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Choose Your Own ADDventure

Choose Your Own ADDVenture Brain

7th Annual Conference - Sat, April 29, 2017

Since 2009, LEP has partnered with other DU departments as well as community resources to host "Choose Your Own ADDventure" for LD/ADHD families and professionals. It's a FREE, all-day conference that explores and increases the understanding of the many nuances of ADHD and LD.

Due to limited seating and high demand, and in order to provide opportunity for attendance, please ensure you will attend this FREE event prior to registration.

  

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Conference Details & Parking Information
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • *Free lunch provided
  • Cost: FREE to attend, but must RSVP as space is limited.
  • University of Denver Campus - Ruffatto Hall
    1999 E. Evans Ave.
    (NE Corner of High and Evans)
    Denver, CO 80208
    See map
  • Parking is available for 1 hour on street, or in the paid lots listed below.  Lots are adjacent to Ruffatto Hall.
  • Parking Lot 316 W
  • Parking Lot 316 E
2017 Speakers (More to come)
photo of Katherine Ellison
Katherine Ellison:

Katherine Ellison is a former foreign correspondent who was sued for libel for a careless mistake at 22, won a Pulitzer Prize at 27, and was diagnosed with ADHD at 48.

She is the author and co-author of 9 books, three of them about ADHD, including the family memoir, "Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention."

 

9:00 Select Breakouts Sign In
  • Visit vendor and sponsor booths
  • Sign in and Select Breakouts
9:20 - 9:30 Welcome COMMONS

Nathaniel Ellison 

  • Welcome and Thank You
9:30 - 10:30 KEYNOTE COMMONS

Katherine Ellison

  •  

10:35 - 11:30  BREAKOUT I ROOM # 
 

Nathaniel Ellison, MA
                                                             Room # 105

"The Realities of ADHD, is 'Focus' a Proxy of Success?"                        

The common wisdom that if we just focus, or apply ourselves is addressed in this interactive forum designed to reframe ADHD. The ability to recognize our skillsets and optimize strategies appropriate to each person with ADHD is what allows the opportunity to access success.

 


Donald Maloy, MA                                                                 Room # 121

"A Paradigm Shift from Ambivalence to Confidence: Thoughts From a Green Beret.”

Captain Donald Maloy has received three Bronze Stars, a Unit Valorous Medal, and several duty awards for his service in the Army. Over the course of five years in the Infantry and the last five years in Special Forces Captain Maloy has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan serving over 32 months in a combat environment. During Captain Maloy’s career he has struggled with an LD but was able to maintain his competitive nature with the help of personal commitment, and empathy. Captain Maloy explains his strategy toward maintaining positive self image and self esteem while in adverse conditions.

 


Sally Pistilli, Parent Support Specialist                                  Room # 122

“Dyslexia 101”

This session provides an exploration of dyslexia, covering the early warning signs, characteristics, assessment , effective remediation, accommodations, assistive technology, self-advocacy and how best to support your student. Included are a series of simulations designed to allow attendees to experience what it feels like to be dyslexic. 

 


 Elenn Steinberg and Students                                            Room # 304

 "Rocking Dyslexia - Growing Our Strengths, Facing our Challenges"

Join us as we get up close and personal with the opportunities, pain and celebration that students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and executive function issues face.  Join a wonderful group of students ranging from 3rd grade through high school and hear about what works for them and how you as a parent or friend can best support them.  We will share how we can all transform these dys-abilities into opportunities.

 


 Jimmy Langley, PsyD                                                  Room # 305                                  

"Mind Games: Understanding the Adolescent Brain"

In this presentation, Dr. Langley explains the how teens discover themselves, what the purpose of their emotional intensity is, and what to expect as they develop into young adults in a fun, relatable way. Using a brain based approach, he discusses how there is a method to the madness of the adolescent years between 12 and 25-years-old and that this period can be capitalized on to help adolescents grow into healthy young adults.

 


Cyle Feingold                                                                       Room # 401

"Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills"

Now and Over the Summer."

