S4, E1: The Importance of Early Intervention

Early intervention primarily describes services and support children from birth to age three with learning and attention issues receive that address their individual communication, social-emotional, and learning needs, helps them reach their peak, and can reduce the likelihood the child will experience more serious mental health problems down the line. On this episode, we visit a Texas school for neurodivergent students that finds fun ways to tackle the serious task of early intervention.

S3, E11: Evolving LD Conversations As Kids Grow

On this episode of “A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity,” we meet the Palumbo family which has treated regular talks about learning differences as second nature since their son’s diagnosis. Next, our expert panel guides parents to age-appropriate language to use from kindergarten through college for affirming talks with their neurodivergent children.

S3, E10: Helping LD Kids Own Their Emotions

On this episode of “A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity,” we visit a Virginia program that equips children with learning and attention differences with the social skills they need to regulate and recognize their emotions and succeed alongside their peers.  Next, our panel of experts provides strategies and solutions for helping children of all ages better control their feelings.

S3, E9: Mental Health Needs of LD Students

For parents, hearing that their child has learning and attention issues can hit like a Mack truck. Yet, that initial impact can be multiplied later because mental health issues often ride shotgun to a neurodivergent diagnosis. Indeed, research published in the Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found nearly 24% of youngsters with a specific learning disorder suffer severe anxiety.

S3, E8: Neurodivergence Among People of Color

Being a person of color in this country comes with a lot of baggage. Living with learning disabilities is no picnic either. So, imagine the child who is both neurodivergent and a person of color. The intersection between race and neurodivergence can be daunting. On this episode, we explore the challenges one neurodivergent Asian college Read More…

S3, E7: Neurodiversity and Tech

A recent blog post on Tech Nation, a growth platform for tech companies and leaders, asked an intriguing and important question: “In a technology-driven world, how is it possible to improve the world for everyone, without everyone’s input?” Of late, more companies answering that question by leveraging the abilities, insights, and talents of a wide array of different thinkers by diversifying their workforces – including neurodiversity.

S3, E6: Leveraging Vocational Rehabilitation for Aspiring Collegians

Vocational Rehabilitation, or VR, helps individuals with disabilities transition into the workforce. It can support training in any field or career from science to law that requires postsecondary education or a degree. And VR can provide help with planning for college and provide help with some of the costs of attendance.  Of course, it helps to Read More…

S3, E5: Twice-Exceptional Kids

On this episode, we visit an Arizona twice-exceptional teenager who through her podcast is giving voice and shedding light on the 2e life. Next, our expert panel delves deeper into the dynamics of twice-exceptionality and how parents can best support and advocate for their kids. Later, you’ll meet our latest “Difference Maker,” world-renown paleontologist John Read More…

S3 E4: Neurodiversity around the World

Today, there are 193 recognized countries in the world. And according to a recent review published in the journal Science, about 10 percent of people worldwide live with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and autism. Meanwhile, Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires countries around Read More…

S3, E3: Making Reading Fundamental for Dyslexics

One in five students has dyslexia, the most common language-based learning disability. In general, dyslexia impacts one’s ability to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols. Yet, it’s no indicator of general intelligence. Still, kids who can’t read like their peers often suffer ridicule, battered self-esteem and withdrawal because they stop believing themselves smart Read More…