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10th Annual Conference -  Conference Postponed


Due to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, I have made the decision to postpone Choose Your Own ADDventure for this year. I have started the process of planning for next year and will coordinate with Dave, our Keynote Speaker, as well as all of the folks who graciously donate their time for the bereakout sessions.  Once I have confirmation from all our session presenters and vendors, I will get a solid date on the calander.   Thanks to everyone who has supported this conference over the years and I look forward to a wonderful 10th Annual Conference.

Thank you for your understanding, be safe, and stay healthy.




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
  • Conference Posponed...
  • 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 lot listed below.
  • South of Ruffatto Hall, across Evans Ave is the Evans Hourly Parking Garage.  See below for link.
  • Evans Garage Hourly (301)
2021 ...  Speakers Pending Final confirmation
Photo of David Flink
Joing us as our Keynote...

David Flink


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

Cheryl Dasler, MD Child Psychiatrist



Discussing medication and alternative options for treating ADHD, including supplements, diet, exercise, and more!

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.

Captain Donald Maloy  "Tools For Success: Thoughts From a Green Beret."

  Donald Maloy, MA    &   Erik 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."


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.            Nathaniel Ellison, MA

"The Five Pillars of Academic Executive Functioning"

"Who Knew That Was Possible?"
Assistive Technology Specialist  












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"Exploring the Landscape of Neurodiversity"

Christina Crow, MA
Executive Function Specialist, 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




Craig Knippenberg

Craig Knippenberg LCSW, M.Div.
Knippenberg, Patterson, Langley, & Associates

"The Brain on Electronic Gaming and Smart Phones"
An Interactive Presentation with:
Presented by Craig Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div.

National speaker on the behavioral, emotional, and social development, family therapist, and school consultant, Craig Knippenberg will entertain the whole family as he easily explains the many ways the brain is impacted by electronic devices. Learn how sleep, emotional/social development and several specific areas of the brain are hijacked by design. Children/Teens and parents will be invited to join in on the fun demonstrations. A published author, his first full manuscript: Wired and Connected: Brain-Based Solutions that Ensure Your Child’s Social and Emotional Success is due to be released this July.



Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

   Student Life       Patxi's Pizza             Evo Hemp          IDA_RMB