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Neurodiverging

Neurodiverging

By Danielle Sullivan

From my neurodivergent family to yours. I'm Danielle Sullivan, a neurodiversity life coach and autistic parent with autistic and ADHD children. I'm here to help us all explore the world of neurodivergence. Neurodiverging episodes include stories and lessons from my life, deep dives into the traits and histories of ADHD and autism, and guest experts who talk about issues pertinent to ADHD and autistic folks in society. Welcome to Neurodiverging! Learn more on neurodiverging.com or patreon.com/neurodiverging.
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How Autistics Talk About Autism with Christine M. Condo
How Autistics Talk About Autism with Christine M. Condo
Christine M. Condo was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2015 at the age of 42. Her diagnosis spawned a writing and advocacy career to increase awareness and acceptance of autism, particularly in women. Condo’s writing focuses on dismantling common misconceptions about autism and supporting the burgeoning neurodiversity movement.    Show notes and transcript at: https://www.neurodiverging.com/how-autistics-talk-about-autism-with-christine-m-condo/ Donate to this podcast: https://www.neurodiverging.com/donate/
01:00:30
November 24, 2022
College for Neurodiverse Learners with Dr. Perry LaRoque
College for Neurodiverse Learners with Dr. Perry LaRoque
Dr. LaRoque is the founder and president of Mansfield Hall, an  innovative residential college support program for diverse learners. In his book, Taking Flight, Dr. LaRoque offers an essential guide to  college, providing practical information and strategies for the millions  of diverse learners, nontraditional students, and people with  disabilities who attend college every year.   Donate to this podcast: https://neurodiverging.com/donate/  Buy Taking Flight: The Guide to College for Diverse Learners and Non-Traditional Students by Dr. Perry LaRoque on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3G0hRTa  or Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9781642796063 Learn more about Dr. Perry LaRoque here: https://perrylaroque.com/   Complete show notes and transcript: https://neurodiverging.com/college-for-neurodiverse-learners-with-dr-perry-laroque/
42:24
November 10, 2022
Neurodivergent Overwhelm During the Holidays with Jackie Coursey
Neurodivergent Overwhelm During the Holidays with Jackie Coursey
I'm here with friend and fellow certified neurodiversity coach, Jackie Coursey, to talk about how to handle the holiday season as a neurodivergent woman. We're talking about layers of oppression and how they show up as burdens during the holidays, as well as offering some suggestions on how to feel better, more connected, and more grounded during this difficult time.  Learn more about our upcoming class here: https://neurodiverging.com/group-coaching-neurodivergent-women/ A sincere thanks to my patrons, who make the podcast possible. Want special access to Patrons-Only videos and many other perks? Consider pledging $1, $5, or $10 a month to fund the Neurodiverging Podcast, this website, and low-income coaching clients. Find out more and pledge today at patreon.com/neurodiverging. Show notes and transcription available here: https://neurodiverging.com/reducing-overwhelm-during-the-holidays-with-jackie-coursey/
47:32
October 27, 2022
Recovering from Acquired Brain Injury with Dr. Jen Blanchette
Recovering from Acquired Brain Injury with Dr. Jen Blanchette
Welcome back! Today I'm discussing acquired brain injury, recovery and neurodiversity with Dr. Jen Blanchette. Dr. Blanchette is a licensed psychologist, trauma (PTSD) expert, fitness expert, and concussion clinician who tailors coaching to your mental health and total wellness needs. She leads the TBI Therapist podcast, streaming wherever you listen to your podcasts. Want special access to Patrons-Only videos and many other perks? Consider pledging $1, $5, or $10 a month to fund the Neurodiverging Podcast, this website, and low-income coaching clients. Find out more and pledge today at patreon.com/neurodiverging. Show notes and transcription available here: https://neurodiverging.com/recovering-from-acquired-brain-injury-with-dr-jen-blanchette/
37:04
October 13, 2022
How to Strengthen Your Memory with Danielle Winton
How to Strengthen Your Memory with Danielle Winton
Today's episode is a beautifully practical; we're talking about memory with Danielle Winton of Memory Strategies! Danielle founded Memory Strategies in 2018 with a focus on how to help students and professionals learn effective and efficient techniques for studying, learning, remembering, focus, and productivity. We're talking about some things Danielle wishes people understood more about human memory and how it works, and some basic things folks can do to improve their memories. Enjoy! Donate to this podcast: Patreon.com/neurodiverging, or paypal.me/neurodiverging   Learn more about Danielle Winton and Memory Strategies at https://www.memorystrategy.com/   Full show notes and a transcript are available at https://neurodiverging.com/how-to-strengthen-your-memory-with-danielle-winton/
24:33
September 29, 2022
How We Construct Our Worlds: Disability and Fiction with Author Kathryn Lund
How We Construct Our Worlds: Disability and Fiction with Author Kathryn Lund
I’m here with Kathryn Lund, an English novelist who uses writing to explore her neurodivergent life. Kathryn has a non-discreet functional neurological disorder which presents with aspects of non-epileptic seizures, chronic pain and problems with OCD, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.   Kathryn's novel, The Things We Left Sleeping, is out now.  Buy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3dg9EOt  Buy on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9781639882984 (These are affiliate links and I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you use them to purchase.)   Donate to this podcast: Patreon.com/neurodiverging, or paypal.me/neurodiverging   Learn more about Kathryn Lund at KathrynLundTheAuthor.co.uk, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @klundtheauthor  Full show notes and a transcript are available at https://neurodiverging.com/how-we-construct-our-worlds-disability-and-fiction-with-kathryn-lund/
45:22
September 15, 2022
Explore in Vulnerability: ADHD at Microsoft with Todd Ellis
Explore in Vulnerability: ADHD at Microsoft with Todd Ellis
I am so excited to be back after our little summer hiatus. To bring us back with a bang, I’ll be talking with Todd Ellis. Todd has been at Microsoft for the past 20 years and is a co-lead for a global group of neurodivergent individuals within that company. He’s also ADHD, dyslexic, and has just finished his training as an ADHD coach. Todd co-hosts the Schooling Struggle podcast. Our conversation ranged from how to approach neurodiversity and accommodations in a multicultural company, what it was like for Todd to be diagnosed ADHD as a kid but not really dig into what that meant until middle age, and how we each got into coaching and why we do it. Plus many diversions, hopefully of the amusing and educational persuasion! Enjoy. Donate to this podcast: Patreon.com/neurodiverging, or paypal.me/neurodiverging Listen to the Schooling Struggle here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/schooling-struggle/id1597195900 Full show notes and a transcript are available at  https://neurodiverging.com/explore-in-vulnerability-adhd-at-microsoft-with-todd-ellis/
40:11
September 01, 2022
Autism and Overwhelm at Work with Danielle Sullivan
Autism and Overwhelm at Work with Danielle Sullivan
There are a lot of misunderstandings about how autism affects how we work, our success in our careers, and the challenges we face in the  workplace. Today, I'm talking about my own work history, what's gone well for me, what's gone terribly for me, and how I've gotten to where I  am in my work life right now.   Full transcription, video link, show notes and more here:  https://neurodiverging.com/autism-and-overwhelm-at-work-with-danielle-sullivan/ Want special access to Patrons-Only videos and many other perks? Consider pledging $1, $5, or $10 a month to fund the Neurodiverging Podcast. Find out more and pledge today at patreon.com/neurodiverging.
