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Choose Your Own ADDVenture Brain

8th Annual Conference - Sat, April 21, 2018

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.

  

   Registration Closed      

 

 

 

 

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
Photo of Katherine Ellison
"Unwrapping the Gift of ADHD"

Katherine Ellison: Prize-winning Journalist and Author

Katherine Ellison

Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, public speaker, editor, writing consultant, and author and co-author of 9 books, three of which are focused on ADHD.

After spending twenty years as a foreign correspondent, including stints in Africa, the Philippines, and Central and South America, she was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 48, at the same time as her then-nine-year-old son. That led to her memoir, "Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention," in which she spent a year researching ADHD in search of clues as to how best to support her son and herself. Her most recent book on ADHD is "ADHD: What Everyone Needs to Know," co-authored with UC Berkeley Prof. Stephen Hinshaw. In her keynote talk, she will tell you about her own roller-coaster years with undiagnosed ADHD and what she has learned in her research about how to make the best of this curious gift.

Philippe Ernewein

Philippe Ernewein
Director of Education
Denver Academy





"The Why, What & How of Technolgy & Learning: A Student Perspective From Denver Academy's Student Technology Advancement Committee"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Panel with Anthony Slaughter, Director of IT, & Philippe Ernewein, Director of Education, Denver Academy

Students play a critical role in evaluating, researching and informing the direction of technology at Denver Academy. This group will present on the theory and practice of what this active, engaging and reflective student committee has accomplished, as well as demonstrate some of their favorite technology tools.


"Let’s Get Physical: Exercise Interventions for ADHD"

Bri May, Halle Gitelson, Kayleigh Brennan, Jaime Turner, Nicole Weiss

Summary: In this presentation Graduate Students from Child, Family and School Psychology will discuss ADHD, interventions for ADHD, and exercise as an alternative/supplemental treatment for the disorder. A review of existing research, classroom and home applications will be discussed. Group members are supervised by Dr. Jessica Reinhardt.

Jo Roth
"Organizing Your Brain for Success in the Academic Environment"

Jo Roth, MA
Student Organizational Success 

 This session will present specific organizational tools and strategies, that once learned, will greatly enhance a student's ability to be successful in any academic environment.

 

You will leave this session knowing:

1.  How to create systems to keep track of all required assignments and materials

2.  How to treat the academic environment like a job by creating a specific workweek schedule

3.  How to set weekly and daily goals in order to complete all work by its due date

4.  How to chunk back large assignments and keep from procrastinate until the last minute.


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

Cheryl Dasler, MD Child 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. She has the appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Donald Maloy
  "Is Your ‘Distraction’ Actually A Tool For Success: Thoughts From a Green Beret.”"

Donald Maloy, MA  

&

Eric Larson, FPMHNP

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.

Erik Larson  is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and former Army Medical Department Officer. During his three years in the Army, Captain Larson spent fifteen months as the Psychiatric Prescriber for the Special Operations Forces Embedded Behavioral Health Clinic at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as six months as the Psychiatric Prescriber for the Behavioral Health Clinic for the Defense Language Institute, at the Presidio of Monterey, California. During this time, he worked with service members from all branches of the military’s Special Operations and Intelligence community, as well as soldiers with a wide variety of occupations in the Army.


 

Nathaniel Ellison       "Is 'Focus' actually a Proxy of Success, 
      The Realities and Strengths of ADHD."

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 skillsets and optimize strategies appropriate to each person with ADHD is what allows the opportunity    to access success.

In this interactive session we will look at the strengths of ADHD and work to enhance our understanding of 'focus' to provide a template for positive experiences for future success.

How does ‘focus’ translate to students struggling with this common symptom of ADHD?

Cyle Feingold
"Executive Functioning, From Struggles to Success."

Cyle Feingold
Results Learning

 

Have you been told your child is lazy, unorganized, inattentive or only puts effort in to things that he/she is interested in?  Participants will learn how the brains of children with ADHD and/or executive functioning deficits are wired and why they receive these labels.  You will leave this session with strategies and tools you can implement immediately to help your child be more successful and increase confidence and self-esteem.    

