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Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Learning Disabilities Succeed in School and in Life
For: Professionals
Provided by: Jack Hirose & Associates

Date and Time

Fri Nov 14, 2014 (This event is over)
9:00 - 4:00pm


950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2N7

Event Description

A new concept in human diversity has emerged over the past ten years that promises to revolutionize the way educators provide services to students with special needs. Just as we celebrate diversity in nature and cultures, so too do we need to honor the diversity of brains among our students who learn, think and behave differently. Best-selling author Dr. Thomas Armstrong argues that we should embrace the strengths of such neurodiverse students to help them and their neurotypical peers thrive in school and beyond.

The focus in this workshop is upon five specific diversities: autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, intellectual disabilities, and social and emotional disorders. Dr. Armstrong introduces the concept of neurodiversity and outlines five basic principles of neurodiversity covering neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, and evolutionary biology. The workshop will emphasize the idea of ”positive niche construction” or creating positive environments within which students with special needs can flourish in the classroom.

During the workshop, participants will become acquainted with the latest research on the strengths of students with the five diversities mentioned above, assess a student using a 165-item Neurodiversity Strengths Checklist, create a sociogram to map out a student’s supportive and non-supportive relationships, design learning strategies based on student strengths, share successful assistive technology and UDL tools, learn about a strength-based approach for IEP meetings and for designing IEP objectives, and become acquainted with careers that match the strengths of students with special needs with job opportunities in a 21st century economy. Throughout the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, experiences and strategies in one-on-one, small group, and large group discussions. Participants will leave the workshop with a new-found appreciation for the range of strengths in students with special needs, and a repertoire of strategies and tools to help them succeed in school and life.

More Info

1-800-456-5424 (Toll Free)


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This event is listed under these topics

Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD)
Developmental, Intellectual Delay and Disabilities
Learning Disorders
Child and Youth Service Organizations
Mood Disorders
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