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Pooky Ponders – Big Questions with Brilliant People

Informal but informative.... Dr Pooky Knightsmith explores questions related to mental health and special needs. Sometimes it's deep, sometimes it's funny, it will always make you think... 

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Overwhelm in the Classroom: How Can We Make a Difference?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the issue of children feeling overwhelmed in the classroom. From sensory sensitivities to emotional dysregulation, I explore the myriad reasons behind this distress and offer a suite of practical strategies designed to create a more supportive and understanding learning environment.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•           Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•           Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•           Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•           YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•           TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•           Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•           Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•           LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•           Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•           Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
23:13 3/5/24
What Strategies Support Self-Discovery for Masked Autistics?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the transformative journey of unmasking for masked autistics. I share personal insights and strategies drawn from my own experiences and those of my daughters, Lyra and Ellie, guiding listeners through the liberating process of self-discovery. This episode is a treasure trove of practical advice, ranging from creating space for actual interests to embracing the power of 'flow' and the importance of choosing connections that truly understand and support the real you. I also discuss the significance of being inspired by others' values and the crucial practice of prioritising one's needs over societal expectations. Whether you're an individual on the autism spectrum, a caregiver, or a professional in the field, this episode offers a hopefully helpful perspective on embracing authenticity and the unique strengths that lie beneath the mask.CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
38:58 2/20/24
What is ARFID and How Can We Support?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the fascinating world of ARFID - Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. Join me as I unravel the mystery behind this often misunderstood condition, exploring its definition, prevalence, and impact. Discover the differences between ARFID and anorexia, and gain insight into the causes and triggers that contribute to this unique eating disorder. We'll also discuss the warning signs to look out for and some practical steps you can take to support.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•           Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•           Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•           Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•           YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•           TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•           Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•           Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•           LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•           Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
23:05 2/6/24
How Can We Support Neurodivergent Students to Thrive in a New School?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the unique challenges and triumphs faced by neurodivergent students transitioning to new schools. With a focus on practical and empathetic approaches, I share insights into developing self-awareness, navigating complex school rules, mastering time management, and more.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
26:09 1/23/24
What Words Shape a Child’s World?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the impactful words that shape a child's world. I explore five essential messages every child needs to hear for healthy development. From expressing love and pride to offering sincere apologies, ensuring safety, and active listening, I share practical insights for parents, teachers, and anyone involved in supporting children. Join me as I navigate through the nuances of communication that can significantly influence a child's emotional well-being and confidence. Tune in for actionable tips on fostering strong connections and promoting positive communication with the children in your care. CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•           Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•           Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•           Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•           YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•           TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•           Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•           Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•           LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•           Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•           Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
18:53 1/2/24
Is It a Tantrum or Is It a Meltdown and How Can I Help?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the intriguing world of child behaviour, tackling the often misunderstood concepts of tantrums and meltdowns.  Inspired by my challenging personal experiences as a parent, I share insights that I wish I had known earlier in my journey. From unravelling the true meanings of tantrums and meltdowns to exploring the unique behavioural signs and communication dynamics, I guide you through understanding and responding effectively.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
33:49 12/19/23
How Can We Support Neurodivergent Children’s Executive Functioning Skills?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the fascinating realm of executive functioning skills and their impact on neurodivergent children's learning journey. Join me as I explore what these skills entail, why they pose challenges for individuals with conditions like autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD, and how we can better support them at school and at home.  I challenge neuronormative assumptions in education, urging a shift towards a more inclusive and diverse approach. From practical strategies for the classroom to fostering executive skills in the home environment, this episode offers valuable insights and actionable tips for educators, parents, and caregivers.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•           Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•           Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•           Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•           YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•           TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•           Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•           Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•           LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•           Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•           Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
