Presenter's Info

ABSTRACTS

Keynote Speaker: Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
Educator and Author

Solving Sensory Challenges with Sensible Strategies

Some children resist participating in family and school activities or respond in unusual ways to ordinary sensations of touch and movement, sights and sounds. Because of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), they don't behave as we expect – not because they won’t, but because they can’t. And then, they grow up. Therapists, parents, teachers, and other professionals who care for these individuals can deal with their out-of-sync behavior by incorporating “just-right” sensory experiences into their daily life.

Kathleen McClaskey, M.Ed.
Educator and Author

Discover the Learner Through the Power of Story

Story is where we came from and where we’re going. It is in the story that we make meaning of our lives. Our story is what defines us, sets us apart and allows us to connect and build relationships with each other and to be known. Story is powerful! The question is: In what ways can we empower our learners to share their story of who they are, how they learn and what they aspire to be? Join me in this session to discover the learner through the power of story.

Empowering All Learners with Agency and Self-Advocacy Skills: Personalize Learning through the UDL Lens

When each learner can understand and advocate for who they are and how they learn, barriers to learning can be removed and engagement and motivation can result. But where do you begin? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and personalized learning can be the perfect match to have every learner realize agency and take ownership to learning. UDL leverages the latest research from the neurosciences in order to create more inclusive learning experiences, but how can we use UDL to empower every learner with the tools and skills to become independent self-directed learners with agency, learners who are future ready for college, career and life? In this interactive session, participants will step into a learner’s shoes and apply the UDL Lens of Access, Engage and ExpressTM in a practical 3-Step “Discover the Learner” ProcessTM to understand the value of knowing learners’ strengths, challenges and aspirations as a foundation for acquiring the lifelong skills of agency and self-advocacy.

Sharon Saline, Psy.D.
Psychologist and Author

What Kids with ADHD Wish You Knew and How You Can Help

Do you ever wonder what’s really going on in the minds of kids with ADHD? Dr. Sharon Saline, veteran psychologist and author of “What your ADHD child wishes you knew: Working together to empower kids for success in school and life,” offers rare insights into how kids honestly think and feel about having ADHD and what best helps them. She assists professionals and parents to think differently about the challenges these children and teens face and explores new ways of listening to and working with them for improved cooperation and success. Based on her unique, strength-based approach–’the 5C’s of ADHD parenting,’ Dr. Saline shares a variety of helpful and practical solutions to teach kids essential daily living skills that reduce stress and increase positivity. Her collaborative approach integrates mindfulness, cognitive therapy and positive psychology while teaching effective skills to reduce the stress in families’ lives. This presentation will be both didactic and experiential in nature.

You Can Do This: Motivating Kids Who Are Out-of-the-box Thinkers

Does your child or teen with ADHD, ASD or learning disabilities have a tough time starting and completing things they have to do? Many professionals who work with these kids and parents who live with them feel frustrated and thwarted in their efforts to teach responsibility, motivation and follow through. You want to make sure that your child has the executive functioning skills they need to succeed in life but you can’t seem to work together towards your goals. Dr. Sharon Saline believes that successfully motivating teens who are out-of-the-box thinkers relies on using a strength-based, collaborative approach. When you include them in creating solutions to daily challenges, you increase their buy-in and their motivation. Dr. Saline will show you how to create and use strategies to teach all-important executive functioning skills that increase personal accountability and foster independence.

Don’t Touch My Phone: Balancing Screen Time for 21st Century Digital Kids

Overwhelmed by technology? Struggling to help your family, your students or your clients set limits that actually work? In this workshop, Dr. Sharon Saline will talk about raising children and teens in today’s digital world with less yelling and more cooperation. She shares the latest research about the effect of social media and screens on kids’ developing brains, peer relationships and risky behaviors. Incorporating the voices of kids themselves and what matters to them, Dr. Saline shows you how to create consistent screen policies using meaningful incentives that promote safety, communication and cooperation. You will learn how to set up balanced relationships to electronic devices and social media and help people reconnect with each other.

Melissa A. Brotman, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Leveraging Neuroscience to Develop Novel Interventions for Pediatric Irritability

How can learners overcome clinical irritability to be successful in the classroom, at home, and in the community? Dr. Brotman will define irritability as well as the clinical presentation of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) in youth. After identifying the pathophysiological markers associated with irritability, Dr. Brotman will discuss novel mechanism-based treatments for irritability in children and adolescents.


Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C.
Social Worker and Author

Cutting Edge Approaches to Managing OCD in Children and Adolescents

According to the International Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation approximately 4-5 children in every elementary school and up to 20 teenagers in a high school have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This talk is geared toward clinicians, parents, educators, and physicians who may have an opportunity to help a child with OCD get well. Parents, teachers and others will learn that they have an important role in the therapy process. The workshop presenter will engage the audience using the same creative approaches she takes with her clients: role playing with puppets, playing Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) games, accessing the internet, and in vivo practice.


Gonzalo Laje, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Psychiatric Medications: Truth or Dare

Dr. Laje will discuss the diagnostic issues and manifestations and confounding behaviors that can be displayed in ASD when ADHD, anxiety and/or OCD are present He will address behavioral equivalents of anxiety and OCD in Autism, and how treatable symptoms can be misdiagnosed. He’ll outline the approach to these challenges both behaviorally and pharmacologically.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Solving Sensory Challenges with Sensible Strategies
• Identify six types of SPD and how they can affect the daily lives of children, teens, and adults
• Recognize co-existing problems with vision, hearing, motor coordination, emotions and relationships
• Demonstrate “In-Sync” activities to their clients, designed to engage various sensory systems and thereby improve attention, self-regulation and emotional processing.

Discover the Learner Through The Power of Story
Empowering All Learners with Agency and Self-Advocacy Skills: Personalize Learning through the UDL Lens
• Describe and apply the UDL Lens of Access, Engage, and Express based on the neurosciences to identify the clients’ strengths and challenges
• Identify two strategies for their clients related to self-advocacy and self reflection that are needed across their lifespan
• Design a program in collaboration with their client that includes tools, technologies, and apps along with skills and strategies, to overcome a challenge or enhance a strength
• Describe two strategies to use with children/teens to become self-directed learners who are ready for college, career and life.

What Kids with ADHD Wish You Knew and How You Can Help
• Identify the major concerns from the perspective of children with ADHD
• Describe how executive functioning skills impact the academic and social emotional well being of children with ADHD
• Use and convey the ‘The 5C’s of ADHD Parenting’ approach
• Describe strength-based,practical tools for managing challenging behaviors in children and adolescents with ADHD

You Can Do This: Motivating Kids Who Are Out-of-the-box Thinkers
• Identify executive functioning skills that affect motivation in children and adolescents
• Describe strategies for teaching clients time management, goal directed persistence, and organizational skills that increase personal accountability and foster independence
• Demonstrate how to create meaningful, collaborative incentives that motivate children and adolescents
• Create effective routines with their clients as a basis for making positive long and short-term choices

Don’t Touch My Phone: Balancing Screen Time for 21st Century Digital Kids
• Describe trends in child and adolescent screen use
• Identify key risk factors that may impact the functioning of a client in his/her daily life and discuss safety protocols
• Create effective, incentive-based plans for using technology and social media in order to foster a healthy balance with their clients

Leveraging Neuroscience to Develop Novel Interventions for Pediatric Irritability
• Describe irritability and the clinical presentation of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) in youth
• Identify pathophysiological markers associated with irritability
• Discuss novel mechanism-based treatments for irritability in children and adolescents

Cutting Edge Approaches to Managing OCD in Children and Adolescents
• Explain anxiety from a neurobiological perspective to children, parents and teachers
• Design and practice Exposure and Response Prevention in a playful way with children
• Discuss the difference in presentation and treatment approach for children with PANS/PANDAS

Psychiatric Medications: Truth or Dare
• Describe the various manifestations and confounding behaviors that can be displayed in ASD when ADHD, anxiety and/or OCD are present
• Identify the benefits and limitations of pharmacotherapy in treating individuals with ASD who suffer from a combination of ADHD, anxiety or OCD


PRESENTER'S BIOGRAPHIES

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., a former teacher, introduced Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) to parents and educators around the world through her groundbreaking book, The Out-of-Sync Child, the first publication in her “Sync” series. She speaks nationally and internationally about SPD's effect on children’s learning and behavior and how families, teachers, and professionals can support children as they grow — at home, at school, and out and about. A graduate of Barnard College, Carol earned her master’s degree in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. She lives in Bethesda, is a classical cellist, and dotes on five grandchildren.

Kathleen McClaskey, M.Ed., is Founder of Make Learning Personal and co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal: The What, Who, Wow, Where and Why and How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide for Getting Started and Going Deeper. She is an innovative leader, education technologist, international speaker, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments as a teacher, K-12 administrator and consultant. She is passionate in empowering learners with tools, skills and learning strategies so they can become independent self-directed learners, learners with agency, who are future ready for college, career and life. Kathleen coined the phrase: “Every child on the planet is a learner”. With that understanding, she continues on her mission for educators to “Discover the Learner in Every Child” and to level the playing field for all learners.

