“Gender Diversity and Neurodiversity: How to Support a Child, Teen, or Young Adult with ADHD as They Explore Gender” [Video Replay & Podcast #350]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#350), download the slide presentation, and learn how to get a certificate of attendance for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on April 14, 2021.

Episode Description

If every generation of youth finds a way to upend parents’ basic notions of the world, certainly gender is today’s arena for change. With children and teens increasingly declaring a gender different than their sex assigned at birth, and many teens responding to “they/them/their,” nothing short of a gender revolution is taking place. Parents are often left to play catch-up with their children and teens, who increasingly view gender as a spectrum, not a binary.

As young people work to understand and define their gender, caring adults may struggle with how to respond appropriately, how to manage their own feelings and reactions, and how to give or find adequate support. For parents of kids living with ADHD, additional concerns about executive functioning challenges — like impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, planning, and focus — may further complicate the picture.

It is important for parents, clinicians, and coaches to research how this generation of youth is reframing notions of gender and how neurodiversity intersects with this process. In this webinar, Julie Mencher, MSW, and Sharon Saline, PsyD, will discuss the fundamentals of understanding gender diversity and how ADHD affects the journey.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Understand the process of the gender journey, for the young person and their family members
  • Understand and use appropriate, thoughtful language
  • Manage your own reactions to the changes in children, teens, and young adults
  • Prepare for and engage in empathic, informed conversations about gender questioning and transitioning
  • Explore how to read your child’s behavior in relation to gender exploration and ADHD struggles
  • Watch for self-harming behaviors or other mental health concerns

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Obtain a Certificate of Attendance

If you attended the live webinar on April 14, 2021, watched the video replay, or listened to the podcast, you may purchase a certificate of attendance option (cost: $10). Note: ADDitude does not offer CEU credits. Click here to purchase the certificate of attendance option »

Meet the Expert Speaker

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., 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 children, teens, young adults and families living with ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues. She lectures and facilitates workshops internationally on topics such as understanding ADHD, executive functioning, anxiety, different kinds of learners and the teen brain. | See expert’s full bio »

Julie Mencher, MSW, is a pioneer in gender diversity education, psychotherapy, and advocacy. As an internationally recognized speaker and consultant, Ms. Mencher serves as a strategic advisor to organizations on gender diversity and sexuality. In her research and consultation practice, she has worked with over 100 independent schools, focusing on how these institutions can welcome and support trans students. In her psychotherapy practice, consulting work, and training of other therapists, Julie currently focuses on trans adults and gender-creative youth and their families. She has a national reputation in working with the parents of gender-exploring youth. | See expert’s full bio »

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Listener Testimonials

“I am trans, and I thought this was a really good webinar! The vast majority of all of this seemed like a really good way to help neurodivergent and genderqueer kids. I think that this is a great introduction to gender for a parent who doesn’t know much about it.”

“Julie and Sharon did a great job presenting. I enjoyed the amount of information they shared; they really shined in sharing their expertise in the Q & A. Your hard work was visible and appreciated.”

“Outstanding. This reflected and spoke to so much of my experience, struggles, and needs as the mother of an ADHD and transgender child.”

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