San Diego Course #4 – ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorders and Cognitive Disorders Associated with Concussion and TBI in School-age Children



Wednesday- May 2, 2018     8:00am-4:00pm

Course #4 -ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorders and Cognitive Disorders Associated with Concussion and TBI in School-age Children

by Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, Scientific Learning Corporation

About the Speaker

Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP has been a practicing clinician in the USA for over 35 years. She served on the Faculty of Northwestern University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and also served on the medical staff of Evanston-Northwestern Hospital for over thirty years. Dr. Burns has received honors from Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation and St. Xavier University. Dooby’s Rating Service selected her book on Right Hemisphere Dysfunction as one of the best health sciences books of the year. In addition to that book, Dr. Burns is the author of a book on aphasia and the test, Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition published by The Psychological Corporation. Dr. Burns is currently serving as the Director of Neuroscience Education at Scientific Learning Corporation. Dr. Burns is an engaging, dynamic and well-organized presenter who offers cutting-edge information that is essential to everyone who seeks to improve the lives of students by improving their ability to learn, and to learn to read. Her special talent is her ability to take complex information and present it in a meaningful and practical way, easily understandable by educators, clinicians and parents. As well as speaking and presenting at many conferences and professional events in the USA, Dr. Burns regularly speaks in many other countries around the world. She has been a keynote speaker at LearnFast Australia’s annual seminars and conferences since 2006. Disclosure: Financial –Dr. Burns is employed by the Scientific Learning Corporation. She receives royalties from Northern Speech Services for online courses and from The Psychological Corporation for her publication. Nonfinancial- There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend): Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers , Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Principals/Administrators, Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Pre-K through 10th Grade

Course Description: Some of the most challenging children we educate are those with normal or superior intellectual capacity but with limitations in attention and processing skills. New brain research is clarifying how attention and processing maturation can be affected by genetics, experience, and brain injury. The availability of new brain imaging technology associated with the human connectome project as well as advances in neurogenetics have enabled a rapid advancement in our understanding of how neurodevelopmental differences impact learning. This course will begin with a brief review of brain maturation, brain connectomics, mechanisms of brain injury and neuroimaging diagnostic tools. The bulk of the course will focus on practical aspects of assessment and best practices for intervention. The presentation will include an overview of auditory processing disorders (APD) diagnostic and screening tests available to schools as well as a new concussion screening test. Behavioral manifestations of post-concussion syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will also be discussed. Participants will learn about attentional medications currently in use, new evidence- based technological attentional training and auditory processing training programs.

What Your Will Learn

Course Objectives – participants will be able to:

•  Apply new brain maturation research to identification of children and adolescents with attentional disorders

•  Apply new brain maturation research to identification of children and adolescents with auditory processing disorders

•  Recognize behavioral symptoms associated with post- concussion disorder and traumatic brain injury

•  Utilize available screening tests of auditory processing disorders to identify children and adolescents at risk for auditory processing disorders

•  Recognize the differences, uses and limitations of attentional medications

•  Select appropriate evidence-based interventions for children with auditory processing disorders

•  Manage behavioral symptoms that affect educational achievement in children with post-concussion disorder and TBI