Professional Talks

EASTERN FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE TALK
The following videos are taken from Dr. Conway’s “Improving Success for Students with Dyslexia” presentation, which was given at Eastern Florida State College on October 15th, 2014.

Part I

Dr. Conway discusses the three key principles of neuroplasticity – the brain’s capacity to learn. These are critical to the success of rewiring the brain and addressing learning difficulties.

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Part II

Dr. Conway discusses stroke rehabilitation and how the principles of neuroplasticity still apply. The brain has an amazing capacity to learn and is designed to make new connections.

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Part III

Dr. Conway discusses the sensory systems required in the production of speech. Dr. Conway explores the multisensory method that we indirectly use to teach our children, as early as infancy. Dr. Conway explores the research on language acquisition, which is the foundation to NOW! Programs.

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Part IV

Dr. Conway discusses some of the root causes of dyslexia, and some of the typical warning signs that an adult or child may have a learning disability.

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Part V

Dr. Conway discusses Developmental Building Blocks for Literacy. He explores the foundational development followed by NOW! Programs and the natural byproducts of developing phonemic awareness (ability to recognize sounds) versus compensatory strategies other programs use to help other students try to keep up with their peers. He further discusses the impact of learning difficulties on reading practice students get versus their peers.

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Part VI

Two systems responsible for comprehension. He discusses how deep imprinting of information (efficient comprehension) comes more from imagery than from rote memorization. There is a substantial difference between active imagery (self-generated) versus passive imagery (that which is provided).

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Part VII

Dr. Conway talks about concepts such as Dual Coding Theory, which involves words to help imprint information and then use these movies to effectively communicate back ideas using words – both spoken and written.

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Part VIII

Dr. Conway discusses the brain activity and patterns typically seen in strong readers versus those with reading difficulties. He also discusses whether we can improve the efficiency of those who are struggling, why they are struggling and how we can tell.

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Part IX

Dr. Conway provides hard data on the prevalence of reading problems in our society. Dr. Conway explains what dyslexia really is, and what dyslexia is NOT and explores anecdotal information regarding dyslexia.

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Part X

Dr. Conway discusses the progression of one of the many students who have benefited from NOW! Programs. This student made substantial gains and was able to return to school, graduate with a standard diploma at the high school level. He then went on to graduate from college after originally being documented as severely behind his same-age peers.

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