Carroll Speaker Series
Several times a year, Carroll hosts nationally recognized speakers who present on subjects of interest to our community. Last year’s speakers included nationally recognized figures such as Dr. Nadine Gaab, a researcher at Children’s Hospital, who investigates early signs of dyslexia in pre-reading children and infants, Dr. John Gabrieli, a researcher involved with several different aspects of neuro-imagining research at MIT as well as Sarah Entine, a filmmaker, whose documentary Read Me Differently explores how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family.
In January, 2013, Dr. Gordon Sherman— one of the first neuroscientists to discover four anatomical differences in the brains of people with dyslexia and conclude that these brained-based differences alter a dyslexic’s ability to read, write and spell— spoke to a large gathering at Carroll.To learn more about Dr. Sherman’s presentation, click here.
In March, 2013, Dr. Michael Thompson, a preeminent child psychologist and author of numerous books including, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys and co-author with Dr. Hallowell of, Finding The Heart of the Child, gave a presentation to Carroll’s community. To learn more about Dr. Thompson, click here.
November, 2013: Cognitive Approach To Learning Challenges
The reasons why children with dyslexia struggle with reading fluency are diverse and require an individualized approach to reading remediation which targets children’s individual areas of greatest cognitive need.
Carroll’s Director of Research, Eric Falke, spoke to parents about the proposed individualized training approach which should allow more students to increase their reading fluency. The school’s ultimate goal is to use innovative cognitive assessments to construct a differentiated curriculum targeting cognitive causes of low reading fluency. To learn more, select Part I and Part II of Dr. Falke’s presentation.
February, 2014: Social and Emotional Impact of Learning Differently
Don Deshler PhD., from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, recently gave a presentation to Carroll’s faculty and parents about the interrelationship between learning differently and social and emotional development.
Dr. Deshler spoke about the performance/ achievement gap with children who have language-based learning difficulties and how even very young children can realize that they are not keeping up with their peers at school. He expressed how children often have emotional and even visceral experiences in response to challenges with learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Dr. Deshler quoted Jennifer in the 10th grade who said, “…I feel so different, so left out, so lonely, and so sad. I feel like I have a dead heart.”
Before a teacher can help a student improve their academic performance, they need to be very aware of the emotional state of the whole child. Research has shown that social skills are critically important in affecting academic behaviors and, in turn, these behaviors ultimately affect academic performance. Sharing ideas, complimenting others, offering help or encouragement, recommending changes appropriately, and exercising self-control are some of the crucial social skills students need to learn in school and should be reinforced at home. Don also highlighted that students with learning challenges learn best when they are explicitly taught core skills like time management and organizational skills.
To see a video of Dr. Deshler’s presentation, click here.