41:54 12/12/23
How Can You Be a Good Friend to Someone Who’s Autistic?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore the essential elements of being a supportive and understanding friend to autistic individuals. Join me as I share valuable insights into navigating friendships with autistic people, offering practical tips on communication, patience, and fostering inclusivity. Discover the importance of respecting routines, encouraging shared interests, and advocating for inclusivity in social situations.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
24:18 12/5/23
How Can We Build Friendship Skills In 5-7-Year-Old Boys?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the intricate world of fostering friendship skills in 5-7-year-old boys. Join me on a journey as I explore the significance of structured play activities, social skill teaching, and the buddy system in nurturing positive connections. From engaging role-playing scenarios to promoting emotional awareness, this episode offers practical insights and activities for parents, teachers, and anyone invested in supporting the social development of young minds. Support the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
22:23 11/28/23
What Does Supportive Parenting Really Mean in the Teenage Years?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the complex world of parenting during the teenage years. Whether you're a parent, guardian, or educator, this episode is a treasure trove of practical insights and strategies to help you navigate the emotional rollercoaster that adolescents often experience.  From fostering effective communication to finding the balance between independence and responsibility, setting boundaries, and resolving conflicts, I provide valuable tips for strengthening the parent-teen relationship. Support the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
29:58 11/21/23
How Can We Create a Home Environment that Helps ADHD Kids Thrive?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the world of ADHD, specifically focusing on creating an environment where children with ADHD can thrive in the comfort of their homes. I'll provide you with a toolbox of practical tips, from establishing designated activity zones and implementing routines to employing effective parenting strategies and teaching emotional regulation. We'll also explore how technology can be harnessed wisely to support children with ADHD. Plus, I'll discuss the crucial role of family dynamics in nurturing these young minds.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
29:55 11/14/23
What is Selective Mutism and How Can We Help in School?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the intricate world of selective mutism, a complex anxiety disorder that affects children's ability to speak in specific social settings. I explore what selective mutism is, who it affects, and most importantly, how we can support these children in school.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
21:46 11/7/23
What's the Role of Play in Nurturing Young Minds?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I take you on a captivating journey into the world of play and its profound influence on child development. Discover how play serves as a potent catalyst, enhancing cognitive development, nurturing emotional regulation, cultivating social skills, promoting physical growth, and enriching language proficiency in our young minds. Join me as I share practical ideas for incorporating play-based learning into work or home, making this episode a must-listen for parents, teachers, and anyone passionate about fostering the holistic development of children and young people.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
15:10 10/31/23
Can Where a Child Sits in Class Really Make a Difference?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the seemingly small yet immensely impactful aspect of classroom dynamics – seating arrangements. Discover how sensitive seating plans can make a monumental difference in a child's engagement, learning experience, and overall classroom success. I share practical insights and thought-provoking examples to highlight the significant role that thoughtful seating can play in unlocking a child's potential and fostering a positive learning environment.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
10:18 10/24/23
How Can We Help Anxious Children Thrive in Social Situations?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore a range of ideas for building the confidence of anxious children in social situations. CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
19:37 10/17/23
How Can You Learn to Cry and Release Big Feelings?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore the power of crying and how we can learn to embrace the physical and psychological act of crying if we’re someone who is used to locking our feelings and our tears away. Support the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
19:24 10/10/23
What Practical Tools Can Help Children Master Assertiveness?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the world of assertiveness and share a treasure trove of practical tools to help children master this crucial skill. From role-playing activities that bring scenarios to life, to the powerful "I Statements" technique that fosters effective communication, I explore a toolkit designed to enhance kids' assertiveness.  We'll also uncover the significance of body language in assertive interactions and how self-advocacy and conflict resolution skills empower children to stand up for themselves.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
29:32 10/3/23
Could Understanding Kids' Needs Transform Behaviour?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into the fascinating world of children's behaviour. Discover why it's crucial to look beyond surface labels and understand the deeper emotions driving their actions. Join me as I explore the profound impact of our responses on a child's sense of safety and self-worth.  By the end of this episode, you'll gain valuable insights into how compassion and curiosity can transform your approach to children's behaviour, making their world a little brighter and safer.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
18:08 9/26/23
How Can We Empower Neurodivergent Students with Effective Homework and Study Strategies?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I delve into empowering neurodivergent students with effective homework and study strategies. I guide you through embracing neurodiversity, providing clear instructions, and cultivating supportive learning environments.We also explore empowering self-advocacy, goal setting, task management, and self-regulation skills. Plus, I share tips on recognising students' strengths and nurturing their holistic success.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
25:36 9/19/23
How Can We Help Children Express Their Anger in a Healthy Way?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, we delve into the crucial topic of helping children express their anger constructively. Join me as I explore the importance of recognising anger, providing safe outlets, modelling healthy expression, and nurturing problem-solving skills. Discover valuable insights and practical strategies to support the emotional well-being of the children and young people in your care. CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
