Join us on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 for an exciting one-day conference that convenes some of the country's top experts who specialize in helping high school students with learning differences smoothly transition from high school to higher education. Hear from professionals and experts in ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, coaching, executive functioning and other learning differences.
The Transitions 2013 conference brought together over 650 attendees from 19 states and nine countries for a day of learning and informational exchange. The fifth annual Transitions conference has a comprehensive program, with two plenary sessions, 21 breakout sessions and 17 speakers. A special conference track will be offered to high school students accompanying their parents.
This year's esteemed lineup of speakers includes:
Russell Barkley, Ph.D. – clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders
Dr. Patricia Quinn – developmental pediatrician and author specializing in ADHD issues; diagnosed with ADHD; mother of three children with ADHD
David Flink – social movement leader on the front lines of the new learning rights movement; co-founder and CEO of Eye to Eye and author of Thinking Differently: Reframing Learning for a New Generation (HarperCollins, 2014); diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age
- Experts from Apple Inc., leaders in developing assistive technology
- Rick Ackerly – nationally recognized educator who has devoted his 45-year career to building thriving learning communities
- Jeff Copper – founder of DIG Coaching Practice and Attention Talk Radio, coach for individuals and entrepreneurs with ADD/ADHD symptoms seeking personal and business results
- Marsha Glines – dedicated learning differences advocate and lecturer on topics of cognitive and developing issues, personalizing education and learning strategies, executive director of The Slomin Family Center
- Jill Kelderman – licensed psychologist in the state of Florida who has received extensive, focused training in pediatric neuropsychology at several of the top ranked children’s medical centers in the midwest
- Elizabeth Mattson – student services coordinator who assists young adults with special needs transition post high school
- Susan Moreno – founder and president of MAAP Services, autism consultant and internationally known lecturer and motivational speaker
- David Nowell – clinical neuropsychologist and Psychology Today contributor who speaks internationally to clinicians on improving diagnostic interview skills, conducting risk assessment and managing ADHD and processing disorders
- Robert Tudisco – executive director of the Edge Foundation, practicing attorney and freelance writer; an adult with ADHD and past CHADD national board of directors member
- Jose Velasco – vice president of technology, head of the SAP Autism at Work Program in the U.S. and proud father of two young adults in the autism spectrum
- Complete Speaker Biographies
Rick Ackerly is a nationally recognized educator and speaker with 45 years of experience working in schools. He has served as head of four independent schools, speaks to parent and school groups across the country and presents at numerous education conferences.
Rick is the author of The Genius in Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity and Creativity in Children and lives in Decatur, IL. Visit his blog, The Genius in Children, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Alexandra Alberti is an admission counselor at Lynn University and an alumna of the institution. She is originally from Morris Plains, New Jersey and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Applied Psychology from Lynn. She was also a member of the 3.0 program—Lynn’s accelerated degree program that enables students to earn their Lynn University degree in three instead of the typical four years. She ultimately plans to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and work with young adults that have developmental disabilities.
Russell Barkley is a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is board certified in clinical psychology (ABPP), clinical child and adolescent psychology, and clinical neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP).
A clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner, Barkley has published 21 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals numbering 28 editions. He has also published more than 250 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment and treatment of ADHD and related disorders.
He is the founder and editor of the bimonthly clinical newsletter, The ADHD Report, now in its 20th year of publication.
Barkley has presented more than 700 invited addresses internationally and appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN and many other programs on behalf of those with ADHD.
He has received awards from the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Board of Professional Psychology, Association for the Advancement of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Wisconsin Psychological Association and Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) for his career accomplishments, contributions to research in ADHD, to clinical practice and for the dissemination of science. His websites are russellbarkley.org and ADHDLectures.com.
Energy and passion for the media is what describes Professor Belafonte-Young. She has taught television production for over 20 years. She also produced and directed in New York and worked in sports radio. She is the advisor for the National Broadcasting Society student run organization as well as the Speech and Debate team. With a long time passion for television production, Belafonte-Young has the skills to oversee all aspects from the TV stage, control room, and editing room for student productions.
From his high school days as a top-ranked competitive swimmer, to his rise to become a top sales and marketing professional, to doing his part in a startup business going public, becoming an attentive husband and father, and coaching Masters swim teams, Jeff Copper has been driven by dedication, discipline, and desire. His accomplishments rival those of the most successful individuals in America.
