e-Newsletter March 2010
Friends of St. Francis Childcare Center & Parents Education Network present:Learning to Play & Playing to Learn
For the fourth year in a row, the early childhood education community & parents of preschoolers will be able to learn about how brain development is enhanced by play & how to create an environment that promotes learning through play. Places limited - sign up now! Cost: $20.00. Scholarships available--please contact us for details. Click here to register!
Friday, March 19, 2010
9am - 12pm. Our Lady of Mercy School, Daly City.
This short workshop is designed to be an interactive and experiential introduction to the process of sensory integration. We will explore the way the nervous system goes about gathering, processing, defining and acting on sensory motor events. We will first address how this process typically develops and then experience what happens when processing is delayed or disordered in some way. Click here to register!
Intended for audiences of teachers and other professionals, this lecture focuses on stress and the non-medication management of ADD in the classroom. The presentation offers specific, concrete, and practical ways to manage ADD in a mainstream classroom. The same principles can be used in other settings, such as home or special classrooms, as well. Click here to register!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
This year's EdRev features keynote speaker Dr. Ned Hallowell.
Best selling author, Dr. Ned Hallowell offers groundbreaking advice on how to survive in an ultra-competitive, ultra fast, attention deficit society while remaining sane, how to raise happy children, the art of forgiveness and how to manage worry. He also offers a prescriptive guide that shows how to get the most out of life with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Dr. Hallowell is considered to be one of the foremost experts on the topic of ADHD. He is the co-author, with Dr. John Ratey, of Driven to Distraction, and Answers to Distraction, which have sold more than a million copies. In 2005, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey released their much-awaited third book on ADHD, Delivered from Distraction. “Delivered” provides updated information on the treatment of ADHD and more on adult ADHD.
Dr. Hallowell’s most recent book with Dr. Peter Jensen, SUPERPARENTING FOR ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child, was published in December, 2008. With decades of experience working with ADD children, Dr. Hallowell understands how easily the gifts of this condition are lost on a child amid negative comments from doctors, teachers, and even loving but frustrated parents. He has long argued that ADD is too often misunderstood, mistreated, and mislabeled as a “disability.”
Dr. Hallowell observes that people who do not have ADHD still often show many of its symptoms due to lives that are so busy that they overload their brains. He explores this phenomenon in his book, CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! In this book, Dr. Hallowell shows how the hectic pace of modern life has led our society to suffer from broader, culturally induced ADD. His insight into how to unsnarl frenzied lives and take charge of how we really want to be living provides true inspiration to us all.
In addition to his fame in the world of ADHD and pseudo-ADHD,
Dr. Hallowell is also an expert in parenting, how to manage anxiety,
and the importance of connection and forgiveness.
Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized speaker around the world. He has presented to thousands on topics such as ADD, strategies on handling your fast-pace life, the Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness and other pertinent family and health issues.
From corporate audiences to parent-teacher workshops and
national television shows, people who listen to Dr. Hallowell come away
stimulated, inspired and empowered to change their lives. He is a
charismatic speaker, combining the knowledge of a Harvard instructor
with his incredible understanding of ADD, human nature and the
struggles we face in this crazy/busy world.
Please download this flyer and help spread the word!
And please register early to help us plan!
We need your help! We need a large team of volunteers to help out on the day of EdRev, even for just a part of the day! We also need volunteers for envelope-stuffing and data entry prior to the event. Please contact us if you'd like to be involved.
painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper.
Written Word: poetry, essay, short story
Video: short film
Music: up to 10 minutes of music
All submissions due by April 2nd, 2010.
All work will be displayed at EdRev 2010. Exciting prizes to be won!
Please attach a brief Artist Statement including: what your piece is about, your name, your learning difficulty, address, contact number & email address.
Drop off location: PEN
Office, 281A 16th Avenue, San Francisco (please
call 415.751.2237 beforehand) or send files to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call or email for more information.
