Although today’s’ guest is trained to work with special needs children, so much of what Laura shares on today’s show can be applied to those of us who are sensitive. Obviously, if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that supporting children with special needs is an issue close to my heart.

I first met Laura when she was pitching her online program supporting parents of children with special needs and her empathy had me in floods of tears.

In this show, we dive deep into:

  • The chemicals that can cause overwhelm or crashes
  • The different parts of the brain and how they relate to fear, stress and overwhelm.
  • How to recognise if you are hyper-aroused (sometimes we call it ungrounded) and how to take care of yourself
  • How to start to rewire your brain and nervous system so that you train yourself to not go into hyper-arousal so often
  • Simple, easy to apply tips to shift out of what I called the “dopamine bath” aka Netflix fest pose and why we can struggle to switch tasks at times.

I highly recommend listening to this one more than once. There is so much information in here and Laura has a way of explaining science in a clear and easy to understand way. It’s not just for parents, but also for any of us who are on the autism pathway, HSP, empaths or simply know that we could all benefit from living in a more sensitive world.

As always, head over the facebook group to carry on the conversation

Show notes:

5 simple strategies for soothing sensitivities

Laura Hackle is an occupational therapist teaching parents how the tools and skills you already have available can be applied to help your child through challenges.

While medical and educational systems need to label and define a child’s challenges to understand them, parents already have incredible insight into their child’s needs and strengths.

To help parents lean into that insight, Laura has started the Whole Self In community – a dedicated network for parents who want to go deeper than surface-level parenting tips, and help each other do the work that is really making change in their children’s lives.

Our goal is to help parents trust their instincts, recognize their children’s strengths, and create a future where we celebrate the diversity that exists at every age.


Cara Wilde


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