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Live Webinar on April 14: Gender Diversity and Neurodiversity: How to Support a Child, Teen, or Young Adult with ADHD as They Explore Gender

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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


Have a question for our experts? There will be an opportunity to post questions for the presenter during the live webinar.

Meet the Expert Speakers:

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. Her unique perspective — as a sibling in an ADHD home, combined with decades of experience as a clinical psychologist and educator/clinician consultant — assists her in guiding families and adults toward effective communication and closer connections. She lectures and facilitates workshops internationally on topics such as understanding ADHD, executive functioning, anxiety, different kinds of learners and the teen brain

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. She is formerly on the faculty of the Smith College School for Social Work and the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley College. 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.

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Certificate of Attendance: For information on how to purchase the certificate of attendance option (cost $10), register for the webinar, then look for instructions in the email you’ll receive one hour after it ends. The certificate of attendance link will also be available here, on the webinar replay page, several hours after the live webinar. ADDitude does not offer CEU credits.

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