OUR Agenda

fROM our NOV 2016 event

take a loook!  

9:30am - 10:00AM

Registration, Coffee and Network 

Everyone needs time to wake up and connect with others.  There will be coffee, tea, water and snacks waiting for you when you arrive.  You want to be ready for this day.  


Morning Summit

10:00 Am - 10:05 AM

Susan Schenk + Sperry Bilyea 


It's time to welcome all the speakers to the stage and recap the awesome group we have at Shift Your Thinking!

10:05am - 10:35 am

Matthew Turton, Founder of Breakthroughs in Learning

How Hard Can It Be?

This fun, experiential and interactive talk will provide valuable insight into your child’s struggles by allowing you to step into their shoes, experiencing what it is like to have a learning disability.  Matthew Turton, Educational Therapist at Breakthroughs in Learning, and International Best Selling author, will share about his life as a child struggling with several learning disabilities. Not only will you hear about his sometimes funny, and often all too real personal experiences, you will have the opportunity to sit down, hang on and experience a glimpse of what it feels like to have a learning disability.

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM



Tapping into your child's strengths is so important as it allows them to 'shine' in areas that they are good at and it also helps them to learn in a way that 'fits them'.  Focusing on your child's strengths is not about moving about from learning but using your child's strengths to help them learn in a powerful way.  I will share my story about my strengths and how I used them to learn and regain my self-esteem. You will step into my world of learning differently and why strengths are a key ingredient to succeeding when it comes to learning. 

11:10 AM - 11:45am


tools to help our kids when they are stressed out + anxious 

Dan will be discussing how we can help our children be able to recognize when they are stressed and feeling anxious and tools to be able to support at home.

11:45am - 12:00 Pm Experiential - Marni Levitt, Founder of Move-N-Music

12:00PM - 12:30pm

Heidi Bernhardt. Executive Director of CADDAC

Emotional, Social and Self-Regulation struggles

Although we tend to focus on attention difficulties when addressing ADHD it is often a larger impairment in self-regulation that causes significant difficulty for children and adults with ADHD. Social and emotional impairments typically seen in with childrens’ will be reviewed while delving into the underlying impairments in self-regulation that are present. The presentation will look at the consequences of emotional regulation impairment and why it is so common in those with ADHD.  

VIP Lunch and Lunch Break

12:30 am -1:30pm

The VIP lunch will be offsite at the Paramount Fine Food which is a couple of minutes away.  All attendees will have the ability to talk and meet, and share with experts and other parents.  Carolyn Dickinson will be helping facilitate the discussion at lunch!

  • The experts attending so far:
  • Susan Schenk. OT Beyond OK.
  • Heidi Bernhardt. RN. Executive Director of Center for ADHD Awareness (CADDAC)
  • Matthew Turton, VP of Breakthroughs in Learning
  • Lauren Millman, Parent Coach and Counselor
  • Andrea Rossi, Holistic Nutritionist
  • Laurel Crossley, Speaker, Life Coach Certified Adult and Parent Educator
  • Dan Rooney. B.A., B.S.W. M.S.W. (Adlerian Therapist)
  • Jane Kristoffy. Educational Consultant. Right Track.
  • Sara Lane, Room For Learning
  • John Tucker. ADHD Coach

Afternoon Summit


first block of workshops -- pick one A or B 

Note: The day of the event you can pick the workshops you would like to attend. 

1:30 pM - 2:20 pM 

A.  susan Schenk

the roadmap to progress - how you can support your child  

You might have all the assessments done. All the facts in front of you but you are stuck in overwhelm and you see little progress when it comes to your child's learning and even more -- you see their self esteem dropping.  It's time to take a new look at how you can set priorities, how you can look at what your child needs to help them learn in a way that fits them and how to empower them to have a voice.  I understand.  I've been there and it's time for me to show you the roadmap to supporting your child so they can start to see their learning abilities and show others what they know.  

B.  John Tucker. ADHD Coach

Where is my?...Organization Support for Families


2nd block of workshops -- pick one C or D 

2:25 PM - 3:10 PM 

c.  Heidi Bernhardt. Executive Director of CADDAC

Assisting with Self and Emotional Regulation

Ways to assist children and adults with self and emotional regulation will be discussed.  What external reminders and motivators are, why they are needed, and how to use them will be covered.  How to implement strategies to assist with social skill, self-regulation and emotional regulation and use of the ABC chart will also be covered.      

D.  Richard Maerten. Lead Trainer for Learning Style

Ways to Help Your Child Learn

Rich's goal is to be as practical as possible to enable you and your children to effectively use Google Drive and Read and Write to improve school assignments right away!  You will discover how easy it is to use this amazing technological partnership to assist you with educational challenges that you and your children may be dealing with.  Rich will demonstrate all of the key features of this handy duo so you will be more confident in your child's abilities to successfully manage their academic responsibilities!

Note: You will need a computer for this workshop and a google ID.

Break Time

3:10pm - 3:20pm

Panel: Inside Out - Perspectives and Insights- looking at the World differently

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM 

Let's look at the world of learning differently from the people that experience it -- from a student, parent, professional and everything in between. It's time for us to empower you with our insights and encouraging words. 

Student elementary, Student university, Parent, Professional 

Sophie, Awesome Kid

SUSAN Schenk. ot. Beyond ok

emile studham. founder of X Performance, aussie Rules

Panel hosted by: Carolyn Dickinson. founder of supermom Entrepreneur


We can't wait to see you there.  Susan + Sperry