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Dr. Thomas Brown, Distinguished Speaker

Smart but Stuck

When Executive Function Malfunctions
November 8 - 10,  2018

Dr. Thomas E. Brown is a Yale-trained clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children, teenagers, and adults who are "Smart but Stuck" because of weak executive function skills.  The common symptoms - persistent difficulties with procrastination, planning, organizing or self-control - are frustrating both for the individual as well as parents, teachers or partners who often don't understand the underlying cause of the behaviors or how to help.  Are they lazy?  Will they grow out of it?  Is this “normal?

Dr. Brown will be sharing the latest research on brain development and functioning, offering practical examples from daily life and support strategies to help parents and educators better recognize and understand how executive function weaknesses may be impacting the academic, family and social lives of those they support.

Why can't you just do your work?

Seminar for parents

Incomplete homework, forgotten supplies, poor time management, class outbursts or social anxiety can lead a student to be incorrectly labeled as lazy, unmotivated, or a mischief maker.  Nearly all students want to do well in school but weaknesses in executive function hold some back from their true potential. 

In this talk, Dr. Brown will help parents understand the role of executive function in a child's academic and social life,  link symptoms to underlying causes, and present practical examples of how to help your child to greater academic and social success.  This talk will be appropriate for parents of primary, secondary and university aged students. 

Date:     Nov 8, 2018 (Thursday) 
Time:     7-9 pm
Venue:  Hong Kong International School, Lower Primary School
               23 South Bay Close, Repulse Bay, HK
Cost:     $280 (member); $500 (non-member) early bird till Oct 22,2018
                 $380 (member);  $700 (non-member) registration after Oct 22, 2018
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Save the Date - Follow-up Roundtable Discussion

- Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 (10 am - 12 noon)
Plan to join our follow-up discussion for parents. This will be your chance to share your own experiences with other parents, talk about support strategies, and to explore your personal questions in greater depth. Details to follow.

Up Close with Dr Brown

An informal and highly interactive discussion format to find answers to your questions. This is a privileged opportunity for members to follow up with Dr. Brown in an intimate setting, limited to 30 seats.

Date:    Nov 9, 2018 (Friday)  
Time:    9:00 - 10:30 (registration at 8:45)
Venue:  Pacific View Club House, 38 Tai Tam Road
Cost:     HK$250 (members' only; 30 seats first come first serve)
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There's always one, two or three in every class!  

Seminar for educators and school counsellors

How do you cope with the student who is disruptive or can't sit still?  What about the one who avoids school work?  What can you do to help students arrive to class on time, be prepared and ready to work?  How do you open a dialogue with a parent when you suspect a student would benefit from an educational assessment?  

In this talk, Dr. Brown will offer tips to help educators identify behaviors linked to executive function weaknesses and provide case examples and practical classroom strategies to better support your students' development and academic success.
Certificate of attendance will be given upon request. 

Date:    Nov 10, 2018 (Saturday)
Time:    9 - 11 am
Venue:  KGV, 23 Tin Kwong Road, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon
Cost:      $280 (member); $500 (non-member) early bird till Oct 22,2018
                  $380 (member);  $700 (non-member) registration after Oct 22, 2018
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Save the Date - Follow-up Workshop

- Thursday, Nov 22, 2018 (5 - 7 pm)
A follow-on workshop will allow educators to submit case studies, share tips, and discuss successful strategies amongst peers.  Details to follow.

About Dr. Thomas Brown

Dr. Thomas E. Brown earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at Yale University where he served for over 20 years as associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders at the School of Medicine.  He recently relocated to Los Angeles where he now serves as clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.   

Dr. Brown has published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, is the author of the Brown ADD Scales and has authored five books including  Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD,  and the award-winning, Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults.  

He has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served on the Professional Advisory Board for CHADD and the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association.   During his career he has presented papers and workshops throughout the U.S. and in more than 40 other countries. 
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