Intermediate Strategies for Building Better Brains: How Improving Executive Functioning Skills Fosters Social, Emotional and Academic Success in ALL Types of Learners.

Friday, November 12, 2021, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM-$199 including CEUs
Intermediate Strategies for Building Better Brains: How Improving Executive Functioning Skills Fosters Social, Emotional and Academic Success in ALL Types of Learners.
Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Would you like practical tools to help kids harness their natural potential, reduce stress and get things done with less arguing and more cooperation? Whether it’s academics, social challenges, mental health issues or technology, many children and teens struggle with feeling overwhelmed and can’t seem to keep up, especially those young people with ADHD, high-functioning ASD, twice exceptional profiles (2E) or learning disabilities. You’ll learn how to navigate their complex mix of biology, behavior and emotion, strengthen essential executive functioning skills to improve both home and school experiences and foster self-reliant, connected independence.
By focusing on a strength-based, positive psychology approach and including kids’ voices in problem-solving, participants will learn how to create effective interventions that go beyond medication and crisis management. You will have opportunities to discuss your clients and brainstorm new interventions for your work together. You will leave this workshop with tangible strategies for identifying and nurturing cognitive strengths in young people to help them overcome daily challenges and improve their home and school experiences.
Moving on from high school to the next chapter can be particularly challenging for these young people. It's hard to know when to support them at home and at school, how to teach them tools for self-reliance and what type of support parents need to let them go. Dr. Saline will offer you a theoretical context for addressing emerging adulthood that begins in middle school while sharing useful tools to balance autonomy and connection and identify appropriate accommodations during this extended transition.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  • Create effective strategies and collaborative programs for improving executive functioning skills that increase kids’ participation and promote lasting change. 
  • Recognize how co-existing disorders and learning disabilities affect and interact with ADHD and executive functioning skills.
  • Learn practical treatment interventions for motivating kids with ADHD with less conflict and more cooperation at home and school.
  • Identify warning signs of risky behaviors and gain potent tools for managing them.
  • Investigate the relationship between ADHD and technology and formulate appropriate programs to help families struggling with screens. 


Sharon Saline, Psy.D. has focused her work on ADHD, anxiety, learning differences and mental health challenges and their impact on school and family dynamics for over 30 years. Her unique perspective, a sibling of a child who wrestled with untreated ADHD, combined with decades of academic excellence and clinical experience, assists her in guiding families as they navigate from the confusing maze of diagnoses and conflict to successful interventions and connections. Dr. Saline funnels this expertise into her book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life. Heralded as an invaluable resource, her book is the recipient of two awards: Best Book Awards winner by American Book Fest and the Gold Medal from Moms' Choice Awards. She recently published The ADHD Solution Deck.

As an international lecturer and workshop facilitator, Dr. Saline combines psychology with her love of theatre to animatedly present on a variety of topics from understanding ADHD, executive functioning and anxiety in children and teens to working with different kinds of learners and raising digital citizens.  Dr. Saline is a regular contributor to and, a featured expert on MASS Appeal on WWLP-TV and a part-time lecturer at the Smith School for Social Work.

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