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Closing the Learning Gap for Complex Children

Closing the Learning Gap for Complex Children

High Hopes Development Center is hosting Professional and Family/Caregiver workshops by Rett University: “Closing the Learning Gap for Complex Children – All Engaged, All Communicate, All Learn!” at Brentwood Baptist Church on April 16 & 18

Children with complex disabilities who are severely motor challenged or non-verbal can often be overlooked regarding communication and academic progress, due to the challenges faced by teachers, therapists, administrators, parents and caregivers.  These informative workshops, given by experienced course director Susan Norwell, M.A. Special Education, are designed to help “Close the Learning Gap” by teaching specific methodologies for using AAC soft and high tech tools.  Susan has worked with a wide array of students, including those with Rett Syndrome, Autism and multiple disabilities for the last 40 years High Hopes is proud to present these offerings by Norwell, who has presented workshops worldwide and consults with various school districts on successful education of children with Rett Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other complex needs, including those on the autism spectrum.

The April 16 Professional and April 18 Family/Caregiver workshops will equip attendees with strategies and methodologies for supporting even the most complex learners.  The workshops will include robust videos and hands-on demonstrations of academic supports and strategies that aid the processes of learning to read and write, especially for students that often get left behind in these areas.  Participants will learn methods to build better communication, support academic growth, and be empowered with a renewed confidence and belief in their child’s or student’s underlying abilities, regardless of their diagnosis!  Speech-Language Pathologists, Physical and Occupational Therapists and assistants, teachers, special educators and administrators are strongly encouraged to attend the Professional workshop on April 16.

Workshops are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch provided, and sponsored by Tobii Dynavox, Continuum Planning Partners and Therapy-in-a-Bin.  Brentwood Baptist Church is located at 7777 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN.  Space is limited to offer an optimal learning experience for attendees.  For more information or reservations, please visit or call 615.661.5437.


High Hopes Development Center is a non-profit inclusive preschool and pediatric therapy clinic that loves, nurtures, and educates children from infancy through Pre-K with and without special needs in inclusive classrooms.  A team of experienced teachers and pediatric therapists support the individual needs of each child in the classroom, and the outpatient therapy clinic meets the therapeutic challenges of infants to adolescents in the community. High Hopes is the only non-profit inclusive preschool in Williamson County with a preschool and therapy clinic under one roof. High Hopes is truly unique in the way that children with and without special needs such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other developmental delays play, learn, and grow together every day. The outpatient pediatric therapy clinic provides multiple therapies in one location: occupational, speech, physical, and feeding therapies. High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for future academic and social success.


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