episode sixty: Back to School!

It's that time of year for many students . . . Back to School!  And while this can be exciting or dreaded or anxiety-producing, for our Fringy Families, it's often a magical mixture of all the Big Feels.  Join Heather & Jon as we chat all things back to school.

Mentioned in this episode:
     2enewsletter
     episode 52 on Executive Functioning with Scott Lutostanski

episode fifty-nine: vestibular sense

Join Heather and Jon as they talk about ears, getting dizzy, and the vestibular sense.  Many of our differently wired kiddos have differently wired senses of balance and movement.  This episode will talk about ways to meet those differing needs.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Atypical
     The Good Doctor
     Brains On!  Podcast
     super smooth ceiling spinner for DIY vestibular fun

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episode fifty-seven: Co-Parenting a Meltdown

When you have a differently wired kid (gifted, 2e, asd, spd, adhd, etc), meltdowns happen.  When meltdowns happen in the midst of 2 parents, it is inevitable that you both will see things differently and have your own unique ways of intervening.  Join Heather & Jon as they discuss the challenges of co-parenting through a meltdown.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Renegade
     Office Space
     Cosmic Yoga

 

episode fifty-six: discipline & the legalistic kid

These differently wired kids of ours can be a challenge to guide, correct, and discipline.  Whether autism, sensory processing, adhd, giftedness, or some magical 2e mixture of them all, these differences can often tempt us into power struggles and other unhelpful strategies.  The struggle is real, but in this episode, Heather & Jon do their best to give some practical ways to lead our children (and ourselves!) through it.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Your Rainforest Mind, by Paula Prober
     SENG Conference
     Deb Douglas & self-advocacy
     Ross Greene & Collaborative Problem Solving
     Brene Brown & Shame

episode fifty-five Perseverance

Heather and Jon are SO excited to welcome Simon Calcavecchia to the Fringy Bit podcast!  Simon is the author and creator of the Frank and Mustard series and shares his story of living with quadriplegia.  During the interview, we talk about ways to foster perseverance and a resilient mindset with our differently wired kiddos.  

Mentioned in this episode:
     Frank & Mustard books/music
     Positive Disability Language
     Rugby Scrum
     Animal Man

 

Do or do not, there is no try.
— Yoda

episode fifty-four: 2e testing; a parent's perspective

Figuring out just what is going on with our twice exceptional kiddos is extremely challenging.  Is it giftedness?  Is it autism?  Is it sensory processing disorder? ADHD?  Non-verbal learning disability?  Vision issues?  Dyslexia?  AHHHHHH!  It's so complex!  Heather and Jon discuss their experiences as the parents trying to figure out what is going on with one of these complex kiddos and the difficulties of testing.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Ballz
     Kami 2
     Frank & Mustard

episode fifty-three: choosing camps and activities

Choosing the right fit in a summer camp or activity can be tricky for our differently wired kiddos.  Whether gifted, 2e, adhd, asd, spd, or other differences, our kids often don't fit the typical age range or interests as other kids.  Heather and Jon chat about ways to find the right fit of activities for your kiddo.

Mentioned in this episode:
Silicon Valley
Hoagies' Gifted Blog Hop:  Balancing Boredom and Burnout
SENG's annual conference

episode fifty-two: executive functioning

We're back for Season 2!  And Scott Lutostanski, the director of academic consulting at Galin Education, is joining Heather & Jon to share his wisdom about executive functioning skills.  Whether your kiddo has ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing, or is gifted, you've probably encountered some executive functioning challenges.  Learn tips to help foster these important skills while nurturing your child's identity.

For more info about Galin Education or to contact Scott directly, email him at scott@galined.com or visit galined.com

Books mentioned in this episode:
     No Mind Left Behind
     Late, Lost, and Unprepared
     Smart but Scattered
     Molecules of Emotion
     Last Train to Memphis
 

 

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
— Wayne Gretzky

episode fifty-one: Yuck - Spring

While Spring brings about new growth, bright sunshine, and warmer weather, it also tends to bring crazy behaviors, more meltdowns, and general dis-ease among our fringy kids.  In this episode, Heather and Jon discuss why our differently-wired, gifted, 2e, autistic, SPD, ADHD kiddos might have a rough time in the Spring and things we can do to muddle through.

Mentioned in this episode:
     High-Tide / Low-Tide Homeschooling
 

episode fifty: 50 Things We've Learned Being Fringy Parents

In celebration of FIFTY episodes, we're listing off 50 things we've learned on our journey of raising 3 fringy (gifted, 2e, autism, spd, differently wired) kiddos.  We talk about everything from self-care to the ways different family members come accept fringy-ness to books read by Batman.  

