Annual Learning Symposium

January 27, 2017

 “Reading, the Brain, and the Child: Mapping Dyslexia”

Keynote Speaker: Guinevere Eden PhD

EdenBrainDiffsEach year, the Winston School San Antonio and its Medical-Scientific Advisory Committee work diligently to plan the Winston Annual Learning Symposium—an educational event that provides the community with access to cutting-edge research and tools to help educate students with learning differences. The Learning Symposium allows us to extend Winston’s reach by providing important information to parents, mental health, healthcare, and education professionals from the local community and across the state. Each year, the event features a nationally-renowned professional and breakout sessions that are hosted by a select group of local professionals.
The focus of the 27th Annual Learning Symposium is Mapping Dyslexia. Guinevere Eden PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for the Study of Learning, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, Past President of the International Dyslexia Association, willbe our Keynote Presenter. She will deliver an informative lecture on Reading, the Brain, and the Child: Mapping Dyslexia.

 

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Online registration is closed as of 1/25/2017.

if you need to register please call (210) 615-7485

Please click here to download the Learning Symposium Brochure

Reading is a cultural invention. It has to be learned through explicit instructions, resulting in the recruitment and utilization of a variety of brain areas that were not designed to read specifically. This presentation will show how brain imaging technology is used to reveal brain areas that are involved in word processing in typical and struggling readers. The integration of functional brain imaging data with psycho-educational tests is important in determining brain-behavioral relationships. Brain imaging has been used to test some of the opposing theoretical frameworks that have been put forward to explain dyslexia. For example, what is the role of the visual system deficit in dyslexia? Understanding the origin of the difficulty in reading is critical for developing the best avenues of intervention. This presentation will also highlight the importance of distinguishing between cause and consequence when it comes to interpreting the observations made in children who are struggling readers. I will discuss the neural correlates of successful reading intervention and how brain activity can be used to predict which individuals are most likely to make the biggest, tutoring-induced gains. Finally, this research will also be examined in the broader context of the neural basis for learning and the role of sensory and language experience on the brain. Together, this knowledge can be harnessed to bring about positive change for students with learning differences.

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Breakout Sessions

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ADHD

Presented by: Steven Pliszka, M.D.
Dielmann Distinguished Professor and Chair Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

PliszkaSDr. Pliszka will first provide an overview of pitfalls in the diagnostic evaluation of ADHD, and then proceed to an in-depth discussion of the use of stimulant and non-stimulant medications in ADHD; with emphasis on dealing with partial responders to medication. Handling the premature wearing off of stimulant medication (“rebound”) will be a particular focus, as will the need to combine stimulants and alpha agonists in some situations. Methods to alert behavior therapy techniques for children and adolescents with ADHD will be covered. Finally, the comorbidity of oppositional and aggressive behavior in ADHD will be examined, with guidelines on when to treat in the primary care setting vs. when to referral. The risks and benefits of mood stabilizing medications in this subgroup will be discussed

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Dyslexia and Giftedness

Presented by Courtney Crim, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Education, Trinity University

Dr CrimDr. Crim draws from her practical experiences as a public education teacher with students who spans a vibrant spectrum of learning. She will provide an overview of the historical and current research that discusses the challenges and unique characteristics that students with multiple exceptionalities, such as dyslexia and giftedness, experience. Additionally, will explore various research-based strategies that are effective when working with and supporting students with multiple exceptionalities.

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Closing the Gap: Transition and Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education

Presented by Dianne P. Hengst, M.A., Psy.D.
Director, Student Disability Services, the University of Texas at San Antonio
Dianne HengstDianne Hengst graduated with Masters Degrees in School and Clinical Psychology and a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology and has over 25 years of counseling/clinical experience ranging from public schools to institutions of higher education, community mental health centers, rehabilitation hospitals, state psychiatric facilities and acute care psychiatric hospitals.

This session will explore those transition issues that exist for students with disabilities when they enter postsecondary education.  We will briefly cover those regulations that govern disability services in higher education and explore the intersection of a disability service office, the student, and the university community.  In addition, we will touch upon why students with disabilities are part of the diversity that exists on college campuses today and how we can think creatively to solve barrier issues.

