Conference Agenda

2018 Conference Agenda

6 CEUs available to attendees.

7:30 AM

Exhibitor Booths Open Registration

8:30 AM


Dr. Mary Bach

8:40 AM

Morning Keynote Presentation

Putting the Pieces Together

Dr. Tammy Tillotson

Explore personal and professional perspectives of dyslexia and how the key pieces fit together to create a beautiful picture in the end.
10: 15 AM

AM Breakout Sessions

AM Breakout Session 1

Spelling Without the Guessing

Dr. Tammy Tillotson

Learn through a hands-on approach how to teach syllabication strategies and spelling generalizations.This session reinforces understanding the structure of the language and its predictability for spelling.

AM Breakout Session 2

Clarifying Dyslexia under 504 vs. IDEA: Rights, Referrals, Resourceful Services and Remedies

Virginia Spencer & Judy Butler

A side by side comparison of IDEA and 504 as they both relate to students with Dyslexia. Everything educators and parents need to know about reasons to refer under each law and who is covered. Differences in evaluation methods and identification will be discussed, and addressed in separate break-out Q&A sessions for educators and parents.

AM Breakout Session 3

Preparing for College Success

Moderator: Robbi Cooper

Join a parent from Decoding Dyslexia as she moderates a panel with current college students with dyslexia and experts in college planning, admissions and disability services to hear their advice for navigating the college journey.
11:15 AM Lunch & Annual Meeting
12: 30 PM

 Afternoon Keynote Presentation

Language and Literacy: The Critical Connection

Jamie Putnam, M.S., CCC/SLP


Understand how early language development and milestones can be predictors of later reading and writing success.

2:00 PM

PM Breakout Sessions

 PM Breakout Session 1

Language and Literacy: Interactive Discussion and Application

Jamie Putnam

 A hands-on discussion with Ms. Putnam exploring how to apply what you’ve learned about language and literacy to your own child’s or student’s language development. Bring questions!

PM Breakout Session 2

Dysgraphia Risk Factors & Interventions

Katy Kloberdanz

Participate in simulation activities to better understand the characteristics and risk-factors of dysgraphia. This session will briefly explore the assessment and identification process before discussing ways to support students identified with dysgraphia at home and in the classroom.

 PM Breakout Session 3

Appology to Technology

Alexis Juusola

Discover user-friendly apps and chrome extensions you can use at home and in the classroom for speech to text, text to speech, and augmented reality.

3:10 PM

Legislative Update

Robbi Cooper, Linda Gladden & Courtney Hoffman

Hear the latest policy updates and call to action from a Decoding Dyslexia Texas parent advocate and learn about the past legislative session from Texas ALTA advocates.
4:00 PM Conference Social Hour @ the 19th Hole  Join us for food and drink specials!