Posted by: ACFE Inc | April 10, 2012

Focus Foundation 2012 Conference: This Weekend!

The Focus Foundation’s second annual 2012 Atypical Learner Conference is being held this weekend  from Friday, April 13th through Sunday, April 15th in Annapolis, MD.  This is a great conference and I’m extremely proud to be among such a talented group of speakers.

The Focus Foundation was founded in 1985 by Dr. Carole Samango-Sprouse, EdD.  The Focus Foundation maintains a dedicated and experienced team of scientists, scholars, educators, health care providers, marketing and fundraising experts and passionate volunteers all striving to serve the mission of the foundation:

“The Focus Foundation is dedicated to helping children and families affected by X & Y Variations, Dyslexia, and/or Developmental Dyspraxia. The Focus Foundation believes that through increased awareness, early identification and syndrome-specific treatment, children with these conditions can reach their full potential.”

Dr. Samango-Sprouse, executive director of The Focus Foundation, will be presenting two sessions: “Is It All About the X in Dyslexia and Dyspraxia?” and “Looking back over 20 years: Common Pitfalls for Girls with XXX and Boys with XYY.” In addition to being the executive director for The Focus Foundation, Dr. Samango-Sprouse is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University and the Director of the Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Center (NDC) for Young Children, and has been working with disabled children since 1982.

Several speakers will be presenting interesting topics on Saturday, including Dr. Andrea Gropman. Dr. Gropman specializes in pediatric medicine, child neurology and clinical genetics in Washington, DC, and works with the Children’s National Medical Center there. Dr. Gropman will be presenting “Neuroscience: A Function of Boys with XXY and Girls with XXX.”

Nancy Clements, MA, CCS-SLP will be presenting “Social Thinking® in the Early Years: An Overview of Social Development and Strategies.” Ms. Clements is a speech pathologist and program manager for Social Thinking® and Communications Services at the Stern Center for Language and Learning. She has many years of research and experience with developing creative social thinking programs.

Rounding out sessions on Saturday is Christine Rouse, with “Making Lemonade from Lemons: My Life Journey.” Ms. Rouse is the founder and executive director of Acting Without Boundaries (AWB). Founded in 2004, AWB provides opportunities for young actors with disabilities to take to the stage to express their creative and artistic side. Visit their website for more information on their schedule of workshops.

On Sunday morning after breakfast I will be presenting “Developing the Appropriate IEP without Litigation.”  I am looking forward to the opportunity to share my experiences, and am hopeful that this will provide guidance to parents who want to strengthen their IEP without going to due process or engaging an attorney.

Following me is Dr. Darius Paduch, MD, PhD. Dr. Paduch will present an “Update on the Early Management of Klinefelter’s Syndrome.” Dr. Paduch is the Associate Professor of Urology and Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY.

After lunch, Dr. Jay Giedd will present “Looking at the Child with ADHD: Causes and Treatments.” Dr. Giedd is a neuroscientist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. His work “Inside the Teenage Brain” has been featured on PBS Frontline.

The conference promises to be an exciting and informative weekend. If you want to attend, it’s not too late! Here is the registration form, and you can even pay online here.

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