Today, Copper is not only the founder of DIG Coaching Practice, he is the host and founder of Attention Talk Radio where he is an attention coach for individuals and entrepreneurs with ADD/ADHD symptoms seeking personal and business results. He brings a breadth of diverse experience and wisdom to his clients through his attention coaching. In this role, Copper encourages others to realize their own potential by helping them to overcome information overload, chronic disorganization, ADHD and ADD symptoms, time management problems, attention deficit disorder impulsivity and other conditions that may hinder one's advancement.
Prior to joining Lynn, Curtis served for six years as a member of the in-house legal team for the University of South Florida, representing the NCAA Division I institution on legal issues in intercollegiate athletics, technology law and intellectual property. He also previously served as general counsel for the Florida Bobcats of the Arena Football League and as general counsel for a Florida-based sports management firm.
As an award-winning journalist, Curtis has been covering sports, business, law and politics –and the convergence of all of these disciplines – since he began his career covering college football for a Boston-area newspaper in 1989. He has published hundreds of articles in a diverse range of publications, including Sports Illustrated, the United States Golf Association's Golf Journal, the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal, Referee and Golf for Women.
Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age, David Flink struggled through much of his pre-college education feeling hopeless and left out of education as a whole. Although his parents and teachers frequently told him he would be able to go to college, Flink would have found that message more believable if it had come from a person with a learning disability who had finished college.
With that in mind, he co-founded Eye to Eye in 1998, while he was a student at Brown University. In addition to his ongoing work as Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye, from 2002 to 2004 Flink was an admissions officer at Brown University, serving as disabilities liaison for all Brown applicants with disabilities.
Flink has spoken at colleges and universities across the country and provided keynote addresses at national and international conferences, including the International Dyslexia Association and the Education Revolution Conference held in San Francisco’s AT&T Park. In 2010, he was awarded a Prime Mover’s Fellowship sponsored by the Hunt Alternative’s Fund, which supports emerging and established social movement leaders who are developing innovative and inclusive approaches to social change at the local, national and global levels.
He holds a Master’s in Disability Studies in Education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees with honors in education and psychology from Brown University.
Marsha Glines has a national reputation in teaching and learning theory, special education, non-traditional program design and higher education curriculum development. In February of 2013 she was presented with Lynn University’s Transitions Champion Award and in 2012 she was honored in New York City by the National Labor Board Committee with the Lewis Hine Award presented “in recognition of outstanding service on behalf of children and youth”.
She was the founding president of Beacon College prior to her appointment at Lynn University in 1991. While at Lynn she created and supervised alternative, innovative programs including an undergraduate human service degree, the Advancement Program, the Lynn Educational Alternative Program and the Institute for Achievement and Learning.
After earning a bachelor of arts degree from Emerson College and a Master’s in Education with special education certification from Lesley College Graduate School, Glines continued her studies in education as a special studies student at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In October 1988, she earned her Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Union Institute.
Glines has been the keynote and graduation speaker at several events and commencement ceremonies including the Forman School and the 2005 Small Boarding School conference at Vanguard School. Most recently, she has conducted teacher training workshops in Bogotá, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and in Puerto Rico. She is a frequent presenter at various conferences pertaining to higher education both nationally and internationally.
Glines was published in “On Post-Secondary Opportunities for Learning Disabled Students: Establishing Connections” in Many Shades of Success – Other Views of Post Secondary Options; and her work was also discussed in Transitional Skills for Post Secondary Success and author Mary Fowler’s Maybe You Know My Teen. She is currently writing a book on the process of teaching and empowering our current generation of learners with ideas and thinking skills for appropriate problem solving.
Jill Kelderman, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and Florida-licensed psychologist. She received extensive, focused training in the midwest. She is a member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.
Kelderman has undergone the highest level of examination by her peers and demonstrated excellence in her field.
Kelderman's clinical practice consists exclusively of pediatric neuropsychological evaluations and represents years of specialization within that field.
