2006-03-02 / News

Education Day features renowned author, expert on ADD

Jamestown schools will hold their fourth annual Education Awareness Day next Saturday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Ned Hallowell, a child and adult psychiatrist who has written several books on the topic of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.

Hallowell, a former member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004, has appeared on national television programs, including “60 Minutes,” “Oprah,” and “The Today Show.”

Sponsored by the Jamestown PTO, the free event will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and refreshments. Superintendent Kathy Sipala will give her opening remarks at 8:45 a.m., and she will be followed by Hallowell’s address at 9 a.m.

The psychiatrist will give two additional talks dealing with topics in his most acclaimed books. At 9 a.m. “A Walk in the Rain with a Brain,” based on his children’s book, will deal with how each brain finds its own way to learn.

At 10:30 a.m., “Delivered From Distraction” will focus on what it is like to have ADD, attention deficit disorder: how it impacts learning, produces anxiety, and in adults affects relationships.

A question and answer period will be held from 11:30 to noon.

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