Presenter: Joelle McGovern, Ph.D. – University of Pennsylvania — Dr. McGovern spoke about cognitive and exposure based activities for the very young and how to keep it playful to engage the child which leads to them mastering and controlling their OCD. She also discussed how parents and schools work in tandem
Presenter: Lawrence W. Brown, MD — Dr. Brown defined what Developmental Disabilities were and discussed the prevalence of them as related to Tourette. He spoke about different neurodevelopmental conditions and how they disturbed the same brain networks in the growing child disrupt the as affected in primary Tourette syndrome.
Presenter: Cathy Budman, MD — Dr. Budman discussed that people living with Tourette Syndrome often struggle with impulse control disorders. She spoke about the most common features of impulse control observed among children and adults and some treatment options along with the efficacy of those treatments.
Presenter: Kathleen Nace, MT-BC, NMT — Ms. Nace explained how Creative Arts Therapy is used to help in reducing anxiety, as well as lifting mood, and self esteem building. She also explained how it can help with expressive language, memory, relationship development and pain management.
Presenter: Rachel Strohl, Psy.D. — Dr. Strohl discussed ways teens and young adults who have trichotillomania or other related body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) to learn to improve their management of stress and worries. She also spoke about stress management tools, such as relaxation paced breathing, sensory grounding, cognitive therapy, and
Presenter: Brian Chu, Ph.D. — Dr. Chu discussed Behavior Activation as a program that takes a comprehensive, and focused, approach to helping youth and families address depression and anxiety. He gave examples of how teens could use techniques to develop a more active coping approach towards life.
Presenter: Martin E. Franklin, Ph.D. — Dr. Franklin talked about the differences between phobias and age appropriate fears, such as monsters under the bed. Dr. Franklin discussed how exposure therapy is used in the treatment of specific phobias, such the fear of spiders & dogs. He discussed the process of the
Presenter: Susan Conners, MEd. — Sue Conners discussed many creative accommodations and strategies for working with children with Tourette Syndrome in the classroom and at home. Ms. Conners also include strategies for accompanying disorders such as OCD, ADHD, Executive Dysfunction. Sensory Issues, Learning Disabilities and Dysgraphia (writing deficits).
Presenter: Susan Conners, MEd. — Ms. Conners discussed the differences between the 504 and IEP plans, in order help parents and educators understand which is most appropriate for a student with TS, an associated neurological disorder or other special-needs condition. She discussed what children are eligible and why and how the
Presenter: Dr. Michael Osit, LP — Dr. Osit discussed helping parents identify signs of stress in themselves and their children, causes of stress, and ways to prevent and manage Holiday related stress.