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!

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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 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. 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

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

As a neurodiversity 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. 

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Review: The Anxiety Book for Trans People

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The Anxiety Book for Trans People: How to Conquer Your Dysphoria, Worry Less and Find Joy by Freiya Benson

Did you know thattrans anxiety book freiya benson many autistic folks are gender-diverse and/or transgender? The inverse is true as well; many trans folks are autistic! Anxiety is unfortunately common in both groups, but not much has been written about how anxiety specifically affects trans and genderqueer people, leaving us to shuffle around in the dark to try to find answers.

But no longer! I was thrilled to find Freiya Benson's new book, written specifically for trans and genderqueer people who are struggling with anxiety. Check out my review and consider purchasing it, or asking your local library to get a copy!

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Ep. 23 / Interview with Clif Adkins, author of Martian: A Non-Science Fiction Guide for How to Love, Raise, and Possibly Be Someone Not Quite Human

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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 more unique traits, and how to support a growing Martian at home and at school. This and more, today, on … Read more

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

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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