Excited and Engaged: Strategies and Solutions for Social Anxiety in Children and Teens with ADHDAsk The Expert

Original Air Date January 18, 2023 | 7:00 PM, EST

Sharon Saline, PsyD

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Does your child or teen struggle with making and keeping friends, speaking in front of others, or joining group activities? It’s common for many children and teens with ADHD to have experienced significant negative feedback and criticism from others about being different. Concerned about rejection, embarrassment, and exclusion, they often feel misunderstood and lonely. The maturing ADHD brain, with its typical challenges of missing social cues, impulsively saying the wrong thing, or having big emotional reactions, intensifies these issues. As parents, it’s tough to watch them struggle. You may feel uncertain about how to intervene, powerless to help them, and frustrated when they refuse to support you. In this webinar, Dr. Sharon Saline, award-winning author, international speaker, and consultant, will show you how to assist your child in learning how to participate more fully in social situations with greater confidence and less self-criticism. After explaining how social anxiety works, she will offer practical tools for teaching kids how to engage more effectively with peers and adults at school, at home, and in life. You will leave this webinar with useful strategies to improve your child’s conversational skills, ability to initiate and foster friendships and increase their self-esteem.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand how social anxiety works and why it is a common issue for kids with ADHD.
  2. Develop effective tools for helping kids build conversational skills, develop friendships and speak in public.
  3. Create strategies for reducing social anxiety and rejection sensitivity and increasing your child’s participation in social situations.
  4. Improve kids’ self-confidence and courage in peer relationships.

Sharon Saline, PsyD, has focused her work on ADHD, anxiety, learning differences and mental health challenges and their impact on school and family dynamics for more than 30 years. 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 book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life. Her book received Best Book Awards winner by American Book Fest and the Gold Medal from Moms’ Choice Awards. She recently published The ADHD Solution Deck.