Author Archives: Jodee Kulp

Change is how we grow – it is hard and anytime change is required it can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming especially for individuals who live with multiple challenges. Consider how you feel when you have too much on your plate and are overwhelmed. Remember, be appreciative and grateful. It is impossible to be both […]

“Let’s change how people think. Let’s figure out why jobs are so hard to keep. Let’s figure out how to train employees. Let’s go for a grant,” he said. “Let’s make LiveAbilities, happen.” Five sentences later, I agreed. As with most grants they take time to write. I made sure the pilot would be a success […]

RealMindz looks forward to working with Ann in the coming year and helping parents CONNECT the pieces to help their children. We began our RealMindz program introducing people we love with a little boy from Lancaster, Wisconsin named Mac, who is the son of Ann and Dr. James Yurcek. Today, we share Mac’s Christmas Miracle […]

by Liz Kulp Liz is one of our beloved expert FASD Survival Strategy Teachers I have lived with a pile of labels for 30 years, and the labels don’t make me the person I am. Those labels, like the tags on Holiday Presents just indicate to another person how to direct the package so it […]

Happy Holidays From all of us at FASDTHINKTANK – Thank you for being a part of the life of a person with trauma and challenges before birth. Holidays are a tough time for our kids, teens and adults. We may place pressure on ourselves to try to make holidays perfect. What matters is family and […]

Children consider playground activities “circus performances” and they hunger for recognition. Children will typically flock to an adult who understands the nature of this situation and who encourages challenge and expressive fun. I am so excited to feature the world of Dr. “Fun” Lyelle Palmer. Use language to build your child’s strength of character. Words […]

Over the years I have found respite in the darnedest places… meaning my children or the people I care for will not venture there. Cleaning the dog kennel has always given me time alone, as does weeding my garden… folding the laundry.  And through the seasons I seemed to find other places for isolation like […]

As the economy has continued to challenge our family… we discovered fun and affordable giving ideas. Take our RealMindz unshopping challenge Support a cause – there are thousands to choose from – buy chickens and rabbits for farms in impoverished areas, help to purchase a well – here are a few charity ideas – Salvation […]

With holiday season fast approaching and the hustle and bustle of shopping – here’s an idea to redirect your kiddos and yourself. Stores can be overwhelming with colors and sounds and lights and smells. Children from trauma or sensory issues struggle during the holiday seasons. Here are a couple ideas to build single focus into […]

My father captured my energy by creating my “be still” spot and that began the harnessing of my delightfully chaotic energy. My preschool years landed me on an island with an armload of friends living in the rest home next door. They had happy face wrinkles and white hair. On the other side lived my […]