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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.

Jan 9, 2024

Pathological Demand Avoidance or Pervasive Drive for Autonomy -- what is PDA? Join me and Casey Ehrlich, of At Peace Parents, to unpack the acronyms and what they mean. We'll talk about kids' nervous systems and the high levels of stress that kids with an ASD (autism spectrum disorder) PDA profile have. We'll make sense of their behavior and discuss some "bad parenting" techniques to make things smoother at home.


To find out more about Casey and how she may be able to shed some light on PDA issues with your child, visit her website at