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.
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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
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
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 disorder, Suzanne fought a nationwide battle against bureaucracy to get teacher microphones into classrooms throughout the United States. … Read more
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 … Read more
This week I'm talking with Sally Willbanks, the founder of neurodiversity clothing line, ND Renegade. 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. Enjoy!
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About Sally Willbanks: After many years spent successfully building an art career in Australia, Sally found that parenting her incredible neurodivergent children required her to homeschool them. So, she shifted her entire focus to create ND Renegade, a contemporary apparel brand that aims to "shine a light on neurodiversity."
Sally says: "We concentrate on producing quality clothing that focuses on awareness and acceptance of people's neurological differences. We aim to make neurodivergent people feel proud and own their uniqueness. We believe the discussion about neurodiversity needs to change - we not only need to be aware of differences such as autism, adhd, dyspraxia and others, we need to accept and celebrate them."
Join Sally and me today for a wide-ranging conversation about raising autistic and ADHD kids for success and happiness, homeschooling pros and cons, how she transitioned from painting to running a successful new business in just about a year's time, and why neurodiversity advocacy is so important to her.
While I’m sitting down to write this, I’ve been running this little blog for about 6 months. In that time, I’ve been asked about breastfeeding with autism way more times than anyone would guess. Wondering why? A lot of autistic parents want to breastfeed their babies, but a lot of us also struggle with sensory … Read more
I’ve had a couple of emails asking me about the best parenting podcasts for families with autism, ADHD, and other neurodiversity. There are so many amazing parenting podcasts out there! I couldn’t possibly make an extensive list. These are just some parenting podcasts that I’ve listened to personally and liked. Podcasts from these parenting experts … Read more
I am a long-time advocate of positive parenting. It’s the way that I was raised, and the way I raise my neurodivergent kids. I truly believe that positive parenting encourages personal development for both the kids, and the parents! So today, I’d like to talk about the benefits of positive parenting, how it helps kids, … Read more
If you’re a sensory seeker, or you have one at home, you know you’re supposed to be incorporating heavy work into your routine every day. But what if you’re struggling to come up with engaging heavy work ideas for sensory seekers? Let me help! Heavy Work Heavy work is not actually “work,” but rather a … Read more
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