Past Conferences

2016 UVU Conference on ADHD

Opening Keynote – Christian Moore

Christian Moore is an internationally renowned author, speaker, licensed clinical social worker, and advocate for at-risk youth. Coming from a blended family of 12 children, Christian spent most of his childhood years on the streets. In a neighborhood just outside of Washington, D.C., he was exposed to a wide array of social problems, which opened his eyes to the many injustices that exist in our world today. By the time Christian had reached second grade, he had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, conduct disorder, and severe learning disabilities. Because of these setbacks, he often felt socially isolated in school. He spent time both as bully and victim; and often acted out to avoid answering the questions of teachers. Due to his poor grades and learning disabilities, high school counselors informed Christian that college was not a viable option. But after graduation, an experience volunteering in the inner city gave him a drive to help others and a reason to try. Christian found his passion in social work. Drawing from his personal challenges, his degree, his career, and his understanding of people from all walks of life, Christian created WhyTry. Almost 2 million students have been taught with WhyTry in over 16,000 schools, making it one of the fastest-growing intervention programs for at-risk youth. WhyTry is implemented in all 50 states and in countries throughout the world, with over 300 WhyTry training events held each year. The program provides people with the specific tools necessary to develop resiliency in the face of life’s challenges. His personal mission is to ensure that youth are given an opportunity to succeed, regardless of social or economic status, race, background, or other personal obstacles.

Strategies for Helping Children Overcome Barriers to Learning, Sara Doty, Ph.D., NCSP and Susan Miller

What good does it do to fight the fight to get your child to school if the emotionally and neurologically charged barriers they are dealing with are preventing them from learning? When all is said and done, what parents and teachers need most are strategies for helping their children and students overcome those barriers. What do you need to do so the children can relax enough to come to school in the first place, let alone focus long enough to learn? Sara and Susan will offer strategies and interventions that they have seen first-hand will work. Physical, Cognitive, Social, and Behavioral/Motivational strategies all work together to help your child succeed. They will focus on the keys to implementing those strategies with integrity. Resilience principles dictate that there is always something else you can try. Perhaps here you can finally find a strategy or pointer that will help your students relax and focus long enough to learn. *This session will be of most interest to educators, professionals and parents with a moderate understanding of ADHD.

The All-Inclusive Classroom, Joe Carpenter, M.Ed.

Teachers are hit with "New This" and "Common That" every year, but while these great new ideas are being pitched, what they are sometimes really hearing is "This is going to take a LOT of time to implement." But, working with your ADHD students isn't a curriculum shift—it's really just all about the environment, the climate that teachers create in their rooms. What does an all-inclusive climate look like? Here are a few ideas to create your own. It helps to set this all up at the beginning of the school year, but it's never too late to start! Classroom management is messy, and it's day-to-day, because teachers deal with so many different personalities that it's almost impossible to set something in place and make it stick. But when these principles are used consistently, management problems are far less than they might be otherwise. Join Joe as he reviews his proven methods. *This session will be of most interest to educators with a moderate understanding of ADHD and classroom management.

How Schools Can Help Students Who Are Struggling with Attention and Learning Issues, Ashlie Baker

Have you ever wondered how schools can help students who are struggling with attention issues and learning? If so, this workshop is for you! This session will focus on how schools can help the struggling student using a variety of different plans and interventions to enable your child to get the help he or she needs in the classroom. Brief overviews on Utah’s Multi Tired Systems of Supports, Section 504 plans and Individuals with Disabilities Act IDEA will be provided. Participants will also learn about resources they can access to learn more about each plan. Participants will leave with an understanding of each plan and how it is helpful in assisting students with a variety of attention and learning challenges and how the plans compare and contrast. *This session is applicable to all audiences seeking basic, foundational information.

Mindfulness and Self Care, Mindfulness and Self Care

This presentation is focused on practical mindfulness and self-care techniques for parents raising children with emotional and behavioral struggles. With so much attention going to your child, when and how do you even begin to take care of yourself? Parents and clinicians will learn a number of simple techniques to enhance the daily experience that you can integrate into your daily life immediately. There will be some role play, direct practice and engagement, and evidence based research on how important it is to practice mindfulness and self-care for not only yourself but also for children *This session is applicable to all audiences seeking basic, foundational information.

Morning Plenary Session, Ben Glenn

Ben Glenn has been a full-time speaker since 1995, sharing with students and educators all over the world. His story of growing up with Learning Disabilities and ADHD, as well as his amazing live art demonstration that he performs as part of his presentation, combine into a powerful as well as entertaining program.

Afternoon Plenary Session, Billie Abney, DC, CCSP, Ed.S.

Dr. Billie Abney, an award winning science teacher, instructs high school classes in anatomy, physics, chemistry and forensics in Georgia. As an adult with ADHD, Dr. Abney has developed several creative teaching strategies to actively engage her students. She will share her findings on effective teaching strategies for students with ADHD and Executive Function Deficits.

