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CALENDAR: 2004-2005 School Year

December 13, 2004
Cindy Sandler, Ph.d,
Licensed Psychologist

  • TOPIC: The New Psychological Test WISC IV, What Is It For?

When children are struggling in school, psychological testing is often recommended to identify possible causes. What are the tests normally given and what do they tell you about your child? The new WISC IV (Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children) replaces the WISC III. Dr. Sandler compares these tests and helps us to understand the strengths and weaknesses the tests uncover

January 10, 2005
Karen Cruise, Ph.d
- Child/family Psychologist, practicing in Columbia, MD.
- On staff at the Kingsbury Center and at Children's National Medical Center.
- Serves on the Professional Advisory Board of CHADD of Greater Baltimore.

  • TOPIC: Developing a Healthy Sense of Self-esteem in Children and Adolescents

The diagnosis of a learning disability or AD/HD in a son or daughter can cause feelings of loss, guilt, anger and great concern in a parent. The learning challenges or gaps in skills and the resulting struggles to succeed in school, often take a great toll on a child's self-esteem. This toll can affect motivation, productivity, social interactions, employment and family life. Dr. Cruise specializes in working with children with learning differences, AD/HD, and developmental disabilities and will discuss how your child can be helped.

Special Event: January 24, 2005
Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.d,
Author of Upside Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner
      and her associate,

Alexandra ("Allie") Shires Golon,
Author of the companion book, Raising the Topsy-Turvy Kids.

Visual-Spatial Learners are talented in right-brained abilities: creativity, intuitive knowledge, multi-dimensional perception, inventive strategies in science and technology. Their talents made the computer, the internet, the vivid displays at the Olympics and the International Space Station possible. Yet these unconventional, talented visionaries often struggle in school. What can we learn from them? How can we teach in the way they best learn?

February 14, 2005
Christine L. French, Ph.D., NCSP,
Neuropsychology Fellow, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

  • TOPIC: ADHD Intervention - Multisystemic Training for Students with Deficits in Executive Functioning:
    A Comprehensive Approach Involving Teachers, Parents, Students and Their Peers

In conjunction with the MSDE Advisory Council on ADHD, Dr. French is currently piloting a Multisystemic Training for Students with Deficits in Executive Functioning in the Frederick County Public School System. This multimodal training targets executive functioning skills - planning and initiation, organization, attention, self-monitoring, self-regulation, inhibition, and working memory, for intervention in order to facilitate the academic and personal success of all students with executive functioning deficits.

March 14, 2005
Nancy Farley
Howard County Public School System

  • TOPIC: Assistive Technology (AT) and Written Language Concerns for Students with Learning Disabilities

Ms. Nancy Farley, MA, OTR/L will provide an overview of Assistive Technology (AT) within the Howard County Public School System. She will discuss Universal Accommodations, what they are and how they are accessed, as well as Common Written Communication concerns for students with learning disabilities. Ms. Farley will also demonstrate some of the frequently used Assistive Technologies, future direction for use of AT within the general education classroom, as well as AT and the Law.

April 11, 2005
Dr. Linda Grossman
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician

  • TOPIC: The Latest on the Use of Medications to Treat Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Learning Problems in Children

Dr. Linda Grossman is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also serves on the MSDE ADHD ADvisory Committee and as a consultant to the Baltimore County School system, helping them to design better interventions for children with learning and behavior problems. She sees patients with school and behavior problems, privately in several locations.

May 9, 2005

The Office of Student Services presents a parent seminar in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month:

  • “Finding Help for Your Child:
    When Troubling Behaviors Get Out of Control”

SPEAKER: Susan Helsel, Howard County Director, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Join us across the parking lot at The Board of Education Building for our monthly IDL Meeting, 8:15 to 9:30 PM

June 13, 2005

Join us for our end-of-the-school-year meeting, to discuss current issues and plans for the next school year.