Eastside CHADD Meeting Schedule

Meeting Information

When: Eastside CHADD meets the third Tuesday of the month, September - June (except December)

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please arrive early to volunteer. Eastside CHADD is an all-volunteer group.

Members - Free; Non-Members: Suggested Donation - $5

Location: Location and directions follow the schedule (below)

We ask parents to invite their children's teachers, school nurses, counselors, and psychologists to our meetings.

2017 Winter Schedule


  • December - Enjoy the Holidays - No Scheduled CHADD Events. Watch this website for our 2017 meeting schedule.

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - Managing the Attention Spotlight: ADHD and Anxiety

    Chris McCurry, Ph.D. returns to Eastside CHADD to help us understand the both ADHD and anxiety. This 90-minute presentation (plus 30 minutes for Q&A) describes the common origins of both ADHD and anxiety and what we, as parents and as clinicians, can do to help. Topics covered will include temperament, early psychosocial development, and the executive functions of the developing brain. Strategies for supporting and encouraging our children will be presented.

    Chris McCurry, Ph.D. is a husband, a father, and a clinical child psychologist in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood anxiety. He is the author of two books, one for parents and one for clinicians; Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance (2009) from New Harbinger Publications, and Working with Parents of Anxious Children: Therapeutic Strategies for Communication, Coping & Change (2015) from W.W. Norton.

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - TBA

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - DVR Services for Individuals with Disabilities

    David Stewart, M.A., Vocational Rehabilitaion Counselor, explains how the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) can help those with disabilities find meaningful employment. Join us to learn how to qualify and when to qualify for these helpful programs to get and keep a job in today’s marketplace. This program is for teens, college students, young adults, and adults.

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - Why do We Test Individual Skills and Abilities?

    Julie Quamma, Ph.D., Associate Director of the UW Learn Clinic returns to explain the importance of individual testing to aid in learning, accommodations, and special education. She will discuss the cognitive and educational tests and what they measure. What role do questionnaires play in diagnosis of ADHD, anxiety, and depression? How do we assess memory, executive function, and processing speed? When should we seek an evaluation?

Many of our meetings are not only for those with ADHD, but also for those with ADHD and/or other learning challenges.

Where:

Evergreen Healthcare
(Formerly Evergreen Hospital Medical Center)
Surgery & Physicians Center
12040 NE 128th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
Room TAN 101 (downstairs)

Directions:

From Southbound I-405
Take the NE 124th Street exit (exit 20)
Turn left onto NE 124th Street
Turn left at the second light onto 124th Avenue NE
Take the next right, onto 120th Ave NE.
Go up the hill and turn right onto NE 130th Lane
Follow the signs to the parking garage
Park and follow the signs to the Evergreen Surgery & Physicians Pavilion

From Northbound I-405
Take the NE 124th Street/Totem Lake Boulevard exit (exit 20B)
Keep to the right (Totem Lake Boulevard)
Proceed straight through the light
Go up the hill and turn right onto NE 130th Lane
Follow the signs to the Central entrance parking garage
Park and follow the signs to the Evergreen Surgery & Physicians Pavilion

The Surgery and Physicians Pavilion is the third and last building around the circle off of 130th Lane, just past the parking garage. Park and walk up the steps to the main entrance. Once inside, you can take the stairs directly in front of you, or the elevator to the left, down to the first floor. Room 101 is a few steps towards the back of the building.

Previous Meetings


    2016

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - "Life In Front of the Screen" Speaker - Hilarie Cash, Ph.D.

    What is the lure of high tech devices? How do they affect child and teen brains? What role does screen time play in emotional regulation and social interactions? Dr. Cash, author of Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control, specializes in working with individuals who "need their screen" time. She was interviewed in the important movie, Screenagers, about the increasing need for parents and kids to set limits on screen time. This program is for parents, adults, and teens. Bring your questions.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Jyoti Mishra, Ph.D., University of California San Francisco - Technology and Learning: "Inventing Serious Games for Brighter Brains."

    Eastside CHADD's Oct. 18th special meeting features Dr. Mishra. Join us to hear her talk, "Inventing Serious Games for Brighter Brains."

    Kids and adults can learn immensely from game play. But today's commercial media, tech and games are not designed to enrich brains. Teams of neuroscientists along with clinical and industry partners are now leading efforts to innovate novel neurotechnologies that can be delivered as games, but are designed with the purpose to enhance brain and cognitive health and mental wellbeing.

