Thursday, April 19, 2012

What An Unforgettable Conference!

This past weekend was The Focus Foundation's 2nd Annual Atypical Learner Conference and what a success it was! We cannot thank our outstanding group of speakers enough for the amazing information presented throughout the weekend. 

Dr. Andrea Gropman kicked off the conference with an impressive overview of the neuroscience behind boys with XXY and girls with XXX; a truly great way to start the conference! Next, keynote speaker, Nancy Clements, introduced everyone to the wonders of Social Thinking and her informative and entertaining presentation was a favorite among many attendees. Dr. Sprouse's presentation ensured that all attendees will now be able to identify the presenting signs of Developmental Dyspraxia in children, as well as, push for the development of targeted treatment plans and syndrome specific goals to promote function and recovery so that every child has the ability to reach their full potential!

This year we also had a breakout session with panels consisting of parents of children with varying chromosomal variations, dyslexia and dyspraxia. This was a very exciting session for many and offered time for parents to compare stories and learn from others' experiences from raising children with X & Y Chromosomal Variations to dealing with the school system and IEPs.

On Sunday, Melissa Bilash presented "Developing the Appropriate IEP without Litigation." This topic was definitely of great interest to many of the parents present. Her ability to share her experiences in creating appropriate IEPs offered many the guidance and help they needed in dealing with this very important matter. Dr. Paduch followed Melissa with an update on the early management of Klinefelter's Syndrome. His data regarding androgel and the developing bodies and brains of boys with Klinefelter's provided many attendees to take note and ensure their child gets the best and most up to date care.  Dr. Jay Giedd, of the National Institute of Mental Health, presented a plethora of information about the brain and ADHD... his MRI brain images were truly remarkable!

This weekend could not have been such a great success without all of the wonderful parents and professionals who attended and were so enthusiastic about the information presented to them! Thank you and see you next year!

Dr. Sprouse, Teresa and the girls

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