40:23
June 30, 2022
Raising a PDA Child with Low Demand Parenting with Amanda Diekman
Raising a PDA Child with Low Demand Parenting with Amanda Diekman
On today's episode, I'm talking with Amanda Diekman, who is an ordained Presbyterian pastor, autistic contemplative, and parent of an autistic  and PDA child. We will be talking about:   + Amanda's experience self-identifying as autistic as an adult and going through her diagnosis process, versus her experience advocating for her young son's diagnosis, treatment, and finding support   + What PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance/ Pervasive Drive toward  Autonomy) looks like and Amanda's experience parenting a PDA child      + What other accommodations and resources are helpful for folks learning about the PDA profile of autism +Amanda's  parenting approach, low demand parenting, how it works, and  how you can learn more about it   Want special access to Patrons-Only videos and many other perks? Consider pledging $1, $5, or $10 a month to fund the Neurodiverging Podcast, this website, and low-income coaching clients. Find out more and pledge today at patreon.com/neurodiverging.   Learn more about Amanda Diekman at www.amandadiekman.net, and follow her on Instagram: @simple.soulful.amanda   See show notes, more resources on PDA, and a full transcription here: https://neurodiverging.com/raising-a-pda-child-with-low-demand-parenting-with-amanda-diekman/  Danielle Sullivan is an autistic parent, a certified positive psychology coach, and the host of The Neurodiverging Podcast.  + Learn about life and parent coaching: https://neurodiverging.com/life-coaching/  + Listen to the Neurodiverging Podcast: https://neurodiverging.com/podcast-index/  + Find me on social @neurodiverging.   Mailing Address: Danielle Sullivan 603 S Public Rd, #63 Lafayette, CO 80026-9998
01:07:45
June 16, 2022
Building Your Emotional Toolkit with Autistic Therapist Kathy Carter
Building Your Emotional Toolkit with Autistic Therapist Kathy Carter
On today's episode, I'm talking with guest Kathy Carter, an autistic cognitive behavioral hypnotherapist who works with gender diverse and neurodiverse clients. We will be talking about:  - the type of hypnotherapy Kathy practices and why it's useful for neurodivergent people  - what emotional literacy and emotional regulation are and how to improve your own and your family's with some really great practical tips  - how to assess whether a medical health provider or a mental health provider is neurodiversity-friendly and neurodiversity affirming. Learn more about Kathy Carter and her practice at arrivetherapy.co.uk and follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yourholistictherapist/ Watch the video version of this podcast here: https://youtu.be/aI93yULs5Tg Full transcript, show notes, and further resources available here: https://neurodiverging.com/building-your-emotional-toolkit-with-autistic-therapist-kathy-carter/ Want special access to Patrons-Only Downloads, and many other perks? Consider pledging $1, $5, or $10 a month to fund the Neurodiverging Podcast. Find out more and pledge today at patreon.com/neurodiverging.
38:13
June 02, 2022
Irlen Syndrome, World Unmasking Day, and Disability at Work with Chantal Gagnon of Socolo
Irlen Syndrome, World Unmasking Day, and Disability at Work with Chantal Gagnon of Socolo
On today's episode, I'm talking with guest Chantal Gagnon about her experience with dyslexia and being diagnosed with Irlen syndrome in school, why she founded Socolo, her stationary company, and how hard it can be to unmask in the workplace. We're also covering Chantal's new initiative, World Unmasking Day on the 25th of May - stay tuned! Donate to this podcast: @neurodiverging on Patreon | PayPal | Ko-Fi Announcement - pre-registration is now available for my 6 week parenting class for neurodiverse families! Learn more and register here: https://neurodiverging.com/neurodivergent-collaborative-parenting-class-group-coaching-program/ World Unmasking Day happens on May 25th! Learn more at: https://socolo.co.uk/blogs/news/world-unmasking-day Learn more about Chantal and Socolo: Socolo.co.uk Transcript, further reading, and more show notes available at https://neurodiverging.com/irlen-syndrome-and-inclusive-design-with-chantal-gagnon-of-socolo/.
47:07
May 19, 2022
The Trauma of Growing Up Neurodivergent in a Neurotypical World
The Trauma of Growing Up Neurodivergent in a Neurotypical World
Today I'm talking about the relationships we parents have with our neurodivergent kids. We're discussing what rupture and repair are, why it's important to parent in a style that allows for repair of relationships for neurodivergent youth, and how the neurodivergent trauma of growing up in a neurotypical world can affect youth far more deeply than parents might realize.   Show Notes:  Donate to this podcast:   - Patreon:http://patreon.com/neurodiverging  - PayPal: http://paypal.me/neurodiverging  - Ko-fi: http://Ko-fi.com/neurodiverging   Transcript and more: https://neurodiverging.com/rupture-and-repair-neurodivergent-trauma-and-trust/   I offer a self-paced, starter course on how to develop emotional intelligence as a neurodivergent person, and how to teach it to your kids. Learn more here: https://neurodiverging.com/autistic-emotions-class/  
34:57
May 05, 2022
How to Manage Risky Behavior in Neurodivergent Teens and Youth with Aaron M. Huey
How to Manage Risky Behavior in Neurodivergent Teens and Youth with Aaron M. Huey
Today we're talking to an expert interventionist for at-risk, neurodivergent teens, Aaron M. Huey! Aaron is an internationally known lecturer on archetypal imagery, body language, and martial arts and the Founder and President of Fire Mountain Programs. In 2009, he and his wife Christine opened a residential Mental Health and Dependency recovery treatment center for teens ages 12-17 in Colorado. Fire Mountain Residential Treatment Center was named one of the Top 50 Healthcare Providers in the United States in 2019, and in 2020 named one of the Top 100 Innovators in Healthcare. Aaron is also a Family Consultant, a teen coach, and an addiction interventionist who facilitates powerful parenting events, as well as being a very happy husband and father of 2 young adults. Today, we’re discussing: - What causes risky behavior in neurodivergent teens, and how can parents help? - What interventions are most useful for at-risk neurodivergent teens? - Aaron's ADHD childhood, experience with addiction, bullying, sexual assault, and recovery - How is the thinking about risky behavior, neurodivergence and trauma changing? - Parenting strategies for at-risk neurodivergent teens Before I introduce Aaron, I'd like to thank all of my patrons for supporting this episode of Neurodiverging. Patrons receive exclusive access to lots of goodies, including: - access to my back-catalogue of recorded neurodiversity-related webinars - self-help and coaching downloads - a 15% discount to my course Autistic Emotions Explained ...and much more. If you want to be one of these amazing folks and support Neurodiverging, please check us out on Patreon at patreon.com/neurodiverging. Or, donate a couple of bucks right here: https://www.paypal.me/neurodiverging Show Links: - Aaron's FREE parent support group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/parentingteensthatstruggle - Aaron's incredible podcast, Beyond Risk and Back is wherever you stream podcasts - Beyond Risk and Back Parenting Masterclass: https://brabapp.com/ Shownotes, transcript, and some related reading recommendations here: https://neurodiverging.com/how-to-manage-risky-behavior-in-neurodivergent-teens-and-youth-with-aaron-m-huey/
41:44
April 21, 2022
What Is Sensory Regulation? with Occupational Therapists Robbie Levy and Ingrid Smith of SensaRooms
What Is Sensory Regulation? with Occupational Therapists Robbie Levy and Ingrid Smith of SensaRooms
Today we're talking to two occupational therapists who, together with their partner, have created the first interior design company that specializes in sensory-informed environments! I am so excited to welcome Robbie Levy and Ingrid Smith. Learn more about SensaRooms: http://www.sensarooms.com/ Full transcript and show notes available: https://neurodiverging.com/what-is-sensory-regulation-with-sensarooms/ Occupational therapy is one of the most underutilized resources out there for parents of neurodivergent child and neurodivergent adults themselves, so I am so thrilled to offer this podcast episode today. We’re discussing: what occupational therapists like Robbie and Ingrid do what sensory regulation is and isn't what our 8 senses are, and how they work how Robbie, Ingrid and co-founder Leigh developed a company offering sensory-friendly interior design based on their decades of experience as occupational therapists Before I introduce Robbie Levy and Ingrid Smith, I'd like to thank all of my patrons for supporting this episode of Neurodiverging. I hope you’re enjoying all of the new neurodiversity resources that came out this month! Patrons receive exclusive access to lots of goodies, including: access to my back-catalogue of recorded neurodiversity-related webinars self-help and coaching downloads a 15% discount to my course Autistic Emotions Explained and much more. If you want to be one of these amazing folks and support Neurodiverging, please check us out on Patreon at patreon.com/neurodiverging.
