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Dr. Blake is a recognized national authority on Specific Learning Disorder, AD/HD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children, adolescents, and adults. He has specialized for over 20 years in Specific Learning Disorder, AD/HD and ASD and lives and works as a licensed psychologist in Tucson, Arizona. The interest in Specific Learning Disorder, AD/HD, and ASD were spurred by his own struggles trying to overcome his Dyslexia with impairment in phonological processing, fluency, spelling and comprehension, as well as a severe bilateral undifferentiated sensorineural hearing loss which were initially diagnosed during his first year of his doctoral program at the age of 26. At the time, the early 1980s, not much was known about adults with Specific Learning Disorder. As Dr. Blake struggled to learn about his own Specific Learning Disorder he decided to make his life’s work the diagnosis and treatment of adults with Specific Learning Disorder, AD/HD and autism spectrum disorder. When he started his professional life, he was one of a handful of professionals in the country with such a focus. Now he travels the country sharing his personal story and what he has learned about Specific Learning Disorder, AD/HD and Autism Spectrum Disorder with professionals who work with these populations, individuals with these disorders, and their loved ones. Dr Blake does a six hour seminar for PESI, Inc. out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Entitled, “Executive Dysfunction: Effective Strategies & Interventions for Children & Adolescents,” this seminar discusses how to diagnose and treat executive function difficulties in general and in those with AD/HD, Specific Learning Disability-Dyslexia, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In the past Dr. Blake has done six live seminars, and six webinars nationally through Cross Country Education in Brentwood, Tennessee. All of the above seminars and webinars are designed primarily for credentialed professionals in medical and mental health fields. Continuing Education Credits are offered for these presentations. Dr. Blake, an avid competitive cyclist (See “Sports Story“link on upper right of this page), lives with his wife who is a retired psychologist and their two dogs in Tucson, AZ.
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PESI, Inc. LIVE (IN PERSON) SEMINAR
Executive Dysfunction: Effective Strategies & Interventions for Children & Adolescents
The frontal lobes of the brain, which are largely responsible for the adequate performance of executive functions, are the last to fully mature in childhood development. Children with inattention, poor planning and organizational skills, memory deficits, emotional instability and poor self-monitoring are at risk for academic underachievement and socialization/behavioral difficulties. They may be deemed ‘lazy’, ‘forgetful’, ‘confused’ and ‘inconsistent’. Their learning often suffers from behaviorally-based actions that can be shared and developed in and out of the classroom. Children and
adolescents with executive dysfunction are frequently brighter than their academic performance suggests. Through the use of case studies and interactive discussion of executive functioning, Dr. Kevin Blake will provide you with practical, effective and easily adaptable skill-building techniques for children and adolescents with executive dysfunction. You will learn the latest evidence-based treatment strategies for behavioral and academic achievement. Learn how you can intervene and help overcome fear and anxiety when homework is missing, late, incomplete, or just way off-base. Discover how to guide initiation and follow-through with assignments and projects. Help your students work through problems with a sequential, logical method. Leave this seminar with classroom strategies to help children and adolescents achieve their full academic and social potentials.
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CROSS COUNTRY EDUCATION (Now Known as Vyne Education) LIVE (IN PERSON) SEMINARS
Life-changing Interventions for the New AD/HD: Beyond the DSM-5®
An in depth look at the changes from DSM-IV®, TR to DSM-5® related to AD/HD. What was added, what wasn’t and why will be discussed. Where was the science followed and where was it ignored and why will be covered. And most importantly, what does all this mean for diagnosis, treatment and getting services for those with AD/HD will be focused on
Building a Life Skills Tool Kit: Preparing the Adolescent on the Autism Spectrum for Adult Life Developing a Life Plan for HIGH FUNCTIONING People on the Autism Spectrum
Those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often are not prepared for adult life. Frequently they do not have sufficient understanding of their abilities and skills to make informed educational and vocational plans. They are short of planning and decision making skills to make life plans. They do not know their rights as a disabled citizen and how to self-advocate for themselves. Deficient in social skills they are awkward in academic and vocational settings. They have difficulty making friends, dating and knowing how to appropriately express their sexuality.
The purpose of this seminar is to provide a workable blueprint to help guide young adults with ASD to develop their own adult life plan beginning in middle school. Issues such as vocational/educational planning, including career counseling and guidance will be discussed. An examination of the laws pertaining to the disabled adult will be conducted along with methods of teaching self-advocacy skills in adult settings. How to teach decision making skills will be covered as well as life planning. Social interaction skills appropriate to adult life and dating situations will be discussed. Teaching empathy skills will be covered. How to convey an understanding of one’s own sexuality, what is appropriate sexual behavior, birth control and safe sex, how to ask someone out on a date, do’s and don’ts on a date will be covered. The goal of this seminar will be to assist the young adult with ASD in developing their own life skills tool kit.
