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Knockin’ Down Barriers for Dyslexia IDA-WI 2020 Conference

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Conference Presenters:

Mark Seidenberg

Mark Seidenberg is Vilas Research Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories. He is a specialist in psycholinguistics, focusing specifically on the cognitive and neurological bases of language and reading. Seidenberg received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Reading at the University of Illinois. He has held academic positions at McGill University, the University of Southern California, and, currently, at the University of Wisconsin. Seidenberg has published over a hundred scientific articles and has been recently honored as one of the 250 most-cited researchers in the areas of psychology and psychiatry. Seidenberg is author of the book, “Reading at the Speed of Sight”.

Dr. Alanna Kessler-Jones & Dr. Jonathan MietchenDysgraphia & Dyslexia Screeners

Alanna Kessler-Jones, PsyD, L.P., Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, completed her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Schaumburg, Illinois in 2007. She completed extensive training in pediatric neuropsychology. This included an internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. This extensive specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology has provided her advanced knowledge of neuropsychological profiles in a variety of pediatric conditions including cancer, epilepsy, head injury, ADHD, learning disabilities, genetic disorders, behavioral disorders, and spina bifida. Jonathan Mietchen, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2018 where he received training in neuropsychological assessment. He completed an internship at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. He is a pediatric neuropsychology fellow in the Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Clinical interests include traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, ADHD, and learning disorders. He staffs a learning disorder and ADHD clinic, brain injury clinic, long-term cancer survivors clinic, spina bifida clinic, and neuromuscular clinic.

Kelley SteinkeSuccess with Executive Functioning Skills

Executive functions are the set of mental skills that help us complete daily tasks. Many students and adults with executive functioning deficits have difficulty with time management, planning, organization, focusing their attention, staying on task, completing tasks and meeting deadlines. This may appear to be due to laziness or lack of motivation, but most often is due to a lack of skills. In this presentation, participants will learn what executive functions are and leave with practical visual strategies that can be used immediately to build independence, improve accountability, reduce frustration, and increase daily success.

Dara Atandare & Loucricia CarsonAccommodations: Supporting the Needs of Diverse Learners

In order to meet the diverse needs of our students and adults living with various abilities, it is important to acknowledge the need to access grade-level content, perform daily responsibilities /tasks on the job and function within the community. This session will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about various tools or software (including apps and extensions) that can help students access the curriculum (grade-level content) and complete job tasks/assignments pertaining to reading and writing with an emphasis on Culturally Responsive Practices. Let us know about your challenges or questions regarding unique learning challenges and ways to empower students to be successful by completing the link to this Google form or sending an email to wibida@gmail.com.

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Registration: Eventbrite


Zoofari Conference Center 10001 West Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee


Hotel Accomdations:

Embassy Suites 1200 S. Moorland Rd. Brookfield

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September 19
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


1001 Bluemound Rd.
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