November 6, 2017

From the Smarty Education Corner and The Fletcher School: 5 Workshops That Lead to Success For Kids With Learning Differences

By our Smarty friends at The Fletcher School

Did you know that 1 in 7 kids in the U.S. is diagnosed with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD)? Since 1982, The Fletcher School has been here in Charlotte to serve them, and YOU can too!IMG_1754

This fall, The Fletcher School, through the Rankin Institute, is offering several workshops and trainings to educate teachers, parents and professionals on the various types of SLDs and techniques to help children with learning differences reach their full potential. We invite you to explore our programs and join our community of dedicated parents and professionals striving to best serve and support those who learn differently!

(To learn more about SLD and early identification, click here)

About the Rankin Institute:

The Rankin Institute was created in 2004 as the outreach component of The Fletcher School. The goal of the institute is to improve the quality of services and educational experiences of students with specific learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders by training teachers and other professionals in the latest methodology and practices in the field of exceptional children.

Rankin Community Programs are designed for parents, professionals, and community members interested in improving the lives and services offered to students with specific learning disabilities and ADHD. Our programs support families by providing education and practical techniques for understanding and parenting their LD children. IMG_1817 (1)

In a typical year, The Rankin Institute offers 75 seminars and workshops and it is regarded as a valuable resource by many in the community. With over 3,000 people educated by The Rankin Institute each year, the number of struggling children who are being helped is increasing exponentially!

Upcoming Rankin Institute Workshops:


This series provides information and strategies on specific disorders and diagnoses such as attention deficits, reading and math disorders, auditory processing deficits, anxiety, and related medications. Each workshop is taught by professionals in the field related to the workshop topic.

Watch for Sales on Erasers: Written Expression Disorder
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00pm – 9:00pm ($10)
This workshop will provide an overview of this disorder and address technologies for working with children who are struggling with written expression. Presenter: Stephen Strzelecki, Psy.D. of Clinical & Neuropsychological Services. Both parents and professionals are invited to participate. Register here. IMG_9675 (2)

Follow the Bouncing Ball: ADHD
Tuesday, November 28, 7:00pm – 8:30pm ($10)
The effects of attention deficit disorder will be discussed as well as suggestions for effectively treating ADHD and managing consequent behavior. Presenter: Trey Ishee, Psy.D. of Southeast Psychological Services. Both parents and professionals are invited to participate. Register here.


Walk a Mile in My Shoes: LD Simulations
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00pm – 8:30pm ($10)
Have you ever wondered what a child with a learning disability experiences in the classroom? Do you have a child with a learning disability at home, and his/her sibling(s) just do not understand him/her? This workshop is designed to put you in the shoes of a child with LD. Bring your whole family (ages 12+). This session helps promote more understanding, compassion, and discussion within the family. Presenter: The Fletcher School staff. Both parents and professionals are invited to participate. Register here.

Mind, Body, Backpack: A Multisensory Approach to Executive Functioning
Monday, November 13, 7:00pm – 8:30pm ($10)
This workshop will discuss the following topics: Mind: sustaining attention, self-advocacy, flexibility; Body: task initiation, goal-directed persistence, self-regulation; and, Backpack: organization, planning, prioritizing, and time management. Presenter: Jessica DeLing, M.Ed. of Child & Family Development. Both parents and professionals are invited to participate in this workshop. Register here.

Understanding the Process of Creating an IEP/504 For Your Child
Wednesday, November 29, 7:00pm – 8:30pm ($10)
Planning for an IEP or 504 Plan for your child can be an intimidating and sometimes frustrating process. This workshop will discuss strategies for advocating for your child in order to get the accommodations they need. Presenter: Darci Carter, S.S.P. of Southeast Psychological Services. Both parents and professionals are invited to participate in this workshop. Register here. IMG_3700

Stay tuned for information about our spring workshops, including our Professional Development series! To view a full list of our 2017-2018 Rankin Institute programs, click here.

Be sure to follow us on social media to stay informed about our upcoming events! (Social media links below.)

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