Deciphering Learning Disabilities and Helping Your Student Succeed

Dr. Ellen Braaten, Director of MGH’s Learning and Emotional Assessment Program

Tuesday, April 10, 7-8:30 p.m.

Film Lecture Hall, Newton North High School

Has your student been diagnosed with a learning disability? Or are you wondering whether he or she has a learning disability? When we think of Special Education, we often think of students with visible disabilities. Yet specific learning disabilities like dyslexia, perceptual disabilities, slow processing speed, and attention issues account for fifty percent of the students on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

Please join the Newton North and Newton South PTSOs, The Newton Partnership, the Newton North and Newton South Special Education Departments, and the Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education for an exciting and informative discussion of learning disabilities with Dr. Ellen Braaten, director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Braaten will discuss the following:

– Getting an accurate diagnosis for your child

– The parent’s role in supporting a student with learning disabilities

– Strategies for success in high school

– Teaching the student to advocate for himself/herself

– Techniques for managing home life

– Preparing students for life beyond high school with an eye toward independent living

The evening will include time for questions and answers.