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ADHD, Autism, & Other Disabilities on the Spectrum

6:45 – 8:30 pm
Cost: Free
Free Childcare - Register now (6 weeks - 12 years old)

Adults register at the door. Speaker name is coming soon.

Purpose: To provide individuals with an educational opportunity to learn about ADHD, Autism, & Other Disabilities on the Spectrum, a network of people who may help to ease feelings of isolation, and an opportunity to ask questions in a safe environment.

2018-19 Speaker Presentation Schedule:

Download the 2018-19 brochure | Download the 2018-19 flyer

Monday, October 29, 2018
How Can I Help My Child Who Struggles With Academic, Social, and Behavioral Issues?
No cost for this presentation.
Sheila Dwyer, Director, Brain Balance Achievement Center

Rather than focusing on the symptoms of an issue, Brain Balance focuses on the root of the problem. The underlying problem is due to the development of the brain not functioning at an age-appropriate level. Our program creates the ability for the right and left hemispheres of the brain to make connections and communicate efficiently and effectively. By improving overall brain function, we are able to minimize the symptoms, helping children reach their potential.

Monday, November 12, 2018
The Teenage Brain
No cost for this presentation.
Judy Richardson-Mahre, LAMFT, Partners in Parenting

Learn about your teenager’s brain and how to use that knowledge to improve your parenting and connection. The teenage brain is under-going drastic changes that are developmentally appropriate and necessary. Gain a better understanding of what is happening to better guide and mentor your teenagers to better success.

Monday, December 3, 2018
Video Night—Nutrition & Neurochemistry: The ADD Link
No cost for this presentation.
John F. Taylor, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist 

We will watch Dr. John Taylor's video and learn about how we and our children are "Overfed & Undernourished." Dr. Taylor teaches how ADHD and Autism individuals can be affected by allergies as well as ADHD/Autism symptoms.

Learn about nutrition strategies and how food and petrochemicals can affect you or your child's behavior and academic performance.     


Monday, January 28, 2019
ADHD, Autism and Epigenetics
No cost for this presentation.
Judy Richardson-Mahre, LAMFT, Partners in Parenting

Research has been unsuccessful in finding one gene responsible for ADHD/Autism - it is instead a group of genes responsible.  The debate of nature vs. nurture is not a debate anymore - it's both.  So how does this information impact how we address and deal with ADHD /Autism through other natural methods - including exercise, diet, supplements, sleep, etc.

Monday, February 25, 2019
May I Have Your Attention, Please?
No cost for this presentation.
Rich Frieder, Learning RX

Learning RX focuses on identifying and improving focus and attention skills in children and adults. 

Attention issues result in high frustration levels and keeps individuals from achieving their full potential.

This class will identify the different types of attention, how they impact learning and performance, as well as practical strategies to improve attention skills.


Monday, March 18, 2019
Electronics And The Brain—Is It Really An Addiction?
No cost for this presentation.
Barb Andrus, B.S., CAPS, Partners in Parenting

Have you ever tried to limit electronics but then given in because your child wouldn’t stop badgering you?  Do you wonder if it is affecting your child long-term? You will learn the effect that overuse of electronics has on the brain and how that affects the fight/flight system in the brain and creates a cascade of stress chemicals that overwhelms the brain effecting your child’s ability to manage their feelings, mood, and behavior. You will learn strategies to help restore health and harmony to your family and allow the brain to rest, heal, and reboot itself allowing your child to better manage their feelings and moods. You will learn strategies to creating healthier boundaries around electronic usage and strategies that are key to having a calmer, more cooperative child and family home life.

Monday, April 8, 2019
Video Night-New Skills for Frazzled Parents
No cost for this presentation.
Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

We will watch Dr. Amen's video to help you understand why children are difficult and why parents are difficult, as well as dramatically improving the quality of your relationship with your child. His program is designed to teach you the best parenting skills in a fun and practical way for difficult children.

For further information or questions, please contact:

Brenda Brookman at 952.322.2176 or
Connie Simonson at 952.431.5667 or
SOTV staff liaison: Jill Johnson, Care Ministries, at 952.985.7381 or

Later Event: February 22
Babywearing International