Teacher Workshops

Struggling Learners
Overview of learning issues:
Dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autism
Cinda Osterman, M. ED

Cinda operates her own business, Training Gifted Minds, LLC, providing educational consulting, tutoring, testing, and correction programs for children (and adults) with right-brain learning issues: dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADHD, executive functioning, and autism.

She holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Master’s in Early Childhood Education.

Cinda has also been a teacher, “nanny” (working extensively with young children, troubled teens, and parents needing assistance in raising their children), and a seminar speaker (in the US as well as overseas). She has presented seminars on home schooling, child-training and parenting, and learning issues (helping parents and teachers understand why some children can’t read, and how to work with ADHD and autistic children).

Endangered Minds

Today, we seem to have more and more children that struggle with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and a general decline in school achievement. Gleaning from her own experience and research from Dr. Healy (Endangered Minds), Cinda Osterman, M. ED will be sharing some of the dangers and practices we set before our children that compromise their ability to concentrate and absorb and analyze information.

Day 1: An overview of learning issues: dyslexia (reading), dyscalculia (math), dysgraphia (writing), ADHD (focusing), and Asperger’s.

Day 2: What helps or hinders my child’s ability to read or write? Does Sesame Street, Alphabet Song, pushing letter and sound recognition or writing before the brain is developed for language or fine motor skills preparing my child for failure or success in reading or writing?

Day 3: What helps or hinders my child’s ability to do well in math or focus in school? Does an introduction of math concepts before the brain is developed for them create a future difficulty for learning and understanding math? Does TV, video games, a noisy environment, or lack of “table talk” affect my child’s ability to focus and problem solve?

Day 4: Each day some ideas will be given to help our students, but if more time is needed, this day is set for that. As well as exploring the use of clay to get abstract concepts across to children.

Two Types of Thinkers and How They Learn
Visual and Non-visual Learners

Two hour seminar discussing:

  • How visual and non-visual thinkers think
  • How to teach each group