Vanessa Kahlon is the founder of Kahlon Family Services School, a nonprofit organization that provides education for (K-8) along with resources and support to families with strong willed children, that some would call 2E (twice exceptional).

Vanessa is an experienced caregiver who has dedicated the past 25 years of her life to working with children. She is a Family Interventionist, offering comprehensive and individualized coaching and support regularly. Vanessa’s natural ability to connect with and support these children quickly became evident, as families consistently sought her help. Despite occasional attempts to pursue different career paths, Vanessa’s true passion always led her back to working with children who have autism. Her unwavering commitment and expertise have made her an invaluable asset in this specialized field, despite her occasionally strong opinions leading to challenges in maintaining employment.

YEAS YOGA (Yoga Education for Autism Spectrum) is an exciting and personal Yoga Curriculum for children that benefits Self-Regulation. Her book, “Shut Up and Parent” gives parents the tools for managing their kids’ daily behaviors. She hosts the podcast, “Parenting With Vanessa Kahlon,” and lectures at numerous schools and organizations.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • The importance of communication and relationship in parenting
  • Discouraging the use of time-outs and instead focusing on building a strong connection with the child
  • Emphasizing the need for parents to be present and engaged with their child rather than relying solely on teaching mode
  • Encouraging parents to take breaks when feeling overwhelmed, rather than resorting to punitive measures like spanking
  • Promoting self-care as a way to recharge and better handle parenting challenges
  • Highlighting the importance of growth and evolution for the whole family, not just the child
  • Emphasizing the need for parents to apologize to their child when they make a mistake, promoting a culture of growth and learning
  • Recognizing that moderate use of technology is not necessarily a bad thing for kids and can even help with social skills
  • Advocating for parents to understand their children’s technology use and use it as a means of connection and teaching
  • Providing parenting groups and workshops to support parents in getting their children back into school
  • Initiating a study with a self-care journal to help teachers better handle classroom situations
  • Acknowledging the difficulties faced by parents, particularly those who have to juggle multiple jobs or face financial struggles

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