Transitions 2015: High school to university - Options for students with learning differences

A conference for education professionals, psychologists, parents and university-bound students.

Transitions conference

Empowering independent learning

Join us on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, for an exciting one-day conference that convenes some of the country's top experts who specialize in helping university bound students* with learning differences smoothly transition from high school to higher education. Hear from professionals and experts in ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, coaching, executive functioning and other learning differences.

This year Transitions offers a comprehensive program with a keynote speaker, 18 breakout sessions and 11 speakers.

*University Experience: Special break-out sessions specific to university-bound students

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Keynote speaker

Edward Hallowell, M.D., child and adult psychiatrist, New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. With decades of experience working with people who have ADHD, Dr. Hallowell has long argued that ADHD is too often misunderstood, mistreated and mislabeled as a “disability” and that the gifts of this condition are easily lost amid negative comments.

Luncheon speaker

David Wintzer, social entrepreneur, discusses no easy way navigating through life with learning differences.

Breakout session speakers

  • Experts from Apple Inc., leaders in developing assistive technology
  • Edan M. Alcalay, Psy.D. – from The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders 
  • Manju Banerjee, Ph.D. – Certified diagnostician with over 28 years of experience in the field of learning disabilities and ADHD
  • Loring C. Brinckerhoff, Ph.D. – Director of the Office of Disability Policy for Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey  
  • Stacey Hearn– Senior coach, academic ADA specialist 
  • Nicole Jarock – Director of AHEAD (Achieving in Higher Education), and director of transition and higher education services for AERI Behavioral Health
  • Melissa Knight – Professional certified coach
  • Jodi Sleeper-Triplett – world-renowned expert in ADHD coaching
  • Catherine Wharton – Director of the Diagnostic Center for Educational Assessment at Lynn University
Complete Speaker Biographies

Transitions 2014 video

Here's a brief recap of Transitions 2014.

Schedule

7:30 a.m. Registration/continental breakfast
8:15 a.m.

Welcome

Kevin Ross, president of Lynn University

Gregg Cox, vice president for academic affairs

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Mining Magnificent Minds: How to Unwrap the Gifts Embedded in ADHD

Presenter: Edward Hallowell, M.D.

Join Dr. Hallowell as he invites you into his world of ADHD and shows you how to mine the magnificent minds of your students.

Celebrating the strengths of ADHD amidst the challenges, Dr. Hallowell will review how ADHD affects academic achievement and offer scientific underpinnings of positive psychology for educators to use in unwrapping the gifts embedded in ADHD, while also dealing with the problems this trait creates.

There is no easy solution for the management of ADHD in the classroom, or at home for that matter. After all is said and done, the effectiveness of any treatment for this disorder at school depends upon the knowledge and the persistence of the school and the individual teacher. Dr. Hallowell will provide effective tips on teaching children with ADHD and discuss how these kids can transform over the school year and change from being your most frustrating students to your most rewarding.  

9:45 a.m. Break
10 - 11 a.m.
Breakout sessions I

Finding Fulfillment
Presenter:
 Edward Hallowell, M.D.

What do people of all ages—children, teens, adults—need most to thrive in today's world? What can an individual person, family, parent, school or organization to bring out the best in everyone involved? In other words, what's the secret–or secrets–to a long, happy, and fulfilling life in 2015?

A great deal of pioneering research has burst forth in the past 25 years that addresses these fundamental questions: "How best to live?" "How best to raise a child?" "How best to help people shine?" Culling that research, Dr. Hallowell has developed a practical five-step process that people can use to bring out the best—in themselves, their children, and any group they are a part of.

The method costs nothing to use except time and a commitment to living according to principles most people want to live by anyway. Modern life sets traps that sidetrack people, leaving them confused and worried about themselves and their families, not to mention the world. Dr. Hallowell will explain how to avoid these traps and tap into the best in life.

The presentation will also take into account how having learning and attention difficulties influences the route toward happiness and fulfillment.

Increase Resiliency and Well-Being with Coaching
Presenter:
 Jodi Sleeper-Triplett

Skill, will and self-regulation have been shown to increase after coaching (ADHD Coaching Research Study, 2010). This workshop will focus on increasing resiliency in young people with ADHD, addressing the question, “Why do young people with ADHD need to become more resilient?” When coaching is added to the treatment plan for individuals struggling with ADHD/EF/LD and co-existing conditions, those individuals feel more self-confident, self-reliant and prepared to move forward in their lives. In this session, participants will learn how coaching provides techniques for focus and organization, goal setting and skills for increased resiliency and effective daily living.

Supporting College Students Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Presenter:
 Nicole Jarock

Participants will explore considerations and strategies for the transition to college for students diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Jarock will specifically address concerns that families and students report when transitioning to college, and provide practical strategies to help students be successful in college.

