2018 Diamonds Conference

March 9-10, 2018 Rockville, MD

Presenters

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Schedule

  • 09 March
  • 10 March

Mary Alvord, PhD

Psychologist
Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC
Mary K. Alvord, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with more than 35 years of clinical experience and is director of Alvord, Baker & Associates. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults using cognitive behavior therapies. She is adjunct associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, she is also a Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She is co-author of Resilience-Builder Program: Enhancing Social Competence and Self-Regulation, audio recordings, Relaxation and Self-Regulation Techniques for Children and Teens and Relaxation and Wellness Techniques (for adults) and a newly released book, Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens.

10 March

Joyce Cooper-Kahn, PhD

Director
Psychological Resource Associates
Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist with specific expertise in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with executive functioning deficits. She is the author of two books on executive functioning: Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning (Woodbine House, 2008) written with co-author Dr. Laurie Dietzel, and Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators, written with Margaret Foster, M.A. (Jossey-Bass, 2013). She is a frequent speaker both in the United States and abroad.

In her work, Dr. Cooper-Kahn brings together science, clinical experience, and an appreciation for the daily demands of those raising and teaching children. Her passion lies at this junction: where psychology informs daily life.

For over 25 years, she has specialized in helping children, families and schools manage the full range of developmental challenges affecting children. Dr. Cooper-Kahn has worked in a variety of settings, including Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Kennedy-Krieger Institute. She is the co-founder of Psychological Resource Associates, a private mental health practice in Severna Park, Maryland. She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of CHADD’s Attention Magazine, the Professional Advisory Board of Proyectodah (an education and training program to advance the care of individuals with ADHD in Mexico), and the Professional Advisory Board of CHAMPS (Children Arriving Mentally Prepared for School) in her local community.

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Guinevere Eden, PhD

Brain Imaging Studies of Reading and Dyslexia
Georgetown University Medical Center
Guinevere Eden is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for the Study of Learning (CSL) at Georgetown University. She received her B.Sc. from University College London, her D.Phil. from Oxford University, and conducted her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Fogarty Visiting Fellow.

Dr. Eden works in the area of neuroscience with a primary focus on the brain-bases of the reading and the common learning disability developmental dyslexia. For this research, she and her colleagues employ behavioral measures and brain imaging techniques such as functional and structural magnetic resonance. Dr. Eden and her colleagues were the first to apply fMRI to the study of dyslexia and she continues to investigate the neural representation of sensory processing and reading and how it may be different in individuals with learning differences. Dr. Eden and her colleagues are researching how the neural bases for reading is impacted by instructions or language background and are studying the neurobiological correlates of successful reading intervention. Dr. Eden’s work is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and she has also served as Scientific Co-Director for the National Science Foundation-funded “Science of Learning Center” housed at Gallaudet University. Dr. Eden has published widely, including journals such as Nature, Nature Neuroscience and Neuron, and is a frequent speaker in the US and internationally.

Dr. Eden teaches students in the Interdisciplinary Program for Neuroscience (IPN). She has served as a permanent member of a standing NIH Study Section and as chair for several special emphasis panels. She serves on the editorial boards of the Annals of Dyslexia, Dyslexia, Brain and Language, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Brain Mapping (Associate Editor).

Dr. Eden served as president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), and IDA has induced her into their Hall of Honor and named her as the Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecturer. Dr. Eden provided testimony at a full committee hearing by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on the “Science of Dyslexia” in 2014, and also at a full committee hearing by the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on “Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research and Education” in 2016.

10 March

Michael Eig

Partner
Michael J. Eig & Associates, PC
Michael J. Eig, the founder and owner of the firm, Michael J. Eig and Associates, has been practicing special education law and advocacy in the metropolitan D.C. area since 1975. His educational background includes degrees in cultural anthropology and education from Brandeis University (1970), a Masters in Education and Social Policy from Harvard University (1972), and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1975).

A former public school teacher, Mr. Eig has combined his interest and training in education with a commitment to special education law, and advocated on behalf of disabled children and their families for the past thirty-eight years. He has served as counsel and/or amicus in special education cases before federal courts, including the Supreme Court. He was counsel in Schaffer v. Weast, before the Supreme Court, class counsel in the landmark Mills v. D.C. Board of Education, amicus in Smith v. Robinson and North v. D.C., and served as plaintiffs' counsel in Doyle v. Arlington School Board. He has participated in countless IEP meetings and Due Process Hearings since the 1970s and has lectured and written extensively in the area of special education law, including authoring an article on Education of the Disabled in the Dictionary of American History.

