Sarah

Kid, You’re Gonna Fail. A pep talk for all of us.

Turn that frown upside down! Fix your attitude! Stop crying! We do a lot to prompt our kids to feel better, and it makes sense: we don’t want our loved ones to hurt. But, could it be that when we try to “fix” what we think of as negative emotions, we make them more intense and long-lasting? This Pep Talk is for any kid who’s had a rough day, week, or school experience. It’s for parents and teachers

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Winter of Wonder: The Magical Detective Trick to Stop Fighting with your Kids

Hey Tribe,

        To risk the cliché, this pandemic has got me reflecting on what really matters, and that line of thought has put some cognitive dissonance in my brain; it’s made space for two competing truths to consider at the same time. And, since I’m working on my own flexible thinking (a super important Executive Function for teachers and other humans), I’m almost enjoying the banter of paradoxical thinking.

       For example, in

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BeeLine Reader: Make Reading On-Screen Easier for your Brain!

On today’s show, we interview the founder of BeeLine Reader, a piece of technology that is improving reading for people across the world! In fact, if you’ve tried the button on our blog, you’ve seen how it can color the text, empowering your brain to engage with deeper comprehension by reducing the cognitive load of reading.

As one student said, “I finally got through a whole paragraph without losing my focus!” And, “It makes the words stop moving around.” Tribe,

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The Paradox of Grades

Hey Tribe!

I gotta start with a cheesy and genuine thank you to our Tribe. I just love when you reach out and share your stories or how the podcast reached you at just the right time. It warms my heart and drives me to do even more for our community of neuro-diverse humans! This week I heard from a few families who are innovating their approaches to school, in part because distance learning is forcing them to, but

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Your Genes Don’t Decide Your Destiny: An interview with Geralyn Spiez

Tribe, 

This interview will rock your brain! Geralyn is an Occupational Therapist, writer, and mom who challenges the medical and educational systems to do better for everyone. You will love her story and unique perspective. She writes on Medium and is the founder of the Down Syndrome Action Plan. Listen to show to find out why Geralyn says, “we have to leave space for our kids to reach their full potentials” and why she passionately

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Executive Function Hacks to Beat Holiday Blues, Even in a Pandemic

Hey Tribe,

 Oh, by Gosh, by Jolly! It’s time for mistletoe and COVID. ☹

The clash between expectation and reality is a struggle for many of us during the holidays; we dream of magical meals and warm traditions and end up with burned, oddly-textured foods eaten by grumpy people you wouldn’t be friends with but see a few times a year out of obligation. Disappointment hides at the bottom of the pile of dishes every year, to some degree.

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Dr. Kirsten Milliken shares why PLAY is good for your brain!

Tribe,

Take a break and have some fun with this week’s interview! Dr. Kirsten Milliken is the author of the book PlayDHD, which teaches us the science behind using PLAY to support our brains! She will explain, using science and experience, why fun is necessary, especially today, and how taking time to play can help you be more successful! She also talks about her awesome new project, WorldofADHD.com, which celebrates the art, lives, and creativity of people with

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An interview: What’s it like to grow up with ADHD?

Tribe, 

I was honored to hear from a listener who wanted to share his story after making it through the school system as a kid with ADHD and ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder). Floyd shares what he found worked, what only worked a little, and how to frame your thinking about your own ADHD brain. His tips will resonate with you! (And, spoiler alert: He made it. He works and is going to school to become an advocate for

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The ONLY safe assumption we can make right now

Hey Tribe,

I just presented to an awesome group of teachers (online for safety, of course) about our EF hacks! Our tribe is sure to grow this week, and we welcome anyone who wants to strategize the struggle with us! Thank you, Tribe, for your super kind words and great ideas this week. I’ve had a few of you reach out with such touching stories, and so many clients shared positive changes and breakthroughs. Other than picking up a

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The BEST plan for Executive Function and Surviving Stress

Tribe,

Fun. Remember fun. Okay, I don’t need to be that dramatic. Fun has not been cancelled. It’s been beat up, boxed in, and diminished quite a bit over the past six months of pandemic survival, but it’s not cancelled. I’m here today to make the argument that fun isn’t just an extra something that we make room for once in a while, when all of the have-tos are done. Today I’m going to teach you why fun

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