Exploring Neurodiversity with Adina Levy from Play. Learn. Chat

Exploring Neurodiversity with Adina Levy from Play. Learn. Chat

Hi, I'm neurodivergent Speech Therapist Adina Levy. I share ideas, practical strategies and open conversations to help you better understand & celebrate your autistic & neurodivergent child or a child you support (and quite possibly yourself too!). We'll discuss your child's strengths, unique mind, preferences, challenges and the supports they need to thrive. I bring a neurodiversity affirming approach, an open heart and open mind to the Podworld! Let's connect!

Episodes

December 13, 2023 7 mins
 
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It's non-negotiable to be supporting, modelling, using, teaching multimodal communication to autistic kids. And I share why in this episode.
 
Here are my 5 reasons why multimod...
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I'm sharing 3 strategies that we need to leave in the past, and 3 strategies that are more aligned with a Neurodiversity Affirming approach - let's call them 'Old way' and 'new way'!
 
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In this episode, I'm sharing with you the ingredients that go into a Neurodiversity Affirming speech therapy assessment. We’ll talk about my framework 'CPIE' — Child, Partner, Interaction, Environment — and how it frames our approach to understanding the communication s...

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This episode is a very personal one where I'm going to share my experiences and insights as an autistic ADHDer who was pregnant at the time of recording, with a particular focus on the positives and negatives that I've experienced throughout the pregnancy in terms of how I've been supported (or not...) through the medical system.
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In this episode, I delve into the world of auditory sensitivities as experienced by an autistic person... that's me! I give you a glimpse into my own personal journey with significant auditory challenges.

First I discuss how I navigate and process my u...

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'Naughty' and 'lazy' are two words that I can't stand, especially when it comes to describing young kids, neurodivergent kids.
 

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In this episode I share my answer to this question I hear often: Is it Neuroaffirming to Work on Pretend Play Skills with Autistic Children?
 
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In this episode, I chat with the amazing Hat, also known as Harriet Richardson, a significant voice in the neurodivergent community. Hat not only is an autistic ADHDer but also shines in her roles as a speech and language therapist, blogger, and public speaker. We discuss AAC, Internallised Ableism, Joy of claiming ND identity, mental health, consent for goals, and her beautiful dog Meeno.

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In this episode I share a few practical ideas of what it actually looks like to be changing the world around a child, to be most supportive and enable positive social interactions and connections for neurodivergent children.
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In this episode I chat with the fabulous Chrissie Davies, from Chaos to Calm Consultancy and author of books including the wonderful 'Love Me Love my ADHD' and 'Love your Brain'.
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Sharing 3 key strategies for therapists supporting Autistic children:
🤫 The Power of Silence
🤗 Valuing Relationship-Building Time
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Today I'm sharing a shortie, practical episode - all about how you can teach neurodivergent children about self-advocacy in these 3 ways:
 
- Explicit teaching (this doesn't mea...
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In this episode I share my perspectives about the role that 'play' should take in speech therapy sessions for autistic children.
 
I also share my ideas for how you can support ...
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I'm sharing 8 key ways you can do Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy - You can find all of the points I discuss on the free PDF download here:
Neurodiversity Affirming Speech Therapy Practices for SLPs supporting Autistic Children: https://playlearnchat.ck.page/76b2d...
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In this episode I chat with the wonderful Annie Crowe. Friend, Neurodivergent Empowerment Coach and NeuroAccess Consultant who brings her lived experience as a late-identified Autistic ADHDer 2e PDAer, together with her professional experience as a human rights lawyer to help neurodivergent adults gain the skills, confidence and community needed to li...
Today I'm sharing three actionable, practical changes that you can make (or start to make) today around language, relationship strategies, and a commitment to keep learning, to support you on your Neurodiversity Affirming Practice journey.
 
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In this fabulous chat with Stephanie Robertson, Neurodivergent OT, we chat about all kinds of topics including:
  • her journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance
  • the impact of masking on mental health and well-being
  • the need for systemic change and neurodiversity affirming practices to create an inclusive and supportive environment for neur...
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In this episode for parents and professionals who support autistic and neurodivergent children, I share my response to a very common question - What should I do when other people don't agree with my neurodiversity affirming approach to supporting autistic or neurodivergent kids?
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Picture this. You take your child to swimming class and it's a pretty unfamiliar environment. They haven't met the teacher before. It's noisy. It's all new and pretty overwhelming. It might also be quite enticing and interesting, but there's also a huge dose of new and unknown in there.
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