CALENDAR: 2011-2012 School Year
some sessions are subject to change, IDL does not 'endorse' any speaker but
provides information and local resources for parents)
September 12, 2011
to Twice Exceptionality --Tips for a successful year
Katharina Boser, Ph.D., and Julie Morrison, Ph.D. President and
Vice President of IDL
Differences in Learning has been working with families and schools in Howard County
since 2001. Our organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to educate
parents, teachers and the community about issues related to the challenges and
strengths of learning with both gifts and talents and specific disabilities.
Students who are twice exceptional have unique needs, often requiring
understanding of the emotional components of learning such as anxiety, stress
and the importance of motivation to effort. We will focus our first meeting on
the basics of what you need to know to help your child succeed and be supported
in the school environment. We hope to provide parents with support from
experienced parents and professionals in our group. This meeting is about
connecting with others who share your needs and questions and learning about
books, websites, local resources, events and talks that are available through
our organization and others like us.
Please join us to
find out what is happening in and around Howard County in the school year
2011-2012 and share your particular concerns with our members.
October 10, 2011
Katharina Boser, Ph.D.
TOPIC: iPods and iPads for productivity
In this workshop we will discuss a number of iPod touch and iPad apps that are geared specifically for students with a number of language and cognitive disabilities including autism, dyslexia and language processing, and executive functioning impairments. We will talk about apps that aide with communication, e.g., using speech to text, text to speech or icon systems with pictures and sounds. Other areas of focus will include literacy (a wide variety of book apps and phonics/spelling apps), math and number skills, as well as apps that improve social skills (eye gaze, social cues and reminders and video modelling), work on sensory issues (provide a sensory or calming effect/break), and improve or aid organization (scheduling, rewards and reminders). Basic ipad information such as how to choose the right app, using your ipad and ipad2 and accessibility features within the iOS system, and ipad peripherals (cases,keyboard, stylus, etc.) will also be discussed.
Thursday November 4, 2011 (at Howard High School at 7pm)
5th Annual ADHD Awareness Night (see flyer from firstname.lastname@example.org)
with Debbie Phelps
Energetic and talented speaker, Deborah Phelps, will share her own experiences with learning and attention challenges and what she has learned, as both a mother and educator. Phelps is an author, principal of Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore County, and mother of three including swimming champion Michael Phelps, who was diagnosed with ADHD. Phelps’ memoir, A Mother for All Seasons, will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Monday, November 14, 2011 CANCELLED UNTIL JANUARY
To Test or Not to Test: the value of a comprehensive evaluation
Dr. Julie Morrison
The process of obtaining a
comprehensive evaluation to determine the nature of a student’s learning
difficulties can be a confusing one. This evening’s presentation will address
the following questions:
- What are differences
between various types of evaluations and what should I look for in an
- Is insurance
likely to cover the cost of such an evaluation?
- What are the
best times and purposes for evaluation, including college planning?
- What can I
expect the results to do or not to do?
- What domains of
functioning are typically assessed in a comprehensive evaluation?
- How are results
of such an evaluation used to inform recommendations for intervention at school and elsewhere?
- What are some
considerations in presenting the results to the school?
November 22, 2011
CHADD Speakers Event from 7-9pm at:
Ellicott City Senior Center 9401 Frederick Road
Emily Hurd and Team_Howard County Public Schools’ ADHD / LD Support Services
Monday, December 12, 2011
An Evening with Twice Exceptional Young Adults: a holiday event
Join us for holiday cheer and to hear a few students' stories who are either in high school or graduated from college and in the working world. This panel will address questions of being different learning, self esteem and motivation and will tell their stories for both parents and students.
Monday, January 9, 2012
SEE November meeting informationJulie Morrison, Psy.D.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Risky Behaviors and Social Skills
Catherine Busch and Michelle Morrison
Relationships and bonding are essential to a happy and healthy life. Attachment to others begins the day we are born and continues throughout our lives. Some teens struggle to understand and interact in ways that foster meaningful relationships. Michelle Morrison, LCSW-C will help parents understand how they can help their child form meaningful friendships, exploring the challenges facing teens of today and the importance of educating our youth to navigate the complexities of relationships successfully. Dr. Catherine Busch will be discussing safety issues for teenagers when socializing with their peers. Adolescents with executive function or social skills deficits are more likely to be drawn into risky behavior. They are also less likely to recognize potentially dangerous situations that may lead to harm or victimization. Dr. Busch will cover what we know about risky behavior among adolescents, practical prevention principles, and safety education resources. Parents will learn some tips for helping teenagers anticipate problems, develop safety plans, and decrease their risk of harm in social situations.
Catherine Busch, Ph.D. is a child psychologist in private practice with expertise in psychological trauma and ADHD. She has many years experience treating victims of sexual abuse and assault, was Chair of the Howard County Injury and Violence Prevention Coalition, serves on the Howard County Child Fatality Review Team, and is President of the Howard County Mental Health Authority Board.
Michelle Morrison, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker and the founder of Morrison and Associates which focuses on the treatment of children, teens, and their families. Her expertise is in assisting children who experience social, emotional, and learning challenges. Her practice emphasizes building on the child’s strengths and helping them to understand and minimize their weaknesses. She has developed social skills groups for middle and high school students to promote healthy social development.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Understanding Language to Improve Written Language Skills and Social functioning
with Deena Seifert and Sue Loomis
Monday, May 1, 2012(location to be announced)
Evening talk for community plus afternoon professional presentation
John Elder Robison
The evening session will focus on his new book "Being Different" see http://johnelderrobison.com for more
(Exact Date TBA, with special teacher's and psychologist workshop during the day)
Monday, May 14, 2012
Theater as Therapy
Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian
An interactive session of theater for adults and children/students. Learn how to use your theatre and role play to improve social situations.
Monday, June 11, 2012
End of Year Gathering