Learning Specialist Resources

Throughout the year, Shannon Needham and Judy Stern, Learning Specialists at Barrie School, will be sharing suggestions for activities to try at home, as well as community resources for parents.  Check this space often to see what’s new. 


  • Sienna School Workshop

    Improving Reading Comprehension

    Saturday, January 12, 2013, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

    This workshop will address the research behind what impacts comprehension and present effective multisensory strategies to improve comprehension such as the Modified, the Directed, Pre-Reading Approach. The workshop will include effective hands-on activities such as Brain Gym (for teaching directionality), visualizing, vocabulary-building techniques and other instructional tools that can help create strong readers who understand and remember what they read.

    Workshop Facilitators: Beth Augustine and Martha Silk, reading specialists at The Siena School

    Cost: $120

  • Great Parent Workshops!

    Click the title above to see a list of informative workshops for parents offered in the near future!

  • "Pushed Too Hard", a Talk with Alfie Kohn

    On Saturday, January 5, Alfie Kohn, renowned expert on human behavior, education, and parenting will present a talk entitled Pushed Too Hard: Parenting and Teaching in an Achievement-Crazy Culture. The event will run from 4:30 to 6:30pm and take place at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington, VA. Tickets cost $10 and are available at www.msnv.org/kohn.

  • Raising Your Challenging Child

    This winter, from January 13 to March 20, Dr. Dan Shapiro will present a 10-session program is for parents of children (ages preschool through elementary school) with challenging behaviors.

    Please see the attached flyer for more information.

  • Children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) may perform better in school after just twenty minutes of exercise.

    Taking the dog for a morning walk? Invite your child along for a bike ride and improve school performance! Read this linked article to find out more...

  • Stress: Causes, Symptoms, and Tips for Overcoming It

    Stress much? This linked article is written to help parents identify stress in children and strategize to minimize its effects.

  • Suggestions for Improving Fine Motor Skills

    We hope the attached sheet of handy tips for improving fine motor skills will be helpful to parents working with their children.

Barrie's Learning Specialists

Shannon Needham

Judy Stern
Judy Stern

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