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Kara Loftin selected keynote for Kuwait Conference

February 28, 2019

MT. PLEASANT — Wasatch Academy is once again making waves, this time on the other side of the world. Assistant Head of School for Learning Support, Kara Loftin, has been asked to head the Kuwait Association of Learning Disabilities (KALD) conference as the keynote speaker in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

She is set to speak at The American University of Kuwait on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30. Roughly 3,000 people are expected to attend, many of whom, like Loftin, are recognized by the International Dyslexia Association and the Wilson Reading System.

Loftin 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 she found a passion for supporting students with learning differences.

Loftin 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.

Loftin’s keynote presentation themed “Moving Towards an Inclusive System” will focus on how teens with ADHD struggle to engage executive functions and self-regulatory behaviors.

Presentations will 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.”

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.

The Kuwait Association of Learning Disabilities (KALD), was formed in 2007 by Amaal Al Sayer, and is hosting the seventh 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 flourish.