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. 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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Safe Spiritual Spaces for Neurodivergent People / Rev. Catharine Clarenbach

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What Does Wellness Mean for Autistics? Talking with Erin Beal About Her Autism Journey.

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Erin Beal is here to talk about her adult autism journey, her new Autism Wellness Center, and how the internet autism community got her through. Today, 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 … Read more

6 of the Best Parenting Podcasts for Neurodivergent Families

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How to Make A Family Schedule That Works For Everybody in Your Household

How to Make a Schedule for Everyone in Your Household Today’s post is a practically-minded one. We’re talking about schedules! Now that we’re getting into the fall season, most kids have gone back to school, even though school looks very different this year. This means that a lot of us are adjusting our schedules to … Read more

What Does Autistic Stimming Look Like?

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When most people think about stimming, they think about vocal tics and flapping hands. But what does autistic stimming look like, really? Please, let me, an actual autistic person, tell you about it! What Is Stimming? The word “stim” is short for “self-stimulatory,” and refers to any repetitive behavior, like movement, or making a sound, … Read more

The Obtuse Man and ADHD in Ancient Greece – 2000 Forgotten Years of ADHD?

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