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Low-Demand Parenting : Dropping Demands, Restoring Calm, and Finding Connection with Your Uniquely Wired Child - Amanda Diekman

Low-Demand Parenting

Dropping Demands, Restoring Calm, and Finding Connection with Your Uniquely Wired Child

By: Amanda Diekman

Paperback | 15 September 2023

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"Low-demand parenting requires radical acceptance. It says to the kid right in front of you, I see you, just as you are. - You are ok here. I love you right here."

Parent to neurodivergent children and autistic adult, Amanda Diekman, outlines a parenting approach that finally lowers the bar for the whole family, enabling the equilibrium of the home to be restored. Low-demand parenting allows you to drop the demands and expectations that are making family life impossible and embrace the joyful freedom of living life with low demands. It can be a particularly effective approach for children with high anxiety levels including neurodivergent children.

Amanda talks from experience and teaches you how to identify what the big, tiny and invisible demands are for your own child and gives you the step-by-step instructions on how to drop them. Full of practical resources and scripts that are easy to implement in busy everyday life, this book is your flashlight and your map to parenting your uniquely wired child. It will not tell you where to go, but it will help you find your way so you and your family thrive.

About the Author

Amanda Diekman is soulful Presbyterian pastor, spiritual director, coach, and autistic contemplative. She has been published at Not An Autism Mom, PDA Parents, the Mighty, and Motherly. She lives in Durham NC with her husband and 3 children.
Industry Reviews
Parents of neurodivergent children, especially parents of kids who fit the PDA profile of autism, will benefit from reading Amanda Diekman's book on low-demand parenting. In addition to giving clear guidance, her heartfelt journey of acceptance is a beautiful read. -- Diane Gould, Founder PDA North America
An empowering and compassionate guide for parents seeking an alternative approach to raising their children. This book beautifully captures the essence of low-demand parenting, providing practical strategies to honor children's boundaries, build trust, and nurture their authentic selves. It's a game-changer for those ready to embrace a radically respectful and joy-filled relationship with their kids. A must-read for any parent looking to break free from traditional parenting norms. -- Debbie Reber, host of the Tilt Parenting Podcast and author of Differently Wired.
Drawing from her expertise and life experience as an autistic adult, Amanda Diekman's 'Low-Demand Parenting' offers a compassionate and practical guide for parents that will increase their understanding and the experience of their neurodivergent children. Amanda provides guidance to support and develop trust with all children, even those with the most difficulty dealing with the challenges of a neurotypical world. As a result, parents will be set on a path to foster genuine connections and develop a positive sense of self. 'Low-Demand Parenting' is a breath of fresh air given all the discipline oriented approaches that confront parents, and will be a valuable resource for creating a nurturing environment where children can thrive and be celebrated for who they are. -- Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism and The SCERTS Model

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