Publication of Greater Baltimore CHADD
In This Issue:
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Location and Driving Directions
and Workshops 2001-2002 (Including the BIG Spring Conference)
to Join CHADD
Articles from Fall/Winter 2001-2002 Hyper~Talk
for directions see below
- Registration and Library:
- 7-8:30PM Guest Speaker
- 8:30-9PM Small Group Support
- Donation: Members: Free; Non-members:
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
AD/HD on the National Scene
D.P.A. CEO CHADD National
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
Executive Function in Children and Adults
Vincent Culotta PhD. and Thomas
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Parents’ Section: Nonverbal Learning Disorders: What’s a Parent to do who suspects
more than AD/HD?
Blossom Zell, M.Ed., and Randi Zell M.A.
Adult Section: AD/HD and Marriage
Wednesday December 5, 2001
Wednesday January 16, 2002
Panel Discussion with Speech
Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Educational Advocate and Tutor
Wednesday February 6, 2002
Parents’ Section: Educational Issues: IEPs, Accommodations, and
David Heath, and Kathy
Adult Section: Coaching
Wednesday March 6, 2002
Support Groups Meeting
Mid-Atlantic Conference on AD/HD
Wednesday April 3
Legal Issues in AD/HD
Wednesday May 1
AD/HD in the Social Arena: What Else Helps? Social Skills Workshops?
Family Counseling? Behavior Management Training? Sibling Workshops?
Addison Back M.Ed., and Sabrina
All meetings are held at Towson
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium, MD.
Take I-695 to the Dulaney Valley Road North Exit 27B. Follow past Seminary
Avenue (0.7 miles) and Pot Spring Road (0.8 miles) lights to where the
road narrows; TUUC is on the left at 1.2 miles from the Beltway. Construction
on the Dulaney Valley bridge has been completed.
Clarke Ross, D.P.A.
Joined CHADD as chief executive officer in November, 200. With nearly 30
years of national association and executive experience, he most recently
served as deputy executive director for public policy at NAMI (National Alliance
for the Mentally Ill). Dr. Ross has also held leadership posts with the
American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association, The National Association
of State Mental Health Program Directors and the United Cerebral Palsy
Association. Clarke has maintained an interest and involvement in
children’s disability rights for many years. In 1974-1975, he worked on
the enactment of the Education for All Handicapped Act (since renamed
IDEA-the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), not realizing that
twenty years later his own son, Andrew who has AD/HD, would benefit
directly from such rights protections.
is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist in Maryland.
Earning his doctorate in 1994 from the California School of Professional
Psychology, he completed postdoctoral training in Pediatric Developmental
Neuropsychology at the Learning Disabilities Research Center under the
direction of Dr. Martha Denckla. Appointed to the full-time faculty of the
Kennedy-Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Medical School, he
conducted NIMH-funded research in areas of Developmental Learning
Disabilities and Behavioral Genetics. He has written on topics related to
Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and
earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of
Memphis in 1987 and completed his internship at the West Virginia
University Medical School. He is a Licensed Psychologist with subspecialty
training in clinical neuropsychology. Dr. Culotta has held clinical and
administrative positions in medical, rehabilitation, and private
facilities treating children, adolescents, and adults with neurobehavioral
disorders. He served as Director of Neuropsychology in the Neurosurgery
division at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center. Dr.
Culotta’s research and clinical interests include Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and
Neurotoxin Exposure. Dr Culotta is a Diplomate of the American Board of
Neuropsychology and currently serves as president of Neurobehavioral
Associates in Columbia, Maryland.
with a specialty in emotional disturbance, is currently a special
education teacher with the Central York District in Pennsylvania and the
parent of a student with a learning disability. She specializes in
workshops for teachers and has over 15 years of experience as a special
education teacher in Montgomery County. She has her B.S. degree from the
University of Maryland in Special Education and her M.Ed. from American
University. She has worked with students with emotional disavilities and
learning disorders and has additional experience with Pervasive
Developmental Disorder and Autism. She trained with Sally Smith at the Lab
School in Washington, D.C.
earned her master’s degree form The Johns Hopkins University with a
specialty in inclusion education and her B.S. and teaching certificate
from Hood College. She specializes in language-based and non-verbal
learning disabilities and has over ten years experience teaching in
Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The Zells’ presentation will focus on Non-verbal Learning Disabilities and
how they differ from language-based disabilities. They will cover the
problems in diagnosing NVLD and explain what kinds of problems a parent
might see or the difficulties the child’s teacher might perceive. Of
special interest to those parents or teachers who see frustration with
mathematics, comprehension and social skills, the presentation will
include ideas for inclusion in an IEP for students with an NVLD and how
parents can help at home will be included.
