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Outstanding learning opportunity for general education teachers, administrators and parents interested in understanding more about mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults.


Symposium Presentation Handouts and Resources

TopicSpeaker Resources (pdf)
Keynote - Take It As It Comes:
Surviving a Child’s Suicide

Adam Levy, musician (lead singer of the Honeydogs), educator, and social activist. He has worked in several fields including with at-risk youth. His son’s suicide impels his efforts to address mental illness.

None

Keynote - The High Cost of Invisibility:
A Look at Learning Disabilities,
Mental Health and Culture
BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D., recognized nationally for work in mental health issues among ethnically diverse populations. She is known for her strength-based approach.

None

Keynote - Keeping ADHD Positive: Nurturing the Spirited, Imaginative and Playful Nature

L. Read Sulik, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist. A popular speaker on children’s mental health issues, he is internationally recognized for his work.

PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Condensed version for printing

Eating Disorders: What You Need to Know Heather Gallivan, Psy.D., L.P., clinical director at Park Nicollet Melrose Center PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Condensed version for printing
A Disposition for Kindness: Support for Young Children who Struggle with Social and Emotional Needs and Learning Anne R. Gearity, Ph.D., clinical social worker in independent practice and faculty member at the University of Minnesota   

PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Navigating the School System for a Child with Dyslexia Vicki Weinberg, education specialist at Minnesota Department of Education, and Claire Eckley, education consultant and founder of Marin Dakota Consulting

Supplemental Handout
(47 pages)


PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Condensed version for printing

Technology for Teens and Wellness! John Newman and Tina Hanson, assistive technology specialists at PACER’s Simon Technology Center

Supplemental Handout

PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Condensed version for printing

Breaking the Cycle of Learning Habits that Do Not Work Roberta Wohle, Ed.D., adjunct professor and coordinator of Learning Disabilities Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University

PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Supplemental Handout

Are Medications the Only Expectation I Should Have from My Child's Psychiatrist? Barry Garfinkel, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist, and president and founder of the Center for Developmental Psychopharmacology, and Richard Peterson, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist at Fairview Health Services and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota

PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Concussion Management Inside the Classroom Zach Eakman, Psy.D., assistant director of Diagnostic Services at Groves Academy in Minnesota

No Longer Available

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center Updates Julie Hertzog, Director of the National Bullying Prevention Center PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

2016 National Keynote Speakers

Adam Levy

Musician (lead singer of the Honeydogs), educator, and social activist. He has worked in several fields including with at-risk youth. His son’s suicide impels his efforts to address mental illness.

Presentation: Take It As It Comes: Surviving a Child’s Suicide

L. Read Sulik, M.D.

A child and adolescent psychiatrist.  A popular speaker on children’s mental health issues, he is internationally recognized for his work.

Presentation: Keeping ADHD Positive: Nurturing the Spirited, Imaginative and Playful Nature

BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D.

Recognized nationally for work in mental health issues among ethnically diverse populations. She is known for her strength-based approach.

Presentation: The High Cost of Invisibility: A Look at Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and Culture

Goal of the Symposium

The symposium is designed to enhance awareness and identify strategies for responding to mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults from the perspective of teachers and parents.

The symposium will provide high quality professional and parent development for Minnesota educators and parents regarding:

  • children's mental health and learning disabilities
  • effective treatment planning
  • proactive, positive teaching strategies and interventions

Past Symposium Resources

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