Sarah Howard is available to provide engaging professional development and parent education workshops for schools. All workshops includes links to current research, resources, case studies and examples of student work. Please contact us for pricing and be aware that we can alter workshops to meet your time frame and budget.
This 3 hour workshop covers the “Executive Skills” that can be weak in many students, especially those diagnosed with ADHD or other learning difficulties. These skills include: planning, organization, task initiation, goal directed persistence, meta-cognition and emotional regulation among others.
Applicable for grades 7-12.
This 3-hour workshop examines the Social Thinking framework of Michelle Garcia-Winner, along with exploring the cognitive underpinning for social reasoning difficulties. Students diagnosed ADHD, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger’s Syndrome), NVLD (Nonverbal Learning Disability), GLD (Gifted, Learning Disabled) and even some students with mild learning difficulties can struggle to make sense of the “hidden curriculum” at school including, understanding the social implications of academic criteria as well as working successfully with teachers and peers.
Why do some students struggle with keeping themselves organized? They begin the year with organized binders, shiny new electronic devices and the best of intentions, but can end up with an explosion of papers and technology. In this fun and informative 2 hour workshop, learn tips, tricks and resources for both physical and electronic organization. Intended for the population of students with learning difficulties but is appropriate for all students in grades 7-12 (and some adults!) who struggle to keep themselves organized in a rapidly changing world.
What does it mean to be gifted? This 2 hour workshop examines various definitions of giftedness, as well as the strengths and weaknesses that often accompany this unique learning profile. Gifted students may have exceptionally strong conceptual development, memory, verbal or perceptual reasoning and a “dogged persistence” with topics of interest. They may also struggle with perfectionism, asynchronous development, inflexible thinking, social reasoning, executive functioning as well as specific academic difficulties in some subjects.
Social and Emotional Learning
This inspirational 3 hour workshop explores the social and emotional world of learning and development for all learners. Students typically do not learn alone but rather in collaboration with their teachers, in the company of their peers, and with the encouragement of their families. Topics in this workshop include an analysis of current SEL research and an introduction to research-based methods and programs for fostering self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. Applicable for all grade levels.
Psycho-Educational Assessment Demystification and IEP Connections
This 4 hour workshop covers the main features of an educational psychological assessment, how this information is reflected in the day-to-day functioning of a student and how to use this information to write meaningful, measurable and realistic IEP goals and objectives. Workshop includes resources, case studies and examples of assessment reports.