49:11
April 07, 2022
Late-Identified Inattentive ADHD with Aron Croft of Hidden ADD
Late-Identified Inattentive ADHD with Aron Croft of Hidden ADD
Today we're talking about one man's experience with late-identified inattentive ADHD! I am so excited to welcome coach Aron Croft to the podcast today. Aron Croft is a late-identified inattentive ADHDer turned popular ADHD coach and founder of Hidden ADD. He’s on a mission to raise awareness about Inattentive ADHD, how it goes under the radar, and how to rebuild your life post-diagnosis. His work has been featured by ADDitude Magazine, ADDA, and more, and you may have seen some of his very popular ADHD videos on TikTok. Inattentive ADHD is massively underdiagnosed, especially in men, so I'm so grateful to Aron for coming on the show to share his experience. Today, we’re discussing: what it was like for Aron as a child growing up with undiagnosed inattentive ADHD how lacking the knowledge about his neurotype affected his life in college and young adulthood how his life has changed since his diagnosis Before I introduce Aron, I'd like to thank all of my patrons for supporting this episode of Neurodiverging. I hope you’re enjoying all of the new neurodiversity resources that came out this month! Patrons receive exclusive access to lots of goodies, including: access to my back-catalogue of recorded neurodiversity-related webinars self-help and coaching downloads a 15% discount to my course Autistic Emotions Explained and much more. If you want to be one of these amazing folks and support Neurodiverging, please check us out on Patreon at patreon.com/neurodiverging. Show notes and transcript here: https://neurodiverging.com/late-identified-inattentive-adhd-with-aron-croft-of-hidden-add/
35:10
March 24, 2022
Preparing Autistic Children for the Workforce with DE&I Expert Kerry D. Rosado
Preparing Autistic Children for the Workforce with DE&I Expert Kerry D. Rosado
Today we're talking about how to prepare autistic children for the workforce! I am so excited to welcome Kerry D. Rosado to the podcast today. Kerry is the Latinx Founder of Dyvergent Consulting Group, LLC. As a Leadership & DE&I Consultant, she helps global leaders and organizations in English and Spanish to build stronger teams where people can thrive by cultivating an inclusive culture. Kerry has more than 8 years of experience in tech, healthcare, and education spaces. Kerry is a proud mother of two boys with autism and neurodiversity advocate. Her new book, Inclusive Leadership: Opening Doors for Marginalized Groups, just came out last November and is available on Amazon. Today, we’re discussing: what DE&I means, and how that applies to neurodiversity spaces how can we as parents can help to prepare our autistic and neurodivergent kids for the future workplace Kerry's tips for success based on her experience parenting her autistic children I'd like to thank all of my patrons for supporting this episode of Neurodiverging. I hope you’re enjoying all of the new neurodiversity resources that came out this month! Patrons receive exclusive access to lots of goodies, including: access to my back-catalogue of recorded neurodiversity-related webinars self-help and coaching downloads a 15% discount to my course Autistic Emotions Explained and much more. If you want to be one of these amazing folks and support Neurodiverging, please check us out on Patreon at patreon.com/neurodiverging. Plus, through the end of March, all new Patron pledges are being donated to support relief efforts for the Marshall Fires, and if you donate $5 or more, you’ll get a surprise in the mail! It’s great opportunity to check out all the patron-only resources and help a fantastic cause. Transcript, show notes and more at: https://neurodiverging.com/kerry-rosado-neurodiversity-in-the-workforce-prepping-kids-for-work/
23:11
March 10, 2022
ADHD Strategies at Work with Skye Rapson
ADHD Strategies at Work with Skye Rapson
What are the best strategies for people with ADHD to kick butt at work? Find out today in my interview with ADHD Coach extraordinaire, Skye Rapson! Skye is a Doctoral Candidate in Population Health and was diagnosed with ADHD at the start of her doctorate. She then founded Unconventional Organisation, which provides strengths-based, research-backed, online coaching for clients with ADHD. You know how much I care about research-backed interventions when it comes to supporting neurodivergent folks, so it’s no surprise that I loved talking with Skye! Today, we’re discussing: Skye’s background and how she found out about her ADHD in the midst of her doctoral program how and why she started her ADHD coaching business Skye's speciality: tips and tricks to help ADHDers stay organized and confident at work and school. Patrons receive exclusive access to lots of goodies, including access to my back-catalogue of recorded neurodiversity-related webinars, self-help and coaching downloads, a 15% discount to my course Autistic Emotions Explained, and much more. If you want to be one of these amazing folks and support Neurodiverging, please check us out on Patreon at patreon.com/neurodiverging. Plus, through the end of March, all new Patron pledges are being donated to support relief efforts for the Marshall Fires, and if you donate $5 or more, you’ll get a surprise in the mail! It’s great opportunity to check out all the patron-only resources and help a fantastic cause. Show notes, links and transcripts here: https://neurodiverging.com/adhd-at-work-with-skye-rapson/
30:32
February 24, 2022
Asked & Answered: All About Adult Autism Diagnosis
Asked & Answered: All About Adult Autism Diagnosis
I've been collecting questions about the diagnostic process for autistic adults, why to do, why not to do it, and everything else for at least a year now, so this episode is chock-full of good information. Grab a hot drink, settle in, and join me!    Transcript and more notes here: https://neurodiverging.com/all-about-autism-diagnosis-your-questions-answered/ Watch the video version of this podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7WFGFXXVhk Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents/
30:13
February 10, 2022
Autistic Burnout and Autistic Rest with Carole Jean Whittington
Autistic Burnout and Autistic Rest with Carole Jean Whittington
I am so excited to welcome Carole Jean Whittington to the Neurodiverging Podcast today. She’s known as Social Autie throughout the Autism community and is known for her unique approach to Autistic Burnout.  She hosts the Mind Your Autistic Brain Talk Show for Late Identified Autistics. Like me, Carole Jean is a late identified ADHD-Autistic, who discovered at 39 years old why life had been so confusing and such a struggle. We’re discussing Carole Jean’s new course, Rest Is More Than Sleep, in the Autastic community, as well as both of our own personal experiences with autistic burnout. Watch the video version of this podcast here: https://youtu.be/Bsp1nkH52xU Learn more about Carole Jean's course, Rest Is More Than Sleep, here: https://community.autastic.com/share/Nc1oGvp2SC1ChaGL?utm_source=manual Download the Top 20 Warning Signs You May Be in Autistic Burnout: https://socialautie.ck.page/af5e10de27 And see the transcript, show notes, and more information here: https://neurodiverging.com/autistic-burnout-and-autistic-rest-with-carole-jean-whittington/ I was a featured guest on Carole Jean's podcast a while back - check out Family Relationships & Emotional Intelligence on Mind Your Autistic Brain! https://youtu.be/bZQ0GsO0fXA Like the Neurodiverging Podcast and want to hear more? Check out our Patreon: http://patreon.com/neurodiverging Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
37:59
December 16, 2021
Does Homeschooling Perpetuate Classism and Ableism in the School System?
