Empowering independent learning
Join us on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, for an exciting one-day conference that convenes some of the country's top experts who specialize in helping university bound students* with learning differences smoothly transition from high school to higher education. Hear from professionals and experts in ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, coaching, executive functioning and other learning differences.
This year Transitions offers a comprehensive program with a keynote speaker, 18 breakout sessions and 11 speakers.
*University Experience: Special break-out sessions specific to university-bound students
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Edward Hallowell, M.D., child and adult psychiatrist, New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. With decades of experience working with people who have ADHD, Dr. Hallowell has long argued that ADHD is too often misunderstood, mistreated and mislabeled as a “disability” and that the gifts of this condition are easily lost amid negative comments.
David Wintzer, social entrepreneur, discusses no easy way navigating through life with learning differences.
Breakout session speakers
- Experts from Apple Inc., leaders in developing assistive technology
- Edan M. Alcalay, Psy.D. – from The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders
- Manju Banerjee, Ph.D. – Certified diagnostician with over 28 years of experience in the field of learning disabilities and ADHD
- Loring C. Brinckerhoff, Ph.D. – Director of the Office of Disability Policy for Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey
- Stacey Hearn– Senior coach, academic ADA specialist
- Nicole Jarock – Director of AHEAD (Achieving in Higher Education), and director of transition and higher education services for AERI Behavioral Health
- Melissa Knight – Professional certified coach
- Jodi Sleeper-Triplett – world-renowned expert in ADHD coaching
- Catherine Wharton – Director of the Diagnostic Center for Educational Assessment at Lynn University
- Complete Speaker Biographies
Edan M. Alcalay, Psy.D.
Dr. Alcalay has worked in substance abuse rehabilitation for adolescents and adults and in a community mental health clinic (CMHC) working with all ages for the underprivileged population. Subsequently, he continued at a children’s hospital psychiatric acute stabilization center, conducting individual, group and family psychotherapy for patients with severe psychiatric problems resulting from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
In addition to providing traditional psychotherapy and psychological testing, Dr. Alcalay is certiﬁed in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which is used in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This treatment method has received a high level of recommendation by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association.
Manju Banerjee, Ph.D.
Dr. Manju Banerjee is vice president and director of Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT) and associate professor at Landmark College. Banerjee has over 28 years of experience in the field of learning disabilities, ADHD and postsecondary education, and is a certified diagnostician and teacher-consultant on learning disabilities. She has published and presented extensively, both nationally and internationally, on topics such as universal design for instruction, disability documentation and accommodations, technological competencies for postsecondary transition and online learning. She currently teaches a graduate level online course on the principles and practice of universal design. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Postsecondary Education Disability, professional advisory board member to the Learning Disability Association of America, and a consultant to Educational Testing Service. She received her doctoral degree from the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, on the application of universal design to assessment practices.
Loring C. Brinckerhoff, Ph.D.
Dr. Loring C. Brinckerhoff is the director of the Office of Disability Policy for Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey. He is also a higher education and disability consultant to Harvard Medical School and Columbia University. He earned his Ph.D. in learning disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 where he started the LD Support Services office in the McBurney Disability Resource Center. He is a past-president of AHEADD and recipient of the Ron Blosser Dedicated Service Award. Loring co-authored one of the leading texts in the field with Drs. Joan McGuire and Stan Shaw and he continues to publish on a variety of topics related to higher education and disability matters. Loring has over 30 years in the field of higher education and disabilities. His primary responsibilities at ETS include overseeing testing accommodations for 12,000+ test takers with disabilities who are seeking testing accommodations on high stakes tests such as the GRE, PRAXIS and TOEFL tests.
Edward Hallowell, M.D.
Dr. Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist, The New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004, graduated from Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, and is the founder of The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston, New York City and San Francisco. These centers offer comprehensive mental health diagnostic and treatment services to patients and their families.
Dr. Hallowell is best known for the groundbreaking books he co-authored with Dr. John Ratey, Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction, which have sold millions of copies. With decades of experience working with people who have ADHD, Dr. Hallowell has long argued that ADHD is too often misunderstood, mistreated and mislabeled as a “disability” and that the gifts of this condition are easily lost amid negative comments.