Guest Speaker: Cyle Feingold, Executive Director at Results Learning

Mr. Feingold grew up with undiagnosed ADHD and dyslexia. He understands firsthand the difficulties students may experience throughout their schooling. Mr. Feingold founded Results Learning twelve years ago to help students with ADHD and other learning disabilities maximize their potential and achieve great success. Results Learning specializes in ADHD, executive functioning, language based learning disabilities and diverse learning styles and provides professional development for teachers and academic coaching for students.

Daniel Hettleman
“What you can learn (and not learn) from your child’s Psychoeducational Evaluation”

Daniel Hettleman, Ph. D., P.C.

Dr. Hettleman will discuss the ins and outs of these increasingly popular psychoeducational evaluations, the assessments that are used to help determine students’ needs in the school setting.  

·      What can one of these evaluations tell you about your child’s learning?  

o   What can it not tell you?  

·      What can an evaluation tell you about your child’s social-emotional well-being?  

o   What can it not tell you?  

·      Get a lot of details, and a greater understanding of the strengths and limitations of these comprehensive, multi-layered assessment batteries. 

·      Consider bringing in your child’s evaluation report so you can follow along, and discuss and better understand the psychoeducational evaluations during the course of the breakout session.

Nurodiversity Image
"Neurodiversity the New “Normal"

Christina Crow, MA
Executive Function Specalist, LEP

Whether through standardized testing or diagnosis of diverse “disabilities” we consistently compare ourselves to what we consider to be average, normal, or typical. However, does the “normal” or typical person really exist, and is it even advantageous for us to seek to be similar? During this session, we will take a brief look at the scientific perspective on diversity including: the importance of diversity for biological advancement and growth; the necessity of diversity for ecological sustainability; and finally, the significance of our individual neurological differences, and how these divergences enhance the sustainability, advancement, and growth our cultural ecosystems. 

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

Elenn Steinberg and Student Team
Every Child Reading

Join our dynamic group of students as they discuss their personal stories living and succeeding with Dyslexia. This student presentation will provide useful information for students as well as professionals and the many successful strategies that various students have Used to achieve success during the course of their academic endevors.

Roxanne Turner, PmP, BCC
"3 Tips for a successful transition to college."

Roxanne Turner, PmP, BCC

 

Freshman year of college is an exciting new chapter in a young person's life, but it's not high school anymore.  College comes with greater expectations, distractions, and the skill of demonstrating resourcefulness and resilience. Incoming students must know who they are and their learning style so that they can find the resources and tools to maximize their college experience. In this discussion, we will cover three tips to give your student a leg up:

#3. Resourcefulness

#2. $Money Management$

#1. Planning 

 

The summer is a great opportunity to build on these tips so that your student feels confident about their freshman year and has the basic skills and strategies to meet the new and exciting expectations of college.

ADDventure 2017:  Room Assignments & SCHEDULE
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

"Unwrapping the Gift of ADHD"
Katherine Ellison: Prize-winning Journalist and Author

Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, public speaker, editor, writing consultant, and author and co-author of 9 books, three of which are focused on ADHD.

After spending twenty years as a foreign correspondent, including stints in Africa, the Philippines, and Central and South America, she was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 48, at the same time as her then-nine-year-old son. That led to her memoir, "Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention," in which she spent a year researching ADHD in search of clues as to how best to support her son and herself. Her most recent book on ADHD is "ADHD: What Everyone Needs to Know," co-authored with UC Berkeley Prof. Stephen Hinshaw. In her keynote talk, she will tell you about her own roller-coaster years with undiagnosed ADHD and what she has learned in her research about how to make the best of this curious gift.

10:35 - 11:35  BREAKOUT I ROOM # 

 

Room # 105

"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 skillsets and optimize strategies appropriate to each person with ADHD is what allows the opportunity to access success.


Room # 302

“Let’s Get Physical: Exercise Interventions for ADHD” 

Presenters: Bri May, Halle Gitelson, Kayleigh Brennan, Jaime Turner

Contributors:  Nicole Weiss, Portia Harris

Child, Family and School Psychology, Morgridge College of Education

Summary: In this presentation Graduate Students from Child, Family and School Psychology will discuss ADHD, interventions for ADHD, and exercise as an alternative/supplemental treatment for the disorder. A review of existing research, classroom and home applications will be discussed. Group members are supervised by Dr. Jessica Reinhardt.

