Kean to Host Educating the Educators: The Impact of Turner Syndrome Conference

Kean University’s College of Education and School of Psychology will present an educational conference, Educating the Educators: The Impact of Turner Syndrome in a School Setting, on Saturday, April 16. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the University Center, located on the university’s campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. There is a fee of $10, which includes lunch and refreshments.

This conference, designed for educators, school nurses, school psychologists and future educators and professionals, will focus on the educational implications of Turner Syndrome (TS), which occurs in approximately 1 in 2000 live female births. TS is characterized by a variety of physical implications (most commonly short stature) and development and learning issues (deficits in visuospatial organization, social cognition and math abilities).

According to Dr. Suzanne Bousquet, executive director of Kean’s School of Psychology, over one-third of girls with TS are diagnosed in mid-childhood and adolescence – during their school years. “This conference will thus inform educators about the cognitive issues likely to have an impact in the classroom, prepare school psychologists to collaborate with teachers and parents to maximize educational outcomes, and inform school nurses for possible referral for diagnosis and/or clinical oversight,” Bousquet said.

Dr. Paul H. Saenger, section chief and professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will present the keynote address, entitled Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Turner Syndrome, at 10:30 a.m. in the University Center Little Theatre. Breakout informational sessions will then be held for educators, school nurses and school psychologists, as well as for families affected by TS. Patient families may register for the conference at www.turnersyndrome.org.

At the conclusion of the conference, all guests are invited to attend a free encore matinee performance of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a Kean Players on Tour production, at 3 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre.

The College of Education at Kean University will issue certificates of professional development. The Turner Syndrome Foundation (TSF), a 501C3 nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers, is partnering with the Kean University to help host the conference. Partial funding will also be provided by the Kean University Psychology Club and the APO Fraternity, a Kean University student theatre group.

Conference registration links will be available on the Kean University website at www.kean.edu and the Turner Syndrome Foundation website at www.TurnerSyndromeFoundation.org. For further information or to register, please contact Dr. Suzanne Bousquet at sbousque@kean.edu.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. While Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers, it is also a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduatedegrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.

Tom McLaughlin

tmclaugh@kean.edu
March 8, 2011

 
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