ASK Annual Seminar Series

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ASK Annual Conference

November 4-5, 2016
This year ASK will also be offering professional training at the ASK Annual Conference. The theme of the conference is “Dyslexia and The Big Picture: Promoting The Positive”. The professional training sessions will be:

Morning Session: 9h registration, 9h30 to 12h30

  • The Effective Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning: Tools and strategies to turn failure into success for school and life by Prof. Rod Nicolson,
  • Les enfants à haut potentiel : les connaître pour adapter la pédagogie (théories et exemples) by Maria Pereira da Costa,

Afternoon Session: 13h15 to 16h15

  • Preventing Reading Failure with Screening and Intervention; Theory into Practice by Prof. Angela Fawcett,
  • Comment faciliter l’inclusion des élèves à besoins éducatifs particuliers dans ma classe? by Hélène Ribeiro.
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2016-2017 Annual Seminar Series

Sensory Processing Difficulties: a ‘Neurological Traffic Jam’

Sensory processing describes the way we receive and interpret the incoming stimuli to our body’s 7 sensory structures; proprioception, vestibular, vision, auditory, tactile, olfactory and gustatory systems. These systems work together to help us to interpret the plethora of sensory stimuli we receive each day. Although sensory processing is typical to all, there are an increasing number of children and young people who have inconsistent organisation of sensory input, whereby incoming information becomes exacerbated, reduced or confused (neurological traffic jam) and their subsequent reactions may appear inappropriate and impede their educational progress.

Seminar Objectives:

  • To understand how sensory dysfunction can impact on functioning
  • Utilising theories of sensory Integration to explain this imbalance
  • Resources, strategies and interventions that can be used to alleviate the distress caused by an out-of-synch sensory system,
  • Teaching self-regulation where appropriate.

Presented by Lois Addy
MA (Ed) BSc (Hons) Psych. Dip COT SROT, SI-UK

c-Lois_Addy-red250Lois Addy is an independent consultant and trainer as well as the Lead for Cognition and Learning in North Yorkshire, the largest county in the UK. She coordinates a team of services for children and young people with additional learning needs aged between 0-25. This covers over 250 early years providers and 400 schools. She has over 34 years’ experience in working with children with SEN. She has a particular interest in sensory processing differences and how this impacts on student’s attention/concentration, and also their social, emotional and mental health. Her book ‘How to Support Pupils with Sensory Processing Needs’ was published in June 2016 by LDA Learning.

Lois is co-author of the Write from the Start; Perceptual-Motor Handwriting Programme, and Making Inclusion Work for Children with Dyspraxia: Practical Strategies for Teachers. She is author of the Speed-Up! kinaesthetic handwriting programme, Write Said Ted (pre-school handwriting programme), How to Understand and Support children with Dyspraxia’, Get Physical!’  (a Physical Education programme, which won the TES/NASEN Teaching and Learning book of the year in 2006), How to Increase the Potential of Students with DCD (Dyspraxia) in Secondary School, How to Understand and Apply Reforms in SEN Policy, and How to Identify and Overcome Handwriting Difficulties. She is a contributor to Developing School Provision for Children with Dyspraxia. She is also editor of Occupational Therapy Evidence in Practice for Physical Rehabilitation.

Practical details

10h to 16h – Registration at 9h30

Saturday, 19 November, 2016
Webster University, LLC Hall, Commons Rm
Route de Collex 15, Bellevue, GENEVA

Saturday, 3 December 2016,
ZIS – Lower School,
Steinacherstrasse 140, 8820 Wadenswil, ZURICH

Fees:
ASK members CHF170,
Non-members CHF200
(service fee of CHF25 for at the door registrations)

Effective practice in the education of pupils with autism: How to meet their needs

Presented by Dr. Karen Guldberg

Practical details

Saturday, 21 January, 2017
10h to 16h – Registration at 9h30
Webster University, LLC Hall, Commons Rm
Route de Collex 15, Bellevue, GENEVA

Monday, 23 January 2017
18h30 to 21h30 – Registration at 18h
ZIS – Lower School,
Steinacherstrasse 140, 8820 Wadenswil, ZURICH

