Calendar 2016-2017

RESCHEDULED Dr. Shapiro Lecture 

APRIL 27th – NEW LOCATION is in Laurel..see below for details

Raising A Challenging Child?

Learn to Navigate and Enjoy the Journey!
with Dr. Dan Shapiro, M.D.
Development and Behavioral Pediatrician

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
7 – 8:30 PM

Howard County Library -Savage Branch
da Vinci Meeting Room
9525 Durness Lane
Laurel MD 20723

When parents struggle with their child’s challenging behaviors, they may be offered overly simplistic explanations and one-size-fits-all solutions. In Parent Child Journey, pediatrician Dan Shapiro, MD, shows parents how to understand the complexity of factors that affect behavior and how to more effectively individualize their approach. Dr.Shapiro leads parents through a series of sessions, presented with creativity and humor. He shows parents how to engage and encourage their children while being mindful of their unique needs. Shapiro integrates many different schools of thought in a creative and easy-to-understand format. With the help of Parent Child Journey, you can connect with your child in new and positive ways.

Dan Shapiro, M.D.
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Member, Society for Development and Behavioral Pediatrics

Dr. Shapiro came from his hometown of East Lansing, Michigan to attend medical school at George Washington University in D.C. His Pediatric Residency training was at Children’s Hospital in DC. Then he practiced Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland for 13 years before shifting his focus to Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He developed the Journey Program and offers his behavior management training group throughout Greater Washington.
Meetings begin at 7:00 pm but you are free to come and chat after 6:30. The presentation will end promptly at 8:30 pm so we can put chairs and tables back before the library closes at 9:00 pm

Please RSVP to info@gifteddifferentlearners.org

Howard County Library -Savage Branch
da Vinci Meeting Room
9525 Durness Lane
Laurel MD 20723
http://hclibrary.org

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Monday March 13

MONDAY 3/13 MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

MEETING WILL BE RESCHEDULED

Individual Differences in Learning Association

“Making a Difference for All Kinds of Learners”
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Raising A Challenging Child?

Learn to Navigate and Enjoy the Journey!

with Dr. Dan Shapiro, M.D.
Development and Behavioral Pediatrician

Monday, March 13th, 2017
7 – 8:30 PM

MILLER LIBRARY
ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND, 21043

When parents struggle with their child’s challenging behaviors, they may be offered overly simplistic explanations and one-size-fits-all solutions. In Parent Child Journey, pediatrician Dan Shapiro, MD, shows parents how to understand the complexity of factors that affect behavior and how to more effectively individualize their approach. Dr.Shapiro leads parents through a series of sessions, presented with creativity and humor. He shows parents how to engage and encourage their children while being mindful of their unique needs. Shapiro integrates many different schools of thought in a creative and easy-to-understand format. With the help of Parent Child Journey, you can connect with your child in new and positive ways.

Dan Shapiro, M.D.
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Member, Society for Development and Behavioral PediatricsDr. Shapiro came from his hometown of East Lansing, Michigan to attend medical school at George Washington University in D.C. His Pediatric Residency training was at Children’s Hospital in DC. Then he practiced Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland for 13 years before shifting his focus to Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He developed the Journey Program and offers his behavior management training group throughout Greater Washington.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm but you are free to come and chat after 6:30. The presentation will end promptly at 8:30 pm so we can put chairs and tables back before the library closes at 9:00 pm

Please RSVP to info@gifteddifferentlearners.org

Miller Library
421 Frederick Rd
Ellicott  City, MD 21042
http://hclibrary.org

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January 9th – School Fair: Alternatives for 2e Students – 7 to 8:30pm Miller Library, Ellicott Room, Ellicott City, MD

It can be a little overwhelming to search for non-public school placements for twice exceptional (2e) students. On one hand, parents look for schools that can sufficiently challenge their children and teens with accelerated learning in areas of strength, including art integration and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programing. Some students need a comprehensive program that offers remediation for learning, executive, and/or social communication challenges, while others simply need academic supports provided through a learning plan. You will have an opportunity to visit a number of tables to pick up literature and talk with representatives from area schools, to learn more about options for your student. Some of these schools offer summer programming and camps, as well. We hope that you can join us!

Participating Schools (note that others may still join the list)

Summit School Glenwood Academy Nora School
Baltimore Lab School Siena School Ivymount School
Echelon Academy Wye River Upper School Chelsea School
Jemicy Good Counsel Odyssey
Auburn School

Everyone is welcome – members and non-members alike!

For directions see http://hclibrary.org


November 14th – College Planning for Students with Learning Differences: Potential, Preparation, and Possibilities with Joan Wittan

Students with learning differences can and do succeed in college. First, they must build college readiness skills, develop their potential, and find the “best fit” college. Planning, however, involves much more than identifying colleges with learning support and starting early can maximize a student’s chance for success. Parents and students can learn the six essential skills for college and use the high school years to promote competence and confidence.

This session will provide a solid foundation for planning a student’s college path: understanding the differences between high school and college, securing accommodations for high-stakes testing and college, developing college-readiness skills, defining parents’ role in the process, choosing the right fit college, and exploring possibilities for other routes to success.

Please RSVP to info@gifteddifferentlearners.org.


Our meetings are on the 2nd Monday of the month (unless there is a national holiday), every other month starting in November. For the 2016-2017 school year, our meetings will be on the following dates:

  • November 14th – Joan Wittan – College Planning for Students with Learning Differences: Potential, Preparation, and Possibilities
  • January 9th – School Fair – Alternatives for 2e Students
  • March 13th – Dr. Dan Shapiro, MDParent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to Raising Challenging Children
  • May 8th – Family Picnic

We meet at Miller Library in Ellicott City. Meetings always begin at 7pm but you are free to come and chat after 6:30. Please see http://hclibrary.org for directions if needed.

We must end meetings promptly at 8:30pm due to library closing schedule and the need to put all chairs and tables back.

In the event of school or library closings, please email info@gifteddifferentlearners.org to check for meeting cancellation.