Science Drives, Wellness Steers

Science Drives, Wellness Steers
I’m Alley— a Toronto mom, therapist and business owner (Magnificent Minds Inc.) with roots in mental health, child development, applied behaviour analysis, and supporting parents as they strive for optimized wellness. I’ve got this behavioural and mental health hybrid life, and career, where science drives and wellness steers. I’m a hippy at heart and I totally own the chaos that is life with THREE *spirited* littles, a hectic-but amazing- job, and a “sign-me-up” attitude that sometimes gets me in over my head. The rest we’ll have to uncover together! Subscribe so you never miss an update!

011: Support your kids as restrictions start to ease- Covid-19 edition
Jul 13 • 27 min
Let’s talk about what to expect as we move through phase 2 and phase 3 of reopening as we expand our bubbles and re-enter society adjusting to our new norms in post Covid times. What might our kids experience and how can we support them? Behaviour? Social…
010: Anxiety, Covid-19 and Finding your Chill
May 12 • 30 min
2 things we all have in common: 1. We’re in a global pandemic 2. We’re anxious, our kids are anxious—we have no chill! I’m diving into what anxiety is like in quarantine, some surprising facts you didn’t know about how your mind works and some proactive…
009: Self-care during quarantine—happiness, gratitude and manifestation.
Apr 23 • 35 min
Cabin fever has set in, right? Kids are home, no end in sight—working from home—boss doesn’t “get it”, or you’ve been laid off—and you’re juggling more than ever wearing too many hats for too low a pay bracket. How do we target self care when we…
008: Bribery vs. Reinforcement and How to Own Parenting
Oct 23, 2019 • 39 min
So… bribery and reinforcement are basically the same thing right? WRONG! Like, really, really wrong. But don’t worry…I got you. By the end of this episode you’ll be schooling your friends in the ins and outs of effective reinforcement strategies, and…
007: Grief and Parenting Kiddos with Complex Needs
Oct 2, 2019 • 21 min
Grief though. Maybe it’s the hormones (baby #3 on board) but I won’t lie, this one got me right in the feels. The love a parent feels for their kiddo(s) is unlike anything else; it’s truly unparalleled. If you know, you know. I’ll save you the banter, the…
006: Tantrum or Meltdown?
Jun 9, 2019 • 27 min
Kids don’t tantrum because they want to be a jerks; they tantrum because they are trying to figure out how to best communicate their needs and wants. As parents, we can either extinguish or fuel the tantrum fire. Did you know that tantrums and meltdowns…
005: Picky Eaters—What Gives?!
Apr 15, 2019 • 30 min
Meal times are the WORST! Agree? It’s one thing to be lactose-intolerant, it’s completely another to be new-food-intollerant. If your kid is picky, you’ve had your share of food battles; you’ve probably also had your share of peas thrown at your face,…
004: Parenting is hard; like, really, really hard!
Apr 2, 2019 • 35 min
Parenting is hard! Like really, really hard. If you don’t prioritize your wellness as a parent, you’ll spiral into burn out, and the burden of day-to-day life will only increase as your burn-out gets more intense. Optimizing wellness, for you as a parent,…
003: Does Birth Order Impact Parenting Style?
Mar 11, 2019 • 17 min
What are your thoughts on birth order: fact or fiction? Early on in my research, and career, I found myself wondering how, or if, birth order was a real “thing” or a hypothetical construct. I found myself wondering if we are “who we are” as individuals,…
BONUS: Mental health and ABA overlap. Part 1: Pre-OAP reform
Feb 24, 2019 • 13 min
In this episode we discuss the importance of recognizing the meeting point of mental health services and ABA services in an autism population. We review the political history in Ontario leading up to the funding model pre Feb. 6 2019 and set the tone of…
002: Emotionally Responsive Parenting
Jan 25, 2019 • 24 min
Have you ever seen a parent, out in the big wide world, who handles an epic kid meltdown with effortless grace and a gentle, but grounded approach? Well, that can totally be you! Armed with a few key strategies and an understanding of your own core values…
001: Taking the Plunge- Toilet Training Basics
Jan 14, 2019 • 25 min
If you’ve got a spirited kiddo, a kiddo on the Autism spectrum, a kiddo with intellectual, developmental or behavioural needs and toilet training is on your radar, you’ve stumbled upon the right episode! If you’ve got a kiddo that isn’t potty-trained, and…
Science Drives, Wellness Steers (Trailer)
Jan 13, 2019 • 0 min