Empowering Individuals with Learning Differences to Succeed—Academically, and Beyond!
Morrissey-Compton Educational Center for Diagnostic and Treatment Services for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities TWO LOCATIONS!
MAIN OFFICE: 595 Price Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 322-5910 · Fax (650) 322-7075
Satellite Office: 840 Main St., Suite B2,
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
650-729-3033

Winter-Spring, 2018
FREE Parent Education Classes
595 Price Avenue Redwood City, CA
6:30 - 8:00 PM

Note: Pre-registration required for all classes

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 23rd Register Homework 911! Helping Your Child with Homework and Organizational Skills (K- 5th grade)

Does your child spend more time getting started on homework than actually doing it? How involved should parents be helping their child with homework? Learn how to minimize homework stress and help your child develop systems to organize homework, assignments and materials.

Presenter: Erin Powers, M.Ed., B.C.E.T.
Erin Powers has been a practicing Educational Therapist for over twenty five years. She has coordinated learning services for Kehillah Jewish High School for the past five years, and maintains a thriving private practice. She previously directed all of the learning services at the Carey (elementary) School, and at Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco. In each independent school, Ms. Powers provided services and support to students with learning differences, working in partnership with parents and faculty. In addition, Ms. Powers teaches courses in Educational Therapy through the University of California Extension Program at Santa Cruz, with varied class offerings ranging from "Introduction to Educational Therapy," to "ADHD in the Classroom for Teachers."


(Postponed until March with specific date TBD) Parenting Teens Who Struggle with Depressions: Is it Typical Adolescent Moodiness or Something More Serious?
Recognize the signs of depression, understand common causes of depression and options for treatment. The role that parents can play in supporting their teenager will be explored.

Presenter: Sarah Ordaz, Ph.D.
Dr. Sarah Ordaz is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience conducting neuropsychological and socioemotional evaluations of children and adolescents with ADHD, learning disabilities, concussions, and medical problems. In addition, she conducts therapy using research-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Her specialty is in working with depressed adolescents, and she also sees school-aged youth who struggle with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, trauma exposure, ADHD, and oppositional behavior. She works collaboratively with youth and their families to leverage existing strengths so that youth can thrive.


ADHD: FREE 5-Part Series (Saturdays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM)
  1. Register ADHD and Executive Functions
    (4th - 12th grade) January 13, 2018

    Children with ADHD often have difficulty starting assignments, following directions, organizing projects, writing reports, remembering supplies and turning in homework. This class will offer strategies to help your child become more organized and to understand his learning style. You will leave with specific ideas to help your child to maximize her success at school.
  2. Register Behavior Plans for ADHD Children: Managing Problems and Increasing Desirable Behaviors Using Rewards Instead of Punishments
    (all ages) January 20

    Rewards and consequences can be used to reinforce the behaviors that you expect, while decreasing problematic behaviors. Behavior plans are used to teach and maintain many kinds of behaviors, such as doing homework and getting along with siblings. Learn how to set up an effective behavior plan.
  3. Register Advocating for Your ADHD Child at School
    (all ages) January 27
  4. Learn how ADHD impacts children in the classroom and what services and accommodations will enable your child to succeed. Understand your legal rights and how to proceed effectively through the complicated process of assessments and meetings.
  5. Register Classroom accommodations and IEP goals for Executive Functioning Difficulties
    (4th through 12th grade) February 3

    One of the hallmarks of ADHD is having difficulty with executive functioning. This class will focus on specific difficulties that children experience in the classroom, and provide suggestions for effective interventions. Learn about specific accommodations and goals for specialized instruction obtained through IEPs. Class content will apply to any child with executive functioning weaknesses, not only those diagnosed with ADHD.
  6. Register Individual Education Plans (IEP) for Students with ADHD
    (all ages) February 10

    Bring your child's IEP (with family and child's names, addresses blacked out) and Dr. Dafoe will choose several samples and go through them with the group, providing feedback about how to increase their effectiveness.

Presenter: Janet Dafoe, Ph.D.
Dr. Dafoe is a licensed psychologist whose areas of specialty include ADHD, Asperger's Disorder, school issues and special education law. She provides educational evaluations and therapy, facilitates therapeutic groups for children, leads a support group for parents of children with ADHD, and serves as an advocate for parents going through the special education and 504 processes.


Spring, 2018 - Dates TBA

Practicing Mindfulness With Your Children: Reduce Your Stress and Your Child's Stress Using Mindfulness Techniques and Meditation
Explore creative ways to de-stress yourself and your child, while increasing your sense of connection to each other.

Parenting an Emotionally Sensitive Child: Helping Your Child Manage Intense Emotions
Difficulties regulating strong emotions can lead to increased anxiety, depression, and conflict with parents, teachers, and peers. This talk will discuss emotional sensitivity in children and teens, and the ways in which parents can help children learn ways to calm themselves more quickly and effectively.

Panel Discussion: How to Talk With Our Children About Upsetting Topics in the News
Join experts in Child Development, Children's Mental Health and Digital Media in a discussion about how to respond to our children's questions about frightening topics such as random violence, terrorism and natural disasters, in ways that help to reduce their anxiety.

Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Executive Function Challenges
Learn effective teaching strategies for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Executive Function (EF) challenges. The class will discuss similarities and differences between ASD and EF characteristics, interventions and visual supports to maximize student learning, and ways to help students learn to self-monitor and engage in self-regulated learning.


Morrissey-Compton Educational Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation.