Learn about the Turner Syndrome Foundation’s (TSF) upcoming webinar, The Cognitive Impact of TS, presented by Dr. Ilyse O’Desky. This webinar will take place on January 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EST.
The Cognitive Impact of Turner Syndrome
The cognitive impact of TS is lesser known than its physical impact. This may be because cognitive challenges cannot be seen, and because there tends to be a stigma that deters individuals from discussing them. However, they can have just as much impact as physical issues, so it is important to understand these cognitive effects and learn strategies to overcome them.
A few examples of the cognitive impact of TS include difficulties with:
- social interactions.
- visual-spatial skills,
- memory, and
These effects should not be taken for granted, ignored, or stigmatized. It is also important to note that every person has a unique experience with TS, so these effects may not impact every individual with the condition.
This webinar will address:
- the basics of genetics,
- the variations of TS and how their symptoms differ,
- how TS affects the brain,
- how the cognitive effects of TS impact patients’ lives, and
- strategies to overcome these cognitive effects.
This webinar is free, but donations to TSF are encouraged and greatly appreciated. Join us on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EST.
To register for the webinar:
- Check that you have a device that can use the Internet, like a tablet, laptop, or computer. That way, you are able to attend the webinar. If you don’t have one, check that you have a phone that you can hear the webinar with.
- Click here to reach the webinar registration page.
- Click on “REGISTER.”
- Choose how many people you are registering. If you’re registering for only yourself, choose one ticket. If you have a loved one who wants to join the webinar, you can add more tickets.
- Once you have the chosen number of people registered, click on “Start Checkout.”
- Choose if you want to make a voluntary donation to TSF while registering for the free webinar. Learn about our mission, how individuals are affected by TS, and how TSF helps the TS community to make an informed decision.
- If you want to donate, enter the requested info. If not, uncheck “I wish to donate to this organization.”
- Enter your registration information. This information will be confidential and will only be shared between you and TSF.
- Click “Submit.” Instructions on how to attend the webinar will be sent to you once you’re registered.
- If you registered but were unable to attend the webinar event, that’s OK. Once the event is over, you will be emailed a recording of the webinar with English captions, as well as the accompanying slides.
About the Presenter – Dr. Ilyse O’Desky
In 1992, Dr. Ilyse O’Desky received her Clinical Psychology doctorate from Yeshiva University in New York City. After receiving her degree, she worked at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center. There, she was a Senior Research Associate in the Department of NeuroPharmacology (the study of drugs that affect and enter the nervous system). Later, she returned to New Jersey. She did this to complete a pediatric neuropsychology post-doctoral training position at the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities on Staten Island.
Currently, Dr. O’Desky holds the following positions in New Jersey:
- Associate Psychology Professor at Kean University,
- Section Chief of Psychology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and
- Director of the Neuropsychological Testing Center in Springfield.
As a researcher, Dr. O’Desky studies cognitive functioning in genetic disorders like TS and pedagogical (teaching) techniques to improve executive functioning (mental processes that help one set and achieve goals) and learning.
Written by Elizabeth Rivera, a member of TSF’s Communications Department and TSF blog writer. Edited by Susan Herman, TSF volunteer blog post editor and translator.