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Jack Olmsted, sitting in for Melinda, talks with Richard Wanderman, the founder of LD Resources.
Listen to an interview with Richard that Apple Computer produced for their Distinguished Educators series.
Links to other websites mentioned during the interview:
Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
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Melinda talks with Sheila Buckley, Executive Director of Learning Disabilities Association of America, as she gets ready for the 45th annual international LDA conference in Chicago.
LDA Membership Toll Free Number: 1-800-489-9887
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico. LDA's international membership of over 15,000 includes members from 27 countries around the world.
The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities.
The state and local affiliates, through their affiliation with the national LDA, work continuously for individuals with learning disabilities, their parents and the professionals who serve them.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Dr. Lokerson shares an overview of the teaching, professional preparation and educational research side of the conference. She also describes the keynote and general session speakers, and she highlights several workshop strands and special features, including Table Talk and Chew and Chat! Don't miss this wonderful overview of the upcoming Chicago conference!
LDA Conference Overview
The 2008 Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) International Conference is the 45th Annual Conference, to be held at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, February 27-March1, 2008. It is especially appropriate because it was at a 1963 meeting in Chicago, that Dr. Samuel Kirk first coined the term “Learning Disabilities” to describe the learning/behavior problems that were typical of the individuals now identified as having learning disabilities(LD).
The Setting and Atmosphere
The LDA Conferences generally attract more than 2,500 attendees. The Conference is widely recognized for bringing parents, adults with LD, and professionals together with the common goal of improving opportunities for children, youth, and adults in education, independence, work, and life success. This “interactive mix” at the Conference is enhanced by more than 200 sessions that provide information, networking, support, research data, and practical solutions for parents, LD adults, and professionals who attend the intensive four days of sessions. All Conference sessions, as well as lodging are available within the Hilton Chicago to facilitate communication among attendees. (More)
She describes the medical and environmental workshops and sessions that will be presented at the national conference. Find out how you can get involved in making your life less toxic as well as how you can get involved in promoting legislation at your state level to safeguard our children's health. Bring your items to the Healthy Child Project Booth for lead testing Wednesday evening!
There will be many opportunities at the 2008 LDA Conference to learn how toxic chemicals such as pesticides, lead, mercury and flame retardants can harm brain development, leading to learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Find out how you can get involved to help safeguard children’s health by reducing exposures to toxic chemicals at home, school and play. (Conference Highlights Include)
Charlie is particularly interested in making sure the education and special education laws coming out of Washington, DC deal with the needs of students with learning disabilities.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Ron Hume holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology and was initially trained and practiced as a psychotherapist. Since then he has acquired twenty- three years of experience as the executive director of several non profit organizations. His professional practice includes youth services, mental health, child welfare, and special education. He specializes in the relationship of learning and attention disabilities to juvenile justice, corrections, chemical dependency and welfare. Ron speaks, consults and trains nationally and internationally.
Ron is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of America, and serves on the Justice System/Mental Health Committee of LDA of America. While in Washington State Ron served as the chairperson of the King County Alliance for Human Services (
Ron holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology and was initially trained and practiced as a psychotherapist. Since then he has acquired twenty- three years of experience as the executive director of several non profit organizations. His professional practice includes youth services, mental health, child welfare, and special education. He specializes in the relationship of learning and attention disabilities to juvenile justice, corrections, chemical dependency and welfare. Ron speaks, consults and trains nationally and internationally.
Ron currently serves as the Executive Director of NCO Youth & Family Services in
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Our guest this week is Whitney Hoffman, creator of LD Podcast, a free weekly podcast for parents about learning and learning disabilities! Whitney, a parent of two children with learning differences, has been podcasting for two years, talking to authors, parents, experts...creating a community of support and information for parenting children who struggle with learning.
When Whitney travels, she uses Utterz to mobilecast reports.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Domenic Greco, Ph.D., CEO Smart Brain Games, has been in the business of delivering Biofeedback services, both peripheral and EEG NeuroTherapy since 1982. He has successfully developed and operated treatment centers specializing in Biofeedback for stress related disorders, and EEG NeuroTherapy for ADHD on both the East and West coasts. Dr. Greco is an innovator in the ADHD field and has operated some of the largest ADHD, EEG NeuroTherapy centers in the country. He has lectured nationally and appeared before NIMH as an expert in EEG NeuroTherapy. Read More
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Video Game Therapy Improves Attention and Intelligence
Just five days of training with a special video game improves young children's attention, and it makes the biggest difference for those with attention deficits. It also improved one aspect of intelligence. Watch Video