Differential Diagnosis: A Logical Approach to Understanding Commonly Misdiagnosed Features of Gifted Children Thursday May 21, 2015

recorded webinar presented by Paul Beljan,
Thursday May 21, 2015
Two presentations, choose one:
Morning: Thursday 12h00-14h30 (Bring your lunch)
Evening: Thursday 19h30-22h00 (Bring a snack or a drink to add to the table)
RSVP: Mandatory. Space limited to 15. Event held at a private residence.
Registration closes on May 16th.
This is a 90 minute recorded webinar, presented in PowerPoint format, followed by a brief discussion, meeting other parents and adults.
LOCATION: Paris 75016, (located near Maison Radio France.)

PARTICIPATION FEE: Free for GiF and Message Members, 10€ for non-members
(Payment needs to be sent in advance to: Gifted in France, 39 ave de Versailles, 75016)
GiF is an association loi 1901). There will be a 5euro charge for copies of the powerpoint slides. The request for the photocopies has to be made in advance and paid in advance so they will be available on the day of the event.

Feel free to invite your partner, friends, teachers and mental health providers to this presentation -- as long as RSVP deadline is respected and space is available.

DESCRIPTION:
“The top diagnoses asked about by parents of gifted children in my private pediatric neuropsychology practice are: short term memory deficit, processing speed deficit, central auditory processing deficit, sensory integration deficit and working memory deficit. More often than not, these disorders are not present. This webinar reviews these diagnoses and offers simple and logical methods for how to determine if they really exist in the child or not. We will further discuss why a gifted child may appear to have these disorders when in fact they do not. Suggestions are offered for what should be involved in an appropriate neuropsychological evaluation that parents should look for when having their child tested.

Topics include:
Why short term memory deficit, processing speed deficit, central auditory processing deficit, sensory integration deficit and working memory deficit are probably the most over-diagnosed disorders among the gifted population.
· Why these diagnostic errors are easy to make.
· Very simple methods for how to rule out each diagnosis.
· What constitutes an appropriate evaluation to rule-in or rule-out these diagnoses.

About the presenter: Dr. Paul Beljan is the past president of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He holds child and adult diplomate qualifications with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Dr. Beljan completed two Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs in Pediatric Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology and has completed coursework for his post doctoral master’s degree in Psychopharmachology. Dr. Beljan’s professional focus is on Alcohol/Drug Related Neurodevelopmental Deficit (A/DRND), Gifted Intelligence, Learning Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trauma and Attention and Executive Functioning Deficit diagnosis and interventions. Dr. Beljan co-wrote Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults.”

This webinar was organised by SENG, in the United States, as part of their ongoing series to educate the public and mental health professionals around the world.
Kind regards,

Helen Sahin Connelly
giftedinfrance@gmail.com
giftedinfrance.blogspot.com
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