10 March

Gretchen Holtzinger Levine

Transition Specialist/Teacher
The Katherine Thomas School
Ms. Levine assists students to plan and obtain services for transition from high school to post secondary life, both as a transition teacher with Katherine Thomas School and through her work with Eric A. Levine and Associates.

She has presented at local, state and national conferences on a variety of topics related to inclusion, self-direction, transition planning and customized employment for individuals with disabilities.

As a Supervisor and Director of The Arc of Frederick County's Local Services Program, Gretchen was able to implement many new initiatives to enhance community support for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Gretchen worked with The Way Station, in Frederick, a psychiatric rehabilitation program, to help develop employment programming for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Gretchen focused on individual outcomes through customized employment planning, and the use of local, state and federal funding streams for staffing of these services.

Ms. Levine earned a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Hood College and her Master of Arts Education and Human Development at The George Washington University and is a certified Special Education teacher.

10 March

Ned Johnson

President & Head Tutor-Geek
PrepMatters
Ned Johnson is the founder of PrepMatters, a tutoring service in Washington, DC, and the coauthor of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed.

A sought-after speaker and teen coach for study skills, parent-teen dynamics, and anxiety management, his work has been featured on NPR, NewsHour, U.S. News & World Report, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

10 March

Lauren Kenworthy, PhD

Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Neuropsychology
Children's National Medical Center
Lauren Kenworthy, PhD, is Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center.

Dr. Kenworthy received her BA from Yale University and PhD from the University of Maryland. She did internship and residency training in clinical psychology/pediatric neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, Johns Hopkins Medical School and Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.

She has been on the faculty at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine since 1995. Dr. Kenworthy's research interests are in describing and treating the neuropsychological phenotype of autism.

She is an author of 70 peer-reviewed publications documenting non-social deficits in autism. She is a co-author of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF), which has been used in over 1,000 research publications to document executive functioning in various clinical groups.

Her recent publications have focused on the role of executive dysfunction in autism and its treatment.  She is author of a school based executive function intervention for children on the autism spectrum, Unstuck and On Target.

She has a long history of federally funded research on autism and executive function and is currently completing a large randomized effectiveness trial of Unstuck in low-income schools for children with ADHD as well as ASD.

A national and international speaker on autism spectrum disorders and executive functions, she is the author of three books and multiple chapters on these topics.

10 March

Rosebeth Marcou, MD

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician
Chesapeake ADHD Center
Dr. Roby Marcou has recently repatriated to the US from Southeast Asia where she worked the past 25 years providing care to children and adolescents with a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns. She also conducted extensive professional and parent training, performed audits of support services programs in International Schools and taught, part time, in the MIddle School of Jakarta International School. Dr. Marcou was educated at MIT, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Stanford University Hospitals.

She has joined the team at Chesapeake ADHD Center where she works with children and adolescents with a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns.

10 March

Teri Roe

Educational Consultant
Weinfeld Education Group
After a successful career in information technology, Teri is now following her passion of supporting parents in advocating for their children with disabilities, particularly those students who are transitioning into the world of work, post-secondary education or need to be connected with adult services.

What began as a parent advocating for her child is now a realization of her dream. When her son Corey was in school, he had services other children did not because of her dogged support for her son. She is now supporting others in getting the special educational services they need.

Teri’s leadership began as President of the PTA of the Child Center Preschool from 1991-1994. That role provided her the opportunity to advocate for children with disabilities by testifying before the Montgomery County Council and the MCPS School Board, and interviews on public radio.

Teri’s advocacy for children with disabilities continued with her service on the Board of Directors for CHI, and SEEC Quality Assurance Board.

Currently, Teri serves as a Commissioner on the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities. The Commission advises the County government on the coordination and development of policies for people with disabilities, and advises the County Executive and the County Council on the needs and concerns of the County's residents who have disabilities.

She is also on a committee with the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) Southern Maryland Regional Office to review the Transitioning Youth process. The committee’s goal is to review all steps and timelines to ensure all DDA eligible youth experience a seamless transition into DDA funded services. This committee is comprised of representatives from school systems, adult service providers, Coordinators of Community Service Providers, DDA, and parents.