He is also a revered authority on lifelong personal betterment and fulfillment. He has authored eighteen books on various psychological topics including the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happiness, methods of forgiving others, dealing with worry and managing excessive busyness.
Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized public figure, appearing on numerous national television programs including Oprah, Dr. Oz, 20/20, Dr. Phil, 60 Minutes, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, andThe View. He has been interviewed for The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Los Angeles Times, and many other leading publications.
Teachers and chiropractors can also apply his strength-based approach to ADHD by utilizing his professional development programs. Teachers are trained to recognize and address the needs of students with ADHD, and the chiropractor certification program offers an effective, natural approach to addressing ADHD.
Stacey has spent over a decade assisting students and their families with the transition to post-secondary educational institutions and currently serves as Lynn University’s ADA specialist, senior academic coach, and as an adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Providing presentations on coaching, ADA and the transition to a university setting, Stacey has presented at Noel Levitz, IECA, ACO web series, The Stimulus Driven Brain iPod cast series, CHADD, and Lynn University’s faculty development. Stacey holds a Masters of Education, is a board certified coach and is currently working towards a M.S. in Applied Psychology. She is an active member in the ACO, CHADD, ICF, and the Edge Foundation.
Nicole is the director of AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education), as well as the director of transition and higher education services for AERI Behavioral Health in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nicole completed her Masters in the Art of Teaching at Chatham University and has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 12 years. She co-authored an acclimation to college curriculum with her colleague, Dr. Lori Young, and has developed support programs for students diagnosed with autism in colleges across the country and internationally. She is actively involved in community initiatives to provide appropriate supports and guidance to youth in transition and post high school.
Melissa Knight is a board-certified coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education in addition to being a professional certified coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She holds an M.A. in Psychology, has over 15 years of experience in higher education and is a frequent presenter on how the coaching process supports academics. She has completed extensive training in ADHD and executive functioning, and has been coaching high school and college students since 2006. Through the coaching process, Knight supports her clients in shifting from feelings of frustration to feelings of success. Her coaching philosophy centers around creating balance and success through coaching the whole person. Currently, she serves as program coach coordinator at Lynn University and is an active member of ICF and ACO.
Luis Perez - Apple Inc.
Luis Perez received his doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida. His research interests include disability studies, universal design for learning, and assistive technology. Perez is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. In recognition of his accomplishments in the field of educational technology, Perez was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009. He is currently on the advisory board for the ADE program in the U.S. and he is also an officer of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). His work has appeared in publications such as Teaching Exceptional Children, Closing the Gap Solutions, THE Journal and The Loop Magazine. In addition to his work in educational technology, Perez is an avid photographer whose work has been featured in The App Whisperer website, the New York Times Bits Blog and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Jodi Sleeper-Triplett is the founder of the movement for ADHD youth coaching and is considered the foremost expert in the field of ADHD coaching for youth. She is an active member of ICF, ADDA, CHADD and ACO. As the president of JST Coaching, LLC—a premier youth coach training company—Jodi leads a team that provides training programs to coaches, educators and mental health professionals worldwide. She developed the first coach training focused on youth with ADHD. Her book, Empowering Youth With ADHD (2010), is the core of the JST Coach training programs and a highly acclaimed tool for parents and professionals alike.
Catherine Wharton, director of the Lynn University’s Diagnostic Center for Educational Assessment, joined the Institute for Achievement and Learning in 2006. She is among fewer than 1,000 professionals to have attained the Certified Developmental Education Specialist certification—one of the most prestigious credentials in the field of developmental education—through the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Wharton researches the effect of collegiate curriculum on university students with reading disorders and executive functioning weaknesses and implements compensatory strategy programs. In 2010, she coauthored a presentation entitled, “A Model for Conceptualizing Disorders of Reading Coherence: Attention and Working Memory in Disordered Comprehension,” at the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology conference.
