STRESS: The Missing Piece of the LD/ADHD Puzzle

Friday, March 24, 2017 -
8:30am to 3:30pm

This program was presented in the spring of 2017.  Details about this year's Distinguished Speaker Program will be coming soon.

Springer School and Center is proud to partner with Cincinnati Children's in presenting The Daniel & Susan Pfau Foundation Distinguished Speaker Program featuring Dr. Jerome Schultz at Xavier University's Cintas Center.

This professional development workshop was designed for educators and clinicians who work with students with learning disabilities and ADHD.

During this day of interactive multi-media learning, participants examined the protective role of stress, and how a student’s perception of competence can move the needle from “good” stress to “toxic” stress. We took a look into the human brain to gain a better understanding of the neurobiology of stress, and what happens when things get out of balance. We saw why many kids with Learning Disabilities and ADHD are in a state of chronic stress that actually impedes learning and memory in a way that goes way beyond the initial effects of the LD/ADHD. We examined adults’ reactions to “negative” behaviors that might actually be the protective response to chronic stress, and explored different, effective ways to respond to kids that can help them get back on track.

Research, stories, art work, brief videos and stress-reducing cartoons were used to help participants develop a new way of thinking about our built-in response to challenges and threats. Dr. Schultz presented his DE-STRESS Model of Intervention that’s been very effective in helping students become the masters of their own academic destiny. This simple, but transformative model guides teachers and other practitioners as they help students turn brain-shrinking (really!) toxic stress into the fuel students need for productive, effective learning. We took a very practical look at the language we use with students, and how it can change mindsets and learning trajectories. Each participant took away many practical strategies as well as a personalized plan of action designed to reduce stress in kids and enhance learning.

Course Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the neurobiology of stress and its protective role.
  • Explore Dr. Schultz' DE-STRESS Model of Intervention.
  • Receive practical strategies and a personalized plan of action designed to reduce stress in students and enhance learning.

Jerome Schultz, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and Chair of the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of America. He has specialized in the neuropsychological assessment and treatment of children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other special needs for over three decades, and is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences. Dr. Schultz has written extensively about children with learning challenges, including his book, Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It, which examines the role of stress in learning. In addition, Dr. Schultz was the recipient of the 2016 LDA Award, an honor bestowed on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of learning disabilities.