Teri dedicates much of her time volunteering in the special needs community with Special Olympics, SEEC, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, and others.

Teri is an Educational Consultant, focusing on Transition Supports, with the Weinfeld Education Group, a graduate of the Weinfeld Education Group Special Needs Advocacy Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Math and Computer Science from Temple University.

10 March

Paula A Rosenstock

Senior Associate
Michael J. Eig & Associates, PC
Paula A. Rosenstock holds a B.A. in psychology from Tufts University, magna cum laude, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. She was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2003, the District of Columbia Bar in 2005 and the Maryland Bar in 2014.

Ms. Rosenstock has spent nearly her entire legal career practicing special education law in the Washington D.C. area. She provides support and guidance to parents seeking to secure appropriate educational services for their children through the IEP process, administrative due process appeals and in federal court. Prior to law school, she worked in several schools and programs for children with disabilities.

10 March

Julie Skolnick, MA, JD

With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC
With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC provides compassionate guidance and durable strategies to parents and educators of twice exceptional children and collaborates with educators and clinicians through trainings and workshops on how to best reach and teach twice exceptional students. Through in-person or Skype sessions, Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., empowers her clients in order to meet the goal of bringing out the best and raising self-esteem in their children, students and clients.

10 March

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett

Master Coach & Coach Trainer
JST Coaching & Training
Jodi Sleeper-Triplett is a Master Certified Coach and Board Certified Coach, trainer, mentor, presenter and keynote speaker. She is the author of Empowering Youth with ADHD and contributing author of Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture.

Her company, JST Coaching & Training, provides coach training programs to individuals and organizations worldwide.

Jodi developed the first coach training programs focused on coaching students with ADHD, which is now offered in English, Spanish, Italian and Turkish.

She is the recipient of the 2016 CHADD Hall of Fame Award for twenty-plus years of service. Jodi is seen by many of her peers as the foremost authority in the field of student coaching. Her coaching model has been used in the Edge Foundation College Coaching Research Study and in the development of the ADHD Benefits of Coaching Scale.

Jodi’s research interests include the positive impact of coaching on self-determination, resiliency and executive function skill development on students.

10 March

William Stixrud, PhD

Neuropsychologist
The Stixrud Group
William Stixrud, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist and the director of The Stixrud Group.

He teaches at the George Washington University School of Medicine and lectures widely on learning disorders and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain.

He has published many scientific articles and is on the board of the David Lynch Foundation.

10 March

Rich Weinfeld

Executive Director
Weinfeld Education Group
Rich Weinfeld is Director and Founder of Weinfeld Education Group, LLC, (WEG) a group of 50 educational consultants, psychologists, and a variety of other providers of related student services, dedicated to helping all students reach their potential. Rich’s 30-year career with Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools (MCPS) provided him with the experiences and knowledge that he utilizes today in his work, advocating for all students.

Rich began his career teaching elementary school for four years, which he describes as his most challenging role. Next, Rich spent 14 years working with emotionally disturbed students, and 6 years directing a program for students with learning disabilities, physical challenges, and autism spectrum disorders. His career in MCPS culminated with 6 years as the director of programs for gifted students with disabilities.

Rich put his experience to good use by co-authoring 6 books and many articles on a variety of special needs topics, teaching a course on Gifted Students with Disabilities at Johns Hopkins, providing training for a wide variety of professionals and parent groups and hosting an internet radio program about “hot topics” in education.

Rich provides advocacy and expert witness services at WEG.

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Commonwealth Academy

2-Day Sponsor
Commonwealth Academy offers an exceptional college preparatory program for students in Grades 3–12 who have mild learning differences. Average to gifted students who require the individual attention available only in very small class sizes, as well as students who have been diagnosed with a specific learning disability (LD) and/or with ADHD, will find an environment that celebrates their unique talents, challenges them appropriately, and supports their areas of need.

Fusion Academy

2-Day Sponsor
Fusion Academy is an accredited private school that provides one-to-one education and personalized learning for grades 6-12. At Fusion, we know that every student’s path is different. Our mission is to help students write their own stories, set their own goals and achieve their own dreams. With customized schedules, homework completed onsite, and a robust creative arts and wellness program, it's our mission to help every kid flourish--emotionally, socially, and academically!

