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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 21, 2018
  • 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
2018 Speakers      
Photo of David Flink
Returning as our Keynote...

David Flink

 

Founder & CEO of Eye to Eye, and author of Thinking Differently.
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

Philippe Ernewein
Director of Education
Denver Academy





"The New Landscape (not portrait) of Teaching and Learning"
Presented by Student Technology Advisory Committee
 
Philippe Ernewein, Director of Education, Denver Academy
Anthony Slaughter, Director of IT, Denver Academy
Student Technology Advisory Committee
 
 
The Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) consists of a group of students who have dedicated time researching and exploring the field of assistive technology. Along with the guidance of the Directors of Education and IT, this panel will share their findings of self-directed learning, organization strategies, assistive technology tools, opportunities for self-expression, monetizing your hobby/passion, and preparing for what's next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Captain Donald Maloy  "Tools 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."

 

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 

  Graduate Students in CFSP    "Seeing Double: Recognizing the link between ADHD
and 
Specific Learning Disabilities "

Darian Crowley, B.A., Bri May, B.A., & Aaron Bagley, M.S.  

Graduate Students in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program  

Contributor: Jessica Reinhardt, Ph.D.  

Often times, children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders also have difficulties in reading, writing, and/or math in the school setting, otherwise known as a Specific Learning Disability. This presentation will examine how this unique combination of challenges affects academic development, target academic skills, and social functioning.  

We will provide families and practitioners with strategies and recommendations for enhancing academic success in students who have both ADHD and and Specific Learning Disabilities.  

"Speaking from the heART: Visual Art as a Tool for Communication"
 
 
Ali & EmilyAli Manion, M.A., Mikayla Brown, B.A., and Emily Krier, B.A.
Graduate students in the Child, Family, & School Psychology
Contributor: Dr. Jessica Reinhardt
 

This presentation focuses on the role that art can play as a communication tool for children, especially those who may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally and articulating their thoughts and emotions.
 
We will provide intentional ways to connect art-making activities to modes of communication, and will explore the many ways that creative expression can support language and overall development. 
Blue_Sky
"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.

 Brian Belcher

Brian Belcher, Assistive Technology Specialist  University of Denver, Disability Services Program

  

Before joining DSP, Brian worked as an Academic Counselor in the Learning        Effectiveness Program here at DU. In this role Brian worked with students on executive functioning skills and navigating life at DU. Before moving to Denver in 2016, Brian lived in Durham, NC and worked as a Youth Program Educator for the Murdoch Developmental Center. Here Brian worked with individuals on practicing Activities of Daily Living. Brian is a New York native and earned his BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego where he also worked for the schools Disability Support Services Office as a Student Worker. In his free time Brian enjoys biking, hiking, camping, and burritos. 

 
Marcy Willard
Dr. Marcy Willard

Licensed Psychologist, School Psychologist & CEO at Clear Child Psychology

Marcy Willard is a practicing school psychologist at STEM Lab School in Northglenn, Colorado. Dr. Willard trains psychologists throughout the district on progressive models for assessment and intervention for children from pre-school through high school. Last year, she co-authored a textbook on assessment, incorporating 11 domains of a comprehensive evaluation. Recently, Dr. Willard and a team of school psychologists authored a free website for parents incorporating these 11 domains that describes 99 mental health symptoms, and the associated interventions and parenting strategies for each. This presentation will introduce participants to the site and provide an opportunity to play an interactive game to learn how to access information for their children quickly and for free.

Nurodiversity Image
"Exploring the Landscape of Neurodiversity"

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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"Demonstrating Our Strengths, Facing our Challenges

Elenn Steinberg and Student Team
Every Child Reading

 

 
Join a group of students who share their stories and how they meet the challenges of life and school.  These impressive kids inspire and motivate parents and fellow students to reach beyond their dyslexia and ADHD and be the best that they can be.  This inspirational session will warm your heart and remind you and your child about what is important.
 
