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Dr. William Pelham is a world-renowned ADHD researcher at Florida International University. He credits two major developments with boosting the number of diagnoses: One, recognition by the federal government in 1991 that children with ADHD are entitled to special education services in school. Second, the development and marketing of new pharmaceutical drugs in the 2000s.
“You have third-graders tell you, ‘I’m so scared. I have to do well.’ Which is unfortunate,” said Isabel Rodriguez-Duncan, a licensed clinical social worker and clinician at Florida International University’s Center for Children and Families. “Little ones are saying that, when we used to only think about that dynamic occurring with sophomores and juniors in high school.”
The Summer Treatment Program, which ends Aug. 12, helps children ages 4-12 with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges by focusing on problem-solving strategies, academics and behavioral treatments instead of medication. The program is broken down into several sub-programs: ADHD and behavioral issues program for ages 5 to 12 and pre-kindergarten; Healthy Lifestyle Intervention Program, for ages 4 to 6; and Autism in Rising Kindergartners.
Dr. Levitt will discuss the communication challenges, as well as strategies that seem to work, based on experiences working with colleagues at the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and with Frameworks Institute. Topics of building a strong foundation for healthy brain architecture, executive function skills, resilience, and the influence of cultural frames on translating science into action will be discussed.