Effective Tools for Understanding ADHD, Improving Executive Functioning Skills and Empowering Kids for Success

Recorded Webinar 
Instructor: Sharon Saline, Psy.D
CEs/Contact Hours:
Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers.
Course Delivery Method and Format: Recorded webinar, self study. All courses are hosted on SmithOnline. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with internet and the capability to play recorded videos.

Date of original webinar: March 2, 2022

Do you ever wonder what’s really going on in the minds of kids with ADHD? Dr. Sharon Saline, veteran psychologist and author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life, offers rare insights into how kids honestly think and feel about having ADHD and what best helps them. She assists professionals and parents to think differently about the challenges these children and teens face by examining a range of co-existing conditions such as anxiety, learning disabilities and oppositional defiant disorder.

Based on her unique, strength-based approach, “the 5C’s of ADHD parenting”, Saline shares a variety of helpful and practical solutions that integrate research about the developing brain with techniques for improving executive functioning skills related to daily life. Her collaborative approach integrates mindfulness, cognitive therapy and positive psychology while fostering cognitive strengths and building healthy social and familial connections. Armed with these techniques for better cooperation and less arguing, you can successfully nurture resilience and independence in your clients.

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

$45 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the major concerns of kids with ADHD.
  2. Explain what ADHD is.
  3. Use and convey the  “5C’s of ADHD Parenting” approach.
  4. Explain executive functioning skills and why they matter.
  5. Identify co-existing conditions and related treatments.
  6. Describe strength-based, practical tools for managing challenging behaviors.


  • Review the themes of what kids with ADHD think and the 5Cs of ADHD parenting
  • Discuss the neurobiology of ADHD and the role of medication
  • Explain executive functioning skills and teach interventions
  • Discuss the importance of resilience
  • Q & A

About the Instructor:

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., is a 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 Deck.  She specializes in how ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues affect children, teens, young adults and families. Her unique perspective, namely growing up in a household with a sibling who wrestled with untreated ADHD, combined with decades of clinical experience, assists her in guiding families as they navigate the confusing maze of information, emotions, stress and conflict related to ADHD. She helps them appreciate the positive aspect of living with ADHD and create successful dialogues, interventions and connections.

Saline has worked extensively with schools on mental health issues in the classroom, interpreting psychological evaluations and improving teacher/parent communication. As an internationally sought-after lecturer and workshop facilitator known for combining her expertise in psychology with a background in theater, she addresses a variety of topics such as understanding ADHD and executive functioning, new tools for managing anxiety, making sense of the teen brain and working with different kinds of learners.

Saline is a regular contributor to ADDitudemag.com, Mass Appeal Live on WWLP-TV and Psychologytoday.com. She is a part-time lecturer in the Continuing Education Program at the Smith School for Social Work. 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.

Completion Requirements for Recorded Webinars and Online Courses.

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the recorded webinar or recorded video presentation. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the class. For recorded webinars and online courses, participants must complete an evaluation and a post test, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must earn a minimum score of 80 percent on the post test in order to earn CEs. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to the evaluation and post test are available in SmithOnline. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. A copy of the attestation is available in SmithOnline. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the course evaluation, successfully passing the post test and submitting the attestation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on submitting attestion, completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals for This Course

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.


Smith College School for Social Work, #1755, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period:11/19/2021-11/19/2024 . Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.


Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School’s Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

NY State

Smith College School for Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0169.

Approved for Counselors (LMHC/LPC)


Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Smith College School for Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course offers 2 contact hours.