DIAMONDS BI-ANNUAL CONFERENCE
This child-focused conference brings together parents, educators, and practitioners, who appreciate the unique strengths and needs of students who learn differently.
Each conference has a different theme, or focus, which have included; 2E, ADHD, Executive Functioning, Autism, and Learning Disabilities, and the special education process.
Past conferences have featured presentations by nationally known and locally respected educational experts, along with an opportunity to explore a variety of local schools and resources of every kind.
Conferences provide an opportunity for professionals to earn CE credits.
Diamonds In The Rough Conference, March 2021
CE Workshop - Executive Skills: The “Hidden Curriculum” that Is Essential for School Success - Dr. Peg Dawson
"I developed a greater, more in depth understanding of the executive tasks. I appreciated the intervention portion and the coping techniques." - MSW attendee
"Really loved all the resources, strategies and interventions. Very applicable to recommendations in reports, consultation with teachers and parents." - Student attendee
Smart but Scattered: How Parents Can Help Children Strengthen Executive Skills to Reach Their Full Potential - Dr. Peg Dawson
"Peg Dawson's presentation on re-framing ADHD in a positive way was very powerful, and some of her specific strategies for helping kids were quite valuable." - Parent attendee
"Quality substantive presentations, handouts & presentations made available along with supplementary materials, ability to review with recordings. Content taught me a lot. I wish my kids' school staff had attended this conference." - Parent attendee
Mining Magnificent Minds: How to Unwrap the Gifts Embedded in ADHD - Dr. Ned Hallowell
"Neuropsychology presented in a warm, informative way. Coaching and therapy need to work together. Incredible breakdown of steps to stop toxic worry. The brain's research on FFRI, TPN and DMN (wow!). Working with young students, these insights into the brain and steps to bring love and connection to students is a GAME CHANGER." - School Administrator
"I feel like I have a much better understanding of what ADHD looks like on a functional level. I also better understanding the emotional impact, and the ways that ADHD might present that would otherwise fly under the radar." - Psychologist
Super-parenting for ADHD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child - Dr. Ned Hallowell
"Dr. Hallowell brings his many years of work in the field of understanding ADHD to the table. It was great to hear him speak and talk about the positive side of ADHD traits and the importance of a strength-based approach." - Parent
"Great talk, very relatable and extremely informed. His part about ADHD and worry was fabulous." - Parent
DIAMONDS SPEAKER CONFERENCE
This virtual speaker series was created to disseminate information to parents and professionals on a variety of special education topics. Several of our workshops have included the option of earning 3-CE credits for eligible attendees.
Past workshops include:
The Pandemic and School Behavior Challenges: Internal and External Behaviors - Dr. Kristen Eccleston and Dr. Paul Livelli, April 2022
"Very informative speakers who are in the schools and do excellent advocacy. They could provide hands on approaches and we could learn from both their info and their case examples." - MSW attendee
"The presentation was well laid out, I liked the focus on externalizing behaviors for one half and internalizing behaviors for the other half. I liked getting information on how to advocate for children, and really getting to the root of the behaviors - the reason why." - Psychologist
Systemic Racism and the Role of Psychologists, Physicians, and School Staff in Special Education - Dr. Joette James & Marcy Jackson, Oct 2021
"The presentation was very informative. The presenters were well informed and discussed issues and information in a clear and compassionate way. This is a crucial topic to be continuing to learn about and explore." - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
"I liked the self screening to give myself a check on where my blind spots are. Hearing how many more resources are becoming available and the overall increased awareness for more cultural sensitivity across professions is exciting progress." - Psychology Associate