Whether you're a parent, a caregiver, a teacher, a tutor, or a therapist, if there is someone in your life with learning disabilities, you're probably looking for advice. Baltimore Lab School can help. During our Featured Speaker Series, you will hear professionals describe their roles and responsibilities in caring for children with learning differences and learn about new developments related to your child's learning.

Featured speakers have extensive training, experience, and success helping children who learn differently. Educators and specialized clinicians will share current developments in their fields. These experts are equipped to help you understand and address the challenges and successes your child experiences while developing his or her academic and social skills.

Upcoming Featured Speaker

Our 2016-2017 Featured Speaker Series has concluded. Special thanks to this year's engaging speakers and session attendees. Information regarding the 2017-2018 Featured Speaker Series will be released in August 2017.

Please contact BLSfeaturedspeaker@gmail.com with speaker or topic suggestions. 

Past Workshops & Lectures

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  • Flying Under the Radar: Girls with ADHD

    Dr. Stephanie Ojeda-Uruburu presented "Flying Under the Radar: Girls with ADHD" on Friday, April 28, marking our final session of the 2016-17 Featured Speaker Series.

    Dr. Ojeda-Uruburu is a licensed psychologist specializing in helping children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD and other conditions, including mood disorders and learning disabilities. She completed her post doctoral work at Baltimore Lab School in the early 2000s. She currently is in practice at Chesapeake ADHD Center in Howard County.
  • Storytelling and Executive Functions: Written Expression for Dyslexic Students

    Presented by Carolee Dean, M.S., CCC-SLP and Paula Moraine, M.Ed.

    Baltimore Lab School hosted a workshop for the International Dyslexia Association, Maryland Branch the evening of April 27, 2017 on Storytelling and Executive Functions with local tutor and Executive Function coach Paula Moraine and Speech-Language Pathologist Carolee Dean from Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was a well received and attended event for psychologists, speech-language pathologists, teachers, tutors, parents, and more.

    This engaging workshop provided an overview of how written expression for dyslexic students may be strengthened through the framework of the story analysis approach of The Secret Language of Stories (SLOS). This approach links Executive Function skills to the various stages of the writing process, enhances language processing skills and comprehension for students of all ages.

    The Secret Language of Stories (SLOS) provides a dynamic, interactive, multisensory framework for students of all ages to be able to engage in the storytelling process. Understanding narrative structure, or story grammar, is not only integral to reading comprehension, but can also be used to address a wide variety of executive function skills. Students of all ability levels benefit from this multi-sensory approach and it is used to address learning objectives for students with dyslexia, ADHD, and Executive Dysfunction.

    Differentiated instruction techniques based on the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards are used within the narrative framework to address objectives for students with a wide variety of writing abilities.

    Continuing Education Credits were available.
  • Executive Functioning & the Arts

    Paula Moraine presented on Executive Functioning & the Arts on March 30.
  • Sexual Health Education

    BLS staff and social workers presented this topic to Lower and Middle School parents on January 24, 2017. Please contact Katy Mulherin with any follow-up questions. 
  • Fostering Independence & Self-Advocacy: College Preparation for the Child Who Learns Differently

    Judy Bass presented on this topic on November 10, 2016. 
  • Informed Consent in Educational & Medical Decision Making: When do you need Guardianship or its alternatives?

    with Ellen Callegary, Esq.
    November 4, 2016
  • "How Arts Integration Can Improve Learning" with Mariale Hardiman, Ed.D.

    In this presentation, Dr. Hardiman reviewed the results of a recent study conducted by her research team at Johns Hopkins University that examined the effects of arts integration on long term retention of academic content.  How the arts can play a role in learning, memory, and creative thinking and problem solving was discussed. 
  • "Planning for Beyond Lab School" with Ellen A. Callegary, Esq.

    This event focused on addressing medical and financial issues as your child turns 18. Additional focuses included advanced health care directives, power of attorney, college and community supports planning, and guardianships.
  • Evening with physician and author Brock Eide, M.D.

    Dr. Brock Eide discussed his new book, The Dyslexic Advantage, co-authored with his wife. This paradigm-shifting book describes an exciting new brain science that reveals the uniquely advantageous qualities of the structure and organization of the dyslexic brain. Through groundbreaking science and interviews with successful dyslexics and innovative teachers, the authors of this essential book show how the unique strengths of dyslexia can be captured for success at home, at school, and at work.

    Dr. Eide is a physician based in the Seattle area specializing in learning differences.  He is a lecturer and author in gifted education, learning disabilities, and twice exceptionalities such as giftedness and dyslexia; consultant to the President's Council on Bioethics; and co-author of The Dyslexic Advantage (2011, Hudson Street Press) and The Mislabeled Child (2007, Hyperion).
  • "Remember Language Disorders? Let's Talk about Language" with renowned researcher and author Martha B. Denckla, M.D.

    Dr. Denckla holds the Batza Family Endowed Chair at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and is the director of the Institute's Developmental Cognitive Neurology Clinic. She is also Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry in The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and co-Author of Attention: Relationships between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities (2003, Handbook of Learning Disabilities).

Resources & Downloads

    • Baltimore Lab School is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Baltimore Lab School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

      Baltimore Lab School is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Baltimore Lab School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Founded by visionary educator Sally L. Smith in 2000, Baltimore Lab School educates bright, motivated children in Grades 1-12 with learning disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, and more. Through our innovative, arts-based curriculum, our students go on to succeed in college and careers.