Does Homeschooling Perpetuate Classism and Ableism in the School System?
In our last episode (listen here), I talked about my neurodiverse family’s experience homeschooling during the pandemic and why it’s working for us. But I have complex feelings about homeschooling, so today I’m discussing my concerns, why I think disabled kids should be integrated into conventional classrooms, and why pulling disabled students out of conventional schools might set disability rights back. Want special access to the Patrons-Only Aftershow, and many other perks? Consider pledging $1, $5, or $10 a month to fund the Neurodiverging Podcast. Find out more and pledge today at patreon.com/neurodiverging. Find show notes, works cited, and further reading here: https://neurodiverging.com/homeschooling-neurodivergent-children-and-disability-rights/
22:38
December 02, 2021
Homeschooling Autistic and ADHD Kids: Our Story
Homeschooling Autistic and ADHD Kids: Our Story
Welcome back! You may have noticed that we have spent the past couple of months discussing education for neurodiverse kids. We've talked to special education tutors, literacy experts, and parents about how public schooling has affected their autistic and ADHD children, and some of the issues or challenges they've had receiving needed supports for their kids. And, over the course of this podcast, we've talked to a couple of parents who have chosen to pull their children from public schooling and to homeschool instead. Today I’m here to tell you about my neurodiverse family’s experience homeschooling during the pandemic, why it’s working for us, and whether homeschooling is a good idea for families with disabled kids, or not! Want special access to the Patrons-Only Aftershow, and many other perks? Consider pledging $1, $5, or $10 a month to fund the Neurodiverging Podcast. Find out more and pledge today at patreon.com/neurodiverging. Show notes, works cited, and transcript are here: https://neurodiverging.com/homeschooling-autistic-and-adhd-kids-our-story/ Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
22:56
November 18, 2021
Developing "Soft Skills" in Neurodivergent Youth with Lindsey Wander
Developing "Soft Skills" in Neurodivergent Youth with Lindsey Wander
Welcome back to the Neurodiverging Podcast! Today, we are talking with Lindsey Wander, CEO of WorldWise Tutoring. Lindsey is dedicated to helping students of all abilities not only to improve their grades and scores, but also to learn the skills to become confident and independent lifelong learners, and to grow into competent and conscious leaders. She seeks to empower our youth with the tools to succeed in school, work, and life – so that they are in the powerful position to be agents of change in their own lives and in the lives of those around them. We're discussing how we as parents can create more opportunities for our children to learn and practice executive functioning skills, social skills, and other "soft skills" needed for daily living, and what is really means to become a "lifelong" learner. Learn more about WorldWise Tutoring here: https://www.worldwisetutoring.com/ Check out their new non-profit: Educate. Radiate. Elevate: https://www.educateradiateelevate.org/ And see the transcript, show notes, and more information here: https://neurodiverging.com/developing-soft-skills-in-neurodivergent-students-lindsey-wander/ Like the Neurodiverging Podcast and want to hear more? Check out our Patreon: http://patreon.com/neurodiverging Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
29:49
November 04, 2021
Autism, Literacy, and Educational Trauma with Lois Letchford
Autism, Literacy, and Educational Trauma with Lois Letchford
Lois Letchford is my guest today. Lois recognized her “learning difference” at the age of 39 when teaching her son with autism to read. She then trained to become a literacy specialist, and encourages learning through experience and context. Lois is the cofounder of the Teaching Students with Dyslexia Writing & Reading Program. Reversed: A Memoir is Lois' first book. In this story, she details the journey of her son’s dramatic failure in first grade. The story tells the twists and turns that promoted her passion and her son’s dramatic academic turn-a-round. Lois and I have a wide-ranging, enthusiastic conversation about her experience teaching her son and other autistic children to read, the psychology behind how children learn, and how schooling and education can cause trauma when approached from the wrong mindset.  - Show notes and transcript: https://neurodiverging.com/autism-literacy-educational-trauma-with-lois-letchford/  - Lois Letchford's home page: https://www.loisletchford.com/  - Check out Reversed: A Memoir: Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9780684830780 | Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YIqkY2 (Affiliate Link) Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
53:58
October 21, 2021
Understanding Your Feelings: Emotions, Alexithymia, and Autism
Understanding Your Feelings: Emotions, Alexithymia, and Autism
Welcome back to the Neurodiverging Podcast! Today, certified life coach Danielle Sullivan discusses the basics of what emotional intelligence is and why it can be difficult for neurodivergent people to develop emotional intelligence skills. We're also discussing alexithymia, how autistics process emotions differently than neurotypical people, and some easy interventions you can try at home to improve your own emotional intelligence skills, too! Is alexithymia getting in the way of a fulfilling romantic relationship? Check out my pre-recorded seminar all about alexithymia's effects on dating/ relationships, and how you can improve them, in the Shop: https://neurodiverging.com/shop/how-alexithymia-can-affect-your-relationships-recorded-seminar/ Learn more about my introductory, self-paced course to increase your own emotional intelligence here: https://community.autastic.com/share/L5VmpbMwtG8BZtCU And see the transcript, show notes, and research here: http://neurodiverging.com/identifying-feelings-emotions-alexithymia-and-autism Like the Neurodiverging Podcast and want to hear more? Check out the Patreon: http://patreon.com/neurodiverging Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
24:48
October 07, 2021
Positive Parenting for Autistic and ADHD Children with Debbie Godfrey
Positive Parenting for Autistic and ADHD Children with Debbie Godfrey
