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Alternative Learners and "Outside the Box" Thinkers: Innovative Interventions for Kids & Teens with ADHD, Autism, and Learning Differences

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Sharon Saline, PsyD
2 Hours 28 Minutes
Aug 21, 2020
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With remote and hybrid learning on the rise, students who are considered “alternative learners” – those with ADHD, Autism, and learning disabilities – are facing unprecedented challenges as they pivot to meet the demands of this new educational era.

Watch Dr. Sharon Saline in this recording that dives into practical, collaborative tools for addressing the educational and mental health concerns of kids who learn differently. Packed with insight and concrete strategies, this program will prepare you, your clients/students, and their families for a successful school year, including how to:

  • Navigate remote, in-person, and hybrid learning models that aren’t designed with them in mind
  • Increase motivation, goal-directed persistence, time management, and organizational skills
  • Identify potential mental health issues related to learning challenges for non-neurotypical children and adolescents
  • Support families — create effective daily routines, manage stress, and build connection

If you work with kids and teens, this training is a must! Purchase today!



This online program is worth 2.5 hours CPD.



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Sharon Saline, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, is a top expert in how ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental health issues affect children, teens, and families. Dr. Saline has worked extensively with schools on mental health issues in the classroom, interpreting psychological evaluations and improving teacher/parent communication. 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 her expertise into her 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 awards: Best Book Awards winner by American Book Fest and the Gold Medal from Moms' Choice Awards. She recently published The ADHD Solution Deck (PESI, 2020).


As an international 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, to working with different kinds of learners and raising digital citizens. 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. For more information on Dr. Saline, please visit or @DrSharonSaline (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Sharon Saline is a lecturer at the Smith College School for Social Work and maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. and is a presenter for Northampton Area Pediatrics. She receives royalties from PESI Publishing. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Non-financial: Dr. Sharon Saline is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), and the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA).


  1. Assess for potential mental health issues related to learning challenges for non-neurotypical children and adolescents. 
  2. Utilize interventions to help alternative learners improve motivation, goal-directed persistence, time management, and organizational skills. 
  3. Determine appropriate levels of scaffolding to best aid student learning and improve engagement.


Who are Alternative Learners? 

  • “Outside the box” thinkers:  So many strengths! 
  • Issues related to unequal access for services and learning. 
  • Co-existing conditions and how to intervene (especially anxiety) 
  • What the research tells us about alternative learners and related diagnoses

Executive Functioning (EF) Skills 

  • How to identify EF skill deficits 
  • Strategies to improve EF skills at home and school 
  • Motivation, procrastination, and disorganization 

Hybrid Learning:  Interventions for Virtual and In-Classroom Education 

  • Challenges specific to alternative learners and their families 
  • Parent v. student roles with homework, responsibility, and monitoring 
  • Reduce conflict and improve connection within families 
  • Tools for collaboration, consistency and communication 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Educators
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • School Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children 


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