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Building Executive Function Skills During a Summer of Social Distancing with Seth Perler, Executive Function and 2E Coach

Building Executive Function Skills During a Summer of Social Distancing with Seth Perler, Executive Function and 2E Coach

July 4, 2020

Today, we’re talking to Seth Perler. In fact, this episode was also shared on Seth’s YouTube vlog!  Seth is an executive function and 2e coach who works tirelessly to help outside-the-box kids succeed.

In Today’s Episode, Seth and I discuss trauma, self-compassion, building our kids’  Executive Function skills during the summer, and the opportunity cost of screen time.

 

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Managing Defensiveness and Other Pitfalls in ADHD/Non-ADHD Relationships with Joyce Kubik and Robin Nordmeyer, ADHD Coaches

Managing Defensiveness and Other Pitfalls in ADHD/Non-ADHD Relationships with Joyce Kubik and Robin Nordmeyer, ADHD Coaches

June 27, 2020

Today, we’re talking to Joyce Kubik and Robin Nordmeyer.  Joyce and Robin are ADHD coaches who have created a program to help ADHD/nonADHD couples better manage their relationships.

In Today’s Episode, Joyce, Robin and I discuss managing blame, excuses, and defensiveness in relationships, the importance of being able to slow down & pause, improving our communication, and how couples can support each other.

 

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Discussing ADHD & Autism with Sarah Chayette, MD, Pediatric Neurologist, & Author

Discussing ADHD & Autism with Sarah Chayette, MD, Pediatric Neurologist, & Author

June 20, 2020

Today, we’re talking to Sarah Chayette.  Sarah is a pediatric neurologist, and an expert in both ADHD and Autism.  She is the co-author of two books on ADHD, and her blog 1-2-3 ADHD is featured in Psychology Today.

 

In Today’s Episode, Sarah and I discuss ADHD and the nervous system.  And then shift into the intersection of ADHD and Autism.  We talk about their similarities and differences, the challenges with diagnosis, why kids with ADHD and autism might both miss social cues, but miss them for different reasons, the roles anxiety and sensory challenges play in both disorders, and why symptoms matter more than diagnosis.

 

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Ideas for a Mostly at Home Summer of 2020 with Brendan Mahan, Your Social-Distancing Summer Savant

Ideas for a Mostly at Home Summer of 2020 with Brendan Mahan, Your Social-Distancing Summer Savant

June 13, 2020

In this week's episode, I share ideas for managing the Summer of 2020 - one that, for many of us, is likely to be mostly at home, for both us and our kids.

I talk about the importance of prioritizing and communicating with our kids, helping the set goals for the summer,  and then planning the summer around the things they want to learn, make and do.  I also break summer ideas down into 7 categories, and share how I will be addressing each to get your brains going!  

Those categories are:  

• Their Goals
• Projects
• Physical Activity
• Time Outside
• Social/Connection Time
• Rainy Day Activities
• ADVENTURE!
COVID19, Protests, and Black Lived Experience in Brooklyn, NY with Romanza McAllister, Psychotherapist, ADHD Coach and ADDA Board Member

COVID19, Protests, and Black Lived Experience in Brooklyn, NY with Romanza McAllister, Psychotherapist, ADHD Coach and ADDA Board Member

June 6, 2020

Today, we’re talking to Romanza McAllister.  is a Psychotherapist and ADHD Coach in Brooklyn NY.  She works with Adult who have ADHD.  Her work centers on racial identity, codependency, and acceptance of the ADHD diagnosis. She serves on the board of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, and leads their African American /Black Diaspora + ADHD Virtual Peer Support Group. 

In Today’s Episode, Romanza shares with us the challenges that black Americans who have ADHD face in our culture.  We discuss the ways COVID19 and civil unrest are affecting her daily life in Brooklyn, New York, the reality of police interactions for Black Americans and how having ADHD affects them, shared trauma, nonviolent ways to resist systemic racism, and who gets to have ADHD.

This episode was challenging for me as an interviewer.  My first question is awful.  It framed things well enough, but I should have phrased it better.  Also, I if I could do it again, I would talk less and listen more. 

