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Autism & Neurodiversity

Jason & Debbie Grygla

This weekly podcast is your go-to resource for real answers to parenting, working with or being neurodiverse. With the right information you will better understand neurodiverse brains, develop the skills to parent or mentor more confidently, and get better outcomes addressing neurodiverse challenges. Join Jason Grygla, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Director of TechieForLife, a specialized mentoring program for neurodiverse young adults and his wife, Debbie Grygla, Certified Life Coach, every Friday for relevant insights, discussions with leading experts, and supportive tools.

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11/18/22 • 20 min

When our autistic and neurodivergent young people struggle and get stuck and their development slows or stalls out, the one thing that's usually at the bottom of their struggles is shame-based thoughts, stories, and beliefs they've internalized.

To get full show notes: JasonDebbie.com/76

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55. Avoiding Burnout with Jason

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04/29/22 • 34 min

Autistic and neurodivergent children, teens, and young adults need us for the long-haul. When you're a parent, caregiver, or mentor in some capacity it can be easy to get burned out. In this episode, Jason dives in to one of the biggest contributors to burning out for him and offers some tips for combating it.

Get full show notes here: https://JasonDebbie.com/55

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01/06/23 • 15 min

When one of the children, teens, or young adult's you're parenting or working with is autistic and/or neurodivergent they have higher support needs.

Having parental goals is important if you want to meet their needs effectively. Choose a goal and achieve it so that this year looks differently than last year.

See full show notes here: JasonDebbie.com/80

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01/13/23 • 23 min

The balance of power in a mentoring type relationship with a young person is continually adjusting as a child develops into adulthood.

As you parent, shifting ownership to them is an important part of their development. When they are autistic and/or neurodivergent and have a different timeline for developmental milestones it can create challenges as they start adulting.

Here are some principals to consider when navigating these shifts.

See full show notes here: JasonDebbie.com/81

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53. Stressed Parenting with Debbie

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04/15/22 • 18 min

There are plenty of things to get stressed about when you are parenting a neurodivergent young person. The extra support demands, the crisis that pop up, the unmet expectations and societal judgements, and our own lack of self care to name a few.

When we're stressed it's hard to show up as the parent we want to be. I want you to know you don't have to continue parenting like that. Listen in to learn how to ease your suffering.

Get full show notes here: https://JasonDebbie.com/53

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04/08/22 • 15 min

How do you know you've done your job to help your neurodivergent child, teen, or young adult develop? We don't necessarily know what their full capabilities and disabilities will be.

In this episode, Jason talks about what it can take to help someone with neurodivergent disabilities develop and live their best life.

Get full show notes here: https://JasonDebbie.com/52

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05/08/22 • 22 min

When you have a neurodivergent child, teen, or young adult, it can be challenging to figure out what supports and accommodations are helpful or needed.

Whether you are completely new to this with a fresh neurodivergent diagnosis or you've been at this a while, I have some perspectives to offer you on this episode to help you approach these decisions with more confidence. Because I know it can be overwhelming to either know where to start or what to do when you and they are struggling.

Get full show notes here: https://JasonDebbie.com/56

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03/11/22 • 21 min

Do you sometimes have a hard time connecting with your neurodivergent child, teen, or young adult? Whether you're neurotypical or neurodivergent yourself, there are many things that might be getting in the way of connection -positive connection that is foundational to effective parenting and mentoring.

Listen in as I discuss one of the biggest things that gets in the way of connecting and some simple things you can do to open up your connection despite all the challenges.

Get full show notes here: https://JasonDebbie.com/49

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04/22/22 • 43 min

Parenting a neurodivergent young person into adulthood can a messy and challenging process. Join us for this episode where we talk with Karen who is an educational consultant and mother to an autistic adult daughter.

She shares her perspectives from professional and personal experiences on what we can do to better support our neurodivergent young people and avoid some of the common pitfalls. Some great gems of wisdom you won't want to miss in this one.

Get full show notes here: https://JasonDebbie.com/54

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03/18/22 • 28 min

Are you making things worse as you parent your neurodivergent teen or young adult?

It may be time to remove yourself from the parent/child equation.

In this episode, Jason explains unhelpful parent/child dynamics that can do damage to your relationship and hinder your ability to influence your teen or young adult. Learn when it's time to back off and when it's safe to go back in.

Get full show notes here: https://JasonDebbie.com/50

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