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

Keynote & 2-Day Sponsor
Lindamood-Bell builds the imagery-language foundation to teach students to read and comprehend to their potential. Their instruction develops language processing, strengthening the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension, and is successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia ADHD, and ASD. With 60+ learning centers, 40+ seasonal learning clinics, and numerous school partnerships, in the United States and internationally, their continued growth involves research collaborations with MIT and UAB, and previously with Wake Forest and Georgetown University. Lindamood-Bell has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, featured in Time, US News and World Report, Neuron, and NeuroImage, and has appeared on CNN and PBS. Lindamood-Bell and all of their Learning Centers are accredited by AdvancED. Visit LindamoodBell.com to learn more.

McLean School

2-Day Sponsor
We hear it all the time—McLean School transforms lives. McLean is an K-12 independent, co-educational, college preparatory school serving bright students with individual learning strengths and challenges. We support traditional learners and those with mild to moderate language based learning challenges, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and learning challenge related to ADHD, executive functioning, and anxiety.

PrepMatters

2-Day Sponsor
PrepMatters is DC Metro’s premier provider of academic tutoring services, test preparation, and educational planning. We believe that if we listen well, build trust with our students, and give them a sense of control, remarkable change is possible.

The Auburn School

2-Day Sponsor
The Auburn School grows the social and academic potential of bright students with social and communication challenges.

The Auburn School is an independent day-school with a specialized program which offers a stimulating educational program for intellectually engaged students with challenges in the areas of communication, socialization, language, and organization. Auburn’s program simultaneously supports the development of academic skills, social competency and pragmatic language in an engaging educational environment.

The Nora School

2-Day Sponsor
Intentionally small college-prep high school for bright students wishing for stronger connections on why they're learning what they're learning, and being known for the type of thinker they are. With deeper dives into topics within an intellectual curriculum and a discussion-based learning environment, students remember the joys of learning, feel more empowered, and look forward to college.

TLC-The Katherine Thomas School

2-Day Sponsor
The Katherine Thomas School offers an exceptional educational experience and a nurturing environment for children and adolescents with learning differences. We serve students, preschool through 12th grade, with language and learning disabilities, autism, mild intellectual disabilities, and/or other health impairments, including the pragmatic issues that affect their learning and social interactions.

Our diverse group of students has complex language and learning disabilities, academic needs, and the ability to learn with specialized instruction. We enroll both private pay and students funded by local school districts in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia.

Multi-disciplinary teams comprised of special educators, teacher assistants, SLPs, social workers, OTs, and PTs provide our students with a unique blend of educational and therapeutic services while implementing a positive, success-oriented curriculum.
• Safe and supportive learning environment
• Developmental model in early grades, ensuring the fundamentals of learning
• Self-esteem building and social skills development infused through all aspects of the students' day
• Hands-on multi-sensory approach addresses sensory motor difficulties and social-emotional needs
• Advanced computer technology
• Fine and Performing Arts emphasis
• Transition support
• Extra-curricular activities

BroadFutures, Inc

BroadFutures is a young nonprofit organization located in Washington, D.C. that is revolutionizing the way young people with learning disabilities enter the workforce. BroadFutures’ mission is to empower young adults with learning disabilities through an innovative training, mentoring and paid internship program.

Calo Programs

Programs for developmental trauma/attachment/adoptions issues

Chelsea School

Since 1976, Chelsea School has maintained a philosophy that children thrive—both academically and socially—when their unique needs are met.

For more than 40 years, we’ve provided individualized programming to students with specific language-based learning differences in a rigorous, individualized college preparatory environment.

Our vision is a model educational community where each student is valued, has equitable access to opportunity, embraces their differences, and celebrates their achievements.

Commonwealth Academy

2-Day Sponsor
Commonwealth Academy offers an exceptional college preparatory program for students in Grades 3–12 who have mild learning differences. Average to gifted students who require the individual attention available only in very small class sizes, as well as students who have been diagnosed with a specific learning disability (LD) and/or with ADHD, will find an environment that celebrates their unique talents, challenges them appropriately, and supports their areas of need.

Eagle Hill School

Eagle Hill School is a co-educational college preparatory boarding school that provides an individualized education for students identified with language based learning (dis)abilities including Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and ADHD (inattentive type). Eagle Hill is an IB World School that offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in addition to our traditional high school diploma.

