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Simple, conscious, and positive parenting advice for any mom who has a child who seems to be an exception to every rule.

Exceptional Parenting Podcast Wendy Bertagnole

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Simple, conscious, and positive parenting advice for any mom who has a child who seems to be an exception to every rule.

    The Key to Adding Sensory Activities Without Stress

    The Key to Adding Sensory Activities Without Stress

    Have you ever considered play-based therapy?
     
    My guest for today’s episode is occupational therapist Nick Sidwell who owns ‘Ability Innovations’ based in Utah. The clinic specializes in occupational, physical, and speech therapy using play-based techniques.
     
    Today I talk with him about how to help your child enjoy sensory play in a way that doesn’t feel exhausting and in ways that your child isn’t going to fight against it. It’s a practice that I believe really helps children so please take a listen. 
     
    For full show notes visit https://exceptionalparentingpodcast.com/episode101/

    • 27 min
    Sensory Series: See and Hear Senses

    Sensory Series: See and Hear Senses

    Today in the sensory series I will be discussing the visual and auditory senses. The episode starts with the ‘seeing’ sense which doesn’t necessarily mean how well you can see, but more about how well your brain can process the stimulation that comes in through your eyes. This includes bright or dull lights, color, how many visuals you have around you, people or bright designs. 
    The second sense, being the ‘hearing’ sense is again NOT about how well you can hear but how well your brain can process and tolerate sounds. I want to make it clear that receiving auditory input and creating auditory input are two separate things. If we are in control, we can tolerate the noise a lot better. 
    For full show notes visit https://exceptionalparentingpodcast.com/episode100/

    • 22 min
    Sensory Series - The Taste and Smell Senses

    Sensory Series - The Taste and Smell Senses

    Do you know what your sensory preferences are?
     
    On today’s episode, I have a really good friend of mine; Alisha Grogan who specializes in taste and smell.
     
    These are two senses that I feel we wouldn’t necessarily think would interfere with our kid's daily lives, yet they really do, sometimes sparking temper tantrums. 
     
    Alisha Grogan is a pediatric occupational therapist who during grad school was immersed in sensory integration which is a very specific type of therapy that helps children with sensory processing difficulties.
     
    For full show notes visit https://exceptionalparentingpodcast.com/episode99/

    • 29 min
    Sensory Series: The Touch (Tactile) Sense

    Sensory Series: The Touch (Tactile) Sense

    Are you or your child over-sensitive or under-sensitive to touch? 


     
    My guest on this episode; Cameron Kleimo returns to the podcast on this episode to talk about the Tactile or ‘touch’ sense.
     
    The Tactile sense covers our entire bodies, the receptors in our skin sends information to our brain to regulate pain, temperature, and vibrations.
     
    We discuss what it means to be over or under-sensitive, how that can show up in a child’s behavior, and how you can spot it in order to be there for your child's needs. 
     
    For full show notes visit https://exceptionalparentingpodcast.com/episode98/

    • 48 min
    Preparing Your Child for Back to School: Through Executive Function and Sensory Support

    Preparing Your Child for Back to School: Through Executive Function and Sensory Support

    Do you believe your child or student has problems with their executive function?
    My guest in this special bonus episode is Seth Perler is an executive function coach.
    We discuss how executive function takes place in the front part of the brain, it is how we execute complex tasks.
    If you think about every task you’ve achieved in your life, packing a bag for school, signing up for a driving license, creating a podcast; all of these are complex tasks that your brain has had to juggle in order to complete them. 
    For full show notes head to https://exceptionalparentingpodcast.com/bonusepisode/
    Sign up for Seth's FREE summit Executive Function Summit
     

    • 28 min
    Sensory Series: The Vestibular Sense

    Sensory Series: The Vestibular Sense

    This is the third episode in my sensory series and this one is all about the vestibular system.
     
    Now for years, I was confused by it, I had heard the name, I knew of it but I didn’t understand how it was different to the proprioceptive system. So we’re going to dive deep into it and clarify any confusion you may have about it but for some background; the vestibular system is all about the position of our head in space and how it is affected by the liquid in our ear which brushes up against tiny little hairs. But why do we have it?
     
    This helps our brains to understand where we are in space, it helps us to balance and to judge speed as well as playing a big part in our muscle tone and even helps with cooking or tying our shoelaces. It is so integral to our everyday life yet most of us have no idea we even have it! 
     
     
    For full show notes visit https://exceptionalparentingpodcast.com/episode97/

    • 36 min

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