    Dr. Jyoti Mishra will describe her research in this domain, especially for children with attention deficit disorder. Dr. Mishra grew up in New Delhi, India and was introduced to research in the neurosciences during her Master’s training at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS). It was love at first sight and no looking elsewhere from that moment on. In 2008, she obtained her Ph.D. in Computational Neurobiology from UC San Diego under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Hillyard and Dr. Terry Sejnowski. She then moved to San Francisco in 2009 for a unique joint post-doctoral training opportunity bridging industry and academia between the Gazzaley lab & the Brain Plasticity Institute (BPI) at PositScience. She is now Assistant Professor in the departments of Neurology and Psychiatry.

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Assistive Technology 101: What Technology Helps Our Students Succeed in School and College

    Maria Kelley, OTR/L, UW Assistive Technology Specialist, presents which technology works for students with different needs. Students who use assitive technology(AT) or should use technology are invited to attend this meeting.

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - Party and Video Night: "ADD and Loving It"

    "ADD and Loving It" will be presented at our June 21st meeting, 6:30 to 9 p.m. This Canadian video features key researchers and clinicians in both Canada and the U.S. This video is worth watching because of the solid information to understand ADHD as we watch a well-known comedian go through the process of diagnosis and treatment. Not only is this video informative, it is filled with humor and insight. Bring your family to watch with you.

    We will also have our silent auction of books on ADHD at 6:30 and then welcome summer with a party. Bring cash or check if you want to bid.

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - Thinking about Dyslexia - Decoding to Comprehension.

    Barbara Bennett, M.A., Educational Therapist, Educational Consultant, ADHD Coach, brings us the latest evidence-based information about best practices for reading intervention for dyslexia. Ms. Bennett began her professional life in the dyslexia field at the Pediatric Reading and Language Development Clinic, University of California, San Francisco. As a private practice educational therapist, her life-long passion to teach students how to think, read, write, and do math from pre-school through adulthood is based upon the scientific and the clinical advances in understanding dyslexia. Tonight's conversation will address the "why" and "what" of reading assessments to guide effective intervention strategies. Learn about the interplay between ADHD, anxiety, executive function, language, and social thinking skills as they impact dyslexia remediation. What role does imagination play in creating skilled readers?

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - Everything you need to know about ADHD but are afraid to ask.

    Harlan Gephart, M.D., Emeritus Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Univ. of Washington School of Medicine, explains ADHD. Dr. Gephart trains pediatricians across the country to help children and their parents understand ADHD. What is ADHD? How do we diagnose and treat ADHD? Bring your questions so you can help your children, their teachers, and you effectively work with these challenging conditions.

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - IEP Training, Part 2 - 6:45PM - 9:15PM

    SAVE THE DATES: Two-part IEP classes:
    Part 1 - Feb.16th
    Part 2 - March 15th.
    You must attend both sessions

    PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL HOURS FOR THIS EVENT: 6:45PM - 9:15PM
    Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Please arrive early to volunteer. Eastside CHADD is an all-volunteer group. The presentation will begin promptly at 6:45.

    This class creates a framework used to create programs for students with disabilities. It outlines the responsibilities for educators and the rights for students with disabilities. Violations of the laws can cause school districts to lose money or be required to do additional work through complaint and/or monitoring processes. Participants in this workshop develop understand of how laws, rules, and regulations affect practice in providing programs for students in special education. Discussions include:

    * Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE),
    * Appropriate student evaluation,
    * Individualized Education Program (IEP),
    * Least Restrictive Environment (LRE),
    * Specially Designed Instruction (SDI),
    * Parent and student participation in decision-making,
    * Procedural due process, and Discipline.

  • 2015

  • Tuesday, January 19: Special Education Law Class - Enrollment limited. Register at eastside@CHADD.net. Include name, e-mail, and phone number.

    SAVE THE DATES - FREE SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW TRAINING WITH PAT STEINBURG, Special Education Law Cadre Trainer

    This class is designed to respond to the questions generated by the participants. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has the information they need to understand and to navigate the Special Education process.

    This class creates a framework used to create programs for students with disabilities. It outlines the responsibilities for educators and the rights for students with disabilities. Violations of the laws can cause school districts to lose money or be required to do additional work through complaint and/or monitoring processes. Participants in this workshop develop understand of how laws, rules, and regulations affect practice in providing programs for students in special education. Discussions include:

    * Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE),
    * Appropriate student evaluation,
    * Individualized Education Program (IEP),
    * Least Restrictive Environment (LRE),
    * Specially Designed Instruction (SDI),
    * Parent and student participation in decision-making,
    * Procedural due process, and Discipline.