 


Room # 305

"The Why, What & How of Technology & Learning:

A Student Perspective From Denver Academy's

Student Technology Advancement Committee"

Student Panel with Anthony Slaughter, Director of IT,

&

Philippe Ernewein, Director of Education, Denver Academy

Students play a critical role in evaluating, researching and informing the direction of technology at Denver Academy. This group will present on the theory and practice of what this active, engaging and reflective student committee has accomplished, as well as demonstrate some of their favorite technology tools.

 


Room # 306        

"Conversations about dyslexia."

Elenn Steinberg and Students                                           

Join our dynamic group of students as they discuss their personal stories living and succeeding with Dyslexia.  This student presentation will provide useful information for students as well as professionals and the many successful strategies that various students have Used to achieve success during the course of their academic endevors.

                         

 


Room # 401    

"Executive Functioning, From Struggles to Success."

Cyle Feingold, Executive Director at Results Learning

Have you been told your child is lazy, unorganized, inattentive or only puts effort in to things that he/she is interested in?  Participants will learn how the brains of children with ADHD and/or executive functioning deficits are wired and why they receive these labels.  You will leave this session with strategies and tools you can implement immediately to help your child be more successful and increase confidence and self-esteem.    

Mr. Feingold grew up with undiagnosed ADHD and dyslexia. He understands firsthand the difficulties students may experience throughout their schooling. Mr. Feingold founded Results Learning twelve years ago to help students with ADHD and other learning disabilities maximize their potential and achieve great success. Results Learning specializes in ADHD, executive functioning, language based learning disabilities and diverse learning styles and provides professional development for teachers and academic coaching for students.


 

 

Room # 408

“Interpreting your child’s Psychoeducational Evaluation: what you can learn, and what you can’t learn”

Daniel Hettleman, Ph. D., P.C.                                                   

Dr. Hettleman will discuss the ins and outs of these increasingly popular psychoeducational evaluations, the assessments that are used to help determine students’ needs in the school setting.  

·      What can one of these evaluations tell you about your child’s learning?  

o   What can it not tell you?  

·      What can an evaluation tell you about your child’s social-emotional well-being?  

o   What can it not tell you?  

·      Get a lot of details, and a greater understanding of the strengths and limitations of these comprehensive, multi-layered assessment batteries. 

·      Consider bringing in your child’s psychoeducational evaluation report so you can follow along, and discuss during the talk.

11:40 - 12:40  BREAKOUT II ROOM # 

 

Room # 122                

 "3 Tips for a successful transition to college. "

Roxanne Turner, PmP, BCC                                  

Freshman year of college is an exciting new chapter in a young person's life, but it's not high school anymore.  College comes with greater expectations, distractions, and the skill of demonstrating resourcefulness and resilience. Incoming students must know who they are and their learning style so that they can find the resources and tools to maximize their college experience. In this discussion, we will cover three tips to give your student a leg up:

#3. Resourcefulness

#2. $Money Management$

#1. Planning 

The summer is a great opportunity to build on these tips so that your student feels confident about their freshman year and has the basic skills and strategies to meet the new and exciting expectations of college.


Room #  302

"Organizing Your Brain for Success in the Academic Environment"

Jo Roth, MA                                                                               

This session will present specific organizational tools and strategies, that once learned, will greatly enhance a student's ability to be successful in any academic environment.

You will leave this session knowing:

1.  How to create systems to keep track of all required assignments and materials

2.  How to treat the academic environment like a job by creating a specific workweek schedule

3.  How to set weekly and daily goals in order to complete all work by its due date

4.  How to chunk back large assignments and keep from procrastinate until the last minute.


 Room # 305  

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

Cheryl Dasler, MD                                                                    

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. She has the appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

 


 

Room # 401   

"Executive Functioning, From Struggles to Success."

Cyle Feingold  

Have you been told your child is lazy, unorganized, inattentive or only puts effort in to things that he/she is interested in?  Participants will learn how the brains of children with ADHD and/or executive functioning deficits are wired and why they receive these labels.  You will leave this session with strategies and tools you can implement immediately to help your child be more successful and increase confidence and self-esteem.    

