28 episodes

Hi, I'm neurodivergent Speech Therapist Adina Levy. I share ideas, practical strategies and open conversations to help you better understand & celebrate your autistic & neurodivergent child or a child you support (and quite possibly yourself too!). We'll discuss your child's strengths, unique mind, preferences, challenges and the supports they need to thrive. I bring a neurodiversity affirming approach, an open heart and open mind to the Podworld! Let's connect!

Exploring Neurodiversity with Adina Levy from Play. Learn. Chat Adina Levy

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Hi, I'm neurodivergent Speech Therapist Adina Levy. I share ideas, practical strategies and open conversations to help you better understand & celebrate your autistic & neurodivergent child or a child you support (and quite possibly yourself too!). We'll discuss your child's strengths, unique mind, preferences, challenges and the supports they need to thrive. I bring a neurodiversity affirming approach, an open heart and open mind to the Podworld! Let's connect!

    What's next for the Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast?

    What's next for the Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast?

    Complete the 3 minute podcast survey to help me plan 2024! playlearnchat.com/survey Neurodivergent business owners, please join me for the Aligned Business Workshop! Through my new business Neurodivergent Business Coaching & Consulting - https://ndbusiness.co/aligned-business-workshop/  
    Podcast Link: https://pod.link/1625478932
    Website: www.playlearnchat.com
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    • 7 min
    5 Reasons Why Multimodal Communication is Essential for Autistic Children

    5 Reasons Why Multimodal Communication is Essential for Autistic Children

    It's non-negotiable to be supporting, modelling, using, teaching multimodal communication to autistic kids. And I share why in this episode.
     
    Here are my 5 reasons why multimodal communication is essential for autistic children:
    1. We all use multimodal communication
    2. It is a human right to be able to access communication in different modes
    3. Speech or mouth words can be hard for many reasons. And it's not the ultimate or 'best' way of communicating
    4. The most important thing about communication is that it can lead to connection
    5. Many autistic children have processing challenges and sensory challenges which can lead to varying communication abilities. Multimodal communication offers a range of ways to take on and share messages to accommodate for fluctuating needs
     
    LINKS:
    My Affirming Communication for Autistic Children Closes on 30th November 2023 - join now and access it any time in the next 12 months! Or add yourself to the waitlist for the next round: playlearnchat.com/acac-course
     
    If you're a speech therapist, I hope you'll join me for my free 3-day challenge 'Evolve Your Affirming Practice'. You can find out all the info and register at playlearnchat.com/challenge.
     
    Exploring Neurodiversity Podcast Episode 7: All Communication is Valid - Why it might be hard for an autistic child to speak - https://pod.link/1625478932/episode/55ffb7ac277b9a40deef79b6b984caa4
     
    Podcast Link: https://pod.link/1625478932
    Website: www.playlearnchat.com
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    • 9 min
    Old way/New way - Upgrading to Neurodiversity Affirming Strategies for Autistic Children

    Old way/New way - Upgrading to Neurodiversity Affirming Strategies for Autistic Children

    I'm sharing 3 strategies that we need to leave in the past, and 3 strategies that are more aligned with a Neurodiversity Affirming approach - let's call them 'Old way' and 'new way'!
     
    OLD WAY: First do the boring ‘work’ task, then do the fun activity
    NEW WAY: Use intrinsic motivation: Ensure that the ‘main’ activity is motivating for the child
     
    OLD WAY: Intrude - Insert yourself into the child’s play when they’re playing solo
    NEW WAY: Join in with the child... Sometimes. Let them play solo sometimes. Honour their sensory & social capacity
     
    OLD WAY: Shape an Autistic child's play to look more 'normal'... More like neurotypical children's play
    NEW WAY: Honour & enjoy the child’s individual way of playing. And sometimes add small new ideas as an offer, with no pressure
     
    LINKS:
    If you're a speech therapist, you're invited to join my FREE 3-day Challenge 'Evolving your Affirming Practice' - www.playlearnchat.com/challenge
     
    Registrations are open now (from 21st Nov - 30th Nov 2023) for my Affirming Communication for Autistic Children Course for Speech Therapists! Head over here to check it out and add yourself to the waitlist if the course isn't open when you're listening, or if you're not quite ready to join this time! https://playlearnchat.com/acac-course/
     
