Speaker’s Bureau

CNNH clinical practitioners are available to speak for groups of educators, parents or community groups. A variety of workshop titles are available to choose from and each session lasts for up to two hours (other suggested topics can be considered). Call 855-852-8150, extension 1407 or contact us to schedule a presentation.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Understanding and Managing ADHD in School
ADHD has exploded in magnitude over the last decades and more children are being prescribed medication for this condition than ever before in history.  The process of diagnosing ADHD requires many steps and gathering a lot of information from multiple sources, especially from teachers.  Learn how to discern the key symptoms of ADHD at school and the risks and benefits of many popular treatment interventions.  This presentation also highlights studies that show how long-term treatment with a combination of medications and behavior therapy is far superior to other single interventions.

Adult ADHD: Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficits in Adults
Adults who have previously been diagnosed with ADHD and who are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time have unique needs. This talk will discuss the impact that adult ADHD can have on occupational functioning, success in higher education, and relationships, as well as treatments, supports, and strategies to optimize daily functioning.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism 101: Identifying the Red Flags of Autism
This presentation will educate participants on the early warning signs of Autism, screening methods, and diagnosis procedures.

Strategies to Promote Academic Success for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
Strategies are offered for children with High Functioning Autism and Aspergers who may have learning challenges related to executive functioning, reading, math, and writing to promote appropriate educational and IEP planning.

Asperger Syndrome & Adolescence: Strategies for Success in Middle & High School
The symptoms associated with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder will be discussed during this presentation. Strategies used to strengthen educational planning and behavior management will also be offered.

Rage and Rumbling Cycle and Autism Spectrum Disorder
An overview of common behavior patterns as seen in Aspergers and High Functioning Autism will be reviewed, in addition to antecedents, behavior management strategies, and approaches to make positive behavior changes.

Surviving School:  Bullying and What Schools Can Do
This presentation will educate participants about bullying with a specific emphasis on children with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism including possible strategies to prevent and manage bullying within the school environment.

 

Behavior Intervention

Using Positive Behavioral Supports
This presentation will look into the functions of problematic behaviors and how they are maintained and provide various, practical strategies using positive interventions. Parents, teachers, para-professionals, ABA therapists and related service providers will benefit from this workshop.

How to Facilitate Functional Communication and Play with Children
This presentation will discuss Pivotal Response Training (PRT) and alternative modes of communication and how these approaches may be beneficial in facilitating play and communication in children. Parents, teachers, para-professionals, ABA therapists and related service providers will benefit from this workshop.

Staff Effectiveness Training
Identifying challenging situations before they happen and responding with consistency and uniformity.
This training emphasizes the importance of each staff member as both an individual and a team player on behalf of the clients/patients/students they work with. Attendees will be able to identify behavioral, environmental, and programmatic factors which impact staff effectiveness and promote positive interactions. Participants in the workshop will learn how to prevent and de-escalate crisis situations, identify sources of stress, and provide trauma informed care utilizing positive behavior supports.

Bipolar Disorder

Understanding and Managing Childhood Bipolar Disorder
Early onset, or childhood, manic-depressive disorder, has been largely ignored by many professional groups until recently.  One of the biggest challenges has been to differentiate children with mania from those with ADHD.  When left untreated, children with bipolar disorder can become extremely difficult to manage at home and school, with serious consequences into adult life.  Early recognition and intervention is crucial and teachers play a pivotal role in such decisions.  This presentation reviews the challenges, controversies and opportunities for advancing treatment for this disorder.

 

Brain Injury

Heads Up! Concussion Training for Athletes and Trainers Now Available at CNNH
New Jersey now has a Concussion Law, P.L. 2010, c. 94, requiring the development of safety training programs for athletes and trainers; and the creation of defined measures to protect students with concussions. By improving the education and training of responsible persons in school athletic programs, the legislature and Governor hope to reduce the impact of concussions in our student athletes. This CNNH training addresses the requirements of the New Jersey law to satisfy a school’s participation and to enlighten sports enthusiasts on the dangers of an untreated concussion.