The Anxiety Explosion: Today's Youth
Presenter:
 Edan M. Alcalay, Psy.D.

Who am I? What will I do? What should I study? What will I be? What is going to happen if...? and What if...? are all questions that fuel anxiety during the transition period. During this stage, moderate levels of anxiety can manifest and create much distortion. Often, it can be seen as ADHD or as a learning disorder, however if we can assist these individuals into a smooth transition, then successful resolution, increased learning and identify formation can be accomplished. Dr. Edan M. Alcalay will discuss the recent trends affecting adolescents and how anxiety has significantly increased over the last 30 years. He will also help identify specific markers and techniques to reduce anxiety and stress.

How to Understand Psychological Assessments and How to Develop Appropriate Strategies for Student Strengths and Weaknesses
Presenter:
 Catherine Wharton

This presentation will focus on the reported numbers in psychological, neuropsychological and psychoeducational testing. Participants are asked to bring in a piece of testing with IQ and achievement scores so that they can apply the information given in the seminar. We will discuss what the different IQ indices and achievement measures mean as well as how to develop appropriate individualized strategies for students.

Apple accessibility features to enhance learning
Presenter: 
Luis Perez

In this session, you will learn about the latest accessibility features built into Apple devices, the apps available for these devices to support diverse learners, and the universal design for learning (UDL) principles that can help educators leverage these technologies to create flexible learning environments that empower all learners. 

Perez’s work is situated at the intersection of assistive technology and inclusive pedagogy. As a person with a visual disability, Perez has experienced firsthand the transformative power of new assistive technologies, and he now promotes their adoption in his work as an Apple Distinguished Educator. As an educator, he advocates for the implementation of UDL principles in order to develop expert learners who are well prepared for the future and the challenges of a rapidly changing society. 

 

 

11a.m.

Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Breakout sessions II

The Classroom Management of ADD
Presenter:
 Edward Hallowell, M.D.

Intended for audiences of teachers and other school employees, this lecture focuses on the "no medication" management of ADD in the classroom. The presentation offers specific, concrete and practical ways to manage ADD in a mainstream classroom. The same principles can be used in other settings, such as home or special classrooms, as well.

The Digital Era and its Impact on our Youth
Presenter:
 Edan M. Alcalay, Psy.D.

American youth spend more than seven hours per day in front of a screen. For the growing brain, there are many negative impacts including neurological changes as well as psychological influences. Dr. Edan M. Alcalay will discuss how screen time is manipulating us in many ways, and how learning is negatively affected.   He will discuss how the 1980's was a pivotal time period, define the adolescent psychosocial stage of development, the effects of too much screen time, the pros and cons of social networking (i.e. Facebook) and provide strategies  to reduce screen time.

ADHD Coaching - A Family Affair
Presenter:
 Jodi Sleeper-Triplett

For many families struggling with ADHD, coaching can help them learn techniques to improve communication, become more goal-oriented, learn time management and organizational skills.  Often family members are lacking executive functioning skills, creating frustration and negativity between parents and their growing children. By initiating a family coaching process with teens and their parents, we can help each person understand his/her unique learning style and develop skills to better communicate with all family members. This interactive session offers information, demonstrations and discussion valuable to coaches, parents, allied professionals and young adults.

Helping Students get "AHEADD" and Plan Their Futures
Presenter:
 Nicole Jarock

Participants will learn about AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education) and will have access to AHEADD curriculum and activities. AHEADD, developed in 2002, complements traditional college accommodations by providing students with instruction in social interactions, self-advocacy, emotional regulation, and organization skills. AHEADD assists students with progressing through college and preparing for employment. This is achieved through implementation of the four core components that make up the AHEADD Model: 1) AHEADD Professional Staff Involvement, 2) Creating Connections, 3) Utilization of Campus Resources, and 4) Peer Mentoring.

Utilizing Coaching in a University Setting: How to Support Independence and Manage Anxiety
Presenter:
 Melissa Knight

Students today are living in a rapidly changing world heavily influenced by technology which creates unrealistic expectations that are especially challenging for students diagnosed with ADHD. Areas that individuals with ADHD may struggle with include time management, organization, prioritizing, focus and attention, planning, motivation and impulsivity. While even the most prepared adolescent can experience difficulty in making the transition from high school to college, someone who demonstrates difficulty with the aforementioned executive functions is more likely to experience such challenges. This session will discuss the above concerns and explore how the coach creates an environment for the student to develop an awareness of ADHD while creating strategies for reducing anxiety and helping students become independent learners.

iBooks Author: Multi-touch books that meet the needs of today's diverse learners
Presenter:
 Lynnwood Belvin

In this session you will learn a number of tips for improving the usability and accessibility of your iBooks multi-touch books so that all learners can interact with the content in the ways that best work for them.

