Transitions 2012: High School to Higher Education - Options for Students with Learning Differences

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A conference for parents, principals and headmasters, psychologists, guidance counselors, special education teachers, educational consultants and students.
When
Jan. 27, 2012
7:30 AM
Where
Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.

Join us for an exciting one-day conference, which convenes some of the country’s top experts who specialize in helping high school students with learning differences smoothly transition after high school to higher education. Hear from professionals and experts in ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, and other learning differences.

The Transitions 2011 conference brought together 650 attendees from 20 states and 8 countries for a day of learning and informational exchange. The third annual Transitions conference has a comprehensive program, with 2 plenary sessions, 21 breakout sessions, and 18 speakers. A special conference track will be offered to high school students accompanying their parents. Transitions 2012 will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.

This year’s prestigious lineup of speakers includes:

Keynote Speakers:

  • Ellen Goosenberg Kent – producer of the HBO documentary I Can’t Do This But I CAN Do That: A Film For Families About Learning Differences
  • Rick Lavoie – internationally renowned learning differences expert, administrator, author, consultant, and educator

Luncheon Speaker:

  • Debbie Phelps - principal, educator, published author, and mother of three, including world champion swimmer Michael Phelps.

As well as:

  • Experts from Apple®, leaders in developing assistive technology
  • Herm Fishbein – consultant to the Unicorn Children’s Foundation, and nationally renowned expert in the fields of transitional services, Asperger's Syndrome and autism education
  • Marci Fox and Leslie Sokol – licensed psychologists and authors of the book Think Confident, Be Confident: A Four-Step Program to Eliminate Doubt and Achieve Lifelong Self-Esteem
  • Marsha Glines – dean of Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning
  • Elizabeth Hamblet – a recognized speaker, state-certified learning consultant, writer and educator
  • Peter Lake – professor, Stetson University College of Law, and internationally recognized expert on higher education law and policy
  • Mike McManmon – psychologist and founder of the College Internship Program for young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and learning differences
  • Stephen Shore – education professor and well-known autism and Asperger’s Syndrome advocate
  • Theodore Wasserman – pediatric neuropsychologist and associate dean for teaching and learning at the Lynn University Institute for Achievement and Learning
  • Donna Zanolla – Director of Clinical Review, Services for Students with Disabilities at the College Board
Complete Speaker Biographies


Please continue to check our website for updates to the Transitions 2012 schedule, speakers, and breakout session information.

Transitions 2012 Preview

Here’s a brief recap of last year’s conference highlights and preview of what’s in store for Transitions 2012.

Schedule

7:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome in the Wold Theatre
8:45 a.m. Plenary speaker
9:45 a.m. Break
10 a.m. Plenary speaker
11:15 a.m.
Breakout sessions
An Empty Seat at the Table: Assisting Parents with the Transition Process

Presenter: Rick Lavoie

A child’s departure to college is a significant event in the life of a family. It is both a joyous and apprehensive process. This is particularly true if the child has had a history of learning problems.

What You Need To Know to Help the Asperger's/Autism Spectrum Student Transition to College

Presenter: Mike McManmon

As the number of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders explodes to nearly one in 100, it is important to address the type of support these individuals will need as they transition to college. Most college age adults with learning differences have challenges in areas of social, organizational, and executive functioning skills. Many go off to a traditional college but aren’t successful because their school or college does not provide the day-to-day support they require. This session will review and teach the 10 key areas of support that can help this growing population transition successfully to college.

Minefields and Mistakes: The Top Legal Issues Every Parent MUST Know Before Sending Their Child to College

Presenter: Peter Lake

Thumb through any glossy, professionally designed college brochure and you will see perfectly manicured campuses with smiling students and staff on a perfectly sunny day. However college life is dangerous and there are many legal minefields. Every parent needs a survival kit and should know about certain important features of higher education law to avoid legal land mines. Topics as negligence responsibility, Clery Act compliance, disability accommodation, counseling and behavioral intervention teams will be covered.

Apple® Presentation

Presenter: Apple®

A presentation by Apple® on assistive technology.

Transitioning Your Accommodations to College: What to Ask For and Why

Presenter: Ted Wasserman

Students with disabilities experience significant changes in the nature of their support services when they transition to postsecondary education. Colleges require students desiring accommodations to locate the office that provides services for students with disabilities, identify him or herself to the office, request accommodations, and provide documentation to support the need for accommodations. This workshop will discuss which accommodations are likely to be awarded and detail how to justify your accommodations requests through psychometric and other forms of testing.

