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November 19, 2008 News, Programs, Announcements, and more.
News from CHADD of Northern Virginia
in this issue
 

November 20 Program: How to Find the Right College for Your Child
Come to our November 20 meeting and learn How to Find the Right College for Your Child (Everything You Need to Know to be Educated and Supportive of Your ADHD Student's College Search Process.

The speaker will be Nancy Rosenberg, MA, MEd, CEP. Ms. Rosenberg is an independent college placement counselor who founded Specialized College Counseling to assist students with learning disabilities and attention-devicit/hyperactivity disorder.

Ms. Rosenberg travels extensively on fact-finding visits to colleges and universities and maintains close contact with admissions representatives and professional counselors who organize and administer college support services and programs.
Other upcoming meetings
[Scheduling Change]
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The latest NIH research on brain development in AD/HD children
Philip Shaw, M.D., PhD

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Anxiety in AD/HD children, adolescents, and adults
Dan Campbell, LCSW

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Positive discipline and behavior management
Rene Hackney, Ph.D.
The program schedule is:

7:00-7:30 pm
Networking and information session
Includes free lending library for CHADD members and free refreshments.

7:30-7:45 pm
Welcome, announcements, and news
7:45 pm-9:00 pm
General session
(Program and questions and answers)
Location: We meet in the library at Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna, Virginia. For a map, click here.
The program is free and open to the public.
Note: When Fairfax County schools close (for example, due to inclement weather), the CHADD meeting is cancelled.
For more information about Nancy Rosenberg. . . .

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Welcome to the latest edition of the e-mail newsletter from CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) of Northern Virginia. This issue features a number of programs, events, and other information for and about children, teens, and adults with ADHD.


In this issue, you'll also find information on upcoming Fairfax County programs, the election for chapter officers and directors, research on the varying effects of ADHD on boys and girls, and more.

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ADHD Affects Movement in Boys More Than in Girls
ADHD appears to affect movement in boys more than it does in girls, according to a study published in the November 4 issue of Neurology. The study was conducted by researchers with the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Researchers tested the movement abilities of 132 boys and girls with ADHD and 136 without the disorder. The children were between the ages of seven and 15 years and were tested for how well and how fast they could tap their toes, walk on their heels, maintain balance, and keep a steady rhythm during a task compared to scores typical for their age.
The study found that girls with ADHD and the control group of children without ADHD were twice as likely to be able to control their movements for their age compared to boys with ADHD, who showed continued difficulties. "Our findings suggest that the differences between boys and girls with ADHD show up not only in behavior and symptoms but also in development of movement control, likely because girls' brains mature earlier than boys' brains," said study author E. Mark Mahone, Ph.D.. NEUROLOGY 2008;71:1514- 1520

Mark Your Calendar For These Programs
Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs:
Celebrate Calm: Success Begins Here--10 Keys to a Stress-Free Home and School
Create a calm home...Improve focus, attention, and behavior...Create a stress-free homework time...Relieve anxiety and sensory integration issues...and much more.
December 2, 7-9 pm
Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA
Cost: Free
More Information: 703/204-3941 or e-mail Parents@fcps.edu. (Type "Calm" in the subject line to register.) Flier: Click here

Tough Kids Tool Box for Parents
Eleven "Reduction Techniques" designed to suppress or stop challenging, problematic behaviors
Does your child have a difficult time following directions, following the rules, and following through at home? Learn practical "tools" that can be used immediately to increase cooperation and compliance.
December 9, 7-8:30 pm
Falls Church High School
7521 Jaguar Trail
Falls Church, VA
Cost: Free
More Information: 703/204-3941 or e-mail prc@fcps.edu. (Type "Tool Box" in the subject line to register.) Flier: Click here

Sibshops
Sibshops are programs just for brothers and sisters of children with special needs. Sibshops are a lively mixture of new games, discussions, and guest speakers.
Mondays, 2-5 pm
February 23 (Registration due February 2)
April 27 (Registration due April 6)
Kilmer Center Sibshop
8102 Wolftrap Rd.
Vienna, VA
Cost: $5 registration fee for each session
More Information: 571/226-8474 and ask for Wanda Vander Nat Flier: Click here

Election of Chapter Officers, Directors to be Held at November 20 Meeting
In addition to hearing featured speaker (see article on the left), CHADD members will have the opportunity to vote for an interim Board of Directors at the November 20 meeting. The proposed slate consists of:
  • Coordination of Chapter Operations/P2P Trainings [officer]: Catherine Adams
  • Coordination of Meetings & Events [officer]: Cameron Allen
  • Coordination of Volunteer Recruitment/Press Releases [officer]: Tom Imbemba
  • Treasurer [officer]: Herve LeBoeuf, Ph.D.
  • Chapter Web Site & E-mail Newsletter [director]: Don Tepper
  • Meeting Set-up & Food Services [director]: Cathy Feehan
  • Membership Records [director]: Jackie Davey
  • Lending Library [director]: Lynn Marcinek
  • Community Outreach and Adults/Teens with AD/HD Liaison [director] Anne S. Roberts
  • Professional Directory and FCPS Partnership Liaison and Immediate Past Coordinator [director]: Ann Dolin


Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.


Research Corner: Bladder-Brain Linked to Attention Problems
Bladder problems may leave a mark on the brain by changing patterns of brain activity, possibly contributing to disrupted sleep and problems with attention. That's one of the findings of a study conducted by behavioral scientist Rita Valentino, Ph.D., of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The study appeared in the July 21 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Building on their previous investigations of the neural circuits between the bladder and the brain, the researchers found that two small brain structures--the Barrington's nucleus and the locus ceruleus-- developed abnormal activity as a result of bladder obstructions. In particular, the locus ceruleus showed persistently high activity, and this resulted in an abnormal electroencephalogram (EEG) recorded from the cortex, the broad mass of the brain that governs higher-level functions. In people, abnormally high activity in the cortex may result in disordered sleep, anxiety, and difficulty in concentrating.
Valentino said further studies are necessary to analyze the direct connections between heightened brain activity and specific behaviors, but added that the brain circuits involving the locus ceruleus might be a useful target for drugs to improve attention and sleep patterns in patients with bladder dysfunctions.

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