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Brain Performance and the Eyes with Trent McEntire of Fire Up You Brain

Brain Performance and the Eyes with Trent McEntire of Fire Up You Brain

October 9, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Trent McEntire.

He's the founder of FireUpYouBrain.com, and creator of the Brain Speedball.  Trent became a professional dancer after rehabilitating his own severe movement restrictions caused by a brain injury at birth, and has continued to work on understanding how the mind-body connection and neuroplasticity can be used to address challenges in attention, emotional regulation, and movement.

In today’s episode, Trent shares his story, and talks to us about his work with physical movement and the senses to address neurodiverse and development challenges. We discuss failing first grade, cerebral palsy, the importance of engaging our senses, why clear goals and measuring outcomes matter, and the power of play.

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From the Vault:  An Overview of School Testing with Leanne Kaplan, School Psychologist

From the Vault: An Overview of School Testing with Leanne Kaplan, School Psychologist

October 1, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Leanne Kaplan. 

Leanne is a school psychologist working with elementary school students.  I really enjoyed this conversation.  It was both wide ranging, and insightful.

In today’s episode, Leanne talks about how school testing works.  She shares the basic things we should, as well as things that don’t show up on tests and rating scales, the difference between private testing and school testing, and the importance of looking at the whole student to determine what’s best for your child.

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Technology and Education with Anthony Amitrano, M.Ed., M.A, Instructional Technology Specialist, and founder of EduPowerTools

Technology and Education with Anthony Amitrano, M.Ed., M.A, Instructional Technology Specialist, and founder of EduPowerTools

September 25, 2021

Today, we’re talking Anthony Amitrano, M.Ed., M.A.

Anthony is an instructional technology specialist in Northbridge, MA, as well as a former music teacher and school administrator.  He also has a website called edupowertools.com that provides resources related to using technology in education.

In this episode Anthony talks to us about technology education.  He discusses the way the use of technology is changing in schools – from worksheets to more creative and collaborative projects, ways parents can support their kids through technology - setting boundaries for technology as well as talking about digital citizenship, the power of teacher and district websites, and the Northwestern Tree Octopus.

 

 

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Your Brain’s Not Broken with Tamara Rosier, PhD, Author, ADHD coach, and Neurodiverse Mom

Your Brain’s Not Broken with Tamara Rosier, PhD, Author, ADHD coach, and Neurodiverse Mom

September 18, 2021

Today, we’re talking to friend of the pod, Tamara Rosier!  Tamara is an ADHD and Leadership coach, founder of the ADHD Center of West Michigan, author of the new book, “Your Brain’s not Broken”, which was released this week! 

In this episode Tamara and I talk about her new book, “Your Brain’s not Broken”.  We discuss managing the basic things in life, the interplay of anxiety and imagination, convergent vs divergent thinking, ADHD as an at-risk population, and ways to manage our emotions.  

 

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Helping Kids Solve Their Own Problems with Aimee Buckley, CEO and Chief Academic Officer of Study Help Inc., Teacher, and Mom

Helping Kids Solve Their Own Problems with Aimee Buckley, CEO and Chief Academic Officer of Study Help Inc., Teacher, and Mom

September 11, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Aimee Buckley. 

Aimee is the CEO and Chief Academic Officer of the online tutoring platform, Study Help Inc as well as a full-time special education teacher of mild to moderate students with 25 years of experience, and the adoptive mom of a neurodiverse daughter.

In today’s episode Aimee talks to us about using understanding rather than patience to manage frustrating behaviors and situations, looking at issues as problems to solve rather than moralizing them, the benefits of impulsivity, being solution-focused, behavioral strategies that help at home, and the effervescence of ADHD!

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A Free Sample of the ADHD Essentials Parent Groups with Ashleigh, ADHD Mom and Past Group Member

A Free Sample of the ADHD Essentials Parent Groups with Ashleigh, ADHD Mom and Past Group Member

September 4, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Ashleigh.  She’s an ADHD mom, and previous member of the ADHD Essentials Parent Coaching Groups.  Ashleigh contacted me a little while ago and said she wanted to help support the groups.

In today’s episode she does just that.  She asks to me about my vision for the parent groups, and tells me about the things got from them.  I share how my background contributes to the parenting philosophy and the skills that I teach during the eight weeks of the parenting groups, Ashleigh shares how meaningful it was for her to connect with other ADHD parents, and some of the lessons she found most important.  This episode is basically a free sample of what goes on in the groups, you get a little bit of the content and, hopefully, a little of the connection as well.  I’m sure you’ll find something valuable in it.  (Like anxiety smiley faces!  Because we talk about those, too!)

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EPISODE 200:  Reflecting on the Past and Looking Ahead to the Future of the Show with Cameron Gott, ADHD Coach and Host of the Translating ADHD podcast

EPISODE 200: Reflecting on the Past and Looking Ahead to the Future of the Show with Cameron Gott, ADHD Coach and Host of the Translating ADHD podcast

August 21, 2021

Today, we’re talking to me!  For the 100th Episode of the ADHD Essentials Podcast, my friend Cameron Gott, offered to flip the script, and interview me about what I learned over the course of doing 100 episodes.  Well, we’re doing it again for episode 200! 

Cameron is a phenomenal ADHD coach, who’s been doing it for over two decades, as well as the co-host of the Translating ADHD podcast with Shelly Collins.

In today’s episode Cam interviews me about the past present and future of the ADHD Essentials podcast.  I talk about my goals for the show, why the second hundred was so much harder than the first (hint:  It’s COVID), and the value of  connecting, and how I posted 200 episodes of a podcast in a row without missing a week, despite having ADHD.

 

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ADHD, Integrative Health, and the Mind/Body Connection with Dr. Nicole Beurkins, Child Psychologist

ADHD, Integrative Health, and the Mind/Body Connection with Dr. Nicole Beurkins, Child Psychologist

August 14, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Dr. Nicole Beurkins. 

Dr. Beurkins is a child psychologist who has appeared in Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, The Washington Post and has been featured on both NBC, CBS, and ABC, including The Today Show.

In today’s episode, Dr. Beurkins discusses ADHD and integrative health.  She talks about her neurodiverse-friendly approach - she is focused on helping people not changing them.  She also talks about why our starting points should be simple and doable, and digs deep into the ways the mind can affect the body and vice versa, and the importance of sleep, nutrition, and movement in ADHD management.

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9 Thoughts on Cleaning a Room with Brendan Mahan, your Decluttering (Not-So) Dynamo!

9 Thoughts on Cleaning a Room with Brendan Mahan, your Decluttering (Not-So) Dynamo!

August 7, 2021

In today's episode, I share my thoughts on cleaning a room.  Among these are a way to avoid panic-cleaning, the Five Box method, the Job of the Space method, using timers and clipboards, what to do once it's clean,  and the power of self-forgiveness.

 

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From the Vault: Going All in with the ADHD Population with Gail Oakerman, Counselor, College Professor, and Educational Consultant

From the Vault: Going All in with the ADHD Population with Gail Oakerman, Counselor, College Professor, and Educational Consultant

July 31, 2021

Today, we’re digging into the vault to hear from Gail Oakerman. 

Gail is an Educational Consultant, Counselor, and one of my old College Professors.  She runs Five Points Counseling in Lunenburg, MA.

In today’s episode, we discuss the internal struggle of ADHD, how systemic & cultural realities get in our way, the power of teaching our kids ways to talk about their challenges, and harnessing incremental change.

 

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