Susan and Phil Robinson
are the co-directors of the Center for Extraordinary Marriages, where
they sponsor workshops on marital communication and conflict resolution
and coach couples. They will present a program on marriage and work/life
balance. You can send your advance questions through their website www.ExtraordinaryMarriages.com
or by phone 410-461-1382.
received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota. Currently Deputy
Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, he also serves as the
Medical Director of the Research Unit of Pediatric Psychopharmacology. He
is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at JHMI.
Saturday March 9, 2002
March 9, 2002–CHADD of Greater
Baltimore will host the 2002 MID-ATLANTIC
INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON AD/HD. This full-day program will be
held at the Loyola College Graduate Center north of Baltimore in Timonium,
MD. It will feature more than 30 presentations by nationally and
internationally known speakers in areas of current concern. The program is
open to families, adults with AD/HD, and professionals. For more information
call: 410-377-0249 or e-mail [email protected].
Registration materials are available on line after January 1 at http://www.chaddonline.org/chapters/chadd168.html
from the Fall-Winter 2001-2002 Hyper~talk
Says AD/HD Isn’t Contagious?
Hawkins, Chapter Coordinator, Greater Baltimore CHADD
all the research and reading that I have done, I have never seen mention
of the fact that AD/HD is contagious.
Even though I have been married to someone with ADHD for over 30
years, and parented a child with ADHD for almost 14 years, I managed to
“escape” the contagion until I accepted the job as Chapter
Coordinator. Somehow, every coping mechanism I had developed failed; all
my organizational skills went straight out the window and I became a
quivering mass of adult hyperactivity!
I do think that most of us –adult or child-
have “some of the symptoms, some of the time” and when things
are going along normally, we wouldn’t begin to meet the criteria of
AD/HD. Under pressure, stress
or medical exigencies, we can all fall apart.
Dr. Ned Hallowell has a wonderful little booklet that arrived in
the mail last week called 10 Things to Do in 10 Days to Relieve Stress. This was sent to me as a subscriber to his wonderful Monthly
newsletter Mind Matters. It
couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time for me.
The necessity to contact incoming and outgoing chapter board
members, the Hypertalk deadline, the annual report/next year’s
plan for the chapter as well as a year end report for Girl Scouts and one
for the county funded program I run for teens were all due within two
weeks of the family’s scheduled vacation.
“Yipes, I really do need that vacation!….But will I make it?”
without help, and that is the key to my message for this issue.
If it weren’t for the help of Tish Michel, immediate past
coordinator and Barbara
Schaffner, co-coordinator, I wouldn’t have had a prayer.
Board Members Suzanne Strutt and Kerch McConlogue pitched in to
fill area speaking engagements as representatives for CHADD.
Barbara Prince assisted with finding speakers for next years and
agreed with Kerch to coordinate the volunteers we need to register the
members and non members at our meetings next year.
Kerch also agreed to help Bill Waring keep track of our membership
data base. Dr. Linda Spencer
agreed to chair our conference next year and Dr. Sharyn Rhodes and Leslie
Margolis, J.D. spoke to the chapter this year.
Diane Borenstein will return as our treasurer and Trish Peiper will
serve as secretary next year. Dr.
larry larsen, who gave a wonderful workshop this spring will return in the
fall for two more workshops on legal issues in special education.
Among the most thankless jobs are supervising the phone line and
hauling the library to and from for each meeting.
