As the outreach component of The Fletcher School, The Rankin Institute’s community programs provide the resources and support families need to help students with learning differences reach their full potential – both in and outside the classroom.
Join us via Zoom for our upcoming, expert-led seminars covering a wide range of topics on learning differences. These presentations are open to all, but registration is required.
2021 Programs – Register Now
How to Model Executive Functioning Skills for Your Child ($10)
When? Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST
Your child may be at a stage where they are not receptive to advice given by parents. Instead of offering explicit strategies, why not switch up the approach? Presented by Lisa Podell of Better Sessions, this workshop will discuss ways parents can model advanced executive functioning skills to help increase their child’s healthy behaviors.
Smarty Note: This workshop provides tools and techniques intended to serve students with learning differences, but can also be utilized in a traditional setting.
A Mindful Approach to Building and Teaching Resiliency ($10)
When? Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST
Cultivating resilience in ourselves and others is a key ingredient for living, leading, and parenting well. Life is hard, and the better we are at recognizing the things that throw us off balance and the ways we respond, the better we are at righting ourselves and moving forward wholeheartedly. This workshop will incorporate research and tools from mindfulness, as well as from Dr. Brene Brown. Presenters: Susan Cempbell, Ph.D., Certified Daring Way Facilitator.
Learn about the diagnosis of ADHD, inattentive, hyperactive and combined types and how it looks in different children. This workshop will discuss behavioral and developmental stages that are specific to an ADHD child so you know what to expect. Management strategies and medication alternatives will also be presented. Presenters: Michelle Tolison, LPC, RPT and Alyse Bone, LPC, both of Dandelion Family Counseling, PLLC.
Orton-Gillingham – The Subscriber Course ($75)
When? Beginning Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST
Presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/ AOGPE, this is a three-part course offered to parents and other professionals to familiarize them with the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching. This course is an excellent introduction for those who are considering further training in the Orton-Gillingham approach.
Do you have concerns about your preschool age child’s learning? How can you tell if their learning is “normal” for their age or if they are showing early signs of learning difficulties? Join us for a discussion, presented by Terri James, Ph.D., of early identification of learning issues in the preschool age (3-6yrs).
Risky Behaviors in Adolescents ($10)
When? Monday, March 22, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT
This overview presentation will focus on three key areas of concern for adolescents: technology, substance use, and depression/suicide. This workshop will provide information related to historical trends, current incidence, warning signs, and intervention. Presenters: Brandyn Street, Ph.D. and Devon Redmond, Ph.D. of Child and Family Development.
This presentation will address the ramifications of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents and will provide easy to use suggestions and treatment options. Presenter: Heather Dyer, Ph.D.
About the Rankin Institute:
The Rankin Institute was created in 2004 as the outreach component of The Fletcher School to provide education and resources to teachers, professionals, and parents beyond those directly involved with the academic programs at The Fletcher School. The Institute improves the quality of services and educational experiences of students with learning differences by training teachers and other professionals in the latest methodology and practices. It supports families by providing education and practical techniques for understanding and parenting their children with learning differences.
The Rankin Institute offers a variety of seminars to parents and professionals. It is regarded as a valuable resource by many in the community. With thousands of people educated by The Rankin Institute, the number of struggling children who are being helped is increasing exponentially.
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