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4th Annual Conference - Sat, April 26, 2014

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.

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED.

 

ADDventure 2014: Schedule & Room Assignments

9:00                                 Select Breakouts                       SIGN IN

  • Visit vendor and sponsor booths
  • Sign in and Select Breakouts

9:30 – 9:40                             Welcome                            Commons

Nathaniel Ellison & Jimmie Smith

  • Welcome and Thank You              

9:40 -10:40                            Keynote                             Commons

LeDerick Horne: Beyond Classification

  • This keynote presentation provides strategies for increasing the academic performance, self-determination, and self-advocacy skills of students with disabilities. As an entrepreneur and performance poet with a learning disability who has worked as an advocate on the national, state and local level, LeDerick Horne provides a unique prospective on education reform and issues related to creating a more equitable society. This emotionally stirring talk is filled with moving verses and empowering information that will prepare the audience to challenge stereotypes, rethink pedagogy and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

10:45 - 11:35                        Breakout I                            Room # 

Justin Luke Riley                                                         Outside Classroom

"Your Life, Better, 24/7 "A transition program, like you have never seen"

  • This unique and innovative program meets members wherever they are in their life and in the community, and provides person-centered, around-the-clock support for members and their families. Multi-system navigation services, combined with 24/7 holistic life coaching, provides an exclusive opportunity for individuals to experience personal growth and well-being, improved relationships, satisfaction in their career, and successful functioning in the community.

Nathaniel Ellison, MA
                                                         Room # 105

"Reframing ADHD: The 80-20 rule, practical strategies and perspective for students and parents."

  • 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.

Philippe Ernewein, MA                                                       Room # 202

"How Are You Smart?: Lessons From Those Who Learn Differently"

  • Some of the most significant differences that exist within our students are invisible to the naked eye. Furthermore, the complex neurological profiles present in classes are often misunderstood or overlooked by the misguided lens of "normal." This session will highlight these profiles as well as present classroom techniques to honor cognitive diversity using a strength-base, empowerment model. The goals of this workshop include: audience members will learn specific classroom management and instructional strategies to create a successful learning environment for students with labels that included: Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, non-verbal learning disorders, and other pervasive developmental disorders.

Specifically, this presentation will focus on the role differentiated instruction plays in creating successful learning environments for students. Practical strategies of classroom structures, journals and musical applications will be highlighted.

Anna Kroncke, Ph.D.                                                           Room # 204

"Preschool Assessment: Evaluating symptoms of Anxiety, Attention and Autism Spectrum Disorders for Early Intervention"

  • 
Dr. Anna Kroncke is the Director of Psychological Services at Emerge, a private practice in Denver Colorado specializing in diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as other Mental Health issues. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master's degree and a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Georgia where she was awarded a Presidential Fellowship. Her research and clinical interests are in psychological assessment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and early identification of emotional and behavior problems in children. She has co-authored various book chapters and professional presentations on learning disabilities, cognitive assessment and social emotional assessment while working with Randy Kamphaus PhD at the University of Georgia. She completed her post-doctoral work in psychological assessment in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Dr. Kroncke worked for five years as a school psychologist in diverse urban school districts and has been in private practice at Emerge specializing in autism assessment and treatment since August of 2010

Craig Knippenberg LCSW, M. Div and Cyle Feingold           Room # 302



"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.

Elenn Steinberg and Students                                          Room # 305

"The Power of Dyslexia"

  • Join us for an opportunity to understand the gifts and the challenges students and families face when dealing with dyslexia/(ADHD). This will be an interactive discussion with our 'Tribe' of students from elementary, middle, high school and college. The students will share their perspective, ideas and survival techniques, which will empower their peers and inspire parents. They will provide resources, technology supports and generally offer support and encouragement. We will also have some time to answer parent questions about all things related to the students needs.

Lori Parker, BA, MSSW                                                       Room # 401

"IDEA, FAPE, LRE and RS ... unravel the mystery of the sea of special education acronyms, plus more!"