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., funnels her three decades of academic excellence and clinical experience helping families connect better and argue less into her book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life – the recipient of two highly-acclaimed awards: American Book Fest’s Best Book Award and Moms Choice Awards’ Gold Medal.
A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, she received her master’s degree from New College of California and her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Saline animatedly combines psychology with her love of theatre in her lectures and workshops, is a contributor to ADDitude magazine and Psychology Today and a lecturer at the Smith School for Social Work.

Melissa A. Brotman, Ph.D., is the Director of the Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit in the Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Brotman received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders. After completing her clinical internship at the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland-Baltimore, she completed post-doctoral training in neuroscience at NIMH, focusing on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and clinical phenotyping of severe irritability in youth. Currently, she uses affective neuroscience techniques to understand the brain-based mechanisms underlying severe irritability in youth, and leverages pathophysiological knowledge to guide the development of novel targeted interventions. Dr. Brotman is a Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and Chair of the ACNP Membership Advisory Task Force. She has received multiple research awards, including the NIMH IRP Seymour S. Kety Memorial Training Award, Society of Biological Psychiatry Travel Award, ACNP Young Investigator Memorial Travel Award, and Career Development Institute Award. She was awarded a 2018 NIH Bench-to-Bedside grant, is a consultant on numerous extramural grants, and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Affective Disorders and PLOS ONE. Finally, mentoring is a focal aspect of her career, and her mentorship was recently recognized through the NIMH Outstanding Mentor Award.

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, is a Board-approved supervisor, clinical consultant, and a cognitive behavioral expert in anxiety, mood and substance use disorders. She has been in private practice for twenty-five years, working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is skilled at using exposure and response prevention for anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Elizabeth is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF), The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). She is a Clinical Fellow of the ADAA, and also received the 2012 Clinician Outreach Award and the 2017 Clinician of Distinction Award. Elizabeth is co-owner of AnxietyTraining.com with a mission to use e-learning to train clinician's nation-wide in evidence-based treatments. A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore's School of social work, she completed her clinical training at the National Institutes of Health and the Catholic University of America. She is the co-author of three books, CBT for Anxiety, The Anxiety Cure and The Anxiety Cure for Kids. Elizabeth works in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Gonzalo Laje, MD After completing his medical education at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Dr. Laje moved to the U.S. and worked at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Columbia University. He completed his training in general psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and his training in child and adolescent psychiatry through the combined program NIMH/Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in psychiatric genetics and became and Associate Clinical Investigator. His research has focused on pharmacogenetics, clinical trials and neuroimaging, as well as, pharmacological interventions to address behavioral and emotional difficulties in genetic disorders. Dr. Laje is author and co-author of peer-reviewed publications in major psychiatric and genetics journals. Dr. Laje earned a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research from Duke University.

He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Madison House Autism Foundation, and has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of Parents and Researchers Interested in Smith-Magenis Syndrome (PRISMS). He serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Child Psychiatry & Human Development. Dr. Laje is the founder of Washiington Behavioral Medicine Associates, LLC and co-founder of Autism Spectrum Partners.


FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

Carol Stock Kranowitz
Financial Disclosures:
• Book royalties from The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up, Growing an In-Sync Child, In-Sync Activity Cards Book, The Goodenoughs Get In Sync, Absolutely No Dogs Allowed!

Nonfinancial Disclosures:
• No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation


Kathleen McClaskey
Financial Disclosures:
• Book royalties from Make Learning Personal (2014) and How to Personalize Learning (2016).
Financial compensation from CCL for this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:
• No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation


Sharon Saline
Financial Disclosures:
• Book royalties from Penguin Random House for "What your ADHD child wishes you knew: Working together to empower kids for success in school and life.'
• Financial compensation from CCL for this presentation.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:
• No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation.


Melissa Brotman
Financial Disclosures:
• No financial disclosures.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:
• No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation


Gonzalo Laje
Financial Disclosures:
• No financial disclosures.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:
• No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation


Elizabeth DuPont Spencer
Financial Disclosures:
• The speaker is in private practice. She receive a speaking honorarium for speaking and royalties on her book from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:
• The speaker is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation

DATE AND TIME

Saturday, October 19, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:45 PM EST

LOCATION

Universities at Shady Grove
9630 Gudelsky Dr. Rockville, MD 20850

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