Your conference host is the Hope Discovery Family Centre. The centre has grown out of a desire to create an environment where all families, particularly those experiencing neurodevelopmental disorders, are supported to thrive and raise children with hope for the future. Currently, we are working to build a multidisciplinary family clinic delivering a "wrap-around" service for neurodevelopmental delays that supports families to improve outcomes for children, birth to 16 years.
Russell A. Barkley, PhD. is an internationally renowned expert on ADHD in adults and children. He has dedicated his career to studying and disseminating science-based information about ADHD and related problems like childhood defiance. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Centre for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Centre, Richmond, VA.
He is a Diplomate (board certified) in three specialties, Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP). Dr. Barkley is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 23 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals numbering 41 editions. He has also published more than 270 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. He is the founder and Editor of the bimonthly clinical newsletter, The ADHD Report, now in its 25th year of publication. Dr. Barkley has presented more than 800 invited addresses internationally and appeared on nationally televised programs such as 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and many other programs on behalf of those with ADHD. He has received awards from professional societies for his career accomplishments, contributions to research in ADHD, to clinical practice, and for the dissemination of science.
The neurodevelopmental disorders are a group of conditions with onset in the developmental period. The disorders typically manifest early in development, often before a child enters grade school, and are characterized by developmental deficits that produce impairments of personal, social, academic, or occupational functioning. The range of developmental deficits varies from very specific limitations of learning or control of executive functions to global impairments of social skills or intelligence.
The neurodevelopmental disorders frequently co-occur; for example, individuals with autism spectrum disorder often have intellectual disability (intellectual developmental disorder), and many children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also have a specific learning disorder. For some disorders, the clinical presentation includes symptoms of excess as well as deficits and delays in achieving expected milestones. For example, autism spectrum disorder is diagnosed only when the Characteristic-deficits of social communication are accompanied by excessively repetitive behaviors, restricted interests, and insistence on sameness.