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Descriptions Of Recent 2015
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 2014 Programs

March 2015:  Improve Your Child's Social Skills – A Primer for Parents of Kids with ADHD / ASD

Parents will learn strategies to help their young children and "tweenagers" to:

  • Develop better communication skills
  • Understand the importance of body language
  • Manage emotions
  • Have a successful playdate
  • Make friends

Program conducted by a licensed clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents and adults, using a pragmatic, problem-solving approach. The approach is to help patients learn as much as they can about themselves to better understand their symptoms, strengths and challenges.

April 2015:  The Impact of ADHD on the Couple Relationship

Few partners sign up for a relationship knowing that their partner has ADHD or how this disability can impact the relationship.

There are several negative relationship factors that can be linked to ADHD. On the other hand adults with ADHD make many contributions toward enriching the couple relationship. It is important that the partner with ADHD is aware of this disability and is willing to work with her or his partner to regulate its impact on coupling. The person with ADHD is often aware that the impact of this disability is not limited to coupling and can influence many aspects of his or her life.

In this seminar partners will learn techniques to manage and limit the negative aspects of ADHD and promote the positive influences of ADHD.

Jeff Moss, Ph.D., LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker, will lead the program.

"Over the years I realized that the best adolescent work occurred within the context of family therapy.

"My recent affiliation with The Thrive Center in an intensive, outpatient mental health program, provides additional professionals to address family's needs including: family therapists, behaviorists, adolescent group therapists, parent educators, executive function coaches, outdoor recreational therapists, drug and alcohol consultants, individual therapist specializing in trauma, relationship issues, and anger management.

"Parent education is an essential way of guiding parents through the child's adolescence. Family therapy allows me to focus with parents on adolescent growth and effective communication. Many of the young people who I work with have issues related to Attention Deficit Disorder, centered in the domain of Executive Dysfunction.

"I taught child, adolescent, and family therapy at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Social Work. I was awarded the Outstanding Social Work Educator in the State of Maryland.

"I became interested in adult and parent education while I was employed at Sheppard Pratt Hospital Center and was a weekly guest on Baltimore's WBAL-TV noon news talking about mental health directed toward building parent awareness and understanding. I also worked at Maryland Public Television as a mental health consultant and moderator."

June 2015: ADHD At Work

Attendees will learn about how ADHD and other executive functioning deficits impact individuals in jobs and careers. We will address assessments and treatment strategies as well as discuss ways of determining job fit for individuals with ADHD. Other mental health topics will discussed as they pertain to the workplace setting.

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

My special interests include ADHD in the workplace, career assessment, job coaching, and ADHD in the university setting.

I help 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.

Using a cognitive-behavioral approach as the underpinning of my therapeutic style, I help clients to examine and change the thought process behind behaviors and support and coach clients in making changes. Over the years, my work in various settings has helped me specialize in distinct transitional times of the life cycle.

My education includes a BBA in Human Resources Management from George Washington University, and a M.S. Psy.D. from Loyola University in Maryland.

August 2015: Executive Function Techniques for Your School-Age Child

Executive Functions For the School Age Child is a talk that will give parents an understanding of the executive functions that many school-aged children need to be successful during the school day.

Learn about study techniques, homework routines, writing organizers and so much more!

Ellen Kaplan, M. Ed. -- Ellen 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.

 

September 2015: Homework Helpers

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

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. -- Ellen 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 2015: 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.

The talk will include up-to-date treatment options. There will be ample time to ask questions at the end.

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 2015: Educational Advocacy – What Parents Should Know About Interacting with the School System

Parents face many challenges when advocating for their child with learning differences. November's presentation focuses on what a parent should know and how to advocate for their child.

Topics will include:

  • Differences between the Special Education / IEP process and the 504 process
  • Who participates in the meetings?
  • What to expect from the process and how to prepare
  • What are your rights?

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.