I imagine this episode may be challenging for some listeners of this show.  It’s not the first time we’ve talked about race and racism ion this show, but I’ve never covered it when things were as charged as they are right now, following the death of George Floyd. I hope you find meaning in it.

 

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Becoming Emotional Scientists with Chandler Creedon, Retired School Psychologist and Professor at Framingham State University

Becoming Emotional Scientists with Chandler Creedon, Retired School Psychologist and Professor at Framingham State University

May 30, 2020

Today, we’re talking to Chandler Creedon.  Chandler is a retired school psychologist, a former professor of mine, and a returning guest! 

In Today’s Episode, Chandler and I talk about teaching our kids at home, using uniforms to set roles, creating vs. consuming, and being emotional scientists.

 

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The Power of Cooperative Games and Reducing Variables with Bruce Sabian, M.A., LMHC of Academy MetroWest

The Power of Cooperative Games and Reducing Variables with Bruce Sabian, M.A., LMHC of Academy MetroWest

May 23, 2020

Today, we’re talking to Bruce Sabian, M.A., LMHC.  Bruce is the co-founder, owner, director, and clinical supervisor of Academy MetroWest in Natick, Massachusetts. The Academy MetroWest team runs weekly social skills groups, and Bruce, himself, provides individual counseling and executive functioning coaching services to children, adolescents, and young adults.  

In Today’s Episode, Bruce and I talk about how his usual hands-on, in person work at Academy Metro West has changed since things went virtual, and the ways he and his staff are supporting the kids they work with.  We discuss how reducing competition can make it easier for kids to receive feedback, the power of cooperative games and where to find them online, why virtual schooling has made things easier  for some kids by reducing variables, and the challenges of changing family dynamics.

 

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The ADHD Experience & the African American Experience with Inger Colzie. Social Worker, and ADHD Mom of an ADHD kid

The ADHD Experience & the African American Experience with Inger Colzie. Social Worker, and ADHD Mom of an ADHD kid

May 16, 2020

Today, we’re talking to Inger Colzie MSW, LSW of Alchemy Coaching and Counseling Inger is an ADHD coach, as well as an ADHD mom of an ADHD kid. She brings her 15 years of expertise as a psychotherapist to her work with individuals, families and organizations to help them experience deeper connection, community, and authentic communication. 

In Today’s Episode, Inger and I discuss ADHD and the African American experience.  We discuss the cultural challenges to mental health support for black Americans, wearing a mask of normalcy as an ADHD person, code switching, and Inger shares what it’s like to be a parent with ADHD of a child with ADHD.

 

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Out of Loss Can Come Gain Post Traumatic Growth in a Time of Crisis with Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., Distinguished Chair of Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth, Bluemont, VA

Out of Loss Can Come Gain Post Traumatic Growth in a Time of Crisis with Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., Distinguished Chair of Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth, Bluemont, VA

May 9, 2020

Today, we’re talking to Richard Tedeschi.  Richard originated the concept of posttraumatic growth with his colleague Lawrence Calhoun during their years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. More recently, he has been applying the posttraumatic growth concept in the development of innovative programs for combat veterans and first responders. The success of which is leading to their implementation at a number of venues across the country. His new book about the growth experiences of military families is Transformed by Trauma: Stories of Posttraumatic Growth (2020).

In Today’s Episode, Dr. Tedeschi talks to us about trauma, PTSD, and Post traumatic growth as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We discuss how getting clear on our beliefs can help us more effectively navigate this crisis, the importance of taking action for our mental health - especially actions that help others, and how parents can help their kids better handle difficult and challenging times.

 

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Mindfulness, and a Teacher’s View of Distance Learning with Stephanie Letourneau, 3rd grade teacher

Mindfulness, and a Teacher’s View of Distance Learning with Stephanie Letourneau, 3rd grade teacher

May 2, 2020

Today, we’re talking to Stephanie Letourneau.  Stephanie is a 3rd grade teacher, and a return guest, though it’s been a while!  She was on about two years ago, in the early days of the pod to talk about how she was adding mindfulness to her classroom curriculum. 

In Today’s Episode, we talk about distance learning from the teacher perspective, how her continued use of mindfulness in her virtual classroom is helping her students and their parents, and how the current COVID crisis is shining a light on inequities in our education system.

 

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