Summer Institute Session Descriptions

Each session is 1.5 hours in length unless noted otherwise. There is a choice of sessions in the morning and in the afternoon with lunch provided.

The Summer Institute Schedule (PDF) offers an overview of all of the sessions being offered.

Monday - June 24, 2013

Using Non-Directive Techniques to Empower Students: A Coaching Perspective (morning session from 9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

The focus of this interactive workshop is to introduce the coaching skill of using non-directive techniques, and to invite participants to practice them as a way to encourage student success. Educators can be powerful collaborators with students, supporting them to improve their self-determination and self-management skills. To that end, this workshop will offer instruction and practice in techniques such as asking powerful questions and helping students create goals with intention.

Co-presented by Landmark Coaching staff: Debra Berigow, Lyn Sperry and Ruth Wimot

Social Media and Students with LD  (afternoon session from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m)

There's a new generation of learners whose lives can't help but be impacted by social media. During the first part of this session, we'll examine how using Twitter during class sessions to explore course concepts impacted student attitudes toward the tool, and their own learning. The second part of this session is a hands-on fast track to getting started with Twitter. You'll learn Twitter basics so you can keep pace in this digital world.

Co-presented by: Geoff Burgess, Professor of Communications at Landmark College and Jill Hart, Director of Digital Media at Landmark College

From Cutting Edge Neuroscience to Mobile Gaming Platform (afternoon session from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.)

Akili Interactive Labs are creating the first prescribed, therapeutic mobile games that target improving executive function. Akili takes neuroscience findings and translates them into immersive mobile game experiences for optimal therapeutic delivery. This session will give an overview of their work, including the research base for their innovative gaming platform. Presenters will discuss data from their first program to measure and enhance interference processing and show participants a video presentation of how their cognitive therapy game works.

Presenter: Scott Kellogg for Akili Interactive Labs

Organization 101- There's an App for That! (afternoon session from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m)

Many students struggle with organizing and managing tasks, which impacts their ability to retain information and demonstrate their knowledge. These “executive functions” may be improved through the use of technology. This session will focus on iPad and Android apps to support the areas of Self-Organization, Information Management, Time Management, and Materials Management.

Presenter: Melissa Wetherby, Ed Tech Coordinator at Landmark College

Preparing Students with Disabilities for Success at College (afternoon session from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m)

The transition to college can be challenging for students with disabilities, but with the proper preparation, they can enjoy success! Author and college learning disabilities specialist Elizabeth Hamblet explains how the system for accommodations works at college, describes students' rights and responsibilities within that system, and shares what the research says are the skills students should develop while they're in high school to ensure success when they reach college. She also reviews the documentation students need to apply for accommodations and discusses what accommodations may be available.

Presenter: Elizabeth Hamblet, Ph.D.

Evening Keynote Presentation

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.   Open to the local community

Multiple Facets of Executive Function Difficulty: Understanding and Misunderstanding

Understanding the interaction between the maturing individual, his or her brain, and the demands of the environment allows us to better prepare students to be successful. Those with disabilities must add the clinical effects of their specific conditions. This session will introduce the neuropsychological concepts of executive function and self-regulation, including a brief review of relevant brain structures and function over development. A variety of clinical conditions that affect this system will be presented and participants will be introduced to some simple cognitive strategies that might be utilized when working with students who are dysregulated.

Presenter: Lorriane Wolf, Ph. D., Director of Disability Services, Boston University

Tuesday – June 25, 2013

NVLD/ASD: Implications for Practitioners  (morning session from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)

The “nonverbal learning disorder”(NVLD) is one of the more controversial diagnoses in child neuropsychology. Is it really a learning disorder? Is it part of the Autism Spectrum? What conditions might present with NVLD profile on testing? What is that profile really? Finally, does it matter? This talk will introduce the syndrome and discuss many of the controversies surrounding it. We will pay specific attention to whether NVLD might be better understood as part of the autism spectrum. Clinical cases and neuropsychological instruments will be discussed, as well as the putative brain mechanisms underlying the original NVLD concept.

Presenter: Lorriane Wolf, Ph. D., Director of Disability Services, Boston University

Accommodations for College Students with Anxiety: What is Reasonable and What is Not (morning session from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Anxiety disorder is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among college students today. Furthermore, anxiety is a common co-occurring condition with several other disabilities, including Learning Disabilities (LD) such as Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This presentation will address ways to decipher the impact of anxiety on students and when to provide accommodations versus alternative approaches to support. Issues around reasonable expectations and their implications for disability service providers and educators will be discussed.

Presenter: Manju Banerjee, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of LCIRT at Landmark College

ASD Students in College Classroom (morning session from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Students on the Autism Spectrum are increasingly enrolled in higher education, challenging some traditional assumptions about learning. This session will review faculty perceptions of how ASD can impact college performance.  Academic difficulties and strengths will be discussed.

Presenter: Ken Gobbo, Associate Professor of Psychology at Landmark College

Social Pragmatics Interventions for Students with ASD (afternoon session from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.)

Landmark College’s program for students with ASD uses an integrated multifaceted approach including  social skills groups led by peer mentors, social pragmatics courses, an extended orientation and facilitated involvement in activities  that promote social skills building . This presentation will outline the aspects of skill development and core values which shape each element of the program.

Presenter: Andy Donahue, Counselor & Coordinator of Autism Spectrum Disorder Programs at Landmark College

Understanding New Complexities in Disability Documentation Review and Accommodations (afternoon session from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.)

This session will present a broad brush overview of the recent changes in the field. This includes the GAO report to Congress on testing agencies and accommodations, the AHEAD guidance document on disability documentation, the Enyart case regarding the "best ensure standard", and the ADA Amendments Act. The presenters will examine these trends both from a postsecondary service delivery perspective and from the world of high stakes testing.

Co-presented by Loring C. Brinckerhoff, Ph.D., Director, Office of Disability Policy at Educational Testing Service and Manju Banerjee, Ph.D., Director, LCIRT at Landmark College

Teaching Writing to Students with Executive Function Challenges (afternoon session from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Of all of the academic tasks that college students with ADHD/Executive Function Difficulty must master, writing academic papers may be the most intractable. The reason for this is simple: academic requirements for writing call on the same cognitive resources that are most compromised in the neurodevelopmental variation that we presently diagnose as ADHD. This presentation will cover the research related to Executive Function Difficulty and writing as a cognitive process and define a comprehensive instructional approach for addressing the challenges that bright college college students with ADHD have with writing.

Presenter: Mac Gander, Ed.D, Professor of English and Journalism and Senior Associate, Landmark College Institute for Research and Training

Comparing Executive Function in Students with ASD and ADHD (afternoon session from 3:00 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.)

What are the dimensions of executive function in ADHD and ASD? In this session we will compare and contrast the executive functioning of students with ADHD and ASD. We will develop a greater understanding of how executive functioning impacts social-emotional skills, time management, planning, and organization.

Presenter: Lee Crocker, Communications professor and Academic Director of the High School Summer Program at Landmark College