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As a parent, you want to know you’re doing the right things to help your kids grow up to be healthy, successful, well-adjusted people who lead productive lives and make an impact on the world. But what if you could raise your kids to be independent and self-sufficient without sacrificing your own ambitions, sense of identity, and sanity? Listen in as Dr. Karen shares insights for parents and kids with diverse learning needs and family structures through her own experiences and guest interviews. With over 15 years of experience supporting school-age kids, Dr. Karen is here to show you how we can all work together to make this world a more inclusive, accepting place by offering practical day-to-day solutions and actionable advice for supporting systemic change now and for future generations. Disclaimer: The information in this show should not be considered medical or legal advice, and should not be used to diagnose or treat any specific medical condition.

Are they 18 yet?‪™‬ Dr. Karen Dudek-Brannan

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As a parent, you want to know you’re doing the right things to help your kids grow up to be healthy, successful, well-adjusted people who lead productive lives and make an impact on the world. But what if you could raise your kids to be independent and self-sufficient without sacrificing your own ambitions, sense of identity, and sanity? Listen in as Dr. Karen shares insights for parents and kids with diverse learning needs and family structures through her own experiences and guest interviews. With over 15 years of experience supporting school-age kids, Dr. Karen is here to show you how we can all work together to make this world a more inclusive, accepting place by offering practical day-to-day solutions and actionable advice for supporting systemic change now and for future generations. Disclaimer: The information in this show should not be considered medical or legal advice, and should not be used to diagnose or treat any specific medical condition.

    Building accountability and motivation in kids with ADHD (with Mike McLeod)

    Building accountability and motivation in kids with ADHD (with Mike McLeod)

    When it comes to working with kids who have ADHD, it’s easy to mistake skill-based issues with behavioral issues.
    That’s why in this interview, I sit down with Mike McLeod, a speech-language pathologist who specializes in ADHD and executive functioning. During this conversation, Mike shares:
    ✅Red flags of executive dysfunction, how it relates to organization and time management, and why it’s so common in kids with ADHD.
    ✅What the “argument vortex” is, and the reason kids would rather argue with parents than get their work completed (even with simple tasks).
    ✅Why kids with ADHD have such a hard time getting motivated to start work, and what parents can do to support them when this happens.
    ✅Common myths about time management, accountability, and intelligence as it relates to people who have ADHD or related conditions.
    If you’re supporting a child with ADHD, this is a must listen. Mike has a wealth of knowledge from his work with students and families, and shares a ton of great insights that will help you understand some of your kid’s most challenging habits and tendencies.

    If you’re a parent who wants to set your kids up for success as adults, then then you’re going to love this free parent guide, which I mentioned in this episode. In this guide, I share the set of skills that kids need in order to stay organized, focused, and motivated during their day-to-day tasks like chores and homework: https://drkarendudekbrannan.com/parentguide

    • 34 min
    Positive Reinforcement: Does it really help motivate kids?

    Positive Reinforcement: Does it really help motivate kids?

    When I worked in the school systems, rewards and behavior charts were a common practice. Even in my training to be a therapist, “positive reinforcement” was often a go-to strategy for managing behaviors and motivating kids to do “non-preferred” tasks.
    The problem was that for a lot of kids it didn’t work. And what was even worse…sometimes it worked TEMPORARILY, but as soon as the reward went away, so did the motivation to do the task.
    It left me wondering if relying on external rewards is really helping to build the skills kids need to be independent, intrinsically motivated, responsible people with a good work ethic.
    I also found myself wondering if “motivation” (or lack there of) was really the problem in the first place.
    That’s why in this episode I talk about motivation and positive reinforcement for kids who procrastinate, rush through work, struggle to stay organized, or who show impulsive behaviors (often associated with ADHD and related conditions).
    Specifically, I share:
    ✅Why using rewards often doesn’t work when kids are procrastinating and refusing to do work.
    ✅Why “motivation” is often misunderstood, and why there’s more to the story when kids appear “lazy” or “defiant”.
    ✅The set of skills that are often the “missing link” when kids aren’t consistently responding to positive reinforcement.
    If you aren’t sure how to support kids in completing homework assignments, chores, or other daily tasks; then you’ll get a lot of insight out of listening to this episode.

