Dr. Saline Talk at the 35th Annual Learning Differences Conference

Learning Differences Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

When worrying takes over: Helping kids with ADHD overcome anxiety and build resiliency

Living in a world that’s increasingly unpredictable, today’s kids are more anxious than ever before. For kids with ADHD, worry and fear can increase their agitation, distractedness and impulsivity and make things seem worse than they are. Dr. Saline, author of What your ADHD child wishes you knew: Working together to empower kids in school and life, discusses how anxiety works and what parents, coaches and clinicians can do to help kids reduce their worries. After reviewing the physiology and psychology of anxiety, she will show you how to help kids with ADHD change their relationship to worry and avoid the pitfalls of negative thinking. Instead of reassurance and rationalization, you will learn techniques for separating the person from the anxiety, talking to the worry itself and creating effective responses to ‘what ifs’. Dr. Saline shares excerpts from interviews with kids with ADHD about issues such as insomnia, social concerns and avoidance to give you unusual insight into their perspectives. She offers tools for teaching them how to realistically evaluate situations, tolerate uncertainty and calm down. When young people with ADHD gain these skills, they bounce back confidently with more independence and much less worry.


Learning Objectives:


  1. Describe how anxiety works in the brain and body and its relationship to executive functioning skills

  2. Identify and reduce patterns of negative thinking

  3. Develop the ability to externalize anxiety and reduce its influence

  4. Learn practical tools for dealing with kids’ specific worries

  5. Identify and develop areas of resiliency

Dates: Dr. Saline’s talk is on March 20, 2020.

For more information and tickets, please go to https://www.researchild.org/events/35th-annual-learning-differences-conference or contact me at sharon@drsharonsaline.com or (413) 586-8688.

Copies of Dr. Saline’s will be available for purchase.

Enrollment is limited.