RESEARCHILD’S Learning Differences Conference: When Worrying Takes Over

When Worrying Takes Over: Helping Kids with ADHD overcome anxiety and build resiliency.

RESEARCHILD’S 35th Annual Learning Differences Virtual Conference

The connections between executive function, stress, persistence and school performance. Presentations will integrate research, clinical practice, and teaching, with an emphasis on executive function strategies that benefit all students from K-12 and beyond.


The topic of Dr. Sharon Saline’s talk is “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: October 8, 2020 at 7:00pm – October 10, 2020 at 2:30pm

All conference attendees will have access to Dr. Sharon Saline’s pre-recorded concurrent session for a limited time between October 11th – October 25th.

For more information, please contact me at or (413) 586-8688.

Enrollment is limited.