Annual Spring Symposium

“I know what I want to write, but I can’t get it out of my head”
“I know what I want to say, but I can’t find the right words”

(…Have you heard this before..?)

There is often a large discrepancy between what a student thinks and says and what they can write down on paper. Dyslexia is considered a language-based learning disorder/reading disability, but it also impacts a student’s ability to write.  As with reading, students with dyslexia spend a lot of time and effort writing the words, that often the meaning behind the words can be lost.  In addition, they may have difficulties in organizing and sequencing information, writing paragraphs, and find writing essays/reports time-consuming and frustrating.  From Talking to Writing offers welcome help for any educator working with students who struggle with writing and/or expressive language skills.  It will provide tools to help students find topics, retrieve words, formulate sentences, or sequence their ideas.


Early Bird Registration until Feb 21st!

This Symposium provides effective writing strategies for ALL students, but it is especially beneficial for students with dyslexia.

This Interactive session will include:

  • Hands-on self-regulation strategies that tap semantic feature analysis to expand disciplinary vocabulary and sentence skills.
  • Features of executive functioning will be described as it relates to the role of automaticity and strategy learning for dealing with working memory deficits in students with language learning difficulties. 
  • Writing strategies will be discussed that help children with language learning difficulties overcome processing deficits that form obstacles to their language storage, retrieval and formulation for writing. 
  • Practical skills & hands-on strategies to improve your student’s writing as soon as next week!
  • Learn from renowned speaker, author, professor, past National IDA President
  • Registration includes Dr. Haynes book: From Talking to Writing: Word and Sentence-Level Strategies that Support Narrative and Expository Writing
  • Breakfast & lunch included with registration
  • Opportunity to collaborate with other teachers, IDA Board Members, and others who are positively impacting the lives of students in Oregon & Washington
  • Enjoy the beautiful campus setting of the University of Portland
  • BSPA approved #20-21-009 & Washington Clock Hours
  • Common Core Standard indexing
  • This training is for all educators; classroom teachers, tutors, parents, guardians and advocates.
  • Appropriate for individuals who work with students of any age or grade level who experience difficulty writing at the sentence and paragraph levels
  • Lots of door prizes!


Early Bird Registration until Feb 21st!

Dr. Charlie Haynes, Ed.D., CCC-SLP,  is a Professor and Clinical Supervisor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Massachusetts.  He served as a teacher, Research Coordinator and Director of Speech-Language Services at the Landmark School from 1979-1991, where he and colleagues developed one of U.S.’s first language-based curricula for children with dyslexia and expressive language impairments. He received his doctoral degree from Harvard University’s Reading, Language and Learning Disabilities Program and is the author of several publications, including From Talking to Writing: Strategies for Supporting Narrative and Expository Writing (2018). Dr. Haynes has given teacher-training workshops and research lectures throughout the United States and in Canada, Japan, throughout the Middle East and Brazil. Dr. Haynes currently serves on the Global Partners Committee of IDA’s Board of Directors, the Editorial Board for the Arabic Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, and as an invited reviewer for several reading and speech-language journals. Dr. Haynes has received the Margaret Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association for contributions to the field of dyslexia and related language learning disabilities. He was also inducted as a member of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities and has received the Nancy Watts Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching award granted by the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Closed…deadline February 7, 2020

DISCLAIMER:  The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) – Oregon Branch is pleased to present a forum for information to benefit its constituents. It is IDA’s policy to not recommend or endorse any specific program, product, institution, company, or instructional material, noting that there are a number of such that present the critical components of instruction as defined by IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. Any program, product, institution, company, or instructional material carrying the IDA Accredited seal meets the IDA Standards. Advertisements or products in this, or any other conference-related material, do not necessarily reflect the views of IDA or its branches.



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