Rescheduled Dr. Shapiro Lecture

RESCHEDULED for APRIL 27th – NEW LOCATION

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

Cancelled Meeting: Please check here for Rescheduling 3/13

Individual Differences in Learning Association

“Making a Difference for All Kinds of Learners”
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MONDAY NIGHT MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

MEETING WILL BE RESCHEDULED

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 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

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

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School Fair, January 9th

January 9th – School Fair: Alternatives for 2e Students–7-8:30pm 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!
Everyone is welcome – members and non-members alike!

For directions see Hclibrary

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

Echelon, Wye River, Siena, Summit, Chelsea, Nora, Baltimore Lab, Glenwood

An Important Message for Friends of IDL

This letter is addressed to members and supporters of the Individual Differences in Learning Association to inform you of the present status of our organization, in the context of its 15-year history. In 2001, a small group of parents shared concerns about their bright children and others like them, who were struggling to achieve success in school. These parents were already active in the community as members of other groups: The Special Education Community Advisory Committee (SECAC), Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education (MCGATE), and the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA). They were aware that other parents were encountering the same frustrations in getting appropriate services for their children, as well as access to advanced level classes. Understanding such diverse and complex needs, this small group of parents was determined to speak for these children. The Individual Differences in Learning Association, co-founded by Trish Budd, Meg Mekelburg and Laurie Rush, was created as a parent-led, non-profit organization, promoting awareness, understanding and change in the approach to educating and supporting students. The mission has been to provide information, training and support for teachers, students, parents and others concerned with the education, health, and social/ emotional well-being of different learners. 

A meeting between Trish Budd, a co-founder of the group, and two professionals in the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS): Carey Wright, Director of Special Education and Tom Payne, Coordinator, Advanced Level Programs and Fine Arts, led to collaboration between the two HCPSS departments. This collaboration has continued over the years and has been formalized in advisory and professional development committees that include parents, in addition to school personnel and professionals from the community. Over the last 15 years, IDL has collaborated with the HCPSS to sponsor speakers, who raised awareness regarding the special needs of twice exceptional (2e) learners, bright individuals with challenges to learning that encompass attention-related executive dysfunction, learning disabilities, emotional disorders, and language or social challenges. In April of 2002, the Advanced Level Programs and Fine Arts departments of HCPSS sponsored a conference by Susan Baum, author of “To be Gifted and Learning Disabled.” More recently, collaborations between IDL and HCPSS brought other speakers with national reputations to our county to speak, including John Elder Robinson and Ross Greene. Additionally, as part of a monthly speaker series, IDL hosted Linda Silverman, who spoke about visual-spatial learners, whose gifts are often overlooked in the traditional classroom setting; Johnathan Mooney, who described his own experiences as a 2e learner; Joyce Cooper-Khan, who talked about executive dysfunction; and Rich Weinfeld, who created the original twice exceptional programming for students in Montgomery County and who has published extensively on smart kids with learning disabilities. 

Past President of IDL, Trish Budd, and the current President of IDL, Katharina Boser, wrote and produced the educational video series Walking the Path with the Twice Exceptional Learner: Understanding the Paradox of Exceptional Strengths and Weaknesses, distributed to each school in the HCPSS. Funded by grants from the Columbia Foundation and the Horizon Foundation from 2007-2009, this professional development tool was well-received: IDL was recognized by the HCPSS Board of Education for the ‘Friends of Education Award’ in 2004 and by the Howard County Government’s ‘Celebrating Success in Children Award’ in 2007. Dr. Boser and Dr. Julie Morrison, current Vice President of IDL, served on HCPSS’s LD/ADHD professional advisory committees to raise awareness about the needs of twice exceptional students. In 2008, IDL planned and hosted What Works and Why, a conference for professionals, educators, and parents, addressing best practices for twice exceptional students, which also facilitated alliances with other neighboring GT/LD programs in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties. In 2010, Dr. Boser, Dr. Morrison, and Dr. Sarah Wayland, a board member of IDL, served on the planning committee for Diamonds in the Rough, a national conference for 2e students. An IDL-sponsored listserv has been a vehicle to post information of interest that has also provided a forum for parents to exchange resources. Dr. Wayland has made invaluable contributions to the listserv, including technical support. We also thank our treasurer over many years Debbie Bleakney and other members, too numerous to mention, who have served in various roles and without whose involvement these accomplishments would not have been possible.

