Workshops & Presentations for Professionals
Building better brains: How improving executive functioning skills fosters academic success
In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you will learn concrete strategies to meet learners where they are and help them strengthen essential executive functioning skills. Using current research on the developing brain and examples from students themselves, you’ll uncover how and why executive functioning skills are critical to the learning process. With a deeper understanding of these skills, you’ll be able to create more effective strategies to nurture cognitive strengths and overcome daily challenges. Innovative tools to improve in organization, planning and follow through will also be covered.
The ABC’s of ADHD and Executive Functioning: Creative solutions to common academic challenges
Discover practical, strength-based approaches to the daily challenges of educating and working with children and teens with ADHD. Learn how to teach them the executive functioning skills they need while improving motivation and cooperation. Dr. Saline helps you build students’ cooperation and self-esteem so they can reach their full potential.
Why Mindsets Matter: Improving student motivation and resilience in the learning process
Would you like to engage and motivate your students more? Explore how and why the mindsets of both educators and their students affect learning, engagement, and commitment. Participants will learn strategies to foster positive mindsets that promote student motivation and resilience.
What kids with ADHD wish you knew and how you can help: the 5C’s approach for success in school and life
Based on interviews with dozens of kids and their parents as well as over 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Saline provides you with extremely helpful insights into how kids honestly think and feel about having ADHD and how to better assist them. She has created a unique, strength-based approach called “the 5 C’s of ADHD parenting” that helps families improve self-Control, Compassion, Collaboration, Consistency and Celebration. She integrates mindfulness, cognitive therapy and positive psychology while teaching effective skills to reduce the stress in families’ lives. This presentation will be both didactic and experiential in nature.
Understanding and working with ALL kinds of learners
Designed for middle and high school educators, this workshop looks at the importance of universal design and differentiated learning with respect to executive functioning skills for all students as well as specific issues for kids with learning disabilities, ADHD and high functioning autism. Participants will participate in exercises designed to improve their understanding of living with learning differences and teaching students with these challenges more effectively. Information about the adolescent brain and common myths about laziness, disorganization, and negativity will be explored. Educators will leave with concrete ways they can use to improve planning, organization and follow through for all students.
“What were you thinking?” How understanding the teen brain improves your work with adolescents
This workshop looks at how the biology of the adolescent brain relates to behavior, emotion, and relationships inside and outside of the classroom. Relying on recent research and real-life examples, Dr. Saline shows you easy and effective ways of fostering the development of the academic and social skills teens need while increasing their cooperation and responsibility. You’ll learn practical tools for improving executive functioning skills, increasing self-awareness and fostering independence.
When worrying takes over: Helping anxious students build resiliency and worry less
Are your students worried and stressed? Today’s kids are more anxious than ever before. Dr. Saline assists you in understanding the causes and symptoms of anxiety and what really works to help reduce worry. She teaches you practical, effective tools to restore calm and resiliency in your students.
The ABC’s of ADHD and Executive Functioning in children and adolescents
This training will provide clinicians with the tools they need to work comfortably and competently with children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD and their families. After reviewing biological, psychological and social factors related to ADHD and common co-existing mental health issues, Dr. Saline offers innovative, strength-based strategies to teach much-needed executive functioning skills and reduce conflict between kids and parents. This presentation will be both didactic and experiential in nature.
Praise from Educators
“I enjoyed Sharon’s faculty workshop on teenage brains and improving executive functioning skills in our students. It was very informative and was presented, as usual, with humor and energy. She is clearly interested in kids and how they learn, and she knows her stuff. Teachers walked away with take-home points they could use immediately. Sharon is a tremendous resource.”
Jennifer H. Fulcher, M.Ed.
Head of the Middle School
The Williston Northampton School
“Sharon Saline’s trainings have the perfect combination of expertise and a compassionate, caring approach that reassures and informs teachers and administrators. She has generously shared her vast knowledge of ADHD, child development and behavioral issues with our faculty. In doing so, she has reassured them, encouraged them, and given them hope as well as many useful interventions.”
Gwen Agna, M.Ed., Principal
Jackson Street Elementary School
Praise from Clinicians
“Dr. Saline gave me what I needed to plan for next school year and to return to fight the battles I have fought for years on behalf of children and families. What she does is so meaningful and helpful. I believe in empowering parents to fight for their children by giving them information and sending them to sources of information. In one day, Dr. Saline gave me many insights and tools to do this.”
School Social Worker from New Haven, Connecticut
“Dr. Saline shared a thorough overview of adolescence which connected brain development to environmental, social and emotional development. She’s an engaging instructor who used videos, breakout sessions and relevant slides to teach. She facilitated engaging discussions, used humor and kept a steady, quick pace. I learned a lot and the time flew by! It was so great to attend a workshop that delivered what it said it would.”
Clinical Psychologist from Worcester, MA