Dear Clients, Friends and Web Site Visitors:

It is with deep sadness that I share the news of Dr. Laurie Dietzelís death on January 15, 2015. Laurie was my professional partner and personal friend and we had been in practice together for ten and a half years, working with a deep professional commitment and personal bond to provide quality services to our clients. Laurie was exceptional in all that she did and tried to help every person who reached out to her. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and colleague. 

I am now retired and no longer completing assessments or consultations. However, if you need assistance for someone Dr. Dietzel and I evaluated, you may reach me by email at and by phone at 202-213-7589.

Our associates, Dr. Karen Kent and Dr. Ana Daroowalla, are providing assessments. Dr. Kent is conducting neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations and can be contacted via email at or by phone at 410-570-8317. Dr. Daroowalla continues to offer psychoeducational evaluations, including testing for admission to independent schools. She is available by phone at 202-309-2085 and by email at Dr. Karen Kent and Dr. Ana Daroowalla are each working from different office locations.
I would like to thank our clients and professional colleagues for giving us the opportunity to partner with them and for their confidence in our work. It has been our privilege to work with you. 

Best regards, 

Jamie G. Butler, M.Ed., M.S. in Teaching
Educational Diagnostician 
Dietzel Butler & Associates, LLC

Laurie's life was celebrated on January 30, 2015  at the First Baptist Church of Hyattsville.  Her obituary follows:

Laurie Christine Dietzel, Ph.D. passed from this life on Jan. 15, 2015. Her life was full of learning, living and loving. Her immediate family of her spouse, Claude Allen, and daughter, Emma, continue life in Hyattsville, Md., and her extended family continue life in Essex Junction, Vt., and Brooklyn, N.Y. Her life began in Michigan, then to Essex Junction for childhood and undergraduate study, and on to Hyattsville, Md., for extended graduate study and residence. Her work and extended practice include the publication of "Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning," translated into other languages and that continues to give parents and teachers essential information, skills and support that enhance children's growth and learning mastery. Her gifted intellect found expression in mathematics, science, writing and language arts that balanced well with her deep sensitivity, wonderful intensity, quick wit, spontaneity, wellevolved executive functioning and clarity. She learned quickly and was accepting and helpful to others whose learning style and pace were unique to hers. Her greatest accomplishments were her relationships of thoughtfulness, caring, support, trust and love with her spouse, daughter, family, friends, colleagues and clients. She loved life, as short and full as it was. She is greatly missed. Her life, spirit and legacy live on forever. An educational fund for her daughter, Emma Allen, has been established in her memory. Contributions can be sent to Louise A. Dietzel, 37 Prospect St., Essex Junction, VT 05452, noting "Emma Allen 529 Plan." Please include your email. - See more at:

Notable Events

Montgomery County, MD, Parent/Guardian ADHD Support Group
meets the 1st Wednesday of each month, 7:30 to 9 PM, at
Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Boulevard, Rockville, MD.
For more information, visit the CHADD website.


Recommended Reading


A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning. Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. & Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D. Link to Amazon to buy the book. Link to Kindle ebook edition.
(See Photo of Cover on Right)

  "Learning to Feel Good and Stay Cool" by Judith Glasser, Kathleen Nadeau, and Charles Beyl, August 15, 2013. Link to Amazon to buy/review the book.

"Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom: A Practical guide for Educators," Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Margaret Foster (Jossey-Bass), Jan. 13, 2013. Link to Amazon to buy/review the bookl

"Many Ways to Learn," Second Edition, A Kidís guide to LD by Judith M. Stern, M.A. and Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D.  Link to Amazon to buy/review the book.

 "Empowering Youth with ADHD: Your Guide to Coaching Adolescents and Young Adults for Coaches, Parents, and Professionals," Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC. Link to Amazon to buy/review the book.

"Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework," Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed. Link to Amazon to buy/review the book.

"Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (What Works for Special-Needs Learners)" by Lynn Meltzer.  Link to buy/review the book.

"The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child," Dr. Richard Selznick, describes a common, but poorly understood group of characteristics. Referred to as "Lego kids" or "high spatial children," such kids thrive with hands-on tasks that "load" on visual and spatial abilities. Link to buy/review the book.

Additional Reading Recommendations

Additional Resource Links on Executive Function


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