Wednesday Webinar Series
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April 23, 2014
Tourette and Developmental Disabilities
Presenter: Lawrence W. Brown, MD
Tourette Syndrome is defined solely by the chronic presence of motor and verbal tics. But large epidemiological studies have clearly demonstrated that the presence of other neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders are so common as to be the rule, not the exception. Some like OCD appear to be directly linked genetically, while others are truly co-morbid liken autism, intellectual disability and tics in unique genetic conditions, where disturbed brain networks in the growing child disrupt the same systems affected in primary Tourette Syndrome. Yet others interact in ways not always fully understood such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, sleep problems, etc. this lecture will review the current scientific understanding of the interactions between tics and these developmental disabilities.
May 21, 2014
OCD in Young Children
Presenter: Joelle McGovern, Psy.D. - University of Pennsylvania
Children as young as four can develop full-blown obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and often exhibit many of the same OCD characteristics typically seen in older kids. Common obsessions among children in the study included fear of contamination and aggressive/catastrophic fears (involving death or harm to themselves or loved ones), and three-quarters reported having multiple obsessions.
June 18, 2014
Creative Applications of Exposure Therapy and Habit Reversal Therapy
Presenter: Hilary Dingfelder, Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania
Exposure therapy is a technique in behavior therapy intended to treat anxiety disorders. It involves the exposure of the patient to the feared object or context without any danger, in order to overcome their anxiety. Technology can be used to supplement treatment (e.g., using the smart phone to send reminders to practice HRT, etc.), as well as other ideas (e.g., how games can be used as exposures, creative ideas for reward plans for treatment, etc.)
July 9, 2014
Sports Related Brain Injury
Presenter: Mark Mintz, MD - The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health
A brain injury typically affects cognitive functioning (mental processes of thinking, reasoning, learning, remembering, problem-solving and creativity). Many children and young adults experience significant psychological stress from their injuries. Dr. Mintz will discuss how help individuals compensate for their weaknesses, to maximize functioning in home, school, work, and community.
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