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What is SIM? An overview and explanation of SIM Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines

Presented by Heather Haynes Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Trinity University

Heather Haynes Smith

Dr. Heather Haynes Smith is a native Texan. She has worked as an elementary teacher, K-12 literacy coach, state level reading technical assistance specialist, program coordinator on research and dissemination grants related to reading and teacher preparation at The University of Texas, Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts, and a doctoral fellow at The University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disabilities.
The Winston School of San Antonio has been implementing the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) for the last five years. SIM was research and developed at The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. There are two components of SIM: Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines. This presentation will provide an overview of SIM and some of the SIM Strategies and SIM Content Enhancement Routines currently being used The Winston School of San Antonio.

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Sensory Integration

Presented by Jeannette Schwartz, M.A., OTR
Owner of Occupational Therapy Services, Inc.
Jeannette SchwartzJeannette Schwartz received her masters of science in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, and then started a private practice in San Antonio in 1983. Her specialty and her passion are working with children with sensory processing issues that affect their learning.

She will be presenting 3 different 1 hour presentations, the first hour of her Presentation will be Sensing the World Around Us
This hour introduces our sensory systems and what they tell us about our environment. It provides basic information for understanding sensory processing disorders and other information provided in the subsequent hours.

the second hour of this Presentation will be on Sensory Processing Disorders at Home and School – This hour is an introduction to sensory processing disorders and their various causes. Parents and teachers will be given skills to identify the sources of the disorders as well as strategies to use to manage children’s behavior.

The third Hour of this Presentation will be on Visual Processing Disorders: Their Effect on Reading and Writing – This hour introduces visual processing disorders and how these difficulties manifest themselves in a child’s life. It is for the parent of a child who is on ADHD medication but who still struggles in the classroom. Strategies for addressing visual processing difficulties will be addressed

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A Framework for Understanding Behavior Problems with Children and Adolescents

Presented by Joshua Essery, PsyD, ABPP
Clarity Child Guidance Center, Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified in Clinical Psychology
Co-Presenter: Christine Rivera, M.A. in Clinical Psychology
Joshua EsseryDr. Joshua Essery provides outpatient family, group, and individual psychotherapy as well as psychological assessment services at Clarity Child Guidance Center. He is a Clinical Professor in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

This presentation will provide participants with information about important contextual variables often associated with problematic behaviors in children and adolescents. Models related to cognitive and personality development will be highlighted as relevant to emotion regulation, behavior control and interpersonal skills. Additionally, environmental variables including the manner that culture, family systems and associated resources impact children and adolescents will be covered. Implications for understanding the underlying needs often expressed through disruptive behaviors will be discussed. Participants will learn when to ask for help from professionals and gain some resources for identifying appropriate providers.

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Dyslexia 101

Presented by Mary Yarus, M.Ed.
Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, CALT, Vice President of Family Engagement and Adult Literacy of the Neuhaus Education Center
Mary YarusMary H. Yarus, Vice President of Family Engagement and Adult Literacy at Neuhaus Education Center, is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She earned her Master’s in Education Reading Specialist from the University of St. Thomas and her B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Oklahoma.

The purpose of the Dyslexia 101 presentation is to help educators, administrators, and parents understand how and why some people struggle with learning to read, which of these people might be considered dyslexic, and what kind of reading instruction is essential to their learning. The IDA definition of dyslexia is the foundation of the presentation. Results of the research by Chall (1983), Lyon, Shaywitz, and Shaywitz (2003), Shaywitz (2003), and others are presented and made relevant to the issues facing parents and educators of students with dyslexia. The findings of the National Reading Panel (NRP, 2000) and the characteristics of Multisensory Structured Language Education and Orton-Gillingham curricula are the basis of the presentation of appropriate instructional interventions for dyslexic readers. Finally, there is an overview of the Federal IDEA law and 504 Legislation to make attendees aware of what should be available to facilitate learning for students with dyslexia.

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Dyslexia Handbook: Empowering Students, Parents and Educators

Presented by Sylvia Farber, M.Ed.

Sylvia Farber1Sylvia Farber, owner and founder of 101 Advocacy, holds a BA in Special Education and Elementary Education from Florida Southern College and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Florida State University. Sylvia has 10 years’ experience in various special education settings.