Melissa Knight has her M.A. in Psychology and is a Professional Certified Coach. She started her career working in the mental health field before transitioning into higher education. Knight's coach training includes extensive training in AD/HD and Executive Functioning. She has been coaching since 2006 and her clients include high school and college students. Through the coaching process she supports her clients in shifting from feelings of frustration into feelings of success. Her coaching philosophy is about creating balance and success through coaching the whole person.
Elizabeth Mattson is the Student Services Coordinator at College Living Experience in Davie, FL. Mattson has over eight years of experience in working with adults, young adults and teenagers with special needs. She received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Davis and a teaching credential in exceptional student education from California State University, Sacramento.
Mattson has been a classroom teacher in public and private school settings in both California and Florida. Since 2010, she has worked with College Living Experience helping young adults with exceptional needs transition from high school to independent life by providing tutoring and support in independent living skills, academics and social skills.
Susan Moreno is the founder and CEO of MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and is the editor of The MAAP, a quarterly newsletter for families of more advanced individuals within the autism spectrum of disorders.
Moreno authored a chapter in Mesibov and Schopler’s High Functioning Individuals with Autism (Plenum, 1988) and has been published in Autism Spectrum Quarterly and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She is the co-author of a book for partners of people with Asperger Syndrome, The Partner’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome. Her most recent publication is More Cognitively Advanced Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Basics.
As CEO of MAAP Services, she gives supportive information and advice to parents, teachers, healthcare professionals and others about all aspects of individuals with autism and Asperger syndrome. In addition to writing and editing, Mrs. Moreno is an Autism Society of Indiana regional Ally, and is an internationally known lecturer and motivational speaker.
Moreno received her B.S. in Business Administration from Wittenberg University and her Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Valparaiso University, IN. She has been trained in neuro-cognitive rehabilitation therapy and has worked with traumatic head injury survivors.
Moreno has made many presentations for parents and professionals at various locations throughout the United States and was a keynote speaker at the Autism Society of America National Conference on Autism in 1991 and in 1999.
David Nowell is a clinical neuropsychologist and Psychology Today contributor who is passionate about motivation and focus and fully engaged living.
He offers neuropsychological evaluation and consultations and speaks internationally to clinicians on topics such as improving diagnostic interview skills, conducting risk assessment, managing ADHD and processing disorders and applying findings from positive psychology.
Dr. Patricia Quinn
Dr. Patricia Quinn is a developmental pediatrician in Washington, D.C. and former clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center. A graduate of Georgetown University Medical School, she specializes in child development and psychopharmacology. Dr. Quinn has worked for more than 30 years in the areas of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities.
For the last decade, Dr. Quinn has devoted her attention professionally to the issues confronting girls and women with ADD. In 1997, she co-founded and is currently the director of the Center for Girls and Women with ADHD in Washington, D.C., and since that time has written several books on this topic. Her 1999 book, Understanding Girls with ADHD, is groundbreaking in its presentation of this population. Her award-winning book, Attention Girls! A Guide to Learn All About Your ADHD, is the only book for girls ages 7 to 12 years who have ADHD. Her other books in this area include Understanding Women with ADHD, Gender Issues and ADHD: Research, Diagnosis and Treatment, authored with Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, and 100 Questions and Answers about ADHD in Girls and Women, released in November, 2010.
Dr. Quinn is a well-known international speaker and conducts workshops nationwide about ADHD. She has appeared on Lifetime TV's New Attitudes, the PBS show, To the Contrary, and recently on Good Morning America and CNN discussing the issue of girls and women with ADD. Dr. Quinn appeared in a video aired on PBS titled, OUTSIDE IN: A Look at Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. She also produced and appears in an educational video ADD: Transition to College - Passport to Success for the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association.
In 2000, Dr. Quinn received the CHADD Hall of Fame Award for her outstanding service to the field of ADHD.
Robert M. Tudisco is a practicing attorney in New York and executive director of the Edge Foundation, a nonprofit that provides academic and life coaching for students diagnosed with ADHD. As executive director, Tudisco has overseen successful sports philanthropy fundraising efforts including events through the fundraising site CrowdRise at the Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon and Trail de Paris.
Since his own diagnosis with ADHD as an adult, he has researched and written extensively on the subject of practical coping mechanisms and systems for adults with ADHD. He is a frequent resource for the media about ADHD and disability advocacy. He has been published in ATTENTION!® Magazine and regularly contributes as a columnist on adult, parenting and legal issues in addition to sitting on its editorial advisory board. He is also the expert legal columnist for ADDitude Magazine.