Concussions & Kids: No Schoolwork, No Sports, No Texting!
Children and teens who experience a concussion require strict monitoring and different treatment according to an international panel of experts who recently published consensus recommendations.  The guidelines point to the critical role of teachers and parents in follow-up.  Learn to evaluate the most important signs and symptoms and effective intervention to prevent further injury and regression.

Best Teaching Practices for Students with Brain Injury
This workshop highlights definitions and causes of brain injury, incidence of this leading cause of death in children and how to develop the best team approach to teaching.

 

Epilepsy

Understanding and Managing Epilepsy at School
With proper recognition and understanding of epilepsy and its various forms, the condition can be very successfully managed.  Such an outcome is of tremendous benefit to the student with epilepsy.  Learn how epilepsy can be detected, even at the “sub-clinical level” and the best intervention and treatment methods available.

Anxiety, ADHD and Depression: What Do They Have To Do With Epilepsy?
Anxiety, ADHD, depression and learning differences are terms that are becoming more common among all children and adults in today’s society. What are the implications when these concerns are present in children and adults with epilepsy? Recognition and treatment of these concerns in patients with epilepsy is essential for their quality of life and control of their seizures. In this workshop, learn more about the prevalence of these concerns, the causes, the warning signs and possible treatment options.

 

Headaches

The Neuropsychology of Migraine and Headaches: Cognitive Profiles Associated with Migraines and Headaches, and the Impact on Home, School, and Work
Chronic headaches can have a debilitating effect on mental health and daily functioning. Certain cognitive difficulties can also be associated with migraines and headaches. This talk will discuss some of the psychological and cognitive issues faced by people with chronic headaches, as well as strategies they can use to promote optimal functioning.

Discovering the Mysteries of Headaches
We have all suffered from them at one point or another: headaches. They can ruin our afternoon, day or even longer! So why do we get headaches and can we prevent them? This workshop will review the different types of headaches people get and the causes behind them. Also, treatment options will be explored, including natural and medical therapies.

 

Learning Differences

Anxiety in Children with Learning Differences
All children experience anxiety. Anxiety in children is expected and normal at certain times in development. There are times however, where a child’s anxiety reaches a level that becomes concerning. Particularly for parents of a child in the Special Education system, recognizing and managing a child’s symptoms can be difficult. The focus of this presentation will be to shed some light on the signs and symptoms of anxiety in children and how anxiety impacts other conditions such as ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome. Strategies and interventions will be provided, as well as suggestions for things to discuss with your child’s case manager for potential inclusion in their IEP.

Dyslexia and Other Reading Disorders: Looking at the Full Picture
Phonological processing is a core deficit at the heart of many reading disabilities mandating the necessity to explicitly and systematically teach phonological skills contextually. This skill will be explored. Academic problems frequently persist after remediation due to social and emotional challenges that are secondary to the learning disorder. Learn strategies to manage the academic, cognitive, and emotional aspects of a student’s learning challenges.

Building Study Skills: Using Executive Functioning Strategies to Support Homework Completion and Good Study Habits
Good executive functioning skills, including organization, planning, and time management, are essential for efficient homework and project completion. They can also help students to more effectively prepare for tests and tackle complex material when studying. This talk will explore the executive functions and describe how to apply them for improved homework completion and enhanced study skills.

Attention Learning Problems: The Chicken and the Egg Dilemma
Individuals with ADHD frequently have a learning disability and some investigations have found the incidence to be as high as 50% or greater. Individuals with a learning disability are diagnosed with ADHD less frequently, but the number is still significant and can be as high as 30% in some samples. The process of evaluating and diagnosing either condition is complicated, particularly when there are other “co-morbidities” such as anxiety or depression. Additionally, determining whether the attention problems drive the learning problems or vice versa adds an additional layer of complexity to the assessment process. This presentation will review various diagnostic and evaluation strategies in an attempt to tease apart these relationships.

