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5th Annual Conference - Sat, April 25, 2015

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.

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ADDventure 2015: Schedule & Room Assignments

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

David Flink

"Thinking Differently:  Reframing Learning for a New Generation"

  • What does it mean to be a “different thinker?”  Where can we find the full potential of our community?  How can we make strides toward creating a world in which every learner is recognized?  By sharing some of his own LD/ADHD journeys, Mr. Flink will provide answers to these questions.  In doing so, he’ll also provide a glimpse into the power of mentoring in the lives of different thinkers.  At the core is a message of personal empowerment, academic success, and educational revolution for people who think differently.

10:35 - 11:30                 Breakout I                            Room # 

 

   Philippe and Jenni Ernewein                                      Room # 306

“Executive Functioning As Booster   Rockets: Creating Moonshot Moments”

  • To create Moonshot Moments for our students, we need to teach Moonshot Thinking. The most effective way to teach, facilitate and support this type of learning is to explicitly lead instruction about executive functioning strategies. CROPS - the five critical components of executive functions - will be discussed. The session will also demonstrate several ways to incorporate executive function instruction into your daily, weekly, and monthly classroom routines. 
  • Participants will learn 10 concrete ways to incorporate Executive Functioning into classroom, lesson plans and parenting.
  • Participants will understand the role of unlearning in teaching Executive Functioning.
  • Participants will apply Executive Functioning in structures.


Craig Knippenberg and Cyle Feingold                     Room # 401

 

"The Emotional and Academic Interaction of ADHD: Blessings, Challenges and Solutions"

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

Jessica S. Reinhardt, Ph.D.                                    Room # 204

and

Leigh-Ellen Curl Ed.S.                                          

  "Homework Headaches? Tips, Tricks and Organization Tools for Getting it Done! "

  • Children diagnosed with ADHD/LD/ASD often encounter multiple difficulties with academic functioning, and may have more frequent and intense homework  problems that their peers.  Many of the academic problems associated are related to problems behaviors and issues with poor executive function. School Psychologists, Jessica S. Reinhardt, Ph.D.  and Leigh- Ellen Curl, Ed.S NCSP, from Emerge Professionals, discuss a topic which overwhelms parents and teachers alike. This presentation will put forth the theories and research underlying homework challenges and more importantly provide attendees with a number of practical strategies to assist children with homework completion.

 


  Dr.  Christy Moroye and  Dr.  Bruce Uhrmacher        Room # 302

"CRISPA! Create Meaningful, Memorable Educational Experiences"

  • This discussion-based seminar explores eight years of research on ways to create the conditions for meaningful educational experiences for diverse learners.  Participants will actively connect ideas from their own experiences with the presenters’ research findings known as “CRISPA,” which stands for connections, risk-taking, imagination, sensory experience, perceptivity, and active-engagement.  
  • Christy Moroye is Associate Professor of Foundations and Curriculum Studies at the University of Northern Colorado.  Bruce Uhrmacher is Professor of Curriculum at the University of Denver.  

 


Nathaniel Ellison, MA
                                              Room # 105

"Reframing 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 allows the opportunity to access success.  Additionally, during an interactive discussion, we will expand our understanding of the benefits of ADHD.  How can increased personal understanding of the diagnosis, prove invaluable in the success and self-efficacy of those we work with?
  • David Flink

  Elenn Steinberg and Students                                      Room # 408

"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 kids 3rd grade - 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 this dys-ability into an opportunity.

 

11:35 - 12:30                        Breakout II                      RooM # 

 

Lori Parker                                                              Room # 408

  • 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!

 


Craig Knippenberg and Cyle Feingold                     Room # 401

"The Emotional and Academic Interaction of ADHD: Blessings, Challenges and Solutions"

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

 


Philippe & Jenni Ernewein, MA                               Room # 306 

"Executive Functioning As Booster Rockets: Creating Moonshot Moments"

  • To create Moonshot Moments for our students, we need to teach Moonshot Thinking. The most effective way to teach, facilitate and support this type of learning is to explicitly lead instruction about executive functioning strategies. CROPS-the five critical components of executive functions will be discussed. The session will also demonstrate several ways to incorporate executive function instruction into your daily, weekly, and monthly classroom routines. 