A lot of good has been accomplished over a decade and a half. We have raised awareness regarding the gifts/challenges that 2e students face; collaborated with HCPSS staff and other community organizations, including CHADD and LDA; provided professional development resources; and facilitated education and support to parents of 2e students. 

At this time, it is no longer possible for the present leadership of IDL to continue to function in this capacity. We are committed to hosting bi-monthly meetings over the 2016-2017 academic year on November 14th, January 9th, March 13th, and May 8th. During this time, we will seek others to assume leadership of IDL, so that its mission may continue. If we do not identify individuals suitable to assume leadership of the organization by May of 2017, we will regrettably need to dissolve the organization. In anticipation of this possibility, current memberships will be honored through May and no annual memberships will be taken during the 2016-2017 school year. Drs. Boser, Morrison, and Wayland will continue to serve the needs of twice exceptional students in other ways through their professional endeavors.  

We all are forever grateful and thankful to the IDL founders and group members who helped us as parents and thus our children navigate school and life during the toughest years. We hope that some of you have also been similarly helped and supported with your families and school issues in turn. It is with these good feelings that we feel we can pass on the group either to those who would like to continue it, or leave it as a wonderful support of our past.

Monday December 14th CANCELLED for “Emotions and Learning” Discussion and Video

Due to low response this meeting was cancelled

Walking the Path with 2e Learners: Emotions and Learning
Join us December 14th at 7:30 pm at the Miller Library where we will discuss “Emotions and Learning: Focus on the Strength” 
 The identification of a learning disorder can both point the way to correct remediation and offer a sense of relief to students and their parents and teachers. Often, people find it liberating to learn that the student has unique neurological strengths and weaknesses and is not simply “lazy or dumb.” In one video clip from Walking the Path with 2e Learners, Fran Bowman talks about how when, after testing, she has told students that they have dyslexia, they will respond, “I am so relieved.”
 However, labeling can have pernicious effects if that label implies “who the person is.” The students and parents in Walking the Path share the emotional pain of stereotyping and segregation from classmates who often say unkind things because of ignorance about learning disorders. Susan Kuhn describes how a teacher told her husband, also dyslexic, in middle school that he would not ever go to college. He is now a physician; however, the doubts engendered by that teacher linger today.
You will learn: 
• Elevator model of emotion

• Stress and Performance

• Learned Helplessness

• How to Praise effectively 

• Internal vs. External Motivation

• Encouraging Independence

Join IDL Monday October 19th 7pm for a meet and greet plus video discussion

Please join us at 7pm at Miller Library in Ellicott City. We will be showing several clips from the videos created and produced by IDL members called  “Walking the Path with the Twice Exceptional Learner”. The following playlist IDL Walking: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXU9mNdktyD9pqkL4C57cfJsXh4Pnw3W2 has a set of 14 videos total. 

Please email for discussion questions, biographies of speakers and copyright permissions. Viewing of the clips will be followed by  a discussion of teacher, parent, and student interviews to shed light on best practices for home and school.

Please RSVP to info@gifteddifferentlearners.org

  

  

Join us Monday October 19th at Miller Library 7pm

We will begin the school year with a “Meet and Greet” for newcomers and IDL members with an Introduction to the video production made by IDL with a grand from the Columbia Foundation called “Walking the Path with the Twice Exceptional Learner”

Come and meet parents and professionals to kick off the new school year.

