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Descriptions Of 2014
All Things ADHD Programs

These are descriptions of recent programs in our All Things ADHD and Executive Function speaker series.

For more information about future programs, e-mail Thrive or call 410-740-3240.    Descriptions of Recent 2015 Programs

January 2014: Nutrition And ADHD

There are specific vitamins and minerals the brain needs in order to function properly, many of which are deficient in patients with ADHD and other mental health conditions.

While pharmacology remains the most popular treatment for ADHD, other factors such as nutrition play an important and complementary role in managing the symptoms of the disorder.

Join Thrive Nutrition Educator, Joanna Balz, MS, in exploring the role that nutrition plays in ADHD symptom management. We will discuss the role nutrition plays in ADHD, focusing on a whole foods diet and nutritional supplementation.

February 2014: Education Advocacy

What Parents Should Know About Interacting with the School System

March 2014: Meditation, Mindfulness and Emotional Self-Regulation

Meditation is simple but not easy. Learn forms of meditation; walking mediation and mindfulness check-ins; use meditation to identify, cope with, and calm difficult emotions (including deep breathing, and body scans); how to set goals and resist impulses (through body awareness and focused attention)

April 2014: ADHD Is Not A Choice: Taming The Disruptive Impact Of ADHD In Couple And Family Relationships

ADHD and its companion, Executive Dysfunction, along with the possibilities of anxiety and depression, heavily impact the intimate nature of family relations. This is an introduction to understanding and addressing ADHD.
Learn how to:

  • Identify the disruptive nature of ADHD in relationships;
  • Help family members understand and "take ownership" for their ADHD complexities;
  • How to set reasonable expectations for ADHD family members;
  • How to heighten personal effectiveness in the face of ADHD behaviors.

Speaker Jeffrey Moss, Ph.D.,LCSW-C, is a family therapist at Thrive and co-leads the Parent Support Groups for Heron's Gate.

May 2014: ADHD: Depression, Anxiety and Substance Abuse: Putting The Pieces Together

If you have ADHD, there is a 70% chance that you have some other mental health condition to deal with – depression, substance abuse, anxiety – each with its own complex emotional and behavioral challenges.

Dr. Rick Silver, MD, will discuss the interactions among these conditions and approaches for managing them more effectively.

Rick is a psychiatrist who has been practicing comprehensive approaches to ADHD care for many years, both in his personal and professional life.

His experience in finding good care for two of his daughters who have ADHD, helped shape the approaches he uses at THRIVE, which he founded in 2007.

June 2014: ADHD Testing & Diagnosis

A good evaluation of ADHD/ Executive Dysfunction is the foundation for making good treatment decisions. A critical jumping off point for this process is knowing which evaluation to get for which purpose.

Ellen Kaplan, M.Ed, of THRIVE's Executive Function Coaching program and its psycho-educational testing program; and Rick Silver, MD, director of THRIVE, will discuss these topics:

  • What is ADHD? Executive Dysfunction?
  • What are the different kinds of evaluations and tests for these conditions? Which professionals do these tests? How much will they cost?
  • What evaluation do I need to be diagnosed with ADHD/ EF Dysfunction?
  • What kind of evaluation do I need for medication? For EF Coaching?
  • What is psycho-educational testing? How does it help me get accommodations at school or work?
  • What kind of recommendations should I expect with the psycho-educational testing?
  • Is there a diagnostic role for lab tests and brain imaging studies?

Ellen Kaplan graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in special education. Ellen works as a private advocate and coach, focusing exclusively on students and adults with Executive Function Disorder and ADHD; developing workshops for parents and educators, creating curriculum for students, and training coaches in the area of Executive Function Disorder.

Dr. Rick Silver, MD, is a psychiatrist who for many years has been practicing mind-body approaches to health, both in his personal and professional life. His experience with finding good care for two of his daughters who have ADHD helped shape the approaches he uses at THRIVE which he founded in 2007.

July 2014: ADHD & Executive Function in the Workplace

You will learn about the symptoms of ADHD in adults and how they present at work. We will address effective coping strategies for managing symptoms in the workplace, as well as ways for developing a healthy work/life balance.

Emily Wells, PsyD, is a Clinical Psychologist who works with adults and adolescents individually and in groups. Emily works with clients in a solution-focused style of psychotherapy, primarily focusing on current challenges and issues.