Strategies for Helping Children with ADHD Succeed, Katy Ashcroft

Join Katy as she shares 40 strategies she researched to use in the classroom or at home to help children with ADHD succeed without medicine. With every strategy, she will include steps for how to implement the strategy into your classroom or home. This will be a hope-filled session with lots of useful take-aways for all attending. *This session will be of most interest to classroom teachers and parents with a moderate understanding of ADHD.

A Function-Based Approach to Engaging Students with ADHD, Nicole Wangsgard, Ph.D.

Functions served by behavior can be analyzed through conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments FBA. Common functions of the behavior of students with ADHD are escape and avoidance. This presentation will review the process of developing a FBA and how to create a behavior intervention plan BIP that considers the unique needs of students with ADHD. Participants will learn teaching strategies for engaging students with ADHD who are consistently off-task. *This session will be of most interest to Pre-service and in-service teachers working with students with ADHD.

ADHD and Autism — Forests and Trees, Jared Stewart, M.Ed.

Between 30 and 50% of individuals diagnosed with ADHD also qualify for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. But parents and professionals often encounter difficulty in understanding the differences, similarities, and overlap of these two conditions. This presentation will compare and contrast ASD and ADHD, and give practical tips for addressing the inattention and hyperactivity that is present in both, with a focus on home and classroom applications. *This session is applicable to all audiences.

Closing Keynote Session — What Does the Future Hold for Our Children, Chris A. Ziegler Dendy

Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, a popular author, former educator, school psychologist, children’s mental health professional with 45+ years’ experience, is the mother of three grown children and five grandchildren with ADHD. She and her late husband have provided training nationally and internationally. She has authored four popular books and two DVDs on ADHD. Her first book, Teenagers with ADD and ADHD has sold over 100,000 copies. Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits, 2nd edition, was released in 2011. Her latest book, co-authored with her son Alex Zeiger, A Bird’s-Eye View of Life with ADHD…ten years later! 3rd edition 2015 provides an update on the current lives of the twelve teens who were originally featured in the first edition of the book. In November 2014, Chris received CHADD’s Lifetime Achievement Award; this is only the second time the award has been given. In 2006 she was inducted into CHADD’s Hall of Fame. As a volunteer, she was the lead author for the CHADD Educator’s Manual on ADHD and is a co-founder of CHADD’s Teacher-to-Teacher training modules.

2017 UVU Conference on ADHD

Opening Keynote – Katherine Ellison – (Grande Ballroom - 9am – 10:00am)

Katherine Ellison managed to win a Pulitzer Prize and write three breakthrough books on practical neuroscience despite (or some might say, because of) having ADHD. She is an inspiring speaker who teaches audiences how to manage distractibility and realize their dreams. Her exceptionally productive writing and consulting career has taken her from life as an investigative journalist and foreign correspondent in Latin American, to becoming a freelance contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post and She has consulted for Fortune 500 clients, and speaks to audiences across America. Katherine will share information on how to lead the kind of life that enhances creativity and productivity, connect to the people we love, and on finding authentic success and joy.

Beyond Fidget Spinners – Tech and Non-Tech Tools for Self-Regulations: Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, MLIS, MPA and Kristen Shill, JD (Centre Stage – 10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Technology is a wonderful tool…but also a big distraction. For those already struggling to focus, technology can be an obstacle for learning, developing social skills and more. Like any tool, there are pros and cons and this presentation will talk about the positives and negatives – and provide some practical tips and resources. This session is appropriate for all audiences.

Relationships and ADHD: Social Implications and the Role of Social Support: Ben Salazar, PhD (SC 206 ABC – 10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Join Dr. Salazar as he describes some of the research on social support and ADHD in children. He will then discuss how developmental issues can contribute to the development of unhealthy self-perceptions due to bullying or social isolation, which are reported at higher rates among children with ADHD. He will use an interpersonal therapy approach to describe the role of social support in mitigating potentially negative mental health outcomes for children with ADHD who experience disruptions in the social environment. This session is appropriate for all audiences.

So I Have ADHD – Now What? : Jack Jensen, EdD and Ammon Cheney, MA (SC 213AB – 10:15am – 11:15am)

Join Jack and Ammon as they present information on behaviors and actions that a person with ADHD can utilize in their lives to help make life a little less challenging – and a little more joyful. Participants will explore the Brown model of 5 subcategories of ADHD, with useful practical tips for each. This session is appropriate for all audiences.

What is the Point?: Jennifer Rigby Cardinal, PhD Licensed Psychologist (Centre Stage – 11:30am – 12:30 pm)

During this session, Dr. Cardinal will explore how to clarify an individual’s level of functioning related to executive functioning symptoms such as attention, monitoring, working memory, fluency, preparatory processing, social awareness initiation, flexibility, etc. Then, most importantly, she will help participants to identify evidence based interventions – and how to implement them at the ‘point’ of performance. She will provide specific hands on tools and techniques that professionals can use immediately at the POINT, in the natural environment when symptoms are presented. This session is most appropriate for professionals with an intermediate or advanced/practiced level of understanding.