Tudisco received his Juris Doctor at the Fordham University School of Law in 1989. He subsequently served four years as an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, NY. For the last 20 years he has practiced criminal and civil litigation in New York. Since his diagnosis, he has dedicated a growing portion of his practice as an advocate for special needs children, adolescents and adults in the area of legal, administrative and educational issues.
Tudisco is a past member of the national board of directors of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD). He is a current member and immediate past chair of CHADD’s Public Policy Committee. Robert is also a former vice president of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA).
Tudisco is an avid runner and six time marathon finisher. He lives with his wife and young son in Eastchester, NY. He welcomes comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jose H. Velasco is a vice president of technology, head of the SAP Autism at Work Program in the United States and proud father of two young adults in the autism spectrum. His career spans 28 years in the IT Industry in roles ranging from technology development to general management.
SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software with presence in 180 countries and over 66,000 employees. SAP not only helps companies of all sizes and industries run better but also strives to make a difference in people’s lives everywhere.
Catherine Wharton began working in the Institute for Achievement and Learning in 2006. In June 2007, she attended the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University, where she was certified as a Developmental Education Specialist.
Wharton studied educational design, multiculturalism, assessment, and program and staff development. Upon returning to her position at Lynn's Institute for Achievement and Learning, she modified components of the diagnostic center using the information she gained.
Wharton is among fewer than 1,000 professionals to have attained this certification, which is regarded as one of the most prestigious credentials in the field of developmental education.
In 2010, the IAL's diagnostic center began offering assessments to the local community.
Please continue to check our website for updates to the Transitions 2014 schedule, speakers and breakout session information.
Attention Talk Radio on Transitions 2014
Recent interview by speaker Russell Barkley with conference chair Ashleigh Fowles and speaker Jeff Copper.
Transitions 2013 Highlights
Here's a brief recap of Transitions 2013.
ADHD, Self-Regulation and Executive Functioning: Implications for Management
Failure to Launch
|4 p.m.||Institute for Achievement and Learning open house|
Returning this year: a special conference track offered to high school students accompanying their parents.
|7:30 a.m.||Conference registration and continental breakfast
Gareth Fowles, vice president for enrollment management
Kevin M. Ross, president of Lynn University
Shaun Exsteen, associate dean, Institute for Achievement and Learning
|8:45 a.m.||Keynote Speaker|
|10 a.m.||Your Learning Style
Presenter: Catherine Wharton
|10:30 a.m.||Admission Welcome
Presenter: Alexandra Alberti
|10:45 a.m.||Group photo|
|11:15 a.m.||Hands-on Learning
Presenter: Denise Belafonte
|1:45 p.m.||48 Strategies That Just Might Change Your Life: Sucessful College Transition for the Young Adult with ADHD
Presenter: David Nowell
|3 p.m.||Campus recreation activity|
|4 p.m.||Institute for Achievement and Learning open house
Location: de Hoernle International Center, lobby
Cost of the Conference
- Individual: $40
- Groups of 3 or more: $35 each
- High school students accompanying their parents: Free
Brevard, Broward, Collier, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Ocala, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia and Wakulla school district employees can receive eight (8) in-service points for conference participation and completion of follow-up requirements.
Call 561-237-7500 today to register, or:
The Wyndham Boca Raton, which is approximately 1 mile from Lynn University, is the exclusive hotel sponsor for Transitions 2014.
A guest room block has been arranged from Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1, 2014. The special rate will be extended to those guests who wish to arrive up to three days earlier or stay up to three days later during the week of the conference. The Wyndham will provide complimentary shuttle service to the Transitions 2014 conference.
- Standard – single/double occupancy rate: $129
- Pool View – single/double occupancy rate: $139
- Suite King – single/double occupancy rate: $169
Hotel room rates are subject to 11% sales tax. Rooms and room types are based on availability.
All reservations must be confirmed by Friday, January 10, 2014. After this date rooms and discounted rates will be subject to availability.
To make reservations, please call Wyndham Reservations at 1-888-404-6880 and refer to the Lynn University Transitions 2014 group rate and your date of arrival.
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