19:52 9/12/23
How can we help children to make friends and find their tribe?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore how we can help children to make friends that feel good and build a little tribe where they belong.  The ideas work well for adults too.  I hope it’s helpful. CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
27:38 9/5/23
How Can We Get Physically Active When Motivation Is Low?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore simple suggestions to enable us to get active.  Being physically active is well proven to boost mood, but when we most need this boost are the times when it’s hardest to motivate ourselves.  These ideas should help and can be used either for yourself or to support a colleague or child.CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.com•               Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
23:36 8/29/23
How Can We Maintain a Close Relationship With a Child Who is Emotionally Distant?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore how we can maintain a positive, loving, supportive relationship with a child who becomes emotionally distant or pushes us away.    CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:•               Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyh•               Newsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmith•               Website: https://www.pookyknightsmith.com•               YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyh•               TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmith•               Twitter: https://twitter.com/pookyh•               Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealth•               LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/•               Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
24:58 8/22/23
How to Take the Conversation Deeper
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore some simple phrases for taking conversations deeper.  These simple prompts can make a real difference whether you're supporting a child or an adult.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyhTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmithTwitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealthLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyhWebsite: https://www.pookyknightsmith.comNewsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmithSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
11:17 8/1/23
Should We Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore whether we should always try to be bold and brave or whether sometimes it's simply okay to say no... CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyhTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmithTwitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealthLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyhWebsite: https://www.pookyknightsmith.comNewsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmithSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
20:40 7/25/23
How Can Finding Our Flow State Help with Anxiety or Overwhelm?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore what flow is, how it can help with anxiety, low mood or overwhelm and how we can find our way to flow, or support a child to.  CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyhTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmithTwitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealthLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyhWebsite: https://www.pookyknightsmith.comNewsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmithSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
15:55 7/18/23
How Should We Be Talking About Children Who Are Struggling?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore the power of language and how fairly simple changes to the way we talk about children can make a big change to how we think about and subsequently behave towards children. CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyhTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmithTwitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealthLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyhWebsite: https://www.pookyknightsmith.comNewsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmithSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
21:29 7/11/23
What's the deal with hoodies? Should we be encouraging them?
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore why some children seem to feel happier with their hoods up and whether this is something we should be more supportive of.CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyhTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmithTwitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealthLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyhWebsite: https://www.pookyknightsmith.comNewsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmithSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
19:37 7/4/23
Using Transition Activities to Move Between Activities, Places or People
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore a range of activities to support the transition from one activity, place or person to another.  For example, calming things down when moving from break time to lesson time or school to home.  Recorded with neurodivergent children front and centre in my mind, these activities can work for a wide range of children - and adults too; I use most of them myself. CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyhTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmithTwitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealthLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyhWebsite: https://www.pookyknightsmith.comNewsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmithSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
23:51 6/27/23
Supporting Your Child to Embrace Their New Neurodivergent Diagnosis
In this episode of the Pooky Ponders Podcast, I explore what happens next when we learn that a child is neurodivergent.  What sort of conversations can we have with them to help them better understand themselves and the world and their place within it.  How can we keep things positive and just how much do they need to know? CONNECTYou can find me in the following places:Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pookyhTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pookyknightsmithTwitter: https://twitter.com/pookyhFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PookyKnightsmithMentalHealthLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooky/Podcast: https://pookyh.buzzsprout.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/pookyhYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pookyhWebsite: https://www.pookyknightsmith.comNewsletter: https://substack.com/profile/94569808-pooky-knightsmithSupport the show***If you’d like to support my work, you can do so by sharing my resources; by joining me on Patreon for £1 a month or by inviting me to speak at your setting or event.***
19:57 6/20/23

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