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“Outside the Box Child” Educational Conference


2nd Annual

“Outside the Box” Child Educational Conference


Tickets now available

Saturday, September 22, 2018   8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Westmark School – 5461 Louise Ave. – Encino, CA  91316

Supporting Child Success Foundation’s mission to expand awareness in the community about the developmental and learning challenges that children face and how to address them.

The Conference will give parents and professionals the opportunity to learn best practices and strategies to support the “outside the box” kids in their lives.


Professionals in the fields of education, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, occupational and speech therapy, parents and caregivers.


  • Practical strategies for supporting “outside the box” kids at home and in school.
  • Simple and effective mindfulness exercises for “outside the box” children.
  • Understanding the ways in which sensory processing, visual processing, attention and social learning are all connected.
  • Current thinking abut identifying and treating ADHD and related issues with executive functioning.
  • A discussion with a leading expert on social learning about recalibrating the way we understand social thinking for children.

All net proceeds from this event go directly to funding life changing therapies for children. 

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Details on Speaker Topics:

Understanding the “Outside the Box” Child

Practical strategies for supporting “outside the box” kids at home and in school.


Melissa Idelson

Melissa Idelson

Director, Child Success Center

Melissa Idelson, OTR/L, is the Founding President of Child Success Foundation (CSF) and Director of the Child Success Center in Santa Monica, CA. Melissa began her career as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in 1990. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, where she was first introduced to sensory integration in college, she moved to California in 1995 to complete graduate studies in Ayres Sensory Integration* (ASI) theory and practice at the University of Southern California.

Jayme Neiman Kimel

Jayme Neiman Kimel


Jayme is a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist and leading specialist in neuropsychological assessment for children and young adults. Over the last 20 years, she has built a practice that has provided service to hundreds of clients, schools and expert witness testimony. Dr. Neiman-Kimel also maintains a private clinical practice providing therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples. Dr. Neiman-Kimel’s practice focuses on providing developmental, behavioral, and cognitive assessments. Her approach is to develop a fully integrated plan incorporating leading specialists in the field to provide a comprehensive approach to clearly understanding and supporting the developmental and cognitive needs of the child. Professional memberships include National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, and Los Angeles Psychological Association.

Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

What is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and how does it show up in children? What systems does it impact? Understanding the ways in which sensory processing, visual processing, attention and social learning are all connected. Who can help? Practical tools for parents and educators.


Merry Lee

Merry Lee


Merry Lee, OTD, OTR/L, SWC received her Masters of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009 and her Occupational Therapy Doctorate in 2010 from the University of Southern California. She also graduated from UC Davis in 2006 with a B.S. in Exercise Biology and a B.A. in Psychology. She is originally from San Francisco and moved down to the LA region for occupational therapy school. Dr. Lee is the Occupational Therapy Administrative Coordinator at Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Lee is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), and she has received advanced practice certification in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation, or Intervention from the California Board of Occupational Therapy. In addition to working with children and families in the Southern California area, she also enjoys traveling to other countries to provide occupational therapy services with children and lecturing at schools/universities in the countries.

Joan Surfus

Joan Surfus


Joan Surfus, OTD, OTR/L, SWC has been practicing in pediatrics for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and her Master’s and Clinical Doctorate from Misericordia University. Dr. Surfus is the Clinical Coordinator of Occupational Therapy and the feeding specialist at Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, California and an Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Occupational Therapy in the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Her focus has been in pediatric intervention with an emphasis in sensory integration, feeding, oral-motor and dysphagia, and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Surfus is certified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and a prior instructor for USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program and current instructor for the Chan USC Sensory Integration Certification. She teaches regularly in these areas both nationally and internationally. Dr. Surfus spends her free time volunteering abroad, providing services for children with special needs and staff training at a school in Honduras. She also provides volunteer teaching and training in Russia with Naked Heart Foundation.

Understanding Current Thinking about ADHD and Executive Functioning

In his session, Dr. Brown offers a new perspective on this disorder, one based on current clinical and neuroscience research. It presents a new definition and model of ADD/ADHD as essentially a problem with executive function – the management system of the brain.