Mr. Feingold grew up with undiagnosed ADHD and dyslexia. He understands firsthand the difficulties students may experience throughout their schooling. Mr. Feingold founded Results Learning twelve years ago to help students with ADHD and other learning disabilities maximize their potential and achieve great success. Results Learning specializes in ADHD, executive functioning, language based learning disabilities and diverse learning styles and provides professional development for teachers and academic coaching for students.


 Room # 408

“Interpreting your child’s Psychoeducational Evaluation:

what you can learn, and what you can’t learn”

Daniel Hettleman, Ph. D., P.C.                                                       

Dr. Hettleman will discuss the ins and outs of these increasingly popular psychoeducational evaluations, the assessments that are used to help determine students’ needs in the school setting.  

·      What can one of these evaluations tell you about your child’s learning?  

o   What can it not tell you?  

·      What can an evaluation tell you about your child’s social-emotional well-being?  

o   What can it not tell you?  

·      Get a lot of details, and a greater understanding of the strengths and limitations of these comprehensive, multi-layered assessment batteries. 

·      Consider bringing in your child’s psychoeducational evaluation report so you can follow along, and discuss during the talk.


Room # 409

"Neurodiversity: The New “Normal”

 

Christina Crow, MA

Executive Functioning Specialist, DU Learning Effectiveness Program

Whether through standardized testing or diagnosis of diverse “disabilities” we consistently compare ourselves to what we consider to be average, normal, or typical. However, does the “normal” or typical person really exist, and is it even advantageous for us to seek to be similar? During this session, we will take a brief look at the scientific perspective on diversity including: the importance of diversity for biological advancement and growth; the necessity of diversity for ecological sustainability; and finally, the significance of our individual neurological differences, and how these divergences enhance the sustainability, advancement, and growth our cultural ecosystems. 

 

 

 
 
 

 

12:40 - 1:40 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 #
Room # 122

 "3 Tips for a successful transition to college. "

Roxanne Turner, PmP, BCC                                                       

 Freshman year of college is an exciting new chapter in a young person's life, but it's not high school anymore.  College comes with greater expectations, distractions, and the skill of demonstrating resourcefulness and resilience. Incoming students must know who they are and their learning style so that they can find the resources and tools to maximize their college experience. In this discussion, we will cover three tips to give your student a leg up:

#3. Resourcefulness

#2. $Money Management$

#1. Planning 

 The summer is a great opportunity to build on these tips so that your student feels confident about their freshman year and has the basic skills and strategies to meet the new and exciting expectations of college.



Room # 302                                  

“Let’s Get Physical: Exercise Interventions for ADHD” 

Presenters: Bri May, Halle Gitelson, Kayleigh Brennan, Jaime Turner

Contributors:  Nicole Weiss, Portia Harris

Child, Family and School Psychology, Morgridge College of Education

Summary: In this presentation Graduate Students from Child, Family and School Psychology will discuss ADHD, interventions for ADHD, and exercise as an alternative/supplemental treatment for the disorder. A review of existing research, classroom and home applications will be discussed. Group members are supervised by Dr. Jessica Reinhardt.


Room # 304

"Using Your ‘Distraction’ As A Tool For Success: Thoughts From a Green Beret.”

Donald Maloy, MA                                           

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.


Room # 305

"Organizing Your Brain for Success in the Academic Environment"

Jo Roth, MA                                                                               

This session will present specific organizational tools and strategies, that once learned, will greatly enhance a student's ability to be successful in any academic environment.

You will leave this session knowing:

1.  How to create systems to keep track of all required assignments and materials

2.  How to treat the academic environment like a job by creating a specific workweek schedule

3.  How to set weekly and daily goals in order to complete all work by its due date

4.  How to chunk back large assignments and keep from procrastinate until the last minute.

 


 Room # 409 

"Neurodiversity the New “Normal”

Christina Crow, MA

Executive Functioning Specialist, DU Learning Effectiveness Program

  

Whether through standardized testing or diagnosis of diverse “disabilities” we consistently compare ourselves to what we consider to be average, normal, or typical. However, does the “normal” or typical person really exist, and is it even advantageous for us to seek to be similar? During this session, we will take a brief look at the scientific perspective on diversity including: the importance of diversity for biological advancement and growth; the necessity of diversity for ecological sustainability; and finally, the significance of our individual neurological differences, and how these divergences enhance the sustainability, advancement, and growth our cultural ecosystems. 

 

 

 

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

 

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