Lectures and Workshops

Assessment of ADHD and Executive Functioning in Kids and Teens

Assessment of ADHD and Executive Functioning in Kids and Teens Presented by Dr. Katia Fredriksen, Pediatric Neuropsychologist at the Stixrud Group This second installment of the Stixrud series will give a basic overview of dementia and ways to minimize the risk of dementia. The presentation will be 15 minutes long with a 45 minute Q & A. FREE TO EVERYONE! We hope to reach as many people as possible. Feel free to share this with your friends and family! Topic Discussion: Assessment of ADHD and Executive Functioning in Kids and Teens Time: April 20, 2021 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Meeting ID: 872 0701 8540 Passcode: 907425 Register for Session

2021-04-19T08:13:49-04:00April 20th, 2021|Categories: |

Dementia and Superaging: Protect Your Parents, Strengthen Your Brain

Dementia and Superaging: Protect Your Parents, Strengthen Your Brain Presented by Dr. Jesse G. Brand, Board Certified, Clinical Neuropsychologist This second installment of the Stixrud series will give a basic overview of dementia and ways to minimize the risk of dementia. The presentation will be 15 minutes long with a 45 minute Q & A. FREE TO EVERYONE! We hope to reach as many people as possible. Feel free to share this with your friends and family! Topic Discussion: Dementia & Superaging Time: March 23, 2021 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) JOIN ZOOM MEETING Meeting ID: 999 6394 7040 Passcode: 165954

2021-03-02T08:02:56-05:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: |

COVID-19 Company Update

The Stixrud Group: COVID-19 Update We have been open for in-person, face-to-face evaluations since June, 2020! As of February 12, every employee of the Stixrud Group has received both doses of the Covid vaccine! Our testing model: The majority of our clinicians are using a hybrid model of in-person testing and tele-health interviews and feedback sessions for most clients. This allows us to decrease in-person interaction. Covid-19 precautions in the office: The Stixrud Group follows guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We begin each day by staggering the arrival of our in-person clients, to minimize exposure between families. We will ask you to call the front desk when you park, and you will be instructed to come up to the office or, possibly, to wait a few minutes. Parents of very young children, or clients who need extra help, are usually able to stay in our (spacious) waiting room, but we ask all other parents to find another place to wait so that we are not overcrowded. When you arrive, your clinician will take the client’s temperature, as well as his/her own, and screen for COVID-19 symptoms. Every office has been arranged so that the psychologist or psychology associate and the client are sitting at least 6 feet apart for the majority of the testing, there is a plexiglass barrier on every desk, and every room has at least one HEPA-certified air filtering machine. Finally, all employees, clients, and families are required to wear masks at all times, including in the waiting room.

2021-06-16T21:51:36-04:00February 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog Post, News|

Parenting Autism Summit, The Subtle Presentations of Autism

Parenting Autism Summit, The Subtle Presentations of Autism Register Here Presented by : Dr. Donna Henderson Kids with less-obvious autism tend to mask their difficulties making it harder for them to get an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes they remain undiagnosed, other times they end up with labels like “narcissist”, “personality-disordered”, or “rude”. In this presentation, Dr. Donna Henderson goes through the DSM-V Criteria for Autism point by point, and describes how each issue can present. Once you understand what the criteria actually entail, you’ll be better able to communicate with your diagnosticians if you suspect autism. And if your child already has autism, you’ll better understand the issues they may struggle with.     When asked to describe herself, Donna writes: One day, my kids were asking me to explain what I do at work. I didn’t think they wanted to hear about neuropsychological tests and report writing, so I explained it this way: I’m a detective. The mystery is always that a wonderful, bright person is not doing well in school or at work, and I need to figure out why and help them do better. I can only look for clues by spending time with that person, asking them to do different kinds of tasks. I have been doing neuropsych evals for over twenty years and I can honestly say that I am enjoying it now more than ever. No child or adult should have to go through life with an undiagnosed problem, feeling badly about themselves and not knowing how to make things better. In addition to my formal training, I have had additional training at home for the past 19 years with my three children, who have taught me all about parenting kids with autism and ADHD. I meant to add a line about what I do in my spare time, but having a wonderful husband, three amazing children, and a gratifying career leaves little free time (and I wouldn’t have it any other way)!

2019-11-04T22:07:46-05:00November 5th, 2019|Categories: , |Tags: , , |

Subtle Presentations of Autism

The THRIVE Center for Emerging Young Adults CE Program Presents: Subtle Presentations of Autism Presented by Dr. Donna Henderson, Psy.D. and Dr. Salya Namazi, Ph.D. In this presentation Dr. Henderson and Dr. Namazi will discuss the ways that autism symptoms present in individuals who struggle socially but are not obviously autistic.  They will also focus on the particular challenge of recognizing autism in girls and women.  Don't miss these informative and dynamic speakers! Date and Time Friday, May 17, 2019 12:30-2:00 PM Cost Free 1.5 CE Credits Offered Attendees of this presentation can expect to: Discuss the ways that autism symptoms present in children and adolescents who struggle socially but are not obviously autistic Identify the ways in which autism presents in girls and boys Identify common myths and misconceptions about people at the high end of the autism spectrum Please RSVP to Sara Love at Sara.Love@mythrive.net **Please indicate in your RSVP if you will need a certificate for CE credits**

2019-05-15T22:33:34-04:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: |Tags: , , , |

Tending to Your Garden

Tending to Your Garden A research psychologist and a neuropsychologist share their best parenting tips Dr. Wayland and Dr. Henderson have each spent countless hours coaching parents of children and adolescents. For this talk, they have compiled their most useful and effective parenting tips, covering a wide range of parenting dilemmas and approaches. The focus will be on practical advice that is relevant for most families.  Don't miss these informative and dynamic speakers! Dr. Donna Henderson - Licensed Psychologist

2019-03-09T13:35:55-05:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: |Tags: |

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: , , |

Parenting Autism Summit

A FREE online Parenting Autism Summit: This is a summit for parents of children with autism. It includes more than 20 hours of interviews with over 30 autism and parenting experts sharing information about effective symptom management and parenting strategies. It is FREE from November 5th through 10th only.

2018-10-20T15:41:43-04:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: |Tags: , , , , |