School Mental Health Part Two: Building Better Brains: How improving executive functioning skills fosters social, emotional and academic success

Friday, March 05, 2021, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM
School Mental Health Part Two:
Building Better Brains:  How improving executive functioning skills fosters social, emotional and academic success
Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Would you like practical tools to help kids harness their natural potential, reduce stress and get things done with less arguing and more cooperation? Whether it’s academics, social challenges, mental health issues or technology, many children and teens struggle with feeling overwhelmed and can’t seem to keep up, especially those young people with ADHD, high-functioning ASD or learning disabilities. In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to navigate their complex mix of biology, behavior and emotion and strengthen essential executive functioning skills to improve both home and school experiences.  

With current research on the developing brain and real-life case examples, Dr. Saline shows you why executive functioning skills are critical to learning and development and how stress and anxiety negatively impact them. Innovative tools to improve focus,organization, planning and motivation will also be covered.

Throughout the workshop, exercises are designed to improve participants’ understanding of living with learning differences, how to assist kids and their families with these challenges and opportunities to brainstorm about your specific clinical and/or classroom issues.  

By focusing on a strength-based, positive psychology approach and including kids’ voices in problem-solving, participants will learn how to create effective interventions that go beyond medication and crisis management. You will leave this workshop with tangible strategies for identifying and nurturing cognitive strengths in young people to help them overcome daily challenges and improve their home and

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  • Identify the biological, behavioral and emotional factors related to ADHD, LD and high functioning ASD as well as executive functioning skills. 
  • Define executive functioning skills and use effective, collaborative strategies for improving them. 
  • Gain innovative tools to improve student focus, organization, planning and motivation and build confidence and resilience in students. 
  • Implement practical and useful treatment interventions for reducing conflict and improving cooperation with children, teens and their families living with ADHD, LD and high functioning ASD.

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 30 years’ experience, is a top expert on ADHD, anxiety, learning differences and mental health challenges and their impact on school and family dynamics. Her unique perspective, a sibling of a child who wrestled with untreated ADHD, combined with decades of academic excellence and clinical experience, assists her in guiding families as they navigate from the confusing maze of diagnoses and conflict to successful interventions and connections. Dr. Saline funnels this expertise into her new book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life. Heralded as an invaluable resource, her book is the recipient of two highly acclaimed awards: Best Book Awards winner by American Book Fest and the Gold Medal from Moms' Choice Awards.

As an internationally sought-after lecturer and workshop facilitator, Dr. Saline combines psychology with her love of theatre to animatedly present on a variety of topics from understanding ADHD, executive functioning and anxiety in children and teens, making sense of the teen brain, working with different kinds of learners and raising digital citizens.  A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, she received her master’s degree in psychology from New College of California and her doctorate in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University. Dr. Saline is a regular contributor to and, a featured expert on MASS Appeal on WWLP-TV and a part-time lecturer at the Smith School for Social Work. She lives with her family in Northampton, MA. Learn more at  and @DrSharonSaline.


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