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ADHD & AUTISM EXPERT SESSIONS
When your complex kid behaves in frustrating and confusing ways, it can be for many reasons. Some kids have imperfect emotional intelligence, others have difficulty expressing their needs, and nearly all of them struggle with self-regulation. Building your child’s emotional awareness, language and communication skills, and co-regulating with your child — offering your calm — improve your child’s behavior while also restoring your relationship with your child.
This collection of expert sessions features 10 different experts in the fields of ADHD, autism, child development, social emotional learning, and self-regulation. Each session will help you understand and improve your child’s emotional intelligence and self-regulation skills, taking into account the particular challenges that kids with ADHD and/or autism sometimes experience. These experts share insights about how to improve emotional intelligence, the effect of stress on emotions and dysregulation, the importance of being a calm parent, and strategies for calming your emotional child with neurodevelopmental differences.
Join us on a journey of discovery where you will learn how to nurture your child while bringing peace to your entire family. Our goal is to help you understand your child while sharing strategies that will help you learn about:
Emotional intelligence includes understanding how your emotions feel, having the language to describe them, and understanding how emotions look in others. Our experts will teach you how to build these skills which will, in turn, reduce emotional intensity.
If your child is living each day in a state of high-alert, it doesn't take much to push them over the threshold to dysregulation. Listen to these talks to learn how to be the safe person your child needs to be able to decrease their stress level.
Are you co-escalating or co-regulating? Parents often react to their kids' outbursts with the same intensity they are experiencing from their kids, but that only escalates the situation. Instead, parents need to lend their calm to their kids, so their kids can learn to self-regulate.
Calming an emotional child — especially a child with ADHD and/or autism — requires customized tools and strategies. Our speakers share some of their favorite common calming strategies and walk you through the process of determining what will work best for your child.
Sharon Saline, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist & author of What Your Child with ADHD Wishes You Knew
Big feelings can be a challenge to manage for kids with ADHD and/or autism — kids who are often more sensivite and likely don’t have the self-awareness, regulation, and emotional communication skills to appropriately navigate their emotions. Plus, parents can struggle with big feelings, too. Sharon Saline, PsyD, discusses how to help our kids navigate and regulate their big emotions, and how parents can remain calm to keep everyone’s big emotions from becoming explosive.
Kelly Mahler, M.S., OTR/L
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Author of Beyond Behaviors
“How are you feeling?” It seems like such a simple question, but it’s not, and it’s especially not if your “interoceptive sense” doesn’t work the same way as other people’s. To answer the question, you need to know how your body is feeling (Sweaty hands? Empty tummy? Achy muscles?), how that feeling relates to a state (Nervous? Hungry? Worked out too long?), and what action to take (Use calming strategies? Eat? Take a day off from the gym?). In this fascinating exploration of the interoceptive sense, Kelly Mahler explains how to help your child learn to understand how they are feeling and what to do with those feelings once they understand them.
Sarah Wayland, Ph.D.
RDI® Consultant, Parent Coach, Special Needs Care Navigator
Understanding how neurodiverse brains works (and don’t work), as well as the impact of emotions and stress, will help you understand your child better. And understanding your child better means helping your child more effectively.
Listen as Sarah Wayland, PhD, and Penny Williams explore how the brain works, the impact of stress and emotions on cognitive functioning, and the differences in physiological functioning specific to neurodiverse brains. By understanding the challenges your neurodiverse child may be navigating, it will be easier to determine more effective approaches for helping them.
Laura Sibbald, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Co-Author of Parenting Toolbox
One of the primary things children have to learn as they grow up is how to recover when they experience a big emotion. Some kids just seem to learn how to do it through experience, but other kids need explicit guidance. In this interview, Laura Sibbald describes strategies that she has used with teachers to help them build trust and teach their students emotional advocacy and self-regulation skills, including how to build a sense of safety, trust, and positive regard, how to establish healthy coping skills and encourage problem-solving to empower your child and give them confidence.
Jackie Flynn, Ed.S., LMHC, RPT
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, EMDR Therapist
Kids with ADHD and/or autism are shown to often have much lower self-esteem and internal values of self-worth. This is a unwanted reality for many growing up with neurodifferences. In light of that, parents who are raising neurodiverse kids need to be much more mindful of their child’s self-awareness and work harder to offer frequent successes for their kids.
