2022 HELIX In-Person Experience: High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

02. The Connection between Learning Theory and Student Progress: Reducing Barriers to Success

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Session Dates

Monday November 14, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel


This session will introduce participants to foundational ideas about how students learn, in order to help educators recognize when a challenge may be related to a visual impairment, or may be related to another challenge such as possible learning disability, ADHD and executive functioning weakness, or autism. Greater understanding of how students learn will help educators to recognize when to include the student’s broader team to address challenges a student may have that may impact their ability to learn blindness skills and thus, advance on pace with their peers. Participants will gain greater understanding of the impact of their work in supporting students to improve academic performance, creating greater opportunities for more rigorous curriculum, greater self awareness, and transition planning that integrates a student’s entire experience of learning.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand how students learn to read and read to learn.
  • Identify when to ask for help to determine why a student may struggle to gain skills.
  • Recognize the connection between addressing blindness skills (ECC) and secondary diagnosis to improve outcomes.

Target Audience

Teachers, administrators, speech language pathologists, related service providers, consultants, training and consulting staff, paraprofessionals, family members Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Annette Bauerlein, at 810-878-7211, or abauerlein@pattankop.net.

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Leslie Thatcher EdM

Event Contact:

Content Contact:

Kristin Starosta