You can still register for the LDA Conference, Nov. 2!
Mail your registration form by Monday, Oct. 22, in order for the Blumberg Center to receive it by  Wednesday, Oct. 24
(the address is on the registration form) 
or  email it anytime to 
Scan and attach your registration form or just email your information.  On-site registrations are also welcome.   
To apply for a Family or Educator Scholarship, email
See the conference program below.

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        In This Issue: 
  • October is LD Awareness Month
  • Conference at a Glance
  • Conference Breakout Sessions
  • Registration Form Link
  • SCHOLARSHIPS to Attend the Conference

It's Learning Disabilities Awareness Month!
The Learning Disabilities Association of America is working hard this month to shine the spotlight on learning disabilities. It's important to focus less on the disabilities aspect and focus more on the incredible abilities so many of these individuals possess as well as to emphasize the phenomenal achievements and important strides so many of these individuals have made.
A calendar, offering free webinars, links to great apps, and a wealth of information not only about learning disabilities, but additional resources that could be helpful to you and your family can be found by clicking below for the LDA of America website.  

November 2 at the Ritz Charles Conference Center, Carmel

Registration in Hallway Alcove; Continental Breakfast in Room E
Morning Keynote
Keynote Address: Rick Lavoie,  
"It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success"
The average American child spends less than 5% of his waking hours in the classroom. The vast majority of his time is spent in social the hallways, in the lunch room, on the bus and in the neighborhood on evenings and weekends. This presents a particular challenge for children with learning disabilities who often experience isolation and rejection by their peers. The majority of people with learning disorders have marked difficulty perceiving, understanding and responding to social situations. Rick will describe the link between academic problems and social skills and will provide specific, field tested strategies that parents, teachers, coaches, caregivers, and other professionals can use to assist students in gaining peer acceptance, developing age-appropriate social skills, and ensuring the child's social success. 
Session I
Pathways Through the School Maze
Patricia Useem, LD Specialist, Education Solutions of Indiana 
Improving Writing Outcomes for Children with LD
Kelly Williams, Ph.D. Ass't Prof of Special Ed IN Univ, Bloomington 
The Formula for a Successful IEP Lesa Paddack, INSOURCE Parent Liaison to the IN Dept. of Educ., Regional  Supervisor 
Indiana's New Dyslexia Screening Law Joseph Risch, M.A., BCBA Rdg Specialist Trained in Dyslexia, IN Dept of Educ.
Luncheon Speaker: Meg Edwards, 
"Meg's Mirror Message: Encouraging Kids to Look in the Mirror and Love Who They See"
"By pairing "Meg's Mirror Message" with the Miss America Organization, I have connected with others as the girl who could give a voice to this social issue of self-confidence. I want to promote my platform and provide a living proof example that people living with learning challenges can do anything they set their mind to. I will show others that their goals are valid."
Session II
An Introduction 
Mindfulness in the Classroom
Margaret Jessop, PsyD Child Psychologist 

Using 'Growth-Minded' Feedback to Motivate Reluctant Writers
Lorna Timmerman, Ph.D.
Ball State Univ.
Skills for Effective Parent Advocates
Lesa Paddack, INSOURCE, Parent Liaison to the IN Dept. of Educ., Regional Supervisor
Music Therapy as a Motivational Tool for Students with LD
Kara Tucker, Board Certified Music Therapist, 'Sister Strings"
Keynote Address: Rick Lavoie,
"The Motivation Breakthrough: Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child"
Kids go to school for a living. They do it six hours a day. It is their job. Therefore, a child's performance in school becomes the child's identity and the basis of his self-esteem. Chronic school failure often causes a child to lose her motivation to learn. Teachers and parents find that traditional Motivation Strategies (reward systems, punishment, competition, etc.) are unsuccessful. This presentation describes an innovative motivation approach that was designed for children who struggle with learning.  Rick will begin with an exploration of some of the common misconceptions related to student motivation and some of the common strategies that are, simply, ineffective (competition, reward systems, punishment). Specific approaches and strategies will be presented that will enable teachers and parents to motivate students...and maintain that motivation throughout the school year.
4:30 Pick Up Attendance Certificates at Registration Desk
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LDA of Indiana Annual Conference, November 2, 2018
Session I                                                                                           11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Pathways Through the School Maze
President, LDA of Indiana 
LD Specialist,  Private Practice 
Educational Solutions of Indiana 
It is often hard for families to navigate through the school system, ensuring along the way that their children are heading to graduation ... and then to a positive post-secondary experience. This session will explore the many transitions that students encounter, starting in primary grades and ending in high school. It is sometimes hard to identify what skills and abilities students need to develop: these include not only academic ones, but organizational and executive function ones. Then, as students transition from elementary to middle to junior high and finally to senior high school, there are many adaptations that need to be addressed. Both parents and teachers will learn strategies that are aimed at developing specific student skills for smooth transitioning.
Improving Writing Outcomes for Students with Learning Disabilities 
Assistant Professor of Special Education 
Indiana University, Bloomington
This session is designed for a variety of participants including elementary and secondary general and special educators who teach writing instruction to students with learning disabilities or those with difficulties with written expression. Participants will learn about the characteristics associated with writing difficulties, and how Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) can be used to improve written expression outcomes. Participants will also learn how to implement the different components of SRSD and will be provided with several examples of writing strategies that can be taught with SRSD.
The Formula for a Successful IEP
Parent Liaison to the Indiana Dept. of Education 
Regional Program Specialist Supervisor
This session will explore that many facets of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) case conference. The roles of the many players - the school personnel, the various therapists, parent advocate to name a few - will be discussed. Basic information about the IEP and dispute resolution are included. This session also helps parents identify issues of concern, organize documents, prepare information, and communicate effectively during the case
conference. This information will help parents become their child's best advocate and build positive relationships with school personnel.
Information on the new "Dyslexia Law" Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 217
Reading Specialist with training in Dyslexia 
Indiana Department of Education
Learn about the new law, signed by Governor Eric Holcomb, which went into effect on July 1 and is expected to be implemented in Indiana public schools by the 2019-20 school year. The law creates a universal screening process to include dyslexia and to provide resources to help those who struggle with the condition. The new law will eventually require districts to hire at least one reading specialist trained in dyslexia. The presentation will give specifics on how schools can meet their obligations under the new law. Twenty percent of students in Indiana are living with dyslexia. The Mayo Clinic describes dyslexia as a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading because of problems relating speech sounds to letters and words. The Indiana Department of Education has hired a specialist in dyslexia, Mr. Joe Risch, whose job it is to plan for the implementation of the law, SEA 217/PL 95. 

