What to Do When Worry Takes Over
In an increasingly unpredictable world, kids are more anxious than ever. But for those with ADHD, worry and fear can increase their agitation, distractedness, and impulsivity. Fortunately, there are effective techniques that can help them change their relationship with worry and avoid the pitfalls of negative thinking. In this workshop, you’ll get insights into how kids honestly think and feel about having ADHD, which informs the practical tools you—and their parents—can use to better help them improve executive function skills and reduce stress. You’ll discover how to:
- Practice the 5 Cs of parenting a child with ADHD to help families improve self-Control, Compassion, Collaboration, Consistency, and Celebration
- Help kids separate themselves from their anxiety and create effective responses to “what ifs”
- Reduce symptoms, such as insomnia, social anxiety, and avoidance, and teach skills to realistically evaluate situations, tolerate uncertainty, and calm down
- Integrate cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and positive psychology techniques into your approach
Sharon Saline, PsyD, is a psychologist specializing in ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental health issues affecting children, teens, and families. She’s the author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life.