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  • Parenting Matters
    March 21, 2015

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    Barrington High School
    220 Lincoln Ave
    Barrington, RI 02806

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  • Workshop Session I

  • Parenting Matters workshops are led by child development and behavior professionals who offer expert advice on raising kids today.


    10:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Special Session

    1. Workshop with Edward Hallowell, MD: Finding the Buried Treasure in Attention Deficit Disorder

    Edward Hallowell, MD

    In this workshop, Edward Hallowell, MD, offers a basic introduction to the world of attention deficit disorder (ADD), including diagnosis and treatment in both children and adults. He discusses the human experience of ADD, its impact on the family and the various treatments available, as well as the directions of current research. His goal is to help people master the power of ADD while avoiding its pitfalls. His message will be all encompassing as he talks about what it is like to have ADD and explains some of the brain science behind it and its implications for how people learn. He will show you how to find the buried treasures in ADD and approach it as a gift that is often difficult to unwrap rather than a disorder.


    10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Session I

    2. Art Therapy in the Home: Art as Another Channel for Communication

    Melissa Weaver, ATR, MA, Art Therapist, Bradley Hospital  

    Discover how common household materials can be used in collaborative art projects as a form of communication between children and parents.


    3. The Brain Drain in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

    Daniel Dickstein, MD, FAAP, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University  

    What does bipolar disorder look like in kids? What do we know about it? How can we help?


    4. The Use of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation to Diagnose and Treat Developmental Disorders

    Lindsay Oberman, PhD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University  

    Learn about a new technique being used by researchers to study and treat individuals with developmental disorders.


    5. Managing Intense Conflict: ­ Finding Calm When Tempers Rise

    Heather Thibodeau, LICSW, Bradley Hospital  

    We will discuss how our state of mind influences our perception and response to others when we feel threatened and/or overwhelmed. Participants will learn how to identify personal triggers that lead to conflict; generate ideas for managing intense feelings; and use conflict to create positive change and feel more connected to those with whom we have been struggling.


    6. Concerned about Your Child’s Behavior? Whom to Call and What to Expect.

    Deborah Rasile, PhD; Holly Manning, PhD; and Rachel Amgott, NP; Children’s Neurodevelopment Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University  

    Learn the typical clinical procedures used to assess and treat children and adolescents with behavioral and/or developmental challenges such as attention deficit disorder, anxiety, oppositional and defiant behaviors, and developmental delays.


    7. Bullying in School and Online

    Steven Barreto, PhD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University  

    We will discuss ways to help children and teens deal with bullying and cyber bullying.


    8. Talking to Kids about Private Parts, Sexting and Everything in Between

    Carol Faulkner, PhD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University  

    Learn strategies for communicating about sex with children and teens at all stages of development.


    9. Managing Difficult Behavior in Teens

    Gary Regan, LICSW, Bradley Hospital  

    Discover strategies to effectively handle difficult behavior and promote more cooperation with your adolescent.


    10. Promoting Positive Behaviors Between Brothers and Sisters

    Clifford Bromberg, PhD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University  

    Learn how to help children work through their disagreements and jealousies.


    11. Identifying Behavioral Health Needs of Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    Susan Stevenson, MEd, Director, Child and Family Therapeutic Outreach Services, Gateway Healthcare  

    Kids with ASD are vulnerable to developing mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and behavioral challenges that require specialized clinical intervention. Discuss how the core challenges of autism can lead to increased stress and emotional distress that require specialized interventions.


    12. The Art of the Smoothie: The Ultimate Fast Food

    Katie McDonald, Bnourished, holistic nutrition & wellness  

    Learn the art of the smoothie, where taste and nutrition come together. Smoothies are a portable, quick and efficient way to increase the nutrient density of your diet—a perfect way to provide kids with needed nutrients.


    13. Going Beyond “Good Job!” – Working with Mindset to Boost Self-Esteem in the Classroom

    Johanna Corcoran, Familytopia  

    This workshop helps educators instill a “growth” mindset in their students, so that early classroom experiences nurture self-esteem and help kids feel confident with their gifts, skills and ability to learn.


    14. Supporting Kids as They Process a Crazy World

    Marge R. Paccione-Dyszlewski, PhD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University  

    School shootings, acts of terror, war, natural disasters…What are kids to make of it all? This workshop will present common child responses to trauma and suggest ways to support children as they process the world around them.


    15. Managing Challenging Behavior in a Child Care Setting

    Walter Heisler, BS, Bradley Hospital

    We will discuss behaviors of early childhood and elementary-age children that are challenging for care providers and examine the “why’s” and “how’s” of addressing them.


    16. Positive Approaches to Discipline for School-Aged Children

    Salman Majeed, MD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University  

    From time-out to natural consequences, learn how to promote good behavior and responsibility in children ages 5 to 10.


    17. Positive Approaches to Discipline for Young Children

    Caley Arzamarski, PhD, and Corrine Mahoney, PhD, Bradley Hospital

    Learn how to promote good behavior in young children ages two to five.