  • Understand in everyday language what the IDEA Law authorizes in terms of changes to IEP's parental rights, evaluations, accommodations, modifications, SMART IEP goals and progress monitoring. Be informed and empowered to navigate special education with skill.
  • The Denver Metro Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) is a Parent Technical Assistance Center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the US Department of Education. The Denver Metro CPRC focuses on providing information and resources to families in the Denver Metro area, who have children, age birth – 26, with developmental needs.

11:40 - 12:30                        Breakout II                           RooM # 

Justin Luke Riley                                                         Outside Classroom

Your Life. Better. 24/7 "A transition program, like you have never seen"

  • This unique and innovative program meets members wherever they are in their life and in the community, and provides person-centered, around-the-clock support for members and their families. Multi-system navigation services, combined with 24/7 holistic life coaching, provides an exclusive opportunity for individuals to experience personal growth and well-being, improved relationships, satisfaction in their career, and successful functioning in the community.

Philippe Ernewein, MA                                                       Room # 202

"How Are You Smart?: Lessons From Those Who Learn Differently"

  • Some of the most significant differences that exist within our students are invisible to the naked eye. Furthermore, the complex neurological profiles present in classes are often misunderstood or overlooked by the misguided lens of "normal." This session will highlight these profiles as well as present classroom techniques to honor cognitive diversity using a strength-base, empowerment model. The goals of this workshop include: audience members will learn specific classroom management and instructional strategies to create a successful learning environment for students with labels that included: Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, non-verbal learning disorders, and other pervasive developmental disorders.

Specifically, this presentation will focus on the role differentiated instruction plays in creating successful learning environments for students. Practical strategies of classroom structures, journals and musical applications will be highlighted.

Jessica Reinhardt, MA and Bethdalie Cruz
, Ed.S candidate  Room # 204 

"Transitioning Students with Learning Differences to Higher Education: Best Practices and Testimonials"

  • This interactive presentation will explore the most salient topics related to transitioning students with a variety of learning differences to higher education. Including: previous research on the transition experience original qualitative research: the student transition experience Interactive small group activity: practical strategies used by school based personnel to support students during the transition.

Craig Knippenberg LCSW, M. Div and Cyle Feingold            Room # 302



 "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.

 Elenn Steinberg and Students                                             Room # 305

"The Power of Dyslexia"

  • Join us for an opportunity to understand the gifts and the challenges students and families face when dealing with dyslexia/(ADHD). This will be an interactive discussion with our 'Tribe' of students from elementary, middle, high school and college. The students will share their perspective, ideas and survival techniques, which will empower their peers and inspire parents. They will provide resources, technology supports and generally offer support and encouragement. We will also have some time to answer parent questions about all things related to the students needs.

Dr. Jeff Crowe                                                                    Room # 401 

"Life After High School" 


  • This will include information on different types of programs including 2 and 4 year college, vocational school and work options. I will also talk about independent living. In the presentation I will mention about funding options for students with disabilities.

Brenden Goetz                                                                    Room # 409                                                       Assistive Technology Specialist, University of Denver

  • "This workshop will explore technology related to reading, writing, note-taking, planning, and organizing. An increasing array of options are available to support a variety of tasks as laptops, smart phones, and tablets permeate our daily lives, but navigating the sea of new technologies can be overwhelming and complicated. This session will expose attendees to some specific software programs and resources, as well as talk generally about considerations when exploring this complex world."

12:30 - 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 - 2:30                              Breakout III                        Room # 

Nathaniel Ellison, MA
                                                        Room # 105

"Reframing ADHD: The 80-20 rule, practical strategies and perspective for students and parents."

  • 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.

