Sandra is a popular and well-known speaker and presenter (nationally and internationally) on how to help children & teens with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities succeed in school. She has trained thousands of educators, parents, medical & mental health professionals, and others on this topic. Sandra’s presentations (workshops/seminars, conference sessions, keynotes) are packed with practical and research-based strategies and interventions for managing ADHD-related behaviors, strengthening skills, and optimizing the academic success of students with learning, attention, and behavioral challenges. Participants are provided an abundance of useful tips, tools, resources, and effective techniques that they can implement right away in their classrooms (home or other setting).
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WORKSHOPS & TRAINING SEMINARS
Sandra presents workshops/seminars (tailored to the needs of the audience) for half days and full-days, as well as shorter and longer (e.g., 2-day) sessions. The following is a typical agenda for a full-day workshop for teachers and other educators:
Title: Best Practices for Reaching & Teaching Students with ADHD
- What educators need to understand about ADHD (e.g., what we know from neuro-science about ADHD, core symptoms and executive function weaknesses, research-validated treatments)
- Strategies for engaging students’ attention, increasing on-task behavior and work production
- Proactive management strategies for preventing/minimizing behavioral problems of students with ADHD
- Dealing with challenging behaviors: Targeted and individualized behavioral supports and interventions
- Organization and time management strategies and accommodations
- Memory supports & accommodations
- Other key academic strategies, interventions, and accommodations
- Collaborative efforts: It takes a team
*Note: Depending on the length of the presentation, topics from the above may be included and modified to fit the time frame. This is a multi-media presentation (e.g., including clips from DVDs demonstrating strategies being used in classrooms.) Participants are actively engaged throughout.
OTHER POSSIBLE TOPICS
- What we need to understand about Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities
- Critical factors for success of students with AD/HD, LD and other mild to moderate disabilities in general education classrooms
- Differentiating instruction (what, why and how to…)
- Common learning weaknesses and academic difficulties of students with ADHD and Learning Disabilities
- Executive function struggles and strategies
- The battle with homework – and supportive strategies
- Reading: Research-based and motivating strategies and supports (in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension)
- Written language: research-based and motivating strategies and supports (in grapho-motor, spelling, expressive writing/composition)
- Early childhood and upper elementary learning centers/stations
- Working on several fronts/collaborative efforts (between parents, educators, and clinicians or other care/service providers)
- Educational rights of students with disabilities (IDEA/SECTION 504)
- Implementing Response-to-Intervention (RtI)
- Maximizing the effectiveness of the Student Support Team process to address the needs of at-risk students
Sandra presents uplifting and motivating speeches addressing what it takes to make a difference, meet the individual needs of students, and successfully reach & teach ALL children (including those with learning, attention and behavioral difficulties).
Sandra’s consultation to school districts includes:
- Training general and special education staff in how to differentiate instruction and raise achievement through effective instructional, academic, and behavioral strategies
- Training school staff in positive, proactive classroom management and behavioral support strategies
- Examining and developing interventions and support systems for at-risk students
- Implementing a continuum of academic and behavioral supports/interventions and Response to Intervention (RTI) approach.
- Effective Student Support Team/Instructional Support Team models, processes and practices
- School’s role in the diagnosis, monitoring, and intervention of students with AD/HD (site-based procedures and processes)