  • Tuesday, November 17: Dr. Andrew Fleming: How to Make & Keep Friends - Skills for Teens & Young Adults from the PEERS Program

    A program for teens, young adults, their parents and their teachers

    Strong friendships and social connections are among the most important factors that influence our happiness and well-being. At the same time, the social world that teens and young adults inhabit is complex, rapidly changing, and often hard to navigate, especially when difficulty with attention and impulsivity are in the mix. What can teens and young adults do to skillfully build and maintain social connections? How can they reduce teasing, bullying, and arguments? What about using humor effectively? Or just having a good conversation that promotes friendship?

    Dr. Andrew Fleming will lead an interactive presentation of key skills from the PEERS program, an evidence-based social skills training program focused on making and keeping friends, especially for individuals with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and other similar concerns. The presentation will include handouts with concrete steps for these skills, as well as plenty of recommendations for books and other resources on the subject.

    Dr. Fleming is a clinical psychologist, founder of The Seattle Clinic, and a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Washington. Dr. Fleming completed his doctoral study in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington, his internship in child & adolescent psychology at the UCLA Medical Center, and fellowship at the UW School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. His research focuses on improving interventions for teens, young adults, and families affected by ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, eating disorders, and suicidal behavior. Dr. Fleming completed a specialty rotation with Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, creator of the PEERS program, and is a certified PEERS clinician.

  • Tuesday, October 20: Michael Richardson: How Does the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Affect You in College and in the Workplace?

    This year's 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act is a time for reflection and celebration. This talk is the follow-up program to our September K-12 504 program. The presentation is recommended for those already in internships or the workplace, but who need to know how they can and should access the on-the-job accommodations that they need. Mr. Richardson will explain accommodations for those who are in college, internships, and/or the workplace as well as for those who will enter college, internships, and the workplace. Teens should attend so that they can begin to prepare now for accommodations post-high school.

    What happens when those with disabilities such as ADHD, dyslexia, and other disabilities enter the workplace? How does the workplace differ from the K-12 system? Michael Richardson, Director of the Northwest ADA Center, will explain how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers disclosure and accommodations related to employment situations. Should we disclose? Do we have the right to automatic accommodations or do we negotiate with employers once we are employed? Michael will present an overview of disabilities/ADHD in employment and the job-seeking process and how the ADA provides you with rights and responsibilities.

    Mr. Richardson provides technical assistance, continuing education and technical consultation services related to compliance with accessibility provisions of the ADA. He deals with related federal and state requirements for professionals, businesses, state and local government agencies and consumers.

  • Tuesday, September 15: Mallory Sullivan: Navigating Section 504, Step-by-Step

    This presentation will provide a step-by-step overview of Section 504, from how schools determine eligibility to developing accommodations for students with disabilities. The presentation will share important strategies for working with Section 504 teams, including strategies for developing and implementing Section 504 plans, and information for tackling challenging Section 504 issues, such as health plans and extracurricular activities. Ms. Sullivan will also share helpful tips to navigate resources to advocate for your student.

    Teens are encouraged to attend.

    MALLORY SULLIVAN is a Program Supervisor in the Equity & Civil Rights Office at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The Equity & Civil Rights office promotes equal access, academic inclusion, and full educational participation in Washington public schools. Ms. Sullivan provides assistance to parents, students, and school employees to resolve allegations of discrimination, conducts civil rights trainings, and monitors school districts to ensure that their policies, procedures, and practices do not result in discrimination. Before joining OSPI, she worked as an attorney with Seattle-based law firm where her practice focused on school law, including civil rights compliance and litigation. She attended University of Washington and University of Washington School of Law.

  • Tuesday, June 16: Special Meeting - Why I Need to Know How McCleary Affects My Children - Now and in the Future

    Eastside CHADD presents a special evening to bring you important information about the progress of the McCleary decision. ALL Washington students are impacted by this WA Supreme Court decision. Will the state legislature fully fund our schools by the time we meet? If so, what does that money mean to me and my children? If the legislature does not fully fund our schools, how will that affect my children's education?

