I saw a new documentary called Different is the New Normal this week. The documentary was produced by the parents of a young man with Tourette syndrome, and quite frankly, it is the best documentary I have ever seen in terms of conveying what children and their families may be living with. If you want to gain some awareness and perspective on what life may be like for your student, I encourage you to watch it.
The documentary will air again on Tuesday, September 20th at 10 pm (EST) on NJTV (public television in NJ) then again Thursday, September 22nd at 4 am (EST), Sunday, September 25th at 5 am (EST) ) and Sunday, September 25th at 11 pm (EST), Tuesday, September 27th at 10:30 pm (EST) on WLIW21 (public television in metropolitan and suburban NYC and NJ)
After the broadcast, it will be on this website for a limited time: http://watch.thirteen.org/.
I’ll be conducting an all-day workshop for educators on Monday, December 5, 2011 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire. The event is sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability and is geared to regular and special education teachers, school psychologists and social workers, behavior specialists, occupational therapists, administrators, and parents.
Neurological disorders that emerge in childhood often have significant impact on students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning. Participants will learn about the cardinal features of Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Executive Dysfunction, Mood Disorders such as Depression and Bipolar Disorder, and the memory deficits, sensory issues and “storms” that sometimes accompany them. Strategies and assistive technology to accommodate symptom interference in activities such as handwriting, homework, math calculation, and written expression and big projects will be described. Pitfalls in behavioral interventions, and simple social skills and problem-solving interventions will also be identified.
Hope to see you there!
The Tourette Syndrome Association is hosting an event for educators in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 6, 2011.
The conference is open to all Palm Beach County and Regional Educators, Service Providers and Professionals.
Sign up for the FREE full day conference. Click here for more information (PDF™ format)
I’ll be speaking at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) conference in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference meets April 25-28, 2011.
On April 26, I will be giving a talk with my colleague and co-author Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., E/T, “Basal Ganglia Spectrum Disorder: Recognition and Remediation.” And on April 27, I’ll be presenting, “Pitfalls in Behavior Intervention Planning When the ‘Behavior’ is a Neurological Symptom.”
I’ll also be available to sign books during the conference. If you are planning to attend, please come say hello.