Igniting Student Success: Unlocking the Power of Neurodiversity

April 29, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Admission $100

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8:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Registration & Light Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: Neurodiversity & Big Feelings: How To Respectfully and Effectively Support Students In The Classroom and Beyond – Shelley Carnes, MS OTR/L

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.: Break

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Case Study and Q&A with Shelley Carnes, MS OTR/L

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.: Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.: Ready to Learn: Regulating Mindsets, Emotions, and Behaviors of Neurodiverse Students – Lane Sisak, Becca Olivo, and Anna Zembo (Wolf School Staff)

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.: Q&A and Wrap Up

Who is this conference for?

The Wolf School Complex Learners Conference is thoughtfully organized by professionals familiar with working with students with complex learning needs. The following roles will benefit from attending this year’s conference:

  • Special Educators
  • Occupational Therapists/Speech Therapists working with school-aged students
  • Parents of neurodiverse students
  • Other professionals who frequently work with neurodiverse students

Keynote Speaker: Shelley Carnes, MS OTR/L

Shelley Carnes is the Executive Director and Occupational Therapist at The Hirsch Academy, a neurodiversity affirming school supporting and championing neurodivergent students, ages 5-14. As one of The Hirsch Academy’s founding members, Shelley was instrumental in taking Hirsch from vision to reality over 18 years ago and continues to ensure respectful, innovative support within its program. She also consults and presents to educators and therapists on the topics of supporting neurodiversity, universal design for learning, sensory differences, and social/emotional learning. Shelley has a Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Science, a Masters in Occupational Therapy, is an Expert DIR Floortime Provider and is one of the I-ASC trainers for the ACTS certification program. Shelley is passionate about supporting the neurodivergent community and promoting international discussions between self-advocates, families, professionals and educators within our community. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is a wife and proud mom of two children and a very furry dog named River. 

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