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FOCUS and the Dyslexia Association (Hong Kong) are pleased to bring two internationally recognized experts together to share, educate and raise awareness of learning differences.

Dr. Thomas Brown  &  Dr. Lindsay Peer CBE

Parent and Educator Seminar

Understanding and Supporting Minds that learn Differently

November 18th
Kowloon Junior School

The seminar will be valuable to parents, educators and other professionals wanting to better understand how to support children with ADHD and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia.
Morning only: 8:45 – noon (2 presentations) $700

Whole day: 8:45 – 3:45 (3 presentations and light lunch) $1,400

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Parent Track

Morning Session 1:  8.45 – 10.15

Winning with Dyslexia: Understanding your child and the impact of dyslexia upon their emotions, living and learning

Dr. Peer will look at dyslexia from a home/school perspective so that adults striving to provide support can better understand the link to academic struggles, lowered self-esteem, anxiety and lack of motivation. She will also explore the strengths which can emerge in the right supportive environment.

Morning Session 2:  10:30 – 12:00

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Brain’s Self-Management System

Drawing upon his research and private practice experiences Dr. Brown will present the latest understanding of how differences in executive functioning impact the ability to focus and manage emotions for those with AD/HD and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).  Dr. Brown will also detail paths those with ADHD can take to move on toward a more rewarding and productive academic and social life.

Educator Track

Morning Session 1:  8.45 – 10.15

New Understandings of ADHD: implications for educators

Dr. Brown will challenge old assumptions about ADHD and present the latest science-based understanding of ADHD as developmentally-impaired executive function.  He will explore how  ADHD affects the brain’s “googling” for motivations, the emotional dynamics in those coping with ADHD and provide practical examples from daily life to help teachers consider how they can help children and adolescents deal more effectively with executive function challenges in their education and social interactions.
Morning Session 2:  10:30 – 12:00

Overcoming Underachievement: The link between processing, academic and emotional difficulties in dyslexia

Dr. Peer will explain the current understanding of dyslexia and its challenges in the mainstream classroom in relation to daily functioning, academic underachievement and accompanying emotional challenges. She will also highlight common dyslexic strengths which are often overlooked and which can help create effective and lasting academic, emotional and social improvement.
Afternoon Session:  Parents and Educators
1:15 – 3:45

Dyslexia: Making it work!
Tried and tested effective practice accessible to school and to home

Too many youth with learning differences struggle at home and at school with some inadvertently become excluded within an inclusive environment. In this last session for teachers and parents, Lindsay will turn the theory into practice, focusing upon methods to foster more effective teaching, learning and the emotional growth  needed for students who learn differently to reach their full potential.

  Thomas E. Brown earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Yale University and served on the clinical faculty of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine for 20 years while operating a clinic for children and adults with ADHD and related problems. Dr. Brown has published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles, was elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served on the Professional Advisory Board for CHADD and the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association.
  Dr. Lindsay Peer CBE is widely recognized as an expert in the range of specific learning difficulties, SEN and mainstream education. She was appointed CBE for services to Education & Dyslexia and was awarded the Outstanding Lifetime Academic Achievement Award by the British Dyslexia Association.  Dr. Peer has many years’ experience as an educational psychologist, teacher and teacher trainer and brings both theoretical and practical understanding to the support children with learning differences at home at at school. She was deputy CEO and Education Director of the British Dyslexia Association.
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This Seminar has been made possible by FOCUS and the Dyslexia Association (Hong Kong) with the kind support of Hong Kong International School, The English Schools FoundationCentral Health Partners and Ovolo.