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. 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¬ģ, 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. 24 / Auditory Processing Disorder at School with Suzanne DeMallie

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My guest today is Suzanne Rupp DeMallie, who‚Äôs 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

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!


ūüéß 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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Sensory Processing Disorder + 3 Tips to Avoid Sensory Overwhelm

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Have you ever heard of sensory processing disorder? Sensory overwhelm? Sensory integration disorder? Sensory overload?

Today, I want to discuss what all this stuff if, and give you some go-to tips that I use in my everyday life to avoid sensory overwhelm.

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Interoception, Thirst, and Sensory Overwhelm

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I was talking about interoception last week on Instagram (Post 1, Post 2). Interoception is your eighth sense that lets you know what's happening inside your body. So, your sense of interoception includes things like hunger, thirst, bowel movements, emotions, pain etc.

Anyway, I really struggle with interoception, and one of the things I struggle with most is remembering to drink water.

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4 Tips to Breastfeed When You’re Autistic

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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

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

My Favorite Earplugs for Autism Sound Sensitivity

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I’m autistic, and I have sensory processing disorder, which means I don’t process touch, sounsd, or lights the same ways as most people. I’m easily overstimulated by loud noises and need hearing protection to help reduce outside input to my senses. Sound sensitivity is one of the biggest autism issues I deal with on a … Read more

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