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#146: Brain Love! Helping Kids Understand ADHD with Author Nicole Russell

March 4, 2024

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It is easy to feel lost on how to help your amazing kiddo with ADHD see themselves the way you do. We all know they’re incredible, but sometimes those unique brains can feel like a double-edged sword. That’s where our guest for today, Nicole Russell, comes in. She is a champion of self-love and the author of the awesome “My Busy, Busy Brain.” In this episode, Nicole shares practical tips for teaching self-advocacy and helping our kids rock their own rhythm. Hear her inspiring story of writing the book, her mission to spread Brain Love, and how we can empower our kids to see their differences as strengths.



Nicole Russell is a bestselling author and lead advocate for mental health and the well-being of children. She serves as Founder and Executive Director of Precious Dreams Foundation, the non-profit empowering youth in foster care and homeless shelters to learn healthy coping techniques and focus on their dreams. She is also CEO of Pitch House Productions, a social impact consulting agency that educates corporations on best practices for serving vulnerable populations. Nicole has managed over 5 million dollars in community funding and scholarships. Russell uses her non-profit and creative tools to serve youth through every aspect of her career.  Inspired by her personal experience with ADHD, she also encourages children who struggle with ADHD and other learning obstacles to speak up for themselves in her children’s book. Nicole’s accolades include GLAMOUR’s “Everyday Hero of the Year,” Observer’s “Top 20 Heroes Under 40”, Walmart’s “Community Playmaker Award,” as well as a featured piece recognizing her efforts in O, The Oprah Magazine. More recently, Nicole was recognized by NBC and Essence as an essential hero for her efforts to serve and support the mental health needs of thousands of youth in the U.S. shelter system during the pandemic.



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Episode 146 Transcript

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Hungry Root – Code CHILDHOOD40

Time Timer – Code TCC

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