Emerson Preparatory School

A small, low-pressure independent secondary school for bright students with various learning profiles.

Fusion Academy

2-Day Sponsor
Fusion Academy is an accredited private school that provides one-to-one education and personalized learning for grades 6-12. At Fusion, we know that every student’s path is different. Our mission is to help students write their own stories, set their own goals and achieve their own dreams. With customized schedules, homework completed onsite, and a robust creative arts and wellness program, it's our mission to help every kid flourish--emotionally, socially, and academically!

Growing Minds, Center for Child and Family Therapy

Growing Minds, Center for Child and Family Therapy work with children from tots to teens and offers individual, group, family and parent therapy. Our approaches are evidence based and expressive/playful.

GTLD Network

GTLD Network - Advocate. Educate. Motivate.

Founded and based in Montgomery County, Maryland, in 1987, the GTLD Network is a non- profit, all-volunteer organization that provides information to parents and families of K-12 students who have been identified as “twice exceptional.” These are students who exhibit exceptional cognitive skills such as problem solving, reasoning, critical and creative thinking, yet do not perform up to their abilities in school because of a learning disability.

International Partners

Educating children in poor, rural communities in El Salvador

LDAMC - The Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County, MD

LDAMC is the local (Montgomery County) chapter of the national LDA. LDAMC strives to support the education and general welfare of all individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and professionals in the community.

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

Keynote & 2-Day Sponsor
Lindamood-Bell builds the imagery-language foundation to teach students to read and comprehend to their potential. Their instruction develops language processing, strengthening the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension, and is successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia ADHD, and ASD. With 60+ learning centers, 40+ seasonal learning clinics, and numerous school partnerships, in the United States and internationally, their continued growth involves research collaborations with MIT and UAB, and previously with Wake Forest and Georgetown University. Lindamood-Bell has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, featured in Time, US News and World Report, Neuron, and NeuroImage, and has appeared on CNN and PBS. Lindamood-Bell and all of their Learning Centers are accredited by AdvancED. Visit LindamoodBell.com to learn more.

Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities

The Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF) is comprised of 98 nonpublic schools across Maryland approved by the Maryland State Dept. of Education. These schools provide specialized instruction for students with disabilities at no cost to the parent when referred by their local public school.

Maryland Insurance Administration

State agency that regulates the business of insurance in Maryland.

McLean School

2-Day Sponsor
We hear it all the time—McLean School transforms lives. McLean is an K-12 independent, co-educational, college preparatory school serving bright students with individual learning strengths and challenges. We support traditional learners and those with mild to moderate language based learning challenges, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and learning challenge related to ADHD, executive functioning, and anxiety.

Merrill Lynch

Caring for a family member with a special need or disability presents complex financial challenges. The Menick-Friese-Phillips-Bock Group combines personal insight and empathy with professional experience to assist families in meeting these challenges.

PrepMatters

2-Day Sponsor
PrepMatters is DC Metro’s premier provider of academic tutoring services, test preparation, and educational planning. We believe that if we listen well, build trust with our students, and give them a sense of control, remarkable change is possible.

Shared Horizons, Inc.

Shared Horizons' mission is to assist people with disabilities and their families access affordable special needs trust options that protect means-tested benefits and preserve assets, while providing goods and services.

Summit Camp & Travel

Summit provides weekenders, summer programs, and teen travel for youth that have significant social and executive function challenges.

The Auburn School

2-Day Sponsor
The Auburn School grows the social and academic potential of bright students with social and communication challenges.

The Auburn School is an independent day-school with a specialized program which offers a stimulating educational program for intellectually engaged students with challenges in the areas of communication, socialization, language, and organization. Auburn’s program simultaneously supports the development of academic skills, social competency and pragmatic language in an engaging educational environment.

The Chesapeake Group - ADHD, Learning and Behavioral Services

The Chesapeake Center for ADHD, Learning and Behavioral Health is a private, multi-disciplinary group that provides a breadth of services rarely found outside of a university or hospital setting. We offer psychotherapy, developmental, neuropsychological and psychiatric assessments, school consultations, career assessment and executive functioning coaching. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of services for people across the lifespan.

Headed by two internationally-known clinicians - Clinical Director, Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. and Medical Director, Alan Zametkin, MD - our specialty areas include ADHD/LD, giftedness with ADHD/LD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, parenting coaching, executive functioning coaching and career services related to ADHD/LD. We are a one-stop-shop and our providers work in a highly collaborative way to provide integrated and holistic care.

