International Conferences on ADHD and Autism

There are two international conferences happening in the Washington DC area.  The first one is the 19th Annual / 20th Anniversary CHADD International Conference which is from November 7 – 10, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, VA at Reagan Washington National Airport. Sharon W. Weiss, M. Ed, the Conference Chair, has summarized the topics that will be discussed by distinguished speakers to address the needs of wide-ranging audience of parents, educators, mental health professionals and physicians as well as those with AD/HD.

Topics include:

  • Comorbidities and Complicated Cases: Medication Update,
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult AD/HD,
  • Educating Children and Teens About AD/HD,
  • A two part session titled A Parent’s Guide to Managing Problem Behaviors, Understanding Our Socially Challenged Children: AD/HD and  Asperger’s, Overlap of Disruptive Behavior and Mania,
  • 504 Accommodations: Accommodating Without Encouraging Dependency,
  • AD/HD Doesn’t Discriminate: Considerations Around Language, Color and Culture,
  • Medicating Young Minds: How to Know if Medication Will Help or Hurt Your Child. Also part of the program are discussions on Executive Functions, Autism Spectrum, AD/HD and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, the Neurobiological Basis of AD/HD, Complementary Interventions, Treatments for AD/HD, Coaching, Positive Behavioral Supports and New Findings in Brain Imaging

On the more practical side, topics will include:

  • Your Defiant Teen
  • Adults with AD/HD: Personal Stories
  • Classroom Interventions for AD/HD and Making the System Work for You and Your Child

Another event is the ICDL 11th Annual International Conference: Critical Factors for Optimal Outcomes for Children with Autism and Special Needs on November 9 – 11, 2007 at Hilton McLean, Tysons Corner, Virginia (Washington, DC Metro Area). The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL) was founded by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder.  ICDL’s mission is to engage in, develop, conduct, support, and disseminate programs, research, seminars, and publications on the prevention and treatment of emotional and development disorders in infancy and childhood.   

Morning panels:

  • Improving Educational Outcomes, with
    • Howard Gardner, PhD (creator of multiple intelligences theory)
    • T.Berry Brazelton, M.D.
    • Stanley Greenspan, M.D.
  • Looking Inside the Brain and Mind as Autism develops: Why Some Children Learn to Develop Creativity, Empathy, and Abstract Thinking
    • Margaret Bauman, M.D.
    • James Stieben, Ph.D.
    • Serena Wieder, Ph.D
  • Earliest Indicators of ASD: The Do’s and Don’ts of Early Intervention
    • Rebecca Landa, Ph.D.
    • Stanley Greenspan, M.D.
  • New Understanding and Treatment of ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, and Behavior Problems in Children with ASD
    • Ricki Robinson, M.D.
    • Eric Hollander, M.D.
    • Clara LaJonchere, Ph.D.
  • The Stigma of Diagnosis
    • Morton Gernsbacher, PhD.

Topics for the afternoon concurrent seminars include: 

  • Autism Speaks Research Initiatives
  • Research Methodology and Targeted Interventions for Children and Siblings Identified as at Risk for ASD
  • Greenspan Social-Emotional Growth Chart: A Screening Questionnaire for Infants and Young Children
  • Floortime and Social Groups
  • Families
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Mood Swings in Babies and Children
  • Understanding Aggression from a DIR® Perspective
  • DIR® and Touchpoints
  • The PLAY Project
  • Transitions: A Parent’s Journey
  • Beginning Floortime: Fostering Early Stages of Engagement and Purposeful Communication
  • Finding the Intersect of Language and Affect: How Interdisciplinary Dialogue Informs DIR® Intervention
  • Facilitating the Development of Oral-Motor/Speech Skills within the DIR® Framework
  • DIR® Programs for Middle and High School Students
  • Look into my Eyes! A Floortime Parent Project

Click here to view the brochure and registration form.

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