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.

Educators: We now offer clock hours at a reasonable rate.

2015 Winter Schedule


  • DECEMBER - Celebrate the holidays with family and friends. No meeting this month

  • 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?

  • Tuesday, February 17: "Preparing for College"

    Join College Disability Support Directors to Learn How to Prepare for College BEFORE the First Day of Class

  • 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 different students.

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 Center

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 Blue entrance parking garage
Park and follow the signs to the Evergreen Surgery & Physicians Center

The Surgery and Physicians building 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


    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!

Clock Hours

  • Eastside CHADD is pleased to announce that we offer clock hours for school professionals who attend Eastside CHADD meetings. You will need to attend a minimum of two meetings to earn clock hours through my247ed.com. More details will be provided at the Tuesday's meetings.

  • We ask parents to invite their children's teachers, school nurses, counselors, and psychologists to our meetings and to let them know that we offer clock hours at a very reasonable rate.