ADHD Conference: Hattiesburg Clinic hosting 16th annual event Oct. 17, 18

By STAFF REPORTS,

Hattiesburg Clinic’s Connections and Psychology & Counseling departments are holding the 16th Annual Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Related Concerns Conference Oct. 17-18, at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who attend will hear from experts in behavioral and mental health and other related fields. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with a range of professionals across different specialties.

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference are author and speaker Mark Patey and Move to Learn Coach Larry Calhoun, along with Athletic Trainer Dale Dieckman with the Mississippi Department of Education.

In his keynote presentation, “ADDicts and Millionaires, The Gifts and Curse of ADHD,” Patey will offer an in-depth look at the finding behind his book of the same title. Patey, who was diagnosed with ADHD at age 11, is also an accomplished businessman who attributes his success to managing the “curse” and leveraging the gifts of his ADHD brain.

Calhoun is the division director for the Office of Healthy Schools at the Mississippi Department of Education. He has more than two decades of experience in education, teaching in several school districts in the state. Together, he and Dieckman – who is the physical education specialist with MDE – travel across the state teaching the Move to Learn program.

The philosophy of Move to Learn is that better health and better grades go hand in hand. Studies have shown that physical activity increases children’s ability to learn, which is why Move to Learn incorporates movement in the classroom. This program is designed to be fun for students, improve learning, increase time on tasks and assist teachers with classroom management.

Other session topics to be covered at this year’s event include autism, dyslexia, stress management, childhood immunizations, how technology affects mental health and many more.

During the conference, Continuing Education Units will be available for:

• School administrators

• Counselors

• Healthcare providers

• Psychologists

• Social workers

• Speech language pathologists

• Educators

Parents and caregivers are also encouraged to attend.

“The purpose of our conference is to equip our community with a better understanding of ADHD and related disorders. There are many misconceptions about the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD specifically,” said Ronald Kent, MD, pediatrician and medical director at Connections. “How we address these disorders as medical providers, educators and family members can have a significant impact. We are thrilled for the opportunity to host our 16th annual conference for our community.”

To register, visit https://bit.ly/2kFhCFY. For more information or assistance, please call (601) 528-5342.

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