Contemporary diagnosis and treatment of ADHD is a controversial issue in the fields of mental health and education. Various groups and individuals have questioned the authenticity of this disorder, and have criticized traditional treatment approaches. This Workshop is designed to provide objective and updated information about the empirically supported psychological and medical knowledge in the field of ADHD, with a special emphasis on how these issues interface with the educational needs and challenges facing these youngsters in the school setting.
The Workshop also will address various psychological and educational conditions that can co-occur with ADHD, exist independent of ADHD and sometimes simulate ADHD. Information will be provided that will help educators differentiate between true ADHD and these other conditions. In addition, a wide variety of interventions designed to improve the behavioral and educational adjustment of these youngsters will be outlined and discussed.
IMPORTANT: The content of the Workshop broadly contains information that will be helpful to educators who teach pre-school through adolescence. At different points, especially while discussing classroom interventions, specific age groups will be highlighted, but again ranging from pre-school through adolescence.
This Workshop is designed for classroom and special education teachers, LD specialists, school psychologists and counselors, school nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Clinicians, administartors and any other educator who has an interest in this topic. Mental Health Clinicians are welcome to attend and will find the Workshop informative, but they must determine if their licensing boards will offer credit for their attendance. Parents may also enroll in this course and will find that much of the information directly and indirectly relates to family based issues. Now offerring a graduate credit option through the Univerisity of Wisconsin-La Crosse
8:00 am REGRISTRATION
8:30 am ADHD OVERVIEW--Core symptoms/Diagnosis and
Neurobiological and Environmental
10:00 am BREAK
10:15 am RELATED DISORDERS--Differentiating ADHD from other Conditions
11:00 am MEDICATIONS-
Psychostimulants/other medications/Complimentary treatments
11:45 am Lunch
12:45 pm SCHOOL & EDUCATIONAL ISSUES-- Behavior management principles/Classroom interventions/ Counseling/Schoolwork/ Collaboration with Family and Mental Health Providers
2:15 pm BREAK
2:30 pm FAMILY & HOME ISSUES--Adolescent issues/Parent management/Sleep issues/Challenging behavior
4:00 pm EVALUATION & ADJOURNMENT