Building Self-Confidence and Effective Behavior in Teens and Young Adults

Presenter: Marci Fox and Leslie Sokol

Self-confidence can be negatively impacted during the teenage years because teens and young adults are vulnerable to peer pressure, face increasing demands for performance and independence, and are often the victims of self-doubt. Based on the principles of cognitive behavior therapy, this lecture will be a practical and straightforward program for eliminating self-doubt and increasing confidence and self-esteem. Audience members will gain specific tools to help teens and young adults effectively face and build their confidence in their social and family life, performances at school, work, and extracurricular activities. Instead of heading down the path of doubt and ineffective behavior, audience members will learn how to guide teens towards confidence and effective behavior.

Neuro-Diversity in Higher Education and Beyond: Using Our "Brain Differences" to Build Strength-Based Support Systems That Work

Presenter: Herm Fishbein

We no longer think in terms of deficits, but rather in terms of how we can utilize the skills and strengths inherent in these brain differences that results in different ways of thinking, relating, attending, and learning. Following a brief introduction into the “magic powers” of the brain, a group of individuals with Neuro-Diversity will discuss their experiences with employment, higher education, and community living.

12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m.
Breakout sessions
A New Look at Success: Attitudes and Behaviors that Contribute to a Positive College Experience (Part 1 of 2)

Presenter: Rick Lavoie

Part one of this presentation will draw heavily from the groundbreaking work on Success Attributes by California’s Frosting Center. The Center interviewed and observed adults with learning disabilities who had experienced success in college and/or the workplace. Their studies allowed the researchers to identify specific characteristics and behaviors that nurtured their success. Strategies will be discussed that will allow parents and professionals to promote and foster these traits in high school and college students.

I'm Ready for College But I Can't Find My Backpack: Executive Functioning Strategies for College

Presenter: Mike McManmon

Learn strategies to help your students who have challenges planning ahead and staying organized to function effectively in everyday life. Understand how “Executive Functioning” and a lack of strong “EF” is a major reason why students fail in high school and university. This presentation will discuss effective intervention strategies to help these students succeed.

Getting College Right: Preparing Students with Disabilities for the College World (Part 1 of 2)

Presenter: Elizabeth Hamblet

When students with disabilities move from high school to college, the prevailing laws that cover disability services and accommodations change, even when students have 504 plans. The first part of the program begins by reviewing these laws to show how the changes in the law can affect the availability of particular accommodations and services, and how students’ responsibilities in the accommodation system change. After providing this legal background, the program will then explain how disability services work at college, accommodations that are commonly available, and changes students will find in the academic expectations at college.

Autism: We May Not Be Able to "Fix" It Yet, BUT We Can "Repair" It

Presenter: Haley Moss

Haley Moss, a 17 year-old with high functioning autism, is going to be sharing her personal experiences with transitioning – from middle to high school, and the transition she is currently undergoing: from high school to college. Her talk will be geared for educators, parents and students.

Moving From Happiness to Gratitude: A Different Transition

Presenter: Marsha Glines

This session will explore the neuroscience of gratitude with practical suggestions that will help students establish a realistic sense of self, a life balance and a positive state of mind. Acknowledging and reframing negative experiences form the core of this session.

From IEP to MAP©: Making Smoother Transitions into College With Better Planning

Presenter: Peter Lake

There is no IEP in college and there is no one widely adopted process to merge the planning in high school with planning in college. A key component of success in college is better and more seamless planning. In this session, Professor Lake will discuss the use of a Master Academic Plan (MAP©) process, and parents will find the MAP heuristic helpful in structuring and guiding transitional planning.

Choosing Higher Education…And Staying There

Presenter: Stephen Shore

With today’s greater awareness, research, and interventions, ever-increasing numbers of people with Neuro-Diverse Learning Styles are entering higher education. Through personal experiences and the experiences of others with disabilities, many of the common challenges encountered by college students transitioning from high school and home into a college environment will be explored. Participants will come away with practical solutions for supporting these young adults for success in higher education.

3 p.m.
Breakout sessions
A New Look at Success: Attitudes and Behaviors that Contribute to a Positive College Experience (Part 2 of 2)

Presenter: Rick Lavoie

Part two of this seminar will draw heavily from the groundbreaking work on Success Attributes by California’s Frosting Center and discuss the strategies that will allow parents and professionals to promote and foster these traits in high school and college students.

Collaboration with Composure

Presenter: Debbie Phelps

A breakout session led by Debbie Phelps, the Transitions 2012 luncheon speaker. Debbie is a middle school principal, educator, published author and mother of three, including world champion swimmer Michael Phelps.

Getting College Right: Preparing Students with Disabilities for the College World (Part 2 of 2)

Presenter: Elizabeth Hamblet

The second part will focus and discuss the qualities of successful college students with disabilities, how students can research disability services at colleges they want to attend, and what paperwork students need to apply for accommodations.

