episode twenty-one: Getting Breaks and Couple Stuff

In this episode of the Fringy Bit podcast, Jon and Heather discuss self-care and couple-care.  How do we make sure our relationships remain strong and allow for time away from our Fringy (gifted, autistic, SPD, 2e, differently wired) kiddos?!

Mentioned in this episode:
     Wisconsin Association for the Talented and Gifted (WATG) 2016 conference

episode eighteen - for the days you just don't want to be a fringy parent

We all have days when we'd simply like to "tag out" of parenting.  In this episode, Heather and Jon talk about one of those days and consider strategies to help those days go as best as possible, or at the very least, to rebound from those days successfully.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Sensory Subscription Box
     Power Poses
     WATG Conference, October 13 & 14, 2016

And don't miss out! This week's contest:
     Do you like to be referred to as a "bit"?  Like us on Facebook, reply to the contest post with either yes, call me a bit!  Or No, we should be called _______, and you'll be entered for our next prize drawing!  You have until Thursday, Sept 29th, 2016 to enter!

episode seventeen - Transitions

If you have a differently wired kiddo, you know that transitions can be difficult.  In this episode, Heather and Jon talk strategies to help manage these transitions more smoothly.

Mentioned in this episode:
     the video games - Journey & Flower
     Journey soundtrack by Austin Wintory

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Bonus Bit #2

In this bonus episode, Heather & Jon address a bit's question about finding support.  We explore how to know when more formal support, such a therapy, is warranted, and how to find the right providers.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Listing of State Gifted Associations
     SENG Provider List

Helpful Resources to Learn More about Giftedness, for yourself or to share with your therapist:
     Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults
     Living with Intensity
    A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children

episode sixteen - Imaginational Intensity

Join Heather and Jon as they discuss the creative side of gifted kiddos.  In this episode we consider the pros and cons of having intense imaginations and strategies to help manage these creative minds.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Traveler's Notebook
     Nightmares vs Night Terrors
     Ha-Ha, Jonathan Boorman!  I did find a way to make a recorder out of a tube and found it in 10
           seconds on the first search!

episode fourteen - They Just Don't Understand

In this episode, Heather & Jon discuss the reality that family and friends without a differently wired kid, simply don't understand.  Sadly, this can result in well-meaning loved ones making some misguided and unhelpful suggestions or comments.  Listen as Heather and Jon talk through how to deal with this.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Chew Beads
     "Car Repair - My Own Private Hell" from
     Jon would also like it know that he was referring to Ed Harris' character from Apollo 13!  :)

episode thirteen - the insatiably curious

In lucky episode number 13, Heather & Jon discuss all things intellectually intense.  Learn strategies to keep your own sanity while you're raising a child who asks questions morning, noon, and night.  Additionally, hear about a fantastic product and a fantastically awful trip to the doctor!

Mentioned in this episode:
     Nesel Pack
     Boorman Counseling

episode twelve - Fringy Siblings from a Grown-Ups Perspective

Here's the second part of our 2 episode series on being a sibling of a Fringy Kid.  In this episode, Heather & Jon are joined by Katie Robinson, licensed mental health therapist with Catalyst Mental Health in Bloomington, MN.  Katie also has the distinction of being both a parent of a Fringy Kid, and a sibling of a Fringy Kid.

Mentioned in this episode:

Catalyst Mental Health
Book - Raising a Sensory Smart Child
Book - The Out of Sync Child has Fun

episode eleven - Fringy Siblings from a Kid's Perspective

Siblings of Fringy Kids have their own unique needs and experiences.  This episode is the first of a 2-part series in which Heather & Jon interview Fringy Sibs.  In this one, we interview Cub, who shares his perspective as an 11 year old big brother to a KBear who has sensory processing disorder and traits of autism.

Mentioned in this episode:
Zones of Regulation

episode ten - guilt

The Fringy Bit welcomes Brian Burns of Burns Family Consulting to the podcast!  Brian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and talks to Heather and Jon about ways to manage guilt effectively.

Mentioned in the Show:
     Burns Family Consulting offices in Hudson, WI & Woodbury, MN;
     My Name is Asher Lev
     There is an upside to mosquitoes . . . learn what it is here

Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.
— Anonymous

episode nine - Why won't you just SIT STILL!!!

This episode focuses on the joys and challenges of psychomotor intensity.  Heather & Jon will guide you through strategies to help you tolerate (and appreciate) your constantly moving fringy kid (gifted, autism, spd, 2e, differently wired).

Mentioned in this episode:
     101 Homeschool Ideas, Brian Ricks (episode 85 for dinner game ideas)
     Therapy Shoppe (for fidgets & more!)
     Cosmic Yoga
     goNoodle Brain Breaks
     SENG Misdiagnosis Initiative

episode eight - This is NOT a vacation!

Inspired by a friend in the Fringy Bit Community, this episode is dedicated to discussing, problem solving, and finding the humor in vacationing with our fringy families.

gifted, autism, differently wired, 2e, twice exceptional, spd, parenting, support, family, vacation

Mentioned in this episode: 
     What are Social Stories
     Computer programs, apps, websites to help create Social Stories

episode five - Fun??

In this episode, Heather and Jon talk about fringy fun.  In reality, they discuss the fact that being gifted, being autistic, being differently wired can actually feel like the fun gets sucked right out of life, and how can we, as parents, cope with that.

Mentioned in this episode:

          seat belt covers