Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD/LD for College @ The Hill Center
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

National statistics on college graduation rates suggest that 4-5 out of every 10 freshman who start college may not graduate, or still be enrolled 5 years later. Freshmen with emotional, attentional and/or learning disabilities may graduate at an even lower rate and experience more challenges as they adjust to college. However, these studies also suggest that some teens who transitioned were better prepared, sought services and graduated at the same rate as their non-disabled friends. This workshop will share what parents can do to increase the odds that their teen will be ready to navigate college successfully.

Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, Ph.D. is currently the coordinator of the Academic Success Program for Students with LD/ADHD: A Learning Center Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maitland co-authored Coaching College Students with ADHD with Dr. Patricia Quinn and Nancy Ratey. She and Patricia Quinn published two books on the subject of transition to college: Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD and LD for College and On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD.

Cognitive Overload! How Working Memory Impacts Writers @ The Hill Center
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

William Van Cleave will use current research on writing to help participants understand the issues confronting struggling writers. He will emphasize working memory and the number of simultaneous demands the writing process makes on students of all ages. He will include an overview of the following components of writing: transcription skills, syntax, vocabulary, oral language, text structure, and the recursive processes. Throughout the presentation, Van Cleave will provide participants with recommendations to help students improve their writing skills.

William Van Cleave is in private practice as an educational consultant whose specialties include morphology and written expression. A nationally recognized speaker, he has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools around the country since 1995. Recent projects include providing the professional development component of a school improvement grant in Oklahoma City, participation on the RtII Writing Standards Committee for the State of Pennsylvania, and incorporation of a Trainer of Trainers project with Wichita Unified School District using his sentence structure approach. The author of three books, including Writing Matters and Everything You Want To Know & Exactly Where to Find It, as well as a number of educational tools and activities, William has served as a classroom teacher, tutor, and administrator in the private school arena at various points in his career.

Demystifying Dyslexia: Breaking Down Barriers and Building Common Understanding @ The Hill Center
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Dyslexia literally means difficulty (dys) with reading at the word (lex) level. The term has existed since the late 1800s and is estimated to impact 5-20% of the population. There continue to be myths and misconceptions that surround dyslexia when educators, parents and professionals communicate. This presentation is intended to provide clarity on the definition, characteristics, common misperceptions and myths in the public school setting. Together we can help change understandings about dyslexia, and in particular, assure the success of students with dyslexia.

Lynn Loeser is a North Carolina Statewide Consultant for Specific Learning Disabilities and ADHD.