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Lecture Series

Parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists: if there’s a child in your life with learning differences, chances are you are seeking some advice. Discover the Lab School's popular Lecture Series! Our monthly lectures are rich with information, insights and tips that will help you nurture the opportunities - and navigate the challenges - learning differences can present. 

At our Wednesday night lectures, you'll have the opportunity to listen to - and learn from - leading LD and ADHD specialists as they address early childhood, adolescent, and adult challenges and opportunities. Our lecturers are outstanding, recognized professionals in the learning differences field. Just as important, each is accessible and ready to answer your questions.

All lectures are open to the public and offered free of charge.
There is no reserved seating. Seating is limited.
Registration is required – see registration links below each lecture title.

Lectures are held in The Commons on the Reservoir Campus:
4759 Reservoir Road NW Washington, D.C. 20007

Unless otherwise noted, each lecture is 90-minutes long (7:30-9:00pm).

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2016-2017 Lecture Series Lineup:

List of 8 items.

  • September 28: Anxiety in Children: How Research and Understanding Enhance Treatment | Daniel Pine, MD

    Daniel Pine, MD
    Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience
    National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program
    Bethesda, MD

    Dr. Pine will discuss three aspects of pediatric anxiety.  First, he will describe what is known about the outcome of children with anxiety disorders when they are followed over time.  This informs thoughts about treatment choices and duration.  Second, he will describe what is known about current treatments, in terms of safety and efficacy.  Finally, he will describe how research on neuroscience enhances understanding of current treatments and generates ideas for new ones.

    Speaker Bio
  • October 19: “Most Likely to Succeed” Film Showing and Discussion* | Greg Whiteley

    *Note: Special Time – film will be shown at 6:30 pm – followed by discussion with the film’s director Greg Whiteley

    Greg Whiteley
    Emmy nominated documentary film director, producer and writer

    Award winning film directed by Greg Whiteley, based on the book by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith.  This film has been hailed as the best film on the topic of school – past and present – designed to inspire thought-provoking discussion among educators and parents in an age dependent on innovation.
    Speaker Bio
  • November 2: Universal Design for Learning: Busting Barriers to Learning | David Rose, Ed.D

    David Rose, EdD
    Educator, Author, Theorist and Innovator
    Founder and Chief Education Officer/CAST
    Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Cambridge, MA

    Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is an approach to educational reform designed to guide the creation of learning environments that are much more responsive to individual differences and that create broader opportunities for success among all students, especially those who have traditionally been disabled in “regular” schools.  Dr. Rose will describe the UDL approach and provide a look at recent advances in the UDL field, in national and local policies, in innovative learning technologies, and in local implementation of UDL practices.

    Speaker Bio
  • December 7: Why do they do what they do? The science of how kids make decisions and how to help them choose wisely | Rebecca Resnik, PsyD

    Rebecca Resnik, PsyD
    Licensed Psychologist
    Rebecca Resnik and Associates
    Bethesda, MD

    All of us who work with or have children find ourselves wondering about their behavior--why do they do what they do? In our attempts to help our kids become wise decision makers, we often find our efforts to change their behavior produce perplexing results. New research in neuroscience, psychology, and even economics, is producing fascinating discoveries about how children and adolescents make decisions. This talk reviews some core concepts in the science of decision making and discusses practical applications of these ideas to everyday life with children and adolescents.

    Speaker Bio
  • January 11: Redrawing the Lines: Neurodiversity: A Compass for the Changing World | Jonathan Mooney

    Jonathan Mooney
    Speaker, Author, Education Activist, Learning Disabilities Advocate
    Author of “Learning Outside the Lines” and “The Short Bus, a Journey Beyond Normal”, Co-Founder of Eye to Eye, mentoring program for students with learning differences.
    Lab Gala Awardee 2009
    San Francisco, CA

    Renowned writer, neuro-diversity activist and author Jonathan Mooney vividly, humorously and passionately brings to life the wonderful world of neuro-diversity: the research behind it, the people who live in it, and the lessons it has for all of us who care about the future of education.

    Speaker Bio
  • February 8: Executive Functions: What are they? What do we know? What can we do to support kids to manage the challenges they present? | R. Patrick Savage, Jr. PhD


    R. Patrick Savage, Jr. PhD
    Clinical Psychologist
    R. Patrick Savage, Jr. PhD and Associates
    North Bethesda and Olney, MD

    Does your child have trouble staying organized or getting motivated to complete homework and tasks around the home?  Do you have a child or student who is struggling to achieve in school at the level you and others expect?  Do you have a child or student who becomes easily upset over seemingly simple daily occurrences or requests?  Dr. Patrick Savage, a local expert on the topic of Executive Functions and their effects on behavior, emotions, learning, and parenting, will discuss and challenge you to learn more about our growing understanding of the importance of these brain functions in daily life.  This interactive talk will draw upon scientific research to provide teachers and parents with strategies to address executive functioning challenges.

    Speaker Bio
  • March 15: The Brain, Genes, and ADHD | Philip Shaw, PhD

    Philip Shaw, PhD
    Head, Neurobehavioral Clinical Research Section, National Human Genome
    Research Institute, National Institutes of Health
    Bethesda, MD

    This talk will review how recent advances in brain imaging and genetics give new insights into attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one of the most common and heritable childhood mental health problems.  The goal of Dr. Shaw’s research studies is to better understand the clinical course of ADHD in order to improve treatment of the disorder.  To accomplish this goal, he uses tools from neuroscience, basic behavioral science, and social science.  This talk will also consider the limitations of current research.
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  • April 5: How Are ADHD and LD related; the Overlap Explained from the LD Perspective | Martha Bridge Denckla, MD

    Martha Bridge Denckla, MD
    Director, Developmental Cognitive Neurology
    Kennedy Krieger Institute
    Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD

    This presentation will go into the long history (and changes in terminology ) that reflect the overlap and interactions between learning disabilities and the syndrome of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Less will be described about ADHD than about the ways in which learning disabilities, exemplified by "dyslexia," have historically been viewed as totally separate from the attention and cognitive control issues attached to ADHD, conjoined in the now-discarded category of Minimal Brain Dysfunction (1966), teased apart by changes in terminology and research but more recently recognized to have significant shared components. The viewpoint will be from that of learning disabilities, emphasizing how these are modified by co-existing ADHD characteristics and how this overlap requires educational adjustments.
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