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Choose Your Own ADDVenture Brain

9th Annual Conference - Sat, April 6, 2019

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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Clicking ↑ Register Now ↑ will open an email with the subject ADDventure 2019 Registration.

To register, provide the names of individuals that would like to attend in your email response.

This email is your registration, you do not need to complete any additional information in order to register.

Thank you, Nathaniel.



Conference Details & Parking Information
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • 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.
  • South of Ruffatto Hall, across Evans Ave is the Evans Hourly Parking Garage.  See below for link.
  • Evans Garage Hourly (301)
2019 Speakers   (2019 final Speaker confirmations pending)     
Photo of Dr. Hallowell
Joing us as our Keynote...

Dr. Ned Hallowell

 M.D., is a world-renowned speaker and a leading authority on ADHD. He has authored twenty books including the ground-breaking New York Times best-seller on ADHD, Driven to Distraction.  Dr. Hallowell is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, thought leader and New York Times best-selling author. He is the founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle.  A graduate of Harvard College, Tulane Medical School, and a Harvard residency and fellowship in adult and child psychiatry, Dr. Hallowell served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School for 20 years until he retired from academia to devote his full professional time to seeing patients, writing books, and giving lectures and seminars. 

Philippe Ernewein

Philippe Ernewein
Director of Education
Denver Academy

"The New Learning"
Presented by Student Technology Advisory Committee
Philippe Ernewein, Director of Education, Denver Academy
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

Cyle Feingold

Cyle Feingold
Results Learning

"The Five Pillars of Academic Executive Functioning"
Cyle Feingold

Being able to access and implement tools to support executive functioning is key to success in school and life. Attendees will explore the five pillars of academic executive functioning, understand their importance and leave with strategies to help students become the C.E.O. of their education and life.  

"Speaking from the heART: Visual Art as a Tool for Communication"
Ali & EmilyAli Manion, M.A.,
"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. 


Daniel Hettleman

Dr. Daniel Hettleman

"“Family Systems Approach to Helping Students with ADHD”: "
We will discuss ways for adults to interact with ADHD students that (a) avoid interactional pitfalls, and (b) evoke greater motivation for task participation and completion.  This talk is informed by Family Systems Theory, which highlights interactional patterns between people.  Such patterns can greatly enhance or diminish well-being in individuals who are part of “systems” (families/schools).  Brief examples and exercises will be offered.











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

Elenn Steinberg

Giving  Voice to Dyslexia and ADHD - Elenn Steinberg and her student team


What do students have to say about their experiences in dealing with the impact of dyslexia and ADHD.  Join me in hearing what this wonderful group of students have to say about their successes and struggles.  What tools they use to succeed and how they see their futures.  This will be a fun and informative session where you will have the opportunity to listen, ask questions and be inspired and educated.


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 Development is due to be released this July.

ADDventure 2019:  Breakout Schedule and Room Assignments Pending
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

Dr. Ned Hallowell


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



Room # 302


Room #      401


Room #   408



Room # 409





Room # 435




11:40 - 12:40  BREAKOUT II ROOM # 


Room #     122           



Room #   401


R oom #   408



Room #    409


Room #   435



Room #  122






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           




Room # 302


Room #    408
Contributor: Jessica Reinhardt, Ph.D.  


 Room # 409 





Room #   435




Room #  122





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