episode one hundred and three: all things auditory with Shelley Francis

Listen in as Heather and Jon have a great conversation with audiologist and author, Shelley Francis. Shelley shares her insights on misophonia, hyperacusis, auditory processing disorder, and the expanding population of sensory sensitive kids and adults.

Mentioned in this episode:
Shelley Francis
No child left unwrapped
the lake house
human being and becoming

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
— Albert Einstein

episode-ninety nine: all things gaming

Tabletop games can be a favorite pastime for gifted minds.Join Heather and Jon as they chat about their views of gaming and provide a long list of their family favorites.

Mentioned in this episode:
Family games:
Curious George hide+seek Zoo
Sleeping queens
Pass the pandas

Adult games:
Kinder perfect
Pick your poison
Trailer park wars

Preteen +:
Yeti eats alien
Smash up
Golden snitch

Knowledge games:
Mouse trap
The magic labyrinth

Cooperative games:
Hoot owl hoot
Forbidden island


episode ninety-six: intellectual indulgence

Ahh…doesn’t intellectual indulgence sound so warm and cozy and invigorating too? Join Heather and Jon as they talk about intellectual indulgenceand focusing on our kids (and our own!) strenghs and curiosities.

mentioned in this episode:
Astonishing Legends
Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented
Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin HBO movie
Tom Clynes
The boy who played with fusion
Parenthood (movie)

episode ninety-four: finding other parents w/kitty ver kuilen

You know that parenting these Fringy kids of ours is a unique journey that not just anyone can understand. Listen in as Heather speaks with Kitty Ver Kuilen, retired gt coordinator and current WATG board member, about finding other parents who can relate.

mentioned in this episode:
soar gifted camp
john jakes homeland
smart boys book

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has
— Margert Mead

episode ninety-two: how much fringy-ness should we share?

It can be hard to know how much to tell other people about our kids wiring. Do we tell the scout leader? the Sunday school teacher? the friend’s mom? Our own family and friends? Join Heather and Jon as they sort through how much and how to talk to family, friends, and others about all the Fringy stuff. PLUS - a new segment in which we give tips on how to find a good fitting neuropsych or therapist.

episode ninety-one: when the shininess of a new school year is over

We are coming up to October; the time of year when the excitement of a new school year fades and the behaviors start popping up. Listen in as Heather and Jon talk about the reasons for the change in behavior, how to see beneath the behavior, and how to survive through it all! There may or may not be a few (hopefully relatable!) rants mixed in, too.

mentioned in this episode:
prodigy (the band)
prodigy (the online math game)
Dr death podcast
sword and scale podcast

episode ninety - Can't we just follow the IEP?

Some years are easy, some years . . . . not so much, but either way it seems like it takes a few days (weeks? months?!) every school year to get back on track with the tools and strategies that were developed for our fringy kiddos the year before. join Heather and Jon as they chat about ways to advocate for your kid.

mentioned in this episode:
compendium press
Minnesota social services association
Colorado gifted conference
Wisconsin gifted conference
children come first conference
Texas gifted conference

episode eighty-eight: shameless parenting with sara dean

Join Heather & Jon as they chat with Sara Dean from the Shameless Mom Academy!  Sara is passionate about helping parents maintain their own identity in the midst of the child-rearing mayhem.  The chat goes a bit all over the place, from shamelessly sharing your story to fitness to fighting against all the -isms and more.  Enjoy!

Mentioned in this episode:
Sara Dean
Sara Dean Facebook group
"this will be my undoing" by Morgan Jerkins
"published" by chandler bolt

The way we do anything is the way we do everything.
— Martha Beck

episode eighty-seven: differently wired with Debbie Reber

Today we are SO excited to have Debbie Reber on the Talky Bit. You may know her from her podcast or her books, and we're discussing what it is like to home school and be differently wired across the Pond, adapting to change, and understanding neurodiversity in general.  

Mentioned in this episode:
Tilt parenting With Debbie Reber
"Differently wired" by Debbie Reber
Shots of awe with Jason Silva
Brain games
"Breakfast of champions" by Kurt Vonnegut
"Notes from a small island" by Bill Bryson
"A separate peace" by John Knowles
Panda cuddler job

I’ll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time.
— from Broadcast News
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
— neale donald walsch