Colorado State University’s department of social work will host a conference May 2-3 focusing on children that come from backgrounds of neglect and deprivation.
The conference, to be held in the Natural Resources Building on campus, is designed to provide an understanding of problems associated with children coming from institutionalized settings. Conference sessions will offer insight into how that background impacts educational needs and will suggest strategies for educational success.
The conference targets parents, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, mental health professionals, teachers, social workers and adoption caseworkers. Conference sponsors include the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University, the Parent Network for the Post-Institutionalized Child and Adoptive Families of Denver.
"This conference stems from the growing number of American families adopting foreign children," said Ben Granger, chairman of the department of social work at Colorado State. "We hope to heighten awareness of the special health and emotional needs these children may have. Sessions will explore how we can address children’s needs and increase post-adoption success."
A schedule of conference sessions follows.
- 7:25 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast.
- 8:15 a.m. – Opening remarks.
- 8:30 a.m. – "Attachment in the Institutionalized Child;" Theodore Gaensbauer, psychiatrist and clinical associate professor at the University of Colorado, will discuss problems children exhibit, as well as their causes, symptoms and treatment.
- 10:20 a.m. – "Neuropsychological Assessment;" Robin E. McEvoy, developmental neuropsychologist, will discuss how test results are used to develop a child’s profile and plans of action.
- 11:50 a.m. – Lunch followed by panel discussion.
- 1:10 p.m. – "Environmental Factors/Language Acquisition;" Gene G. Abkarian, professor at Colorado State, will discuss children’s language development and offer treatment suggestions.
- 3 p.m. – "Therapeutic Homes, Therapeutic Classrooms: Reaching and Teaching Traumatized Children;" Dee Paddock, psychotherapist, will discuss managing motivating and teaching traumatized adopted children.
- 8 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast.
- 8:20 a.m. – "School Issues;" Deb Shell-Frank, special education expert, will discuss parents’ rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- 10:10 a.m. – "Central Auditory Processing Disorder;" Joan B. Burleigh, research scientist and director of the Center for Central Auditory Research at Colorado State, will discuss central auditory dysfunction and its symptoms, causes and management.
- 11:45 a.m. – Lunch and presentation by Marita Rumano, former director of Services for People with Disabilities under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection in Albania.
- 1 p.m. – "Sensory Integration;" Anita Bundy, associate professor at Colorado State, will discuss sensory integrative disfunction and the role of the occupational therapist in working with children who suffer from it.
- 2:45 p.m. – "Pulling It All Together;" Mona S. Schatz, associate professor at Colorado State and the director of the Education and Research Institute for Fostering Families, will discuss themes addressed throughout the conference.
For more information or to register, call the department of social work at (970) 491-6612.