The Children's Guild

Through a process of adult and organizational transformation, we teach children the values and life skills necessary for a successful life, one filled with caring, contribution and commitment, empowering each child with…
The vision to see…
The courage to try and…
The will to succeed.

Transforming the way America cares for and educates its children.

The Counseling Center of Maryland

The Counseling Center of Maryland provides treatment and counseling in Bethesda for anxiety, depression, grief, emotional regulation issues, substance abuse, neurological disabilities, self-esteem, relationship concerns, and parenting. We work with individuals of all ages, as well as couples, families, and groups.

Through our strength-based and collaborative approach, we offer new insights that enable our clients to see things from different perspectives and empowers them to create positive change. Our clinicians use techniques from empirically proven interventions including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cyclical psychodynamics, intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Music Therapy, and Mindfulness.

The Frost School

The Frost School, part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, is a non public special education program serving students ages 5 - 21 with emotional behavioral disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and other related special needs.

The Gow School

The Gow School is a college-prep boarding school for students grades 6-12 struggling with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities.

The Kingsbury Center

The Kingsbury Center provides a transformative educational and social experience for children and adults with learning differences. The Center uses action research to ensure best practices.

The Lab School of Washington

The Lab School of Washington is different from other schools in extraordinary ways.

For 50 years, Lab has been transforming the lives of students in grades 1 through 12 with dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences. We recognize our students’ exceptional talents, capitalize on their strengths, and use our innovative, arts-based curriculum to prepare them for 21st century successes.

Our non-traditional approach to rigorous, college-preparatory academics and strategic problem-solving is uniquely effective, earning us worldwide recognition as the leader in learning differences education

The Nora School

2-Day Sponsor
Intentionally small college-prep high school for bright students wishing for stronger connections on why they're learning what they're learning, and being known for the type of thinker they are. With deeper dives into topics within an intellectual curriculum and a discussion-based learning environment, students remember the joys of learning, feel more empowered, and look forward to college.

The Siena School

The Siena School prepares bright, college-bound students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, to become confident, curious learners who understand their personal strengths and gain the tools and strategies to excel.

The Sycamore School

The Sycamore School is an independent nonprofit secondary school serving middle and high school students.

Our mission is to provide a dynamic, nurturing and personalized education that inspires a passion for learning, self-discovery and connection to the community.

Our goal is to cultivate engaged, independent lifelong learners who can think critically and apply their knowledge to real-world experiences in order to achieve personal success and contribute positively to their community.

TLC-The Katherine Thomas School

2-Day Sponsor
The Katherine Thomas School offers an exceptional educational experience and a nurturing environment for children and adolescents with learning differences. We serve students, preschool through 12th grade, with language and learning disabilities, autism, mild intellectual disabilities, and/or other health impairments, including the pragmatic issues that affect their learning and social interactions.

Our diverse group of students has complex language and learning disabilities, academic needs, and the ability to learn with specialized instruction. We enroll both private pay and students funded by local school districts in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia.

Multi-disciplinary teams comprised of special educators, teacher assistants, SLPs, social workers, OTs, and PTs provide our students with a unique blend of educational and therapeutic services while implementing a positive, success-oriented curriculum.
• Safe and supportive learning environment
• Developmental model in early grades, ensuring the fundamentals of learning
• Self-esteem building and social skills development infused through all aspects of the students' day
• Hands-on multi-sensory approach addresses sensory motor difficulties and social-emotional needs
• Advanced computer technology
• Fine and Performing Arts emphasis
• Transition support
• Extra-curricular activities

Weinfeld Education Group

2-Day Sponsor
We are a child centered team of special education experts who work collaboratively with all involved professionals to design and review individualized plans, helping each child reach his or her unique potential.

With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC

With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC seeks to empower parents, educators and adults to bring out the best and raise self esteem in their children, their students and themselves. We provide compassionate guidance and durable strategies for the 2e community; working with parents of gifted kids with learning differences, 2e adults, training educators and collaborating with professionals, With Understanding Comes Calm addresses all aspects of working with, living with and being 2e through our process of education, strategies and advocacy training.

