Parenting ADHD Podcast
PAP 114: The Emotional Brain, Regulation, and Behavior with Lauren Spigelmyer, M.Ed.

PAP 114: The Emotional Brain, Regulation, and Behavior with Lauren Spigelmyer, M.Ed.

January 14, 2021

Emotions play a much bigger role in our lives and behavior than we often realize. Emotional intelligence, communication, and regulation are often delayed in kids with ADHD (and/or autism), which can cause dysregulation, anger, frustration, and unwanted behavior. Join Lauren Spigelmyer, M.Ed. and I as we discuss how the emotional brain works, how to determine what’s causing emotional outbursts and other unwanted behavior, and how to help your child develop these skills and strategies to calm.

PAP 113: How to Press the Reset Button When Your Child Gives Up on School, with Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D.

PAP 113: How to Press the Reset Button When Your Child Gives Up on School, with Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D.

January 7, 2021

Stress is contagious, and so is calm. The world is full of stress right now, including events that are piling more stress onto kids with ADHD who already stress more than they should have to about school. When parents are stressed about school as well, it's contagious to the entire family. But, parents have the power to reduce the stress and bring the calm. In this episode of the Parenting ADHD podcast, Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D. offers a 10-step plan to help your child press the reset button when they've just had enough and give up on school. Hint: only one of the 10 action items has anything to do with school. 

PAP 112: Creating Harmony in the Home, with Dr. Lynyetta Willis

PAP 112: Creating Harmony in the Home, with Dr. Lynyetta Willis

December 4, 2020

Harmony in the home can be really tough to attain when you have a child with ADHD or other neuro-atypical diagnoses. Emotions are high and day-to-day life can be harder. But, peace and harmony are absolutely attainable. Join me and Dr. Lynyetta Willis to learn how to recognize stable misery and how to get unstuck and foster positive, meaningful relationships throughout your family. We talk about co-regulation, intention, recognizing our own triggers, and Dr. Willis’ PATHS framework to guide helpful interactions with our kids and our loved ones.

PAP 111: How to Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick, with Elizabeth Sautter, MA, CCC

PAP 111: How to Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick, with Elizabeth Sautter, MA, CCC

November 19, 2020

Children with ADHD and/or autism have developmental delays in many areas, which often include social skills and emotional intelligence and regulation. These lagging skills can lead to challenges with social interactions and relationships, listening, communication, appropriate communication of  feelings, transitions, flexibility, willingness to try new things, behavior, and so much more. In this episode of the Parenting ADHD Podcast, Speech and Language Pathologist, Elizabeth Sautter, CCC, and I discuss the importance of social and emotional learning for our kids, activities to help your child grow in these areas, and how to weave this type of learning into the fabric of your everyday lives. 

PAP 110: How to Help Your Child Focus During Virtual Learning, with Richard Brancaccio

PAP 110: How to Help Your Child Focus During Virtual Learning, with Richard Brancaccio

November 12, 2020

This current era in American education is a challenging time for families. Virtual learning is a challenge for many kids, especially for those students with learning challenges and/or ADHD. The home environment is more distracting, often filled with things kids would rather be doing instead of school, not to mention the boredom factor that comes with learning on the computer, at home, alone. In this episode of the Parenting ADHD Podcast, school psychologist and inventor of the reVibe, Richard Brancaccio, offers many tools and strategies to help kids with ADHD participate in remote learning successfully.

PAP 109: How to Be Calm Amid the Chaos, with Josephine Atluri

PAP 109: How to Be Calm Amid the Chaos, with Josephine Atluri

November 5, 2020

Life is full of chaos and uncertainty, especially when you have a child with ADHD, and especially when you’re also living through a pandemic. Join me and Meditation Coach, Josephine Atluri, to learn the techniques to shift your mindset, calm your mind and body, manage your stress, and move through life and parenting with purpose. The techniques and practices Josephine teaches us during this episode will help you create the life you want for yourself, and for your entire family.

PAP 108: Less Is More: Helping Your Child Navigate Life with ADHD, with Seth Perler, M.Ed.

PAP 108: Less Is More: Helping Your Child Navigate Life with ADHD, with Seth Perler, M.Ed.

October 29, 2020

We live in a culture and a time of more — the more you do, the more you have; the more you have, the more successful you are. And yet, that pressure and constant fear of failure is damaging, especially to our neuro-atypical children with ADHD and/or autism. One thing that can help tremendously in all aspects of school and home life is following the adage that less is more, as Executive Function & 2e Coach, Seth Perler, discusses in this episode. When kids with ADHD have less visual and mental clutter, there’s less to be distracted by. When they have less overwhelm and stress and pressure, they’re able to focus and function. When they have opportunities for successes — no matter how simple or how small — they succeed more. Learn how to help your child (and yourself) dial it back so you can feel good and live your best lives.

PAP 107: The Superpower of Choice, with Deborah Ann Davis, M.Ed., W.I.T.S.

PAP 107: The Superpower of Choice, with Deborah Ann Davis, M.Ed., W.I.T.S.

October 15, 2020

In everything we do or say, we have a choice. Even when your child is intensely emotional or explosive — you have a choice in how you respond. You can react in kind and prolong the battle, or you can respond calmly and purposefully to help your child and protect your relationship with them. I’m talking with Deborah Ann Davis, author of “How to Keep Your Daughter from Slamming the Door,” about the superpower of choice all parents possess. Learn how the choices you make in interactions with your children affect their behavior and your relationship.

PAP 106: What We’ve Learned from 35 Expert Interviews — Parenting Summits

PAP 106: What We’ve Learned from 35 Expert Interviews — Parenting Summits

October 8, 2020

Each year, my friend and colleague, Sarah Wayland, PhD and I gather experts in ADHD, autism, and parenting to share their top insights and strategies on raising kids with ADHD and/or autism in our parenting summits. In this episode, we are sharing the best insights we learned from this year's 35 experts, as well as an overview of the Summits and how you can participate in them free. We're covering diagnosis, emotions, behavior, creating calm, school, life during a pandemic and so much more. 

PAP 105: Under Pressure! Insights from a Teen with ADHD, with Penny Williams and Son, Luke

PAP 105: Under Pressure! Insights from a Teen with ADHD, with Penny Williams and Son, Luke

October 1, 2020

This is an episode you should listen to with your neuro-atypical kids! I have been trying to get my son to do an episode of the podcast with me for a couple years, and he finally agreed. In this episode, you'll meet my son, Luke, a nearly 18-year-old with ADHD, ASD, LDs, and a gifted IQ. We jumped on the microphone and found out he has a lot to say about growing up with differences and learning challenges. I posed this question to him: What are some things parents and teachers did for you that really helped you over the years, and what are some things we did that weren't helpful at all, or even harmful. The common message woven throughout our conversation was pressure — how parents and teachers amp it up, and how it causes kids like him to be less able to meet expectations. He also shares what he really needs from the people in his life, and even has a message of hope and perseverance for your kids. So listen in an meet my funny, compassionate, insightful boy who has inspired this podcast and all the work that I do. 

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