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

Friday, October 1, 2021, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM- $199 including CEUs
Introduction to 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.
With current research on the developing brain and real-life case examples, Dr. Saline shows you why executive functioning skills are critical to learning and development and how stress and anxiety negatively impact them. You will learn innovative tools to improve focus, organization, planning and motivation. Issues related to ‘launching’ neurodiverse students, managing risky behaviors and dealing with screen dependence will also be covered. Throughout the training, attendees will participate in exercises designed to improve their understanding of kids who live with attention, learning and processing differences and gain techniques for how to assist children, teens and families with these issues.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  • Identify the biological, behavioral and emotional factors related to ADHD, LD and high functioning ASD as well as executive functioning skills. 
  • Define executive functioning skills and use effective, collaborative strategies for improving them. 
  • Gain innovative tools to improve student focus, organization, planning and motivation and build confidence and resilience in students. 
  • Implement practical and useful treatment interventions for reducing conflict and improving cooperation with children, teens and their families living with ADHD, LD and high functioning ASD.
  • Describe developmental milestones in transitioning to adulthood and improve family communications between parents and adolescents.

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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