Learning Disabilities Series 2019-2020

Horizon Academy offers the community a series of free informative seminars regarding learning disabilities and related topics. The “Learning Disability Series” is held on Thursday evenings throughout the year at Horizon Academy. We invite you to join us to hear from professionals as well as those who have personally been affected by learning disabilities. While the events are free, we do ask that you RSVP for these events by clicking the links below as seating is limited.

Back-To-School-Success: Building Home and School Routines that Last

Thursday, August 8, 2019
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Children, like adults, often start a project or goal, in this case the school year, strong and with good intentions. Somewhere along the way, we can lose sight of our goals and intentions and fall into previously learned habits and behaviors. This presentation by Horizon Academy's School Psychologist, Tiffany Arrington, PhD, is aimed at helping parents and students set achievable goals that are motivational and meaningful. The session includes a formal presentation on motivation and goal setting, analyzing problem areas, and building reinforcements that are maintenance-free.

Learning Disabilities Simulation

Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Step into the shoes of a student with learning disabilities. This simulation recreates the experience of having dyslexia and other learning disabilities. This simulation is intended to help the general public understand the struggles of having a learning disability in a traditional school setting.

Orton-Gillingham and Dyslexia Lecture

Thursday, October 24, 2019
6:30-8:00 p.m.

What is really going on in the mind of a child with dyslexia? There are many misconceptions about what dyslexia is and how it affects a student's performance in school. Karen Leopold, MS Ed, will provide in-depth knowledge about dyslexia and the Orton-Gillingham Approach, considered the gold standard for teaching students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.

Strengths & Weaknesses: An Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment

Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Do we only use 10% of our brain? No. This session, presented by Horizon Academy's School Psychologist, Tiffany Arrington, PhD, provides parents an overview of neuropsychological assessment: what it is, what it is not, and how it can help you help your own child. Learn how to use your child's natural strengths to buffer and improve their weaknesses.

The Myth of Laziness: A New Understanding of Student Motivation

Thursday, February 13, 2020
6:30-8:00 p.m.

This session, presented by Horizon Academy's School Psychologist, Tiffany Arrington, PhD, challenges parents to rethink using the word "lazy" to describe student behaviors. Using the latest neuropsychology research on executive functioning, learning, and mood, this session will help parents interpret student behavior in more meaningful and productive ways. By helping your student identify his or her areas of strength and deficits, while providing appropriate expectations, you can help your student learn to motivate themselves.

Learning Disabilities Simulation

Thursday, April 16, 2020
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Step into the shoes of a student with learning disabilities. This simulation recreates the experience of having dyslexia and other learning disabilities. This simulation is intended to help the general public understand the struggles of having a learning disability in a traditional school setting.

What is a Learning Disability Simulation?

Twice a year, Horizon Academy hosts a Learning Disability Simulation open to the public. This simulation is an eye-opening experience that aims to simulate different types of learning disabilities. Through this simulation, we try to help you understand and empathize what students with learning disabilities are going through each day in the classroom. At the end of the simulation we open up for discussion and offer suggestions for accommodations that may help students with LD.

 

We only host two simulations a year at Horizon Academy, but we can bring the simulation to your school or organization! Horizon Academy staff and volunteers will visit your school, community group, etc. at your preferred location and lead the simulation for a group of 20-48 participants. If you are interested in scheduling an LD Simulation please contact Joy Branch

 

*Note: Due to our schedule during the beginning of the school year, we will be unable to host LD Simulations during the month of August. Thank you for understanding.

FAQs

 

  • We do not offer child care, but you are welcome to bring your children to the lectures or seminars if they will not be disruptive.

 

  • We DO NOT recommend that children under the age of 12 years participate in the Learning Disability Simulations.

 

  • Learning Disability Series Events take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

 

  • Events will be located at Horizon Academy in our Activities Room. The main entrance to the school is facing Reinhardt Drive. You will enter through the blue doors.

 

  • Parking is available in the circle drive, across the school along Reinhardt Drive, and on the side of the building on West 50th Street.