March 8th, 2023
Episode 7 - Podcast
Dr. Ali Arena is a communications & relationship expert specialising in the unique relational dynamics between neurodivergent and neurotypical people, both adults and kids. Ali has ADHD herself, and is both a Speech-Language Pathologist & Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She’s a kind of like an interpersonal detective that searches for patterns to increase connection either in romantic relationships, friendships, or parent-child dynamics.
Dr. Ali & I talk about:
the differences in communication style between women and men
the social strengths of ADHD in relationships
how to navigate chronic oversharing, info-dumping and vulnerability hangovers
all or nothing catastrophizing in arguments
having arguments because we’re bored and it’s a dopamine hit
becoming disembodied during conflicts and disconnecting from our intentions/spiralling out of control
setting boundaries and scheduling down time to nourish your nervous system
sensory regulation tips for supporting the ADHD kids in your life
helping your ADHD partner calm down when they’re spiralling
what to do when you’re stuck next to someone on a plane and don’t want to overshare… and more!
Ali’s instagram @connectingwithali
Ali’s website www.connection-squared.com