Listen in as Jackie Flynn and Penny Williams discuss not only tips and strategies to boost your child’s confidence and self-esteem, but parenting pitfalls to be aware of that actually damage a child’s self-esteem more. Learn why self-esteem and self-worth are crucial for all kids, bust especially for neurodiverse kids.
Kari Dunn Buron
Co-Author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale
Neurodiverse kids sometimes have a hard time understanding how their actions appear to others. But when we point out how it is coming across, they can become defensive or upset, because no one likes being told they are doing something wrong.
In this interview, Kari Dunn Buron describes several techniques she likes to use to help neurodiverse kids learn how they are coming across, and how to self-regulate. These include the Incredible 5-Point Scale, paired with a social story that describes what the different scale levels look like and how to change your level to one that is expected for the current environment. She also describes how to use video self-modeling in which children make a video of themselves using the techniques they have chosen to successfully self-regulate. With real-life stories, she helps us understand that kids want to learn these skills – we just have to do it in a way that makes sense to them.
Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
Author of The Out of Sync Child, Sensory Expert
Modern brain science is proving the large role sensory processing plays in human behavior. Not only is sensory the way we process our environment and what’s happening around us to trigger responses, but it can also be a vital part of how we regulate our bodies and emotions within those responses. In this session, sensory guru and author of “The Out-of-Sync Child,” Carol Stock Kranowitz discusses sensory tools and activities to calm kids with ADHD and/or autism. This session will fill your parenting toolbox.
Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Parent Coach, Author of What to Do Guides for Kids & Outsmarting Worry
Parents often don’t know how to help their kids through anxiety when no amount of rationalizing makes a difference. And, so often, what looks like aggression and other negative behavior can be attributed to anxiety, even though it looks like anything but. In this interview, anxiety expert Dr. Dawn Huebner helps parents understand what their anxious child is going through and provides strategies that help anxious kids reduce their anxiety and thus the accompanying struggle.
Adam Pletter, Psy.D.
Child Psychologist, Founder of iParent101
Our kids are digital natives, and unfortunately many parents are not. Furthermore, the lure of video games and social media can be difficult to resist, especially if you have ADHD or autism. In this interview, Dr. Adam Pletter explains why social media is so engaging for our kids, and how parents can work with their kids to develop healthy habits, and learn to self-regulate around electronics use. You will also learn about the special challenges of this work when kids are learning remotely.
Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S.
Executive Function Consultant, Veteran Educator
Everyone fails. Some, like kids with executive function challenges, fail more than others. Each failure brings negative emotions – guilt, and disappointment. These smaller emotions become stronger feelings of anxiety, shame and even loneliness if one is repeatedly rejected because of their errors. Each time these negative emotions are experienced, another brick is placed into that person’s Wall of Awful. In this interview, Brendan Mahan explains how the Wall of Awful is the emotional barrier that prevents kids from initiating tasks and taking the risks necessary to make and reach their goals. It is the emotional consequence of having ADHD and/or autism and it must be understood to be overcome.
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Meet the coaches and special needs moms who created the parenting summits and experts libraries
Parent Coach. RDI® Consultant. Special Needs Care Navigator.
Sarah Wayland, Ph.D. founded her company, Guiding Exceptional Parents, to help parents learn how to confidently and effectively help their children with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, and other brain-based differences at home, at school, and in the community.
In addition to hosting trainings, lecturing, and working with individual clients, Sarah is co-editor of the book Technology Tools for Students with Autism, and has written articles for the 2e Newsletter, Washington Parent Magazine, and the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum.
Parenting ADHD/Autism Coach. Award-Winning Author. Speaker.
Penny Williams trains and coaches parents raising kids with ADHD and/or autism. She’s the parent of a son with ADHD and autism, and the award-winning author of four books on parenting kids with ADHD, including Boy Without Instructions.
Penny is the founder of ParentingADHDandAutism.com, host of the Parenting ADHD Podcast, facilitator for the Happy Mama Retreat, and a frequent contributor on parenting and children with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine.
Get 10 expert video sessions for just $47 U.S. That’s less than $5 per session!