Professional Development Offerings

General Topics

  • Disabilities 101 – what is dyslexia, autism (levels 1-3), dysgraphia, ADHD, non-verbal communicators; what is Orton-Gillingham methodology, selective mutism, receptive vs. expressive language, auditory processing, working memory vs. short term memory, visual-neural processing. 

Companion Courses: Why Can’t They Read?, Increasing Reading Engagement, Why Can’t They Write?, Increasing Writing Engagement, Dyslexia & Reading, Dysgraphia & Writing, Reading & Autism, 

  • Making Learning Fun – Gamify your instruction to increase student engagement in reading and writing

Companion Courses: Why Can’t They Read?, Sight Words, Strengthening Foundations, Why Can’t They Write?, Increasing Writing Engagement, The Building Blocks of Reading

  • Identifying Learning Challenges – Identify the barriers to learning and learn how to help the student learn more effectively. 

Companion Courses: Integrating ST, Integrating OT, On the Spectrum – Reading Comprehension, On the Spectrum – Writing, Disabilities 101

  • Forming and Following IEP Goals – how to create appropriate IEP goals and objectives 

Companion Courses: IEP Goals in Daily Coursework, IEP Data Collection, Increasing Reading Engagement, Increasing Writing Engagement, Sight Words, Why Can’t They Read?, Why Can’t They Write?

 Reading Topics

  • Why Can’t They Read? – How to identify and remove a student’s obstacles for learning how to read.
  • Increasing Reading Engagement – how to increase meaningful student engagement during reading instruction. Reading instruction works best after you identify the primary obstacles or challenges and then fix or remove them.
  • Reading Foundations – Terminology: digraphs, phonemes, consonant blends, syllables, sound-to-symbol correspondence, spelling rules, Orton-Gillingham, Science of Reading, the stages of reading development 
  • Sight Words – When and how to teach sight words, which sight words should be memorized
  • Building Fluency – Increase reading fluency for neurodivergent students. Learn to move your students from sounding out individual words to reading smoothly. Match-my-pitch exercises, vocal tenor, diaphragmatic breathing exercises.
  • Integrating ST Into reading – Integrating speech-therapy techniques into reading instruction. What are effective/relevant ST techniques to increase reading? Tongue placement, oral motor programming. 
  • Dyslexia & Reading – Advanced techniques for teaching students with dyslexia to read, greek and Latin roots, prefixes, suffixes, morphology and syntax, spelling rules, 

Companion Courses: Advanced Dysgraphia, Disabilities 101, Building Fluency, The 6 Syllable Types

  • Reading Comprehension – Reading comprehension techniques for neurotypical students and for students who are on the autism spectrum. Cause and effect, making predictions, identifying the subject and the action, social/behavior perspectives, perspective matrix, annotation
  • Autism & Reading – Advanced techniques for teaching students with autism how to decode. Blending, rollercoaster arms, positive reinforcement, visual schedule, formulaic reading, autism overview. 

Companion Courses: Disabilities 101, Identifying Learning Challenges, The Building Blocks of Reading

  • The 6 Syllable Types – Learn the six-syllable types to improve students’ spelling, decoding, and fluency 
  • The Building Blocks of Reading – How to teach sound-to-symbol correspondence and symbol-to-sound correspondence, common teacher missteps, what to look for when teaching decoding and blending, how to help a student who can’t blend, crossing midline strategies for blending

 Written Expression Topics

  • Why Can’t They Write? – Identifying and removing obstacles to writing sentences and paragraphs – differentiated graphic organizers, messy brainstorms, 6 steps of writing, gamifying the writing process, how to get out ideas, using technology & available resources during the writing process
  • Increasing Writing Engagement – change the writing process from stressful to fun. Identify the barriers to students’ writing ability. Handwriting legibility, messy brainstorms, graphic organizers, perspective matrix, 6 steps of the writing process. 

Companion Courses: Integrating OT into Writing, Expanding Your Students’ Writing, Why Can’t They Write?

  • Expanding Your Students’ Writing – techniques and strategies for teaching your students how to expand their writing ideas. From words to sentences; from sentences to paragraphs. 
  • Integrating OT Into Writing – Integrating occupational-therapy techniques into writing instruction, handwriting, letter formation, fine motor building for correct pencil grip, visual tracking exercises for reading
  • Dysgraphia & Writing – Advanced techniques for teaching students with dysgraphia to write, letter formation techniques, gross motor vs fine motor strategies, what is dysgraphia, executive functioning. 

Companion Courses: Disabilities 101, Identifying the Learning Challenge  

  • Autism and Writing – Advanced techniques for teaching students with autism written expression. Common challenges, gamifying the writing process, writing templates, graphic organizers, perspective matrixes, autism overview.
  • The Building Blocks of Writing – writing conventions, rubrics, grammar and punctuation, conjunctions, tenses, vocabulary expansion, prepositional phrases, from “dull-to-lively” writing

 Individual Education Plans (IEP) Topics

  • IEP Goals – How to write IEP goals
  • IEP Goals And Daily Classwork – Writing and incorporating IEP goals into everyday classwork
  • IEP Data Collection (reading) – Collecting data, how to monitor progress for children with IEP goals in reading.
  • IEP Data Collection (writing) – Collecting data, how to monitor progress for children with IEP goals in writing.

 Sample Schedules:

Monthly Seminars:

One, 60-90 minute seminar each month 


(Select 6-10 months)


Topic of your choice (recommendations can be made). Select in-person or virtual

Month 1 
Month 2 
Month 3 
Month 4 
Month 5 
Month 6 
Month 7 
Month 8 
Month 9 
Month 10 

Quarterly Workshops

One, 3-hour workshop each quarter. (4x per school year)

Most quarterly workshops take place in-person, on campus. However, workshops may be delivered virtually


Select the dates on which you’d like the training to take place (Mon-Sun). 


Topic of your choice. (Recommendations can be made). 

Quarter 1 
Quarter 2 
Quarter 3 
Quarter 4 

Combined Approach:

Two, 1-hour seminars (select two sequential months) plus 3 quarterly half-day seminars.