Welcome! We are so excited to have you join our Visionary Conference, whether you're joining us in San Diego or online. Make sure you thoroughly review the information below to ensure you have a smooth experience with our sessions. 

Important details:

  • For Virtual Attendees: our webinar platform will deliver the audio through your computer speakers. There is no conference call number.
  • For Virtual Attendees: please click here for your ASHA Participant form.  On-site attendees will receive an ASHA Participant Form upon registration at the conference.
  • All times below are listed in Pacific time.
  • Each day, we will start with opening remarks for the first 15 minutes. Please plan to join us for those.
  • Up to 1.50 ASHA CEUs can be obtained from this conference. Partial credit will be available.  
  • If you have any issues while trying to join the sessions, please call: 310-930-1719.

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to webinars@scilearn.com.

Thursday, March 3rd

1:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Hands-on Training Workshop: How to Be a Fast ForWord Provider

Martha Burns, Ph.D.,  Joint Appointment Professor at Northwestern University and Director of Neuroscience Education, Scientific Learning

Renee Matlock, MA, Speech-language Pathologist, Private Practice Coach, Owner of Speech Plus

Heather Myers, Private Provider Consultant, Scientific Learning

Aditi Silverstein, Private Practice Owner and Scientitfic Learning Consultant

If you’re a new provider, or looking to become a provider, you don’t want to miss this opportunity for in-person, hands-on training! It’s perfect for those who are already trained and want a ‘brush-up’ and also for those new to the Fast ForWord programs. Attendees should come prepared with their laptops and be ready for a hands-on interactive workshop. Dr. Marty Burns will kick off the workshop by offering the nuts and bolts of neuroscience and foundational research behind Fast ForWord. Heather Myers, Private Provider Consultant, will provide an overview of how we partner with you as a Fast ForWord Provider. Renee Matlock, veteran Fast ForWord Provider & Private Practice Coach, will provide the nuts and bolts for integrating Fast ForWord into a practice and take attendees through the records review processes for identifying the right Fast ForWord candidates. Aditi Silverstein, Private Practice Owner & Scientific Learning Consultant, will close the workshop with how to administer Fast ForWord. Attendees will learn how to effectively use the Fast ForWord program, from start up, to post-assessment. Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

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Friday, March 4th

8:00am – 9:15am

 

Opening Remarks

Heather Myers, Private Provider Consultant and Peter Carabi, VP for Global Business Development

Neuroscience Update 2016:  Effective Interventions of Attention, Memory and Reading Impairments

Martha Burns, Ph.D.,  Joint Appointment Professor at Northwestern University and Director of Neuroscience Education, Scientific Learning

Review the new neuroscience research on causes of complex neurodevelopmental disorders as well as new meta analyses of effective interventions. The presentation will begin with an update on the complex neurology of autism spectrum disorders (ASD's) followed by new research on the relationship between Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) and dyslexia. The discussion will conclude with reviews of new meta-analyses of neuroscience-based interventions for attention, memory and reading disorders.  Financial Disclosure Information.

    

9:30am – 10:45am

 

Interview with the Four Founders

Michael M. Merzenich, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Neuroscientist at UCSF and co-founder of Scientifc Learning 

Paula Tallal, Ph.D., Center for Human Development, University of California San Diego, Professor, The Salk Institute

William M. Jenkins, Ph.D., Scientist and Founder of Scientific Learning 

Steven L. Miller, Ph.D., Neuroscientist and founder of Scientific Learning and Chief Science Officer, Nervanix

Martha Burns, Ph.D.,  Joint Appointmet Professor at Northwestern University and Director of Neuroscience Education, Scientific Learning

Join us for an interview with the all four founding scientists of Fast ForWord, and get answers to the questions you've always wanted to ask. Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

     

 

10:45am - 12:00pm

Dyslexia Research, Funding, and Remediation: a Testimony to The House of Representatives

Paula Tallal, Ph.D., Center for Human Development, University of California San Diego, Professor, The Salk Institute

“Failing to learn to read is not life threatening, but it can be life-destroying." This is what Dr. Tallal shared with the US House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in support of  the ‘‘Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act’’.  She will review the 20+ years of research on why many children fail to learn to read effectively (risk factors for weak phonological awareness), how these can be addressed in schools and clinics using the principles of neuroplasticity, and impress upon you the urgency to remediate these issues using tools already  proven to be effective. Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

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1:00pm – 2:00pm

 

 

 

Resourceville 

Heather Myers

Come explore the vault of resources available for our providers. Check out the Marketing Kit, promotional flyers just for our providers, start up resources for working with families, and more—stop by for a tangible experience and see the provider resources that live in MySciLEARN, come alive!

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The Psychology and Practicality of Interventions

Aditi Silverstein, MA, CCC-SLP

Interventions are the fundamental component to helping students progress in Fast ForWord, but what is the best method of introduction?  General intervention concepts including the approach, attitude and intention of presenting the lesson will be examined. Moreover, specific intervention techniques for helping struggling learners will be defined for many exercises in the Language, Literacy and Reading products. Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

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"Book Club" on the Latest Fast ForWord Research

Hallie Smith, MA, CCC-SLP

For anyone who would like to take a deeper dive into the latest independent research (2013-2015) on Fast ForWord, we are coming together for an article “book club” discussion. Participants will be asked to read articles in advance and come prepared to engage in a round-table discussion about what they perceive as most interesting and relevant about the latest research. Hallie Smith, MA, CCC-SLP will help facilitate the discussion. Come prepared to engage, participate, and share! Articles and questions for discussion will be shared with registrants in advance of the conference. Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

Focus Group:  Next Generation Fast ForWord

We want to make Fast ForWord more intuitive, easier to use, and even better at helping you help your students. If you have ideas on how to improve Fast ForWord or want to get a sneak peek at some of our ideas, join us.

