The Psychologists Podcast

Ask a Psychologist (Q&A): Telling Your Parents You Want an Autism or ADHD Evaluation, Whining, Time Management, and Career Choices

June 29, 2021 Julia Strait Season 1 Episode 9
The Psychologists Podcast
Ask a Psychologist (Q&A): Telling Your Parents You Want an Autism or ADHD Evaluation, Whining, Time Management, and Career Choices
Show Notes

This is the first in a special segment of rapid-fire Q&A from our listeners on everything psychology-related (parenting, mental health, diagnosis, psychological testing/therapy, graduate school, career, etc.). This episode has something for everyone: parents, people considering an ADHD or Autism diagnostic evaluation, and people in graduate school. 


  1. How do I tell my parents I’d like to get tested for ADHD and autism?

https://www.wikihow.com/Tell-Your-Parents-You-Think-You%27re-Autistic
ADDitude quizzes: https://www.additudemag.com/tag/self-test/
Autism/Aspie quizzes:  https://www.aspietests.org
***AWESOME guide to exploring ADHD symptoms in your own life, for adult women: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B096LMPQ71/ref=dbs_a_w_dp_b096lmpq71*** 

2. Kid cries for 30 min + and won’t calm down

Episode 1: Tantrums Suck https://www.buzzsprout.com/1771501/8441060 

3. How to stop whining?

More positive parenting ideas for this: https://www.kindercare.com/content-hub/articles/2016/march/but-i-waaaaaaaaant-it-9-positive-parenting-strategies-to-nix-the-whining-for-good 

4. How to manage QEP, dissertation, 4 courses, intern apps, ext practice, and life?

Planner Pad: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WCX6KRM/?coliid=I30GI4VIX9B1DO&colid=1H72SJBCWA4LN&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it&th=1 

Time Blocking https://todoist.com/productivity-methods/time-blocking 

5. What are the pros/cons of private practice? Academia?

My favorite private practice resources: For starting a mostly therapy practice: https://www.practiceofthepractice.com/  and for starting a mostly testing practice: https://www.thetestingpsychologist.com/blog/ 

Take this test to find out how your values/goals/way of working may or may not fit with different settings: https://principlesyou.com 


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Gill Strait PhD and Julia Strait PhD are both Licensed Psychologists (TX) and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs, TX). They are alumni of The University of South Carolina School Psychology Doctoral Program (Go Gamecocks).

Gill is a teacher, researcher, and supervisor at a university graduate psychology training program.

Julia is a testing psychologist at Stepping Stone Therapy in Houston, TX: https://steppingstonetherapy.org/strait/ Instagram: @drjuliatx https://www.instagram.com/drjuliatx/?hl=en