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CALENDAR: 2005-2006 School Year

Monday, September 12, 2005
Trish Budd,
IDL President

  • TOPIC: Welcome Back to a New School Year!

Please join us for our general meeting to hear about our plans for the school year and for an opportunity to share resources and connect with other families and IDL members.

Monday, October 10, 2005
Meg Mekelburg,
of the Search Institute

  • TOPIC: The Search Institute’s Developmental Assets

The Search Institute’s “Developmental Asset” model is a framework to help us guide our children to adulthood. Schools within Howard County and across the country are implementing this model which positively influences both the student and administration’s body within. This powerful, researched-based model identifies 40 positive experiences and qualities called developmental assets which are spread across eight broad areas of human development. These assets paint a picture of the positive things all young people need to succeed in school, assume leadership roles, appreciate diversity and avoid risky behaviors.

To learn more, visit The Search Institute’s Website at www.search-institute.org, or for Howard County specifically, visit Howard County Connections at www.howardcountyconnections.org

Monday, November 14, 2005
Mary Hepple
Educational Advocate

  • TOPIC: Consultants, Advocates, Independent Evaluators, Parent Advocates? Who are they and what role might each play in the development of your child's IEP or 504 Plan?

Mary Hepple is a Special Education Advocate and Consultant with more than 25 years of experience. Mary currently advocates for children in the Washington - Metropolitan and surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.maryhepple.com.

Monday, December 12, 2005
Linda Schnapp, Assistant Director
Project Access, Howard Community College

  • TOPIC: Project Access
Project Access is a program designed to improve the delivery and outcomes of postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Project Access is designed to significantly facilitate the transition of high school students with disabilities into postsecondary education, to increase the success rate and retention of freshman students with disabilities at Howard Community College, and to improve career counseling and job placement services for students with disabilities.

Project Access also has an intensive four week Summer Institute program for rising 10th, 11th, 12th grade, and newly graduated high school students to help develop their writing, reading, mathematics, study skills, college survival skills, career development skills, and internet skills.

For more information about Project Access, go to:

Monday, January, 2006
Curtis T. Cripe, PhD,
Founder and Director of the Crossroads Institute and Centers

  • TOPIC: Brain Mapping and Neurodevelopment

Using objective measures such as QEEG-Brain mapping, Evoked Response Potentials, Auditory Processing Assessments and proven Cognitive measures, Crossroads Institute determines where an individual's skills are on the spectrum with regards to Functional Brain Areas such as Attention and Executive Functions, Tactility Processing, Sensory Motor, Auditory Processing, Visual-spatial Processing, Language Expressions, Mobility Expressions, Vestibular Processing, Oral Sensory Processing,and Activation System.

CrossRoads Institute indicates that they have a 95% success rate with Depression, ADD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Closed Head Injuries, to name a few. They have monitored the progress of their clients over a 10 year period and claim these individuals have had continued success in areas of brain function with which they had previously struggled, before participating in CrossRoads' comprehensive programs. View their web site for further information at www.crossroadsinstitute.org.

Monday, February 13, 2006
CANCELLED due to SNOW. To be rescheduled.
Dr. Fran Appler

  • TOPIC: School Anxiety

Monday, March 13, 2006
ADHD Panel on ADHD

This panel, which includes Tammy Modisette, OTR/L, Rick Silver, MD, Elaine Trogdon, MD, Cynthia Wilcox, PhD, all of Heartlight Healing Arts, plus Linda Spencer, Ph.D., Speech and Language Pathologist, representing CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit disorder), will discuss the latest research for the brain and body, mental health resources, and practical skills. The topics to be discussed include Diagnosis, Stimulant Medication, and Nutritional Supplements, as well as Alternative and Complementary strategies (Acupuncture, Massage, Cranio-sacral, Chiropractic). We will focus on practical skills – for the mind, heart and soul including: Coaching (organization, study skills, social skills, self-care, calming/ self-regulation), Psychotherapy, Sensory Integration, and Educational Issues.

April, 2006
Spring Break

Monday, May 8, 2006

Dr. Joyce Cooper-Kahn
Clinical Child Psychologist, Psychological Resources Associates
Severna Park, Maryland

TOPIC: Executive Dysfunction and Daily Life

"The executive functions are a set of processes which all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for a range of neurologically-based mental control skills." Dr. Joyce Cooper-Kahn, who has been in practice for over 18 years, will discuss some intervention approaches, short-term strategies, goal setting and example modifications for executive dysfunction in our daily lives. Dr. Cooper-Kahn has particular expertise in attention disorders, learning disabilities and school consultation with an emphasis on interventions for executive functioning difficulties. Together with a colleague, she is currently completing a book for parents and teachers on executive dysfunction.

The notes from Dr. Joyce Cooper-Kahn have been posted in the files area of our Yahoo! Group. Please click on the purple icon in the left column of this webpage to access them. Membership to our Yahoo! Support Group is free. If you have any difficulties, please contact differentlearner@aol.com.

As you see above, we have an impressive array of speakers
from our 2005-2006 School Year. To check
our guest speakers from our previous school year,
click here and see our guests from the 2004-2005 School Year.