Understanding the Challenges and Miracles of ADHD: Shawn-Marie Green, MAEd- SpEd (SC 206 ABC – 11:30am – 12:30pm)

Join Shawn-Marie as she shares her personal journey with ADHD. She will help participants to more fully understand the workings of an ADHD mind – from a personal viewpoint. She will share practical observations from the condition of her home, her desk, her car – to the way she ‘files’ – which may appear chaotic to many – but is normal, and functional for her. Rather than remaining in the darkness of perceived ‘failure’, Shawn-Marie will lead participants on a path they can take to find coping mechanisms, increased understanding leading to success - and how support systems can allow for self-help without criticism or negative labeling. This session is appropriate for all audiences.

ADHD and the Nurtured Heart Approach: Nick Bartlett (SC 213AB – 10:15am – 12:30pm)

Nick will present information on the Nurtured Heart Approach, a relationship-based methodology for working with intense children. NHA is considered an evidence-informed practice based upon existing research and anecdotal evidence, which is demonstrating effectiveness with children with ADHD. Join him as he outlines the methodology, and the transformative power NHA can have the lives of children, teachers and parents. This session is appropriate for all audiences.

Afternoon Plenary Session – Stephen Hinshaw, PhD – (Grande Ballroom - 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Stephen Hinshaw is a professor of Psychiatry (UC San Francisco), and Psychology (UC Berkeley) and, where he runs the prestigious Hinshaw Lab, part of the Institute of Human Development. Considered to be a global authority in ADHD and an international presence in clinical psychology/mental health, Dr. Hinshaw has authored over 320 publications and 14 books, including The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medications, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance (Oxford, 2015), and ADHD: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2015), written with Katherine Ellison. He received the James McKeen Cattell Award from the Association for Psychological Science (2016) for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research, and the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award (2017) from the Society for Research in Child Development.

Afternoon Session three – Afternoon Session Three – ADHD and Therapy Animals in the Educational Setting: What Are the Benefits? : Joanna D. Posey, MA, AHH (Centre Stage – 2:45pm – 3:45pm)

This presentation will discuss ground breaking, cutting edge research into the benefits of nationally registered therapy animals for use with individuals with ADHD. Joanna will provide insight into successfully applying this research in a classroom setting to help students enhance important skills in emotional regulation, social responsiveness and personal responsibility. This creative approach to teaching and learning is showing positive results in helping students with ADHD to learn and generalize these important skills. This session is appropriate for all audiences.

Okay…So I Know I Have ADHD, But I Want to Know – What is RIGHT with Me? : Jan Klingman, MAEd and Kristen Nuesmeyer, MEd (SC 206 ABC – 2:45pm – 3:45pm)

There is great power in knowing and utilizing your strengths to help find success. This is particularly important for those living with ADHD. During this session, Jan and Kristen will discuss issues that arise for ADHD students and explore practical examples of how coming to know individual strengths and using college resources can enhance the life of a student with ADHDH. Strengthsfinder assessment (Gallup), is the focus of this session. “There is no more effective way to empower people than to see each person in terms of his or her strengths. (Don Clifton) This session is appropriate for all audiences.

Congratulations: I Now Pronounce You Married with AD/HD : Ron and Alisa Hammond (SC 213 AB – 2:45pm – 3:45pm)

Many studies have documented the negative impact of undiagnosed and unmanaged ADHD in one or both spouses. Recent studies have highlighted how couples benefit from knowing one or both have ADHD; from learning and implementing strategies to manage the impact ADHD has on their marriage relationship; and learning to use ADHD as an “Asset” in strengthening their relationship and succeeding in their goals. This presentation will provide information on how being ADHD is an asset to a couple and if managed properly will provide an advantage to married couples, especially because of the intensely busy lives we now live. Warning signs, recalibration strategies and strengthening principles will be presented. This session is appropriate for all audiences.

Girls and Women with ADHD, Family and Peer Conflicts, and the Continuing Stigma: Stephen Hinshaw, PhD (Grande Ballroom – 2:45pm – 3:45pm)

This session will occur right after Dr. Hinshaw's Plenary talk, so one of the main goals will be to have time for extended discussion of some of the key points from the plenary. These include the many issues related to girls and women with ADHD, struggles for everyone with ADHD related to families and peer groups, and the stigma that so often accompanies the diagnosis. Hinshaw will continue the narrative of his own family's journey with serious mental illness--including the utter silence prescribed by his father's doctors, clear evidence of the stigma and shame that can limit individuals and families
This session is appropriate for all audiences.