Mentioned in this episode:
     "Extreme Ownership"
     The Tim Ferriss Show
     The Joe Rogan Podcast
     Brene Brown's TedTalk

episode forty-nine: underestimating, meltdowns from praise, and baseball

On this episode, Heather & Jon talk about the magical mix of dyspraxia and baseball.  As fringy parents, it's easy to underestimate what our differently wired kids are capable of.  Join Heather and Jon as they talk about giving our kids a chance to surprise us.  Also talked about - why differently wired kids might have trouble tolerating compliments, praise, and pleasant emotions, too.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Make It OK
     DBT

episode forty-eight: Proprioceptive Sense

In this episode of the Fringy Bit, Heather and Jon talk all things proprioceptive. Many of our fringy kids (gifted, asd, 2e, spd, adhd, and other differently wired kiddos) struggle to get the right amount of proprioceptive input, which can lead to aggression, clumsiness, meltdowns, and more.  Join Heather and Jon as they share info, stories, and possible helps!

Mentioned in this Episode:
     Gold's Gym Weighted Vest

And a correction - KBear was listening to the podcast as I was editing it and she wanted to be sure all you bits know she actually has 8 pounds of weight in her vest, not 5.  :) 

episode forty-seven: Let's Talk About Sex

As if the title doesn't give it away, in this episode, Heather and Jon talk about how to talk to your fringy kids (gifted, asd, 2e, spd, etc) about sex.

Mentioned in this episode:
    Monument Valley
    MC Escher

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episode forty-six: Gifted in Middle School

The Fringy Bit welcomes Katie, Maddy, and Drew, 3 middle school gifted girls!  Listen to the conversation as they explain giftedness from their perspective and give great insight and suggestions for the adults around them.

Mentioned in this Episode:
     The Book of Henry (movie)
     Katie's Books:  Beneath the Ashes of Solitary & Sea of Variables
     Mysterious Benedict Society
     The Book Thief
     Tales from Shadow Hunger Academy
     Twilight

"Not all who wander are lost"
"I've not failed - I've found 10,000 ways that won't work"
"Pulvis et umbra sumus. (We are but dust and shadow)"

episode forty-five: Smells Like Gifted

If you haven't heard #giftedmovie is out in select cities and will soon be released nationwide.  Hear Jon, Heather, and Cub talk the pros and cons of the movie as they see it.  And then join Heather & Jon as they discuss two more senses . . . taste and smell.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Gifted

Enter the contest!
     You have 2 ways to be entered to win a gift package from "Gifted".  Do them both and you get 2 entries!
     1 - leave a review of the Fringy Bit podcast on itunes, take a screenshot of your review and email it to contact@thefringybit.com
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episode forty-four: Auditory Processing Tidbits

In this episode, Heather & Jon discuss auditory issues and strategies to help your fringy child (gifted, autism, adhd, spd) cope.

Mentioned in this episode:
     "Different" by Sally Clarkson & Nathan Clarkson
     "Gifted" movie

Enter the contest!
     You have 2 ways to be entered to win a gift package from "Gifted".  Do them both and you get 2 entries!
     1 - leave a review of the Fringy Bit podcast on itunes, take a screenshot of your review and email it to contact@thefringybit.com
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episode forty-three: Relationships Part 5 - Your Adult Relationship

Fringy kids can wreak havoc on any adult relationship.  Join Heather and Jon in this episode, as they talk a bit about relationships and ways to keep your primary adult relationship strong.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Alan Partridge, bit one
     Gifted, the movie

Enter the contest!
     You have 2 ways to be entered to win a gift package from "Gifted".  Do them both and you get 2 entries!
     1 - leave a review of the Fringy Bit podcast on itunes, take a screenshot of your review and email it to contact@thefringybit.com
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episode forty-two: Relationships Part 4 - Bullying

Unfortunately, many of our differently wired loved ones have to deal with bullies.  In this episode, Heather & Jon begin to scratch the surface of the topic of bullies.  In it they discuss the myth that bullies have low self-esteem and introduce a few skills that our bullied kiddos can be taught.

episode forty-one: Relationships Part 3 - Family Structure

Oh families!  They are lovely and complicated and so much more when impacted by fringy-ness.  In this episode, Heather & Jon discuss the structures of families.  In particular, they respond to an article that has been circling the internet about the roles of children within a family.  Share your thoughts on the Fringy Bit Facebook page.

Mentioned in this episode:
     The Article