    If you’re a parent who wants to set your kids up for success as adults, then then you’re going to love my free parent guide, which I mentioned in this episode. In this guide, I share the set of skills that kids need in order to stay organized, focused, and motivated during their day-to-day tasks like chores and homework. You can sign up for the guide here: https://drkarendudekbrannan.com/parentguide

    • 35 min
    A kid's perspective on remote learning

    A kid's perspective on remote learning

    In this episode, I continue our family study with Olivia and Joe; and we ask Olivia to share her perspective on remote learning. In this conversation, Olivia shares:

    ✅What was hardest for her in making a transition from elementary school through middle school during the pandemic.

    ✅What she missed the most about being in school.

    ✅What kinds of support she needed from the adults in her life during online learning and school in general.

    By the time you're listening to this episode, your kids may be close to in-person learning if they aren't fully doing it already; but this interview is still packed with great insight for any parent who wants to know about how to better support kids during the transition from elementary school to secondary school. 

    • 34 min
    Using your child's natural tendencies to build communication and connection

    Using your child's natural tendencies to build communication and connection

    In this episode, I turn the mic on during a Brannan family Sunday night study with me, my husband Joe, and my stepdaughter Olivia as we talk about Gretchen Rubin’s 4 Tendencies and Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages.
    In this conversation, we share:
    ✅How understanding the personalities of the people in your family can reduce conflict and increase empathy.
    ✅What to do when your child has different tendencies and love languages than you.
    ✅How we regularly connect in our own family to make sure we’re all feeling supported; plus how we ask for what we need.

    • 35 min
    Improve attention and focus by building these skills

    Improve attention and focus by building these skills

    Do you find that using organizers, minimizing distractions, or using rewards just don't work when it comes to getting your kids to focus? 
    Does getting your kids to follow through with chores, homework, or other daily tasks seem like pulling teeth? 
    If so, you're going to love this episode. When it comes to getting kids to follow through on activities that require sustained focus and effort, most people don't realize that improving attention and alertness is just the first step. 
    There is actually a set of skills kids need to develop true autonomy, independence and critical thinking. Without building these skills, kids are unlikely to fully benefit from things like positive reinforcement, productivity strategies, or even diet and medication. 
    That's why in episode 002, Dr. Karen explains a set of essential skills your kids in need to support attention and focus (especially if they have conditions that impact attention span). 
    (Disclaimer: This episode should not be considered medical or legal advice, and should not be used to diagnose or treat any specific medical condition).

    • 34 min
    The Breaking Point

    The Breaking Point

    We all have a point where the demands of life become too overwhelming and we lose our ability to self-manage and stay disciplined. For people who have a diagnosis of ADHD, that point can come sooner rather than later. 
    In this episode, my husband (Joe) shares what happened when he hit his breaking point, including:
    His experience growing up with an "almost ADHD" diagnosisHow he managed to fall through the cracks and squeak by in elementary and secondary school. What happened when he went away to college and didn't have his built-in accountability systems (a.k.a., his parents). If you have a kid in K-12 and you want to learn what challenges might lie ahead for your kids and what red flags to look out for in elementary and secondary school, you're going to love this episode
    And spoiler alert: This story has a happy ending. This is just the first of a two-part interview. 
    (Disclaimer: This episode should not be considered medical or legal advice, and should not be used to diagnose or treat any specific medical condition).

    If you’re a parent who wants to set your kids up for success as adults, then then you’re going to love my free parent guide, which I mentioned in this episode. In this guide, I share the set of skills that kids need in order to stay organized, focused, and motivated during their day-to-day tasks like chores and homework. You can sign up for the guide here: https://drkarendudekbrannan.com/parentguide

    • 35 min

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Great for parents like me! Thanks Dr. Karen :))

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