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Complicated Kids with Gabriele Nicolet

Complicated Kids is a podcast about why raising kids can feel so hard sometimes. We’ll talk about quirky kids, highly sensitive kids, Orchid Kids, disabilities, disorders and therapies. But we’ll also talk about general child development, parenting tips, and how to understand the child you brought home with you and agreed to house, clothe, feed and raise until their adulthood (What were you THINKING?!)

Parenting is an adventure anyway. If you’ve got complicated kids, it can feel like an extreme sport. Join me to unpack all of it, figure out who needs what, and help your family thrive.

Gabriele Nicolet is a Toddler Whisperer, Parent Coach and Speech Therapist. – She is the co-founder of Raising Orchid Kids – an online, global parent education and coaching practice, as well as the owner of SpeechKids – a private speech therapy practice in the DC metro area. Gabriele has a hard time eating out in restaurants if children are present because she always wants to play. She is passionate about all things child development, and particularly fascinated by the ways in which common parenting practices affect highly sensitive (Orchid) kids and how to tweak them so that everyone can stay calm and become their best Selves.

Oct 31, 2023

What do we do when articulation therapy isn’t working? Join me and Arielle Gates, a speech-language pathologist, to answer that question.


We discuss how articulation disorders, specifically difficulties in pronouncing sounds like the letter "R," can be intertwined with myofunctional issues. We explore the signs...

Oct 24, 2023

Lacie Brueckner and Kat Pendergast joined me to talk about death and dying and how to help kids through this tough subject.


Lacie and Kat are the authors of "Goodbye Bella," a book that helps children cope with the loss of a beloved pet. Our conversation leads into the importance of discussing death with children...

Oct 17, 2023

This week’s Complicated Kids Podcast episode features parent coach, school principal and ex-arsonist (more on that), Ben Pugh. Ben helps parents better understand their relationships with their children and changes their perspective to create understanding and support.


Ben talks with us about his experience...

Oct 10, 2023

In this episode of the Complicated Kids Podcast, I am joined by Ed Thompson, the CEO and founder of Uptimize, to discuss the importance of neurodiversity in the workplace. Ed shares insights from his book, "A Hidden Force: Unlocking the Potential of Neurodiversity at Work," and explains how Uptimize is leading the way...

Oct 3, 2023

Dr. Dan Shapiro is one of my favorite people to talk to about child development. Dr. Dan is the founder of Parent Child Journey, Author, and a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician.


This interview was recorded a couple of years ago, but it still holds up. We discuss what professionals should parents seek...