Show Notes

Discover what’s possible when your response is in line with your truest intentions. 

With over 20 years of experience working with neurodiverse individuals, Lafaya Mitchell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the creator of The Lafaya Way, a relational approach that helps to build bridges for effective interactions in difficult relationships and social situations. She is also the mother of three children, two of whom are autistic. 

In this conversation, we discuss: 

  • The types of families that seek her services

  • The four core strategies of The Lafaya Way

  • What she calls the “emotion soaking phenomenon”

  • How a parent’s past experiences might impact their ability to make decisions now

  • The different levels of acceptance and how they are tied to a parent’s personal growth

  • Some common struggles of parents trying to understand their child’s needs

  • The hidden effects of family dynamics

  • Why the expression “problem child” is problematic

  • Cultural sensitivity and how the Black community responds to her program

  • One of the most rewarding experiences she’s ever had working with children on the spectrum 

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