"Childhood Development: New Issues, New Answers"–A Panel Discussion in Guilford CT on April 26

If you’re a parent of a child with a developmental disorder, such as autism, ADHD, or Downs syndrome, you’re invited to a panel discussion I’ll be moderating in Guilford, CT, on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 pm. The panel will include doctors, researchers, and social workers. We’ll be discussing some of the most common questions parents have, on topics such as how developmental disorders are assessed, how early intervention helps children, and how parents themselves can cope with the challenges of caring for a disabled child.

The meeting will be hosted by SARAH, Inc., a non-profit agency serving the intellectually disabled in Connecticut. You can find more details about the meeting and the panelists on their web site here. To attend the meeting, register here. If you’d like to have the panel address a question, you can email the organizers, or post your question on their Facebook page. The event will be taped, and will be broadcast later here in Connecticut. Please spread the word to parents you think might be interested.

4 thoughts on “"Childhood Development: New Issues, New Answers"–A Panel Discussion in Guilford CT on April 26

  1. Will those of us outside of CT be able to view this panel discussion in the future? Will you post a link to the recording after it is broadcast?

  2. Thank you very much, Carl.

    I’m very interested in the topic because several family members, both immediate and extended, have developmental disorders. So, it is a daily part of our lives.

  3. “a child with a developmental disorder, such as autism, ADHD, or Downs syndrome”

    FWIW, I don’t think it is very helpful or meaningful to classify ADHD as “developmental disorder,” notwithstanding its DSM-IV classification in a “children’s problem” category.

    If one is to classify mental health conditions by age of manifestation, lots of other conditions, for example, GAD and transgender identification and psychopathy (oppositional defiant disorder with lack of empathy), fit just as well, while a second batch (most prominently schitzophrenia and biopolar) seem to manifest in adolescence or young adulthood, and a third batch (e.g. various types of dementia) are associated with old age, and a fairly small subset (some kinds of major depression and PTSD) don’t have strongly characteristic ages of emergence and are probably environmental event caused.

    If one is to focus not on age of manifestation, but on impairment of learning, autism and Downs which frequently include mental retardation are birds of a feather and distinct from most other mental health conditions, but the construct of ADHD as developmental delay in executive control isn’t terribly strongly supported. While the hyperactivity component grows less visible with age in most people as they mature (everybody moves slower at 40 than they did when they were 10), the causes of that appear to persist subclinically (e.g. via impulsivity and subtle nervous movement) and there is far less of a maturation effect in the inattention component. Adult ADHD while less commonly diagnosed, appears to be the norm for childhood ADHD sufferers.

    A construction of ADHD as a “personality disorder” as the DSM-IV describes them whose inattentive component is particularly associated with the Big Five trait of conscienciousness, rather than as a developmental disorder, is probably a better fit for what is observed.

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