Cheryl Dasler, MD                                                              Room # 202

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

Anna Kroncke Ph.D.                                                            Room # 204

"Preschool Assessment: Evaluating symptoms of Anxiety, Attention and Autism Spectrum Disorders for Early Intervention"

  • Dr. Anna Kroncke is the Director of Psychological Services at Emerge, a private practice in Denver Colorado specializing in diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as other Mental Health issues. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master's degree and a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Georgia where she was awarded a Presidential Fellowship. Her research and clinical interests are in psychological assessment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and early identification of emotional and behavior problems in children. She has co-authored various book chapters and professional presentations on learning disabilities, cognitive assessment and social emotional assessment while working with Randy Kamphaus PhD at the University of Georgia. She completed her post-doctoral work in psychological assessment in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Dr. Kroncke worked for five years as a school psychologist in diverse urban school districts and has been in private practice at Emerge specializing in autism assessment and treatment since August of 2010

Jessica Reinhardt, MA and Bethdalie Cruz
 Ed.S candidate   Room # 302

"Transitioning Students with Learning Differences to Higher Education: Best Practices and Testimonials"

  • This interactive presentation will explore the most salient topics related to transitioning students with a variety of learning differences to higher education. Including: previous research on the transition experience original qualitative research: the student transition experience Interactive small group activity: practical strategies used by school based personnel to support students during the transition.

LeDerick Horne                                                                  Room # 305

"Changing School Culture"

  • This workshop examines how contemporary education practices, policies, and personnel positively and negatively affect students with disabilities. Participants are asked to confront the written and unwritten cultural standards in their own schools so they can create an environment that optimizes each student's potential. Nationally recognized programs will be presented as examples of best practices and there will be a focus on creating a systemic change throughout schools and communities.

Dr. Jeff Crowe                                                                     Room # 401

"Life After High School"

  • This will include information on different types of programs including 2 and 4 year college, vocational school and work options. I will also talk about independent living. In the presentation I will mention about funding options for students with disabilities.

Eye 2 Eye Mentors                              Room # 435 or Outside Classroom

  • 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.

Brenden Goetz                                                            Room # 409                                                 Assistive Technology Specialist, University of Denver

  • "This workshop will explore technology related to reading, writing, note-taking, planning, and organizing. An increasing array of options are available to support a variety of tasks as laptops, smart phones, and tablets permeate our daily lives, but navigating the sea of new technologies can be overwhelming and complicated. This session will expose attendees to some specific software programs and resources, as well as talk generally about considerations when exploring this complex world."

2:30 - 3:00                Closing & Collaboration                  Commons

 

 

Conference Details
    • Saturday, April 26, 2014
    • 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

 

 

2014 Presenters

LeDerick Horne: Keynote & Workshop
Keynote: Beyond Classification

LeDerick HorneThis keynote presentation provides strategies for increasing the academic performance, self-determination, and self-advocacy skills of students with disabilities. As an entrepreneur and performance poet with a learning disability who has worked as an advocate on the national, state and local level, LeDerick Horne provides a unique prospective on education reform and issues related to creating a more equitable society. This emotionally stirring talk is filled with moving verses and empowering information that will prepare the audience to challenge stereotypes, rethink pedagogy and improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Workshop: Changing School Culture
This workshop examines how contemporary education practices, policies, and personnel positively and negatively affect students with disabilities. Participants are asked to confront the written and unwritten cultural standards in their own schools so they can create an environment that optimizes each student's potential. Nationally recognized programs will be presented as examples of best practices and there will be a focus on creating a systemic change throughout schools and communities.


Philippe Ernewein

Philippe Ernewein, MA
Director of Education

Denver Academy

"How Are You Smart?: Lessons From Those Who Learn Differently"
Some of the most significant differences that exist within our students are invisible to the naked eye. Furthermore, the complex neurological profiles present in classes are often misunderstood or overlooked by the misguided lens of "normal." This session will highlight these profiles as well as present classroom techniques to honor cognitive diversity using a strength-base, empowerment model. The goals of this workshop include: audience members will learn specific classroom management and instructional strategies to create a successful learning environment for students with labels that included: Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, non-verbal learning disorders, and other pervasive developmental disorders.

Specifically, this presentation will focus on the role differentiated instruction plays in creating successful learning environments for students. Practical strategies of classroom structures, journals and musical applications will be highlighted.


