Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. Sponsors Free Programs by ADHD Expert Dr. Alan Wachtel and Noted Psychologist Dr. Julia Trebing

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Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. (SKLD) announces two free programs in Fairfield County, CT. Dr. Alan Wachtel will discuss The Impact of Mood, Anxiety, and Depression on Learning and Attention in Greenwich, CT on April 25, 2012. Dr. Julia A. Trebing will speak on The Heart and Science of Positive Parenting in New Canaan, CT on April 30, 2012.

The diagnostic core of ADHD is not hyperactivity, but inattention, poor executive functioning, and an inability to stay on task.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. (SKLD), the Westport, CT-based nonprofit organization, announces two free programs. Dr. Alan Wachtel, recognized as one of the nation’s top psychiatrists in pharmacology for mood and attention disorders, will discuss The Impact of Mood, Anxiety, and Depression on Learning and Attention on April 25, 2012, at Temple Sholom in Greenwich, CT from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Dr. Julia A. Trebing, an expert in child psychotherapy and play therapy who lectures nationwide, will speak on The Heart and Science of Positive Parenting at the New Canaan Public Library in New Canaan, CT from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on April 30, 2012.

Research has shown that fostering a child’s focus and executive functioning skills helps maximize the ability to learn. In addition, many children with LD experience anxiety and depression, further affecting learning and focus. Alan Wachtel, M.D., founder and director of Familyhealth Associates in New York City and White Plains, NY will discuss new advances in the treatment of attention and mood disorders, including the integration of behavioral strategies and pharmacological approaches. He will also address the benefits and risks of various treatments, and how to decide when to initiate treatment.

Two articles based on Dr. Wachtel’s October 2011 presentation for SKLD are available on the SKLD website."Is ADHD the Only Problem Your Child Faces" states that ADHD affects 9.5% of American children, and that "the diagnostic core of the disorder is not hyperactivity, as people generally believe, but inattention, poor executive functioning, and an inability to stay on task."

Alan B. Wachtel, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist and director of Familyhealth Associates, a multi-disciplinary private group practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of attention, behavior, learning, and mood disorders. He is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Wachtel has been certified by the Consumers' Research Council of America as one of America's Top Psychiatrists in the area of pharmacology of mood and attention disorders. He is the author of The Attention Deficit Answer Book.

Dr. Julia A. Trebing of Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT will guide parents through an engaging program about positive parenting to help children with learning disabilities develop healthy emotional intelligence, including secure self-esteem and inner happiness. The presentation includes practical techniques that Dr. Trebing has developed through providing psychological care for children and their families for over 25 years.

Dr. Trebing is a Doctor of Psychology and a Board Certified Expert of Diplomate status for the American Academy of Traumatic Stress. She is also a Certified Professor and Supervisor for the International Examiner of Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy. She lectures nationwide on topics including True Discipline and The Ages and Stages of Child Development.

Please rsvp for these free programs by emailing Programs(at)SmartKidswithLD(dot)org.

About Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.:
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADHD) through providing information, guidance, and support while also educating the public about these children’s significant gifts and talents. Henry Winkler, the famed actor, director and producer as well as the author of the Hank Zipzer book series about a boy with learning disabilities and ADHD, serves as the organization's Honorary Chairman.

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