    Education is the paramount duty of the state. Learn how our state lawmakers are addressing the lack of ample and stable funding for education, what the Supreme Court is doing to monitor the progress, and what it all means for your child.

    Speaker: Linda Hanson - Government Relations/Community Engagement Consultant for Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS)

  • Tuesday, May 19: Barbara Bennett, M.A. - How to Understand, Teach, and Parent Capable Kids Who Process Slowly.

    Learn why "smart enough" kids take so long to get so little done. How do slow processing speeds affect learning and accomplishment at school, home, socially, and later on the job? Slower processing speeds are linked with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other learning disorders. Are there effective strategies to reduce conflicts when your slow processing child is out of synch with the demands of a fast-paced world? What can parents and teachers do to increase output? Join Barbara Bennett, M.A., Educational Therapist, Educational Consultant, and ADHD Coach to help those with slow processing speeds succeed more effectively.

  • Tuesday, April 21: Chris McCurry, Ph.D, Psychologist: Navigating our children's anxiety

    Dr. McCurry discusses every day strategies for neutralizing our children's worries and anxieties.

    Dr. McCurry's presentation materials can be viewed at the following links:
    Dr. McCurry's Presentation
    Books for parents and kids
    Validation

  • Tuesday, March 17: Assistive Technology 101: What Technology Helps Our Students Succeed in School and College

    Maria Kelley, OTR/L, UW Assistive Technology Specialist, presents which technology works for students with different needs. She will also discuss the pros and cons of learning via the net or on-line. Students who use technology are invited to attend this meeting.

  • Tuesday, February 17: "How to Prepare for College Before You Go"

    Join college disability support directors and staff to Learn How to Prepare for College BEFORE the First Day of Class. How does college differ from the K-12 educational system? What can students learn now to prepare for the independent college learning environment? How do I qualify for support services at the college level? What support services are available in college? Join Bree Callahan, UW Support Services Director, Al Souma, Counselor, Seattle Central College, Nina Parker-Cohen, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist and UW Learning Specialist, and moderator Barbara Bennett, M.A., Educational Therapist, in this interactive presentation to prepare for success after high school. Teens are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

  • Tuesday, January 20: Preetam Bandla, M.D., "Sleep and ADHD"

    Dr. Bandla, Pediatric Sleep specialist, returns to explain the latest science about sleep and ADHD. Why is sleep important for our bodies, attention,mood, and learning. How does technology affect the brain?

  • 2014

  • Tuesday, October 21: Pat Steinburg - "How Common Core Standards Affect Your Child"

    Pat Steinburg returns to Eastside CHADD to begin the school year with the latest information about the significant curriculum changes in your local district and WA state. This program is a "must attend" for every parent who now has children in schools or who has children who will soon enter our schools. We invite teachers and school staff to join us to learn about Common Core in the classroom. Pat is very familiar with WA State OSPI standards with her expertise as a Special Education Law Cadre trainer.

    Ms. Steinburg will provide background information on the Common Core Standards, including who wrote them and why. In addition, the potential positive and negative effects of the Common Core on students with disabilities will be discussed.

  • Tuesday, November 18: Dee Vixie, pediatric nurse and parent, leads a discussion of the video Winning at Parenting.

    Barbara Coloroso, a national CHADD presenter, in this video, explains how parents can teach their kids to think, then act.

  • Tuesday, September 16: Dr. Harlan Gephart - "Pediatric Tips to Empower Parents to Understand and to Advocate for their ADHD Child"

    Meet pediatrician Dr. Harlan Gephart, who brings us the latest knowledge on ADHD, so that we can be informed about how to best help ourselves and our children.

    Dr. Gephart, with his many years of diagnosing and treating those with ADHD, presents tips on how to advocate for ADHD children in the school setting. School is a complex experience which can challenge ADHD children and their parents. Is there more to ADHD than diagnosis and medical treatment? How do we work with schools to understand and address the many needs that accompany ADHD? Is medication enough to help ADHD kids thrive in school? What if kids are not on medication? Why and when do parents seek a 504 or an IEP?

    Eastside CHADD celebrates ADHD Awareness Month early with Dr, Harlan Gephart who has pioneered a whole child approach to treating ADHD in the Seattle region.

  • Tuesday, May 20: Dr. Marshall Raskind - Life Success for Students with Learning Disabilities: What Does the Research Say?