Emily helps clients to better understand their personal histories, patterns of feelings, reactions and decisions as they affect their current functioning at work, school, and in their personal relationships. Over the years, her work in various settings has helped her specialize in distinct transitional times of the life cycle. Emily's special interests include ADHD in the workplace, career assessment, job coaching, and ADHD in the university setting, her education includes a BBA in Human Resources Management from George Washington University, and a M.S. Psy.D. from Loyola University in Maryland.

August 2014: Executive Function (EF) Techniques for Your School-Age Child

"Executive Functions For the School Age Child" will give parents an understanding of the executive functions that many school age children need to be successful both at home and during the school day.

Learn about stocking your child's "Tool Box" with ways to help with initiation, attention, goal attainment, time awareness, and so much more.

Ellen Kaplan, M.Ed., has worked as a private advocate and coach for the last five years, focusing exclusively on students and adults with Executive Function Disorder and ADHD; developing workshops for parents and educators, creating curriculum for students, and training coaches in the area of Executive Function Disorder.

September 2014: Homework Helpers

Homework Helpers is a great way to learn strategies to help your school aged child face their homework foes.

  • Learn ways to help your child capture homework assignments, use good time management skills to aid in completion of work, structure a homework zone, attack multi-step assignments and so much more!
  • This talk is designed for parents or anyone that monitors and interacts with students during homework time.

Ellen Kaplan, M.Ed., has worked as a private advocate and coach for the last five years, focusing exclusively on students and adults with Executive Function Disorder and ADHD: developing workshops for parents and educators, creating curriculum for students, and training coaches in the area of Executive Function Disorder.

October 2014: Medications for ADHD

Learn different aspects of ADHD diagnosis, causes and interventions.

This talk is designed for parents or anyone that is interested in learning more about the causes of ADHD, how it is diagnosed and treatment options, including medication.

Dr. Anita Bajaj, MD, MPH, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She is a native of this community, having grown up and attended school here, and then an undergraduate degree at Georgetown University and Medical Degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY.

Anita's approach involves working with an understanding of a person's strengths and interests in addition to their needs, to create a treatment plan which is specific and unique for that person.

Anita completed residency in general psychiatry and a child and adolescent psychiatry specialty fellowship at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ-RWJ) in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Anita is Board Certified in both General Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition, Anita has obtained a Master's of Public Health Degree in Family Studies from Columbia University in New York, NY.

Dr. Bajaj returned to this community to establish a private practice and raise her family. Her extensive background in family studies combined with her training in psychiatry enables her to take a comprehensive approach to finding solutions for children, teens and their families dealing with depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, attentional issues and behavioral problems.

November 2014: The Failure To Launch Young Adult: Setting Realistic Expectations

For some young adults, the transition to independent adulthood can seem like an impossible challenge. Multiple failures at higher education and employment, and untreated conditions like depression, social anxiety and ADHD, can sap the individual's confidence and motivation.

This talk will provide parents with a realistic expectation for the types of treatment needed for their failure-to-launch young adult to make progress for a more independent life.

Dr. Rick Silver, MD, is a psychiatrist who for many years has been practicing mind-body approaches to health, both in his personal and professional life. His experience with finding good care for two of his daughters who have ADHD helped shape the approaches he uses at THRIVE which he founded in 2007.

"A comprehensive treatment plan, one that incorporates medication, coaching, self-care, grounding and support for the family, is the only effective way to deal with a potentially life-altering condition like ADHD."

Dr. Silver obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan; a Master's degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University; and his medical and psychiatric training from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

December 2014:  Executive Function At Home

Learn strategies that support and help develop your child's Executive Functions. Areas covered will include behavior plans to support chore completion, visual reminders systems to help with following multi-step directives, homework completion strategies. Please feel free to bring your own systems for discussion and support.

Ellen Kaplan, M.Ed., has worked as a private advocate and coach for the last five years, focusing exclusively on students and adults with Executive Function Disorder and ADHD; developing workshops for parents and educators, creating curriculum for students, and training coaches in the area of Executive Function Disorder.

Ellen graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in special education and earned a master in reading from Towson State University.

She spent eight years as a special education teacher in Howard County, Maryland middle schools, where she focused on students with learning disabilities and emotional issues.

She later taught kindergarten in a Regional Early Childhood Center program (RECC), working closely with speech-language therapists, occupational therapists and classroom teachers to develop goals for students entering the upper grades.