Improving Social Outcomes for Children with Tourette Syndrome and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

February 12, 2020
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented by Azlen Theobald, Psy.D.

An estimated 5% to 10% of the population are affected by neurodevelopmental disorders. Children with disabilities are at risk for peer rejection and stigmatization, which often leads to feelings of depression and isolation. Finding ways to help peers better understand the symptoms and presentation of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Tourette Syndrome, can greatly improve social outcomes and reduce mental health risk among this vulnerable population. This webinar will focus on strategies to help increase positive social interactions for children with neurodevelopmental differences.

Azlen Theobald, Psy.D. is completing a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. Areas of expertise and specialization include Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Tourette syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and dementia. Dr. Theobald completed her masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at La Salle University in Philadelphia with a concentration in child and family psychology. Dr. Theobald’s current research focuses on improving social outcomes for children with Tourette Syndrome.

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Developmental Considerations for OCD in Kids, Teens, and Adults

March 18, 2020
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented by Jacquelyn Gola, Psy.D.

Although OCD is diagnosed using one set of criteria, it manifests differently across the lifespan. This presentation will explore OCD across different age groups. Webinar attendees will learn how OCD presents in children, adolescents, and adults and how Exposure and Response Prevention therapy (ERP) could be adapted for each age group.

Dr. Gola provides psychological treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of psychological disorders using evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP/ExRP), Comprehensive Model for Behavioral Treatment (ComB), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Parent Management Training (PMT). She also conducts psychological evaluations for pre-operative bariatric surgery candidates, as well as psychological and psychoeducational testing for children and adolescents to assess attention issues, executive functioning difficulties, learning disabilities, and other psychological disorders. Dr. Gola has extensive expertise in evidenced-based treatments for OCD, anxiety disorders, specific phobias, PTSD, and trichotillomania. She obtained her formative experiences and training at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) and the Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Parenting the Anxious Child

April 29, 2020
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented by Marla Deibler, Psy.D.

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia. Dr. Deibler holds a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) with a concentration in health/neuropsychology and a post-doctoral master of science in clinical psychopharmacology (MSCP). Dr. Deibler gained her formative clinical and research experiences at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Children’s National Medical Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. She gained specialized behavior therapy experience in the treatment of obsessive compulsive and related disorders at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. Dr. Deibler served as a clinician at the National Center for Phobias, Anxiety, and Depression as well as on the clinical faculty at Temple University Children’s Medical Center and Temple University Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Allied Health.

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Ask the Advocate

May 13, 2020
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented by Staci Greenwald, Esq.

Staci J. Greenwald is a partner in Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler, Esquires, in Cranbury, New Jersey, where she handles special education matters and offers advocacy in cases involving the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), guardianship, and estate planning for families of special needs students. Ms. Greenwald is admitted to practice in New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s School Law Committee and has been a long time volunteer for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice where she represents families in special education matters and serves as a mentor for other attorneys. She presents annually at the Rutgers Law School Special Education Clinic and is also a frequent lecturer for The Institute for Continuing Legal Education and other professional and parent organizations regarding special education and children’s rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).

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