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October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month – a time to pay particular attention to children and adults with learning disabilities. The Help Group Summit: Advances and Best Practices in Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADHD has a long track record of featuring leading experts who present the latest evidence-based best practices in the assessment, intervention and treatment of learning disabilities.

Summit 2013, scheduled for Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, will feature a number of distinguished speakers presenting on a wide range of topics related to learning disabilities. Highlights of the program include:

Featured speaker Dr. Maureen Lovett is the Senior Scientist, Neurosciences and Mental Health Program; Director of the Learning Disabilities Research Program at The Hospital for Sick Children, and Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Sciences, University of Toronto. On day one of the Summit, Dr. Lovett will present two sessions on “What Research Has Taught Us about Effective Intervention for Children and Adolescents Who Are Struggling Readers.” Her presentation will summarize findings from three decades of research on how to provide effective remediation for children and teens with significant reading disabilities.

Friday afternoon, Dr. Jeff Gilger, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Merced, will present “Reading Disability Alone and Reading Disability Alongside Giftedness: An Overview on Genetics and Neurology for Practitioners.” Dr. Gilger will cover the causes of reading disorders (RD) and present his recent findings on twice-exceptional dyslexics.

On day two of the Summit, Dr. Philip Levin and Ms. Bina Varughese, will present “Using Technology and Scaffolding for Students with Math Difficulties.” Dr. Levin is Director of The Help Group – UCLA Neuropsychology Program, and Ms. Varughese is the Coordinator of Educational Services for The Help Group’s Summit View School. This workshop will describe activities and effective instructional approaches that reduce the difficulties students with learning deficits experience in math. Dr. Levin and Ms. Varughese will demonstrate interactive, engaging on-line resources that utilize new technologies and motivate students to succeed in math.

To learn more about these sessions and register for The Help Group Summit, please click here.