Registration, Coffee & Exhibits

08:45 AM 09:30 AM 9605 Medical Center Drive, Multi-Purpose Room

Registration and Coffee
Exhibit Hall open

Friday Welcome and Opening Remarks

09:25 AM 09:30 AM

Speakers

CE Workshop - Helping Disorganized Youth: What do we know? What can we do?

09:30 AM 11:00 AM

Over the past 10-15 years, our understanding of youth with executive functioning weaknesses and how to help them has grown dramatically.

Researchers have increasingly focused on this population, bringing greater clarity to the underlying neurological foundation of executive functioning using new brain imaging techniques and pooling large databases.

Clinical interventions have been tested, and common features of effective intervention programs are emerging.

This presentation will focus on children and teens who have a cluster of weak executive skills that leads them to be disorganized. The presenter will focus on applying the evidence base and the collective expertise from across a variety of disciplines to create interventions that work for disorganized youth. Important information about the process of intervention, as well as specific strategies, will be discussed.

The focus of the workshop will be on straightforward and pragmatic information. Participants will leave with an approach and with specific strategies that they can use with clients immediately.

The workshop will be based, in part, on Dr. Cooper-Kahn’s books, “Late, Lost and Unprepared” and “Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom.”

Goals:
  1. Participants will identify the two general categories of interventions for executive functioning.
  2. Participants will discuss important features of the process of intervention for weak organizational skills.
  3. Participants will list at least 2 principles and 2 specific strategies for helping children and teens manage demands for planning.
  4. Participants will list at least 2 principles and 2 specific strategies for helping children and teens who have difficulty with working memory.
  5. Participants will list at least 2 guidelines and 2 specific strategies for helping children and teens who procrastinate.

Speakers

Cooper-Kahn - CE Workshop.pdf Download Link

Networking Brunch

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

CE Workshop - Continued

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

Speakers

Registration & Coffee

08:30 AM 09:15 AM

Registration
Exhibit Hall open

Welcome, Opening Remarks

09:15 AM 09:25 AM

Opening remarks by Rich Weinfeld

Speakers

Keynote - Is It Really So Hard? Interventions for Youth who are Disorganized

09:25 AM 10:25 AM

Often, interventions for disorganized youth are rejected because they sound too hard to take on for already overloaded parents and teachers. Yet, most children and teens who are disorganized can make real progress toward independence with interventions that can be easily incorporated into general education classrooms and into home routines.

The trick is understanding the process of intervention and committing to the long haul.

This keynote will be based on Dr. Cooper-Kahn’s books, “Late, Lost and Unprepared” and “Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom.”

She will focus on straightforward guidance and strategies that benefit all children and teens, including those who are disorganized.

Speakers

Cooper-Kahn - Keynote.pdf Download Link

A Deep Understanding of the 2e Experience: Strategies for Parents, Educators, and Professionals

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

When parents, teachers and professionals understand the true meaning of giftedness and twice exceptionality they are best equipped to learn and apply durable strategies for bringing out the best and raising self esteem in gifted and 2e children.

This session with provide both; a deep understanding and lasting strategies for home, the classroom and wherever our 2e kids need support.

Speakers

Skolnick - 2e Experience.pdf Download Link

To Infinity and Beyond - The Rediscovery of Potential in Endrew F.

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

This presentation will provide attendees with updated information and guidance about the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Endrew F. (March 22, 2017).

We will explore Endrew F.’s impact on the way schools program for children with special needs and specifically how a child’s potential and giftedness factor into the consideration of appropriateness.

Speakers

Eig Rosenstock Weinfeld - Endrew F.pdf Download Link

Unstuck and On Target: Improving Executive Function, On-Task and Flexible Behavior

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

This presentation is for professionals and parents who work with children with autism, ADHD, traumatic brain injury and other disorders linked to executive dysfunction (EF). EF is common in children and causes academic, social and adaptive problems.

I will introduce you to tools you can use today that help you identify when a child is having trouble with EF, so that you can better distinguish a "can't" from a "won't" and therefore intervene more effectively.

I will describe the Unstuck and On Target intervention, which is a cognitive-behavioral school- and home-based intervention program targeting flexibility, goal-setting and planning.

Finally, I will report on the results of our recent randomized, controlled trials of Unstuck that found improvements in classroom behaviors, such as: following directions, transitioning easily and engaging socially.

