Quick and Easy: Rush NeuroBehavioral Center’s 17th Annual Awards Dinner

MAD-all-kids-have-strengthsJoin the Rush NeuroBehavioral Center in recognizing researchers, parents and other professionals committed to supporting childhood development.

What: RNBC–the preeminent source for research into executive function–is hosting its 17th annual Awards Dinner. Focused on improving the lives of children with social, emotional and academic learning challenges, this event recognizes the latest breakthroughs from experts in their fields and honors members of the community who have made a difference in the lives of others.

This year, Steven P. Hinshaw, Ph.D., will present “Attention Problems, Clinical Realities, Public Policy and Stigma: Where Can We Go?” Hinshaw, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, will cover ADHD from a variety of perspectives, highlighting information about the rising rates of diagnosis in children, controversies, myths and effectiveness of treatment. His presentation will also emphasize the cultural impacts on the definition of ADHD, as well as gender and regional treatment disparities.

The evening will also honor Mary Ellen Caron, Ph.D., CEO of After School Matters; Marc Weissbluth, M.D., F.A.A.P., the Northwestern Children’s Practice Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and David Jaffe and family of Glencoe.

Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago

When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5–9 p.m.

How: Celebrate the exceptional work of these professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children. This awards dinner also benefits further research and clinical treatment to better assess the socioemotional strengths and weaknesses of patients to more effectively match them with effective, appropriate interventions.

The organization: Rush NeuroBehavioral Center empowers children, teens and young adults with brain-based social, emotional and learning challenges to build on their strengths and thrive in life and relationships. RNBC accomplishes its mission through exceptional service, clinical and educational innovation and ground-breaking research.

Twenty percent of children and adolescents live with some form of brain-based academic, developmental or social learning impairment, and RNBC strives to help these kids realize their full potential by providing comprehensive clinical services and ongoing research into the causes and treatments of these disorders.

RNBC’s educational innovation is in the area of executive function. Executive functions, cognitive processes that allow people to plan, organize, make decisions, pay attention and regulate behavior, are essential skills for students to succeed in school and adults to succeed later in life. The development of executive function skills begins in infancy, but some children face social-emotional learning difficulties, including trouble organizing work, completing tasks, managing materials or time, maintaining attention or further social difficulties. RNBC offers educational services, comprised of qualified tutors, teachers and administrators, to help parents, teachers and schools help children develop and use executive function skills.

For more information, visit rnbc.org.

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