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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 and symptoms in older elementary school-aged children and the importance of considering the broader context of airway and muscle function. Arielle also shares a success story of a child who underwent a myofunctional journey, and emphasizes the significance of a multidisciplinary approach involving professionals like dentists, ENTs, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.


To find out more about Arielle and her practice visit her website at