    Podcast Link: https://pod.link/1625478932
    Website: www.playlearnchat.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/play.learn.chat
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/play.learn.chat

    • 15 min
    Ingredients for a Neurodiversity Affirming Speech Therapy Assessment

    Ingredients for a Neurodiversity Affirming Speech Therapy Assessment

    In this episode, I'm sharing with you the ingredients that go into a Neurodiversity Affirming speech therapy assessment. We’ll talk about my framework 'CPIE' — Child, Partner, Interaction, Environment — and how it frames our approach to understanding the communication skills of Autistic children within the context of their relationships & worlds.
     
    Whether you're a speech therapist, educator, parent, or caregiver, you'll gain insights on the importance of seeing beyond the child's immediate abilities and considering their functional opportunities, important relationships, and environmental impacts. Discover why Neurodiversity Affirming, holistic assessments are vital, and how it can strengthen the support we provide to Autistic children and to the other people in their lives.
     
     
    LINKS:
    Register for my totally FREE webinar for Speechies: Turning Affirming - for Speech Therapists Supporting Autistic Children - It's available on-demand, any time you are! Register today for the 30 minute webinar and I'll send you the link to watch: https://playlearnchat.com/free-speechie-webinar/
     
    The Affirming Communication for Autistic Children Course is open to the waitlist right now! And opens officially for registration between 21st Nov - 30th Nov 2023. This is the last time the doors will be open this year! Learn more and join or join the waitlist here: https://playlearnchat.com/acac-course/
     
    Link to view the CPIE visual: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JxrICr0qSwulkH2LFjNkwnhuDapLfkmd/view?usp=sharing

     
    Podcast Link: https://pod.link/1625478932
    Website: www.playlearnchat.com
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    • 8 min
    Experiencing the Health & Allied Health Systems as a Pregnant Autistic ADHDer

    Experiencing the Health & Allied Health Systems as a Pregnant Autistic ADHDer

    This episode is a very personal one where I'm going to share my experiences and insights as an autistic ADHDer who was pregnant at the time of recording, with a particular focus on the positives and negatives that I've experienced throughout the pregnancy in terms of how I've been supported (or not...) through the medical system.
     
    I also share some points about where I think things need to improve in all of these different medical and allied health settings, to be more accessible and neurodivergent-friendly.
     
    LINKS:
    Lap desk - Officeworks & Amazon
    My Streamline and Automate Your Private Practice Webinar - https://courses.playlearnchat.com/offers/p2PBzwLq/checkout
    Annie Crowe's upcoming book ‘NeuroAccessibility: How to Build Accessible Healthcare for Neurodivergent People’ – https://www.amazon.com.au/NeuroAccessibility-Accessible-Healthcare-Neurodivergent-People-ebook/dp/B0BZL7HGKH
     
    Podcast Link: https://pod.link/1625478932
    Website: www.playlearnchat.com
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    • 21 min
    How I Experience My Auditory World as an Auditory-Sensitive Autistic Person

    How I Experience My Auditory World as an Auditory-Sensitive Autistic Person

    SHOW NOTES:
    In this episode, I delve into the world of auditory sensitivities as experienced by an autistic person... that's me! I give you a glimpse into my own personal journey with significant auditory challenges.
    First I discuss how I navigate and process my unique auditory experiences. Then I shed light on some effective strategies that benefit me and also my daughter.
    Whether you're supporting an autistic or auditory-sensitive child, or even looking for insights into your own experiences, these insights and strategies might just be what you need!
     
    LINKS:
    Speech Therapists! Get yourself on the waitlist for the Affirming Communication for Autistic Children course, which is for speech therapists all around the world: https://playlearnchat.com/speechie-course
    Secret waitlist doors will open in November 2023 for those who are already on the waitlist - you'll get the best valued offer if you join then!
    (and if you're reading this after that date, join the waitlist to find out when the course is next open!)

     
    Podcast Link: https://pod.link/1625478932
    Website: www.playlearnchat.com
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    • 15 min

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