We would also like to invite LD/ADHD-related service providers to participate at EdRev as exhibitors, sponsors, and advertisers. More information and registration at: ParentsEducationNetwork.org/Opportunities
If you know any sevice provider who you think should take part in EdRev, please forward this link to them!
College Student Panel Speaks to Students and Parents at Immaculate Conception Academy
by Dr. Constance Clark, Director of Learning Services at Immaculate Conception Academy
Watching my students’ faces as they listened intently to the speakers was a memorable moment. The narratives of six former SAFE Voices students, recounting high school and college experiences about their learning challenges, were at once informative, humorous, poignant, and realistic. They captivated my students and offered validation and hope.
|Illustration by Steven Cancemo|
“ Here’s how I learn, here’s what I need….”
A SAFE Panel also spoke recently at San Francisco Friends School. This excerpt from the school newsletter describes the event and theimpact it is having at the school:
Fourth through seventh graders attended an assembly last week coordinated by Frances Dickson, our Developmental Support Coordinator. A panel of high school students with various learning differences from dyslexia to attentional difficulties shared their stories and helped take away the stigma around learning differences for our young students. They were all enrolled in local high schools, and eager to educate and inspireour students. Without exception, our panelists described the necessity for hard work, and the need for allies. Each had experienced frustrations along the way, and spoke from the conviction that they could help young students who are struggling not feel alone. One panelist said: “ I’m on this panel because I want to try to prevent anyone from taking the wrong path, from giving up, which I wanted to do sometimes. It just takes a voice to change someone’s life.” Interestingly, these high schoolers easily pointed out the advantages to their learning styles – creativity, inventiveness, a singular voice, and a tenacious work ethic. They cited countless well known people who had learning disabilities, and acknowledged that they had reached clarity that they now embraced and celebrated their learning differences, even as the journey had often been difficult. “I think knowing about my learning disability has made me a lot more confident” said one. “It’s also given me the ability to cope and work with people who have different learning styles. Learning how you learn is an asset. Even if you don’t have a learning disability, just figure out what works best for you.”
Frances hopes to train middle school students here at San Francisco Friends School to speak to lower school students, as so many of the “SAFE” panelists spoke so fervently about advocacy: “When I was younger, I didn’t advocate for myself, but now I see that it is super important. I can’t stress it enough. Walk up to your teachers and say, ‘Hey, I may have learning issues and this is what I need. I need extra time or a calculator’ or whatever. Just let them know. Don’t be afraid. It helps.” The advice shared by these students transcended the particular challenges that LD students experience: “Even if all of school is easy for you, eventually it’s gonna get tough. For us, it’s been tough for a lot of the way, for some of us since kindergarten. We’re used to that; we’re ready for that. And when we go to college, we’ll know how to learn.”
We’re eager for all our students to develop a comfortable “meta-cognitive” sense of themselves. We’d like them to know their strengths, and understand that they have tools and support to tackle those disciplines that are tough for them. One of our panelists summed it up beautifully: “Knowledge is a tool; intelligence is how you use it. We don’t necessarily lack in either of those areas.”
Mike Gunn is a parent of children with learning disabilities who long ago recognized the stigma and misinformation surrounding learning disabilities was wrong and unhealthy. Mike became one of PEN’s earliest champions and fortunately for PEN has remained a stalwart volunteer for more than 6 years. He organized and printed PEN’s early newsletters, and has never failed to assist and photograph every PEN event to date. Most everyone attending PEN’s events recognize Mike in his PEN T-shirt. What you may not know is that Mike is also a deputy sheriff for the City and County of San Francisco. In February, Mike’s volunteer work with PEN was recognized at the annual Rotary Luncheon. Nominated by Sheriff Mike Hennessey, our Mike Gunn is the perfect recipient of this award honoring Mike’s exemplary service to our community. We are honored to include Mike’s acceptance speech given at the Rotary Club in San Francisco. Bravo to our man “Toodles.” - PEN Board Member Julie TraunTo paraphrase Saint Luke, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”