    While acknowledging the importance of "school success," it is critical not to discount the broader notion of "life success". Drawing from his own 20-year study that traced the lives of children with learning disabilities from childhood into adulthood, Dr. Marshall Raskind will discuss the factors predictive of positive life outcomes. He will also present a conceptual model for fostering these "success attributes" in youth with learning disabilities.

    Dr. Marshall Raskind, an educational researcher and consultant, is the former Director of Research and Special Projects at the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation in San Francisco. He served as Director of Research at the Frostig Center in Pasadena, California. He headed the California State University, Northridge Learning Disability Program and Computer Access Lab. He has served as consulting editor to the Journal of Learning Disabilities, Learning Disability Quarterly, Annals of Dyslexia, Journal of Special Education Technology, and Intervention in School and Clinic. Dr. Raskind is a Fellow and past Vice President of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, as well as a former member of the Research Committee of the Council for Learning Disabilities, and the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

    His research interests are in the areas of learning disabilities across the lifespan, factors predictive of "life success," assistive technology, and most recently, the impact of online social networking on children with learning and attention problems.

  • Tuesday, April 15: Barbara Bennett, M.A. - Executive Function, Learning, and Common Core for Students with Learning Challenges

    Barbara Bennett, M.A., discusses the latest, evidence-based information about executive function from key researchers in the fields of learning disabilities and ADHD. What is executive function? How does the presence or absence of key elements of executive function facilitate or hinder learning for students who bring learning challenges to the classroom? How can implementing executive function theory help our students with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, math, and oral and written language disabilities? How will the increased academic demands of common core impact these students?

    Barbara Bennett, M.A., is a private practice Educational Therapist, Educational Consultant, and ADHD Coach. Ms. Bennett trained with key national figures in the fields of ADHD and learning disabilities. She continues to learn from up-to-date research and clinical practices. She will share her extensive knowledge of theory and its application to real-life in her many years of teaching students to become independent, skilled individuals. She also consults with teachers and clinicians to improve learning in the classroom and at home. Ms. Bennett collaborates with pediatricians and medical professionals to facilitate the early identification of learning, attention, and executive function challenges.

  • Tuesday, March 18: Dr. Jessica Horsfall - Demystifying Neuropsychological and Educational Assessment: What do the test results mean for your child?

    Demystifying Neuropsychological and Educational Assessment: What do the test results mean for your child? Learn how processing, memory, and language difficulties impact your child's learning.

    Dr. Horsfall is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the comprehensive neuropsychological assessment of learning disorders, ADHD/ADD, neurodevelopmental disorders, and neurological disorders and syndromes (epilepsy, memory disorders, brain injury/concussion, and brain tumors). Dr. Horsfall recently relocated to Washington from California where she was an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Services at the UCLA Medical Psychology Assessment Center (MPAC) at the Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. At UCLA she was responsible for the training of all interns and postdoctoral fellows in the neuropsychology program and was the primary neuropsychologist for the neuro-rehabilitation, neurosurgery, and epilepsy services. Dr. Horsfall received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale University and Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at UCLA. Dr. Horsfall currently practices in Bellevue, WA.

  • 2013

  • Tuesday, February 18: Michael Richardson - What is the Americans with Disability Act and How Does it Affect Those with ADHD?

    Teens: Important information for High School Students.

    What happens when those with disabilities such as ADHD enter the workplace? How does the workplace differ from the K-12 system? Michael Richardson, of the Northwest ADA Center, will explain how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers disclosure and accommodations related to employment situations. Should we disclose? Do we have the right to automatic accommodations or do we negotiate with employers once we are employed? Michael will present an overview of disabilities/ADHD in employment and the job-seeking process and how the ADA provides you with rights and responsibilities.

    Michael Richardson is the Co-director of the NW ADA Center in Mountlake Terrace, WA. He provides technical assistance, continuing education and technical consultation services related to compliance of facility and public rights-of-way with accessibility provisions of the ADA and other related federal and state requirements for professionals, businesses, state and local government agencies and consumers.

  • Tuesday, January 21: Mark Stein, Ph.D. - ADHD Parents Parenting Their ADHD Children.

