Workshops & Presentations for Professionals
Confident and curious: Innovative interventions and effective social-emotional support for neurodiverse students in hybrid learning
For alternative learners--children and teens with ADHD, LD and ASD, this new educational model of hybrid or remote learning amplifies the academic and social-emotional challenges they already face. With increased academic and social anxiety, there are greater risks for depression and higher incidents of family conflict, parental stress and teacher frustration. Dr. Sharon Saline, veteran psychologist and author, offers practical, collaborative tools for addressing and supporting the educational and mental health concerns of creative, yet heterogeneous learners in an unusual school environment that’s filled with novel transitions and uncomfortable change.
Do you know children and teens with ADHD, ASD or learning disabilities who have a tough time starting and completing things they have to do? Are you wondering about how these students will fare as we blend in-person and online education? Successfully motivating and supporting these students in learning relies on a strength-based collaborative approach that includes them in creating solutions to academic challenges. Dr. Sharon Saline explores the challenges of teaching neurodiverse students and offers effective strategies for how educators and/or clinicians can better support their learning. You’ll gain tools for helping young people from kindergarten to post-secondary school develop personal accountability, stronger executive functioning skills and increased levels of independence.
When worrying takes over: Helping neurodiverse learners overcome anxiety and build resilience in an age of uncertainty
Living in a world that’s increasingly unpredictable, today’s kids are more anxious than ever before. Dr. Saline discusses the grip of anxiety and what you can do to help reduce worries in neurodiverse students of all ages. After reviewing how anxiety works, she will show you how to help them change their relationship to worry, realistically evaluate situations and calm themselves down. You’ll learn easy, effective tools to help these young people worry less and feel more confident.
In this dynamic and interactive workshop designed for teachers, administrators and school personnel, participants will learn concrete strategies to meet different learners and thinkers where they are. With current research on the developing brain and real-life case examples, Dr. Saline shows you how and why executive functioning skills are critical to the learning process for all students. Innovative tools to improve focus, organization, planning and motivation will also be covered. Exercises designed to improve participants’ understanding of living with learning differences, teaching students with these challenges and brainstorming about specific classroom challenges are threaded throughout the workshop. You will leave this workshop with practical, tangible strategies for identifying and nurturing cognitive strengths in all students.
What kids with ADHD wish you knew and how you can help: Understanding ADHD and executive functioning in children and teens
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 coexisting mental health issues, Dr. Saline offers innovative, strength-based strategies to teach much-needed executive functioning skills and reduce conflict between kids and parents. She integrates the opinions and reflections from children and teens with ADHD about what pulls them through. 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