Insights and Strategies
for Successful Transition

The webinar, presented by Dr. Steve O'Brien and Dr. Sharon Saline, provides an in-depth exploration of the challenges and unique needs of young adults aged 18 to 25, especially those with ADHD and other neurodiverse conditions. This period, often referred to as "extended adolescence," is characterized by continued brain development and a transition into adult responsibilities and expectations.y, is explored.

Key Topics Covered:

Understanding Extended Adolescence: This phase is marked by significant changes and adjustments, including the development of executive functioning skills, such as self-regulation, planning, and prioritizing.

Challenges for Neurodiverse Young Adults: Young adults with ADHD and other neurodiverse conditions may face specific challenges, such as struggles with executive functioning, increased anxiety, and difficulties in social and academic environments. 

Executive Functioning Skills: The webinar emphasizes the importance of developing key executive functioning skills. These include time management, sustained attention, organization, prioritizing, and self-evaluation.

Coping Strategies for Anxiety and Depression: Strategies to manage anxiety and depression in neurodiverse young adults are discussed, focusing on building resilience, fostering a growth mindset, and nurturing interests and skills. 

Transition to College and Adulthood: The webinar addresses the transition to college, highlighting the differences in services provided in high school versus college and the importance of self-advocacy and accessing appropriate accommodations.

Parenting Strategies: Guidelines for parents to effectively support their emerging adult children are provided, emphasizing understanding, patience, and the importance of maintaining perspective.

Medication and Treatment: Discussions around medication, including debunking myths, understanding side effects, and the importance of combining medication with other forms of treatment. 

Building Resilience: The significance of resilience as a tool for healthy maturation and coping with challenges is underscored, along with strategies to nurture resilience in young adults.

Social Media and Mental Health: The impact of social media on mental health, particularly in the context of depression and anxiety, is explored.

Blogs and Handouts

Related to the webinar "Extended Adolescence - When 25 Looks More Like 18: Clinical Strategies for Clients Struggling to Meet the Demands of Adulthood", by Sharon Saline, PsyD, ADHD-CCSP and Steve O'Brien, PsyD