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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 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 out first, why kids can't do things today that they were able to do yesterday (performance inconsistency), and how challenging behavior IS communication.


Dr. Dan shares his wealth of knowledge and experience as we talk about navigating child development challenges, the power of positive assumptions, his “time-in” method, and his parent coaching program, Parent Child Journey.


Check out this episode to hear from one of the leaders in providing support for parents in need of some guidance. To find out more about Dan’s parent coaching program and get access to his amazing books, visit his website at