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. 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. 26/ ADHD in the Entertainment Industry with Anaïs Lucia

anais lucia headshotMy guest today is Anaïs Lucia, an ADHD actor, director, filmmaker, stand-up comedian, YouTuber, and 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.

Follow Anaïs Lucia: YouTube | Main Instagram | Comedy Instagram | TikTok | Podcasts


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Ep. 25/ Executive Function Tips: Automation & the Activity Partner

As a 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. 

Plus, sign up here to receive a 7-page guide and workbook to help you choose an activity partner and get the most value out of your time together!

Or, join the Patreon to download this booklet, the Getting Unstuck Check-In, and many other resources today!

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Get Things Done With An Activity Partner, Shadow, or Body Double

It’s very common for neurodivergent folks to have trouble staying attentive to a task that is not interesting to us. Even when we are trying to focus on the things we have to do, it can be hard to keep on-task.

Some of the most common concerns are issues like:

  • You didn’t plan how to approach the project, so now it’s hard to find a place to start.
  • You didn’t consider how much time the project will take, or have under- or overestimated how long it will take (sometimes drastically!).
  • You got started and then forgot what your goal was.
  • You got started and then got distracted with some other task.
  • You got started and then got frustrated, and weren’t able to talk yourself into persisting with the project.

Having an activity partner nearby can help with all of these situations.

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Ep 22/ Asked & Answered: Should I tell my child about their neurodiversity?

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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

Ep. 21 / Raising Successful Neurodivergent Kids / Sally Willbanks of ND Renegade

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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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Sally Willbanks of ND Renegade

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.

Then, visit https://www.ndrenegade.com/ and follow them on Instagram @ndrenegade!


🎧 Rather listen than read this post? This interview with Sally Willbanks of ND Renegade is based off of Episode 21 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! Listen on Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts | Spotify

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How Do I Find A Therapist? A Guide For Neurodivergent Folks

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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?”

🎧 Rather listen than read this post? This Asked & Answered is based off of Episode 20 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! 

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I want to give a warm thank you to Zach, David, and Teresa! Thank you for supporting this episode of Neurodiverging!

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Safe Spiritual Spaces for Neurodivergent People / Rev. Catharine Clarenbach

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Exciting news! Reverend Clarenbach, this week’s guest on Neurodiverging, is holding a special event this Saturday, 12/19/2020. Learn more at her website, thewayoftheriver.com, or read “Going Into the Dark” below. 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 … Read more

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