Southern California

Event Location

March 16, 2024 at 8:30am
Westmark School
5461 Louise Ave. Encino, CA 91316


  Early Bird
2/12 - 2/25
2/26 - 3/7
  Members  $140  $160
  Students  $100  $100
  Non-Members  $165  $185
  Group Rate
For Institutions, Schools, AET Study Groups, or ET Companies

$115/person for 5+ people

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All times listed are Pacific Time

8:30am - 9:00am Doors Open with Light Breakfast
9:00am - 9:15am Welcome / Housekeeping Announcements / Introduction 
9:15am - 10:45am Presentation One: Part I
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 12:30pm Presentation One: Part II
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch Break
1:15pm - 3:20pm Presentation Two

Presentation One:

Auditory Processing Disorder and Listening Challenges: Strategies for Successful Intervention


Speaker: Lois Kam Heymann, MA, CCC-SLP

What does it mean when a client is diagnosed with APD, Listening Challenges and/or Language Processing Issues? What interventions might the educational therapist use for each? After differentiating the terms, Lois Kam Heymann will introduce hands-on strategies that can be integrated into client sessions, geared for students between 5-18 years old. The focus of intervention strategies will be on auditory attention, auditory/auditory sequential memory, phonological awareness, and auditory cohesion.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe auditory and language-based skills and summarize the features that differentiate them.
  • Classify and explain the key elements in bottom-up versus top-down intervention for APD and other auditory-based deficits.
  • Select and demonstrate strategies and interventions for developing appropriate and efficient listening skills for students.

Children and adolescents with auditory processing disorder (APD) and other listening challenges are disadvantaged in most learning environments and social situations. Effective listeners are better communicators, demonstrate empathy, and are more successful in understanding instructional content.

In this workshop, participants will learn to differentiate between APD, listening challenges, language processing, and attentional issues. The presentation will focus on a hierarchical approach to intervention and hands-on strategies to integrate top-down (metacognitive, metalinguistic) with bottom-up (auditory) skills. Skills addressed include auditory attention, auditory and auditory sequential memory, phonological awareness, and auditory cohesion. Strategies effective for students from five to 18 years of age will be discussed, and case studies will illustrate essential concepts.

Speaker Bio:

Lois Kam Heymann, M.A. CCC-SLP, is a Speech and Language Pathologist with over 30 years’ experience working with children with listening, hearing and learning challenges and their parents. She is the leading authority of Auditory Processing Disorder. As a sought-after speaker, she has presented hundreds of in-service workshops, seminars and conferences, sharing her knowledge and techniques with parent groups, school systems and speech therapists. Lois is a lifetime member of ASHA and holds state certifications in New York and California.

DISCLOSURE: Financial – Receives honoraria from AET and royalties from Random House. Non-financial – Serves on the board of WWO (Worldwide Orphans) Bulgaria.


Presentation Two:

Understanding the Dyslexia in Dyscalculia: How to Support Your Clients Even If You Don't "Do" Math!

Speaker: Dr. Sandra Elliott

In this presentation, participants will be equipped with the essential tools and resources to better serve your clients even if numbers are not your strong suit. Gain insights into dyscalculia's common signs across all age groups, master efficient instructional strategies for math, and learn how to assist students in performing basic mathematical operations and honing number sense. Let's do some math!

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the common signs of dyscalculia across age groups- K through high school
  2. Use the four most prevalent instructional strategies for math
  3. Provide support to students needing to perform the four basic mathematical operations and number sense

Speaker Bio:

Sandra T. Elliott, Ph.D., is a career educator who has spent over four decades working to enhance education for all students and improve schools and their systems around the globe. She has served as a Special Education teacher, a five-time principal in Florida and Colorado and a district-level administrator. She has held executive-level positions at for-profit education providers and foundations and was part of the EngageNY – Eureka Math team at its inception. Dr. Elliott is also a member of the UNESCOsponsored international EDUsummIT that meets biennially to write education policy recommendations to be adopted by the United Nations. She most recently led the research and development of the new dyscalculia screener and intervention tool, DySc, that is aligned to the DSM5 and is thrilled to be able to combine her focus on Special Education and Math at TouchMath and champion for dyscalculia.

DISCLOSURE: Financial – Receives honoraria from AET (converted into materials distributed to attendees) and a salary from TouchMath for employment in a management position. Non-financial – No relevant relationships to disclose.


CE Credits

This program is offered for:
AET: 5 CE Hours
ASHA: 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level)
NASP: 5 CPD Hours
CA BBS (through NASP): 5 CE Hours (includes LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP in California)
TEA: 5 CPE Hours
ALTA: 5 CE Hours

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be received in writing. Cancellations received more than 14 business days prior to the event will be subject to a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given once inside the 14 business day window.


 Event location provided by the Westmark School.