Professionals in

Learning Disabilities 

and Special Education

Welcome to Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education

Who are we?

Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education is a group of dedicated volunteers who are professionals in the field of Special Education in Chicago and the north suburbs. We seek to provide professional growth experiences for ourselves and others in the field that broaden our knowledge in the field. Meeting are held on the 2nd Tuesday every other month at McCracken Middle School in Skokie or Rogers Park Montessori School in Chicago. For more information, please email us at pldsechicago@gmail.com.

2016-2017 Programs

September 13, 2016: Learning Disabilities Then and Now: Models, Economics, Politics, Practice, Viability, Jay Einhorn, PhD. McCracken Middle School 8000 East Prairie Rd., Skokie, IL 60076

November 1, 2016: Executive Functioning: Development, Assessment, and Clinical Implications, Jennifer Edidin, PhD and Dorit Raviv, PhD.  New Location: Rogers Park Montessori School, 1800 W. Balmoral, Chicago, IL 60640

December 3, 2016: Dr. Janet Lerner Fall Seminar:  Supporting Students with Google Chrome, Lynda Hartman, MA, MLS

February 7, 2017: The Effects of Language Difficulties on Reading Comprehension and Writing, Stacey Buck, CCC-SPL/L at McCracken Middle School 8000 East Prairie Rd., Skokie, IL 60076

March 7, 2017: Research and Strategies Supporting Children's Positive Peer Relationships, Clark McKown, PhD and Lori Tall, PsyDNew Location: Rogers Park Montessori School, 1800 W. Balmoral, Chicago IL 60640

May 9, 2017 Dinner: Thirty Million Words Initiative, Beth Suskind, Co-Director

June 19, 2017: Summer Volunteer Project at Bernie's Book Bank. 1:00-3:00pm 917 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff, IL 60044.

Upcoming events

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Past events

Monday, June 19, 2017 Volunteer at Bernie's
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 Annual Dinner: Thirty Million Words Initiative
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 Research and Strategies Supporting Children's Positive Peer Relationships
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 The Effects of Language Difficulties on Reading Comprehension and Writing
Saturday, December 03, 2016 Dr. Janet Lerner Fall Seminar: Do It in Chrome: Apps, Extensions and Add-Ons to Support Struggling Learners
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 Executive Functioning: Development, Assessment, and Clinical Implications
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Learning Disabilities Then and Now: Models, Economics, Politics, Practice, Viability
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Volunteer at Bernie's
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Annual Dinner: Wolcott School: From Concept to Commencement
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Pills and Skills in Psychiatry- 2016 Update on Pills
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Educational GPS Systems: How do new licensure and student assessments affect you?
Saturday, December 05, 2015 Dr. Janet Lerner Fall Seminar: Morphology: Making Sense of Spelling, presented by Gina Cooke
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Sensory Processing and State Regulation in the Classroom
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 The New WISC-5: Clinical Assessment, Application, and Collaboration with Special Educators
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Expression, Exploration, Change and Growth through Art, Dance, Drama and Music
Saturday, December 06, 2014 Fall Seminar: Childhood Anxiety in the Classroom: Strategies for Identifying and Managing Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents

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Continuing education programs featuring speakers who are leaders in the field, keeping members abreast of current trends and new developments in learning disabilities and related areas.  Topics concern students from preschool age through adulthood.  Programs are scheduled every other month from September through May. Members receive discounts for Annual Seminar and Dinner.

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Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education is a not-for-profit organization offering continuing education programs to inform members of current instructional practices, assessment, and policy issues in the field of learning disabilities as a service to its membersPLD/SE does not endorse any specific program, speaker, instructional materials, method, treatment, or evaluation center for children with disabilities.

 PLD/SE also offers a referral service to the community, providing qualified professionals for diagnostics and remediation. For more information, email us at PLDSEChigago@gmail.com



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