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COVID-19 Company Update

We want to bring you up-to-date on the activities of the Stixrud Group. Even though our offices are closed, we are not! Telemedicine is an evolving way for us to continue to offer services and help children, families, and adults. For clients who already are scheduled for evaluations, we are able to conduct preliminary interviews by telephone or teleconference, and we are trying to use those sessions as a way to also give some initial support to individuals and families whose assessments must be delayed. We will be directly contacting families as their scheduled appointments approach to work out ways to “get a running start” on your evaluations! We also are hearing from friends and clients about how stressful the current situation is and about just how hard unexpected homeschooling can be. The Stixrud Group is now offering teleconference consultations, which can focus on increasing understanding and developing practical ideas to help individuals and families cope with all of these issues. You can schedule a consultation by calling our main number (301-565-0534). Feel free to tell your friends and neighbors about us! Finally, we are able to conduct evaluations by teleconference within a limited scope. Assessments which focus on emotional functioning and/or social cognition are particularly appropriate for this approach, and can be scheduled and completed quickly. We also are looking into ways to conduct other parts of our assessments remotely, so stay tuned, and follow us on the web or on our Facebook page.

2020-03-31T10:23:09-04:00March 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog Post, News|

Surface Dyslexia: Another Form of Context Blindness in Autism?

- Sarah Wayland Author: Donna Henderson, Psy. D Poor awareness of the sounds of language or a lack of understanding of the spelling-sound correspondence is the cause of the most common type of dyslexia. People with this type of dyslexia will make spelling errors that do not make phonetic sense (such as spelling “desk” as deks or “with” as weth). In contrast, I have noticed that some of the children I work with have an unusual pattern of spelling errors. These kids seem to understand which letters go with which sounds, but they actually over-rely on the letter-sound correlation. For example, they might spell the word “garbage” as garbij or the word “wiggle” as wigul. To understand these different types of errors, it’s important to first understand how children learn to read as well as what typical dyslexia looks like. It all starts with the phoneme. A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound, and there are 44 phonemes in the English language. In the word “cat”, for instance, there are three phonemes (/k/ – /æ/– /t/). Both speaking and reading rely on being able to identify, distinguish, blend, and manipulate these phonemes. Good readers know that specific written letters are associated with particular sounds (the phonemes) and that the sounds (and thus the letters) must be in the proper order. Beginning readers and writers must use the phonological form of the word to determine how say or spell it. However, the English writing system does not necessarily observe a one-to-one correspondence between letters and sounds.  For example, if we see the letter “k” we associate it with the /k/ sound, but if we see the letter in a certain context (knife), we know that the sequence of letters will alter the sound of that particular “k”.  Likewise, the letter “c” can be pronounced as /s/ or /k/ (as in “concise”), depending on the word’s origin and the letters that surround it. Knowing the rules that govern a letter’s pronunciation can make decoding words much easier. There are many of these irregular words, such as “laugh” and “neighbor.” These words cannot be sounded out; to read or spell them, the reader must either be able to recognize the word automatically from memory (a sight word) or know how to apply the unique reading and spelling rules. The spelling rules of English can be difficult to learn, as there can be many ways to spell the same sound. The phonological awareness skills (to sound out regular words) coupled with a knowledge of the spelling rules of English (to cope with irregular words) are both necessary for fluent reading and writing. Good spellers must know the spelling rules of English in addition to having good phonological awareness. In the most common type of dyslexia, phonological dyslexia, people do not have adequate phonological skills, so they have difficulty sounding out or spelling even regular words. Other students, however, may have adequate phonological skills but fail to fluently use [...]

2019-03-13T21:42:49-04:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog Post|Tags: , , |

Are We Ready for College?