Session II                                                                                          1:20 p.m.-2:20 p.m.

An Introduction to Mindfulness in the Classroom: How Imagination, Mindfulness, and Brain Science can Decrease Distraction Due to Negative Emotions Like Fear, Frustration and Anger. 
Child Psychologist
Margaret Jessop is the author of Hornets and Hippos: How to use Imagination, Mindfulness, and Brain Science to Decrease Fear and Anger and Reach Your Goals. In this session she will present definitions of mindfulness and beginner's mindset, and why these skills build self-awareness and emotional coping strategies. The fight or flight response will be described using brain science and imagination (Hornet in Your Brain) to learn what is happening in the body when we get reactive. Teachers and parents will able to incorporate basic mindful activities for home and in the classroom to help kids calm their body and stay on task. The session will also include a description of a four-step Mindful MEDS outline that can be incorporated in the classroom and at home. Because of the playful nature of Hornets and Hippos, kids relate to the information. All children benefit from mindful practices, but children with attention or learning disabilities may find it even more useful. Participants will receive a handout with strategies that can be used immediately.
Using 'Growth-Minded' Feedback to Motivate Reluctant Writers
Ball State University
This session will focus the discussion on how to give effective, growth-minded feedback to reluctant writers. What can we say to motivate them to pick up the pencil in the first place? And, once they have begun (say a rough draft), how can we best word the feedback we give in order to encourage them to keep at it and work to improve their written expression
skills? These strategies will benefit teachers and parents of middle and high school students, although the same strategies would also work with younger students.
Skills for Effective Parent Advocates
Parent Liaison to the Indiana Dept. of Education
Regional Program Specialist Supervisor
How to be an effective parent advocate for your child:   This training is designed to help parents feel more comfortable in the role of advocating for their child at school. Participants will learn what advocacy means, how to improve their advocacy skills, learn to use six skills for effective advocacy, and learn the importance of being organized and using clear and effective communication. 
Music Therapy as a Motivational Tool for Students with LD
Board Certified Music Therapist
"Sister Strings," partnering with Creative Pathways
In this session, Kara will discuss how music can be used in daily activities as a motivational tool for individual students and how music therapy can be utilized effectively in a classroom setting. She will explain the use of music activities to strengthen goal areas, as transition cues throughout the day, and as a strategy to teach educational subject matter. Participants will learn also how music can influence the home setting, including facilitating family bonding, simplifying family scheduling, and as a reward. Kara will show how music can be soothing, relaxing, and used as a coping strategy. She will explain the concept of her own program, "Sister Strings," and its goals: communication skills, social skills, cognitive skills, confidence building, creative expression, coping strategies, motor skills, body awareness/image, and coordination/guitar technique. Lessons are student driven to promote learning guitar and music skills while also learning other life skills for the betterment of each student.

Follow the link to print the descriptions of Breakout Sessions.

Family Scholarship:  Parents of students with LD, ADHD, or other disabilities are eligible to attend the conference free of charge because of a grant awarded to LDA by The Governor's Council for People with Disabilities.  

Educator Scholarship:  A limited number of educators who don't receive staff development funds from their institution to attend the conference are eligible to attend at a discounted price of $75 .
To apply for either scholarship, email

Student Registration Fee:  The cost for full-time high school and college students to attend the conference is $30.

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LDA of Indiana has a New Address
PO Box 2452
West Lafayette, IN 47996