Dr. Thomas Brown

Dr. Thomas Brown


Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Yale University and specializes in assessment and treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents and adults with ADD/ADHD and related problems.

His new Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders opened in Manhattan Beach, CA in June, 2017 after he relocated to Los Angeles. This clinic offers assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and adults with ADD/ADHD and related problems.

From 1984 to May, 2017 Dr. Brown maintained an independent clinical practice in Hamden, CT.  He also served as Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders from its inception until 2017. After serving on the clinical faculty of the Yale Medical School for 20 years, Dr. Brown resigned to accept an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. In May, 2017 he relocated to Los Angeles, California.

Developing an Engaging Mindfulness Routine for the “Outside the Box” Child

Simple and effective mindfulness activities for younger children, and how to easily incorporate them in their daily routine, at school or at home.


Julie Campistron

Julie Campistron

CEO - Stop, Breathe & Think

Julie is the Co-Founder and CEO of Stop, Breathe & Think, an award winning personalized emotional wellness platform that helps kids, teens and young adults build the emotional strength and confidence to handle whatever comes their way.  Born out of a non profit called Tools For Peace, that has been teaching mindfulness and meditation to at risk youth since 2000, Stop, Breathe & Think’s apps are actively used, and recommended by, therapists and educators across the country, with the goal to make emotional wellbeing engaging, accessible, and a part of daily life, just like healthy eating or exercise.
Mayme Donsker

Mayme Donsker

Director of Mindfulness Facilitation & Curriculum Development at Tools for Peace

Mayme has extensive experience teaching mindfulness, meditation and the Stop Breathe and Think curriculum at the Tools for Peace Summer Teen Camp, in middle and high school classrooms, including low-income and at-risk student populations as well as  mindfulness workshops in universities and hospitals.

Understanding Visual Processing Disorders

What is a visual processing disorder? How does it present in children? Who can help? Practical tools for parents and teachers.


Lawrence G. Simons, OD

Lawrence G. Simons, OD

Dr. Simons is a developmental optometrist who received his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Pennsylvania College of Optometry, in Philadelphia. He is a clinician who has been in private practice since the early 80’s, practicing in Calabasas and West L.A, with an emphasis on assessment and treatment of learning-related visual dysfunctions and the visual consequences of closed head injury. As part of his practice, he has screened thousands of pre-schoolers through middle schoolers on-site, on campuses throughout L.A., as well as conducted many teacher in-services and has been a frequent guest lecturer for graduate degree programs for educational therapists. Professional memberships include College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation Association, Association of Educational Therapists, and American Optometric Association.

Understanding Social Learning

A discussion on social learning and recalibrating the way we understand social thinking for children.


Kelly Priest

Kelly Priest

Director of Social Learning, Westside Neighborhood School

Kelly Priest, MS, is the director of social learning at an independent school in Los Angeles, a social learning consultant to parents, schools and professionals, and a seasoned facilitator of social learning groups and parent workshops. She was an early adopter of Social Thinking® in Los Angeles, co-founding one of California’s largest private practices dedicated to social cognitive development. 

Kelly’s experiences as a group facilitato, parent educator, school counselor, consultant, advocate, and most importantly, as a parent, have informed her approach to social learning. While her work is grounded in practical, effective tools and strategies, Kelly’s approach radically centers and affirms the needs, interests, wholeness and neurodiversity of all social learners.

Conference Schedule

“Out of the Box Child” Educational Conference Schedule – September 22, 2018

Schedule Details coming soon.

8:00 – 8:30    Registration/Breakfast/Networking (Lite Breakfast included)
8:30 – 9:00    Introduction from Melissa Idelson and Dr. Jayme Neiman-Kimel – TREE Metaphor
9:00 – 10:15  Sensory Processing Disorder with Merry Lee and Joan Surfus, PTN
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 ADHD and Executive Functioning with Dr. Thomas Brown
12:00 – 1:00   Lunch
1:00 – 2:00     Understanding Visual Processing Disorders with Lawrence G. Simons, OD
2:00 – 2:30     Mindfullness Facilitation with Julie Campistron and Mayme Donsker
2:30 – 2:45     Break
2:45 – 4:00     Social Learning with Kelly Priest