ADHD Parents Medication Guide

ADHD Med Guide

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has published a newly revised medication guide for parents on treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Updates to the guide include the addition of new research about children with ADHD in school, the transition of adolescents with ADHD into college and adulthood, and more effective treatments.

“We hope this Guide will aid families to better understand the advances being made in ADHD and its treatment, and to serve as a useful tool for clinicians caring for individuals with this disorder,” said Theodore Petti, M.D., medication guide workgroup chair.

To download the pdf of the ADHD Parents Medication Guide click here (45 pp).

WHYY’s program “Voices in the Family”


Listen as the host of the public radio program “Voices in the Family” Dr. Dan Gottlieb discusses how families of children with autism navigate an often challenging and emotional journey. His guests include Robert Naseef and Eustacia Cutler, mother of noted child with autism, author and speaker, Temple Grandin.

Fathers and Autism

Listen to Dr. Robert Naseef sharing his insights into the challenges a father faces when raising a child with autism.

2nd Annual Devereux Family Resilience Conference Program Schedule

Supporting Families with Special Needs Program Schedule 

Saturday, October 19, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rosemont School of the Holy Child
1344 Montgomery Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010

Members of the community who are caring for a loved one with special needs are invited to this conference. You will have the opportunity to speak to professionals in a variety of fields regarding how best to support your loved one. This year’s conference will feature Dr. Robert Naseef, author of  “Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together“. This conference is offered free of charge to the community. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP/Register.

A free shuttle courtesy of Krapf Bus Companies will be available from SEPTA’s Rosemont Station to the Conference for those taking public transportation. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Supervised child care for children ages 2-13 of all abilities will be available on site*. Please mention any child care needs, including special needs, when registering.

For siblings of children with special needs a workshop will be offered. Sibshop: This workshop is designed for school-age siblings of children with special needs to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Trained leaders share information through games, cooking, craft activities and other other creative techniques.

From 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Merrily the Clown will entertain the children with face painting and balloon sculpting.

* Child care will be supervised by Devereux staff, each of whom has had all appropriate screenings including child abuse clearances and background checks. Children should wear rubber-soled shoes so they can participate in activities inside the gymnasium. Arts and crafts will be part of the day’s events, so please have children dress appropriately. Meals will be provided, so please be sure to mention food allergies when registering. A First Aid station will be available in case of emergency.


8:30 Registration Opens
9:20 – 9:30 Welcome – Bob Kreider, President and CEO, Devereux
9:30 – 10:15 Keynote Speaker – Robert Naseef, Ph.D.
“Being Present: The Family Journey to Acceptance and Resilience”
10:15 –10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:50 Workshops:    About the Conference Speakers

  1. Guardianships and Special Needs Trusts – Ira M. Fingles, Esq.
  2. Understanding and Managing Medication – Marilyn Benoit, M.D.
  3. The IEP Process: What Families Should Know – Tanya Alvarado, Esq.
  4. Managing Challenging Behaviors at Home

a. FLIP IT: Transforming Challenging Behavior – Nefertiti Poyner, M.Ed.

FLIP IT is an interactive session that teaches participants to use a four-step strategy that helps young children identify their feelings, learn healthy self-control, and reduce challenging behavior. In this session, participants will learn the importance of the four steps of FLIP IT (Feelings, Limits, Inquiries, and Prompts) as they relate to the healthy social and emotional development of young children. Families who attend this workshop will receive one complimentary copy of “FLIP IT: Transforming Challenging Behavior” by Rachel Sperry.

b. Parenting from Childhood to Adulthood – Barry McCurdy, Ph.D. & Stewart Shear, Ph.D.

This session is designed to provide parents with simple strategies for success across the developmental lifespan, including children and adolescents with and without disabilities as well as adult children with disabilities.

