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When your neurodivergent child is socially AND physically awkward, with Niki McGlynn physically awkward socially awkward Apr 15, 2024

I really love learning new things, especially when those things help me figure out more about myself. I had no idea that was going to be the case when I scheduled an interview with this week's guest, Niki McGlynn.

 

The more Niki talked about her work with primitive reflexes, the more I...

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Who is your child, really? adhd identity autistic identity Apr 08, 2024

One of the most important needs we all have as humans (once our basic needs are met) is the need to be seen for who we are. 

 

If you think about the people in your life that are the most important to you, chances are it's because they make you feel seen for who you are. They...

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Balancing parent and child boundaries, with Rose Clark child boundaries language of listening love the way you parent parent boundaries Apr 01, 2024

Have you ever noticed how much the way you were raised influences the way you parent/teach? Honestly, I think it was a big factor in my decision to NOT have kids.

 

These human brains of ours only know what we've been exposed to, so they carry on with what we have been taught or have...

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What to do when your autistic/ADHD child doesn't have friends adhd no friends autism no friends Mar 25, 2024

The number one reason parents register their kids for either the group program here at Starfish Social Club or my 1/1 support is because they recognize their child doesn't have friends. This can be a very emotional and pivotal point for parents.

 

But you know what event may be even...

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Empowering strategies for neurodivergent kids, with DJ Nicholson adhd classroom strategies autism classroom strategies graphic organizers Mar 04, 2024

One of the things I really enjoy about being an adult is being able to figure out what I need to be happy and functional. It has taken me a while to be honest, but I'm grateful to have the autonomy to know what I need and be able to integrate the things I need into my life.

 

Our kids often...

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Helping neurodivergent kids understand relationships adhd how to make friends autism how to make friends i don't care about friends what is a friend Feb 26, 2024

My main goal here at Starfish Social Club is helping kids learn the skills and strategies that make it easier for them to make friends. While we all notice when our kids are struggling socially, I don't think we always realize how much it can impact the quality of their lives. 

 

I came...

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Sensory strategies your neurodivergent kid doesn't know they need, with Hanna Munro adhd sensory autism sensory sensory processing strategies Feb 19, 2024

When I was little, the situation that was most likely to cause me to melt down was having to wear shoes. I HATED wearing shoes. I spent a lot of my childhood in Jellies. (If you don't remember Jellies, they were my generation's version of Crocs.)  

 

One of the big challenges with...

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Helping neurodivergent kids connect through conversations adhd conversations autism conversations Feb 12, 2024

Welcome back!

 Have you ever thought about how much your ability to communicate shapes your life?

 This has been on my mind a lot recently. From moving to a place where I don't know anyone to traveling to countries where English isn't the native language, I've become very aware of...

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Turning social skills into social trades, with Daniel Snead adhd employment autism employment social trades Feb 05, 2024

I am often part of conversations about the need to parent and teach our nontraditional kids in nontraditional ways. Sometimes I'm even leading these discussions. Usually this has to do with the way we utilize incentives, consequences, resources, accommodations, teaching strategies,...

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Building social awareness in autistic and ADHD kids adhd social awareness autism social awareness Jan 29, 2024

The number one concern I hear from parents is that their child or teen or young adult doesn't have friends. That is by far the primary reason parents enroll their kiddos in my program.

The second most common observation parents share with me is that their kiddo doesn't get social clues and...

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Understanding big feelings, with Jessica Sinarski adhd emotional regulation autism emotional regulation neurodivergent emotional regulation Jan 22, 2024

I've been noticing a lot of articles and posts lately about emotional regulation. I've even seen it mentioned that difficulty with regulating emotions is the ONE symptom of ADHD that everyone who is diagnosed experiences. 

 

Because of this, terms like 'overreactive',...

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Teaching neurodivergent kids how to create the reputation they want adhd being friendly adhd being funny adhd being smart autism being friendly autism being funny autism being smart social skills being smart social skills feedback social skills reputation Jan 15, 2024

I often struggle to describe exactly what I teach to the students in the program here at Starfish. Partly because my ADHD brain has a hard time translating my thoughts into words sometimes, and partly because there is just SO much that goes on here!  

 

I usually use the term 'social...

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