Elenn Steinberg, mentor, teacher and friend will facilitate this session and answer questions related to instruction and parenting a child with learning disabilities. The students will offer their suggestions and ideas for everyone.
                   "Owning the diagnosis and not letting the diagnosis own you "Jimmy Langley

 

Jimmy Langley &  Tim Pasternak

Stop the shame and embarrassment of being labeled with ADHD. Learn how taking ownership over your diagnosis can be both an empowering and positive experience. Dr.'s Tim Pasternack and Jim Langley (who both have their own executive functioning problems) will teach you how integrating your ADHD into your sense of identity brings peace and allows you to determine your own destiny. This fun and engaging presentation is for people who have ADHD as well as their parents.
ADDventure 2018:  Breakout Schedule and 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

 

Founder & CEO of Eye to Eye, and author of Thinking Differently.
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 - 11:35  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 #    122

"Licensed Psychologist, School Psychologist & CEO at Clear Child Psychology"

 

Dr. Marcy Willard
     

Marcy Willard is a practicing school psychologist at STEM Lab School in Northglenn, Colorado. Dr. Willard trains psychologists throughout the district on progressive models for assessment and intervention for children from pre-school through high school. Last year, she co-authored a textbook on assessment, incorporating 11 domains of a comprehensive evaluation. Recently, Dr. Willard and a team of school psychologists authored a free website for parents incorporating these 11 domains that describes 99 mental health symptoms, and the associated interventions and parenting strategies for each. This presentation will introduce participants to the site and provide an opportunity to play an interactive game to learn how to access information for their children quickly and for free.

 


Room # 302

"The New Landscape (not portrait) of Teaching and Learning"
Presented by Student Technology Advisory Committee
 
Philippe Ernewein, Director of Education, Denver Academy
Anthony Slaughter, Director of IT, Denver Academy
Student Technology Advisory Committee
 
 
The Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) consists of a group of students who have dedicated time researching and exploring the field of assistive technology. Along with the guidance of the Directors of Education and IT, this panel will share their findings of self-directed learning, organization strategies, assistive technology tools, opportunities for self-expression, monetizing your hobby/passion, and preparing for what's next.

 


Room #      401

Assistive Technology, Who Knew That Was Possible?
 
Brian Belcher
Assitive Technology Specialist  
University of Denver, Disability Services Program

  

Before joining DSP, Brian worked as an Academic Counselor in the Learning        Effectiveness Program here at DU. In this role Brian worked with students on executive functioning skills and navigating life at DU. Before moving to Denver in 2016, Brian lived in Durham, NC and worked as a Youth Program Educator for the Murdoch Developmental Center. Here Brian worked with individuals on practicing Activities of Daily Living. Brian is a New York native and earned his BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego where he also worked for the schools Disability Support Services Office as a Student Worker. In his free time Brian enjoys biking, hiking, camping, and burritos. 

                          


Room #   408

 "Owning the diagnosis and not letting the diagnosis own you " 

Jimmy Langley &  Tim Pasternak

Stop the shame and embarrassment of being labeled with ADHD. Learn how taking ownership over your diagnosis can be both an empowering and positive experience. Dr.'s Tim Pasternack and Jim Langley (who both have their own executive functioning problems) will teach you how integrating your ADHD into your sense of identity brings peace and allows you to determine your own destiny. This fun and engaging presentation is for people who have ADHD as well as their parents. 


 

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. 

 

 


 

Room # 435

"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.

 

                                        

 

11:40 - 12:40  BREAKOUT II ROOM # 

 

Room #     122           

Cancelled

 

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

  Assistive Technology, Who Knew That Was Possible?

