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What Does It Mean To Have ADHD?

Presented by Eric Deibler, M.S.Ed., Psy.D.

December 7, 2022, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental impairment of the brain’s self-management system known as executive functions. This disorder is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed disorders affecting both children and adults. In this webinar, we will delve into what ADHD is, the signs and symptoms, as well as the reasoning behind these misdiagnoses. We will cover the role that gender stereotypes play in the rate at which boys and girls are diagnosed and the impact it can have on their self-esteem and mental health. We will also talk about the different ways ADHD can present itself in children versus adults and why it is not uncommon for individuals to get diagnosed later in life. Lastly, we will cover some of the different skills and treatment options an individual can receive to help manage their executive functioning impairment.

Objectives for Presentations:

  • Participants will learn what “executive functioning“ means.
  • They will gain a better understanding of the vital role executive functions play in the deficits seen in ADHD.
  • Registrants will learn that even if other interventions (such as medication) are working successfully for a person with ADHD, why executive function interventions may still be required.

Dr. Deibler has been a school psychologist for 30 years, holding a master’s degree in school psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has worked in a variety of settings serving children with mental health needs, including public and private schools, self-contained special-education facilities, residential treatment facilities, and psychiatric inpatient and outpatient hospital programs. Dr. Deibler recently retired from the Burlington County Special Services School District, where he served as a psychologist for 19 years. He is currently a consultant for his wife’s practice, the Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia (CEH). He specializes in clinical diagnostic work and therapeutic services for children with severe mental illness.

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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): When Everything Is Too Much

Presented by Felicia Castagna, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT, CKTP, SIPT Certified OT Clinical Educator

January 18, 2023, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This presentation will provide a basic overview of sensory processing disorder (SPD), discuss behaviors related to SPD, as well as interventions and strategies to address behaviors and self-regulation.  Children with sensory processing issues have difficulty coping in many environments. They cannot always interpret the input occurring in their surroundings.  When this is the case the child may either act out or shut down.  This presentation will help participants understand some of the triggers occurring in the environment; whether it is people or things, that do not allow them to function on a consistent basis in multiple environments.  The participants will also learn what treatment is available for individuals with sensory processing issues as well as learn some strategies that may be helpful immediately for a variety of sensory needs.

Objectives for Presentation:

  •  Overview of sensory processing disorder (SPD), and sub categories
  •  Understand behaviors related to SPD
  •  Discuss interventions and strategies to address behaviors and self-regulation

Questions:

  1. What are the different types of sensory processing disorder? How do they present?
  2. What activities are the most helpful for individuals with touch sensitivity?
  3. What things can be done as an ascendant for individuals with light sensitivity?
  4. What tools can be used to help with achieving self-regulation?
  5. Is it good to bring attention to self-stimulating behaviors?

Felicia Castagna, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT, CKPT, CBIS, SIPT graduated in 2001 with her MS in Occupational Therapy. Before joining Weisman in 2004, her first job was at a specialized school for children with disabilities. At Weisman, Dr. Castagna has worked in their Outpatient therapy, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Day Hospital, Home Care, and Early Intervention (birth to 3 and 3-5). In 2003 she received her certification for Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and in 2009 received her certification for pediatric Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) – both of which are cornerstones in her practice and treatment sessions. In 2011 she received her post graduate pediatric certification. In the following years she also became a certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP, 2012), Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS, 2015) and Service Practitioner for ADHD (ADHD-CCSP, 2020).

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