"As a twice exceptional person and autistic ally, I’ve been agitating for better understanding for nearly half of my life. Therefore, I wrote Being Twice Exceptional to help those outside the experiences of our community to better understand our lives. I’ve listened to many stories from exhausted people trying to succeed at work, get an education, or build a relationship. They wish people understood that managing time, communicating effectively, and deciphering the expectations of others can totally drain their energy. They must work exponentially harder to have that “heart to heart” talk, or follow multiple conversations in a meeting, or even do a grocery run. The stories in this book are written to both illustrate the struggles and to inspire advocacy from others."
Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan: Podcasts on Parenting Teens, Social Anxiety, Being Fearlessly Different, & Talking to Kids
Dr. Dan Peters welcomed four new guests in the past month on his podcast Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan: Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Morra Aarons-Mele, Mickey Rowe, and Rebecca Roland. They spoke about parenting teens, anxiety, being an autistic actor, and talking to children.
Parenting and Communicating with Teens with Dr. Ken Ginsburg
Just ahead of Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Dan welcomes Mickey Rowe – actor, husband, father, author, and activist. Legally blind and autistic, Mickey Rowe is the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone, the lead role in the Tony Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He is also founding artistic director of the prestigious National Disability Theatre. Mickey’s mantra is powerful: our differences are our strengths. In his new memoir, FEARLESSLY DIFFERENT: An Autistic Actor’s Journey to Broadway’s Biggest Stage, Mickey recasts the definition of abled body and mind. As the father of an autistic child, Mickey has a deep commitment to activism and his desire to create a better world.
The Art of Talking with Children by Rebecca Rolland
In this episode, Dr. Dan speaks to Rebecca Givens Rolland (Neurology Department of Children's Hospital Boston) about her work as an oral/written language specialist and her new book The Art of Talking with Children. Rebecca offers life-changing advice for every parent, caregiver, and educator to communicate more effectively with children in ways that let them foster relationships with less conflict and more joy and kindness. Rebecca is also anacademic learning specialist, and she speaks with Dan about tips, tricks, and secrets of how to help kids of all ages—from infants through adolescents, from neurotypical to neurodivergent—open up.
Registration is open for the 5th Annual Bright & Quirky Child Online Summit, running April 4 to 8. This year’s theme is Discover What’s Possible!, and will show parents, teachers, and clinicians from around the world to learn how to help bright kids thrive, even with learning, social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges.
Registration for the live event is free, with upgrades available to access recordings, join private groups for Q&A, additional masterclasses etc.
The speaker lineup includes many top psychologists, educators and child development experts. On Day 1, Summit Center Executive Director Dr. Dan Peters will co-present with Tilt Parenting’s Debbie Reber on “Using Strengths to Move Beyond Stress and Struggles.”
"For the majority of my life, people felt uncomfortable around me. I could read that in the way that they talked to me or treated me. But when I got to perform on stilts or on a unicycle at a farmers market or at a fair, everyone who saw me smiled. I made everyone happy who saw me. That’s such a good feeling for an autistic child who has been told their whole life that they are messing up. When the autistic child has been trying the best they can to do the right thing."
-- Actor, Author, and Father Mickey Rowe on Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan
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