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As parents of atypical kids, we are going to continue to lead challenging lives. Despite overwhelm, isolation and uncertainty, we can cultivate joyful moments, which will help us feel more connected, kind and present with our kids. Together, we can turn the tide of modern parenting towards a more inclusive, compassionate and collaborative approach.

Kate Lynch (she/her): parent to an amazing atypical kid, inclusive yoga teacher, mindful parenting mentor and author. She teaches calming tools to parents of intense kids.

https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/

Mindfully Parenting Atypical Kids Podcast Kate Lynch

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

As parents of atypical kids, we are going to continue to lead challenging lives. Despite overwhelm, isolation and uncertainty, we can cultivate joyful moments, which will help us feel more connected, kind and present with our kids. Together, we can turn the tide of modern parenting towards a more inclusive, compassionate and collaborative approach.

Kate Lynch (she/her): parent to an amazing atypical kid, inclusive yoga teacher, mindful parenting mentor and author. She teaches calming tools to parents of intense kids.

https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/

    5 Water Safety Basics and the Benefits of Physical Activity for Atypical Kids

    5 Water Safety Basics and the Benefits of Physical Activity for Atypical Kids

    "My mission is to expand access to aquatics for neurodivergent individuals."

    -Nina Sporn

    Nina Sporn teaches swimming and tennis to children and young adults, particularly neurodivergent individuals and children with emotional sensitivities that make athletics challenging. 

    She wants to make sure that people stay safe by learning basic swimming skills, and to consider swimming as a great way to be physically fit. Nina encourages kids to develop confidence through swimming and athletics. "All children are great at something...building a child's self-esteem and self-worth is crucial."

    "I have had students who overcame incredible fear of the water and significant sensory issues, who have found the courage to ultimately 'let go' and swim freely. It brings me joy every time!"

    -Nina Sporn

    Some of the benefits of swimming:

    Self esteem

    Safety 

    Strength 

    Stamina 

    Gross motor mastery 

    Overcome fears 

    Sensory soothing 

    Outlet for anxiety 

    Great exercise 

    Fun with friends 

    Contact with other children 

    Nina sees the opportunities for physical activity for atypical kids as woefully inadequate. "Neurodivergent kids can gain confidence and fitness through sports, and swimming is about the best skill one can have (safety, strength, stamina, contact with other children, and can be an outlet for anxiety). Since Covid, program capacity has dwindled. My mission is to expand access to aquatics for neurodivergent individuals."

    Running interference: How to help your kid get to the end zone in their own way, so they feel successful, empowered and accomplished.

    5 Water Safety Basics:

    Floating 

    Breath control 

    Blow bubbles 

    Get to safety 

    Push off the bottom 

    My riptide story: Why we position ourselves near lifeguards.
    A little fear of the ocean is a good thing. Drowning is a very quiet thing.

    We lose skills when we can’t practice regularly.

    Nothing takes the place of a parent’s attention. No one watches your child like you.

    Spend time with your kids in the water. Make it fun.

    Belly Button Blowhole Breathing
    Therapeutic benefits of silliness, especially after a micro trauma. 

    Nina's last word: "Have fun and wear sunscreen!"

    Connect with Nina: nsporn@nyc.rr.com

    Your comments, ratings and reviews mean a lot to me, and help other parents find our community.

    Connect with Kate Lynch:

    Mindfully Parenting Atypical Kids Website: https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/mindfully-parenting-atypical-kids

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz4pioYjeRIsY_7Gs8ZXKGg

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthyhappyyoga/


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    • 40 min
    3 Self-Care Myths All Parents of Neurodivergent Kids Need to Know

    3 Self-Care Myths All Parents of Neurodivergent Kids Need to Know

    Parents, do you really need another condescending person telling you that you should be practicing self-care?

    I mean, it’s just another thing on the list when we’re already so tired and stressed and frustrated. Right?

    That’s why I prefer the term self-respect, or self-honoring. Those don’t take extra time or require us to do anything at all. It’s a mindset. A mindset we can model for our kids.

    Let’s dispel a few myths:

    1. Self-care is self-improvement. Self-care doesn’t need to be earned, and it isn’t about changing you. Authentic self-care supports your inherent goodness.

    2. Self-care is self-indulgence. There’s nothing wrong with numbing out, but if you feel regretful afterwards, that’s not self-care. When we avoid our stress, it will still be there to deal with later.

    3. Self-care is specific things on a list written by someone other than you. You get to define what self care is for you. 

    Authentic self-care nourishes, energizes and grounds you by working on the root issue: the unnecessary backlog of tension in your body.

    I don’t want to go around holding on to all of the stress that has built up over the years of advocating for my neurodivergent kid, navigating a world that dehumanizes them, and being expected to figure it out on my own as an unpaid second or third job. 

    Of COURSE we don’t have time for spa days!