A clinical neuropsychologist since 1992, Dr. Henderson works with students from age seven through young adults. She is experienced with attention and learning disorders as well as social and emotional challenges that can affect a student both at home and at school. View Profile NEW EVENT!Location:Our Lady of Good Counsel High School17301 Old Vic Blvd, Olney, MD 20832Olney, MarylandTime: 7:00 pmNotes: Open to the public, free of charge

2017-12-03T15:12:12-05:00December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Events, Lectures|Tags: |

APA Annual Convention | Denver, CO

For the past 20 years, Dr. Stixrud has been extensively involved in the training and supervision of psychologists and learning specialists. View Profile If you are attending the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Denver this week, Dr. Mapou will be presenting an all-day workshop, “Evidence-Based Assessment of Learning Disabilities and ADHD in Older Adolescents and Adults” on Saturday August 6. To enroll, go to: Robb Mapou, Ph.D., ABPP Director, Adult Neuropsychology The Stixrud Group, Silver Spring, MD E-mail: Web:

2017-12-03T21:13:49-05:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Events, Lectures|Tags: |

Transcendental Meditation as a Treatment for PTSD

For the past 20 years, Dr. Stixrud has been extensively involved in the training and supervision of psychologists and learning specialists. View Profile When: September 20, 2016 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Where: Aberdeen Proving Grounds, 4727 Deer Creek Loop, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005 (not open to the public)

2017-11-29T00:58:45-05:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Lectures|Tags: |

Disability Documentation and Accommodations for Learning Disabilities and ADHD

A board-certified clinical neuropsychologist who has been with The Stixrud Group since 1993. He evaluates adolescents, adults, and seniors for learning disabilities, ADHD, and range of neurological conditions, including concussion, dementia, stroke, severe traumatic brain injury, and epilepsy. View Profile Dr, Robb Mapou will be presenting a Lunch and Learn on May 18 to staff at The Ross Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Related Disorders, in Washington, DC.  His topic is Disability Documentation and Accommodations for Learning Disabilities and ADHD.

2017-11-25T13:30:39-05:00November 25th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , |

Helping Children Feel Empowered – Dr. Susan Hammond

SEE FULL CV VM: 2005 RECENT PUBLICATIONS A month ago I attended a weekend reunion of the summer camp I went to for six years, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the camp. The women there ranged in age from around 80 down to 19. As we spoke of our years at camp, I was struck by a common theme: the development of self-confidence and empowerment that comes from overcoming real challenges and contributing to a vital community. Through summer camp, these women had learned as children and adolescents that they could be successful in ways they never imagined – whether through camping in a rainstorm, swimming the circumference of a Vermont lake, or building a cabin from scratch. They took that confidence with them through their lives at school, at work, in their families, and in their communities. When I evaluate children with learning, behavioral, or emotional challenges (and when I parent my own children), I wonder how they will gain a sense of empowerment and success that can carry them through hard times. I often find that children who learn differently come to the worst possible conclusions about themselves: that they are not capable, that their peers are smarter or better than they are, or that they will never succeed in life. It is critical for these kids that they be given opportunities to feel competent, so that they can gain self-confidence. While a summer roughing it at camp is wonderful, not every child can have that experience. But there are many ways parents can give their children opportunities to feel competent and valuable. In the family, kids can help with younger siblings, with household chores, or with pets. In school, they can assist the teacher with classroom tasks or work with younger children. The key to empowerment is to find tasks which are truly useful, not just make-work, and give children the opportunity to succeed at them. It is also important to prioritize activities in which children excel. Parents easily can become overwhelmed by their children’s needs – for therapies, tutoring, and even down-time. But kids also need to spend time pursuing their interests, passions, or just having fun. Success on the soccer field, in scouts, or in music can give them the crucial confidence that keeps them going when things are hard. I still remember my first overnight hike at camp. It rained, and rained, and rained. But when we got back to camp we were singing!

2017-12-03T22:22:36-05:00April 1st, 2015|Categories: Blog Post|Tags: |

Ten Important Things to Know about Parenting Your Elementary School Child

For the past 20 years, Dr. Stixrud has been extensively involved in the training and supervision of psychologists and learning specialists. View Profile NEW EVENT! What: Ten Important Things to Know about Parenting Your Elementary School Child When: April 14, 2015;  7:00 pm Where: Brooke Grove Elementary School Notes: Open to the public

2017-12-03T21:37:35-05:00April 1st, 2015|Categories: Events, Lectures|Tags: |

Stress, Self-Propelled Motivation and the Adolescent Brain

For the past 20 years, Dr. Stixrud has been extensively involved in the training and supervision of psychologists and learning specialists. View Profile NEW EVENT! What: Stress, Self-Propelled Motivation and the Adolescent Brain When: April 16, 2015;  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Where: Whitman High School Speaker: William Stixrud and Ned Johnson Notes: Open to the public

2017-12-02T14:58:50-05:00April 1st, 2015|Categories: Lectures|Tags: , |