    Mark A. Stein, Ph.D., will talk about ADHD in parents and its effects on child ADHD and treatment. He will also review innovations in ADHD treatment along with recent research findings on ADHD medications. New to the Northwest, Dr. Stein will be developing innovative clinical programs for ADHD throughout the lifespan as director of the PEARL Clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital and as a Professor of Psychiatry at University of Washington. He was previously Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago, and George Washington University. An active clinician and researcher specializing in ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults for over 30 years, Dr. Stein has written over 90 scientific articles, and co-edited the text book, Attention Deficits and Hyperactivity in Children and Adults (Marcel Dekker, 1999). He has researched personalized ADHD treatment, sleep problems, and genetics. Dr. Stein and colleagues identified the first replicated susceptibility gene for ADHD in 1995. He has helped develop numerous ADHD medications such as Concerta and Atomoxetine. He currently researches pharmacogenetics, treatment of mothers with ADHD, sleep, and side effects of ADHD medications.

  • Thursday, Dec. 12th from 7 to 9 p.m Eastside CHADD presents a special "How to" Q&A Meeting to learn options for resolving Special Ed./504 problems.

    Eastside CHADD has invited Pat Steinburg to spend the evening responding to your questions regarding special education and Section 504. Pat has many years of experience as a trainer on special education law, IEP development and Section 504. She has trained many parents and teachers to learn about Special Education Law in Washington.

    If you have questions about initiating special education, monitoring your child's plans, or what to do if the plans do not work, then this special December meeting is for you.

  • Tuesday, November 19: Dr. Harlan Gephart - ADHD Across the Lifespan: How to Recognize and Treat

    Dr. Harlan Gephart, noted national expert who trains pediatricians in the diagnosis and effective management of ADHD, will explain what parents, their children, and teachers need to know about ADHD. He will explain the new diagnostic criteria for ADHD. Dr. Gephart will share his extensive expertise about ADHD to help us understand how to develop a comprehensive approach to treating this multi-faceted condition.

    Please note that Dr. Gephart will also talk about ADHD in adults.

    Barbara Bennett, M.A., Educational Therapist,/Educational Consultant, ADHD Coach, will present a brief summary of the International Dyslexia Association International Meeting Sessions on Executive Function.
  • Tuesday, October 15: Panel Discussion - What to Know Before You Go. How to Prepare for College Success Now.
    Our panel of experts will prepare you and your teens to get ready for college. What skills and habits do students need to develop before they leave high school? How do parents prepare their teens to learn how to work independently? How does college differ from high school? What do we need to know when we have the opportunity and time to prepare in advance? What promise does the Common Core Curriculum offer to change the current statistic that 75% of incoming community college students must take remedial education courses? Join Bree Callahan, UW Student Services Director; Al Souma, Disability Support Services Director, Seattle Central College; Kim Thompson, MSW, Disability Services Director, Shoreline Community College; Pat Steinburg, MA, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Panel Moderator, Barbara Bennett, M.A., Educational Therapist/Educational Consultant/ADHD Coach.

  • Tuesday, September 17: Chris McCurry, Ph.D, Psychologist - Zest and Marshmallows: Preparing Our Children for Success in the World.
    Being smart helps, but it takes more! This talk will describe recent, and not so recent, ideas about what makes for success in academics and in life. Parents and teachers will learn how to identify and encourage practical life skills and habits all kids need to succeed.

  • Tuesday, June 18: Barbara Bennett, M.A., Educational Therapist/Educational Consultant - Video Night: ADHD Teens and Their Teachers.
    Teens bring your parents.
    Barbara Bennett, M.A., shows an engaging, thought-provoking video, which was presented at the 2012 CHADD National Conference. In the video, teens with ADHD and their teachers demonstrate what does and doesn't work for school success. Join us for an update on the latest ADHD research featured at CHADD's conference.

  • Tuesday, May 21: Ted Mandelkorn, M.D., Annual Medication Update.
    Dr. Mandelkorn will cover the basics of diagnosis and treatment, up-to-date information about current brain research, promising practices, and new medications that may be on the horizon. Having navigated a lifetime of living with ADHD himself, he brings a personal perspective of humor and insight to dealing with the daily frustrations and challenges associated with this condition.

  • Tuesday, April 16: Preetam Bandla, M.D. - Sleep and ADHD, Sleep Hygiene and Technology Do's and Don'ts in re: Sleep.
    Dr. Bandla will explain how sleep disorders can mimic or exaggerate the symptoms of ADHD. He will tell us why we need a good night’s sleep and how to get one. We will learn how “screentime” affects sleep.