Social Difficulties of Learning, Attentional and Autism Spectrum Disorders: 2013 Edition:
Traditionally, professionals have believed the social interaction difficulties many of those with neurobiological disorders (i.e., Specific Learning Disorders, AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, etc.) are solely the result of a lack of social skills knowledge. They believed if their clients could be given adequate knowledge, their social interaction difficulties would disappear. Yet, after being given extensive social skills training many would continue to appear odd and be rejected in social, work and classroom situations. In the past, the only “solution” was to provide more social skills training, which would often produce the same disappointing results. Recent research utilizing advanced brain imaging techniques has identified neurobiological deficits that underlie these clients’ difficulties in social interaction. These deficits must be addressed along with the provision of social skills training for clients to achieve their full “social potential”. This live seminar has been updated to match DSM-5® diagnostic criteria.
Neurosocial Disorders: Creating a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
Understand and identify neurobiological deficits found in AD/HD, Dyslexia, Specific Learning Disorder, NVLD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and learn new and exciting therapeutic applications for successful treatment of these often misunderstood clients.
Assessment and Treatment of Dyslexia in Adolescents and Adults: No Adult Left Behind
Learn the research based methods of assessing and treating Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Readin/Dyslexia and co-existing conditions in adolescents and adults.
Developmentally Disconnected: Evidence-Based Tools for Transforming Social Competence
Traditionally, social deficits that accompany developmental disorders have been attributed to a lack of social skills knowledge. Therapies designed to help have been heavily weighted toward social skills training, often resulting in minimal, plodding progress while clients continue to face verbal and non-verbal communication barriers at home, in the classroom, and beyond. Recent research utilizing advanced brain imaging techniques has identified neurobiological deficits that underlie your clients’ difficulties in social interaction. This one-day seminar will teach you to address these deficits in complement with skills coaching, giving you the tools to guide clients to their full social potential. Review exciting research on the unique neurophysiology associated with neurobiological disorders and its effect on social expression and interaction. Discuss changes to diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5®, and discover effective treatments for a wide variety of the most common neurosocial problems.
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CROSS COUNTRY EDUCATION WEBINARS
The following are brief descriptions of the six seminars Dr. Blake has for Cross Country Education:
Understanding Inattentive ADHD: Evidence-Based Screening and Treatment Strategies (A One Hour Webinar)
Learn the latest research about Inattentive ADHD and “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo” as well as how they differ from other types of ADHD. Screening and treatment strategies are also discussed.
Everyone is a Stranger: Face Blindness in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (A One Hour Webinar)
Learn the latest research about Developmental Prosopagnosia and how it relates to Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children. Symptoms, screening, treatment and classroom accommodations regarding this disorder will be presented.
“No! I Don’t Want to Give My Child a Drug to Treat Their ADHD”: Complementary and Alternative Treatments for ADHD (A One Hour Webinar)
This webinar uses an objective, evidence-based approach to discuss what treatment options are available when medication is not an option. Discover scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) techniques and help determine the best treatment for your client.
Healthy Sexual Development In Those With Autism Spectrum Disorder (A One Hour Webinar)
Learn the latest in teaching health sexual development and behavior for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Inattentive AD/HD in the DSM-5®: Finding Consensus or Igniting Debate (A Two Hour Webinar)
This webinar updates participants regarding how Inattentive AD/HD and “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo” is viewed in light of the changes in the DSM-5®.
Getting Back On Track: Understanding and Treating Executive Function and AD/HD (A Two Hour Webinar)
Learn how to find and treat the executive function deficits of AD/HD.
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Dr. Blake’s Personal Seminars
In addition to the above, Dr. Blake does seminars independent of Cross Country Education and PESI, Inc. on his own. His most popular is I Pulled an All-Nighter for My High School Graduation and Other Adventures of a Dyslexic, Hearing Impaired Psychologist. During this workshop Dr. Blake tells his life story of being a person with undiagnosed Specific Learning Disorder-Dyslexia with impairment in fluency and spelling and Hearing Impairment trying to survive academically and socially from elementary to graduate school. He shares what he found helpful…and what was not as well as makes recommendations regarding what parents, teachers medical and mental health professionals can do to help children and adolescents learn to cope with and compensate for similar disabilities. Dr. Blake usually, combines this seminar with lectures on Specific Learning Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder; however; he can add lectures about Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Hyperacusis, Developmental Prosopagnosia, Synesthesias, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and How to Know if an Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Approach for ADHD is Evidence-Based to this seminar. This seminar uses humor along side factual information and is delivered in a heartfelt manner that will leave you laughing at times, tearful at times but inspired and uplifted all the time.
Dr. Blake has a new seminar he does on his own, Treating Anxiety in Children and Adolescents. This 6 hour seminar includes the latest research in how to treat anxiety, test anxiety, math anxiety, foreign language learning anxiety, and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents with and without Specific Learning Disorder, AD/HD and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dr. Blake presents a two hour seminar entitled, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sexual Deviance, and Victims. What autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is, what causes it, how a person with it can develop sexual deviance, or become a victim of sexual abuse, and what special treatment issues need to be addressed when working with someone with ASD will be discussed. This program is designed for parole officers and mental health professionals who work in the criminal justice system.