    Participants learn 10 concrete ways to incorporate Executive Functioning into classroom, lesson plans and parenting.

    Participants will understand the role of unlearning in teaching Executive Functioning.

    Participants will apply Executive Functioning in structures.

 


Alexandra McDermott, PsyD                                     Room # 302

  • This breakout session will explore traditional learning disability and ADHD testing and assessment procedures. We will look at how clinicians come to decide on a diagnosis based on testing results and discuss common patterns in the data. The objective of this discussion is to help simplify the sometimes jargoned language used in assessment reports so that you can have a better understanding of what the results mean and how they apply to you or your child. I invite you to bring questions, as this will be partially discussion format.

 


Cheryl Dasler, MD                                               Room # 204

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

  • 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.

 


Sally Pistilli                                                    Room # 304

Parent Support SpecialistLearning Ally

  • 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. 

 

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 # 

 

Eye 2 Eye                                                                Room # 306

  • This panel of local student leaders will discuss the impact of living and dealing with dyslexia and  ADHD on a daily basis.  This group of students is actively involved in local schools mentoring younger ADHD and LD students.  Through this interaction they share the importance of learning the skills they need to self-advocate, and achieve the best results in any situation.

 


Cheryl Dasler, MD                                                   Room # 204

 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.

 


Alexandra McDermott, PsyD                                  Room # 302

  • This breakout session will explore traditional learning disability and ADHD testing and assessment procedures. We will look at how clinicians come to decide on a diagnosis based on testing results and discuss common patterns in the data. The objective of this discussion is to help simplify the sometimes jargoned language used in assessment reports so that you can have a better understanding of what the results mean and how they apply to you or your child. I invite you to bring questions, as this will be partially discussion format.

 


Mike Bleier                                                              Room # 401

Leaning Effectiveness Program

  • Whether you have anxiety or live with someone who does, it can impact all parts of your life.  Registered Psychotherapist Michael Bleier will give a brief overview of anxiety, in what way your thoughts can increase the symptoms and how to use body-centered strategies for over-coming it.      

 


 

Debbie Campbell                                                 Room # 122   

When, Why and How To Begin"    

  • New to Assistive Technology?  Bring along your mobile device and explore a set of tools that can be used to allow your student to approach schoolwork with a greater sense of confidence and independence.  As we explore apps, device settings and programs we will discuss when it is best to consider the use of them as well as how to begin the implementation of their use.  

 


Sally Pistilli                                                      Room # 304

Parent Support Specialist, Learning Ally

  • 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. 

 


  

2:40 - 3:00  Closing & Collaboration & Feedback  Commons

 

 

Conference Details
    • Saturday, April 25, 2015
    • 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

 

 

2015 Presenters

 

David Flink

 

"Reframing Learning for a New Generation"

 

David Flink, MA

Co-Founder and CEO of Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye National

What does it mean to be a “different thinker?”  Where can we find the full potential of our community?  How can we make strides toward creating a world in which every learner is recognized?  By sharing some of his own LD/ADHD journeys, Mr. Flink will provide answers to these questions.  In doing so, he’ll also provide a glimpse into the power of mentoring in the lives of different thinkers.  At the core is a message of personal empowerment, academic success, and educational revolution for people who think differently.


Philippe Ernewein

Jenni_E

 

"Executive Functioning As Booster   Rockets: Creating Moonshot Moments"

 

 

 

Philippe Ernewein                                                   Jenni Ernewein

Director of Education                                               Learning Specialist

Denver Academy                                     St. Anne's   Episcopal School                                        

To create Moonshot Moments for our students, we need to teach Moonshot Thinking. The most effective way to teach, facilitate and support this type of learning is to explicitly lead instruction about executive functioning strategies. CROPS - the five critical components of executive functions - will be discussed. The session will also demonstrate several ways to incorporate executive function instruction into your daily, weekly, and monthly classroom routines. 

Participants will learn 10 concrete ways to incorporate Executive Functioning into classroom, lesson plans and parenting.

Participants will understand the role of unlearning in teaching Executive Functioning.

