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PEDIATRIC EPILEPSY SURGERY CONFERENCE
AND FAMILY REUNION
JULY 5 - 8, 2017
HILTON ORLANDO • ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Surround yourself with people who get it, learn from experts, and form lifelong bonds. This year’s event will be held at the spectacular Hilton Orlando resort, with two temperature-controlled pools, lazy river, whirlpool, a winding water slide, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, an inexpensive trolley ride away from International Drive‘s shopping, attractions, and dining experiences, including SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort, and a 7-mile shuttle ride away from DisneyWorldEpcot, and other area attractions! For more information, including registration, see the General Information tab below.

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Saturday, July 8 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Learning To Read After Epilepsy Surgery

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In typically-developing persons, reading is primarily a function of the left hemisphere of the brain within circuits involving the temporal lobe. Reading after hemispherectomy or other resection surgeries which remove the temporal lobe in childhood can be challenging. One published research paper shows that only 42% of children after hemispherectomy read appropriately for their age. But what can be done to help these children access literacy? Joining our conference is Dr. Joanna Christodolou, a world renowned literacy researcher who co-authored a recent paper which says that after hemispherectomy, children must have comprehensive reading evaluations. Dr. Christodolou will talk about the neural basis of reading, why challenges like homonymous hemianopsia can impact reading, and which reading assessments should be used to discover a child's strengths and weaknesses in the five parameters of reading. 

Moderators
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Monika Jones, JD

President, The Brain Recovery Project
Monika Jones serves as Program Chair and is CEO and Board Chair of The Brain Recovery Project, where she served as the principal investigator for the NIH research conference grant for the 2014 International Workshop on Brain Plasticity, Hemispheric Specialization, and Neuro-rehabilitation After Cerebral Hemispherectomy. In additional to her work with The Brain Recovery Project, she is an active member of the Council of Parent and Attorney... Read More →

Speakers
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Joanna Christodolou

Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard University and MIT
Joanna A. Christodoulou works at the intersection of education and neuroscience. Her program of research, conducted at MIT in the Gabrieli Lab and at MGH Institute of Health Professions, focuses on brain and behavior correlates of development, difficulties, and intervention effects for reading. Goals of this work include 1) informing our understanding of reading challenges regarding how they are defined and conceptualized; 2) investigating... Read More →


Saturday July 8, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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