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Is the C.H.A.D.D. Lecture / Discussion Series for You?

You might be surprised.

As a volunteer, I have now helped out and observed three meetings so far; Monday, January 7th will be my fourth.  So is the CHAAD lecture/discussion series for you?  

What's CHAAD?

C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) is a non-profit support and advocacy organization formed to better the lives of individuals with attention deficit disorders and those who care for them.

Every month there are two meetings at the same time in separate rooms:

1. Parent Support Group - for parents of children and teens with AD/HD

2. Adult Support Group - for adults with AD/HD

Meetings are held at Way Elementary School on Long Lake just East of Telegraph.

So why should you consider attending?  My opinion follows:

First, if you or someone in your family has AD/HD, the answer is easy.  I have observed experts deliver outstanding presentations and provide excellent support for participants who have questions.  This learning opportunity is too easy to ignore.

Second, if you are in the education field as a teacher, counselor, or administrator you may find this beneficial to your professional development.  At least one teacher and one counselor are regulars at these meetings.

Finally, if you are a parent who somehow can dedicate an hour or two to these monthly meetings, you may find these meetings helpful even if you are not dealing with AD/HD issues.  

The topics for this month's meeting on January 7, 2013 are as follows:

Parent Group: Gabriella Geiszt, M.D.  Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University & Staff Psychiatrist, Children’s Hospital of Michigan. 

- Medication for Children and Adolescents with AD/HD.

Adult Group:  Arthur L. Robin, Ph.D. Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

- Relationships and AD/HD: Presentation and Group Discussion.

Groups meet MONDAY NIGHTS, 7:30-9:00 PM. Registration opens at 7:00 PM

Future Meetings:

February 4, 2013 

Parent Group: Adrea Unitis, M.P.H. Founder, Child Success Network.

- The Missing Link: Integrate Neuroeducation Strategies for Improved Care and Student Success.

Adult Group: Joel Young, M.D. Director, Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine.

- Personality Disorders and AD/HD.

March 4, 2013

Parent Group: Suzi Naguib, PsyD. Director, Sunfield Center for Autism, AD/HD, and Behavioral Health. Ann Arbor, MI.

- Parenting the Child with AD/HD and Asperger’s Disorder.

Adult Group: Philip Parker, M.D.

- Question and answer session on medication.

April 8, 2013

Parent Group: Pam McCaskill, Ph.D. Private Practice, Plymouth.

- Diagnosing and Treating Preschool Children with AD/HD. Confirmed, but checking on the date with her.

Adult Group: Geri Markel, Ph.D. Managing Your Mind, Private Practice, Ann Arbor. - Actions Against Distractions: Managing Your Scattered, Disorganized and Forgetful Mind

May 6, 2013

Parent Group: Angela DeBastos, Ph.D. Private Practice, Troy, MI.

- Neuropsychological Assessment: Understanding How Your Child’s Brain Works for Thinking and Learning.

Adult Group: Stacy Rafalko, CPO-CD, COC. Private Practice, Commerce Township, MI.

- Creating Organizational Systems Tailored To Your Natural Strengths.

June 3, 2013

Parent Group: Informal Support Discussion

Adult Group: Informal Support Discussion

- All meetings free to CHADD members, $5 donation non-members.

- If the Bloomfield Hills Schools are cancelled due to increment weather or other conditions, our phone line will indicate when meetings have to be cancelled.

CHADD of Eastern Oakland County P.O. Box 1071, Birmingham, MI 48012. Phone: 248-988-6716 Website: www.chadd.net/527

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