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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 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 in training organizations to embrace neurodiversity.


We chat about the impact of neurodiversity on organizations, including the benefits of diverse thinking styles, the challenges neurodivergent individuals face, and the concept of masking. Ed highlights the value of creating inclusive and supportive work environments and provides real-world examples of how Uptimize's approach has helped organizations hire and retain top talent.


To find out more about Ed and Uptimize, visit or grab a copy of his book "A Hidden Force: Unlocking the Potential of Neurodiversity at Work" on Amazon. This episode challenges common misconceptions about neurodiversity and underscores the financial and cultural benefits of fostering inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.