Professional Growth ranks high is an on-going passion and absolute need for a consultant.There are so many topics with which I need to be current. Just this week, my journal from the International Dyslexia Association arrived. All the articles are dedicated to the relationship of ADD/ADHD and dyslexia. I can’t wait to read up on this current research.
In February, I attended the annual conference of the Houston Branch of IDA. The topic of the conference was Executive Functioning – and Working Memory in particular. EF Skills are all related to success with learning and, reading, in particular. Fascinating!
I also attended an excellent half-day workshop on handwriting presented by Lynn Armstrong and provided by The Neuhaus Education Center. Yes, some schools still teach handwriting and children still need to be able to read it even if they always print or use a keyboard. One of the first ways I detect learning problems may be in handwriting – or printing. Pencil grip, planning space on a page, letter formation, etc. A lot shows up on a page of letters.
My Houston IEC group hosted a program on the benefits of a Gap Year, ably presented by Chris Webb, Director of Admission at Bridgton Academy.
One more event I attended was the annual luncheon in support of The Joy School. The speaker was noted author and child psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph. D. If you liked Raising Cain, you will like Thompson’s new book, The Pressured Child.