Annual Fall Conference 

Friday, October 18, 2024
7:30am ~ 3:30pm
Crest Hollow Country Club | Woodbury, NY


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Tera Sumpter is a wife, mother of three, author, founder of Seeds of Learning LLC, and Speech-Language Pathologist with specialized experience in the areas of reading, executive functioning and learning disabilities.  She is an international presenter on cognitive processing and executive functioning, and former adjunct instructor of Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism in the Cleveland State University’s Speech and Hearing Program.  She has most recently begun teaching as an adjunct instructor through Ashland University, where she now offers a course about her model for graduate credit.

Tera was a medical Speech-Language Pathologist in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings before founding Seeds of Learning™ LLC.  Having worked with children in medical and therapeutic settings since 2001, Tera understands the special needs that children and their families encounter when faced with learning difficulties.  Tera is committed to providing the highest quality treatment to children, as well as educating and empowering families.

From years of clinical experience and research analysis, Tera has developed a Cognitive Processing Model for Academic Learning which integrates key cognitive components necessary for learning. Far too often, learning disabilities are segmented and compartmentalized when in fact, they are related and connected. Tera’s model allows a professional to get to the root of a child’s learning difficulty, both for assessment and intervention.  Tera is honored to be asked to present and teach her model to other professionals including speech-language pathologists, teachers, occupational therapists, nurses, psychologists, parents, and undergraduate and graduate speech language pathology students in various states across the country and internationally. For more information on her presentations and workshops, visit here.

Tera has published an internationally selling, 5-star rated on Amazon book, The Seeds of Learning™:  A Cognitive Processing Model for Speech, Language, Literacy & Executive Functioning.  Buy the Book.

Tera has an international online educational community developed for professionals to learn more about executive functioning assessment and therapy, and the cognitive processing involved in learning.


Impact of Inspirational Doodling: How Empowering Messages Create Positive Mindsets 

Keynote Speaker: Ilene Fox

Ilene Fox is an elementary school teacher and an inspirational workshop leader. Using her late husband Allan Fox’s empowering doodles as a platform for mindfulness, creativity and the mission of spreading peace and love—people are learning how something so simple can be meaningful and powerful. Ilene is continuing the passionate and creative work of her husband by sharing his book Doodles, Volume One so people can develop their own powerful messages and doodles to spread love, joy and kindness around the world. As a teacher for the past 30 years— Ilene’s skills within the education community have helped her create a lesson that thousands of students have embraced and are inspired to “doodle like Allan”. She works with schools and other sectors to empower others to create meaningful doodles that help themselves live authentically and to live with passion and love. In addition, doodling has many benefits for learning and for stress relief. Ilene is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst with a BS in Communications Studies/Mass Media (1985) and earned her master’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Bank Street College in New York City in 1995. Combining these skills has helped her launch a new version of Realize Harmony—one that spreads Allan’s messages through merchandise, sponsoring music and empowering others to create and see the benefits of doodling. As well, Realize Harmony gives back by providing scholarships to music and art high school students who embody the kind spirit like Allan. This year, Ilene has received numerous awards for her work. The Merrick Chamber of Commerce awarded Ilene the Professional of the Year in January 2024 and the Women in the Arts in Long Beach awarded Ilene the Community and Education Award in April 2024. Ilene and Allan’s love story was cut short by his sudden passing in 2021—but his legacy lives on through the mission of Realize Harmony and the passion seen by so many. As Ilene continues this important work—Allan is on the journey with her—because his work continues to impact people of all ages. She wants the world to know that together WE can change the world—one doodle at a time.


8:00 – 8:15 Introduce the Idea of Doodling and How it Empowers People to Develop a More Positive Mindset

8:15 – 9:00 Teaching People About the Benefits of Inspirational Doodling

9:00 – 9:15 Transition to Tera Sumpter presentation

9:15 – 10:40 Introduction to the Cognitive Processing Model and Subsystems of Cognition & Introduction to Executive Function

10:40 – 10:55 Break

10:55 – 12:30 Cognition and Executive Function Continued

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:15 Executive Function Intervention Framework

3:15 – 3:30 Questions and Answers


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