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Individual Differences
in Learning Association

"Making a Differences for All Kinds of Learners"




An Evening with John Elder Robison

at Centennial High School
6:30 pm
on MAY 1st, 2012

RSVP Required


See also our Flyer for Distribution

for more about John Elder Robison see http://johnrobison.com


Our usual Monthly meetings take place at the LLUMC Church. See you in June.

Location: Linden Linthicum United Methodist Church LLUMC in Clarksville (rte 108)



    Linden-Linthicum church is located in Clarksville on Route 108, directly next to the River Hill Village Center.

    Please RSVP by sending an email with the number of attendees to info@gifteddifferentlearners.org . A $5.00 donation is requested of non-members at the door. Membership is $25.00 for all special events, newsletters and monthly speakers.


    CALENDAR: 2011-2012 School Year

    (Note: some sessions are subject to change, IDL does not 'endorse' any speaker but provides information and local resources for parents) 


    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Introduction to Twice Exceptionality --Tips for a successful year

    Katharina Boser, Ph.D., and Julie Morrison, Ph.D. President and Vice President of IDL


    Individual 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.


    Monday, 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 info@gifteddifferentlearners.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 evaluator?
    •  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 information

    Julie 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

    Monday November 14, 2011 7pm