Eps 205: Wendy Bertagnole breaks down the sensory system in a way that makes PERFECT SENSE!
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My guest today is Wendy Bertagnole.
Wendy Bertagnole, is a lover of chocolate, lifter of heavy weights, believer in wearing yoga clothes most every day, and a mother of three kids. She works with moms who are frustrated with their children’s behavior, helping them to once again enjoy motherhood and their children. With an undergrad degree in child development and a masters in special education, Wendy has taken what she’s learned, while also raising her three kids, to serve others
Wendy knows that not every child shows up 100% happy and willing to cooperate every moment of every day, which can be frustrating. She believe every behavior is a form of communication and her mission is to help every parent understand what their child is communicating through their behavior.
Wendy’s work is aligned with the mission of Joyful Courage and I am thrilled to have some time to talk with her today.
Today’s guest is Wendy Burtinall. She works with moms who are frustrated with their children’s behavior, helping them to once again enjoy motherhood and their kids. With an undergrad degree in child development and a master’s in special education, Wendy has taken what she’s learned while raising her kids to serve others. Wendy knows that not every child shows up 100% happy and willing to cooperate every moment of the day. She believes every behavior is a form of communication. And her mission is to help every parent understand what their child is communicating through their behavior. Join us!
“it’s been my mission now to help other parents understand how sensory processing affects their kids behavior too, so they can stop fighting it and start working with it.”
“We all have a sensory system. And we haven’t learned really much about it.”
“I feel like the first three and a half years of my son’s life was me feeling guilty about not being able to change his behavior.”
“Our body determines a lot of the behaviors that we’re having.”
What you’ll hear in this episode:
Sensory systems and what they do
The sensory systems we don’t often think about
Variances in capacity for stimulus
Impact of stress on sensory systems
Behaviors that go back to sensory issues
Getting curious about solutions
Sensory regulation – what is it?
Helping kids to have awareness of their sensory needs
Teaching kids self-advocacy
Developing resiliency around sensory preferences
Learning to give ourselves grace
The role of control and preparation in self-regulation
Supporting a sensory preference without feeling like we’re giving in to undesirable behavior
Seeing behavior through a sensory lens
Weighted blankets – do they really work?
How to tell if your child would benefit from a weighted blanket
What does Joyful Courage mean to you?
Having the courage to see our children as our teachers and our leaders and to me that means, just with my journey of parenting, I came into parenting thinking I was the end all be all, and I was really awesome. And it wasn’t until I started listening to what my kids needed, that I started feeling like, “Okay, now I’m stepping into being who they need me to be.” And that took a lot of courage because it’s not the Pinterest cute stuff that other people are doing and it took a lot of courage for me, but that’s where I’ve truly found the most joy with my kids.
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