Today I'm talking with Debbie Godfrey, a positive parenting guru. Debbie's a certified Parent Educator with over 30 years of expertise in the parenting education field. She's helped parents around the world solve problems with their families and their children by teaching methods to improve behavior in a positive, gentle way. She's served tons of organizations throughout the country, including C.A.A.N (Child Abuse and Neglect), Casa Pacifica, Conejo Valley Substance Abuse Prevention Authority and Child Development Resources of Ventura County, The California State Foster Parent Association, and many others. She conducts teacher trainings, parent education, workshops and does amazing work in her field. Debbie and I discuss some ways that we can improve our parenting in the home with neurodivergent kids, answering questions like: What is positive parenting? How does it support child self-esteem? Why don't we need punishment? Plus, Debbie's answering listener questions about common parenting trouble spots, like how to handle defiance, aggression, and co-parenting struggles! Show notes and transcript: https://neurodiverging.com/positive-discipline-for-autistic-and-adhd-children-debbie-godfrey/ Find Debbie Godfrey: https://www.positiveparenting.com/ Buy Mom's House, Dad's House by Isolina Ricci on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9780684830780 | Amazon: https://amzn.to/39LaRrS (Affiliate Link) Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
45:34
September 30, 2021
How to Get Your Child Support at School with Laura Reber of Progress Parade
How to Get Your Child Support at School with Laura Reber of Progress Parade
Today's conversation is with Laura Reber, Founder of Progress Parade, an online special education tutoring company. With her lifelong interest in psychology and problem-solving, Laura initially began her career as a school psychologist before following her passion for supporting each student as an individual to create her tutoring company, Progress Parade. Laura is a wealth of knowledge about special education, learning disabilities and challenges, and how to navigate the public education system to get the most for your child. In this interview, we discuss what a school psychologist does, the difference between how a school evaluates a child and how a medical team does, how a child's diagnosis can impact the services they receive, the rights of the parent around school evaluation, and some common supports a school can offer to a neurodivergent child. Laura Reber is the founder of Progress Parade, a team of online special education tutors: https://www.progressparade.com/ Show notes and a transcript are available here: https://neurodiverging.com/how-to-get-support-at-school-laura-reber-progress-parade/ Join us on Patreon here: http://patreon.com/neurodiverging Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
26:30
September 16, 2021
Kate McNulty's Love and Asperger's: Relationships on the Spectrum
Kate McNulty's Love and Asperger's: Relationships on the Spectrum
Today I'm talking with Kate McNulty, an autistic Certified Gottman Therapist, Certified AASECT Sex Therapist, and licensed clinical social worker. We're discussing her new book, Love and Asperger's: Practical Strategies To Help Couples Understand Each Other and Strengthen Their Connection, which came out in October 2020. Love and Asperger's is a practical guide to maintaining a loving and communicative relationship between people with different neurotypes. Kate lays out some common problem-areas that mixed neurotype couples may face, and gives direct and clear support to work through them together. Unlike other autism-focused relationship self-help books I've read, Love and Asperger's doesn't assume that the problems in the relationship come down to the autistic person being "too" autistic. Rather, she focuses on supporting both individuals to get to know each other and their own needs better, and to communicate together to get everyone's needs met. I've already recommended Kate's book to several of my life coaching clients, and I'm so thrilled to be able to offer this episode to you. We're discussing common relationship trouble points Kate's seen in her 20+ years of therapy practice, what's up with the word Asperger's in the title, and why self-identification is not only valid, but a necessary tool for so many folks. Enjoy! + Show Notes here: https://neurodiverging.com/kate-mcnulty-love-and-aspergers-relationships-on-the-spectrum/ + Buy Love and Asperger's: Practical Strategies To Help Couples Understand Each Other and Strengthen Their Connection on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9781647397241 | Amazon: https://amzn.to/36l9Rcr + If you'd like access to the Patrons-Only Aftershow, plus many other perks, please consider pledging $1, $5, or $10 a month to fund Neurodiverging. Find out more and pledge today at patreon.com/neurodiverging. + Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
34:15
July 29, 2021
Polymathy and Neurodivergence with Dustin Miller, PolyInnovator
Polymathy and Neurodivergence with Dustin Miller, PolyInnovator
Welcome back! Today's conversation is with Dustin Miller of PolyInnovator. Dustin is an OmniContent Creator, host of the Polymath PolyCast, and the host of TeleInnovator, a polymathy and self-education channel). We had a wide-ranging discussion on self-directed education, learning how to learn, building habits and self-motivation hacks, and much more. Enjoy! Find full show notes and a transcript here: https://neurodiverging.com/polymathy-and-neurodivergence-with-dustin-miller-polyinnovator/ Learn more about Dustin and PolyInnovator: https://polyinnovator.space/about/ Books mentioned:  Atomic Habits by James Clear on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3eaL7rJ | Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9780735211292   Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3yRZ5q8 | Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9780735214507 Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
40:16
July 15, 2021
How Capitalism Changed Our Understanding of "Mental Illness" with Dr. Roy Richard Grinker
How Capitalism Changed Our Understanding of "Mental Illness" with Dr. Roy Richard Grinker
Welcome back! Today's guest is Dr. Roy Richard Grinker, Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University and Editor-in-chief of Anthropological Quarterly. We're discussing his newest book, Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness, which came out in January 2021 from Norton, and tells the uplifting story of how we are successfully challenging the stigma that has long shadowed mental illnesses. I found Nobody's Normal to be an accessible yet deep dive into how the advent of capitalism irrevocably changed Western society by creating many of the boundaries we take for granted today, including wellness and illness. Grinker challenged many of my assumptions about autism and how we as advocates engage in our push for more understanding and acceptance of neurodivergent individuals, and I am still thinking about his work many months after I finished reading. + Learn more about the author, Dr. Roy Richard Grinker: https://royrichardgrinker.com/ + Buy Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9780393531640 | Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gZeFug + Buy Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9780465027644 | Amazon: https://amzn.to/3de37Rd + If you'd like access to the Patrons-only aftershow, plus many other perks, please consider pledging $1, $5, or $10 a month to fund Neurodiverging. Find out more and pledge today at patreon.com/neurodiverging. + Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
34:47
July 01, 2021
Slow Processing? Try Slow Parenting!
Slow Processing? Try Slow Parenting!
