trainings listed here as General
are topics which refer to learning problems without regard to age.
Although the manifestation of learning problems does differ according to
different stages of a person’s life, the focus of these training sessions is
on the broad-spectrum topic and inclusive to all ages.
G-300 Characteristics of Learning Differences:
This training session
details how individuals with learning differences, problems and disabilities
think and learn. The behavioral
manifestation of the characteristics of perception, processing and communication
problems are outlined and illustrated. Visual, auditory and motor skills problems are described
along with problems with reversals, attention, organization and sequencing.
This is the most popular of Dr. Cooper's training sessions and provides
the basis for recognizing differences and adapting instruction to meet
G-305 Assessment of Learning Problems:
Participants in this
session learn about the many methods that are used to assess learning problems.
Sample test reports will be shown and the significance of the test scores
will be discussed. The presenter
will discuss the "red flag" indicators, which may cause one to refer
individuals for a formal assessment. Particular
attention will be paid to the behavioral manifestations of learning problems
enabling educators and parents to identify patterns of thought that make
learning different or difficult.
G-380 Cooper Screening of Information Processing
this training session, Dr. Cooper discusses how the screening was developed and
the rational for each of its sections. He
then goes through each of the sections in the screening, explaining how to
administer the screening to various types of students, using examples from his
extensive experience. He also
describes how to interpret the information obtained from the screening to find
various processing differences.
G-381 Cooper Screening of Information Processing
(C-Sip)—Demonstration: In this training session, Dr. Cooper administers the screening to a
student or a volunteer from the audience to demonstrate how the screening can be
used as a diagnostic teaching tool. He
demonstrates scoring the screening using the Excel Scoring Assistant and
explains the results. Participants
work in teams to prepare an educational or employment plan from the
demonstration screening and other sample screenings.
G-382 Avoidance Styles and Activities: This training explores the reasons why so many individuals with learning
differences avoid the very tasks they say they want to do.
Participants learn how to identify avoidance behaviors and are provided
with suggestions about what they can do to help students break avoidance
G-455 Using Mnemonics to Help Students who Learn
of this training are informed about how to use mnemonics to assist students with
learning material in a variety of subjects, such as math, reading, writing,
spelling, and subject content areas. Besides
learning about the importance of and how to utilize mnemonics, participants will
practice developing mnemonics.
G-460 If They Think Differently, Shouldn't They
This training session
explores how learning differences impact study skills.
Alternative study skills, those that individuals with various learning
found useful, will
be demonstrated and discussed. Participants
G-462 Planning Tips and Techniques for You and Your
Students: In this
training session, participants are provided with tips and techniques for
becoming more efficient and effective especially in academic settings.
The presenter will provide participants with a number of self-assessment
tools to determine how well one focuses on important tasks, whether one is
avoiding important tasks, and how one is using time.
Participants will explore attitudes about planning, the elements of
planning, and styles of planning.
G-465 Helping Students Reduce Test Anxiety:
anxiety is a problem
for many students with learning differences.
This training session demonstrates a variety of techniques to help
students prepare for and take tests. These
include learning how to teach students relaxation and study skills and when to
implement accommodations. Techniques
for analyzing test taking problems will also be demonstrated.
Instructional Techniques for Individuals with Weak Writing Skills:
Participants will experiment
with the various techniques in an interactive workshop that emphasizes
alternative ways to teach writing skills. The
activities will include techniques to help learners understand and use the
structure of language. Writing
exercises that help learners to develop their ideas and organize their thoughts
will be demonstrated. Strategies
for motivating reluctant writers to write more will also be discussed.
Helping Learners Increase Math Problems-Solving Skills and Quantitative
session provides information about why individuals with learning differences
have difficulty learning math concepts and developing problem-solving skills.
The presenter will discuss techniques for helping adult learners to
develop these math skills. Participants
will engage in activities that will demonstrate the techniques that the
presenter has found helpful for teaching quantitative concepts and problem
G-750 Tic Tac Toe Math:
Tac Toe Math system, developed by Dr. Cooper, has proven to be a very effective
technique for individuals with learning differences.
Many adult students have attributed their success with passing the math
section of the GED to Tic Tac Toe Math. This
training teaches the system and demonstrates how to teach it to adults and
children who have not been able to memorize the times tables.
G-751 Advanced Tic Tac Toe Math – The Cube: This training is designed for individuals who already know the Tic Tac Toe Math system. Participants will learn how to make the Tic Tac Toe Grids for 30 positions rather than the nine positions of Tic Tac Toe Math. Dr. Cooper explains the patterns in the cube and demonstrates how students can use the Cube for understanding multiples, fractions and percentages.
G-755 Using Patterns, Mnemonics, and Memory
Clues for Teaching Math: This
presentation will provide the participants with ideas on how to make and use
easy-to-remember patterns, mnemonics and memory clues for helping individuals
who have weak math skills. These
instructional techniques can be used for teaching number facts and math
operations. Participants will have
an opportunity to experiment with the techniques.
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