            You will leave this session with:

1.     Summer activities that help your child plan and execute tasks

2.     Practical tips/strategies to help engage your child in planning during the school year

3.     Planning strategies and accountability measures for summer academic projects (e.g. summer reading assignment)

4.     Pointers on how to help your child comprehend the importance of planning and organizing in school and in real-life.

 


Lisken Richards Seader, MA                                                                       Room # 408

"Transitioning from High School to College: Getting the Support you Need"


Graduating from high school and moving on to college is an exciting time full of new experiences. For students with disabilities the process of obtaining accommodations and other important supports shifts dramatically. We will discuss some of the reasons for that shift and, more importantly, what students and parents can do to ensure that shift happens as smoothly as possible.
In addition there will be a couple of college students available to discuss their experiences and perspectives as they transitioned from high school to college. Bring your questions and concerns.

11:35 - 12:35  BREAKOUT II ROOM # 
 

Donald Maloy, MA  (Tentative)                                                  Room # 121

"A Paradigm Shift from Ambivalence to Confidence: Thoughts From a Green Beret.”

Captain Donald Maloy has received three Bronze Stars, a Unit Valorous Medal, and several duty awards for his service in the Army. Over the course of five years in the Infantry and the last five years in Special Forces Captain Maloy has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan serving over 32 months in a combat environment. During Captain Maloy’s career he has struggled with an LD but was able to maintain his competitive nature with the help of personal commitment, and empathy. Captain Maloy explains his strategy toward maintaining positive self image and self esteem while in adverse conditions.

 



Roxanne Turner, PmP, BCC                                                      Room # 122

"Formula to self-advocacy in and out of the classroom"

Self-Advocacy is built on multiple variables which evolves in complexity over time. It begins with recognizing and evaluating one’s interests, abilities, and opportunities for development. Learning the skill of self-advocacy involves finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem-solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, the "how" and learning about self-determination. In a nutshell, self-advocacy is the road to "yes" while overcoming the obstacles that lead to "no." How do we become effective self-advocates? How does this apply both in and out of the classroom? The goal is to teach these skills and empower your child to direct their path in life one variable at a time.

 


 

Cheryl Dasler, MD                                                                     Room # 302

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

"The role and explanation of medication uses in individuals with ADHD"

Dr. Cheryl Dasler completed her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She finished her Residency in General Psychiatry at The University of Colorado, and went on the serve as chief resident in her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. She is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has the appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

 



Jimmy Langley, PsyD                                                    Room # 305                                     

"Mind Games: Understanding the Adolescent Brain"

In this presentation, Dr. Langley explains the how teens discover themselves, what the purpose of their emotional intensity is, and what to expect as they develop into young adults in a fun, relatable way. Using a brain based approach, he discusses how there is a method to the madness of the adolescent years between 12 and 25-years-old and that this period can be capitalized on to help adolescents grow into healthy young adults.

 


Philippe Ernewein                                                                              Room # 306  

&            "Attention and Memory: Critical Players in the Digital Age"

Jenni Ernewein

By looking at the underlying parts of attention and memory, parents can better understand why their children struggle and which strategies will help. This session will illuminate the roles of attention and memory in learning. 

At this presentation, you’ll find out about:

·      The role that attention & memory play in learning

·      Specific strategies to support attention & memory in your child

·      Signs of break-downs in attention & memory

 


Cyle Feingold                                                                                    Room # 401

"Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills  Now and Over the Summer."

            You will leave this session with:

1.  Summer activities that help your child plan and execute tasks

2.  Practical tips/strategies to help engage your child in planning during the school year

3.  Planning strategies and accountability measures for summer academic projects      (e.g. summer reading assignment)

4.  Pointers on how to help your child comprehend the importance of planning and organizing in school and in real-life.

 


 THRIVE Center                                                                            Room # 408

   IEPs or 504s Learn about qualifying criteria & differences between the two plans! 

