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Screen and Intervene: The Latest Research on Reading

Adele H. Stamp Student Union | University of Maryland | College Park, MD 20742
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
Register hereyou will be required to create a UMD login.

Location: Colony Ballroom, 2nd Floor Registration opens at 8:30am

Event Parking:

Union Lane Garage- for a $FEE

Regents Drive Garage is further away and is open and FREE on the weekends

Lots Z and 1- FREE

Click here to see a visitor parking map.

Book donation: DCIDA/UMD Grad Students/BCDI/Ward8reads formed a partnership to help 40 children ages 5-12 learn to read.  We would appreciate your help with the project through donations of new or gently used books appropriate for children ages 5-12.  Books may be dropped off at the registration table in the morning.


DCIDA is delighted to host the following speakers:

“Early identification of Dyslexia and Reading impairments: Whom should we screen? Where should we screen? How should we screen?”

Nadine Gaab, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard Medical School and a member of the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She grew up in Germany and received her PhD from the University of Zurich in Switzerland but conducted most of her doctoral research at the Harvard Medical School. She then did her postdoctoral work at Stanford and MIT with John Gabrieli. She started at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2007 and her work at the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on auditory and language processing in the human brain and its applications for the development of typical and atypical language and literacy skills from infancy to adolescence. She primarily works on the early identification of children at- risk for language-based learning disabilities such as developmental dyslexia, the neural correlates of reading development, environmental and genetic factors that influence language and reading development as well as the development and implementation of screening practices for young children. She works at the intersection of developmental cognitive neuroscience, clinical/educational practice, educational technology and public policy with a special focus on early identification and implementation of real-world changes for struggling readers. The Gaab lab works closely with numerous public and private schools within the Greater New England area and Dr. Gaab is a frequent speaker in the community. For more info please see and

“From Early Identification to Prevention, and Promoting Resilience and Compensatory Skills in Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties”

Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD, Professor of Psychological Sciences and Director of Brain Imaging Research Center, University of Connecticut

Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD is Professor of Psychological Sciences & Psychiatry, Director of Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at UCONN, and Director of Laboratory for Learning Engineering and Neural Systems ( located at UCONN & UCSF. She also has appointments as Senior Scientist & Senior Advisor of Strategic Planning at Haskins Laboratories, Co-Director of UC-Stanford Multi-Campus Precision Learning Center ( and Haskins L2 (Language & Literacy) Global Innovation Hub, and Adjunct Professor of UCSF Psychiatry, Weill Institute for Neurosciences and Dyslexia Center.

She was trained in medicine and neurosciences, at Keio University (Tokyo), Harvard, Caltech and Stanford. Hoeft’s program of research focuses on the neuroscience of skill acquisition such as literacy, neurodevelopmental disorders such as dyslexia, and socio-emotional competencies such as motivation and resilience in those with dyslexia and learning differences. Her team also specializes in R&D of cognitive science-based tools that can be deployed in educational practice to maximize personalized learning. She continues to receive numerous federal and private foundation grants for her work.

“When Structured Literacy Isn’t Enough: The Importance of Enhanced Training of Motor Skills to Remediate the Effects of Severe Dyslexia.”

This session is intended to deepen professional knowledge and understanding of what it takes to truly change reading and spelling behavior in students who are often considered “Intervention Resistant”.  Enhanced training of motor-skills to remediate the effects of severe dyslexia will be discussed.  Implications for Tier III instruction will be explored.

Sandra Dillon is the Director, Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico.

She is the author of Sounds In Syllables Tier 3 approach a research based program used successfully for over twenty-five years in public and private schools and clinics to teach dyslexic children and adults to read, write and spell.

DCIDA is honored to be celebrating the achievements of Dr. Martha Bridge Denckla, renowned research scientist and former director of the Developmental Cognitive Neurology Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and professor of neurology, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Interested in becoming a DCIDA member, learn about the benefits here.

Registration Costs:  Register Online Here**Registrants will need to create a login on the UMD page.

It pays to be a member! Early bird rates end Nov. 14th 
*6 ALTA CEUs available for this event
Attendees Early Bird Rates -Nov. 14th After Nov. 14th 
DCIDA Member rates $120 $150
Non-member rates $150 $180
                       Teacher/DDMD rates                                     (School id required at check in) $75 $75
Student rates (School id required at check in) $50 $50
Registration includes lunch and handouts
Limited Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities for this event.  For more information visit this site.


DCIDA would like to thank our generous sponsors and partners for their support of this important conference:


ASDEC          Decoding Dyslexia MD         The Lab School of Washington           McLean School 

Oakwood School         The Siena School            Wye River Upper School            Law Office of Brian K. Gruber

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