BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Jan. 18 Are you concerned that your child has ADHD? Maybe you're not sure exactly what the signs are. Perhaps you are against medicating your child. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral condition in children, affecting approximately 6% to 9% of the school-aged population. It is a chronic condition whose symptoms continue in 60% to 80% of adolescents, and in some individuals, even into adulthood. ADHD effects learning, behavior, social skills and self-esteem at home, school, and work environments."
The Learning Lab of Brentwood, in conjunction with the Maryland Farms YMCA, is conducting a series of monthly presentations about ADHD, its effects, possible solutions and how to live with it. The presenters include licensed psychologists; a pediatrician and learning specialists who will help parents successfully navigate the complicated world of ADHD behavior. Each seminar is from 12 noon until 1:30 in the multi-purpose room of the Maryland Farms YMCA. To register, please contact Catherine Douglas at the Y at 615/373-2900 or [email protected]
Thursday, January 21, 12:00-1:30
TOPIC: ADHD and the Role of Medications
Presenter: C.A. Stilwell, M.D., Specializing in ADHD Medications and Related Conditions
Dr. Stillwell will review the medications used in treating ADHD. He will discuss medication schedules, side effects of ADHD medications and how to monitor results. Most importantly he will provide you successful ways of discussing ADHD medication with your child.
Thursday, February 18, 12:00-1:30
TOPIC: ADHD Kids: Getting Along Socially
Presenters: Tami Lakins, M.S., Licensed School Psychologist and Psychological Examiner, The Learning Lab; and David Elkins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Supervising Psychologist at The Learning Lab
Dr. Elkins and Ms. Lakins discuss how to help your ADHD child get along socially. Discussion topics include how to understand your child's strengths and weaknesses and how to reframe negative attitudes. They discuss the importance of encouraging extra-curricular activities and enrolling in social skills groups which can foster positive social relationships. The presenters help you to practice conflict resolution and catching your child "Getting it Right." Both presenters will be available for questions during and after the presentation.
Thursday, March 25, 12:00-1:30
TOPIC: A Look at Your Child's ADHD Future: Beyond High School
Presenter: David Elkins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Supervising Psychologist at The Learning Lab
Dr. Elkins helps parents look at the options of getting your ADHD child into college. Just like regular school, some institutions of higher learning work better with ADHD symptoms than others. Dr. Elkins provides pointers for choosing the right schools and locating College Support Services. More times than not, self-advocacy is important in these situations, and Dr. Elkins discusses how to successfully navigate through these challenges. Students with ADHD have a bit more to cope with at college - Dr. Elkins discusses these strategies as well as how to help young adults transition into the workplace and into satisfying personal relationships.
For More Information Contact: Pat Elkins (615) 377-2929/ [email protected]
SOURCE The Learning Lab of Brentwood