CALENDAR: 2004-2005 School Year
December 13, 2004
Cindy Sandler, Ph.d,
- 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
- Child/family Psychologist, practicing in Columbia, MD.
Karen Cruise, Ph.d
- 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
Author of Upside Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner
Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.d,
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
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
March 14, 2005
Howard County Public School System
- TOPIC: Assistive Technology (AT) and
Written Language Concerns for Students with
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:
SPEAKER: Susan Helsel, Howard County Director, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
- “Finding Help for Your Child:
When Troubling Behaviors
Get Out of Control”
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.