Registration is open for our Summer Literacy Institute!

Published: June 5th, 2016

Category: Autism, Calendar, In-Person, Training

Registration is open for our Summer Literacy Institute…..

Reading Comprehension: Success in the Classroom
Live and Online!
August 1 & 2, 2016
Presented by: Dr. Kirstina Ordetx
Hosted by: UF Gainesville CARD
Flier and registration links available here:

*This training will be held concurrently, live in Gainesville and online via Adobe connect. Please register only for the session you wish to attend.

Day 1: An overview of neuro-diversity and common diagnoses that align with poor reading comprehension will be reviewed, with an in-depth look at the warning signs and characteristics of hyperlexia. The correlation between language and reading comprehension, including the development of mirror neurons and Theory of Mind skills, will be addressed as critical deficits in students who present with hyperlexia. The five essential components of reading, the importance of early identification, and the critical effect of an engaging, multi-sensory learning environment will be discussed so that educators may set the stage for successful learning and comprehension. Participants will gain an understanding of the application of brain-based, project-based, and executive function-based learning approaches in the classroom. The day will end with an overview of the Five Dimensions of Learning.

Day 2:This session will begin with an overview of the previous day’s content. On-going formative and summative assessments will be defined and discussed. Participants will also identify the importance of best-practice assessments and the potential impact on student performance and ability. Eight strategies for improving reading comprehension in struggling readers will be targeted. Samples and example activities will be included for each. Participants will complete various activities to demonstrate the impact on the student’s learning experience.