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CSC Educational Workshops Series


The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center Educational Workshop Series 2013 - 2014


The Child Study Center Educational Workshop Series

The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center hosts weekly workshops on various topics related to raising healthy kids, managing behavior, and emotional health and illness. The workshops are led by our expert clinical faculty who will provide insights, tips and advice on working with children and adolescents.

The Struggling Learner: Understanding the Signs and How to Help
When a child encounters persistent difficulties in school, they attempt to show us that they are struggling in different ways. Some may become quiet and withdrawn, while others may act out. This workshop will help parents understand the signs of children who are struggling with learning and identify when it may be time to get more information and help.
Presenters: Marsha Vasserman, PsyD, ABPP-CN,  and Daniela Montalto, PhD
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Fact and Fiction: Careful Thinking About Alternative Treatments for ADHD

Is there an ADHD diet? Can biofeedback bring relief from ADHD symptoms? With so much information about ADHD, parents, teachers, and caregivers may need help sorting out the promises from the actual results. This workshop will cover commonly offered alternative treatments and weigh the evidence for their effectiveness to date.
Presenter: Richard Gallagher, PhD
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Getting to Dialogue: How to Turn Conflict into Closeness in Relationships
Conflict in relationships is inevitable, but contrary to conventional wisdom, it is also a necessary pathway to greater emotional connection. This workshop will provide methods for transforming destructive arguments into constructive dialogue. The skills and concepts taught will apply to couples, parent-child relationships, or any meaningful relationship.
Presenter: Andrew Roffman, LCSW
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When a Baby Is at Risk for Autism: What Parents Need to Know about Infant Social Development
Identifying very young children at risk for ASD is a major focus of our field so that potential treatments can be started early. This workshop will discuss when to be concerned and when not to in babies as young as 6 months. We will discuss the newest diagnostic tools and treatment methods for very young children.
Presenter: Elizabeth Roberts, PsyD
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Recognizing Beauty: Promoting Your Child’s Healthy Body Image
Stereotypes of attractiveness are everywhere. The discrepancy between what’s seen in the media versus the mirror can feel overwhelming for tweens and teens whose bodies are transforming rapidly. We will examine the nature of body image, its impact on self-esteem, and its perilous role in the development and maintenance of eating disorders and other illnesses. You will learn cutting-edge strategies to help children better accept and appreciate their bodies.
Presenter: Andrea Vazzana, PhD
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Fostering Resilience in Families in the Face of Childhood Illness
An injured or ill child is among the most stressful of experiences for families. Parents, siblings, and extended family and friends not only face worries about their loved one’s health and well-being, but they also must learn to navigate a complex healthcare system, understand diagnoses and treatments, make difficult decisions, adapt and maintain family routines, and find additional sources of support. In this workshop, participants may share their real life experiences and learn from each other and members of a panel from NYU Langone’s Sala Institute for Child and Family-Centered Care and the Child Study Center.
Presenters: Ron-Li Liaw, MD, Andrew Roffman, LCSW, Beth Silber, MPA & members of the Sala Institute Family Faculty Program
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Identifying and Successfully Treating Anxiety: What You Need to Know
Does your child struggle with anxiety, worries, or fears? In this workshop, you will learn how to distinguish between normal and excessive anxiety, navigate the evaluation process, and select treatments based on the latest research. You will also learn about cognitive behavioral therapy, the leading treatment for child anxiety, and walk away with concrete steps to help your anxious child today.
Presenter: Aleta Angelosante, PhD
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Your Brain: Understanding How It Learns
3/19/15 A special workshop for kids.
This “hands-on” workshop is geared for children in grades 2-5 who want to learn how their brains work. During this workshop, they will engage in art-based activities that help them understand key concepts related to brain functioning and the core skills needed for reading, writing, and math. Children who attend this workshop will better understand their learning style and develop a new vocabulary they can use to advocate for it.
Presenters: Bryn Kahn, PsyD, and Greg Witkin, PhD
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Your Child’s Brain: Understanding How It Learns
This workshop focuses on parents of children in grades 2-5. Parents will learn about the latest research on brain functioning in children and key areas responsible for learning. This workshop will include a “walk around the brain” and a basic understanding of how children obtain the foundational skills needed to learn how to read, spell, write, and do math.
Presenters: Daniela Montalto, PhD, and Marsha Vasserman, PsyD, ABPP-CN 
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Successfully Navigating the Toddler Years: Tips for Parents
Parents of children ages 1-3 know firsthand the joys and challenges that come with parenting. Toddlers become more independent daily—in their ideas and pursuits—yet their bodies and emotions don’t always keep pace. This workshop will help parents of toddlers understand some of the developmental tasks at this stage, and how to navigate some of the challenges. We will also focus on strategies for maximizing your sense of joy and delight during this unparalleled phase of development.
Presenter: Lauren Knickerbocker, PhD
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What Parents Need to Know:Identifying and Successfully Treating Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Many children and adolescents with ASD struggle with anxiety and depression. This workshop discusses ways anxiety and depression are identified and treated in adolescents with ASD, and the role parents/caregivers play in treatment.
Presenter: Karina G. Campos, PsyD
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Summer Success for Children with ADHD
Summer fun? Not always. For kids with ADHD, an unstructured summer vacation may be challenging. Although school-related difficulties may be over for a few months, summer is a good time to continue developing and reinforcing structured routines and good habits. This workshop will provide tips to maintain structure and routines during break, such as structuring play dates, vacation, and academic tasks.
Presenter: Yamalis Diaz, PhD
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The Overlap between Autism and ADHD: Important Clinical and Research Issues for Families
There is increasing evidence of the co-occurrence of autism and symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity typically observed in children with ADHD. This overlap may cause significant additional impairment. We will present the challenges related to appropriate recognition of these overlapping conditions and discuss treatment approaches currently available or under development.
Presenters: Adriana Di Martino, MD, and Howard Abikoff, PhD
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Welcome to Parenthood
5/7/15 Babies are welcome.
As first-time parents begin their new role, they can receive conflicting and confusing information from many well-intended sources. This workshop, led by reproductive and infant mental health specialists, will answer your questions about the early steps in becoming a parent. Parents will discuss the transitions they face, learn about the emotional world of their infant, and explore ways to strengthen the parent-infant bond. Most importantly, parents will receive support and build confidence in their own decision-making. This workshop is appropriate for expectant parents and parents with babies age 0-6 months.
Presenters: Rebecca Weis, MD, Lucy Hutner, MD, and Tresha Gibbs, MD
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Transition to Adulthood: Developing and Implementing Goals for Your Child’s Future
A well-planned and effective transition is crucial to helping young adults with developmental disabilities lead independent and engaged lives. In this workshop we will discuss that transition process—from identifying and documenting important skills, goals, and challenges to the resources available to support this process.
Presenter: Sarah Kern, LCSW
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From Feeding to Eating: How to Develop Healthy Eating Habits from Infancy through the Preschool Years