Apple® Presentation

Presenter: Apple®

A second presentation by Apple® on developments in assistive technology

Understanding the College Board's Eligibility Process

Presenter: Donna Zanolla

This session will provide general information about College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities, accommodations, documentation requirements, and SSD Online.

Insight to the Field of Coaching in Higher Education: A Panel Discussion

Presenter: Stacey Bauberger, Amanda Evans, Melissa Knight, & Catherine Wharton

This presentation is presented by a team from Lynn University’s Institute of Achievement and Learning. They will discuss training and different approaches to coaching by keeping the IAL model in mind. The presentation will be a panel discussion focused on IAEP vs. IAL different approaches.

Options to Consider for Parents and Others Supporting People with Autism/Asperger and Related Neuro-Diverse Learning Styles for Successful Transition to Adulthood

Presenter: Stephen Shore

Achieving the best outcome for a productive transition to adulthood requires intervention in three main areas: behavioral/developmental/educational, biomedical, and sensory integration. The importance of the interplay between these three areas of intervention as well as approaches focused on addressing social and self-awareness necessary to navigate the adult worlds of employment, relationships, continuing education, interdependent living, and appropriate self-advocacy shall be examined.

4 p.m. Institute for Achievement and Learning open house

Student Schedule

New this year: a special conference track offered to high school students accompanying their parents.

Transitions 2012: A Campus Experience

7:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome in the Wold Theatre
8:45 a.m. Plenary Speaker Ellen Goosenberg Kent, producer of the HBO documentary "I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That: A Film For Families About Learning Differences"
9:45 a.m. Break
10 a.m.
Self as a Learner

Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning will provide students with a glimpse into the Self as a Learner course, while keeping it fun, interactive and engaging.

10:45 a.m.
Behind the Scenes

The Dean of the College of International Communication at Lynn University will provide a unique opportunity to view a communication studio.

11:30 a.m.
Hands on Learning

Interact and have fun while engaging in hands on culinary decoration in the culinary lab at the College of Hospitality Management.

12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m.
Autism: We May Not Be Able to "Fix" It Yet, BUT We Can "Repair" It

Presenter: Haley Moss

Haley Moss, a 17 year-old with high functioning autism, is going to be sharing her personal experiences with transitioning – from middle to high school, and the transition she is currently undergoing: from high school to college. Her talk will be geared for educators, parents and students.

3 p.m.
A Day in the Life

Join current Lynn University students for a campus tour, highlighting areas of interest. A Day in the Life will allow students to customize their campus experience and learn valuable strategies that will assist in the college decision-making process.

4 p.m. Institute of Achievement and Learning open house

 

Presented by the Lynn University Institute for Achievement and Learning, an internationally renowned leader in providing programs to help motivated students with learning disabilities to succeed at the college level.

Lead Sponsor

Unicorn logo

With Additional Support From

Hahn-Block Family Foundation logo The Slomin Family Center logo Wyndham Garden Hotel logo
 

In Association With

The School District Palm Beach County logoBroward County Public Schools logo

Cost of the Conference

  • Individual: $40
  • Groups of 3 or more: $35 each
  • High school students accompanying their parents: Free

Palm Beach and Broward County School District employees can receive 8 in-service points for conference participation and completion of follow-up requirements.

Lynn University Transitions Conference is approved by the Florida Board of Psychology to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lynn University Transitions Conference maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Florida Board of Psychology Provider 50-12672.

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Accommodations

The Wyndham Garden Boca Raton, which is approximately 1 mile from Lynn University, is the exclusive hotel sponsor for Transitions 2012.

Complete Accommodation Details

A guest room block has been arranged from Thursday, Jan. 26 through Saturday, Jan. 29, 2012. The special rate will be extended to guests who wish to arrive up to 3 days earlier or stay up to 3 days later during the week of the conference. The Wyndham will provide complimentary shuttle service to the Transitions 2012 conference.

  • Standard – single/double occupancy rate: $109
  • Pool View – single/double occupancy rate: $119
  • Suite King – single/double occupancy rate: $129

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable sales tax (currently 11%).

All reservations must be confirmed by Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. After this date rooms and discounted rates will be subject to availability.

To make reservations, please visit www.WyndhamGardenBocaRaton.com. Enter your arrival and departure date and the number of adults in each room, then move to “Enter a Corporate, Promo, or Group Code” and type in the group code 01266745LY (case sensitive) for the Lynn University Transitions 2012 special rate.

To make reservations by phone, please call 1-888-404-6880 and refer to the Lynn University Transitions 2012 special rate and your date of arrival.

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