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All Things ADHD (And Executive Function)

Second Monday
Free Speaker Series

Our 2015 Speaker Series features free monthly talks with the ADHD and Executive Function experts at THRIVE to discuss key topics related to ADHD in kids, teens, young adults & adults. Print Version  Acrobat PDF 

Bonus For Attending: Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with the speaker for clinical questions and treatment suggestions.  Descriptions Of Recent 2015 Programs and 2014 Programs

The Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045
Second Monday of each month
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – Complimentary Speaker Series
RSVP: Call 410-740-3240

  • March 9: Improve You Child's Social Skills
  • April 13: Couples, Relationships and ADHD
  • May: (Program Postponed Due To Illness)
  • June 8: ADHD In The Workplace
  • July: No Scheduled Program
  • August 10: Executive Function Techniques For Your School-Age Child
  • September 21: (Third Monday): Homework Helpers
  • October 12: Medications For ADHD
  • November 9: Educational Advocacy
  • December 14: Exploring The Role Of Nutrition In ADHD

Fuller Descriptions Of Recent Programs

Note New Location
For Speaker Series

The Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

(Our office hasn't moved;
only the speaker series)

December 14: The Gut-Brain Connection: How Healing the Digestive Tract Affects Brain Health

More than 6.5 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD. As that number continues to rise each year, medical professionals have begun to take a closer look at a variety of nutritional factors as they affect behavior, including the relationship between "gut health" and brain function.

Our digestive tract, colloquially referred to as the "gut" and the "second brain" plays a vital role in brain health. It is responsible for regulating neurotransmitter and hormone synthesis, as well as immune system functions -- and it does this completely on its own, without having to "talk" to the big brain upstairs.

In fact, did you know that 90 percent of the body's serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in mood, brain function, memory, learning, and social behavior, is produced in the gut?

Join us December 14 for a presentation on digestive wellness and brain health.

Topics will include:

  • A breakdown of the gut-brain connection
  • The mechanisms of our body's "second brain"
  • How to use foods to heal the gut
  • Why elimination diets are helpful
  • And more!

Joanna C. Balz, MS, CNS, LDN, is a board-certified Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist whose professional interests include nutrition and the role it plays in supporting mental health.

She believes the food we eat directly affects how well (or unwell) we feel, and that many of us could improve our overall health and wellness with a better diet that emphasizes natural, whole, and organic foods.

This philosophy is based on the principles of integrative health, a discipline that blends the best of conventional and alternative therapies, and focuses on the individual as a whole instead of on isolated symptoms.

An opponent of fad diets, Joanna works with clients to make lifestyle changes that promote healthy, long-term results.


To RSVP or for more information, call or e-mail Thrive at 410-740-3240.