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Meeting the Sensory Needs of Our Kids and Ourselves with Keri Wilmot Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Toy Consultant, and Author.

Meeting the Sensory Needs of Our Kids and Ourselves with Keri Wilmot Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Toy Consultant, and Author.

July 24, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Keri Wilmot.  Keri is a pediatric occupational therapist with over twenty years of experience in the field, a consultant to the toy industry as the “Toy Queen”, and the author of “Wired Differently: A Teacher’s Guide to Understanding Sensory-Processing Challenges”.

Keri talks to us about the important role sensory processing plays in the lives of the neurodiverse.  She tells us about the role of an occupational therapist, reveals that we actually have eight senses - not five, illuminates the difference treatment and woo when it comes to sensory integration, and shares the role that a healthy sensory diet plays in self-regulation. 

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Changing the World One Brain at a Time with Jessica McCabe, Creator and Host of How to ADHD

Changing the World One Brain at a Time with Jessica McCabe, Creator and Host of How to ADHD

July 17, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Jessica McCabe! 

Jessica is the creator and host of the “How to ADHD” YouTube Channel where she shares her toolbox of ADHD tips, techniques, information, and strategies to help us work with our brains rather than against them. 

This is an incredibly wide-ranging interview in which Jessica shares some of the lessons she’s learned while working on “How to ADHD”, and goes into her personal experiences with ADHD.  She talks about being surprised by just how much of her life was affected by ADHD, how ADHD traits can be a blessing and a curse, how to be successful without being neurotypical, navigating para-social relationships, the long-term impact of the core beliefs we develop about ourselves, making invisible challenges more visible, dealing with imposter syndrome.

 

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Lessons Learned During the Pandemic with Brendan Mahan Your Reflective Speaker

Lessons Learned During the Pandemic with Brendan Mahan Your Reflective Speaker

July 10, 2021

In today's episode, I reflect on the lessons I've learned during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic including (but not limited to) why focusing on connection is key, the importance of time alone how exhausting transitions can be, that if you want it to happen you have to MAKE it happen, and the fact that both kids and adults need to feel like they’re contributing, and accomplishing something.

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Focus at Will with Will Henshall, inventor, tech entrepreneur, and music producer with ADHD.

Focus at Will with Will Henshall, inventor, tech entrepreneur, and music producer with ADHD.

July 3, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Will Henshall.

Will is an inventor, tech entrepreneur, and music producer. He was the founding member of the band Londonbeat, whose hit song “I’ve Been Thinking About You” reached #1 on the Billboard charts in the early 90s.  His latest endeavor, Fous@Will is a science-based music streaming service designed to help people work more efficiently and reduce distractions. 

In this episode, Will talks about how music affects the brain.  We discuss why it can be used to reduce our anxiety and help us focus, how music affects the limbic system of our brain, and Will even shares a few non-musical productivity hacks toward the end of the show!

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Burnout as it Relates to Parenting with Dr. B, Clinical Director at TakeThis.org.

Burnout as it Relates to Parenting with Dr. B, Clinical Director at TakeThis.org.

June 26, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo, otherwise know as Dr.B.  Dr.B is the clinical director at TakeThis.org, an organization working to decrease the stigma and increase support for mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry.   

In this episode, Dr. B talks about the three characteristics of burnout, the difficulties of not being taught how to be neurodiverse in a neurotypical world, the six causes of burnout, and the importance of supporting our children’s independence.

 

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Effective Communication in a Neurodiverse World with Joe Butler Author and Autism / Neurodiverse Communication Consultant.

Effective Communication in a Neurodiverse World with Joe Butler Author and Autism / Neurodiverse Communication Consultant.

June 19, 2021

In this episode, we’re talking to Joe Butler. 

Joe is an autism and neurodiverse communication consultant, and co-author of “Is That Clear? Effective Communication in a Neurodiverse World”.

Joe shares effective strategies for communicating with our neurodiverse kids, spouses, co-workers, students and friends.  She talks to us about  pausing and pacing, the importance of connection when communicating, the nonsensical nature of our language around time, respecting other people’s priorities, and the challenges of figurative language.

 

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Integrating ADHD, Computer Science, and Patterns of Human Interaction with Andrea Goulet, Empathy Driven Software Developer and ADHD Mom

Integrating ADHD, Computer Science, and Patterns of Human Interaction with Andrea Goulet, Empathy Driven Software Developer and ADHD Mom

June 12, 2021

Today, we’re talking to my friend, Andrea Goulet.  Andrea is an author, an empathy driven software developer, and an ADHD mom.

In this episode, Andrea discusses the patterns of emotions and communication.  She talks about the value of recognizing what we say about ourselves, the limits of binary thinking, paying attention to messaging, and the importance of empathy.

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Holidays are Ruining Your Life

Holidays are Ruining Your Life

June 5, 2021

Today, it's your celebratory speaker, Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S.

 
Holidays, especially religious holidays are intended as a break, and often as a time of reflection.  But they can also be unwelcome speed bumps in our week/month/year, if we aren't ready for them when they come.  So, we're looking at the calendar as a whole and exploring when some of of these holidays will occur, and how they can disrupt things if we fail to be mindful of them. 

 

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A Mother and Teacher Shares Her New Perspective on ADHD, with Erin, Middle School EnglishTeacher and ADHD Mom

A Mother and Teacher Shares Her New Perspective on ADHD, with Erin, Middle School EnglishTeacher and ADHD Mom

May 29, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Erin.  Erin is a teacher, and an ADHD mom of two boys.  She’s also an alumna of the ADHD Essentials Parent Groups.

In this episode, Erin shares some of the lessons she’s learned along her ADHD journey.   She talks about how learning about herself and her imperfections made her a better teacher and parent, how being a teacher made her a better parent (and vice/versa), the importance of clear communication, and the things she loves about her ADHD kid.

 

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From the Vault:  Nutrient Rich Boredom with James Garrett of Brian by Design.

From the Vault: Nutrient Rich Boredom with James Garrett of Brian by Design.

May 21, 2021

Today, we revisit a conversation with James Garrett of Brain By Design.  James has been studying and teaching about the brain for over a decade. He’s passionate about turning this academic knowledge about the brain into practical tools that anyone can use.  And today, he’s doing it through the lens on ADHD!

In this episode, James discusses the four qualities of restorative activities, managing the pull of our of our phones, the important role rest plays in performance, and nutrient rich boredom.

 

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