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ADHD, Social Anxiety and Rejection Sensitivity: Moving Beyond Hello

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Sharon Saline, PsyD, ADHD-CCSP
1 Hour 32 Minutes
Nov 10, 2022
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Many children and adults with ADHD struggle with fears of embarrassment, rejection or criticism and hold back from participating in the relationships they truly desire. Following these past two years of isolation and restrictions, social anxiety and rejection sensitivity have increased for clients with ADHD of all ages.

In this session, Dr. Sharon Saline, award-winning author, international speaker and consultant will teach you how to help your clients participate in social situations with more confidence and less self-criticism. After describing how social anxiety works and its relationship to perfectionism and rejection sensitivity dysphoria, Dr. Saline will demonstrate interventions and tools to:

  • Improve communication skills and connection while reducing discomfort and insecurity
  • Initiate and maintain friendships, manage rejection sensitivity dysphoria
  • Promote resilience and growth mindsets in clients of all ages with ADHD


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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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 an employment relationship with Smith College School for Social Work. She is the founder and co-facilitator of Workshops at Northampton Area Pediatrics and is a consultant with the Greenwood School. 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 social anxiety and rejection sensitivity dysphoria operate for children and adults with ADHD.
  2. Develop effective strategies with clients for managing social situations and personal relationships with ease and confidence.
  3. Determine which communication skills would best assist clients in engaging in clear, appropriate and meaningful conversations.


  • Nervousness, worry and general anxiety in the brain and the body
  • Elements of social anxiety and rejection sensitivity dysphoria and their relationship to ADHD
  • Efficacy of clinical interventions and modalities for working with ADHD and social anxiety
  • Strategies and tools for improving connections, communication and confidence

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Educators/Teachers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers


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