208 episodes

Penny Williams, from ParentingADHDandAutism.com, reveals her powerful parenting strategies, ADHD management tips, and hard-won wisdom so you can get ahead of the curve, to parent your child with ADHD successfully. Penny has been where you are and understands the hurdles blocking your way to successful parenting. Gain the ability to understand and change your child’s behavior, reduce your own stress, increase parenting confidence, and create more successes and joy in your family by learning how to break through your child’s ADHD challenges and your family’s daily struggles. Penny keeps it real, and will be the first to tell you: there’s no magic bullet for ADHD. Some struggles are inevitable, but there’s so much room for improvement, a better life, and a happier family. During the podcast, we talk about: positive parenting strategies, ADHD tools and gadgets, calming activities, homework strategies, advocating at school, perseveration, learning disabilities, medication, therapy, coaching and guidance, learning challenges, giftedness, twice-exceptional traits, Asperger’s, sensory processing disorder, and everything that works (and doesn‘t work) to help you transform your child with ADHD, and your family.

Beautifully Complex Penny Williams

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 280 Ratings

Penny Williams, from ParentingADHDandAutism.com, reveals her powerful parenting strategies, ADHD management tips, and hard-won wisdom so you can get ahead of the curve, to parent your child with ADHD successfully. Penny has been where you are and understands the hurdles blocking your way to successful parenting. Gain the ability to understand and change your child’s behavior, reduce your own stress, increase parenting confidence, and create more successes and joy in your family by learning how to break through your child’s ADHD challenges and your family’s daily struggles. Penny keeps it real, and will be the first to tell you: there’s no magic bullet for ADHD. Some struggles are inevitable, but there’s so much room for improvement, a better life, and a happier family. During the podcast, we talk about: positive parenting strategies, ADHD tools and gadgets, calming activities, homework strategies, advocating at school, perseveration, learning disabilities, medication, therapy, coaching and guidance, learning challenges, giftedness, twice-exceptional traits, Asperger’s, sensory processing disorder, and everything that works (and doesn‘t work) to help you transform your child with ADHD, and your family.

    207: Finding Your Own Path When Neurodivergent, with David Bizzaro

    207: Finding Your Own Path When Neurodivergent, with David Bizzaro

    It can be hard for our neurodivergent kids to find their path into adulthood. They often don’t yet know what they’re interested in pursuing long term, even after graduating from high school. The key is to support kids, teens, and young adults in exploring their interests, as actor and puppeteer David Bizarro illustrates as he shares his story with us. You’ll gain insights on the ADHD brain and that journey and leave with a sense of hope for your child’s future.

    • 40 min
    206: Low Demand Parenting, with Amanda Diekman

    206: Low Demand Parenting, with Amanda Diekman

    Low demand parenting doesn’t mean that we dismiss all expectations of a child and let them do whatever they want. Instead, low demand parenting means dropping demands and reducing expectations in order to meet kids with radical acceptance. AS Amanda Diekman explains in this episode, the purpose of the low demand life is to find ease and joy.
    But how exactly do you shift from the high demand parenting that’s instinctual to most people to low demand parenting? Amanda explains that you start with radical acceptance and respecting the child’s boundaries. Listen in to hear her explain all six steps to shift to low demand parenting and see a transformation for your family.

    • 38 min
    205: Honoring Our Kids’ Individuality, with Kayla Taylor

    205: Honoring Our Kids’ Individuality, with Kayla Taylor

    The challenge of raising a child with differences in a mostly intolerant world is very real. There’s both joy and heartache, as Kaylor Taylor illustrates in her book, “Canaries Among Us.” At stake in this quest to honor our kids’ individuality, is the mental and emotional health of an ever-growing population of neurodivergent children. 
    In this episode, Kayla and I discuss the injurious nature of being a misunderstood and different kid in rigid societal systems, such as education, including the lifelong impact on mental health, the ability to hold down a job, and even physical health. You’ll also learn what to do to advocate for neurodiversity and help the world celebrate differences rather than condemn them.

    • 56 min
    204: The Science of Stuck, with Britt Frank

    204: The Science of Stuck, with Britt Frank

    “A brain that feels safe will not get stuck.” That’s how Britt Frank, author of “The Science of Stuck,” explains the connection between a sense of psychological safety and being stuck. In this episode, she not only shares that understanding of why we get stuck, but she outlines her step-by-step process to move through stuckness, something we’re all too often trying to help our neurodivergent kids do. Listen in and learn about the power of choice as well.

    • 31 min
    203: When to Let Kids “Fail,” with The Behavior Revolution

    203: When to Let Kids “Fail,” with The Behavior Revolution

    We’re addressing a listener question about letting kids fail in this episode of the Beautifully Complex podcast. When parents say, “Let kids fail,” they usually mean revoking all of the help and support they were providing and letting the kid handle it on their own, even if that means letting them fail (often knowing it means that a neurodivergent kid will fail). 
    Sarah Wayland, Ph.D. and I don’t support letting kids fail in the literal sense of that phrase. This is a complex issue because kids need to feel success in order to put forth continued effort, and to feel capable and confident. Learn how to scale your support, rather than revoke it to build skills for future independence.

    • 31 min
    202: Success in College and Beyond for Neurodivergent Students, with Alex Gilbert

    202: Success in College and Beyond for Neurodivergent Students, with Alex Gilbert

    The transition into college and then out in the “real world” are challenging enough, but can be even more daunting and complex when you have ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, or anxiety. Parents want to help their kids succeed and thrive but are no longer able to step in to help in the ways they had while their child was under age 18.

    In this episode of Beautifully Complex, Alex Gilbert, who has ADHD and dyslexia herself, outlines a plan to help neurodivergent students succeed in college and during the associated transitions.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
280 Ratings

280 Ratings

Jean Marie 2022 ,

Love this podcast!

I have been listening to this podcast for about a year in an effort to better understand connect with and support my 8 year old daughter who is uniquely wired. Penny has such a calming presence and I appreciate the expertise, resources and perspectives she provides.

Softball Mon ,

So helpful

I love it when Luke is on the podcast! He’s so funny and gives great advise! Thank you so both Penny and Luke for sharing your experiences and wisdom!

Jenny Maree ,

Your podcast opened a door to SEEING my child

Thank you so much for your podcast. Early October 2022 I had a realization that my almost 7 year old son could have ADHD. That led me down a path to learn more and came across your podcast and I’ve learned so much and am very thankful and grateful because now I can help my son in new ways because I understand him more and his needs rather than be annoyed by his behaviors. We have recently seen an Occupational Therapist for play therapy which was so eye opening. We also have an upcoming appointment with the pediatrician for the official ADHD diagnosis. Thank you so much for your podcast and sharing your knowledge and bringing on all your helpful guests.
Sincerely,
Grateful Mama

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