Participants will apply Executive Functioning in structures.


Cyle Feingold Craig Knippenberg



"The Emotional and Academic Interaction of ADHD: Blessings, Challenges and Solutions"

 

 

 

Craig Knippenberg LCSW, M. Div.                             Cyle Feingold

Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates                   Results Learning

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


"Role & Explanation of Medication uses in Individuals with ADHD"

Cheryl Dasler, MD Child Psychiatrist

Blue_Sky

 

 

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.


Nathaniel Ellison

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

Nathaniel Ellison, MA

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 skills and optimize strategies appropriate to each person with ADHD is what allows the greatest opportunity to achieve success. 

 


Alex_McDermott

"Interpreting Assessment Results:  What Does it All Really Mean?"

Alexandra McDermott, PsyD

Denver Therapy & Assessment          

This breakout session will explore traditional learning disability and ADHD testing and assessment procedures. We will look at how clinicians come to decide on a diagnosis based on testing results and discuss common patterns in the data. The objective of this discussion is to help simplify the sometimes jargoned language used in assessment reports so that you can have a better understanding of what the results mean and how they apply to you or your child. I invite you to bring questions, as this will be partially discussion format.

                         


Jessica_Reinhardt

  "Homework Headaches? Tips, Tricks and Organization Tools for Getting it Done! "

Jessica S. Reinhardt, Ph.D.                                         Leigh-Ellen Curl, Ed.S. NCSP

 
Children diagnosed with ADHD/LD/ASD often encounter multiple difficulties with academic functioning, and may have more frequent and intense homework  problems that their peers.  Many of the academic problems associated are related to problems behaviors and issues with poor executive function. School Psychologists, Jessica S. Reinhardt, Ph.D.  and Leigh- Ellen Curl, Ed.S NCSP, from Emerge Professionals, discuss a topic which overwhelms parents and teachers alike. This presentation will put forth the theories and research underlying homework challenges and more importantly provide attendees with a number of practical strategies to assist children with homework completion. 

 


 

Sally_P

"Dyslexia 101"

Sally Pistilli

Parent Support Specialist, Learning Ally

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. 


 

“Anxiety: Body-Centered Strategies for Overcoming it”

Michael Bleier, MAMike_Bleier

Leaning Effectiveness Program

Whether you have anxiety or live with someone who does, it can impact all parts of your life.  Registered Psychotherapist Michael Bleier will give a brief overview of anxiety, in what way your thoughts can increase the symptoms and how to use body-centered strategies for over-coming it.                      

 


 

Moroye Bruce-Uhrmacher

   

"CRISPA! Create Meaningful, Memorable Educational Experiences"                    

 

Dr. Christy Moroye                                         Dr.  Bruce Uhrmacher

University of Northern Colorado

CRISPA! Create Meaningful, Memorable Educational Experiences

This discussion-based seminar explores eight years of research on ways to create the conditions for meaningful educational experiences for diverse learners.  Participants will actively connect ideas from their own experiences with the presenters’ research findings known as “CRISPA,” which stands for connections, risk-taking, imagination, sensory experience, perceptivity, and active-engagement.  

Christy Moroye is Associate Professor of Foundations and Curriculum Studies at the University of Northern Colorado.  Bruce Uhrmacher is Professor of Curriculum at the University of Denver.  

 


 

"First Steps With Assistive Technology:

Debbie_C

When, Why and How To Begin"    

Debbie Campbell

New to Assistive Technology?  Bring along your mobile device and explore a set of tools that can be used to allow your student to approach schoolwork with a greater sense of confidence and independence.  As we explore apps, device settings and programs we will discuss when it is best to consider the use of them as well as how to begin the implementation of their use.  

                       


Eye to EyeEye to Eye Chapter Coordinator

Eye to Eye

University of Denver Chapter Coordinator for Eye to Eye and Eye to Eye mentors.

Mentors discuss their experience as mentors with the University of Denver chapter of Eye to Eye. 


Elenn_S Elenn Steinberg and  Students

"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.

CPRC
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!

 


 

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   Student Life       Patxi's Pizza             Evo Hemp