Using the Dyslexia Handbook as a guide, the session will review essential components concerning dyslexia in regards to identification and providing services. Additionally, little known guidelines and tips of the Dyslexia Handbook will be shared!

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Ethics Track (3 hours)
Examining Multidisciplinary Ethical Issues that Impact Student Interventions and Success

Speaker Panel:
• Laurie Klose, Ph.D.
• Thomas Jefferson, M.D.
• Gabe Quintanilla, Attorney at Law
• April Smith, M.A., CCC
• Diana Kenny, LSSP – Panel Moderator
The Ethics Panel Discussion is designed to bring together professionals from diverse fields to examine important concerns that impact students with learning differences. With an orientation that medical, educational related services, and legal providers have a stake in interventions for student success, the panel will discuss specific cases viewed through specific lenses. The discussion will examine coordination and conflicts that may arise when multiple providers are invested in student success. Participants will be invited to engage in discussion and raise ethical concerns from professional experiences.

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Online registration is closed as of 1/25/2017.

if you need to register please call (210) 615-7485

Please click here to download the Learning Symposium Brochure

 

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Here is our Price List:

  • General Admission–$100
  • Winston Parent/Grandparent–$75
  • Physicians (With CME Credit)–$200
  • College Student (Must show ID)–$50
  • Teachers (Group of 5 or more)–please contact us at development-group@winston-sa.org or call (210) 615-7485

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Each year, Symposium attendees complete an anonymous evaluation of our event. Click here to see an overview of the 2016 year’s evaluations.

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INFORMATION ON THE 2017 SYMPOSIUM:

The Winston School San Antonio will host its 27th Annual Learning Differences Symposium on Friday, January 27, 2017. The expected attendance at this event is 400 and consists of physicians, nurses, psychologists, speech and language, occupational, and physical therapists, counselors, social workers, educators, parents, and the general public.

Continuing Education Credits (CMEs) will be offered with attendance to this event. The symposium schedule is:

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration & Welcome
9:00-10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Guinevere Eden PhD

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Guinevere Eden PhD

11:30-12:25 p.m. Lunch – Speaker
12:30-1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions* (1 Hour)
1:35-2:35 p.m. Breakout Sessions* (1 Hour)
2:40-3:40 p.m. Breakout Sessions* (1 Hour)

or
12:30 – 3:40 p.m. Ethics Track (3 Hours)

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Symposium Wrap-Up/Pick Up Certificates

* The Breakout Sessions consist of eight different topics. Each session will be repeated three times during the afternoon with the exception ofSensory Integration that will have three different presentations  . In addition, a three-hour ethics track will be offered.

 

Online registration is closed as of 1/25/2017.

if you need to register please call (210) 615-7485

Please click here to download the Learning Symposium Brochure

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Continuing Medical Education:

This activity is planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine and The Winston School San Antonio. The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine will designate this live activity up to a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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The Winston School San Antonio has an organized Medical Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC) that was established in 1988. MSAC acts as a collaborative advisory that guides our educational community outreach. The MSAC has guided the annual Learning Symposium since 1988, evaluating past symposiums and suggesting future topics and prospective speakers. The overall objective of this annual Learning Symposium is to provide parents, teachers, medical and healthcare professionals and other therapists greater understanding of the behaviors and challenges presented and experienced by children and young adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or other learning disabilities/differences.

It is the policy of The Winston School San Antonio (WSSA) that all campus events opened to the public are accessible to attendees with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and equivalent state and federal laws. Special accommodations may be made for people with disabilities. Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation should contact WSSA Advancement Office at (210) 615-7485 or development-group@winston-sa.org as soon as possible, but no later than 5 business days before the event so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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OTHER LINKS

Click Here to learn more about MSAC
Click Here to see our Winston Learning Series (WLS) events
Click Here to see the 2016 Learning Symposium presentations  Click Here to see the 2015 Learning Symposium presentations

 

Online registration is closed as of 1/25/2017.

if you need to register please call (210) 615-7485

 

Please click here to download the Learning Symposium Brochure

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