May 30, 2020

Learning disabilities conference scheduled

LEWISTON — The Learning Disabilities Association of Maine will hold its annual conference May 1-2 at the Ramada Inn, Lewiston.

The association and its programs are for parents, adults and children with learning disabilities and for professionals. The May conference includes several workshops appropriate for adolescents, who are encouraged to attend.

Keynote speaker for Saturday, May 2, is Dr. Arlyn Roffman, a professor of special education at Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass., on “Social Skills for Survival.” She will discuss the causes of social skills deficits that challenge youths with learning disabilities, and provide practical strategies to help.

Bruce Johnson, director of education at the Maine Youth Center, also is a featured speaker, talking about “at-risk” children.

Workshop topics include specialized reading, language and math programs, classroom strategies for students with LDs; psychological impact of LDs, planning for the future, computer demonstration, self-advocacy skills, mediation and college options.

More information on the conference and fees is available from Janet Sylvester at 437-9245.

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