Community Education Series 2017-2018

UNLEASHING POTENTIAL: Giving your Teens more Control Over their Lives
Thursday, April 12
7:00 pm
Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson provided practical ways for parents to connect with their teen! Raising their self-motivation by giving them more autonomy.  
They also unveiled their new book, available for purchase at Politics and Prose, and through Amazon. 
The Self-Driven Child:  How a Sense of Control Makes Kids Motivated and Stress-Resistant
Parents are concerned about the escalating levels of stress and anxiety in children and adolescents. And for every child or teen who is crippled by anxiety or underperforming because of stress, there is another failing to thrive for lack of intrinsic motivation. Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson will explain a crucial link between the twin scourges of high stress and low motivation, namely a low sense of control or autonomy. They will present practical, eye-opening approaches for supporting the development of autonomy and raising healthy, successful children, approaches which they discuss in their new book, The Self-Driven Child:  The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
Dr. Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist and director of The Stixrud Group. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children's National Medical Center, and he holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Stixrud is also a frequent lecturer on topics related to neuropsychological assessment, learning and executive disorders, brain development, motivation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain. He is a long-time practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and a rock and roll musician who plays in the bands Larry 2.0 and Close Enough. 
Ned Johnson is founder and president of PrepMatters, DC's premier provider of one-on-one academic tutoring services, test preparation, and educational planning. A professional tutor-geek since 1993, Mr. Johnson has devoted nearly 40,000 hours to one-on-one test prep for nearly the entire alphabet of tests. He is the author of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed, and, with partner-in-scribe Dr. William  Stixrud, of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Liveswhich Madeline Levine describes as “one of the most radical and important books on raising healthy, resilient, purpose-driven kids.
Molly Love will discuss how from a young age parents and educators can work with children to understand the importance of respecting their own and other people's boundaries, with the goal of understanding how they can contribute now and in the future to a safe community.

Participants will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of how as adults we can help children and adolescents learn the skills to understand what consent is, how to ask for it, and how to give it in various contexts.

iParent 101Parenting in the Digital Age
Dr. Adam PletterChild Psychologist
Learn how to protect your children by combining basic parental controls with proven behavior techniques to empower them to use technology safely.
Dr. Pletter will discuss the challenges of Digital Parenting and show parents how to use the built-in controls of Apple devices paired with developmentally appropriate Digital Access Boxes™ so parents are better equipped to teach their children while they safely expand their access as they grow and demonstrate good digital citizenship.
Dr. Adam Pletter is a licensed clinical psychologist in his 16th year of private practice, in Bethesda, Md., and has been a Digital Dad for 13 years. He received his doctoral degree from The George Washington University and specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Pletter developed and runs iParent 101, a digital parenting workshop and e-course and has written on the topic for The Washington Post and other media outlets. 

More workshops and speakers around the Washington metro area:

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  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

    CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with ADHD. At that time, one could turn very few places for support or information. Many people seriously misunderstood ADHD. Many clinicians and educators knew little about the disability, and individuals with ADHD were often mistakenly mislabeled.

    Individuals and families dealing with ADHD turn to CHADD, the national organization representing individuals with ADHD, for education, advocacy and support. CHADD provides a treasure trove of information and guidance for parents and students to help meet many potential challenges and pave the way for success.

    The CHADD website has extensive information on ADHD. In addition, CHADD’s National Resource Center on ADHD has information specialists, definitive fact sheets and archival materials to assist parents and educators. The NRC website allows people affected by ADHD to submit questions and the toll-free phone number to speak with a live information specialist is 1.800.233.4050.

    Enroll today in Parent to Parent: Family Training on ADHD to learn more about what YOU can do to help your child.This multi-session, interactive and educational program is designed for parents of children and adolescents with ADHD and related disorders.
    In the Community Classes
    OnLine Classes
    OnDemand Class
    Scholarships are now available for In the Community and Online Classes.

    Still have more questions? Still need more information? Read more about Executive Function here.
  • PEP classes & workshops

    PEP teaches practical parenting skills geared to each stage of your child’s development, whether you’re looking for new parenting techniques or faced with serious parenting concerns. To view classes and workshops click on PEP.
  • Gifted Talented/Learning Disabled Network

    GT/LD is based in Montgomery County, Maryland, as a non-profit organization run by volunteers to support gifted students who learn differently. The Network has been a local and national resource for more than two decades. Active members include parents, students, educators, school administrators and clinicians. The Network offers several lectures and workshops throughout the year. To find out more, click on GT/LD.
  • The Parents Council of Washington

    The Parents Council of Washington (PCW) is a non-profit organization established in 1964 to foster communication within the greater Washington, D.C. independent school community. Our goal is to promote excellence in education by building a network among independent schools and their parent communities through cutting-edge programs that provide opportunities to share ideas, practices and information. Our unique relationship with our member schools and our outstanding programs place us at the forefront of issues facing the local independent school community.

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac, Maryland 20854  301.299.8277