Texas ALTA 2022 Summit

January 15, 2022 | Virtually via Zoom | 8 CEs


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About the 2022 Texas Summit

Start the New Year off right – get 8 CEs in one day! Gain knowledge in updated research on:

  • ADHD – How executive functioning skills affect reading comprehension
  • Best practices for helping ESL dyslexic students – lessons will be modeled & practiced
  • How our schools can rise to the call for dyslexic students
  • Create positive relationships with parents of struggling students
  • New chapter books for struggling readers

Summit Sweepstakes

Register before January 13th and be automatically entered for a chance to win this gorgeous quilt, crafted and donated by fellow CALT, Cheryl Prince. The winner of the quilt will be selected live at the Summit on January 15th. Will YOU be the lucky winner?

In Dr. Dooley’s training, she shares this quote with her new Therapists:

“According to scientific facts, the bumblebee is not supposed to be able to fly because his wings are so tiny and his body so big.  But you know what?  He flies anyway because no one told him he could not.  As long as you believe you can, YOU CAN!!”

This year’s quilt is a reminder to all of us to BELIEVE we can and guide our students so they BELIEVE they can.


* A portion of the proceeds from each registration will be donated to support the ALTA Charitable Foundation.


Saturday, January 15, 2022

8:15 – 8:30 am

Introduction & Welcome

Libby Grafa, President, Texas ALTA

8:30 – 10:00 AM

FEAR: Reading, Attention/Anxiety and Executive Functions

Dr. Eric Tridas

The content of the 1½-hr presentation covers Executive Functions (EF), ADHD, Anxiety, and Dyslexia. We will also cover EF and the impact on decoding, fluency, and comprehension.

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Language and Literacy Intervention Among Multilingual Learners

Dr. Elsa Hagan

There are 5 million students in the United States who speak English as their second language. Many of these students also exhibit dyslexia. Literacy interventions must therefore be well-designed and include cross-linguistic features to enhance multilingual learners’ use of native language and literacy knowledge. This session will describe the cross-linguistic features that can be incorporated within targeted intervention sessions. Oral language proficiency must also be addressed utilizing evidence-based practices. Lessons will be modeled and practiced.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Regional updates


Presidents of each TX ALTA Chapter will speak about programs they have had this past year and provide updates for future presentations.

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Rise to the Occasion

Nancy Disterlic

This session will focus on the ability of our Texas public schools to rise to the call to appropriately identify and serve students with dyslexia from our rich heritage to our current changes.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Dyslexia Laws in Texas

Rob Eisler, Legal Consultant for TX ALTA

Mr. Eissler, Texas ALTA’s lobbyist, will be sharing what he has done for us so far, updates of legislative news, what we need to know, what we need to do, and how we can help. There will be time for Q&A.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Creating Positive Relationships with Parents of Struggling Students

Rick Lavoie

An ancient African proverb says, “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled.”

Two one-ton elephants have combat in the jungle. They collide heads for hours but – because of the bony structure in the front of their skulls – they walk away unscathed. But meanwhile every shrub, bush and piece of vegetation is trampled and gone forever.

As it is in the lives of children. If the adults in a child’s life are fighting, it is ultimately the child who gets hurt.

This seminar will provide strategies and processes that will enable parents and professionals to work together as partners to meet the needs of the struggling child.

3:00 – 4:00 PM

From Shame to Possibility: The Dyslexia Equation

Don Winn, Author & dyslexic himself

Diagnosis, accommodation, and social and emotional support are key to every dyslexic child’s success. This presentation will discuss the dangers of undiagnosed dyslexia and how parents and educators can become more aware of subtle signs that a child is feeling shame, and how to help the child move from feelings of shame to possibility.

Featuring the award-winning Sir Kaye the Boy Knight series, the presentation will also discuss the importance of a “hero of self-reference” in children’s books and how such heroes can be pivotal in helping the dyslexic or struggling reader see themselves in new ways, with new possibilities and potential.

4:00 – 4:15 PM

How to attain CE certificates

Cindy Connolly, VP Records

4:15 – 4:30 PM

ALTA updates

Lynne Fitzhugh, President ALTA National


Meet Our Speakers

Eric Tridas, MD
Eric Tridas, MD

Developmental Pediatrician

Dr. Tridas practiced developmental and behavioral pediatrics in the Tampa Bay Area for 37 years. He is the founder and Senior Partner of The Tridas Group, a developmental pediatrics consulting and software company. Dr. Tridas is an IDA representative at the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disability Association of America, and past President of the International Dyslexia Association. He is also the State Medical Director for Pediatric Health Choice for Florida-Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Facilities (PPEC). He is a retired clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of medicine.
Dr. Tridas is the recipient of the 2017 International Dyslexia Association Margaret Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the International Dyslexia Association Sylvia Richardson Hall of Fame. He also received the 2012 IMSLEC Innovator Award.
Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan
Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan

Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist and a Certified Academic Language Therapist

Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan is a bilingual speech and language pathologist and Certified Academic Language Therapist and Qualified Instructor (CALT-QI). Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan is the President of the Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, Texas, and a research associate with the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics at the University of Houston.  

Elsa has spent the last 23 years working in national research projects sponsored by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the Institute of Education Sciences, a research arm of the United States Department of Education, and the Office of Special Education Programs. Each national project was related to the development of language and literacy skills among Spanish-speaking English learners. 

Nancy Disterlic
Nancy Disterlic

Consultant Region 10

Nancy Disterlic graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Dallas Baptist University with a Master of Arts in Teaching (Multisensory Instruction). She taught in Keller ISD for 12 years in both elementary and high school, as a classroom teacher, dyslexia therapist, and special education teacher for students with autism. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, and a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association. She is currently serving as the Region 10 Dyslexia Consultant, serving districts and students to develop the skills to become independent and confident. She offers a new perspective for teachers working with students with dyslexia.

Don Winn
Don Winn

Dyslexia Advocate & Author

A dyslexia advocate, educational keynote speaker, with a lifetime of experience living with dyslexia, Don M. Winn is the award-winning author of the nonfiction book for parents and educators, Raising a Child with Dyslexia: What Every Parent Needs to Know. Don has written thirteen picture books and the Sir Kaye the Boy Knight series—an award-winning four-book series of chapter books for independent readers, which includes The Knighting of Sir Kaye, The Lost Castle Treasure, Legend of the Forest Beast, and The Eldridge Conspiracy. The books include many topics for parents and kids to talk about—including how a character named Reggie struggles with dyslexia but learns that he is a talented person of great value.

Rick Lavoie
Rick Lavoie

Best-selling Author

Rick Lavoie served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years. He holds three degrees in Special Education and holds two Honorary Doctorates in Education from the University of Massachusetts (2003) and Mitchell College (CT – 2007).  He has served as a visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama, University of Melbourne, and Georgetown. His numerous national television appearances include The TODAY Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News, and Walt Disney Presents.

Rick is the author of the book, It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success and The Motivation Breakthrough: Six Secrets to Turning On the Tuned Out Child. 

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