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in Learning Association, Inc.


NEXT MEETING: Monday, September 14th, 2009

TIME: Doors open 7pm; presentation from 7:30pm – 9:00pm
LOCATION: Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church
12101 Linden Linthicum Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029

IDL presents:
 Please come back in August for update:

Our speaker line up for the year includes all topics you're wanting to hear about; identification, intervention, working with your school, behavior issues, sensory needs, reading, writing, math tools, exec. function etc...

email us with any new topic ideas! 

Monday, September 14th, 2009, 7:30 pm, Linden Linthicum Church, Clarksville, MD

Please join us! RSVP to info@gifteddifferentlearners.org

September 14, 2009:

  • We always invite you to renew your membership for the school year at any time or join us as a new member with your $25.00 tax deductible contribution to IDL.

    Non-members, we ask you to bring a $5.00 donation

  • Please join us !!

    PLEASE RSVP with us at info@gifteddifferentlearners.org

    Linden-Linthicum church is located in Clarksville on Route 108, directly next to the River Hill Village Center.



CALENDAR: 2008-2009 School Year

(Note: some sessions are subject to change, IDL does not 'endorse' any speaker but provides information and local resources for parents) 

Monday, September 8, 2008

Meet and Greet 

September is always a difficult month to meet with back to school nights. We look forward to seeing those of you who don't have a conflict. As usual, we will have resources available and will spend some time on questions/concerns. We will use the time to provide details about the upcoming November "What Works and Why" conference and set up our speaker calendar for the year. Bring your ideas.

  September is also ADHD awareness month, so we will let everyone know more about the exiting events coming up this month; e.g., September 22nd HCPSS event with Dr. Gioia. Also, September 19th event on Capitol about "Universal Design and Special Education" --See our Yahoo group for details. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Andrea Bennett, M.Ed. and Lisa Frank, M.Ed. The Special Kids Company

TOPIC: Using Data to Advocate for Your Child

Using both informal and formal data to analyze your child’s strengths and needs, the presenters will discuss how you can work with the school to enhance your child's educational program. Participants will learn to identify the various forms of data, how to keep it organized, make sense of it, and present it to the school.

Monday, November 10, 2008:

Mary Turos Confident Student, LLC

TOPIC: Successful Transitions from High School to College for Different Learners 


Gone are the days when having a learning disability would automatically exclude a student from attending college.  Today, many teenagers have the opportunity to enjoy life on campus and all the benefits a college education can provide.  With a little help and the proper preparation, high school students who have learning and/or behavioral disabilities can lead a fulfilling life away from the comfort and daily support of Mom and Dad.  This presentation will address the emotional separation and the serious concerns parents have for their child’s ability to manage a learning disability independently.


Thursday and Friday, November 20 and 21, 2008:

WHAT WORKS and WHY conference at the Gathering Place

8:30am to 4:00 PM


Monday, December 8, 2008:  

 Garth Gerstinblith Bowman Educational Services

TOPIC: The Idea Map- How a simple tool can promote independent learning



A "how to" workshop on the many uses of idea maps to  plan projects, study for tests and analyze information. The idea map helps students see the relationship between the big picture and the supporting details. As a self- generated guide, it reflects the student's current knowledge while leaving room for additional ideas and facts


Monday, January  12,  2009:

Ida Zelaya Sensory Street

TOPIC: The Brain Dance: Intervention for Sensory Processing impairments

BrainDance, is a creative movement program designed by Ann Green Gilbert of Creative Dance in Washington. Brain Dance is modeled afer the 8 significant movement patterns a baby innately performs during the first 12 months of life from breathing to crawling. These movements, chock full of sensory experiences, rewire and wake up the nervous system, leaving us feeling energized and more alert. The different version work wonders with kids of all ages, from 1 to 101. Brain Dance is a great way to start your day.For a preview, visit: http://www.king5.com/video/eveningmagazine-index.html?nvid=270963.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Dr. Linda Grossman, Bureau Director at Baltimore County Department of Health

TOPIC: Treating ADHD: What's new and what's important to know

Dr. Grossman will discuss the current thinking about the role of medication in treating ADHD symptoms and the concerns that parents sometimes have about using medications to treat  ADHD.  She will cover the pros and cons of the newer medication options and discuss what other kinds of interventions might be appropriate for a youngster with ADHD.  She also will offer suggestions for working with schools to best help youngsters with ADHD and help other professionals and parents understand and implement skills that assist students in overcoming executive function roadblocks. The best part of her job is helping her students become independent learners.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dr. Cindy Sandler, Clinical Psychologist

TOPIC: Psychoeducational Testing: How it can help your child

Testing can determine your child's learning style, strengths and weaknesses and more importantly what schools and families can do to help maximize your child's gifts.  Topics to be covered:  What specific tests actually test; Global Abilities Index versus Full Scale IQ score; What does processing mean and how it be measured; How to test for attentional and executive function weaknesses; and emotional and personality testing.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Emily Hurd, Instruction Facilitator for Psychological Services, LD/ADHD for HCPSS

TOPIC: How interdisciplinary teams are working to provide professional development for teachers about different learners


A panel of personnel from the Central Office of HCPSS will provide a review of changes taking place across the school district in how professional development is being delivered for all teachers about different learners. Experts from Technology, Special Education, Psychological Services/problem solving teams and Professional and Organizational Development offices will provide an overview of some new approaches to raising awareness and providing strategies to help all learners achieve.

 Monday, May 11, 2009

TOPIC: Volunteer and Member Appreciation

Monday, June 8, 2009

TOPIC: End of Year meeting

To check
our guest speakers from our previous school years,
click here and see our guests from the 2007-2008 School Year.