differently wired

episode twenty-four: Sensory Intensity

In this episode, Heather & Jon discuss the hypersensitive sensory systems that many gifted individuals can experience.  We consider strategies to help regulate these crazy sensual experiences of our gifted kiddos and ourselves!

Mentioned in this episode:  
     Engelbert Humperdinck (& his songs - he's still singing!)

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 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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episode fifteen - Spirituality

In this episode, Heather and Jon welcome Kelly Lamon, pastor at Woodbury Peaceful Grove United Methodist church to discuss all things spiritual.  Fringy kids, whether gifted, autistic, or other types of differently wired, have unique spiritual needs and this episode considers ways to support them on their quests to answers the big questions of life.

Mentioned in this episode:

     Cozy Phones
     We Stand with Love blog
     contact Kelly at klamon@beingthehope.org


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 www.homeschooling2e.com
     Jon would also like it know that he was referring to Ed Harris' character from Apollo 13!  :)

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; burnstherapy@gmail.com
     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 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 seven - self-compassion

As parents, we are often our own worst critics.  Listen to Heather and Jon discuss the practice and benefits of self-compassion.  Parenting our fringy kids (gifted, autistic, special needs, spd, twice exceptional, differently wired), gives us many opportunities to practice the art of self-compassion!

Mentioned in this episode:
     Dr. Kristin Neff's Work on Self-Compassion


episode six - Intensity

Polish psychologist, Kazimierz Dabrowski, identified 5 innate intensities (he called them overexcitabilities - listen to the episode to hear why we call them intensities instead) that are common among gifted individuals.  In this episode, we introduce these intensities and continue to explore the different wired-ness of gifted individuals.

Mentioned in this episode:
     Kazimierz Dabrowski
     Living with Intensity (book)
     Talking with Hands & Learning (article)


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