 

2:15pm – 3:15pm

 

The Psychology and Practicality of Interventions

Aditi Silverstein, MA, CCC-SLP

Interventions are the fundamental component to helping students progress in Fast ForWord, but what is the best method of introduction?  General intervention concepts including the approach, attitude and intention of presenting the lesson will be examined. Moreover, specific intervention techniques for helping struggling learners will be defined for many exercises in the Language, Literacy and Reading products. Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

 

How to Set Up an Effective Summer Reading Program:  Learn from a School-based Expert

Dr. Carole Meyer, Principal, Salk Middle School

What components should be included in an effective summer reading program? Dr. Carole Myer and her colleague have perfected their summer reading “camp” and have tips and tricks to share with providers! In addition to Fast ForWord, what other literacy activities work well in a summer camp type of reading program? How do schools set up programs, anyway?  How is it best to run groups of kids? What kinds of results can you expect? See a successful, rigorous implementation of a school summer program that will help you think differently about how many students you can reach in your community. Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

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Ask the Experts: Round Table Discussion

Steve Gardner

Heather Myers

Renee Matlock

Peter Carabi

We're open for questions and discussion!  This is a time for questions of any and all sorts, for all levels of providers!

 

3:45pm – 5:15pm

 

The Neuroplasticity Revolution

Michael M. Merzenich, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Neuroscientist at UCSF and co-founder of Scientifc Learning 

How far we’ve come! Where can we go from here? What major learnings have come out of the last 20 years of research on brain plasticity, and how have these been applied to improving learning or brain functioning in children and adults? What is the current state of our efforts to “deliver the goods” from this science to help children and adults who struggle?  How are we progressing in applying neuroplasticity-related science to normalize brains and increase resilience for children at high risk for early-life catastrophe expressed as an addiction, mental illness, and social disorder? Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

     

Saturday, February 28th

8:00 – 9:30am

 

Opening Remarks

Heather Myers, Private Provider Consultant and Peter Carabi, VP for Global Business Development

The Secret Sauce in Fast ForWord:  Content Selection and Motivational Designs 

William M. Jenkins, Ph.D., Scientist and Founder of Scientific Learning Corp

The Fast ForWord Language series and the Fast ForWord Reading series have been used by millions of learners to improve language and reading skills. These products were designed with experts in neuroscience, psychology, language development, reading development as well as engineering and animation. Both series of Fast ForWord products build and strengthen essential foundational skills within the context of these activities. The presentation will covers some of the design philosophy and specifics behind the content, implementation approach and motivational techniques used to engage students in effective language and reading skill acquisition.  Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

     

10:00am – 11:30pm

 

 

 

Provider Presentations 

From 10:00 - 10:45am:  Selecting Cognitive and Educational Remediation Protocols Based on Specific Patterns of Neurodiversity

Michael P. Rizzo, Ph.D., ABSNP

Before one can truly develop an appropriate remediation plan to meet a child’s shortcomings in behavior, attention, and learning, interventionists must have a clear understanding of the individual’s underlying cognitive abilities and skills. Adopting a conceptual model of how to interpret brain functioning and being able to recognize cognitive weaknesses that are manifesting themselves in shortcomings at higher levels (i.e., reading, writing, mathematics, social functioning, and attention) is critical to developing prescriptive treatment plans. The observable learning and behavioral challenges must be viewed as the tip of the iceberg. In this presentation, participants will be exposed to a conceptual model that has relative consensus in neuroscience as a logical starting point in determining what cognitive networks are weak. You will also be exposed to strategies that address breakdowns at all levels; starting at the bottom and working up (“bottom-up strategies”). Simply providing more academic remediation is not always the magic trick to empowering children to be self-sufficient learners. Fast ForWord products play a critical role in intervening; however, should not be viewed as the only tool in the toolkit. Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

    

From 10:45am - 11:30am:  ADHD…Or Is It? Is it a Behavior or Cognitive Disorder?

Clarisse Colvard, MA

Join this session to review what ADHD is and isn’t and how its symptoms can overlap with other conditions like specific learning disability, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, executive function disorder, and apraxia of speech. See ADHD from different angles: What is a cognitive mind? What is a cognitive deficit? What is a cognitive impairment? Learn from Dr. Colvard what these conditions have in common and how to address the common areas of need: working memory, attention, language skills, reasoning and judgment, and more.  Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

    

12:45pm – 2:15pm

 

 

What Does the Future Hold?

Steven L. Miller, Ph.D., Neuroscientist and founder of Scientific Learning Corp and Chief Science Officer, Nervanix

Neuroscience in education is a rapidly growing field of study; we’re just scratching the surface. Given the changes we’ve seen over the last 20 years, what might we expect in the next 20 years for brain-based learning and for Fast ForWord? Let’s use what we know now about the past to make some predictions about the future! Financial and Content Disclosure Information.

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