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WIU to Host ADHD Conference Oct. 12

September 18, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – The School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach at Western Illinois University will host "Current Perspectives on ADHD" Oct. 12 in Macomb.

The conference will be held in the University Union at WIU and will feature presenter Peg Dawson of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, NH. Her presentation is entitled "Smart but Scattered: Helping ADHD Kids Improve Executive Skills."

At the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders, Dawson specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. She is past-president of the National Association of School Psychologists and the International School Psychology Association. She also co-authored several books for parents and professionals.

Dawson's address will kick off the conference at 9 a.m. in the University Union's Heritage Room.

At 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., participants can choose from three breakout sessions in the University Union on ADHD topics:

• WIU Department of Curriculum and Instruction Assistant Professor Christine Anderson will speak about "Teaching Tools for Students Identified with ADHD," in the Union's Capitol Rooms. Anderson has taught in five states and her research interests include the benefits of art for individuals with disabilities; technology related to teacher instruction and effective interventions for individuals with disabilities.

• Chris McCormick-Pries, clinical director and advanced registered nurse practitioner at Vera French Community Mental Health Center in Davenport, IA, will speak in the Union's Heritage Room on "ADHD: Current Medication Strategies." McCormick-Pries helps oversee mental health services delivered at the health care center; her responsibilities also include assessment, psychotherapy and medication management to patients in the Quad Cities area.

• Black Hawk Area Special Education District Director R. Michael Weger will speak about "ADHD: Important Family Considerations" in the University Union's Springfield Room. Weger has worked as both a school and clinical psychologist and as a special education administrator for 26 years. He has worked with numerous individuals with ADHD and their families.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 12 in the University Union's Heritage Gallery. The registration fee is $95, and the program is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) and social worker contact hours.

For more information on how to register, call the WIU office of Non-Credit Programs at (309) 298-1911, or visit for a downloadable registration form.

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