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March 13, 2019


Upcoming Speakers

Building Resilience and Conquering Negative Thought Habits

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:30-9:00 PM

Presenter: Mary K. Alvord, PhD.

Resilience, the ability to adapt despite the disappointments and challenges of everyday life, may come more naturally to some people than others but is a quality that can be fostered in all children. A significant aspect of being resilient is learning to change the unhelpful thoughts that get in your way – I can’t do it! I’m such a loser! What if..? -- to helpful, realistic thoughts.  The good news is that the broad set of resilience skills, including techniques that help children and teenagers conquer their negative thinking patterns, can be learned and reinforced by parents and other significant adults.  This talk will highlight and demonstrate numerous strategies to help break the thought habits that get in the way of healthy emotions and behavior. 

Previous Speakers

Previous Seminars

Challenging Behavior: An Individualized Approach

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Speaker: Daniel G. Shapiro, M.D., Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

When it comes to helping children with difficult behavior, one size does not fit all. How do you determine the right approach for your child? Dr. Shapiro will present his model with time for questions and discussion.

Stressed Out Over Homework: What Causes It and What Parents Need to Know

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Speaker: Ann K. Dolin, M. Ed., President and Founder of Educational Connections Tutoring

Parents will learn how to identify their child's homework profile, hear research about the best time and place for homework and studying, learn about ways to maintain and promote on-task and peaceful homework behavior and hear about communication techniques to improve motivation and limit power struggles.

Audience: Lower and Upper School Parents

What Are the Benefits of Pursuing a Psychoeducational Evaluation?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Panel Discussion Speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Cutner, Dr. Eileen Solomon, Dr. Dahlia Topolosky

Parents will learn how testing information can be helpful to students and families, how they can decide when they should consider having their child tested, and how testing results are used in schools.

Audience: Lower and Upper School Parents

Parenting in the Digital Age: Real Tips to Help Kids (and Parents) Today

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Adam Pletter

Dr. Pletter will share practical advice and strategies to help parents figure out the basics to help their children navigate the digital world safely.

Audience: Lower and Middle School Parents

Worried Kids: How to Help Our Children with their Anxiety

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Speaker: Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D

The cognitive-behavioral approach to treating childhood anxiety and fears will be presented. Parents will receive specific strategies that they can use with their children to help with anxiety, fears, worry, and stress.

Audience: Lower and Upper School Parents

A Deep Understanding of the 2e Experience: Durable Strategies for Twice Exceptional Children and Students

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Speaker: Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D

Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D. is the founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC. Her talk focused on understanding giftedness and twice exceptionality and included strategies for parents and educators.

Audience: Lower and Upper School Parents

Coping, Grit, and the Growth Mindset

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dr. Rebecca Resnik, founder of Rebecca Resnik and Associates LLC is a psychologist trained in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology. In her talk, Dr. Resnik will discuss the ramifications of new research on “grit” and the growth mindset for how we parent, teach and help our children achieve their full potential.

Self Control – Understanding the Relationship Between Attention, Executive Function, Self Regulation and Motivation

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:30-9:00 PM

Dr. William Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist who has been in private practice since 1985. His recently published book, The Self Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Kids More Control Over Their Life, will be available in mid-February. The book is co-authored by Ned Johnson.

Raising Anxious Teens to be Happy and Productive

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:30-9:00 PM

Presenter: Julie Baron, LCSW-C

When anxiety plays a role in a teen’s experience, guiding them toward growth and maturity can be exponentially more challenging.  As parents, teachers, and supportive adults, we tell our kids we want them to be happy.  In reality, we also want them to be balanced, productive, hard-working, and ultimately, self-sufficient.   In this program, Julie Baron, LCSW-C will offer an understanding of adolescent development, including the unique aspects of the adolescent brain and how it is impacted by anxiety.  Parents will learn practical frameworks and strategies for effective parenting, especially when anxiety is present.  Participants will also gain an understanding of how to leverage their relationship with adolescents to mitigate anxiety and guide them toward healthy and thoughtful decision making and an authentic life path.  

Productive Parenting: Simple Tools to Feel in Control and Fulfilled Productive Parenting: Simple Tools to Feel in Control and Fulfilled

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 7:30-9:00 PM

Presenter: Dr. Joy Kolb

Dr. Kolb discusses the common pitfalls and challenges caregivers face with their children each day. This presentation provides parents with applicable strategies to employ immediately. Participants will learn techniques to help decrease daily battles and move towards a peaceful and enjoyable family life.

The event will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. on the Annette M. & Theodore N. Lerner Family Upper School Campus, 11710 Hunters Lane, Rockville, MD 20852. 

All programs are free of charge and are open to the entire community. Details for each event are below.