Establishing healthy eating habits is one of the first tasks of parenthood, and begins before birth with prenatal food choices. Pregnancy and early childhood represent critical periods to introduce new foods, tastes, and healthy nutrition practices. In this workshop, you will learn how to encourage a broad palate, promote a positive relationship with food, and create a division of responsibility that incorporates nutritional guidelines, routine, selfregulation, and positive parenting practices. Come join us to learn how to make mealtime healthy and enjoyable for both parents and kids!
Presenters: Andrea Vazzana, PhD, Rachelle Theise, PsyD, and Melissa Nishawala, MD
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When Siblings Fight: Helping Your Children Get Along
Ever think about how you can help your children get along better with each other and create more peace in the home? This workshop will focus on tips for helping your children to have healthy relationships with each other and emphasize what you can do to foster healthy interactions and reduce conflict.
Presenter: Clark Goldstein, PhD
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Fears and Anxieties in Young Children: When Is It Normal and When Should a Parent Worry?
As children learn about the world during their early years, they develop a variety of concerns and worries. Some of these are typical, while others may reflect an overly active, worried mind that may be prone to anxiety disorders. Problems with separation, interacting with people outside of the family, and trying new activities can often develop. This talk will clarify the differences and provide guidelines to parents of children 2-9 years old on how to
help children deal with their worries and anxieties.
Presenters: Richard Gallagher, PhD, and Lauren Knickerbocker, PhD
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