    The thing is, our kids are learning emotional regulation by watching us. Self-regulation can’t be taught, it has to be modeled.

    Authentic self-care doesn’t use up your time or energy, it frees up your energy by giving you more awareness of what is and isn’t serving you. If a self regulation practice isn’t useful in 30 seconds, stop doing it. Try something else. 

    When we are more regulated, we will not only be there for our kids, we will be present for ourselves. 

    We’re breaking cycles to co-create a more inclusive future. Thank you for going on this journey with me. 

    Your comments, ratings and reviews mean a lot to me, and help other parents find our community. 

    Connect with Kate Lynch:

    Mindfully Parenting Atypical Kids Website: https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/mindfully-parenting-atypical-kids

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz4pioYjeRIsY_7Gs8ZXKGg

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthyhappyyoga/


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    • 6 min
    Get Clear on Your Family's Hidden Hopes by Talking With Them About Summer Now

    Get Clear on Your Family's Hidden Hopes by Talking With Them About Summer Now

    In which Ocean makes a surprise appearance to eat chips and talk about his expectations for summer. 

    In which I recap and reinforce the tips and practices we've covered to help you sail through summer with your neurodiverse family. 

    In which I throw a curveball, by telling a story about plans gone awry. 

    How My Family Is Prepping for a Summer Filled With Fun and Relaxation:

    Call a casual family meeting. Grab some paper. Get curious.

    1. Ask everyone, "⁠How do we want to FEEL this summer?⁠⁠" Write everything down.

    2. Ask everyone, "How are we going to make these feelings happen?" Write everything down.

    3. Make everyone's dreams come true. There are creative ways to do this!

    4. Make it visible by posting a summer calendar.

    Here's the blog post which goes into more detail: 

    https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/blog/plan-your-familys-summer-for-maximum-cooperation-fun

    This helps us relax during summer, because we have more clarity on what we can expect. 

    There are times those plans will have to change, but preparation actually helps us ride those unexpected waves too. 

    Brené Brown's new book Atlas of the Heart mentions "stealth expectations" which is when you have wants and needs but you don't communicate them with anyone. That's what we want to avoid with this process.  

    Although Ocean was clear that he doesn't want sponsorship from A Walk On Water, I like to share our favorite resources for families of disabled kids. Here's their website: https://awalkonwater.org/

    Connect with Kate Lynch:

    Mindfully Parenting Atypical Kids Website: https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/mindfully-parenting-atypical-kids

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz4pioYjeRIsY_7Gs8ZXKGg

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthyhappyyoga/

    Summer Prep For Maximum Chill!

    A workshop for parents of intense atypical kids who are ready to learn how to guide their family towards a fun and relaxing summer plan. Rescheduled: With Kate Lynch, June 15.

    Sign up now: https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/summer


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    • 18 min
    How Parents Can Teach Summer Camp Counselors About Meaningful Inclusion

    How Parents Can Teach Summer Camp Counselors About Meaningful Inclusion

    Some Kids Come With Operating Instructions 

    Michelle Neuringer, a fellow parent, wrote to me recently: 

    "I’d like to get your thoughts on some struggles I’m having finding inclusive enrichment programs for my daughter (eg afterschool, camp). I think there’s a big opportunity to educate these enrichment providers on how to work with neurodivergent kiddos." 

    Michelle wants to introduce her autistic 7 year old to a range of experiences aligned with her special interests. Here in NYC, there's so much available, but in her experience the providers don't know how to work with our kids. Why do they freak out when we mention a diagnosis? How can we help them be more inclusive? What can we do as parents to support and educate enrichment providers on our kids?

    So, we talked and came up with some ideas as a starting point: 


    Start with things that light your kid up - their special interests. 
    Communicate with the directors, but also the counselors who will actually be caring for your kid day to day. Share your expertise on your kid, beginning with their strengths and interests. 
    Preview, plan and prime with your child before the program begins. 

    Here are some metrics Michelle envisions enrichment programs being adapted to be more inclusive: 


    Kind of activity. 
    Size of group. 
    Parent involvement. 
    Space, sensory environment, breaks. 
    Meaningful inclusion: Kids co-create the curriculum, have a voice. 

    Michelle says, "I want listeners to join me in changing the world for our kids, so they can grow up in a world where they can take up space, be themselves and not be beholden to neurotypical goals and milestones." 

    Michelle Neuringer is mom to two amazing kids that have different ways of being in the world. She has also spent over 20 years designing & building technology products that help small businesses do what they love. She learned early in her career that to craft solutions that work, you must first discover and deeply understand who you’re serving, their needs, aspirations and motivations. Michelle has translated this mindset to her autistic daughter’s educational and therapeutic journey, learning and discovering alongside teachers and therapists.

    https://www.michelleneuringer.com/neurodiversity

    LinkedIn:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleneuringer/

    Parent Like You video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVCGvHT46aU

    2 sides of the spectrum podcast:

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/65LkxLStaU6VHQDH5cg4Z9?si=326a306b57a34c01

    Summer Prep For Maximum Chill!  

