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Connections Clinic ADHD Conference

Event Name: Connections Clinic ADHD Conference
Sponsor: Hattiesburg Clinic
Type: Non-CEU
Chapter: N/A
Contact Hours: 10
Dates / Times: Saturday, January 12, 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Description: The Connections Clinic ADHD Conference will provide current research on topics that affect children with learning disabilities. Presentations include ADHD and treatment, dyslexia characteristics and intervention, emotional disorders, and auditory processing disorder.
Registration / More Info Link: None Provided
Presenter(s): ADHD CONFERENCE CONCURRENT SESSION DESCRIPTIONS 5 Love Languages of Children – Josh Hamm, MS, LPC Every child has a unique way of feeling love. When you discover a child’s love language, and how to speak it, you can build a solid foundation for that child to trust you and flourish as they grow. In this talk people can learn how to: discover and speak a child's love language, use the love language to help a child learn best, and discipline and correct more lovingly and effectively. ADHD and Co-Existing Disorders – Melissa Smith, FNP – BC This session will include a brief overview of ADHD symptoms and will address how co-existing disorders such as anxiety, depression, learning disorders, autism, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders affect ADHD symptoms and treatment. ADHD and Shame: What you need to know – James Kent, PsyD, MBA, Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow This session will define shame and discuss the effects (e.g., psychological, social, and academic) of shame for children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD. It will also provide professionals and parents with tools for recognizing and responding to shame in a way that models emotional awareness and healthy coping. ADHD in Adults – Robert C. Sevier, PhD The majority of children with ADHD grow up to be adults with ADHD. This session will look at common symptoms of ADHD and how they manifest in adulthood. Strategies for dealing with typical problems experienced by adults with ADHD will be offered. ADHD Myths & Controversies – Ronald S. Kent, MD There are many misconceptions about the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. We will try to address some of the important ones. Anxiety and Learning Disabilities – Carrie Ellen Powell, MS, PhD, CCC-SLP Presenter will review pediatric symptoms of anxiety with intentional focus on Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Comorbid disorders will also be discussed. Symptoms of anxiety will be reviewed from the perspective of a child with learning difficulties (e.g., reading problems). Strategies for addressing anxiety-related symptoms will be reviewed. Anxiety Disorders Through the Life Span – Krystal Draughn, LCSW This is a comprehensive discussion on the different types of anxiety disorders, signs and symptoms, and how they may present differently depending on age. Case studies will also be discussed with audience input on case conceptualization. Auditory Processing Disorder and ADHD – Alicia Swann, MCD, CCC-A, F/AAA, ABA Certified Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is an abnormality in the auditory neurological system that affects the brain’s ability to turn sound into usable information. APD affects 43% of children struggling in school and coexists in 50% of children with ADHD. APD is often overlooked but treatment can help children reach their full potential. Becoming Hands Free: An Overview of "Hands Free Mama" – Melanie Hamm, BSN, MSN, CPNP, CMHS This session will give an overview of “Hands Free Mama”, a New York Times best seller book written by Rachel Macy Stafford. Learn how to find a meaningful balance between technology and what truly matters in life, being present. We will discuss problems that social media can cause in our lives like poor self-esteem, relationship problems, and worsening academic problems. Learn strategies to help yourself, your children, and your students break away from social media and technology in order to be more present in life. Behavior Management Strategies for Challenging Behaviors in Children – Christina Williams, PhD The session will be a review of assessment and intervention strategies for addressing challenging behaviors with children and adolescents. Dr. Williams will review general guidelines for understanding possible causes for challenging behavior and provide effective tools to use when working with this population. Developmental Speech Apraxia: How Does it Differ from an Articulation Disorder? – Tammy Jordan, MS, CCC-SLP The presenter will discuss developmental speech apraxia and developmental articulation disorder. Outline similarities and differences within these disorders. Outline treatment protocols for both disorders. Dyslexia Simulation – Kristen Frierson, Med, CALT, QI Dyslexia is a learning difference that impacts 1 in 5 students in the area of reading, spelling, and writing. This simulation allows participants to experience firsthand the everyday difficulties these students face in the classroom Evaluating Dyslexia: It's More Than a Score – Cathryne Wells, MS, CCC-SLP Participants will review student answers and behaviors from a dyslexia evaluation to detect relevant patterns. This will increase the participator’s understanding of how an analysis of this information is vital in evaluating and diagnosing dyslexia. Because this session is not an overview of or informational session on dyslexia, it is recommended that only those with adequate background knowledge of dyslexia who currently evaluate or are considering evaluating for dyslexia attend. Functional Medicine: A Systems Biology Approach to ADHD, Mental Health, and Chronic Disease – Claudia Karam, MD Functional Medicine is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that addresses root cause contributors to illness and allows patients to have a proactive role in their health. This form of care incorporates nutritional evaluation and optimization, lifestyle recommendations, and personalized supplement recommendations. It utilizes both conventional as well as more specialized testing as needed to develop a personalized plan for each patient with the goal or reversing or greatly improving health concerns. Get Moving to Get Focused: Effects of a Classroom-based Physical Activity Program on ADHD and Executive Functions – Sherry Gilkey, MSW Empirical evidence will be presented that indicates a strong correlation between physical activity and movement with improvement in attention, working memory, and on-task behaviors in individuals with ADHD. Findings from a second evaluation of Move to Learn, a classroom-based physical activity program, will be discussed as it supports the need for individuals with ADHD to incorporate physical activity in their daily lives. Guns and suicide: A path forward for lowering the national suicide rate – Michael Anestis, PhD Firearms account for more than half of all US suicide deaths and approximately 70% of Mississippi suicide deaths. The magnitude and nature of the association between firearms and suicide will be discussed and the evidence for means safety as an effective suicide prevention tool will be highlighted. MDE Updates – Robin Lemonis, CALT, LDT In this session we will discuss laws regarding dyslexia in Mississippi, requirements for public schools, information on the dyslexia scholarship for Special Purpose Non-Public Schools and allowable classroom accommodations for students with dyslexia. Not an Illusion: Engaging Individuals with ADHD, Part 2 – Kevin Spencer, MEd Research has shown that arts-integrated strategies may help children and adolescents with ADHD and Autism improve challenging areas like focus, attention, self-regulation, and self-management. Current neuroscience provides insights into how our behaviors change our brain and impact learning. “Brain change” is shaped by the world around us - everything we do, everything we encounter, and everything we experience changes our brain. Spencer’s presentation will introduce attendees to a groundbreaking, arts-integrated intervention called Hocus Focus. Sharing research and anecdotal evidence, this promises to be an informative, educational, and heartwarming experience for all those who attend. Positive Outcomes: Success for Students with Dyslexia and Coexisting Conditions – Alison Webster, MS, CCC-SLP, CALT This presentation will discuss dyslexia and coexisting conditions and will present an intervention approach that has been used successfully for over 55 years with students with these additional language learning challenges. An overview of the DuBard Association Method will be presented along with therapy outcomes from students. The Trouble with Medicines – Beth Felder, MD Medicines used to treat ADHD are extremely helpful, but not without their faults. This presentation discusses the difficulties of managing these medicines. What do children think about their ADHD medication? How teachers, parents, and medical providers can improve one's outcome/experience on medication. – Lauren English, PA-C Reviewing survey results from different age groups who have ADHD and coexisting disorders that are taking medication. When Personality Traits Become Disorder: Signs, Symptoms, and What Treatment Can Help – David R. Yowell, PhD We may know people with certain traits or patterns to their personality that always seem to cause a problem. We may see these traits in ourselves: frequent anger, fearing rejected, controlling behavior, or intense stress or anxiety. This session will focus on personality patterns most treated in mental health settings including their signs and symptoms and treatment options that are available and effective. Write On! The Case for Cursive – Susan Perry, MS, CCC-SLP, CALT Mississippi law mandates that cursive writing be taught in elementary school. Why is cursive writing important? What is the best way to teach children cursive handwriting? This session will explore facts about handwriting and will discuss cursive writing at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at USM.
Cost: $155
Contact: Cena Holifield, Ph.D., CALT-QI

Location: Temple Baptist Church
5220 Old Hwy 11
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

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