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Loosening Anxiety's Grip: Helping Neurodiverse Tweens and Teens Build Resilience

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Sharon Saline, PsyD, ADHD-CCSP
2 Hours 01 Minutes
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Feb 09, 2022
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Teens and tweens with ADHD, ASD, learning disabilities, and twice-exceptionality often struggle with tolerating uncertainty because of executive functioning challenges around working memory, emotional control, and prioritization. In this session, we’ll discover how to help them worry less, stop expecting the worst, and bounce back from disappointment. We’ll learn to implement a new understanding of the roots of anxiety to help neurodiverse middle and high schoolers realistically evaluate situations and calm themselves down when feeling panicked. We’ll also discuss how to intervene effectively with social anxiety and replace negative thinking with the curiosity and confidence that fosters lifelong resilience. You’ll explore how to:

  • Identify and reduce patterns of negative thinking in neurodiverse tweens and teens
  • Help teens develop the ability to externalize anxiety and reduce its influence on daily tasks and self-concept
  • Use practical tools to deal with the specific worries of alternative learners
  • Address social anxiety through the development of confidence and resilience



This online program is worth 2.25 hours CPD.



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Dr. Sharon Saline

Sharon Saline, PsyD, ADHD-CCSP, clinical psychologist and author of the award-winning book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life and The ADHD Solution Card Deck, specializes in working with neurodiverse children, teens, adults and families living with ADHD, learning disabilities, high-functioning autism, twice exceptionality and mental health issues. With decades of experience as a clinician, educator, coach and consultant, she translates complex information into accessible language and concepts that everybody can understand and apply in their lives. Her workshops offer practical, insightful strategies to improve managing workers, promote effective communication and increase productivity. She lectures and facilitates workshops internationally on topics such as understanding ADHD, executive functioning, anxiety, motivation and neurodiversity. Dr. Saline is a regular contributor to and Psychology and a part-time lecturer at the Smith School for Social Work, and has been a featured expert on MASS Appeal on WWLP-TV. Her writing has been featured in numerous online and print publications including The Psychotherapy Networker, Smith College Studies in Social Work, Attention Magazine, Additude Magazine, Psych Central and

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Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Sharon Saline maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Smith College School for Social Work and She is the founder and co-facilitator of Workshops at Northampton Area Pediatrics. Dr. Saline receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Sharon Saline is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, the Children and Adults with ADHD, and the Attention Deficit Disorder Association.


  1. Demonstrate how to reduce patterns of negative thinking in neurodiverse tweens and teens.
  2. Develop the ability to externalize anxiety and reduce its influence on daily tasks and self-concept.
  3. Practice at least 3 practical tools for dealing with the specific worries of alternative learners.
  4. Utilize at least 3 interventions for nurturing resilience in social and educational contexts.


  • Summary of clinical conditions of neurodiversity and executive functioning skills
  • Understanding why executive function skills matter to neurodiverse learners
  • The key relationships between neurodiversity and anxiety
  • A new approach to treating anxiety in neurodiverse teens and their families
  • Nurturing self-reliance and resilience in neurodiverse teens in therapy

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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