Fees:
ASK members CHF170,
Non-members CHF200
(service fee of CHF25 for at the door registrations)

Enabling literacy learners to work with greater independence
through the use of assistive technology

Reading and writing are unnatural skills that demand the co-ordination of numerous parts of the brain.  Without sufficient fluency, achieved through automization of some tasks, the purpose of the reading or writing task is unlikely to be fulfilled.  This can result in a sense of frustration and failure.  Assistive technology can offer the user support and a sense of independence while successfully reading or writing.  Teachers need to be knowledgeable advisors and trainers in the use of assistive technology to help ensure learners experience success rather than failure.

Seminar Objectives:

  • To clarify the rationale for employing assistive technology with those who struggle with literacy skills
  • To introduce a variety of ways in which text-to-speech software can be employed to support dyslexic learners
  • To demonstrate speech recognition software and provide detailed guidance on the provision of quality training for dyslexic users
  • To consider the use of assistive technology as access arrangements in examinations
  • To provide information about both free and commercial assistive software

Presented by Malcolm Litten
B.A. Hons, Dip. Ed., M.Phil

c-Malcom_Litten250-bMalcolm Litten is an independent consultant who currently lectures and conducts seminars and workshops.  He tutors and trains teachers at Bath Spa University, tutors individual pupils, and trains a variety of people to use speech recognition software.  This has included working in Dubai, India, South Africa and Switzerland.  He is a member of the British Dyslexia Association’s New Technologies Committee, engaged in providing up-to-date information, advice and evaluating new assistive software products.

Malcolm worked for over 40 years as an English teacher, half of that time at Mark College, a specialist school for dyslexic pupils established by Dr Steve Chinn.  Early on in his time at Mark College, he realised the importance of features of computer technology, such as spell checkers and text-to-speech software, as a means of providing support for dyslexics in their reading and writing.  This was explored in his thesis for his M. Phil.  Later, he developed the use of speech recognition software with pupils, working with innovators of additional software to support dyslexic users.

He aims to spread good practice in the use of assistive technology much more widely because he believes it will make a significant difference to dyslexics’ experience of education and what they are able to achieve.

He has produced a book called ‘Writer’s Wordstore’ designed to help children develop their creative use of language by providing lists of appropriate vocabulary alongside photographic and poetic stimuli.

Practical details

18h30 to 21h30 – Registration at 18h

Wednesday 1 March 2017,
ZIS – Lower School,
Steinacherstrasse 140, 8820 Wadenswil, ZURICH

Thursday 2 March 2017
Webster University, LLC Hall, Commons Rm
Route de Collex 15, Bellevue, GENEVA

Fees:
ASK members CHF170,
Non-members CHF200
(service fee of CHF25 for at the door registrations)

Understanding Numeracy Difficulties:
making sense of fractions, measurement and data

Presented by Patricia Babtie

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Patricia Babtie teaches children and adults with numeracy learning difficulties, as well as conducting training for teachers. She is particularly interested in devising ways to integrate SEN interventions into classroom teaching. Patricia and Jane Emerson are co-authors of the teaching books The Dyscalculia Assessment and The Dyscalculia Solution: Teaching number sense as well as Understanding Dyscalculia and Numeracy Difficulties: a guide for parents, teachers and other professionals. These books make the ideas and techniques developed at Emerson House in London accessible to teachers and parents. Emerson House is a specialist centre for pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Both Jane and Patricia work with Brian Butterworth, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at University College London, to try to incorporate the findings from educational neuroscience into teaching. They are also collaborators on the project ‘Digital interventions for dyscalculia and low numeracy’ run by Professor Diana Laurillard, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education

Practical details

18h30 to 21h30 – Registration at 18h

Tuesday March 29th 2017
Webster University, LLC Hall, Commons Rm
Route de Collex 15, Bellevue, GENEVA

Wednesday March 30th
ZIS – Lower School,
Steinacherstrasse 140, 8820 Wadenswil, ZURICH

Fees:
ASK members CHF170,
Non-members CHF200
(service fee of CHF25 for at the door registrations)

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