A very special thank you to Pam Merwitz and Felicia Maxsam for
their dedication in these areas.
with all of this wonderful help, deadlines have a way of sneaking up on
me. All of a sudden there are
simply not enough hours left and my temporary case of AD/HD has me
bouncing from one phone call to the next, frantically answering email from
next year’s potential speakers and editing this on the way to my
daughter’s end of the year concert.
I hope this issue gives you information that can alleviate some of
the stress we feel when our teens start driving, when we face our next IEP
meeting and when we confront the ignorance about AD/HD we meet so often.
books added to CHADD Of
Greater Baltimore circulating library:
Taking A.D.D. to To School:
A Story About Attention Deficit Disorder
Written by Ellen Weiner,
Illustrated by Terry Ravanelli, Jaylo Books, L.L.C, MO, 1999. (This is a
booklet written for children.)
What does everybody else
know that I don’t?, Social Skills Hel;p for Adults with Attention
Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Michele Novotni. Ph.D. with Randy
Petersen. Specialty Press, Plantation Florida, 1999.
Worry, Controlling It
and Using It Wisely. Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. Pantheon Book, New York,
Finding a Career that Works
for You, A Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing a Career and Finding a Job.
Wilma R. Fellman, M.Ed. Special Press, Plantation, Florida, 2000.
The CHADD Information and Resource Guide to AD/HD , Landover MD.
AD/HD and Driving A Guide for Parents of Teens with AD/HD.
Marlene Snyder, Ph. D.,WhiteFish Consultants, Whitefish MN, 2001
Casette Tape: John
Ratey, M. D. The
User’s Guide to the Brain. Presentation at the ADDA 2001 National
Conference (set of 3 casette tapes.)
Casette tape: Dr. Edward Hallowell:
A Talk without a Title, A book Without A Name, For Those Of Us With
ADHD. Presentation at the ADDA 2001 National Conference.
Casette Tape: Jennifer Cummings, Champion
Your ADD Child to Greatness. Presentation at the ADDA 2001 Conference.
10. Video Tape:
Father To Father, Four fathers talk about the challenges of
parenting children and teenagers with ADD.
Facilitation, Chris A. Zeigler, M.S., produced by ClarkHill/Communications,
Video Tape: Teen to Teen: The ADD Experience! Six
young people talk about living with ADD.
Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, Clark R. Hill, Inc. Atlanta Ga.
Ten Ways to Reduce Stress in
10 Days, Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., Paul J. Sorgi, M.D. Hallowell/Sorgi
Baltimore County Public Schools ADHD Identification and Management
Guidelines, Baltimore Co Public Schools, August 2000.
following books have been donated to our library by our members:
About Attention Deficit Disorder, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment:
Children and Adults Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. Child Managment Inc., Glen
Ellyn, IL, 1996
The Way They Learn How
to discover and teach to your child’s strengths, Cynthia Ulrich Tobias,
Focus on the Family Publishing Colorado Springs, CO 1994
Success Stories A guide to Fulfillment for Families with Attention Deficit
Disorder Thom Hartman Underwood Books, Grass Valley, CA, 1995
Beyond ADD Hunting for
Reasons in the Past & Present Thom Hartman Underwood Books, Grass
Valley, CA 1996
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours, Dr. Kevin Leman Choice
Books, VA 1994
to Learn Carolyn Olivier and Rosemary Bowler Fireside, New York, New
Your Spirited Child Mary Sheedy Kurchinka Harper Collins PUblishers,
New York NY 1991
Distant Drums, Different
Drummers, A Guide for Young People with ADHD Barbara D. Ingersoll,
Ph.D., Cape Publications, Bethesda, MD 1995
Think Fast! The ADD
Experience, Ed Thom Hartmann, Janie Bowman with Susan Burgess
Underwood Books, Grass Valley CA 1996
The Brain Richard Restak,
M.D. Bantam Books, Toronto, 1994
Shadow Syndromes John J
Ratey, M.D. and Catherine Johnson, Ph. D. Pantheon Books, New York NY 1997
Editor: Barbara Hawkins
Editor: Tish Michel, CPA, MBA
Editor, Design and Layout: Suzanne
Carol Watkins, M.D.
Webmaster: Carol Watkins,
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