  • Tuesday, March 19: Jeannette Cohen, Atty. Special Education Law.
    Jeannette Cohen, Esq., presents an overview of Special Education Law: What is the difference between an IEP and a 504?
    What services can your child with ADHD or LD qualify for and how do you go about initiating services? Jeannette Cohen will guide you through the process from the initial request to what provisions you can expect from each type of plan. Years of experience as a special education teacher, tutor and advocate have provided her with unique insight into the perspective of the schools and what parents need to do to secure services for their child. Get all of your questions answered about this often intimidating process.

  • Tuesday, February 19: Kim Thompson, Shoreline - Is There Life After High School? Bring your teens to this meeting.
    Kim Thompson M.S.W., Director of Special Services at Shoreline Community College, talks about the difference between services provided in high school and college for students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Her presentation will include an overview of the law as well as essential information for preparing students for success as they transition from the K-12 system to Higher Education. Parents are encouraged to bring their students in grades 9 through 12 to this important presentation.

  • Tuesday, January 15: Julie Quamma, Ph.D., UW Learn Clinic - Why Neuropsych Testing Benefits ADHD Students, their Parents and Teachers.
    There is no formal "test" for AD/HD. A comprehensive cognitive/neuropsychological evaluation is critical to fully understand how each individual is impacted by ADHD. It is needed to develop a comprehensive intervention plan. Neuropsych testing identifies individual strengths and weaknesses across different domains of functioning - intellectual, academic achievement, memory, executive functioning, and processing. It provides an understanding of how ADHD symptoms impact learning and behavioral adjustment. Neuropsych evaluations also identify specific learning disorders, which are more common in individuals diagnosed with ADHD.

    Julie Quamma Ph.D., Director of the UW Learn Clinic, explains what the tests measure. Why does test behavior help us understand the test numbers? What is the difference between school and neuropsych evaluations? She will discuss how evaluation results guide recommendations for intervention.

  • 2012

  • Tuesday, November 20: Harlan Gephart, MD: How To Monitor Your ADHD Child's Mental Health
    Our speaker at the November CHADD meeting will be Dr. Harlan Gephart, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, and Consultant in Behavioral Pediatrics at Pediatric Associates, Bellevue, Washington. Dr. Gephart trained in Pediatrics at the University of Washington, and practiced both General and Behavioral Pediatrics at Group Health Cooperative. From 1990 to 2002 he was Medical Director of the Center for Attentional Deficit Disorders in Redmond, Washington. During that period he assessed and treated several thousand children with ADHD. The parenting behavioral program developed in that clinic became a national model for that treatment modality in ADHD patients. Research publications from the clinic studied the cost of ADHD, Coexistent Mental Health concerns in ADHD, and Behavior Modification treatment.

    Dr. Gephart has lectured nationally and internationally to physician groups on ADHD and is the author of numerous medical articles on ADHD and its ramifications. His current emphasis is in teaching physicians to screen for, recognize, and treat such coexistent conditions as anxiety and depression, which commonly are secondary complications in ADHD patients. The talk will emphasize practical suggestions for parents in how to monitor their child's mental health, with ample time for questions.

  • Tuesday, October 16: Sam Zinner, MD: ADHD and Tourette Syndrome: The Whole Tic & Kaboodle.
    Tics occur in up to 1 in every 4 children at some point. For most, these tics will be a temporary "rite of passage" of childhood, but for many, their tics will persist. Among these children, tics usually will be one of several related problems that can interfere with learning, social interactions and general health. Dr. Zinner will explore the 100-year history of Tourette syndrome, what we now understand about how and why people have tics, and more important, why tics relate to ADHD and other challenges in behavior and brain-based development. He will answer questions about evaluation and management for tics and these co-occurring conditions.

    Samuel Zinner, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician with the U.W. and Seattle Children's Hospital. His research and educational interests focus on tic disorders and their frequent co-occurring conditions, including challenges in neurological development and behavior. Dr. Zinner is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the national Tourette Syndrome Association. He is a frequent national and international speaker on the topic of Tourette syndrome and co-occurring conditions.

  • Tuesday, September 18: Chris McCurry, PhD.: Schoolwork, with Feeling: The Role of Emotions in Academic Achievement.
    Although much has been learned in the past 20 years about how executive function can affect learning and achievement, the important role of emotions in motivation, attention, and decision making has been neglected. Learn about the complex interplay between attention, emotion and conflicting motivations, about important brain activity churning away below the level of awareness, and how this knowledge can help to improve the daily lives of our students.