Cyle Feingold Craig KnippenbergCraig Knippenberg LCSW, M. Div.    and Cyle Feingold 

"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.


Cheryl Dasler MD, Child Psychiatrist

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


Nathaniel Ellison

Nathaniel Ellison, MA
Learning Effectiveness Program

"Reframing ADHD: The 80-20 rule, practical strategies and perspective for students and parents."

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. 


Justin Luke RileyJustin Luke Riley

Your Life. Better. 24/7 "A transition program, like you have never seen"

This unique and innovative program meets members wherever they are in their life and in the community, and provides person-centered, around-the-clock support for members and their families. Multi-system navigation services, combined with 24/7 holistic life coaching, provides an exclusive opportunity for individuals to experience personal growth and well-being, improved relationships, satisfaction in their career, and successful functioning in the community. 



Brenden GoetzDisability

Assistive Technology Specialist, University of Denver   

This workshop will explore technology related to reading, writing, note-taking, planning, and organizing. An increasing array of options are available to support a variety of tasks as laptops, smart phones, and tablets permeate our daily lives, but navigating the sea of new technologies can be overwhelming and complicated. This session will expose attendees to some specific software programs and resources, as well as talk generally about considerations when exploring this complex world."

 


College Living ExperienceJudy Stein Stutman
College Living Experience

"Life After High School"
This will include information on different types of programs including 2 and 4 year college, vocational school and work options. I will also talk about independent living. In the presentation I will mention about funding options for students with disabilities.


Jessica ReinhardtJessica Reinhardt, MA and Bethdalie Cruz
University of Denver

"Transitioning Students with Learning Differences to Higher Education: Best Practices and Testimonials"

This interactive presentation will explore the most salient topics related to transitioning students with a variety of learning differences to higher education. Including:

  1. previous research on the transition experience
  2. original qualitative research: the student transition experience
  3. interactive small group activity: practical strategies used by school based personnel to support students during the transition

Anna Kroncke Ph.D.

Emerge

Bio:Preschool Assessment: Evaluating symptoms of Anxiety, Attention and Autism Spectrum Disorders for Early Intervention

Dr. Anna Kroncke is the Director of Psychological Services at Emerge, a private practice in Denver Colorado specializing in diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as other Mental Health issues. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master's degree and a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Georgia where she was awarded a Presidential Fellowship. Her research and clinical interests are in psychological assessment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and early identification of emotional and behavior problems in children. She has co-authored various book chapters and professional presentations on learning disabilities, cognitive assessment and social emotional assessment while working with Randy Kamphaus PhD at the University of Georgia. She completed her post-doctoral work in psychological assessment in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Kroncke worked for five years as a school psychologist in diverse urban school districts and has been in private practice at Emerge specializing in autism assessment and treatment since August of 2010.


  Lori Parker, BA, MSSW

"Understanding Special Education: IDEA Law"

Community Parent Resource Center IDEA, FAPE, LRE and RS ... unravel the mystery of the sea of special education acronyms, plus more! Understand in everyday language what the IDEA Law authorizes in terms of changes to IEP's parental rights, evaluations, accommodations, modifications, SMART IEP goals and progress monitoring. Be informed and empowered to navigate special education with skill.  

The Denver Metro Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) is a Parent Technical Assistance Center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the US Department of Education. The Denver Metro CPRC focuses on providing information and resources to families in the Denver Metro area, who have children, age birth – 26, with developmental needs.


Eye to EyeJohn Walsh
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 Steinberg and Students

Decoding Dyslexia

"The Power of Dyslexia"

Join us for an opportunity to understand the gifts and the challenges students and families face when dealing with dyslexia/(ADHD). This will be an interactive discussion with our 'Tribe' of students from elementary, middle, high school and college. The students will share their perspective, ideas and survival techniques, which will empower their peers and inspire parents. They will provide resources, technology supports and generally offer support and encouragement. We will also have some time to answer parent questions about all things related to the students needs.

 

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

   Student Life       Patxi's Pizza           Evo Hemp

 

IDA-Rocky Mountain Branch         fruit_revival