Brian Belcher       

Assistive Technology Specialist                                                                     

Before joining DSP, Brian worked as an Academic Counselor in the Learning Effectiveness Program here at DU. In this role Brian worked with students on executive functioning skills and navigating life at DU. Before moving to Denver in 2016, Brian lived in Durham, NC and worked as a Youth Program Educator for the Murdoch Developmental Center. Here Brian worked with individuals on practicing Activities of Daily Living. Brian is a New York native and earned his BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego where he also worked for the schools Disability Support Services Office as a Student Worker. In his free time Brian enjoys biking, hiking, camping, and burritos


R oom #   408

 "Owning the diagnosis and not letting the diagnosis own you " 

Jimmy Langley &  Tim Pasternak

Stop the shame and embarrassment of being labeled with ADHD. Learn how taking ownership over your diagnosis can be both an empowering and positive experience. Dr.'s Tim Pasternack and Jim Langley (who both have their own executive functioning problems) will teach you how integrating your ADHD into your sense of identity brings peace and allows you to determine your own destiny. This fun and engaging presentation is for people who have ADHD as well as their parents. 

 


Room #    409
"Seeing Double: Recognizing the link between ADHD
and 
Specific Learning Disabilities "

 

Darian Crowley, B.A., Bri May, B.A., & Aaron Bagley, M.S. 

Graduate Students in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program 

Contributor: Jessica Reinhardt, Ph.D.  

Often times, children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders also have difficulties in reading, writing, and/or math in the school setting, otherwise known as a Specific Learning Disability. This presentation will examine how this unique combination of challenges affects academic development, target academic skills, and social functioning.  

We will provide families and practitioners with strategies and recommendations for enhancing academic success in students who have both ADHD and and Specific Learning Disabilities.  

 


 

Room #   435

"Using Your ‘Distraction’ As 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.


 

Room #  122

"Speaking from the heART: Visual Art as a Tool for Communication"

 

Ali Manion, M.A. & Emily Krier, B.A, Mikayla Brown, B.A
 

Graduate Students in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program 

Contributor: Jessica Reinhardt, Ph.D.  


This presentation focuses on the role that art can play as a communication tool for children, especially those who may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally and articulating their thoughts and emotions.
 
We will provide intentional ways to connect art-making activities to modes of communication, and will explore the many ways that creative expression can support language and overall development. 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

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 # 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 #     450           

"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 # 302

"The New Landscape (not portrait) of Teaching and Learning"
Presented by Student Technology Advisory Committee
 
Philippe Ernewein, Director of Education, Denver Academy
Anthony Slaughter, Director of IT, Denver Academy
Student Technology Advisory Committee
 
 
The Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) consists of a group of students who have dedicated time researching and exploring the field of assistive technology. Along with the guidance of the Directors of Education and IT, this panel will share their findings of self-directed learning, organization strategies, assistive technology tools, opportunities for self-expression, monetizing your hobby/passion, and preparing for what's next.

Room #    408
"Seeing Double: Recognizing the link between ADHD
and 
Specific Learning Disabilities "

 

Darian Crowley, B.A., Bri May, B.A., & Aaron Bagley, M.S. 

Graduate Students in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program 

Contributor: Jessica Reinhardt, Ph.D.  

Often times, children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders also have difficulties in reading, writing, and/or math in the school setting, otherwise known as a Specific Learning Disability. This presentation will examine how this unique combination of challenges affects academic development, target academic skills, and social functioning.  

We will provide families and practitioners with strategies and recommendations for enhancing academic success in students who have both ADHD and and Specific Learning Disabilities.  

 


 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. 

 

 


 

Room #   435

"Using Your ‘Distraction’ As 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.


 

 

Room #  122

"Speaking from the heART: Visual Art as a Tool for Communication"

 

Ali Manion, M.A. & Emily Krier, B.A, Mikayla Brown, B.A
 

Graduate Students in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program 

Contributor: Jessica Reinhardt, Ph.D.  


This presentation focuses on the role that art can play as a communication tool for children, especially those who may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally and articulating their thoughts and emotions.
 
We will provide intentional ways to connect art-making activities to modes of communication, and will explore the many ways that creative expression can support language and overall development. 

 

 

 

2:40 - 3:00  CLOSING & COLLABORATION & FEEDBACK COMMONS
 

 

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