What Kids with ADHD Wish You Knew and How You Can Help: Understanding ADHD and Executive Functioning in Children and Teens


Instructor: Sharon Saline, PsyD

This workshop is part of the Master Innovators in Clinical Practice series.
This workshop presents the untold voices of children and teens with ADHD as an effective way to assist parents and professionals in thinking differently about the challenges these children face. Dr. Saline explores how listening to and working with the kids diagnosed with ADHD to solve challenges together improves cooperation and success. Based on interviews with dozens of kids and their parents as well as over 25 years of clinical experience, she provides parents, educators and clinicians with extremely helpful insights into how kids honestly think and feel about having ADHD and how to better assist them. She reviews diagnostic and assessment information about ADHD as well as presenting current research and statistics related to prevalence, genetics, co-occurring disorders and neurobiology. She teaches her strength-based approach, "the 5 C's of ADHD parenting" that helps families and educators improve self-Control, Compassion, Collaboration, Consistency and Celebration. Dr. Saline presents a variety of helpful and practical solutions to promote less reactivity and more positive behaviors for everyone. She integrates the opinions and reflections from children and teens with ADHD about what pulls them through. Her collaborative approach synthesizes mindfulness, cognitive therapy and positive psychology while teaching effective skills to reduce the stress in the lives of students and families living with ADHD. This presentation will be both didactic and experiential in nature.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the biological, behavioral and emotional factors related to ADHD and executive functioning skills.
2. Examine current research on ADHD and executive functioning including medical and non-medical treatment options.
3. Discuss how co-existing disorders, learning disabilities, trauma and substance abuse affect ADHD and executive functioning skills in children and teens.
4. Define executive functioning skills and use effective, collaborative strategies for improving them.
5. Implement practical and useful treatment interventions for reducing conflict and improving cooperation with children, teens and their families living with ADHD.
6. Create strategies that promote successful professional collaboration with physicians, school personnel and tutors related to these issues.

Program Code: EFCT
Credits: 6
Fees: $150 ($75 for Fellows, Interns, & Students)

About the Master Innovators in Clinical Practice Series

We are pleased to present these exciting one-day workshops that offer the opportunity to learn from professionals who are among the most innovative and talented practitioners in the field of mental health. These workshops affords the chance to spend a whole day with leaders in our field to consider the unique perspective each brings to the challenging dilemmas in both theory and practice.


  • When

  • Friday, October 26, 2018
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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