    A workshop for parents of intense atypical kids who are ready to learn how to guide their family towards a fun and relaxing summer plan. With Kate Lynch RYT & Amy Weber LCSW, June 1 or 2. Sign up now: https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/summer 

    Connect with Kate Lynch:  

    https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/mindfully-parenting-atypical-kids 

    https://www.instagram.com/healthyhappyyoga/


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    • 29 min
    How to Set Up Your Atypical Kids for Summer Day Camp Success

    How to Set Up Your Atypical Kids for Summer Day Camp Success

    Are you feeling overwhelmed, parenting your neurodivergent kids during these stressful times? Yeah, me too. Welcome to Mindfully Parenting Atypical Kids Podcast! For Season 2, we're talking about Summer Prep For Maximum Chill! Listen (or watch video podcasts) for support and strategies to co-create a fun, relaxed summer with your unique family.

    Season 2 Episode 3 of the Mindfully Parenting Atypical Kids Podcast is all about planning for day camp success with your neurodivergent kid!

    I'm joined by Amy Weber, LCSW, to talk about practical steps you can take to sail through summer with less stress. Amy has been running a day camp for intense kids for 9 years through her interdisciplinary pediatric therapy practice in Brooklyn, New York: Speak, Learn, & Play. Amy sees children for individual and group therapy sessions, and helps parents through parent coaching. She is the author of the new book for kids, Gratitude is your Super Power!

    Amy runs a camp for neurodivergent children every summer, so she has a unique perspective on the summer challenges of neurodiverse families. Amy also sees children for individual and group therapy sessions, and helps parents through Peaceful Parent Coaching.

    https://speaklearnandplay.com/

    https://peacefulparentcoaching.com/

    Here are a few tips we covered:

    1. Know your kid. Do they have trouble with transitions?

    2. Talk with camp directors.

    3. Create a cheat-sheet on your kid. Share your expertise with counselors. Partial disclosure for advocacy. Here's a video of Dr. Stephen Shore explaining his 3-step process: https://youtu.be/TVSiJtLpMeo?t=327

    -Recognize a challenge

    -Disclose the specific need

    -Ask for an accommodation

    Summer Prep For Maximum Chill!

    A workshop for parents of intense atypical kids who are ready to

    learn how to guide their family towards a fun and relaxing summer plan.

    With Kate Lynch RYT & Amy Weber LCSW, June 1 or 2.

    Sign up now: https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/summer

    Connect with Kate Lynch:

    Mindfully Parenting Atypical Kids Website: https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/mindfully-parenting-atypical-kids

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthyhappyyoga/


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    • 19 min
    How Your Neurodivergent Family Can Prep for a Summer Filled With Fun and Relaxation

    How Your Neurodivergent Family Can Prep for a Summer Filled With Fun and Relaxation

    How Your Neurodivergent Family Can Prep for a Summer Filled With Fun and Relaxation

    Episode 2: Summer Prep For Maximum Chill! With Amy Weber, LCSW

    Listen (or watch video podcasts) for support and strategies to co-create a fun, relaxed summer with your unique family.

    How My Family Is Prepping for a Summer Filled With Fun and Relaxation:

    Call a family meeting. Grab some paper. Get curious.

    1. Ask everyone, "⁠How do we want to FEEL this summer?⁠⁠" Write everything down.

    2. Ask everyone, "How are we going to make these feelings happen?" Write everything down.

    3. Make everyone's dreams come true. There are creative ways to do this!

    4. Make it visible by posting a summer calendar.

    I mentioned the book Burnout: https://www.burnoutbook.net/

    Amy Weber is the co-founder of Speak, Learn, & Play, an interdisciplinary pediatric therapy practice in Brooklyn, New York. She’s a clinical social worker, specializing in work with children and their families. Amy sees children for individual and group therapy sessions, and helps parents through Peaceful Parent Coaching. 

    https://speaklearnandplay.com/

    https://peacefulparentcoaching.com/

    Connect with Kate Lynch:

    Mindfully Parenting Atypical Kids Website: https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/mindfully-parenting-atypical-kids

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz4pioYjeRIsY_7Gs8ZXKGg

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthyhappyyoga/

    Summer Prep For Maximum Chill! 

    A workshop for parents of intense atypical kids who are ready to
    learn how to guide their family towards a fun and relaxing summer plan.
    Rescheduled: With Kate Lynch, June 15. 

    Sign up now: https://www.healthyhappyyoga.com/summer


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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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michelleneuringer ,

Timely, honest and practical advice!

Loved the summer series and inspired to plan a fun and meaningful summer for my family!

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Fresh perspective, great suggestions. Loved it!

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Heartfelt, helpful and practical. Tips for what you can do for your child and yourself right now and in those difficult and stressful moments. Worth your time!

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