Dr. Parker Represents CRG in Kuwait

CRG’s Postsecondary Disability Specialist and ADD/Life Coach, Dr. David Parker, was invited to visit Kuwait last month.  The Kuwait Association for Learning Differences (KALD) supports the development of educational services for students with LD and ADHD in that country and throughout the Middle East.  Dr. Parker made three presentations to nearly 300 teachers, school administrators, psychologists, and pediatricians about executive functioning disorders, ADD coaching, and techniques classroom teachers could use to help students with attentional difficulties.  The KALD sponsored a reception at the United Nations House on the final evening.  Dr. Parker was deeply honored to receive a hand-carved wooden pearling boat (a national symbol) by His Excellency, Marzouq Al-Ghanim (Head of Kuwait’s National Assembly) and Mrs. Amaan Al-Sayyer, the founder and chairwoman of KALD and mother of a college student with ADHD.


DP in Kuwait


CRG Connects with the Community

CRG providers will be out in the community this spring, sharing current knowledge about evidence-based practices for children, teens, and young adults with disabilities.  On Saturday, March 14th, three providers will represent CRG at the 2015 Inspiring Abilities Expo in Greenfield, IN.  Dr. Julie Steck (psychologist) will present a talk on “Recognizing and Addressing Anxiety in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.”  Beth Waite (AT Specialist) will present a talk entitled, “Social Skills for Real Life.”  Beth and Elise Montoya (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) will also represent CRG at an information booth during the Expo.  Stop by to say ‘hello’ and hear more about CRG’s latest services if you are attending!

Dr. David Parker, CRG’s Postsecondary Disability Specialist and ADD/Life Coach, will present “Got BOUNCE?  Promoting Resilience and Grit in College Students with Disabilities” at the Indiana AHEAD spring conference on the Purdue campus on March 26th.  This annual conference for college/university disability service providers will focus on ways that college students with disabilities can gain equal access to the college environment.  This presentation is an outgrowth of CRG’s Got BOUNCE? Workshop, first presented in December 2014.  Campus professionals expressed an interest in learning more about these human qualities and their relationship to student persistence and success in college.

2015 Summer Camps and Programs

As we near the end of winter, many parents and care givers are starting to think about summer plans. Finding a summer camp or activity that will provide a rewarding experience, while meeting the unique needs of a child with special needs, can be a challenge. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism has compiled a list of summer camps and activities that can accommodate children with special needs. Please click here to read this helpful article.

For Physicians: Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders and Working with Schools

When parents are concerned about their child’s development, their child’s physician is often the first person they reach out to for help and guidance.  Because early diagnosis and programming of Autism Spectrum Disorders can provide the best outcomes for these children, it is important that physicians understand how to best help these families.  The Indiana Resource Center for Autism has provided an article on how physicians can help families find the resources they need.  Please click here to read the article.

Culture and Behavioral Healthcare

By David Parker, Ph.D.

America is widely respected for being a country that embraces diverse cultures. We are all, as the saying goes, from somewhere else.   At CRG, we endeavor to understand each client’s “whole” story, including the role of family, school or work setting, and even that person’s culture.  Culture can play a huge role in how an individual thinks about and responds to behavioral health needs.

In a publication entitled, “Culture Counts,” the Surgeon General’s office provides helpful information about this topic. A person’s culture can have a significant influence on how he or she recognizes, reports, seeks treatment for, and copes with mental health issues.  Some families, based on their culture, continue to feel such stigma about issues like depression or substance abuse that individuals in that cultural group refrain from acknowledging these problems or seeking help for them.  Read more here.

Two CRG providers are currently involved in unique, global activities that seek to better understand the intersection of culture and disability. Psychologist Dr. Sandy Burkhardt, as part of her work at St. Xavier University in Chicago, is a co-editor of the new book, “Special Education International Perspectives:  Practices Across the Globe” (Emerald Group, 2014).  This very readable textbook explains how special education practices developed and work today in 24 countries around the world, starting with the U.S.  It’s fascinating to read how cultural beliefs have shaped the way different countries think about children with disabilities and how their teachers are being trained to meet their needs.

Postsecondary Disability Specialist and ADD/Life Coach Dr. David Parker will travel to Kuwait in early February to give several talks on high school and college students with ADHD. He will also discuss research findings about ADD coaching to a group of 500 educators, administrators, and government officials.  Kuwait is currently considering revising its disability laws to include people with ADHD for the first time.

Like all providers at CRG, Dr. Burkhardt and Dr. Parker are actively involved in their professional organizations in order to teach and learn on an ongoing basis. They bring “outside” knowledge to CRG and are available to share that knowledge with schools, organizations, and groups through CRG’s Speaker’s Bureau.


Making the Most of the Holidays for Your Family and Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

Parents with children on the autism spectrum know the holiday season can be difficult for their kids due to changes in routines and schedules.  The Autism Society of America, the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Easter Seals Crossroads, the Sonya Ansari Center of Autism at LOGAN, and the Indiana Autism Leadership Network have worked together to create a list of tips for parents of children with autism, so everyone can enjoy the holiday season.  Please click here to view this helpful list.

Getting Help for Addictions

CRG psychiatrist, Dr. Joshua Lowinsky, is pleased to announce the next CME Conference sponsored by the Primary Care Psychiatry Foundation.  “Addictions Across the Lifespan” will take place on Saturday, January 10, 2015 (7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at Marion University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Topics include but are not limited to “Substance Abuse Disorders:  Screening and Brief Interventions,” “Case Scenarios,” and “Non-pharmacological Intervention:  Motivational Interviewing.”  For more information or to register for this important professional development opportunity, click here.

Parenting Children with ADHD

Visitors to CRG (and our website) know that working with families is central to our mission and that many of those family members have ADHD.  In most cases, ADHD is believed to be caused by genetic factors.  Therefore, we often work with children or teens with attentional disorders who have one or more parents with ADHD, too.  Sharing ADHD with your children can give you enormous empathy into their situation and a deep appreciation for their many unique talents.  It can also complicate your ability to help your kids with homework, time management, and other organization skills that lead to success in life.  A recent article at PsychCentral can help.  Click here to read, “21 Tips for Raising Kids with ADHD When You Have ADHD, Too.”

Cyber Bullying

Schools, parents, and the community at large have learned a great deal in recent years about the impact of bullying and steps we can all take to prevent it.  Dr. Ray Kinder, CRG psychologist and Nancy Lindhjem, CRG school psychologist, have partnered with community organizations such as the Children’s Museum to help educate children, teens, and adults about bullying in the schools.  More recently, schools around the world have had to learn how to help students understand the impact of cyber bullying, which can occur in many forms.  Zionsville Community High School recently demonstrated strong leadership in addressing a form of cyber bullying that was particularly offensive to female students.  Dr. Kinder was interviewed by Nicole Pence from Fox 59 News as this story unfolded.  Click here to watch the interview and gain access to online resources for more information.

Understanding Language Intervention Models for Children on the Spectrum

If you have a young child on the autism spectrum, early intervention to help your child develop communication skills is a concern.  There are many different intervention models available, but finding what would work best for your child can be challenging.  The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community has an interesting article that discusses this topic. Click here to read the article.