Unscripted: Interviewing my 5 year old about emotional regulation & sensory sensitivity

Tune in for this short but sweet episode where I interviewed my 5 year old about some of the things [continue reading]

Interoception: the missing piece to emotional regulation

Have you ever heard of interoception? It’s one of the 8 senses and it’s responsible for alerting us of our [continue reading]

After-school regulation ideas for neurodivergent kids

Many of us are back into the swing of things at school, and with that comes so much more dysregulation! [continue reading]

From whole body listening to everyday regulation with Elizabeth Sautter

From whole body listening to everyday regulation with Elizabeth Sautter Hi everyone! This week I get to share the great [continue reading]

Tips for Building Self Regulation Skills

Co-regulation is something that will always be part of us as human beings. We are social beings and need the interaction, social transaction and intimacy and trust with another human being. But we can’t always rely on others to regulate ourselves, and we do want the ultimate goal for our children to be some version of self-regulation. I want to share with you what you can do now to build towards self regulation. [continue reading]

The “Size of the Problem” Lesson & Why I Don’t Use it Anymore

The size of the problem is a common lesson therapists and teachers use to teach kids emotional regulation skills. As I have learned more about the neurodivergent community, I’ve started thinking about this lesson in a different way and want to share that with you in this episode. Don’t worry, it’s not all bad! [continue reading]

Part 4 of 4: Our Story with SPD

This is the last part of the 4 part series detailing our journey with SPD. Make sure to go back and listen to parts 1-3 for more details.

This is the happy ending I’m happy to share with you all. Through all of our hard work, Liliana is thriving in pre-K and has shown huge improvement with her emotional regulation skills. There’s still a ton of work for us to do, but for now, I’m giving myself a pat on the back. [continue reading]

Why are restaurants so hard for my neurodivergent child and how can I help them?

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Going out to eat at your favorite restaurant might be the highlight of [continue reading]

From your OT bestie: Answering Your OT Questions

Get ready for an info-packed episode on Occupational Therapy to celebrate this wonderful field in OT month (for U.S.). I [continue reading]

Why does my child hate changes in routine?

I’ve always said that when we understand what’s going on beneath a behavior, it opens up so many doors to [continue reading]

Journey from Referral to Recommendations: what to expect (Tips from a Clinical Psychologist)

When we begin to wonder whether our kids would benefit from some kind of evaluation, the next steps can be [continue reading]

How does sensory processing actually work?

Around here, we talk about sensory processing all the time: sensory processing disorder, sensory processing differences, sensory-seeking, sensory-sensitive. But what [continue reading]

How to Talk to Kids about their Nervous System

In this episode, we’re talking about why it’s important to explain to your child how their brain and body communicate. [continue reading]

 Unscripted: Update on our clothing sensitivity journey

Speaker 1 (00:00):Now I want to clarify. Some of you might be hearing this and say, so does she still [continue reading]

Top down vs Bottom up approach

Have you ever heard of therapists use terms like “top down and bottom up approach” to working with behaviors in neurodivergent children? This episode will teach you the difference between the two and help you understand the pros and cons to each approach. [continue reading]

When it’s time to ask for help for your neurodivergent child

So you’ve identified your child may be differently wired, or neurodivergent. Now what? When is it time to seek support for your neurodivergent child? Who do you seek support from? Where do you even start? I’ll be answering all those questions in this episode.
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Unpopular opinion: You should redirect your child’s aggressive behaviors.

Are you struggling with aggressive behavior in children? When you have a neurodivergent child who has 20+ minute long, intense, aggressive meltdowns, sometimes you need to literally roll with the punches, AND keep everyone safe. How do you do that? Redirect those aggressive behaviors to safer alternatives, I’ll teach you how in this episode. [continue reading]

6 Tricks to Get Your Child to Cooperate

Dealing with power struggles and push back from your child when you just want them to clean up, get dressed, [continue reading]

Quiet time for kids: Why you need it and how to start.

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Even when young children drop their last nap, research shows it’s still important for their brain to have downtime and to rest. But how on Earth do you get a young child to stay in their room if they’re not napping? Keep reading to find out more tips. [continue reading]

Judgmental loved ones? How to talk about your child’s neurodiversity.

I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately from parents who are having a hard time explaining their child’s neurodivergent [continue reading]

Bed time battles: Practice strategies and when to work with OT, with Dr. Tina Bryson

Dr. Tina Bryson is going to share some strategies to help you with night time routine struggles. We’ll also talk about how this might look different or be a little harder with a neurodivergent child, and when you might benefit from seeking support from an Occupational Therapist. [continue reading]

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Making the most out of OT services

Making the most out of your child’s OT services (that you had to fight tooth and nail for, go down very deep internet rabbit holes and stalk the local mom group just to find) is important, but how? In this episode, I’ll be answering common questions I get from parents, like what to do if your child isn’t making progress, how you can ask your OT to support you in non-traditional ways, when it might be time to take a break or pause from OT, and even some signs that you may need to switch therapists. [continue reading]

Is it Sensory or Is it Behavior?

All behavior is a form of communication, but sometimes it can be hard to decipher what our children are communicating. When kids hit, kick, spit, punch, throw or push, parents often ask me, “is this sensory or is it behavior?”

I’m here to end that debate once and for all. Well, maybe not end it, but at least help you reframe it.

Because what the real question should be is “What is it my child is trying to communicate with me right now?”

Listen to this episode to hear more about the sensory and behavior link. [continue reading]

Surviving the holidays with an SPD child

Forget thriving, how can we survive the holiday season with a neurodivergent child? Well I don’t have a magic wand, but I do have some tips for you to hopefully set you all up for success. Here’s a hint- it all has to do with building in familiar routines. [continue reading]

Part 3 of 4: Our Story with SPD

I’m kicking off the first season with a 4 part series detailing our journey thus far with SPD. I get real raw and vulnerable sharing a lot of the behind the scenes in our first few years of Liliana’s SPD.

In this episode, I got extremely emotional remembering some of the darkest days in this whole journey. I share a lot of the frustration and other huge emotions that come up when I think about how impactful Liliana’s huge meltdowns were for us and what the turning point was. [continue reading]

Part 2 of 4: Our Story with SPD

I’m kicking off the first season with a 4 part series detailing our journey thus far with SPD. I get real raw and vulnerable sharing a lot of the behind the scenes in our first few years of Liliana’s SPD.

In this episode, I talk about Liliana’s earliest signs of sensory sensitivity and anxiety, how I got a referral for evaluations and why I’m so pissed off at Ironman.

*I did use one explitive at the end of the episode, you’ve been warned ?
In this episode, I talk about our early challenges with sleep, how I “accidentally” sleep trained her, post partum rage and my first feelings of isolation. [continue reading]

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