Advance praise for
The joys and struggles of raising neurodivergent kids
"This book is a godsend for parents who want to help their atypical kids blossom and thrive while also caring for themselves. Kate Lynch provides a desperately needed roadmap through challenging territory."
—Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes:
The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
“A groundbreaking, visionary, and practical guide to mindfulness for parents of neurodivergent kids. Instead of focusing on how to ‘fix’ our kids and control their behavior, Kate encourages parents to focus on themselves— on calming and centering their own body-minds.”
—Jennifer Natalya Fink, PhD, author of All Our Families:
Disability Lineage and the Future of Kinship
"A highly personal, emotionally supportive, and accessibly practical approach to finding joy and resilience through the always changing and frequently demanding experience of raising children."
—Mark Bertin, MD, developmental pediatrician and
author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD
Kate Lynch (she/her) is the parent of an amazing atypical kid, an inclusive yoga and meditation teacher, and author of the upcoming book Atypical Kids, Mindful Parents. Her little neurodiverse family lives in a magical land called Brooklyn.
“I can think of no kinder, wiser, more knowledgeable companion on the path of parenting atypical kids than Kate Lynch. Reading this book will feel like a delicious exhale because it focuses on you as a parent, offering up short-and-sweet practices to do when you feel overwhelmed, perplexed, and exhausted. Kate’s own story is a testament to the power of mindfulness, resilience, and self-care tools to help parents show up fully in love—one day at a time. I love this book.”
—Linda Sparrowe, author of The Woman's Book of Yoga & Health and YogaMama
“An essential and practical guide not just to compassionately parent a child on the spectrum, but also practice the self care needed to not run out of gas as a parent. This book gives actual practicable exercises for how to get through the inevitable challenges and not just survive but thrive.”
—Rupert Isaacson, author of The Horse Boy and The Long Ride Home
“To read this book is to discover ourselves on many levels: as parents, of course, but also to discover ourselves as individuals with all our strengths, weaknesses, and idiosyncrasies. Parenting is revealed as a process which both fulfills our dreams and breaks our hearts, all at once. Luckily Kate Lynch offers us many practical physical, emotional, and mental techniques to help us persist when we need to, and to let go when we should. Perhaps the main point of Atypical Kids, Mindful Parents is to support the reader in remembering to ask ourselves: 'Does what I am about to do include taking care of myself?’ Highly recommended.”
—Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, has taught yoga since 1971, is the
author of 11 books, the mother of three, and the grandmother of 10
“This book feels like the deepest breath. As a parent of an atypical kid, I struggled to figure out the path forward, especially in those lonely early days.
I would have given anything for a warm, wise guidebook like this. It's easy to feel misunderstood and alone as you're raising a neurodivergent kid, but Kate offers instant kinship and support. Every parent would benefit from her tried-and-true ways of taking care of yourself, creating community, and advocating for your child. Her book is a gift to us all.”
—Joanna Goddard, editor of the popular lifestyle blog Cup of Jo
“Reading this book feels like having coffee and a chat with a kind and experienced friend. With unfailing compassion for both readers and herself, Kate interweaves her story as the parent of a neurodivergent child with practical self-regulation strategies for parents. Most resources for parents focus on supporting and regulating the child. Kate understands this is only possible when the parent is supported and regulated. This book is the missing piece between a parent’s intentions and their ability to truly support - and enjoy - their child.”
—Mado Hesselink, host of the Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast and parent to a neurodivergent young adult
"The book is a gift filled with truths people often do not want to speak, and I know it will resonate with many who are navigating both the beauty and challenges of parenting. What I most appreciate is how honest and raw Kate is about her own journey. The practices to build resilience and deeper awareness will support many parents on their journey of being in a deeper relationship with themselves and their children."
—Michelle C. Johnson, Author of Skill in Action and Finding Refuge
“In Kate Lynch's excellent guide for parents of atypical children we explore the importance of co-regulation as a caregiver with calming, present, practical methodology. Her tenderhearted parenting journey is altogether relatable with difficult decisions punctuated with humor. Kate makes us feel welcome into her world and cared for with proven techniques. An especially comforting gift for parents whose expectations of parenting are unfolding in ways they hadn't anticipated. A true look at embracing the unique gifts our children bring.”