  1. Recognize executive functioning weaknesses in children and distinguish among different executive functioning skills
  2. Apply specific techniques to support improvement in executive functioning at home, in treatment, or at school
  3. Learn specific scripts or vocabulary and when to use them to increase executive function skills
  4. Summarize the research results examining the effectiveness of an EF intervention

Speakers

Kenworthy - Unstuck and On Target.pdf Download Link

Lunch & Exhibit Hall open

11:45 AM 01:15 PM

Parent Meet ups by age group in designated areas

Brain Imaging Studies of Reading and Dyslexia

01:20 PM 02:35 PM

Reading is a cultural invention and has to be learned through explicit instructions, resulting in the utilization of a variety of brain areas that were not designed to read specifically. This presentation will show how brain imaging technology has been used to reveal brain areas that are involved in word processing in typical readers and how these differ in children and adults with reading disability (e.g. dyslexia).

The integration of brain function with psycho-educational testing data has contributed to our understanding of the brain-behavioral relationships for skills that support learning to read. I will discuss the neural correlates of successful reading intervention in dyslexia.

Brain imaging can also play an important role in testing different theoretical frameworks that have been put forward to explain the etiology of dyslexia and in distinguishing between cause and consequence of dyslexia. Together, the answers to these questions are critical in understanding the etiology of this common learning disability.

Speakers

Eden - Brain Imaging Studies.pdf Download Link

Empowering Students with ADHD

01:20 PM 02:35 PM

Coaching for students with ADHD reaches beyond academics. For many students, coaching provides techniques for greater focus, organization, time and task management and skills for effective daily living. These skills are the building blocks for success.

By initiating the coaching process with students, professionals are able to motivate students and help them build self-confidence and self-awareness. This interactive session offers information, demonstrations and discussion valuable to coaches, educators, and students.

Speakers

Sleeper-Triplett - Empowering Students with ADHD.pdf Download Link

The Self-Driven Kid: Giving Your Kids More Control

01:20 PM 02:35 PM

Helping kids grow with the right balance of self-motivation and a healthy tolerance for stress seems nearly impossible in today’s world.

For every kid who seems a failure to launch there are at least as many overwhelmed by anxiety. The solution for both lies in fostering greater autonomy in children, allowing kids to feel the confidence and intrinsic motivation that comes from a sense of control.

Learn the science behind and the how-to of giving your kids greater autonomy for successful and healthy lives.

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Developing A Vision For The Future – Transition Planning For Students and Families

02:40 PM 03:55 PM

Even with preparation, most parents have mixed feelings as they approach their student’s transition to adulthood. We might feel excitement, concern, relief, fear and a little bit of grief as we watch our student grow into young adults.

Are you concerned what your student will do after high school? Transition planning can help you with the answers. There is a range of possibilities out there if you dream and prepare! The challenge is often finding the balance between keeping students safe while giving them the freedom to be independent.

Transition planning varies among students because each student has unique needs, strengths, interests and preferences. Students and families are central to the transition planning process – they contribute the most important voices.

Learning about the types of supports and services that are available to help with transition empowers students and their families to create transition plans that best meet their unique needs. In order for a successful transition from HS to independence, many supports need to be in place in a variety of different areas.

Speakers

Levine - Creating a Vision for The Future.pdf Download Link

Helping Anxious, Angry, Depressed, and ADHD Youth Conquer their Negative Thinking Habits

02:40 PM 03:55 PM

There is a complex inter-relationship between anxiety, anger, depression and ADHD. Habitual negative thinking is a transdiagnostic vulnerability that is associated with anxiety and depression symptoms in longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. This pragmatic talk will discuss and demonstrate numerous strategies to help break the thought habits that get in the way of healthy emotions and behavior.

Speakers

Alvord - Helping Youth Conquer Negative Thinking Habits.pdf Download Link

Red Flags in Early Development

02:40 PM 03:55 PM

A wide range of variation in development in early childhood is considered entirely normal. There are, however, a subset of differences which represent significant 'red flags' which need to be better understood.

This talk will focus on a wide range of developmental pathways, and the discrepancies which would be 'of concern'- focusing on children through age 9 and looking at motor, language, memory, cognitive, and social-emotional development.

Speakers

Marcou - Red Flags in Early Development.pdf Download Link

Closing Remarks, Raffle winners, & Survey

04:00 PM 04:15 PM