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The training listed here as general are topics which refer to learning problems without regard to age. Although the manifestation of the learning problems do differ during different stages of a person's life, the focus of these training sessions is on the topic as it applies to both children and adults and not on the age related behaviors.

G-500 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 adapting instruction to meet individual needs.

G-505 Tic Tac Toe Math The Tic 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-520 If They Think Differently, Shouldn't They Study Differently This training session explores how learning differences impact on study skills. Alternative study skills, those which individuals with various learning problems have found useful, will be demonstrated and discussed. Participants will receive copies of study aids which enable students to become more efficient and effective at studying.

G-530 Helping Students with Test Anxiety Test 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.

G-540 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 which make learning different or difficult.

G-545 Cooper Screening of Information Processing (C-SIP) 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 then goes through each of the sections in the screening, explaining how to administer the screening to various types of students and how to interpret the information obtained from the screening.

G-560 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 patterns

 

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for Elementary and Secondary Teachers

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The trainings listed in this section were developed for and have been offered to elementary, secondary and vocational-technical teachers. When teachers from different grade levels attend these trainings, they report that the information presented and the interaction with teachers who teach different grades provides them with a better perspective about children's struggle at different grade levels.

ES-510 Teaching Reading, Writing and Math to Children with Learning Problems: This training session provides an overview of alternative techniques for teaching reading, writing and math to children with learning problems. Participants learn how to assist students who have problems with language development because of auditory perception and processing problems. The section on math outlines ways to help students improve their computation and problem solving skills.

ES-520 Teaching Reading to Children with Learning Problems Teachers report that this training provides them with many practical ideas for teaching individuals with reading problems from the non-reader to the reader with limited comprehension. The causes of specific reading problems such as reversals and the reading of synonyms are discussed and remedies for these problems are explained and demonstrated.

ES-530 Teaching Spelling and Writing to Children with Learning Problems This training session discusses the thought patterns of children with learning problems which interfere with spelling. The presenter provides alternative techniques for teaching spelling and writing to children with language based learning problems.

ES-540 Vocabulary Development for Children with Learning Problems Vocabulary development is critical for academic success. This training presents techniques for vocabulary development to aid oral communication, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. The presenter explains techniques to assist children who have weak language skills to increase and sharpen their vocabulary.

ES-550 Teaching Math to Children with Learning Problem This training session provides information about why children with learning differences have difficulty learning math. Alternative techniques for teaching quantitative concepts, arithmetic operations and problem solving skills are explained. A demonstration of Tic Tac Toe Math is included.

ES-560 Helping Children with Learning Problems to Develop Social and Life Skills The same learning problems that impede the acquisition of basic academic skills often result in difficulties in social interaction and other life skills. This workshop will explore some of these difficulties, especially those which directly impact interactions in school. Through an explanation of the causes of social and life skill deficiencies, the participants will better understand how to help their students reduce the impact of the social problems and develop strategies for improving social skills.

ES-570 Inclusion This training discusses techniques for including children with learning problems and disabilities in the regular classroom. The techniques relate to the specific learning problems which interfere with the learning of basic skills and other subjects. Classroom management of behavior problems and issues of self-esteem are included in this training.

ES-610 In-Service Course on Teaching Reading, Writing and Spelling This 15 hour course provides participants with information about the specific learning problems which interfere with language development. They will also learn how to teach reading and basic writing skills to children who fall into the following categories: Non-Readers, Weak Readers, Basic Readers, Readers with Errors, and Readers with Limited Comprehension, Participants experiment with the alternative techniques for teaching reading, spelling and writing. For example they are asked to draw an outline for a writing assignment and learn how to teach this technique to those who might benefit from it.

ES-620 In-Service Course: Teaching Math to Children with Learning Problems This 15 hours course provides information about how learning problems interfere with the development of math skills. Teachers learn how to increase quantitative concepts, improve problem solving and reduce the errors in computation. Tic Tac Toe Math is part of this course; teachers learn the system and how to teach it.

ES-630 In-Service Course: Social and Life Skills for Children with Learning Problems This 15 hour course explores the connection between learning problems and poor social skills. Participants review the children they have taught in the past relating their poor social skills to the characteristics of learning differences to find alternative approaches to classroom management. Information is also provided on teaching life skills such as consumer math concepts, conflict resolution and other similar topics.

ES-640 In-Service Course: Inclusion of Children with Learning Disabilities This 15 hour course discusses the advantages, disadvantages, rewards and challenges of including children with learning disabilities in the regular classroom. Techniques for subject instruction will be presented which relate to the specific learning problems which interfere with the learning of basic skills and other subjects. Classroom management of behavior problems and issues of self-esteem are included in this training.

 

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The trainings listed in this section have been developed specifically for adult educators and those who are teaching college level students with learning problems. Many schools and literacy programs invite their adult students to attend these trainings because they have found that the students benefit greatly from hearing Dr. Cooper, who himself has a learning problem, explain both the positive and negative aspects of learning diffferently.

CA-510 Teaching Reading, Writing and Math to Adults with Learning Problems: This training session provides an overview of alternative techniques for teaching reading, writing and math to individuals with learning problems. Participants learn how to assist students who have problems with language development because of auditory perception and processing problems. The section on math outlines ways to help students improve their computation and problem solving skills.

