LD Series 22-23 - Horizon Academy

Learning Disability Series 2022-2023

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. 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.

**Unfortunately, we often only have a small fraction of attendees show up to virtual lectures after signing up. We are aware that things happen last minute, but please consider whether or not you will be able to log in at the time of the lecture before signing up.**

A Parent Primer for Using Student Data

In-Person

Tiffany Arrington

4901 Reinhardt Dr.
Roeland Park, KS 66205

January 19th, 2023

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Parents of children with neurodevelopmental differences are not always given adequate explanations of what student test scores mean. The purpose of this presentation is to arm parents with the ability to conceptualize their student’s trajectory by using various types of developmental and achievement data.

Multi-Sensory Math Approach

In-Person

Niki Morrissey

4901 Reinhardt Dr.
Roeland Park, KS 66205

February 16th, 2023

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Multisensory math approach designed by Marilyn Zecher strengthens students’ understanding of math. It is evidence based and incorporates the latest research of the learning process and numerical awareness. What, why and when we use math will be examined as well as why the use of this method is so effective for students with language based learning disabilities. Join Nichole Morrissey as she explains this effective teaching method. There will be an opportunity for questions.

Learning Disabilities Simulation

In-Person

Horizon Academy

4901 Reinhardt Dr.
Roeland Park, KS 66205

April 20th, 2023

6:30 p.m. – 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 the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist?

In-Person

Horizon Academy

Hannah Robinson

4901 Reinhardt Dr.
Roeland Park, KS 66205

March 23rd, 2023

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Participants will understand the purpose of a speech-language pathologist and how they are involved in the intervention for students with language/literacy disorders

2. Participants will understand the impact that oral language and speech sound development have on reading development

3. Participants will understand the roles and responsibilities of the speech-language pathologist at Horizon Academy


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 with 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 30-48 participants. If you are interested in scheduling an LD Simulation, please contact Brianne Fitzpatrick at bfitzpatrick@horizon-academy.com.

*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.