We all know there are approximately one million and fourteen different parenting approaches out there, which can make it intimidating to sort through them and find the ones that work for you and your family. In my family, we all struggle with intermittent slow processing speed, which leads us to be more overwhelmed by social events, to do lists, and housework, and even keeping up with basic needs like eating, than the average family. Luckily, after much trial and error, I found a parenting approach that supports our slower processing speeds: slow parenting. Today, I'm talking about what slow processing speed is, how it’s related to sensory processing disorder (SPD), and how the slow parenting method can support a child who needs some extra time to work through the input she’s receiving. So, let’s dive in! Show Notes: -Mama OT's masterpage about sensory processing and SPD: http://mamaot.com/sensory-processing-disorder/#whatissensoryprocessing -Sharon Brandwein’s article Why Slow Parenting Is Right for My Family: https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/style/why-slow-parenting-is-right-for-my-family/ -Want some ideas on how to create a schedule that works for everybody? Check out episode 12: https://neurodiverging.com/how-to-make-a-family-schedule/ -If you find this episode helpful and you want the Neurodiverging Podcast to continue, please consider pledging $1, $5, or $10 a month to fund it. Find out more and pledge today at patreon.com/neurodiverging. -Transcript available at https://neurodiverging.com/slow-processing-try-slow-parenting -Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
26:14
June 17, 2021
Mindfulness for Neurodiverse Families with Dr. Rabia Subhani
Mindfulness for Neurodiverse Families with Dr. Rabia Subhani
My guest today is Dr. Rabia Subhani, neuropsychologist, certified mindfulness teacher (many times over!), and mother of an autistic child. Rabia is the creator of Mindful Village®, a secular eight to twelve week program geared towards the parents and caregivers of  neurodiverse children. On this episode of Neurodiverging, Dr. Rabia and I are discussing what mindfulness is, how it works, why it's a good fit for many neurodiverse families, and why parents need to learn to practice mindfulness before they can teach it to their children. Plus, Rabia offers many examples of exercises you can do at home with your family!  + Learn more about Mindful Village®: https://dsullivan--mindful-living-llc.thrivecart.com/foundations-essentials-package/  + Sign up for your FREE Mindfulness Activities Workbook here: https://www.drrabia.com/podcast  + Buy Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thích Nhất Hạnh on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9780553351392 | Amazon: https://amzn.to/3qsALIo  + Need a Hoberman sphere to practice mindful breathing? Check out this one: https://amzn.to/2TEzJwL  + See show notes on Neurodiverging.co: https://neurodiverging.com/mindfulness-neurodiverse-families-dr-rabia-subhani/  + Become a Patron and get behind-the-scenes goodies, self-help and coaching resources, and more: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging  + Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
45:37
June 03, 2021
ADHD and the Creative with Anaïs Lucia
ADHD and the Creative with Anaïs Lucia
My guest today is Anaïs Lucia, an ADHD-er who works as an actor, director, filmmaker, stand-up comedian, YouTuber, and host, and is also the host and producer of three podcasts! We're discussing how she got her start in the entertainment industry, how her ADHD traits affect her work and approach to what she does, and some of her unique tips for actually finishing some of the 10,000 different projects you have going right now. Join my Patreon to download your body doubling booklet, the Getting Unstuck Check-In, and many other resources today: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging Learn more about my life coaching services: https://neurodiverging.com/life-coaching See the show notes and transcript: https://neurodiverging.com/adhd-in-the-entertainment-industry-with-anais-lucia/ Follow Anaïs Lucia: https://www.anaislucia.com/podcasts Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
36:45
May 06, 2021
Get Stuff Done: How to Use Automation & the Activity Partner/ Body Double for Your Executive Function Troubles
Get Stuff Done: How to Use Automation & the Activity Partner/ Body Double for Your Executive Function Troubles
As a certified life coach, I work with a lot of autistic and/or ADHD folks who have trouble with executive function skills, like prioritizing and organizing tasks, procrastination, difficulty getting started on a project, and other similar challenges. If this sounds like you, then I'm here to tell you more about what executive function is and isn't, and to introduce you to two strategies to help strengthen your executive function skills: automation, and the activity partner. Join my Patreon to download your body doubling booklet, the Getting Unstuck Check-In, and many other resources today: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging Learn more about my life coaching services: https://neurodiverging.com/life-coaching See the show notes and transcript: https://neurodiverging.com/executive-function-automation-the-activity-partner Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
26:14
April 29, 2021
How to Hear in Loud Places with Suzanne DeMallie
How to Hear in Loud Places with Suzanne DeMallie
My guest today is Suzanne Rupp DeMallie, who’s recently published an amazing book: Can You Hear Me Now?: Join the Conversation to Make Public Education a Better Choice. As a parent to a child with auditory processing deficit, Suzanne fought a nationwide battle against bureaucracy to get teacher microphones into classrooms throughout the United States. We're discussing her family's experience with auditory processing disorder, practical ideas for supporting kids dealing with the issue at home and at school, and what it was like fighting for microphones in the classroom at the national level. I'm very grateful to my patrons, Zach, David, Teresa, Sara, and Anon! Thank you for supporting this episode of Neurodiverging! Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon to support this podcast (now with new, way better rewards!): https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging Buy Can You Hear Me Now?: Join the Conversation to Make Public Education a Better Choice on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2P7cSbr / Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9781544517964 / or ask for it at your local bookstore. Suzanne's website is full of fantastic resources: https://suzannedemallie.com/ Shownotes and a transcript are up at https://neurodiverging.com/auditory-processing-disorder-at-school-with-suzanne-demallie/ now! Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
44:32
April 15, 2021
Discovering the Martian: A Conversation with Author Clif Adkins
Discovering the Martian: A Conversation with Author Clif Adkins
Today I'm talking with Clif Adkins, author of the new book Martian: A Non-Science Fiction Guide for How to Love, Raise, and Possibly Be Someone Not Quite Human. We're talking about who the Martian is, their most unique traits, and how to support a growing Martian at home and at school. This and more, today, on Neurodiverging! I am continually grateful to Zach, David, Teresa, Sara, and Anon! Thank you for supporting this episode of Neurodiverging! hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode! https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere check Neurodiverging out on Patreon and support this podcast: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging Buy Martian: A Non-Science Fiction Guide for How to Love, Raise, and Possibly Be Someone Not Quite Human by Clif Adkins: https://amzn.to/3vVtiE2 See the transcript and show notes here: https://neurodiverging.com/interview-with-clif-adkins-author-of-martian/ Find Clif Adkins on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/counselorclif
35:25
April 01, 2021
Asked & Answered: Should I tell my child about their neurodiversity?
Asked & Answered: Should I tell my child about their neurodiversity?
Parenting can be a challenge for anyone, even in the most ideal conditions. But parenting a child who has a different neurotype than you can come with unique challenges. I want to discuss a question that I've gotten a few times: Should I tell my child about their autism? How do I portray being autistic as an ultimately positive and valuable identity while not skipping over the real challenges that are associated with it? This can be a complicated question because everybody's situation is different and unique. Find out why I think on Neurodiverging today! Find a transcript and show notes here: https://neurodiverging.com/ep-22-asked-answered-should-i-tell-my-child-about-their-neurodiversity/ Support this podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging Read “Short report: Autistic parents’ views and experiences of talking about autism with their autistic children by Laura Crane, Lok Man Lui, Jade Davies, and Elizabeth Pellicano: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33397133/
28:44
March 19, 2021
Raising Successful Neurodivergent Kids with Sally Willbanks of ND Renegade
Raising Successful Neurodivergent Kids with Sally Willbanks of ND Renegade
This week I’m talking with Sally Willbanks, the founder of neurodiversity clothing line, ND Renegade: https://www.ndrenegade.com/. We discuss how she transitioned from being a well-known contemporary landscape artist to running a clothing line dedicated to neurodiversity; parenting autistic and ADHD profoundly gifted children; and the pros and cons of homeschooling to teach children life skills. You can also find Sally on Instagram @ndrenegade! I want to give a warm thank you to my patrons, Zach, David, Teresa, and Sara! Thank you for supporting this episode of Neurodiverging!  - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere  - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging  - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/successful-neurodivergent-kids-sally-willbanks-of-nd-renegade/  - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging  - Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
48:42
January 14, 2021
Asked & Answered: How Do I Find A Therapist As A Neurodivergent Person?
