Emotional Regulation Predicts Marital Satisfaction

CRG’s Dr. Julie Steck reports on current research that has important implications for married couples.  A new study investigated the relationship between emotional regulation and marital satisfaction.  The study reinforces the importance of developing constructive communication skills to manage negative emotions.  Doing so has positive implications for marital success and family functioning.  Read more at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24188061

Drop and Give Me Focus

Increasingly, adults with ADHD turn to coaches to help them organize their lives, creating a healthier and more balanced lifestyle in the process.  Many adults with ADHD don’t even know they have the disorder.  They just think that chronic disorganization and daily levels of intense stress, as they race to meet the next deadline, are normal.  Read this article for more information.  CRG’s Dr. David Parker provides coaching services to teens and adults.  Learn more about his services here.

How Important are Music and Art Lessons?

Many parents feel that they are not providing their children with adequate stimulation if they do not enroll their children in music and art lessons.  A recent study from Harvard University studied 4-year-old children who were randomly assigned to music or art lessons.  After six weeks of classes, the children were tested on core mathematical skills, spatial navigation and linguistic abilities.  Children who took music lessons performed no better on cognitive tests than children who took art lessons or no lessons at all.  http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0082007

This research does not mean that children who demonstrate interest in music and families who value musical endeavors should not pursue music lessons.  However, it does suggest that families may want to evaluate the time and resources required to pursue music lessons relative to the predicted benefits on cognitive functioning.

ADHD Education & Scholarship

The National Resource Center on AD/HD is sponsoring a 2-part webinar in March.  International ADHD experts, Dr. Thomas Brown and Dr. Russell Barkley, are teaming up to address two important topics that CRG families and community partners will appreciate.  The first webinar (March 12th) is on “Emotions & Motivation in ADHD. “ The second webinar (March 26) is on “How ADHD Impairs Major Life Activities.”  Both webinars are free and will last for one hour.  Advanced registration is required via this webpage.


The Shire Corporation, in partnership with The Edge Foundation, announces its annual ADHD Scholarships for 2014.  Any college student with formally diagnosed ADHD can apply.  The 50 recipients receive a $2,000 scholarship plus one year’s free ADD coaching through The Edge Foundation.  The deadline is fast approaching (March 19, 2014) and a letter of recommendation is required.  For more information about the Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship, visit www.ShireADHDScholarship.com.



Birthday Cut-Offs, Academics, and Kids with ADHD/LD

Jen Katzenstein, Ph.D., HSPP shared the following update via “PsychBytes,” a weekly educational resource from the Indiana Psychological Association.  Read on to learn about a new study showing that children on the lower end of the age range for their grade in school were more likely to encounter educational challenges.

Opinions differ on when to enroll a child in school, and whether or not children benefit from being the oldest or youngest in the classroom. A recent study from Iceland found that over a 6-year time period, children who were youngest in their class were 50% more likely to be prescribed an ADHD medication and achieved lower mathematics and language arts grades until 4th grade.   These results have implication for parents, educators, and diagnosticians.  Parents with children close to birthday cut-offs should carefully consider school entry, and additional information regarding a child’s current cognitive status can help inform this decision.

CRG Providers to Present at Indy CHADD

Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) is a national organization of parents, educators and other professionals interested in effective treatments for individuals with ADHD.  CHADD’s website (www.chadd.org) provides a wealth of information and many CRG blog readers are also aware of its monthly magazine, “Attention” (www.facebook.com/AttentionMagazine).  Many states and cities across the U.S. have local CHADD chapters that provide access to resources, support, and the shared experiences of peers.

Two of CRG’s providers will give free talks soon at the Indianapolis CHADD chapter (http://www.chadd.net/template.cfm?affid=346&p=about).  The meetings take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Amy Beverland Elementary School (Media Center) from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

CRG’s Assistive Technology Specialist, Beth Waite, MA-CCC/SLP-ATP, will give a talk called “How Everyday Technology Can Keep You Organized and Focused.”  She will speak on January 14th.  Come hear Beth’s practical, hands-on advice for non-techies about how to harness the full power of the technology we all have these days.

CRG’s Postsecondary Disability Specialist/ADD Coach, David R. Parker, Ph.D., will give a talk called, “ADD Coaching:  Pursuing Your Passion without Losing Your Steam.”  He will speak on February 11th.  Come learn more about ADD coaching and whether it can help you meet some of your important goals/resolutions in 2014.

The talks are free and you do not need to be a member of CHADD to attend.  For more information, contact Andy Dix (chapter coordinator) at (317) 723-3799 or e-mail: ne-indianapolis@chadd.net

Holidays and Family Members with Autism

By David R. Parker, Ph.D.

The holidays are an exciting time for most but they also bring new levels of stress, deadlines, expectations, and changes in daily routines.  For these reasons, the holiday season can be a particularly stressful time for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  Changes in routines and the sudden introduction of new sights and sound stimuli can be very unnerving to many people with ASD.  Dr. Cathy Pratt, Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA), just published a thoughtful article with many practical tips to address these concerns.  Follow this link (http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=570) for a rich variety of ideas for increasing predictability and decreasing anxiety-producing situations, whether you are entertaining at home or traveling for celebrations with others.   The IRCA website also has a great deal of information for families, including publications, training modules and opportunities to sign up for workshops.  We wish all of our families a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!

Mind-Body Health Workshops

The Indiana Psychological Association will be sponsoring free Mind-Body Health Workshops open to the public on Saturday, November 9, 2013.  A number of providers at CRG are members of the IPA, and our very own Julie T. Steck, Ph.D., HSPP, will be one of four presenters that day.

For more information regarding the Mind-Body Health Workshops offered on November 9, please click here.

To register for this event sponsored by the Indiana Psychological Association, go to http://ipapublic.eventbrite.com/.


Coming Unhinged: Psychiatric Complexities in Medical Patients

CRG’s Dr. Joshua Lowinsky, co-founder of the Primary Care Psychiatry Foundation, is pleased to announce plans for a January 11, 2014 conference.  This half-day professional development activity will address patients’ complex medical and psychiatric comorbidities that commonly present themselves in a primary care setting.  The conference takes place at the Indiana Wesleyan University Conference Center North from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Register by November 1, 2013 for a discounted, early bird rate.  For more information about speakers and their topics and to register, click here.  Learn more about the Foundation and how to get involved by visiting primarycarepsychiatry.org.


Educators/Counselors – Help Prevent Bullying

CRG has partnered with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in the past to provide information/training that helps educators, counselors, parents, and other adults learn how to prevent bullying.  This important work is ongoing!  The Children’s Museum will host “The Power of Children:  Making a Difference” on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 (4:30 to 7:30).  For only $5.00, attendees will receive dinner and a wealth of resources aligned with Bullying Prevention Month.  Hear CRG school psychologist Nancy Lindhjem speak and stop by the CRG booth for more information from CRG clinical psychologist, Dr. Ray Kinder.

To register, visit www.childrensmuseum.org/professional-development, call (317) 334-4000, or see the attached flyer.

The Power of Children Making a Difference