Wharton frequently provides training to Lynn University faculty and high school faculty. She received her master’s degree in counseling, graduating summa cum laude from DePaul University in 1996. Prior to joining Lynn University, Wharton was the director of intake at two Midwestern psychiatric hospitals, where she specialized in crisis intervention, diagnosing and assessing children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. She also developed and implemented behavior management strategies for psychiatric patients and conducted seminars on various mental health topics. Her management expertise is in program, systems and staff development.
David Wintzer was born and raised in the heart of the mountains of Park City, Utah. Diagnosed with learning differences at an early age, he struggled to find his way in the academic world. After high school, he took a year off and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, to play golf and work in a restaurant.
While living in Arizona, Wintzer decided it was time to work towards a college degree. He wanted a university that would provide academic support. He found it at Lynn University. The Institute for Achievement and Learning provided him with the tools and support that gave him the feeling of ownership and the ability to make the right choices and succeed while making them. Lynn taught Wintzer two things; the first, that all you have to do is show up and do your best; and the second, that you should never be afraid to ask for help because you’ll be amazed how often people say yes.
Wintzer's last experience with Lynn was a one-month trip to South Africa, where he experienced true poverty and realized the gift of life he had been given. He knew in his heart he would one day return to Africa and strive to make a difference. During his travels, he discovered Utah based, non-profit, YouthLinc, which opened doors to a passion and career he never would have imagined. As program director for YouthLinc micro-finance, Wintzer traveled to Kenya giving small business loans to female entrepreneurs. His business WEDO (Women Entrepreneurs Development Organization) was born during one of his trips where he met with a small banana flour company. He quickly realized the market potential and has built relationships and established contacts around the world to ensure the success of WEDO in the U.S.
Transitions 2014 video
Here's a brief recap of Transitions 2014.
|7:30 a.m.||Registration/continental breakfast|
Kevin Ross, president of Lynn University
Gregg Cox, vice president for academic affairs
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Keynote: Mining Magnificent Minds: How to Unwrap the Gifts Embedded in ADHD
Presenter: Edward Hallowell, M.D.
Join Dr. Hallowell as he invites you into his world of ADHD and shows you how to mine the magnificent minds of your students.
Celebrating the strengths of ADHD amidst the challenges, Dr. Hallowell will review how ADHD affects academic achievement and offer scientific underpinnings of positive psychology for educators to use in unwrapping the gifts embedded in ADHD, while also dealing with the problems this trait creates.
There is no easy solution for the management of ADHD in the classroom, or at home for that matter. After all is said and done, the effectiveness of any treatment for this disorder at school depends upon the knowledge and the persistence of the school and the individual teacher. Dr. Hallowell will provide effective tips on teaching children with ADHD and discuss how these kids can transform over the school year and change from being your most frustrating students to your most rewarding.
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|11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
No Easy Way
Choosing to step out of your way and perceive life from a different vantage point is never an easy task. Diagnosed with learning differences at a young age, David Wintzer struggled to find his way in the academic world. Patterns can be changed by outwitting fear and self-doubt on a daily basis. You have to be patient and most of all, you have to be willing to show up every day. "Trust me, there is no easy way."
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|3 p.m.||Open House
Institute for Achievement and Learning
Cost of the Conference
- Individual: $40
- Groups of three or more paid reservations: $35 each
- University-bound students accompanied by adult: Free
In-service points: Employees of various counties in the state of Florida may be eligible to receive eight (8) in-service points for conference participation with completion of follow-up requirements.
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The Wyndham Boca Raton, which is approximately 1 mile from Lynn University, is the exclusive hotel sponsor for Transitions 2015.
A guest room block has been arranged from Thursday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. 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 2015 conference.
- Standard – single/double occupancy rate: $129
- Pool View – single/double occupancy rate: $139
- Suite King – single/double occupancy rate: $159
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 9, 2015. 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 2015 group rate and your date of arrival, or visit www.wyndhambocaraton.com.
Lynn University would like to thank
Transitions is presented by the Lynn University Institute of Achievement and Learning, an internationally renowned leader in providing programs to help motivated students with learning differences succeed at the college level.