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March 26th 2001 - 23:40 GMT

The Fourth Annual ADDISS Conference - Day One

Over 400 delegates arrived for the first day of the fourth annual ADDISS Conference today, 26th March 2001, including a large number from our European neighbours. The conference is being held at the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London until Wednesday 28th and is entitled ADHD Across The Life Span.

of adders.org is at the conference and gave a brief report of the days events. A fuller report will be posted here upon her return.

The conference started at 9:15 and delegates packed into the keynote speeches of the morning which included, "Overview of the NICE Guidelines" by Professor Eric Taylor, "Findings of the 14 Month Randomized MTA Trial: Clinical Applications, Future Research" by Peter Jensen MD and "Building Up Rather than Tearing Down: The Effective Care and Treatment of Children with ADHD" by Sam Goldstein Ph.D. These were all very well received and lots of good feedback produced. During the course of the morning, two awards were presented by ADDISS (ADD Information Services). The first was given to Professor Eric Taylor for his outstanding contribution to research and was presented by Sam Goldstein. The second was given to Dr. Geoffrey Kewley of the Learning Assessment Centre, for his tenacity and dedication to his work in ADHD and his support to families. This was presented by the founder of ADDISS and conference organiser Andrea Bilbow.

The afternoon session started at 1 p.m. with the following parallel sessions:

1. The Nuts and Bolts of ADHD - Dr Nikos Myttas
2. What We Know About ADHD and Why We Know it - Robert Doyle MD
3. Social Skills Training for ADHD- Janet Z Giler Ph.D, M.F.T.
4. The Management of Adolescents with Complex ADHD and Related Difficulties - Dr Geoff Kewley
5. The D.A.V.I.D. ADHD Treatment Plan- A Five Step Program for Healing ADHD at home and at school. - Stuart Chesner PhD
6. ADD Inattention and Learning Problems - Professor Thomas E Brown PhD

After tea further parallel sessions included:

1. Prescribers Masterclass - Professor Peter Hill/Robert Doyle MD
2. Those Amazing Preschoolers with ADHD - Mary Wonderlick
3. Adventures in Plumbing: The Role of the Behaviour Support Teacher - Jack Crompton
4. A Wellness Model for ADHD - Ron Weinstein
5. Developing Behavioural Management Programmes for parents with an ADHD Child - David Pentecost
6. Talk by Professor Loretta Giorcelli

The main program closed at 5.30 p.m. but a special lecture by Sam Goldstein at 8.00 p.m. entitled "Current Concepts About Children's Problems: Is There Such a Thing as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?" rounded off an extremely successful day.

The program for tomorrow is as follows:

9.00 am - The Overlaps of ADHD, DAMP and Asperger Syndrome Professor Christopher Gillberg
9.45am - Space, Face, Voice And Choice: The Critical Role Of Social Skills Development In Addressing The Needs Of Students With Attentional And/Or Learning Problems. Professor Loretta Giorcelli

11.15am - Current Understandings of ADHD Across the Lifespan: Inattention and executive Function Impairments Professor Thomas E Brown PhD

12.15pm - Lunch

1.45pm - Parallel Sessions
1. ADHD and Bi Polar Disorder - Peter Jensen M.D
2. Effective teaching and management of AD/HD children in schools, what works for whom -Sam Goldstein Ph.D
3. Language Learning Disability And ADHD -The Overlaps: concepts, functions vulnerabilities and management .- Dr Paul Hutchins
4. ADHD, Substance Abuse and Criminal Behaviour - Dr Nikos Myttas
5. An evaluation of two parenting treatment modalities for 3 year old children with overactivity - David Daley, Margaret J.J. Thompson, Cathy Laver-Bradbury

3.00pm - Tea
Parallel Sessions

3.30pm -5.45pm
1. An Introduction to Coaching Pt1 - Dianne Zaccheo M.S.W
2. ADD Success Stories Pt1 Thom Hartmann 3.30pm -4.30pm
3. Pathways to Shared Care in Worcestershire - Dr Alison Munden/Dr Andy Mills
4. Re-Weaving the Tapestry of ADHD and Asperger Syndrome- Lisa Blakemore Brown
5. I've Tried Everything With That Kid:Take-Away Tips For Schools - Prof Loretta Giorcelli

4.45pm - 5.45pm
6. Ensuring Treatment for hyperactive children: research, development and survival - Dr David Foreman
7. Special Educational Needs and the Law - Paul Conrathe
8. Going on to Further education with ADHD - Steve Kelly

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