Linda Siegel, a Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology and Special Education where she holds the Dorothy C. Lam Chair in Special Education. She has a BA degree from Queens College of the City University of New York and an MS and PhD from Yale University. She has published approximately 150 articles and book chapters in the area of learning disabilities and neuropsychology. She has taught at the University of Missouri, McMaster University Medical Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and at the University of British Columbia.

Beyond IQ:  Early Identification and Intervention to Prevent Dyslexia
The problems with IQ testing will be reviewed and alternative appropriate assessment techniques will be discussed. A system to identify children at risk for reading difficulties early in their school career, before they experience failure, will be discussed. Classroom based intervention techniques to prevent reading problems will be outlined. With this program, we can significantly reduce the incidence of school failure, both for children whose first language is English and for immigrant children whose first language is not English. 


Mary-Anne Zubrycky, a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist, holds a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Wichita State University. She is the owner of The Speech, Voice and Language Clinic, a Speech Pathology Private Practice in Ottawa.  Trained in SMT to teach her two dyslexic children to read and spell, her clinical practice now includes early literacy, identifying dyslexic symptoms in children with language challenges, training parents to work with their children, and training teachers in the National Capital Region. She is the mother of three teenagers and is an active community member. 

Going Beyond Phonological Awareness
Mary-Anne Zubrycky, Speech-Language Pathologist, will discuss the principles of Phonological Awareness Therapy, its benefits and shortcomings. In this session, the next therapeutic step for both early and late literacy acquisition skills will be explored. Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, and parents will learn why working on graphophonemics, orthography and morphology in a systematic, cumulative and multisensory manner promotes literacy success.


Jay Mandarino is the owner of C.J. Graphics Inc., a large printing and bookbinding company in Toronto. He is an active philanthropist and volunteer for charity events. He also has dyslexia. Mandarino graduated from York University in Toronto with a BA with a major in business. Today, his company boasts sales exceeding $7 million. In 2002 and 2003, C.J. Graphics Inc. won the Bennie Award, the most prestigious award in the print industry.
While Mandarino was in elementary school, his parents were told that the best they could hope for was that their son would earn a living as a gas station attendant. Instead, he graduated at the top of his class, and today owns and operates a multi-million-dollar printing and publishing company. While reading is still difficult, he finds that he quickly picks up even complicated tasks when instruction comes through demonstration.


Louise Brazeau-Ward is an internationally renowned expert on dyslexia who has spent many years researching this condition. She became involved when her son was diagnosed with dyslexia.  Louise testified as an expert witness in many court cases. She is highly regarded among parents and professors for her knowledge of dyslexia and relevant treatment methods. Louise Brazeau-Ward learned the multisensory approach at the Orton-Gillingham Academy and then began using her skills to teach others.  She recognized the needs of teachers, parents and volunteers. This provided the impetus to develop the Multisensory Method currently being used in schools and homes across Canada and abroad.


Lisa Ward is experienced in using the Simultaneous Multisensory Teaching Method (SMT). She provides screening, testing and tutoring for adults and children using this method and also conducts workshops for educators. The SMT method, based on the Orton-Gillingham Philosophy, is a language re-education method for use with students, of all ages, with dyslexia. Her presentation will cover "the SMT method and its practical implementation".

From Failure to Success at School
Students, who had learning difficulties in elementary and high school, are now experiencing success at university. Thanks to timely diagnoses, these students benefited from special academic instruction adapted to their unique learning styles. Moreover, their above-average abilities in problem-solving and outstanding spatial perception (3-D) have contributed to, not limited, their success.   

Parents of Dyslexic Children
At one time, it was necessary for many parents to change their lifestyle.  In order to send their children to private schools specializing in education for dyslexic children, many parents have had to change jobs, move and modify their lives at home to ensure their children enjoyed a superior quality of life. Come and listen to these parents, their stories and their experiences.


Chantal Legault is a graduate with a B.Ed., a teacher and member of the Association québécoise des troubles d’apprentissage.  She presents her research at conferences and provides training and consulting services. She has been working in the school system for the last eleven years. Ms. Legault has had the opportunity to work with many elementary school children, and, more specifically, with groups with severe learning disabilities. Currently, she has a private practice and specializes in re-educating dyslexic children.

Teaching and Dyslexia
What can a teacher do for a child with dyslexia?  What is their role in the academic environment and in private practice? What do they need to know? Does reading re-education solve all the problems? What accommodations are possible and/or necessary at school (elementary to university)? How can parents help with homework? This workshop will address these questions as well as an overview of the areas of learning that dyslexia affects. We will discuss concrete changes that can be applied in class and at home to help with learning: multiplication tables, long division, reading and writing, etc.


Adel Francis is the Director of the Irlen Centre Inc. in Ottawa.  The Irlen Syndrome is a perceptual problem that can affect achievement, learning and performance for struggling readers.  Irlen Syndrome is not detected by standard educational, visual or medical test.  When some children open a book, they see strange images and moving shapes where others would see words.  To remediate the problem, the Irlen Method is a patented technique which uses colored overlays and precision tinted filters.