With iBooks Author, you can quickly create beautiful multi-touch books that bring content to life in ways that a printed book never could. Starting with a number of professionally designed templates included with the free iBooks Author app for the Mac, these books can be further customized with a number of interactive widgets that can include your own images, videos and more. The result is a learning environment that is not only visually appealing and engaging, but also capable of meeting the needs of today’s diverse learners by supporting the many accessibility features built into the iPad and Mac.  

12:30 p.m.

Luncheon

No Easy Way
Presenter:
David Wintzer

Choosing to step out of your way and perceive life from a different vantage point is never an easy task. Diagnosed with learning differences at a young age, David Wintzer struggled to find his way in the academic world. Patterns can be changed by outwitting fear and self-doubt on a daily basis. You have to be patient and most of all, you have to be willing to show up every day. "Trust me, there is no easy way."

2 - 3 p.m.
Breakout sessions III

Empowering Youth with ADHD: Coaching Toward Success
Presenter:
 Jodi Sleeper-Triplett

Coaching for adolescents and young adults with ADHD reaches beyond academics. For many youth with ADHD, coaching provides techniques for greater focus, organization, time and task management, and skills for effective daily living.  These skills are the building blocks for success. By initiating the coaching process with youth, we are able to motivate students and help them to build self-confidence and self-awareness.  This interactive session offers information, demonstrations and discussion valuable to coaches, parents, allied professionals and young adults.

The Anxiety Explosion: Today's Youth
Presenter:
 Edan M. Alcalay, Psy.D.

Who am I? What will I do? What should I study? What will I be? What is going to happen if...? and What if... ? are all questions that fuel anxiety during the transition period.  During this stage, moderate levels of anxiety can manifest and create much distortion. Often, it can be seen as ADHD or as a learning disorder, however, if we can assist these individuals into a smooth transition, then successful resolution, increased learning, and identify formation can be accomplished. Dr. Edan M. Alcalay will discuss the recent trends affecting adolescents and how anxiety has significantly increased over the last 30 years. He will also help identify specific markers and techniques to reduce anxiety and stress.

Supporting College Students Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Presenter:
Nicole Jarock

Participants will explore considerations and strategies for the transition to college for students diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Jarock will specifically address concerns that families and students report when transitioning to college, and provide practical strategies to help students be successful in college.Participants will explore considerations and strategies for the transition to college for students diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Jarock will specifically address concerns that families and students report when transitioning to college, and provide practical strategies to help students be successful in college.

Demystifying the Accommodation Process: Creating a Road Map for Receiving Accommodations in a Post-Secondary Setting
Presenter:
Stacey Hearn

Transitioning to college from high school can be overwhelming. Understanding the difference between secondary and post-secondary settings when it comes to accommodations can be confusing and potentially even frustrating. This session will take an educational approach to discussing the different requirements, expectations, treatment and responsibilities that a student will face during the transition and while in a post-secondary education system. Learn the basics of which laws apply to high school versus college, who is able to identify, the role of the parent, student and professional, and the significant difference between accommodations and modifications.

Understanding, Owning and Explaining One's Own Learning Difficulties to Postsecondary Service Providers
Presenters:
Manju Banerjee, Ph.D. and Loring C. Brinckerhoff, Ph.D.

For students transitioning to college, a key component is knowing one’s own strengths and weaknesses, and being able to advocate for oneself. Despite effort, many high school students remain passive participants in the transition process. In college, many students with LD are guided by a “dated” mindset that extra time is the panacea for all academic difficulties. This session will provide recommendations for transitioning students and disability service providers to work in partnership to promote student ownership of their own learning profile. Authentic vignettes and scenarios will be used to demonstrate how to bridge the gap between psychometrics in disability documentation and the reality of behavioral manifestation, that often tend to derail anticipated academic outcomes. The session will also discuss ways to elicit more student engagement and awareness in their own academic trajectory.

Apple accessibility features to enhance learning
Presenter:
 Luis Perez

In this session, you will learn about the latest accessibility features built into Apple devices, the apps available for these devices to support diverse learners, and the universal design for learning (UDL) principles that can help educators leverage these technologies to create flexible learning environments that empower all learners. 

Perez’s work is situated at the intersection of assistive technology and inclusive pedagogy. As a person with a visual disability, Perez has experienced firsthand the transformative power of new assistive technologies, and he now promotes their adoption in his work as an Apple Distinguished Educator. As an educator, he advocates for the implementation of UDL principles in order to develop expert learners who are well prepared for the future and the challenges of a rapidly changing society. 

3 p.m.

Open House - Institute for Achievement and Learning

Join professionals and students from Lynn University's nationally recognized Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL) and learn how the IAL academic support program helps students understand their learning competencies and succeed at the college level.