12:00 – 12:50 Luncheon and guest speaker – Vernick Smith, M.S.: “Healin’ the Child Within”
1:00 – 1:50 Town Hall – Building a Support System – Facilitated by Amy Kelly & Paul LeBuffe, M.A.
Community of Hope Award – Frank and Colleen Foti
2:00 – 3:20 Workshops:

  1. Guardianships and Special Needs Trusts – Ira M. Fingles, Esq.
  2. Understanding and Managing Medication – Marilyn Benoit, M.D.
  3. The IEP Process: What Families Should Know – Tanya Alvarado, Esq.
  4. Managing Challenging Behaviors at Home

a. FLIP IT: Transforming Challenging Behavior – Nefertiti Poyner, M.Ed.  *See description above.

b. Parenting from Childhood to Adulthood – Barry McCurdy, Ph.D. & Stewart Shear, Ph.D.  *See description above.

3:30 – 4:00 Resilience Activity – Building Your Bounce – Nefertiti Poyner, M.Ed. The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don’t always remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.  Building Your Bounce: Strategies to Support Adult Resilience is a training designed to explore the importance of taking care of and promoting the resilience of adults. Participants will learn how the social and emotional well-being of adults has an impact on our ability to care for children as well as simple, inexpensive strategies to reduce stress and promote resilience in adults.
4:00 Reception

Save the Date

Save the Date 2013

2nd Annual Autism Speaks National Conference, July 26 – July 27, 2013

Registration for the 2nd Annual Autism Speaks National Conference in Columbus, Ohio closes next Monday, July 22nd at 12PM EST.  The two day event takes place next Friday and Saturday, July 26 – July 27, 2013.

Read blog post, “Countdown to the Conference: I Can’t Wait to Go Back!” by Devereux’s PA Director of Family Supports & Services, Amy Kelly about last year’s conference.

This year’s conference, “Treating the Whole Person with Autism: Providing Comprehensive Care for Children and Adolescents with ASD” focuses on medical issues and approaches to providing comprehensive and integrated care for individuals with ASD.

People with Developmental Disabilities and Traumatic Stress

Useful resources are available from the NYU Child Study Center on “Helping children with developmental disabilities cope with traumatic events“.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a wealth of resources available on trauma and they are continually adding more. One notable example is their publication, “Facts on Traumatic Stress and Children with Developmental Disabilities”.

How to Talk with Kids About Newtown

How to Talk with Kids About Newtown
An Interview with James Mazza, Ph.D.
Director of the School Psychology Program
Unversity of Washington
(23 minute video available on YouTube)

Statement Regarding Newtown, CT Tragedy

Like the rest of the nation, the Devereux family is heartbroken by the tragic and utterly senseless shooting in Newtown, CT last Friday.  It seems so feeble in the context of such trauma, but our thoughts and prayers are truly with the parents, the children, the school staff and the community.  We so wish that there was something, anything, we could do to comfort them.  In trying to think of something useful to say, something that would provide all of us with a positive way of responding, my thoughts went back to the core protective factors we advocate for in children:

Attachment/Relationships – nothing is more important to all of us, children and adults alike, at this time than knowing that others care for us and about us.  We all know of the need to provide assurance to the children, but let’s also express our compassion for the parents throughout our nation who may be anxious to send their children to school and the school staff who may feel overwhelmed by their responsibility for the children.

Self-Regulation– although we all feel sorrow, it is important not to be overwhelmed by our feelings.  We should all make an extra effort in the coming weeks to take care of ourselves through reflection, meditation, prayer, or the like. We need to acknowledge our feelings, but to stay focused on keeping ourselves together, and maintaining the normal rhythms and routines of life. This is especially important for our children – that they see that the adults that they depend on can acknowledge their feelings, but can cope effectively.

Initiative – Finally, we all have to ask ourselves what we can do as parents, teachers, and community members to make the world safer for children. And then we need to commit to action.

The staff at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children have devoted their careers to helping children build resilience so they can bounce back from adversity, but no child, no family, and no community should ever have to bounce back from events like those in Newtown.

Resources are available to help us best understand how to support children and one and other in these tragic situations.  Following are links to such resources:

Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events in Schools from CSMH

National Association for School Psychologists

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling  Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

Prepare for emergencies and “Get Tech Ready.”

Americans are relying more and more on social media and technology to learn about disasters, to seek help in emergencies, and to share information about their own well-being. One step towards getting “tech ready” is to download these “Red Cross Mobile Apps”.

Redcross Mobile Apps


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