Fall Friday Forum: Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

POTAC and Stanford University Medical Center present

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

with Valerie S. Adams, MA, OTR/L

Friday, September 25, 2009
1:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Stanford Hospital
Vascular Conference Room H3632 (3rd Floor)
300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305


In response to the increase in the number of children being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, this presentation will explain the diagnosis and current treatment options and the effect of symptoms on behavior and functional skills.

Learning Objectives

Participants in this presentation will:

  • Understand the difference between diagnostic criteria and symptoms observed in children with bipolar disorder compared to adults with the diagnosis.
  • Know the origins, causes and contributing factors to early onset bipolar disorder.
  • Learn current medical and psychological treatments.
  • Learn accommodations and strategies effective in educational and home settings.

Speaker Bio

Valerie Adams has been the Coordinator of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy services for the Long Beach Unified School District since 2002. Her career has primarily focused on pediatrics, especially in school settings where she uses her previous work experience in mental health settings with adults as well as knowledge of sensory integration and other treatment approaches. She has presented frequently on topics related to school-based services, autism, and bipolar disorder.


$30 for POTAC members & Occupational Therapy Association of California members
$5 for students
$50 for nonmembers
Certificate of Attendance provided to qualify for 3 hours of PDUs

Registration Info

Registration deadline is September 22, 2009. To reserve a space, please contact Lynna Kaplan at moc.loanull@pakannyl to reserve a seat. You may pay at the door.

Parking is on Blake Wilbur Drive at $6 for six hours. For directions, campus map, and parking information, visit stanfordhospital.org/directions

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