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Catawba Valley Foundation Grant Helps Resource Center Bring ADHD Expert to Hickory


The Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center has been awarded a grant for $2,500 from the Catawba Valley Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation.  According to Angela Lawrence, the director of learning resource center, the grant will allow the center to bring Dr. Russell Barkley, an internationally known authority on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to Catawba County. On Sunday, March 5, at 4 pm at P. E. Monroe Auditorium, Dr. Barkley will discuss how ADHD affects children and adolescents in a forum for families and the public. At 5 pm, his presentation will focus on “Driving Distracted: Teens with ADHD behind the Wheel.” On Monday, March 6, he will present a workshop primarily for professionals that work with children entitled “Advances in the diagnosis, nature, and management of ADHD.” Through each of these workshops Dr. Barkley will recommend strategies to help families and their children successfully cope with ADHD.
Mrs. Lawrence commented, “We appreciate of the generosity of the Catawba Valley Community Foundation and its commitment to children and teens with attention problems. We believe these presentations will encourage families affected by ADHD and help them make wise decisions for their children.”
The Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center (PBLRC), in Hickory, NC increases understanding of learning differences so that the challenges for children with unique learning difficulties in Catawba County are minimized and their families are supported. Since 1999, PBLRC served as a resource for children whose learning challenges include dyslexia and ADHD and their families.
The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made $116 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $222 million in assets, NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions, and scholarships. The NCCF partners with a network of affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @NCCF.

To register for the events, please use the links below.

Optimizing Outcomes: Essential Ideas for Raising a Child or Teen with ADHD

Driving Distracted: Teens with Attention Deficit Behind the Wheel

Advances in the Diagnosis, Nature, and Management of ADHD

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