Join Genia in discussion with other parents, thought leaders and visionaries about helping young children with intellectual disabilities get the good things in life. Want your child to go to school, make friends, play on teams and have a bright future? Join the conversation. Good things in life is for families with vision about what is possible and how to achieve it. Whether your child has cerebral palsy, down syndrome, angelman syndrome, autism or a mild learning disability, Good Things in Life podcast can help you figure out how to take action to protect your child from harm and work towards a good life.
Reacting to behaviour: To connect or protect? - Amy Chavez
This week on the podcast my guest, Amy Chavez, and I have a fascinating conversation about our central nervous system and how it relates to difficult behaviour.
Amy explains that our nervous system seeks to do only two things. Connect or protect. That’s it. End of story. No other options.
Which begs the question, do we want people with disabilities to connect with us or feel they need to protect themselves from us.
Which then leads us to examine how we try to support people who are labelled as having difficult behaviours to stop behaving in distressing ways and how we respond when a situation arises.
This episode is a must listen if you have ever encountered someone whose behaviour is difficult to cope with or if you have ever reacted in a way that didn’t feel good. I’m definitely in that camp. Are you?
The Values of Inclusion require a stretch! With Heather Simmons
Heather’s Values Of Inclusion are a pattern interrupt that challenge us to stretch and deepen our understanding of what inclusion really means and what it calls on each of us to believe and live out if we want inclusion to exist in our communities.
If you aren’t sure you buy into inclusion for all people then this episode will be thought provoking. If you are sure you do buy into inclusion for all people then this episode will help you reflect and maybe even identify where you need to stretch.
Get to the full shownotes here.
Understanding trauma and behaviour with Sarah Buffie
This week on the podcast, Sarah Buffie helps me better understand difficult behaviour.
Our conversation covers trauma, what happens in our bodies when we are triggered by someone else’s behaviour and what we can do about it.
It is a fascinating conversation and one I hope to continue as I deepen my ability to be with people who are struggling and expressing themselves through behaviour that I find difficult to cope with.
The challenge of behaviour isn’t the behaviour with Yeiter
My new friend, Yeiter, wrote a book call Lessons In Listening and it challenges the popular behaviour modification approaches to supporting people with behaviours that are labelled as difficult.
In addition to his listening skills, ability to empathize and connect with others who are often villainized and ostracized, Yeiter is a lovely storyteller.
In this episode of the podcast, Yeiter tells the story of Michelle. Yeiter’s first job was to put Michelle in an isolation room - until he figured out that connecting with her worked better than forcing her into seclusion.
Yeiter goes on to tell other stories of connection and support that are troubling, heartwarming and deep lessons for all of us on the power of listening deeply.
You can read the full show notes here and download a free copy of Yeiter's book, Lessons In Listening, here courtesy of Yeiter and Inclusion Press.
Journey Out of Silence with Christine Robinson
Christine Robinson, wife of late author William (Bill) Rush, joins me to talk about Bill’s book, Journey Out Of Silence.
Journey Out Of Silence is an autobiography chronicling Bill’s early life in therapy based segregated programming to his graduation from the University of Nebraska.
Bill, an articulate journalist with cerebral palsy who used a speech generating device, talks about his parents’ efforts and failures, his experience of segregated education, his pursuit of normal intimate relationships and the liberation he experienced when people treated the environment around him as the problem instead of his disability as the problem.
Christine helps bring Bill’s voice to life in this interview.
You won’t want to miss it.
Demystifying Disability with Emily Ladau
Have you ever had a moment when you just weren’t sure what to say or do in relation to someone who has a disability? Perhaps you were nervous that you would say or do the wrong thing and offend someone?
There are lots of good people out there - you are probably one of them - who want to address ableism in themselves but are frankly too nervous to put themselves out there are risk messing up.
This week on the podcast I interviewed Emily Ladau. Emily is the author of Demystifying Disability.
Emily says, “the goal of demystifying disability was not to be the definitive encyclopedia or Bible on disability. It wasn't to speak for every single disabled person. It wasn't to say that I am the authority and the expert on disability because I'm none of those things, right?
I'm only one person, but it was just my way of offering an overture, offering a way to bridge the gap for so many people who maybe don't know how to talk about disability, the language to use, maybe don't know about some of the history. Maybe they're not sure about media representation or etiquette. And I wanted to say, Hey, here's a safe place to start.”
Emily’s book might just be what you are looking for. If you don’t need a primer on disability, I’m sure you know someone who does.
Not sure? Listen to the episode here.
I am a mom of a child with an IDD. I love the variety of guests and the positive attitude that the systems can improve. I learn something from each podcast
Amazing podcasts. A great resource to understand more everything related to disabilities and the value of inclusion for all.
So much useful information
I"m about halfway. through the back catalogue of podcasts - these are an amazing treasure trove. For me, they strike the right balance between big vision inspiration and practical encouragement to take next steps - so important when you're feeling overwhelmed. I really appreciate where Genia talks through problems she's struggling with - I find that knowing other families are struggling with similar issues really helps me keep trying. The guest speakers provide exception expertise and inspiration - Janet Klees is a favorite.