CA-512 Techniques for Teaching Adults Who Learn Differently This training provides 25 teaching principles which Dr. Cooper has found effective when working with individuals with learning problems. Some examples of these techniques are breaking a task in to smaller tasks, spaced repetition and reducing avoidance patterns.

CA-515 Teaching Adults with Low Level Literacy and Numeracy Skills. This training session is designed for adult educators and literacy tutors who are working with adults who have very low level reading and math ability. The techniques described in this training are similar to those described in other training sessions. The difference is how to adapt them to the low level students. The training will include discussion of setting realistic goals for student progress and helping students set their own realistic goals.

CA-518 Weak Academic Skills Not all students with weak academic skills have learning problems, so many reasons for weak academic skills are detailed and put into perspective in this training. Designed for college faculties, this training provides the participants with concrete suggestions for helping students with weak academic skills improve their skills and increase their chance of completing college.

CA-520 Teaching Reading to Adults with Learning Problems Literacy teachers and tutors report that this training provides them with many practical ideas for teaching individuals with reading problems from the non-reader to the reader with errors.

CA-525 Helping Adults to Improve Reading Comprehension This training describes the reasons why many adults who possess basic literacy skills continue to have difficulty with reading comprehension. Techniques for improving reading comprehension will be explained and demonstrated.

CA-530 Teaching Spelling and Writing to Adults with Learning Problems This training session provides alternative techniques for teaching spelling and writing to individuals with language based learning problems. Participants take part in an exercise which demonstrates the frustration individuals who have learning problems experience when trying to write.

CA-540 Vocabulary Development for Adults with Learning Problems Vocabulary development is critical for academic success. This training presents techniques for vocabulary development to aid oral communication, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. The presenter explains techniques to assist adults engage in systematic and regular self-study of vocabulary.

CA-550 Teaching Math to Adults with Learning Problems This training session provides information about why individuals with learning differences have difficulty learning math. Alternative techniques for teaching quantitative concepts, arithmetic operations and problem solving skills are explained. A demonstration of Tic Tac Toe Math is included.

CA-555 Multi-level Classroom Techniques This training session uses the techniques taught in the other training sessions and applies them to the multi-level classroom where adults with a wide range of basic skills are grouped together. Participants learn how to plan activities for students who range, in the same classroom, from non-readers to those with post-secondary skills.

CA-560 Helping Adults with Learning Differences to Develop Social and Life Skills The same learning problems that impede the acquisition of basic academic skills often result in difficulties in social interaction, employment and other life skills. This workshop will explore some of these difficulties, especially those which directly impact adult education programs and job readiness skills. Through an explanation of the causes of social and life skill deficiencies, the participants will better understand how to help their students reduce the impact of the social problems and develop strategies for coping with employment and life in general.

CA-570 Counseling Adults with Learning Problems This training session is designed for counselors and others who are interested in issues of self-esteem in individuals with learning differences. The presenter discusses the counseling techniques he has found useful working with adults with varying degrees of learning problems and disabilities. The trainer discusses the critical issue of communicating with individuals who have weak vocabulary, non-sequential thought patterns and unrealistic expectations.

CA-575 Accommodating Adults Who Have Learning Disabilities This training session provides participants with information about when and how to accommodate adults who have documented learning disabilities. The presenter incorporates his experience working with students and the information from the recent research project on accommodating adults in adult education programs.

CA-580 Learning Problems and English as a Second Language This training session for teachers of English as a Second Language explains how learning problems can limit second language acquisition and how to recognize if a student may need to be referred for further testing. Techniques for helping students with minor learning problems to learn English are also discussed.

CA-590 Employment and Learning Problems Since learning problems limit the acquisition of basic academic and social skills, adult educators need to understand how they can address employability skills in their programs. This training provides them with an understanding of the problems which individuals with learning differences encounter in the workplace and provides techniques for helping them cope with the situations.

CA-595 Designing Adult Education Programs to Meet the Needs of Adults with Learning Differences, Problems and Disabilities This presentation will provide adult educators, (administrators and teachers) with ideas and techniques for the establishment and operation of programs which meet the specific needs of individuals who have learning problems of varying degrees. The presentation will include information about recruitment, retention, motivation, evaluation, equipment and curriculum for students who have minimal learning problems and accommodations for those with severe problems.

CA-610 In-Depth Session on Teaching Reading This two day training begins by relating the characteristics of learning problems to difficulties adults have learning to read. Participants learn how various learning problems affect the reading process and the types of reading errors which are associated with the learning problems. Techniques for teaching reading are explained and participants engage in activities using these techniques.

CA-615 In-Depth Session on Teaching Writing This two day training begins by relating the characteristics of learning problems to difficulties adults have with spelling and writing. It goes beyond just learning about alternative techniques. Participants experiment with the alternative techniques. For example they are asked to draw an outline for a writing assignment and learn how to teach this technique to those who might benefit from it.

CA-620 In-Depth Session on Teaching Math This two day training begins by relating the characteristics of learning problems to difficulties adults encounter with math. Participants receive training in alternative instructional techniques, including Tic Tac Toe Math, and have an opportunity to practice using the techniques. Topics include developing quantitative concepts, improving computation skills and increasing problem solving abilities.

CA-630 In-Depth Session on Cooper Screening for Information Processing (C-SIP) This two day training provides the participants with an opportunity to learn about the Cooper Screening for Information Processing and experiment with it. The screening is first administered to an adult education student or a volunteer from the audience. Participants then practice administrating the screening on each other and learn how to interpret the results.

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