In this episode, Susan coaches a parent, "Marie," who discusses her large family, including two neurodiverse children and two children with high executive functioning. She's looking for advice on encouraging more friendly, positive interactions among her children. Susan coaches Marie on managing children with high functioning autism, focusing on executive functioning, and emphasizing the unique strengths and challenges of each child.
About Susan Stiffelman
Working with children has been Susan's life-long passion. In high school, Susan had an after-school job as a teacher at a day care center. When she went to college, she became a credentialed teacher, and was later licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child therapist. She has been an avid learner throughout her career, sharing insights and strategies in her two books: Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting With Presence (an Eckhart Tolle Edition). In recent years, Susan has shifted from private clinical work to online events for parents around the world on topics like Raising Resilient Kids, Helping Anxious Children Thrive, and Raising Screenwise Kids. Susan's greatest joy is working directly with parents in her monthly Parenting Without Power Struggles membership group, and in her Co-Parenting with a Narcissist support group with Wendy Behary. Susan is thrilled to be doing work that she loves, and hope she can help you and your kids along your parenting journey!
Things you'll learn from this episode:
How a mantra or catchphrase can help you redirect a child's actions
What may lie underneath a child's desire to correct or criticize a sibling
How to help children celebrate their individual strengths