Baltimore County CHADD Fall98

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Publication of Greater Baltimore CHADD

Fall/Winter 2001,

In This Issue:


for Our March 2002 Conference! Click Here!

Evening Meetings 2001-2002

Information on Presenters 


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

E. Clarke Ross,

D.P.A. CEO CHADD National 

Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Executive Function in Children and Adults

Vincent Culotta PhD. and Thomas

Baumgarten, PhD.

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

Drs. Susan and Phillip Robinson

Wednesday December 5, 2001

Medication Management

John Walkup, M.D.

Wednesday January 16, 2002

Complementary Therapies

Panel Discussion with Speech

Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Educational Advocate and Tutor

Wednesday February 6, 2002

Parents’ Section: Educational Issues: IEPs, Accommodations, and

Required Testing

David Heath, and Kathy


Adult Section: Coaching

Linda Sepe

Wednesday March 6, 2002

Support Groups Meeting

March 9 

Mid-Atlantic Conference on AD/HD

For more information Click Here


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

Cooke, M.S.W.


to Meetings

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. 


on Presenters


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. 


Baumgarten, Ph.D.

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

neurogenetic conditions. 


Culotta, Ph.D.

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. 


Zell, M.Ed.

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.


Zell, M.S.

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

or by phone 410-461-1382.


Walkup, M.D.

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. 


and Workshops 

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 


Selected Articles

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.



Hawkins, Coordinator


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 Tapes


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.

Video Tapes

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,

Atlanta, GA.


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: 

14. All

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

16. ADD

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

19. Learning

to Learn Carolyn Olivier and Rosemary Bowler Fireside, New York, New

York 1996


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


Editorial Advisor:

Carol Watkins, M.D.
Webmaster: Carol Watkins,

MD [email protected]

HYPER-TALK is a semi-annual publication by

Greater Baltimore CHADD
For advertising rates and information contact

Barbara Hawkins 410-666-3928,

e-mail: [email protected] 

Placement of an advertisement in the newsletter does not

represent an endorsement by CHADD

Greater Baltimore CHADD does not endorse any schools,

businesses, treatment, or theory. Articles and announcements are for

information purposes only.

Articles, questions and letters to the editor/professional

advisory board are welcome.

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