  • Tuesday, June 19: Video Night: ADD & Loving It?!
    The film that started it all, ADD & Loving It?! starring comedian and actor Patrick McKenna. Watch as Patrick gets his own diagnosis and learns from top experts about Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This groundbreaking documentary is a blend of humor, hope, and science that dispels common myths about ADD/ADHD. Fast paced and entertaining, interspersed with expert commentary by national experts, this is the painless way to learn about ADHD yourself, or to educate others. Bring family and friends! Appropriate for teens.

  • Tuesday, May 15: Dr. Ted Mandelkorn presents his annual update on ADHD.
    Whether you are new to ADHD or have been living with it for some time, this is one presentation you don’t want to miss. Dr. Mandelkorn will not only cover the basics of diagnosis and treatment, he will also bring us up to date information about current brain research, promising practices or the development of new medications that may be on the horizon. Having navigated a lifetime of living with ADHD himself, he brings a personal perspective of humor and insight to dealing with the daily frustrations and challenges associated with this condition.

  • Tuesday, April 17: Raising the Bar: What Parents can Expect When Your Child has Dyslexia and ADHD
    Barbara Bennett, M.A., Educational Therapist/Educational Consultant, discusses up-to-date scientific theories about dyslexia and ADHD. These theories are based upon almost a century of solid research and effective intervention techniques. Barbara Bennett, who trained with key national figures in both fields, presents the reasons for a comprehensive evaluation and for an individualized treatment model that works. What is the role of accommodation in the process of skill acquisition? Can your child truly be an independent, functional student who can read, write, spell, do math, think, problem-solve, speak articulately - and turn his or her work in on time?

  • Tuesday, March 20: Kim Thompson: Is There Life After High School?
    Kim Thompson M.S.W., Director of Special Services at Shoreline Community College, talks about the difference between services provided in high school and college for students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Her presentation will include an overview of the law as well as essential information for preparing students for success as they transition from the K-12 system to Higher Education. Parents are encouraged to bring their students in grades 9 through 12 to this important presentation.

  • Tuesday, February 21: Sandbox to Workplace: the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and You
    Join Barney Fleming, Ph.D., Northwest ADA Center, to learn about this important Federal Act which impacts those with disabilities, including ADHD. The ADA is designed to assure equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan, from pre-school to school age, post-secondary education, employment, and adulthood. Topics to be covered will include the ADA definition of disability and who is covered by this law; the ADA, 504 and IDEA for school-age individuals with ADHD; information on the employment provisions of the ADA, focusing on disclosure and reasonable accommodations. Information regarding available services such as child care and educational testing, and access to and equal participation in programs offered by state and local government will also be discussed.

  • Tuesday, January 31: Jeannette Cohen, Esq., presents an overview of Special Education Law: What is the difference between an IEP and a 504?
    What services can your child with ADHD or LD qualify for and how do you go about initiating services? Jeannette Cohen will guide you through the process from the initial request to what provisions you can expect from each type of plan. Years of experience as a special education teacher, tutor and advocate have provided her with unique insight into the perspective of the schools and what parents need to do to secure services for their child. Get all of your questions answered about this often intimidating process.

  • 2011

  • November 15th: Dr. Harlan Gephart: Hope for the Future. What steps can parents take to promote a positive future for their ADHD children? Challenging behaviors today may well prove to be assets in adult life. Learn how to recognize and promote the positive strengths of your child.

  • October 18th: How Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Helps Our Children Succeed in School. Lori Lynass Ed.D., NWPBIS Executive Director, explains how Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS), now in 400 Washington schools, provides students with tiers of support so that ALL students regardless of their needs can experience success in safe, consistent and predictable learning environments. Come learn how this model can transform your school’s learning environment.

  • Sept 20th: Roadblocks to Academic Achievement, Chris McCurry, Ph.D. will present current views on academic achievement based on recent scientific research. He will describe "Executive Skills" necessary for school success and how parents can support executive functioning during development of those skills. He will also discuss beliefs and emotions that can impact achievement.

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  • June 21: Family DVD Night: Real Life ADHD, A Survival Guide for Children and Teens.
    Just released! Authors Chris Dendy and Alex ZeiglerĀfs new DVD about ADHD created especially for children and teens. Meet teen experts, hear their advice on common challenges of ADHD, and their perspectives on medication. Learn key scientific facts, and hear the Northwest's own Dr. Ted Mandelkorn talk about his experiences growing up with ADHD. Bring your teens and preteens!