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.

World Diabetes Day

Let us all celebrate the first United Nations observed World Diabetes Day (WDD) on November 14, 2007. 

The General Assembly of the United Nations passed a landmark Resolution last December 20, 2006 recognizing diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costly disease. World Diabetes Day as a United Nations Day is to be observed every year starting in 2007. 

The campaign is being led by International Diabetes Federation.  The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day campaign is Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. It can strike children at any age, including pre-school children and even toddlers.

There are over 200 events registered to raise awareness of diabetes.  One wouldn’t want to miss  the WDD Monument Challenge.  More than 100 monuments around the world like the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the London Eye in UK, and the Empire State Building in New York, USA will light up in blue as ‘Beacons of Hope’ for the 246 million people living with diabetes worldwide.  Another way of marking WDD 2007 is the 246-Step Walk. This event would consider the burden of diabetes and remind healthcare policy and decision makers worldwide that we have a shared responsibility to improve the lives of people living with diabetes everywhere.
In the Philippines, there are three registered events. First is the Go Bike, Pilipinas! which will be simultaneously held on November 11 from 6 to 11 am, in the cities of Manila, Bacolod, and Cagayan De Oro. The second affair  “GIMIK DIABETES” will also be on November 11 at SMX Convention Center (Mall of Asia, Pasay City). The last one will be held on WDD itself.  This is the Global Diabetes Walk in Iloilo City.

PT/ OT Continuing Education on Diabetes.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has a continuing education course on diabetes titled “Understanding Type 2 Diabetes: An Introduction” by Lisa L Culver, PT, DPT, MBA., a division of Wild Iris Medical Education, also has an accredited course on Type 2 Diabetes for physical and occupational therapists.   

ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners has featured an article by Sandy Keefe, MSN, RN.  “Special Diabetes Education”   enlightens us on how many children with developmental disabilities can learn to manage their diabetes well.

And lastly, here is a quote from  WDD:               

To do nothing in the face of the fast-growing pandemic is not an option.

National Downs Syndrome Week Kick-off in Canada

swiped from cdss.caThe Canadian Down Syndrome Society and the National Gallery of Canada invite you to join in a celebration of National Down Syndrome Awareness Week, November 1-7, 2007.  There will be a kick-off reception and photography exhibition celebrating Canadians with Down syndrome.  The event will be held at the National Gallery of Canada on Saturday, Nov. 3. From 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Click here to view the invitation.

The Occupational Therapist’s Role
Maryanne Bruni, BSc, OT(C) has written an article titled “Occupational Therapy and the Child with Down Syndrome.” She summarizes how an OT can facilitate the development of the child’s ability to master skills during different stages.    

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