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Target Audience: Teachers working with students with learning difficulties in their classrooms, resource teachers, school administrators

Presenters: Susy Beaumont, Speech and Language Therapist and Vanessa Dandavino, Director of the Vanguard Centre of Expertise

Duration : 6 hours

Cost : $1500 per workshop given at your location

Workshop also available to the public at the Vanguard Centre of Expertise

Pedagogical differentiation, a necessity given the diversity of our students*

Pedagogical differentiation is not extending the number of minutes during exams, nor the simple adaptation of certain evaluations.  It is an interactive process by which the teacher adjusts his/her approach with students according to their particular profiles.  But, in order to do this successfully teachers must be familiar with these profiles.  Dyslexia, dysorthographia, language problems, ADHD… these words and many others now make up part of teachers’ vocabulary whether they studied in special education or not.

This workshop will allow you to better understand the specific characteristics of students with learning difficulties and how to effectively assist them. Theory will be combined with concrete explanations on what we can observe and do in a classroom setting.

How to integrate students with special needs in our classrooms of 35 students? How not to forget them? What is the importance of creating a classroom profile and, more importantly how to use it daily without it being an extra burden on the teacher?

Interventions adapted for students contribute to their learning process and improve their chances of developing their full potential.  In order for the teachers’ interventions to make a difference, they must be based on the cognitive profiles of these students; hence the importance of understanding the theoretical basis of these concepts.

Topics discussed :

  • Clarification on these      words: dyslexia, dysorthographia, language problems, ADHD…
  • What makes them similar to other students? How are they different? How do they learn?
  • What are their strengths and what can we do to help them overcome their difficulties in the classroom?
  • What to do and what to avoid in our approach.

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