Asked & Answered: How Do I Find A Therapist As A Neurodivergent Person?
Today’s episode is based on a listener question: Jenna wrote, “How do you go about finding a therapist as a neurodivergent person? Are there specific things to look for, or avoid?” Thanks for listening, Jenna! I think this is a great question, and one I’m happy to take a whack at. I’m going to start off by talking about some general basics about how to find a therapist who’s a good fit, and then I’m going to move into talking about finding someone to help specifically neurodivergent folks like us! I want to give a warm thank you to Zach, David, and Teresa! Thank you for supporting this episode of Neurodiverging! - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/how-do-i-find-a-therapist-neurodivergent/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
24:12
December 31, 2020
Executive Function Life Hacks and Spirituality for Neurodivergent Folks with Rev. Catharine Clarenbach
Executive Function Life Hacks and Spirituality for Neurodivergent Folks with Rev. Catharine Clarenbach
I’m honored to be joined on this week’s episode by Reverend Catharine Clarenbach. Catharine is a white, fat, cis woman, a sovereign queer femme with ADHD, bipolar disorder, well-managed mental illness, and trauma from sexual assault. She is also an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and an Initiate in the Tradition of Stone Circle Wicca (USA). She spent four years in discernment with an order of Roman Catholic religious sisters, and is trained and credentialed as a spiritual director. In this interview, we’re talking about creating safe spiritual and religious spaces for autistic, ADHD, and other neurodivergent folks; our favorite house cleaning hacks for folks with executive dysfunction like us; and, how to keep a fruitful, fulfilling relationship with a partner who is a different neurotype than you. Thank you to my patrons: Teresa, Dave, and Zach! - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/creating-safe-spiritual-spaces-for-neurodivergent-folks-with-rev-catharine-clarenbach/ - Buy ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3qDuzMs / Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/4824/9781138190740 - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
51:40
December 16, 2020
I Can't Recognize My Mother's Face: On Face Blindness and Autism
I Can't Recognize My Mother's Face: On Face Blindness and Autism
Prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness, is very common among autistic and ADHD people. In this episode, In this episode, I’m discussing what face blindness is, how to recognize it, and how it’s affected my own life. - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/face-blindness-autism/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
28:13
December 03, 2020
On Sensory Processing Disorder, + 3 Tips to Avoid Sensory Overwhelm
On Sensory Processing Disorder, + 3 Tips to Avoid Sensory Overwhelm
Have you ever heard of sensory processing disorder? Sensory overwhelm? Sensory integration disorder? Sensory overload? Today, I want to discuss what all this stuff if, and give you some go-to tips that I use in my everyday life to avoid sensory overwhelm. - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/3-tips-to-avoid-sensory-overwhelm/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging - Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
21:12
November 19, 2020
Autistics Don't Lack Empathy. (In fact, we've got more than enough.)
Autistics Don't Lack Empathy. (In fact, we've got more than enough.)
I've had several requests to record an audio version of an article I wrote for Medium in August, entitled "Autistics Don't Lack Empathy." Here it is: https://medium.com/@neurodiverging.podcast/autistic-people-dont-lack-empathy-in-fact-we-ve-got-plenty-of-it-837e326f8246 - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - Check out Neurodiverging on the web here: https://neurodiverging.com/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
09:19
November 05, 2020
What Does Wellness Mean for Autistic Women? Talking with Erin Beal.
What Does Wellness Mean for Autistic Women? Talking with Erin Beal.
I am thrilled to have Erin Beal with us. Erin is the autistic and ADHD founder of the Autism Wellness Center of SW Michigan, as well as a personal trainer and a 2nd year Masters student of Developmental Disabilities at Columbia University. Erin offers freelance wellness consulting for kids, teens, and adults who are autistic or ADHD. Find her on Facebook or Instagram! Erin was originally a communications expert and a graduate student in English until she was diagnosed with autism at age 30. Since then, she’s dedicated her career to researching and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum across all contexts and across the lifespan. In this interview, we’re talking about what exactly goes into getting a Master’s in Developmental Disabilities, Erin’s journey from doing something completely different through getting an autism spectrum diagnosis and devoting all her energy to getting this Wellness Center open, and how much the online autism community has meant to us both. I really enjoyed our conversation and hope you will, too! - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode. - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month. - See Show Notes for this episode here. - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here.
42:32
October 22, 2020
Autistic Perseveration: Why Do We Perseverate and What Should You Do About It?
Autistic Perseveration: Why Do We Perseverate and What Should You Do About It?
Perseverative behavior is simply a repetitive behavior, an action that a person keeps repeating without meaning to. Some examples include saying the same words, moving in the same pattern, or even thinking the same unhelpful thought, long after whatever initially prompted the activity has passed. But what is driving this behavior, and why is it some common in autistic folks? That's what we're discussing today! - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/define-perseveration-in-autism/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
24:55
October 01, 2020
How Can We Take Better Care of Neurodiverse Women? These 3 Interviews Shed Some Light.
How Can We Take Better Care of Neurodiverse Women? These 3 Interviews Shed Some Light.
Misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis. Disbelief from doctors and mental health professionals after you explain your symptoms. Being shuffled from one doctor to the next with no help in sight. Giving all your energy to taking care of your mother or your child, so that there is nothing left to take care of yourself. Millions of neurodiverse women struggle everyday to get support from their healthcare and mental health professionals that actually improves their lives. So many of us are not getting our health needs met, and are falling into more anxiety and depression because of it. What could society do better to help us? Today, I am honored to present interviews with Lauren Melissa @autienelle, Dominica @the_ADHD_dynosaur, and Meg @arfidawareness to discuss their experiences getting help from medical and mental health systems for themselves and their families, what worked and what was a disaster, and what could be done to help neurodiverse people. This episode and transcript are generously sponsored by I Ally. I Ally is a website and app for family caregivers, and provides personalized access to mental health providers, financial coaching and education, legal counsel, and a digitized matching service for clinical trials. Join for free today! - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/take-better-care-neurodiverse-women/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
35:34
September 24, 2020
An All-Inclusive Schedule for Mixed Neurotype Families
An All-Inclusive Schedule for Mixed Neurotype Families
Changing schedules can be really difficult for people with executive function troubles. I’m an autistic, and I definitely have trouble if someone changes the schedule on me with no notice. I have an expectation about my day, and have planned around exactly what I expect. When something changes, I don’t feel like I have time to think through the new potentialities. Schedule changes can create a lot of anxiety, even a sense of panic that can lead to a meltdown (which, of course, can throw the schedule off even more, creating a stress spiral of doooooooom). Wouldn’t it be nice if you could learn how to make a family schedule that worked for everyone in your household, with no stress and no panic? Yes, that would be lovely, I hear you say! So today, I’d like to go through the best way I’ve found for making a household schedule that is inclusive of everybody in your house and their needs, whether you’ve got kids, or you’re living with a partner, family, or roommates. - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/how-to-make-a-family-schedule/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
18:26
September 10, 2020
Why Was My Autism Missed? Being an Autistic Girl in the 1990s
Why Was My Autism Missed? Being an Autistic Girl in the 1990s
In an earlier episode, I told my own story of being diagnosed autistic as an adult in my 30s, after my young son was diagnosed. I received many questions about how I didn’t know I was an autistic girl when I was younger, and why no one at home or school realized. Being diagnosed as an adult is actually really common, and many people are diagnosed much later than I was. It can be hard to see autism sometimes, especially with autistic girls, and even more so in the 1990s when I was at school. Today, I'm talking about why I think my autism was overlooked for so long, and what families and schools can look for now to make sure no autistic girls are going without support. This episode is generously sponsored by I Ally. I Ally is a website and app for family caregivers, and provides personalized access to mental health providers, financial coaching and education, legal counsel, and a digitized matching service for clinical trials. Join for free today: https://i-ally.com/ - Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/being-an-autistic-girl-in-the-1990s/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging - Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
29:52
August 27, 2020
The History of Attention Deficit Disorder, Part 2: 1800-1980
The History of Attention Deficit Disorder, Part 2: 1800-1980
We’re continuing our discussion of the history of attention deficit disorder. In the last episode, we talked about how we have good evidence that ADHD is a normal neurodivergence. The presentation or traits of ADHD are due to genetic variation, and has been present in the human population for thousands of years. Today, we’re going to spend more time on the history of attention deficit disorder in the early modern era, working from the 1850s through the 1980s.- Hit the subscribe button to make sure you are notified when there’s a new episode: https://mailchi.mp/66e2de2c4b59/signuphere - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/the-history-of-attention-deficit-disorder/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
17:19
August 13, 2020
The History of ADHD, Part 1: 300-1800 CE
The History of ADHD, Part 1: 300-1800 CE
Today we’re talking about the history of ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The history of ADHD is likely as long and complex as the history of humanity itself, but of course, we can only access small pieces of history through whatever documents have been left behind. This episode begins with Theophrastus’ “Obtuse Man,” continues through the medieval tie of spiritual health with mental health, and finishes off with a discussion of Sir Alexander Crichton’s work changing the course of neurodivergent history at the very turn of the 19th century. Stay tuned for a follow-up episode, covering the 20th century! - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/the-history-of-adhd-part-1/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
17:08
July 30, 2020
Working Toward Equity in ADHD Diagnosis
Working Toward Equity in ADHD Diagnosis
The stereotype of ADHD is a hyperactive, rambunctious little white boy, but the truth is that people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, races, all people, have ADHD at about the same rates. About 5-10% of everybody on this planet has ADHD, or is an ADHD brain. And those rates don’t differ between white, Black, or Hispanic populations. But it is true that ADHD is uncovered and diagnosed differently in white families than it is in Black or Hispanic families. There are a lot of reasons for this, and some of them are very complicated, while some boil down to simple racism. But it’s important to talk about these issues, because the more people are aware that they exist, the more we can work together to create more equity in diagnosis, treatment, and support of people with ADHD brains. - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/adhd-students-of-color-american-schools/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
20:42
July 16, 2020
What Disorder? ADHD, Autism, and Neurodiversity
What Disorder? ADHD, Autism, and Neurodiversity
Let’s talk about language! Autism and ADHD are both known as neurodevelopmental “disorders.” But is “disorder” really the best way to refer to autism and ADHD, given the scientific body of research indicating autism and ADHD are examples of natural genetic variation? So how can we talk about autism and ADHD as examples of neurodivergence, but not disorders?  - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: http://patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/neurodiversity-autism-adhd/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
17:10
April 30, 2020
Autistic Special Interests: Secret Strength?
Autistic Special Interests: Secret Strength?
Special interests are one of the most defining traits of autism spectrum disorder (ASD): an intense focus on a specific subject. But ASD special interests are also a secret strength of autistics everywhere. Learn more about how autistics use our special interests to regulate our emotions and expand our worldviews today, on Neurodiverging. - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: http://patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/episode-106-special-interest-definition-autism/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
26:05
April 23, 2020
Neurodivergent Spoons and Forks: On Autism & Fatigue
Neurodivergent Spoons and Forks: On Autism & Fatigue
Spoon theory and fork theory are two of the most popular models of disability and energy consumption in the chronic fatigue community. But how do they apply to autism? Find out how helpful these models really are, today, on Neurodiverging. - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: http://patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/spoons-and-forks-autism-and-fatigue/ - Learn more about all Neurodiverging projects here: https://linktr.ee/neurodiverging - Did you know Neurodiverging now offers a FREE support group for autistic parents, monthly free live classes on neurodivergence-related topics, and a Coaching Corner twice a month on Instagram? Learn more and sign up for all of our learning opportunities here: https://neurodiverging.com/upcomingevents
20:13
April 16, 2020
All About Echolalia: Why Your Autistic Friend or Child Repeats Everything You Say
All About Echolalia: Why Your Autistic Friend or Child Repeats Everything You Say
Do you have an autistic friend or loved one who repeats everything you say all the time? Or do you know someone with autism spectrum disorder who’s in the habit of talking to themselves? It’s called echolalia! It’s common among young children, and autistics of all ages. Why do we repeat? Find out what’s going on from an autistic adult's point of view.  - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: http://patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/episode-104-what-is-echolalia/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
28:08
April 09, 2020
Communicate! 4 Tips for Problem-Solving in the Neurodivergent Family
Communicate! 4 Tips for Problem-Solving in the Neurodivergent Family
Having different communication styles and making it work anyway is part of being in a family. But what if it’s not working? Collaborative problem-solving can be a life-saver for learning how to communicate with autistic adults, how to communicate with an autistic child, or how us autistics can better work with neurotypical folks. Here are 4 real-world tips to help! - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: http://patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/4-tips-for-collaborative-problem-solving/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
27:03
April 02, 2020
How I Learned I Was Autistic . . . As An Adult
How I Learned I Was Autistic . . . As An Adult
I didn't find out I was autistic until after my second child was born and my life fell apart. Why are so many autistic women misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all? Hear my story. - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon, and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://www.patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode here: https://neurodiverging.com/how-i-learned-i-was-autistic-as-an-adult/ - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging
22:27
March 26, 2020
What Is Neurodiversity? Intro to Neurodiverging
What Is Neurodiversity? Intro to Neurodiverging
Today's episode serves as an introduction to what I'll be talking about through this podcast series, including my answers to three questions: What does neurodivergent mean, and what is neurodivergence? What is neurodiversity? And why are they important to talk about? - Check Neurodiverging out on Patreon and support this podcast for as little as $1 a month: https://patreon.com/neurodiverging - See Show Notes for this episode at https://neurodiverging.com/what-does-neurodivergent-mean. - Find Neurodiverging on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/shop/neurodiverging.
22:06
March 19, 2020