 

Neuropsychiatric Concerns

Understanding and Managing Childhood Bipolar Disorder
Early onset, or childhood, manic-depressive disorder, has been largely ignored by many professional groups until recently. One of the biggest challenges has been to differentiate children with mania form those with ADHD. When left untreated, children with bipolar disorder can become extremely difficult to manage at home and school, with serious consequences into adult life. Early recognition and intervention is crucial and teachers play a pivotal role in such decisions. This presentation reviews the challenges, controversies and opportunities for advancing treatment for this disorder.

 

Neuropsychology in Schools

Understanding the Complex Needs of Neurologically Complex Children
ADHD, epilepsy, learning disabilities, oh my. Understanding the need for accommodations for children with complex learning issues and cognitive conditions is important. Learn methods for accommodating or modifying teaching techniques in order to better address learning styles and individual needs. This presentation highlights methods appropriate and doable for a classroom environment and focuses on helping teachers problem solve methods that will work for their classroom structure.

 

Creative Arts Therapies

DMT: A Review of Mindfulness and its Applications in Schools for Students and Teachers
In this presentation, Kim Kaplan, MS, R-DMT, registered dance/movement therapist and certified yoga instructor will discuss the past decade of evidence based-research findings in utilizing mindfulness in schools to enhance awareness and self-regulation and methods for practice. “Personal training in mindfulness skills can increase teachers’ sense of well-being and teaching self-efficacy, as well as their ability to manage classroom behavior and establish and maintain supportive relationships with students” (Meiklejohn, et al.). Students benefits “include improvements in working memory, attention, academic skills, social skills, emotional regulation, and self-esteem, as well as self-reported improvements in mood and decreases in anxiety, stress, and fatigue” (Meiklejohn, et al.)

I Hear You: Music Therapy for People with ASD and other Communication Challenges
Disabilities advocate, Rosemary Crossley, said, “Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say.” In this presentation, music therapist, Amanda Zorzi, MT-BC, will lead you to explore music as a means of human connection, music’s natural power of eliciting verbal communication, and music as a means of building social relationships.

The Healing Power of Art: Using Art in Treating Children with Anxiety and Other Concerns
Come join Registered Art Therapist Alexandra Back, MA, ATR discuss the uses and benefits of Art Therapy for addressing anxiety in individuals with developmental delays, ASD, Asperger’s, ADHD, and other neurological concerns. Learn about Art Therapy as a practice and the unique advantages of engagement in a Creative Arts Therapy, especially in relation to anxiety. Attendees will gain knowledge of the therapeutic process as well as how art-making specifically can be used to enhance and support self-awareness, improve coping strategies, and encourage an overall sense of well-being.

 

Tourette Syndrome

Understanding and Managing Tourette Syndrome (TS) in School
With adequate understanding of TS, teachers can make a significant contribution in helping students and families affected by this syndrome.  By learning how to deal with tic symptoms, rejection by peers, school and learning problems, when to tell others about TS, dating and socializing, effective treatment programs, and other concerns, the teacher can become a major advocate and force for positive change.

Medication Management for Tics and Tourette Syndrome
Tourette Syndrome is a hereditary disorder that begins in childhood. The disorder is characterized by sudden, rapid, recurrent, nonrhythmic movements (motor tics) or sounds (vocal or phonic tics), usually accompanied by neuropsychiatric disorders such as ADHD, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. There are various behavioral interventions and electrical devices that are useful in treating the involuntary movements or neuropsychiatric symptoms of Tourette Syndrome, but often adjunctive pharmacological therapies are necessary to achieve good outcomes. This WEBINAR will explain the biological rationale for using medications for tics and Tourette Syndrome, the various types of drugs that have shown to be beneficial, and discuss the risks and benefits of medication therapies.

 

Transitioning from Adolescent to Adult Services

Developing Transition Services
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990 stipulates that all students have a transition plan formulated at age 14 in preparation for adulthood.  Clearly, planning needs to start at Middle-School and not wait until later, which is usually the case.  Learn how to work with a multi-disciplinary team of experts and develop well-formulated and effective transition plans that will maximize the individual’s achievements from school and across the lifespan.