Students with a diagnosis of ADD/ ADHD may or may not qualify for educational support plans (IEPs or 504"s) in school. Learn about qualifying criteria and the differences between the two plans! Does it really make a difference? Learn about common classroom and testing accommodations used with students with ADHD! Ask your questions of someone who answers these and other educational service questions on a daily basis!


Daniel Hettleman, Ph. D., P.C.                                                 Room # 409

“Family Systems Approach to Helping Students 
with ADHD"

We will discuss ways for adults to interact with ADHD students that:

(a) avoid interactional pitfalls, and

(b) evoke greater motivation for task participation and completion.   

This talk is informed by Family Systems Theory, which highlights interactional patterns between people. Such patterns can greatly enhance or diminish well-being in individuals who are part of “systems” (families/schools). Brief examples and exercises will be offered.

 
 
 
12:35 - 1:30 LUNCH COMMONS
This time is largely open to visit vendor tables, and connect with others in the service of giving us an opportunity to collaborate.
1:40 - 2:40 BREAKOUT III ROOM #
 

Nathaniel Ellison, MA
                                                                      Room # 105

"The Realities of ADHD, is 'Focus' a Proxy of Success?" 

The common wisdom that if we just focus, or apply ourselves is addressed in this interactive forum designed to reframe ADHD. The ability to recognize our skillsets and optimize strategies appropriate to each person with ADHD is what allows the opportunity to access success.

 


 

Roxanne Turner, PmP, BCC                                                                 Room # 122 

"Formula to self-advocacy in and out of the classroom"

Self-Advocacy is built on multiple variables which evolves in complexity over time. It begins with recognizing and evaluating one’s interests, abilities, and opportunities for development. Learning the skill of self-advocacy involves finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem-solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, the "how" and learning about self-determination. In a nutshell, self-advocacy is the road to "yes" while overcoming the obstacles that lead to "no." How do we become effective self-advocates? How does this apply both in and out of the classroom? The goal is to teach these skills and empower your child to direct their path in life one variable at a time.

 


 

 Craig Knippenberg LCSW, M. Div.                                                  Room # 202

"The Social and Emotional Impact of ADHD"

Knippenberg, Patterson, Langley & Associates

ADHD can be both, a gift and a challenge. Mr. Craig Knippenberg will look at the interplay of the emotional and social sides of ADHD, and provide practical strategies to help your child feel more successful.

 


 

Philippe Ernewein                                                                              Room # 306   

&            "Attention and Memory: Critical Players in the Digital Age"

Jenni Ernewein

By looking at the underlying parts of attention and memory, parents can better understand why their children struggle and which strategies will help. This session will illuminate the roles of attention and memory in learning. 

At this presentation, you’ll find out about:

·      The role that attention & memory play in learning

·      Specific strategies to support attention & memory in your child

·      Signs of break-downs in attention & memory

 


 

Mike Bleier, MA                                                                                      Room # 401

We will discuss ways “to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.”

 

From the introduction of the book, How to Raise an Adult, “There has been a startling rise in parental involvement in students’ lives.  Every year, more parents are exerting control over students’ academic work, extracurriculars, and career choices, taking matters into their own hands rather than risk their child’s failure or disappointment.  Meanwhile, there is an increasing number of students who, as a result of hyperattentive parenting, lack a strong sense of self and are poorly equipped to handle the demands of adult life.” 


 

Daniel Hettleman, Ph. D., P.C.                                                 Room # 409

“Family Systems Approach to Helping Students 
with ADHD"

We will discuss ways for adults to interact with ADHD students that:

(a) avoid interactional pitfalls, and

(b) evoke greater motivation for task participation and completion.   

This talk is informed by Family Systems Theory, which highlights interactional patterns between people. Such patterns can greatly enhance or diminish well-being in individuals who are part of “systems” (families/schools). Brief examples and exercises will be offered.

2:40 - 2:40  CLOSING & COLLABORATION & FEEDBACK COMMONS
 

 

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