—Beth Spindler, Yoga Therapist and author of Yoga Therapy for Fear
“Parenting a neurodivergent kid can feel lonely and confusing -- so often parents' concerns are either ignored, judged, or pitied. Kate's book is like a beacon of light that will help so many parents who are trying to figure out how to best support their children. She is the warm, compassionate friend you need on this journey, sharing all that she has learned and helping you fill your own cup breath by breath, moment by moment, so that you can be the parent your child needs.”
—Andrea Ferretti, parent and host of the Yogaland Podcast
“Kate has helped so many parents find calm in the unexpected turns of parenthood through her classes and workshops, and now she can help so many more with this deeply researched book of lived-through, practical, intuitive philosophy and practice of mindful parenting. Need to get back to the parent you know you can be for your kid? This is for you.”
—Meg Lemke, editor of MUTHA Magazine
"This thoughtful, generous book will be a boon to parents and caregivers of atypical children. I love the compassionate, honest way Kate Lynch shares her personal story along with her wisdom as a yoga teacher and mindfulness expert. She has created a crucial guide for getting through the stickiest moments of parenthood."
—Amy Shearn, author of Unseen City and other novels
“There were moments when I had to put this book down because it affected me so deeply. Although our stories differ, my own painful experiences navigating schooling and medical care with my neurodivergent children were reflected back to me in startling clarity. It almost felt like Kate had been there, looking over my shoulder, hearing the thoughtless comments of teachers, therapists, doctors, and fellow parents. It was as if she had read my mind, discerning my confusion and frustration when my parenting experience didn’t match that of my peers, when no one understood why we switched elementary schools three times, when we couldn’t find a sleep solution that worked for years, and so on.
“However, the best thing about this volume is the way that Kate organizes each chapter to invite her readers out of isolation and into a community of compassion and self-care. I didn’t even realize what a hard defensive shell I’d built around myself until I felt Kate gently inviting me to open up and form bonds with others. The breathing exercises and yoga practices offered are accessible and relevant to busy parents. This book left me feeling recognized, invited, and supported. I highly recommend it to parents of neurodivergent children.”
—Melissa Onstad, parent of two neurodivergent children and
former ASD Nest middle school teacher
The long bio:
Kate Lynch (she/her):
Kate is the parent of an amazing atypical kid, an inclusive yoga and meditation teacher, and author of the upcoming book, Atypical Kids, Mindful Parents.
She began teaching yoga and cultivating community in 2002, hoping to relieve some of the suffering in the world after 9/11. Since then she has shared the tools that help her find joy, healing and calm in the face of self-doubt, pain and anxiety.
Her courses, workshops and retreats are welcoming, friendly and intuitive, and reflect her core values: empathy, integrity, equity and respect.
Kate's students include deeply feeling, empathetic parents and caring people who want to break cycles and co-create a more inclusive future. She specializes in teaching mindfulness tools to anxious parents of atypical kids. These simple strategies help parents feel calmer, no matter how intense their neurodivergent kid is in the moment. She encourages a collective sense of belonging.
Kate has advanced training in mindfulness, meditation, polyvagal-informed therapeutic movement practices, prenatal and postpartum yoga, yoga for kids, and integrating equity. She offers accessible variations, and encourages self nurturing, mindful breathing and awareness.
Kate's little neurodiverse family lives in a magical land called Brooklyn (AKA Lenape territory). In her role as Ocean’s mama, Kate continues to learn about advocacy and neurodiversity.
She writes for Mutha Magazine, Autism Advocate Parenting Magazine, Autism Parenting Magazine, Accessible Yoga Blog, The Good Men Project, and The Mighty.
Kate has been recognized as a top writer in Mindfulness and Parenting on Medium, where her work has been published in Better Humans, Family Matters and Age of Empathy among others, and has over 11,000 followers. Her blogs are Inclusive Yoga & Mindful Parenting and Atypical Kids, Mindful Parents.
Kate's teachers include Bo Forbes, Seane Corn, Michelle Cassandra Johnson, and Hari Kaur, and she is profoundly influenced by Tara Brach and Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a member of the Yoga Service Collective.
Everything that informs Kate’s life inspires her practice and teaching. At one time her worlds felt separate and she didn’t know how they fit, but now she recognizes that one word sums up her intention in all facets: Inclusion.
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