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Managing Lingering Pandemic Anxiety with Dr. Sharon Saline

Managing Lingering Pandemic Anxiety with Dr. Sharon Saline

January 15, 2022

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Dr. Sharon Saline.  Dr. Saline is a friend of the pod, a licensed, clinical psychologist, and the author of “What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew”.

In this episode, Dr. Saline and I talk about the effects of the pandemic on children and families.  We discuss the data on mental health pre- and post-pandemic, moral injury, the effect it is having on social skills, and ways to manage the anxiety we're all experiencing.

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Healthy Screen Time Use with Dr. Randy Kulman of LearningWorks for Kids

Healthy Screen Time Use with Dr. Randy Kulman of LearningWorks for Kids

January 8, 2022

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Dr. Randy Kulman.  Dr. Kulman is the founder and president of LearningWorks for Kids. He coordinates their team of psychologists, educators, and digital designers in a quest to make video games good for kids. As a licensed clinical child psychologist, Dr. Kulman has been working directly with kids and families for the past 30 years, and has become a leading expert on the use of digital technologies for improving thinking skills in children.

In this episode, Dr. Kulman joins us to discuss all things screen time.  We explore screen time as play time and what makes a healthy play diet, the difference between neurotypical and neurodiverse screen use, how screens can teach executive functioning skills, the various types of screen time and why not all of them equal, what makes games good for kids, how tech companies have worked to make screen time irresistible, and five rules for limiting screen time.

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From the Vault:  ADHD and Giftedness with Dr. Robert Gruberman

From the Vault: ADHD and Giftedness with Dr. Robert Gruberman

December 25, 2021

Today, we're talking to Dr. Robert Gruberman.

Robert is the director of his school district’s gifted and talented program.  He has been assessing and teaching gifted children for nearly two decades, and has been a public educator for even longer.

In today’s episode, we discuss ADHD and giftedness through the lens of an academic expert in the field.  We talk about the various components of giftedness, and where they overlap with ADHD, the social emotional side of giftedness, how twice exceptional kids are affected by having both ADHD and giftedness, and how to help kids with ADHD, giftedness, or both, manage the challenges they face.

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Children‘s Holiday Stress, Parent Holiday Stress, and an Unasked-For Gift from Brendan

Children‘s Holiday Stress, Parent Holiday Stress, and an Unasked-For Gift from Brendan

December 18, 2021

In today's episode, I'm talking about children's stress, parental stress, and the interplay between the two.  And, I have a present for you!

 

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Giftedness is Not Achievement with Aurora Remember Holtzman

Giftedness is Not Achievement with Aurora Remember Holtzman

December 11, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Aurora Remember Holtzman.  Aurora is a school psychologist, neurodivergence coach, and host of the Embracing Intensity podcast.  And her focus is giftedness and twice exceptionality.

In today’s episode, Aurora discusses just that – giftedness and twice exceptionality!  She talks to us about the challenges of twice exceptionality, how ADHD and giftedness can mask each other, executive function fatigue and burnout, common  challenges for the gifted, and why giftedness should not be confused with achievement. 

 

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Learning How to Live and Talking About Mental Health with ADHD Jon-Jon

Learning How to Live and Talking About Mental Health with ADHD Jon-Jon

December 4, 2021

Today, we’re talking to ADHD Jon-Jon.

Jon is a minority black male and men’s health advocate with ADHD.  I’ve been following him on twitter for a while now, and am excited to finally have him on the show!

In today’s episode, John and I talk about having ADHD and learning how to live! We discuss working at thriving rather than just surviving, the importance of taking action, vulnerability, being mindful rather than just having a mind that is constantly full, and managing anxiety.

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Reframing Our Thoughts Through Our Culture of Origin with Your Host Brendan Mahan

Reframing Our Thoughts Through Our Culture of Origin with Your Host Brendan Mahan

November 26, 2021

In today's episode, I share a tool I've been using for a few years now to help me reframe my thoughts in order to gain distance, depersonalize the thoughts I don't want to be having, and better see the role unhealthy cultural systems play in those unwanted thoughts.

 

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From the Vault:  Holiday Planning with Cindy Jobs

From the Vault: Holiday Planning with Cindy Jobs

November 19, 2021

Today, we’re revisiting a conversation with to Cindy Jobs about holiday planning.

Cindy is an expert in the field of organization, and an Associate Certified Coach.  She helps people with ADHD simplify their lives through education, structure, and support. 

In today’s episode, we talk about setting reasonable expectations around the holidays, the importance of clear, honest, early, and open communication, managing the various holiday pressure cookers, and using traditions to foster connection.

 

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Getting Kids into College and Doing It Debt-Free with Denise Thomas, Your Debt-Free College Coach

Getting Kids into College and Doing It Debt-Free with Denise Thomas, Your Debt-Free College Coach

November 12, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Denise Thomas.  Denise helps equip parents to take an active role in supporting their children to live a life of greater financial freedom by teaching them how to reduce or eliminate their kid’s college debt. Her mission is to FLIP the student debt statistic in the U.S!

In this episode, Denise talks about how she sent her kids to college debt-free, and shares strategies for you to do the same.  She tells us about how her family’s financial hardship forced her to find alternative ways to fund her children’s college, the three things colleges look for in their applicants, why it’s never too early to look into scholarships, and importance of story-telling and marketing.

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Rough Cut!  Reflections from Day 3 of the International Conference on ADHD 2021

Rough Cut! Reflections from Day 3 of the International Conference on ADHD 2021

November 6, 2021

It's Day 3 of the Annual International Conference on ADHD, and it's virtual again for 2021!  We're still doing the rough cut debriefs, but today os the last day!  Each day, I've grabbed some folks to do a quick, unedited reflection on the conference.  For day 3, I'v got Alan Brown, Roxie Martin, Moira Maybin and Jessica McCabe!  Check it out!

 

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