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Join IDL on Monday April 13th for “Social Skills Training” at Miller Library

Monday April 13th: Making Social Skills Training Meaningful for 2E Students         
At 7pm

Children with learning differences are often at a distinct disadvantage in social situations due to their difficulties processing language efficiently and accurately, interpreting verbal and non-verbal social cues and inhibiting quick (and often extreme) reactions; they may also show a general lack of understanding of how their (often quirky) behavior causes peers and adults to treat them a certain way.  In many cases these students have difficulty adhering to classroom rules or conversely are “rule enforcers” that do not know how to be flexible when the situation warrants it.  They struggle establishing and maintaining close friendships and may be at a greater risk for being bullied. Nicole Orellana will discuss her experiences teaching social skills to elementary and middle school students with a variety of diagnoses including Asperger Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and language disorders. She will discuss how she incorporates principles from Applied Behavior Analysis and Michelle Garcia Winners’s Social Thinking Curriculum as well as her experiences as a speech therapist into her social skills programming.  She will also discuss what focus areas and treatment strategies she finds make the greatest impact on her students’ progress.

Nicole Carl Orellana MS, CCC-SLP is the co-owner and President of The Children’s SPOT Inc, a Howard County based practice of speech, occupational and behavior therapists.  She has been a speech and language therapist working with children and young adults diagnosed with apraxia, learning disabilities, language disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder for over 10 years.  She has experience in both school based and private practice settings.

An Evening with Ross Greene, Ph.D. on March 20th, 2015 at Glenelg Country School

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Individual Differences in Learning, with Glenelg Country School, and Howard County Public Schools presents:

Understanding and Helping Students with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS)

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AN EVENING WITH ROSS GREENE, PH.D.

Mulitz Theater, Glenelg Country School

Friday, March 20th

6-7:30 pm

12793 Folly Quarter Road

Ellicott City, Maryland, 21042

Come learn about Dr. Greene’s empirically-supported Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model that transformed thinking and practices in countless schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities. It has been associated with dramatic reductions in disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, seclusions, and restraints. No longer discipline-as-usual, the CPS model focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behavior, emphasizes collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, and encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention. Discover what makes challenging kids challenging and how to identify and develop lagging skills, while building empathy and constructive, problem-solving communication with your children. Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. is the originator of the model of intervention now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) and author of the influential books The Explosive Child and Lost at School. He is also the Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance (www.livesinthebalance.org), which aims to disseminate his model through no-cost web-based programming and provide support to and advocacy on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers. Dr. Greene served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and he lectures widely throughout the world.

OPEN TO ALL *** FREE ADMISSION *** RSVP at 

http://bit.ly/RossGreene3202015

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Join IDL for Understanding and Managing Emotional Intensity in 2E Students: Mon. Feb 9th, 2015

Understanding and Managing the Emotional Intensity of Twice Exceptional Children and Teens

with Dr. Julie Morrison

February, 9th, 2015 at Miller Library

Parents and those who work with bright students with learning differences, ADHD, and/or emotional disorders can find themselves caught off guard or demoralized by the emotional and behavioral challenges they are faced with. Understanding the emotional intensity and related behaviors of the twice exceptional student, from a neurobiological perspective, fosters empathy, paving the way for more effective interventions. When adults adopt a supporting and guiding role, power struggles become less frequent, and children or teens are able to draw on available resources to increase coping. This provides a sense of ownership, which is crucial for development of a healthy sense of self, on which to build the self-regulation skills that they need as they move into adulthood. This talk will discuss specific strategies that adults working with these children can employ, many of which are derived from cognitive behavioral therapy approaches, to facilitate emotion regulation and build problem-solving skills.

Dr. Julie Morrison, Vice President of IDL, is a licensed psychologist and mother of two children with ADHD and language-based learning differences, one of whom is a twice exceptional learner. A Fellow of the Maryland Psychological Association, she has a private practice in Columbia, where she specializes in working with gifted individuals who have challenges that affect learning, including the regulation of attention and emotion. She also works with children who difficulty navigating relationships, including those with reactive attachment disorder, secondary to a history of trauma or international adoption. Dr. Morrison conducts comprehensive neuropsychologically-styled evaluations and offers consultation. She has co-organized national conferences and she has been invited to present at national and regional conferences addressing the needs of twice exceptional students, as well as the treatment of childhood trauma. She has published peer-reviewed articles focusing on identification, assessment, and intervention with gifted children with challenges to learning, as well as professional articles and a book chapter on therapeutic intervention and the emotional and relational impact of child maltreatment. www.drjuliemorrison.com

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