Wasatch Academy is once again making waves, this time on the other side of the world. Kara Loftin, the Assistant Head of School for Learning Support at Wasatch Academy, is well known for her constant mission to further the world of education for both students and teachers. She spent several years working on her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland. However, while at Wasatch Academy Loftin found a passion for supporting students with learning differences. She now specializes in supporting students to overcome learning disorders such as dyslexia and ADHD and has been invited to speak on such topics several times around the United States. This time, Loftin has been asked to head the Kuwait Association of Learning Disabilities (KALD) conference as the keynote speaker in Kuwait City, Kuwait.
Kuwait is an Asian country renowned for their oil and has over 1,144 schools for its citizens to attend. Recently they have begun to look into expanding their education programs to support students who suffer from disabilities and struggle on a regular basis in class. KALD, formed in 2007 by Mrs. Amaal Al Sayer, is hosting the 7th annual conference this year. The theme centers around the idea of moving towards a more inclusive system that ultimately helps the country and its students, as a whole, flourish.
Mrs. Loftin is set to speak at The American University of Kuwait on March 29 and 30. Roughly 3,000 people are expected to attend many of who, like Ms. Loftin, are recognized by the International Dyslexia Association and the Wilson Reading System.
Loftin’s keynote presentation themed “Moving Towards an Inclusive System” focuses on how teens with ADHD struggle to engage executive functions and self-regulatory behaviors. Presentations include many hands-on and interactive features on the topics of learning disabilities, ADHD, behavioral modification, anti-bullying, and social-emotional awareness training, and how working memory may impact learning in upper-level courses. Loftin will also discuss several of the barriers that students experience as a result of their ADHD such as bullying and a lack of feeling included and how educators can investigate preventative practices. Loftin states, “It is an honor to be invited to the National Conference for Learning Disabilities in Kuwait as Keynote Speaker. I am thrilled to share our good work at Wasatch Academy with a larger audience.”