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90-Minute School Day
Discover a revolutionary approach to parenting and homeschooling! Join host Kelly Edwards as she engages in a live recorded conversation with Amanda Diekman, author of "Low Demand Parenting” and Robyn Robertson of Honey! I’m Homeschooling the Kids.
Amanda walks us through her personal journey through burnout, breaking societal norms, and finding freedom outside conventional boxes. She shares practical tips for navigating demands, recognizing your capacity, and building trust with your children. If you're a parent seeking joy, healing, and a unique path, this episode is a must-listen.
Special Needs Kids Are People Too!
The conversation we had was quite fascinating! As it turns out, Amanda Diekman is also an Autistic adult who thinks in patterns!
I have found that when an Autistic adult who thinks in patterns writes a book, it is worth reading because it will help you understand exactly how everything fits together!
Low-Demand Amanda is no different! In this episode she provides us with a great overview of what Low-Demand Parenting is all about!
Amanda is here to offer a supremely refreshing perspective on how we need to peel back the layers of what we're doing and focus entirely on what is most critical-- meeting everyone's essential needs for safety and connection. Focusing on this base, we promote resiliency, learning, more regulated connected nervous systems, and healthy attachment relationships. We talk about how to move the energy of emotion intuitively (she gives the best examples!), and we both ended this conversation with a beautiful metaphor.
The Peaceful Parenting Podcast
Amanda Diekman, an eminent advocate for low-demand parenting, discusses her own experiences as an autistic adult, and how it has shaped her parenting style.
She also explains the core principles of low-demand parenting and emphasizes on building trustful relationships by being creatively supportive to meet the child's distinctive needs. We also look into the parental process of accommodating a child's neurodiversity, experiencing a sense of deep 'why', and their own need within it.
Entering the world of neurodiversity often enables personal discovery, and creates challenges. How can parenting nudge adults toward uncovering their own neurodivergence? What is 'low-demand parenting' all about? It’s not simply eliminating expectations, it’s deeper and more nuanced. We’re diving into the complex world of self-discovery and parenting with Amanda Diekman.
Uniquely Human: The Podcast
Amanda provides examples of the “Low Demand Parenting” and presents this approach in contrast to advice often given to parents of autistic and other neurodivergent children. She challenges many mainstream beliefs about raising children, especially those who are defined as having behavioral patterns perceived as problematic by others. Her work prioritizes building trusting relationships focused on supporting the emotional growth and well-being of children.
"A demand is anything that is too hard in the present moment. And that can be for you or them. As a family, we have found the language of ‘too hard’ to be incredibly freeing. When things are hard, we show up, we do our best, we’re brave, we ask for help. And when things are too hard, we find a way to let it go."
We discuss low demand parenting, permissiveness, power dynamics, emotions, and tips, techniques, and strategies to shift to a more low demand approach.
One Bad Mother
We're back! And burned out already! Amanda Diekman, founder and author of Low-Demand Parenting, joins Biz to discuss PTSD, the trouble with masking, and opening a package of Oreos in the middle of the supermarket.
After chatting with Amanda Diekman, author and leading voice in the neurodiversity parenting movement, I can honestly say I felt some of the weight and pressure of parenting lift as she gave me and all our listeners permission to say, ‘It’s too hard right now” and let some things go. I hope you too find the permission you may be seeking today to radically accept your child and family where you and they are at.
Tilt Parenting: Raising Differently Wired Kids
I’ve gotten to know today’s guest, Amanda Diekman, over the past year after I participated in her Low Demand Parenting Summit. Because low-demand parenting can be such an effective approach to supporting differently wired kids, especially kids who fall under the PDA profile of autism, I invited Amanda to join the show for a conversation about what this parenting approach looks like. An autistic adult, parent coach, and author in the neurodiversity space, Amanda has become a leading voice in the movement for low demand parenting practice.
The Baffling Behavior Show
We tread into the challenging terrain of parenting children with highly sensitive nervous systems, sharing insightful strategies and breakthrough research work of Ross Green, Mona Delahooke, and Stuart Shanker.
I chat with Amanda Diekman, parent coach and autistic mother of neurodivergent children, about Low-Demand Parenting, her journey to celebrating her family's Neurodiversity, and her new book! It's a beautiful chat and we talk about radical acceptance, permissiveness, inner work and so much more.
Journeys with PDA Coffee Chat
Amanda shares about her family's journey through Pathological Demand Avoidance, autistic burnout, crisis and the path they took to find peace and healing.
Take her quiz, Why is it all so hard? https://www.amandadiekman.com/quiz
Get the first chapter of her book free: Low-Demand Parenting https://www.amandadiekman.com/book
The Autism ADHD Podcast
Amanda, autistic parenting coach, joins us today to talk about low demand parenting. We cover so much in this important episode such as -
Identifying hard and harder
Building trust and connection
Low demand versus no demand
Being a safe parent and educator
Preparing children for the future
Mental health and more :)
The Unschool Space
Amanda’s journey to unschooling started with her 8 year-old who is autistic, PDA and the reality that school was a difficult and traumatic experience for him. Her 10 year old son, who is also autistic later chose also to leave school. We talk about how we can meet the needs of a PDA child, how essential it is that we leave behind any mainstream ideas about parenting and education that are unlikely to serve us, and about how unschooling looks very different according to each child.
Low demand parenting doesn’t mean that we dismiss all expectations of a child and let them do whatever they want. Instead, low demand parenting means dropping demands and reducing expectations in order to meet kids with radical acceptance. As I explain in this episode, the purpose of the low demand life is to find ease and joy.
But how exactly do you shift from the high demand parenting that’s instinctual to most people to low demand parenting? You start with radical acceptance and respecting the child’s boundaries.
Amanda walks us through the ‘low demand’ lifestyle and the JOY that comes right along with it. She helps us understand the difference between ‘hard’ and ‘too hard’ when posed with the question, ‘when should I push and when should I accommodate?’ Yes, this episode is long, but it's also packed so FULL of Amanda's grace and wisdom as she demonstrates these game-changing, low-demand concepts!
Two Sides of the Spectrum
There’s a tool that is missing from most of our therapy bags: it’s lowering the demands for our Autistic clients. This tool is irreplaceable for helping Autistic people recover from the burnout cycle, and even for preventing burnout all together. Amanda Diekman helps us figure out how to do just that.
Navigating the Spectrum
This episode with Amanda Diekman focuses on low-demand parenting. Amanda tells us what it is, who it benefits, and why she uses low-demand parenting herself.
On this episode, we talk about...
+ Amanda's experience self-identifying as autistic as an adult and going through her diagnosis process, versus her experience advocating for her young son's diagnosis, treatment, and finding support
+ What PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance/ Pervasive Drive toward Autonomy) looks like and Amanda's experience parenting a PDA child
+ What other accommodations and resources are helpful for folks learning about the PDA profile of autism +Amanda's parenting approach, low demand parenting, how it works, and how you can learn more about it