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in Learning Association, Inc.


NEXT MEETING: May 14th, 2007

TIME: 7:30pm � 9:00pm
LOCATION: Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church
12101 Linden Linthicum Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029

Dr. Linda Grossman

  • TOPIC:Helping Children and Teens with ADHD

Presented by Dr. Linda Grossman, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Grossman specializes in learning and behavior problems of pre-school and school age children. She serves as a consultant to the Baltimore County School System five half days per week to help them design better interventions for the children with learning and behavior problems enrolled in that system.

This presentation will focus on helping youngsters with ADHD learn strategies to help cope with their specific problems as well as the possible role for medication in treating the symptoms of ADHD.

PLEASE RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to differentlearners@gmail.com TO RESERVE A SEAT

$5 donation for non-members is appreciated at the door - IDL Members are free (annual membership dues $25)

IDL is not affliated with Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church.
Many thanks to them for their generous donation of space.



CALENDAR: 2006-2007 School Year

Monday,, September 11, 2006
Presentation Panel
IDL President

        TOPIC: Walking the Path with the Twice-Exceptional Learner

An overview presentation of the collaborative Professional Development effort between IDL and the HCPSS Departments of Special Education and Gifted Education.

Monday, October 9, 2006
Betty Caldwell M.A.
Founder and Director of Stressless Tests Skills Program�

        TOPIC: Helping Each Child Flourish

Betty Caldwell specializes in teaching a skill-based approach for overcoming stress and its myriad forms of expression. In the process, she helps the child discover their inner strengths, builds their self confidence, and teaches them time management skills and how to study effectively for tests. She has successfully assisted many hundreds of individuals, helping them to flourish in school, in sports, and in life. Come prepared to enjoy your evening, experience some new insights, and discover some new possibilities for your child.

Monday, November 13, 2006
Nancy Sheain, LLC
President and founder of Building Futures

        TOPIC: Smashing ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts
A parent workshop on mentoring kids in turning negative thoughts into positive self-talk

Our inner voice is a constant companion. It can encourage, congratulate, caution, criticize, or chastise. It is always present and always speaking to us. If one's inner voice is off-balance, motivation and the chance for success can be severely limited. Nancy Shain and her Building Futures' Workshops are dedicated to helping families build relationships, success and self-esteem.

Monday, December 11, 2006
Suzanne Sutton

        TOPIC: How to turn the dread of math into the love of math...
...even when the math gets really hard
... and even when you don't know how to help.

Suzanne Sutton has worked with individual students for more than 30 years, many of them facing big struggles - and a loathing for math. In a lively and upbeat presentation, she shares the secrets of their successes, shatters myths, and offers strategies any parent can use,even if they don't remember what a denominator is.

Suzanne Sutton is an education writer whose mission is to extend the power and joy of learning to every child through ideas and strategies for learning and teaching math, science, reading, writing, history, languages ... and more.

Monday, January 8, 2007
Fran Levin Bowman, M.Ed
The Director and owner of Bowman Educational Services, inc.. http://www.bowmaneducationalservices.com

        TOPIC: Different Methods for Different Learners

Fran Bowman is a Fellow in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators with over 33 years of experiences working with children with learning differences. Accommodations only make the school environment less frustrating: changes in methodology remediate the actual learning problems. Fran discusses specific techniques to address the needs of different learners.

Monday, February 12, 2007
Rich Weinfeld
Co-author of �Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties� and former Montgomery County coordinator of the Twice Exceptional Student Program (GT/LD). See http://www.smartkidsresource.com

        TOPIC: Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties

Too often, the student�s gift and disability mask one another and we only see an average student who seems lazy or unmotivated. At other times we focus on the disability and try to fix what is wrong while paying little or no attention to the gifts. As their teachers and parents, we must increase our efforts to identify these kids and their strengths; then we must provide opportunities to develop and utilize those strengths. http://www.richweinfeld.com

Monday, March 12, 2007
Michael Sandler

        TOPIC: Help Your Child Soar Above Challenges to See Unlimited Possibilities!!!

From struggling underachiever to success story, Michael Sandler�s achievements are inspirational and his enthusiasm contagious. He inspires students, parents, and teachers, alike, to turn a negative barrier into a positive attribute. He will expand your ideas and challenge your attitudes about how ADHD should be �managed�.

Co-sponsored with The Howard County Public School System (HPCSS), The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA), and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

Monday, April, 2007
SPRING BREAK: No meeting

Monday, May 14, 2007
Dr. Linda Grossman

Monday, June 11, 2007
End-of-the-Year Meeting


As you see above, we have an impressive array of speakers
from our current 2006-2007 School Year. To check
our guest speakers from our previous school year,
click here and see our guests from the 2005-2006 School Year.