Get Into the Halloween Spirit With These 4 Books by Autistic Women

It’s almost Halloween! Like any book-lover worth their salt, I’m getting into the spirit by reading some supernatural thrillers and murder mysteries…with a neurodivergent twist!  I’ve gathered together a shortlist of four underrated books by autistic women to help us all get our spook on. Know of a great addition to this list? Leave a … Read more

Ep. 34 / Identifying Feelings: Alexithymia, Emotion and Autism

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danielle sullivan emotional intelligence coach emotion and autismWelcome 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 folks with autism process emotions differently than neurotypical people, and some easy interventions you can try at home to improve your own emotional intelligence skills, too!

Click here to learn more about "What Is This Feeling?" -  Danielle's introductory, self-paced course to increase your own emotional intelligence!


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Works Cited:

  • Samson AC, Phillips JM, Parker KJ, Shah S, Gross JJ, Hardan AY. Emotion dysregulation and the core features of autism spectrum disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2014 Jul;44(7):1766-72. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-2022-5. PMID: 24362795.  https://med.stanford.edu/content/dam/sm/parkerlab/documents/Emotion_Dysregulation_and_the_Core_Features_of_Autism_Spectrum_Disorder.pdf
  • Sifneos PE. Short-Term Psychotherapy and Emotional Crisis. 1972, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Gaggero, Giulia et al. (2020.) A Scientometric Review of Alexithymia: Mapping Thematic and Disciplinary Shifts in Half a Century of Research. Front. Psychiatry, 10 December 2020. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2020.611489https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.611489/full
  • Kinnaird, E., Stewart, C., & Tchanturia, K. (2019). Investigating alexithymia in autism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. European psychiatry : the journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists55, 80–89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2018.09.004
  • Surman CB, Biederman J, Spencer T, Miller CA, McDermott KM, Faraone SV. Understanding deficient emotional self-regulation in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a controlled study. Atten Defic Hyperact Disord. 2013 Sep;5(3):273-81. doi: 10.1007/s12402-012-0100-8. Epub 2013 Feb 15. PMID: 23413201; PMCID: PMC4009378.

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Ep. 33 / Gentle Parenting for Autistic and ADHD Children with Debbie Godfrey

positive discipline for autistic childrenToday 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 and gentle discipline for autistic children and ADHD 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!


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Ep. 32 / How to Get Your Child Support at School with Laura Reber of Progress Parade

special education tutor progress paradeWelcome back to the Neurodiverging Podcast! 

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.

I learned a lot and I hope you do too. Enjoy!


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Ep 31 / Kate McNulty’s Love and Asperger’s: Relationships on the Spectrum

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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 … Read more

Ep 30 / 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 and enthusiastic discussion on self-directed education, learning how to learn, building habits and self-motivation hacks, and much more. Enjoy!   🎧 … Read more

Good Life Coaching Means A Lot of Reading

About This Page As a life coach, I am an avid reader and enjoy keeping up on new research and taking courses to further my education. This page contains recent books and workbooks I’ve read in the past few years pertinent to the neurodiversity and parenting coaching I do most often.  Disclaimer: Please note, just … Read more

Ep. 29 / Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness and Neurodiversity 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. Dr. Grinker conducted research on the epidemiology of autism, which he … Read more

Ep. 28 / 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 … Read more

Ep. 27/ Mindfulness for Neurodiverse Families with Dr. Rabia Subhani

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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 … Read more

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