Student Panel

The student panel for Transitions 2015 provides an opportunity to hear about collegiate experiences directly from university students. This panel will include several junior and senior students who have experience with transitioning, taking college classes and utilizing support services.

University Experience schedule

University Experience is a campus experience offering concurrent breakout sessions to university-bound students. Through University Experience, students take part in short, specially created classes featuring Lynn University faculty to obtain a real-world college classroom experience.

7:30 a.m. Conference registration and continental breakfast
8:15 a.m. Welcome
Kevin M. Ross, president of Lynn University
Shaun Exsteen, executive director, Institute for Achievement and Learning
Gregg Cox, vice president for Academic Affairs
8:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Edward Hallowell, M.D.
9:45 a.m. Break
10 a.m.

Using Critical Thinking Skills in the College Math Class
Presenter: James Kassar

While exploring various topics in personal finances, participants will experience the 'art of critical thinking.' In the traditional classrooms, questions are typically presented by the instructor. During this session, students will learn how to ask questions, which will create a lively discussion and dialogue.

Class Presentation: Skill Set for Life
Presenter: Harry Murphy

The art of presenting ideas and concepts is a skill that every student must master. In every professional and social challenge that we encounter it will be necessary to convey our ideas in an efficient and convincing manner. This presentation will focus on different techniques used by business and professional communication experts to facilitate effective ways of delivering important information and ideas.

11 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.

Digital Writing in the Humanities
Presenter: Thomas Ferstle

College-level writing requires an explicit acknowledgement of the role of genre, rhetorical principles and social, cultural and historical contexts. In our visual culture, it's necessary to be able to use the tools of analysis specifically in regards to visual forms ranging from typography to film production techniques. This lecture focuses on the written analysis of visual rhetoric using examples from the academic textbook cover artwork to science fiction movies. Close reading skills related to visual rhetorical techniques are described that provide the basis for college-level essay assignments.

"The War to End All Wars": World War I 1914-1918
Presenter: Joseph Greaney

Beginning on June 28, 2014, and continuing until Nov. 11, 2018, the world community will be observing the 100th anniversary of, at the time, the most devastating event in world history: World War I. This seminar will highlight the events and consequences of the war, and the impacts it had on the world then and now. We will discuss the events of the war as if they're happening today, concentrating on the people that served and those who were left behind.

12:30 p.m. Luncheon
2 p.m.

Hands-on Television Production
Presenter: Denise Belafonte

This workshop will explore the behind-the-scenes world of television production. See what it's like to operate the studio cameras and equipment that it takes to put on a newscast and other types of shows. Explore what happens in front of the camera as talent, news anchors and actors.

Learning by Doing - Global Problem Solving through Role Playing Simulations
Presenter: Marcheta Wright

Participants in this session will be exposed to a 'flipped classroom' experience through a role playing situation. The context will be a current global issue/problem. The participants will be given a brief profile of who they are and the nature of the issue upon arriving at the session. They will then engage the topic through discussion and negotiation. The goal is to expose the participants to an interactive learning environment and demonstrate how skills acquisition and class content are integrated into a single learning experience.

3 p.m.

Open House - Institute for Achievement and Learning

Join professionals and students from Lynn University's nationally recognized Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL) and learn how the IAL academic support program helps students understand their learning competencies and succeed at the college level.

Student Panel

The student panel for Transitions 2015 provides an opportunity to hear about collegiate experiences directly from university students. This panel will include several junior and senior students who have experience with transitioning, taking college classes and utilizing support services.

Cost of the Conference

  • Individual: $40
  • Groups of three or more paid reservations: $35 each
  • University-bound students accompanied by adult: Free

In-service points: Employees of various counties in the state of Florida may be eligible to receive eight (8) in-service points for conference participation with completion of follow-up requirements.

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Accommodations

The Wyndham Boca Raton, which is approximately 1 mile from Lynn University, is the exclusive hotel sponsor for Transitions 2015.

A guest room block has been arranged from Thursday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The special rate will be extended to those guests who wish to arrive up to three days earlier or stay up to three days later during the week of the conference. The Wyndham will provide complimentary shuttle service to the Transitions 2015 conference.

  • Standard – single/double occupancy rate: $129
  • Pool View – single/double occupancy rate: $139
  • Suite King – single/double occupancy rate: $159

Hotel room rates are subject to 11% sales tax. Rooms and room types are based on availability.

All reservations must be confirmed by Friday, January 9, 2015. After this date rooms and discounted rates will be subject to availability.

To make reservations, please call Wyndham Reservations at 1-888-404-6880 and refer to the Lynn University Transitions 2015 group rate and your date of arrival, or visit www.wyndhambocaraton.com.

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Transitions is presented by the Lynn University Institute of Achievement and Learning, an internationally renowned leader in providing programs to help motivated students with learning differences succeed at the college level.

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