Spring Brain Changers

Welcome Brain Changers! With spring around the corner, the season beckons a sense of new beginnings and growth, which makes it extra fitting to announce the “birth” of my second book, Are You a Bird Like Me? It’s about a hatchling named Sky who believes her nest is the “whole entire world” — until she falls out of it! We can all relate to times when we find ourselves in a world outside of our comfort zone. In those times, we need to manage the uncertainty that accompanies the unknown. From discussions with teachers, parents and professionals, the ever-changing developments of the last two years have led to an increase in stress/anxiety at work and the prevalence of more behavior issues in school and at home, particularly in regard to anxiety and lack of self-regulation. Consequently, mental health literacy and anxiety/stress management skills are more important than ever for kids and adults. This is where I can help. I provide schools, families, and businesses an understanding of anxiety/stress. Through workshops, keynotes, and one-on-one coaching, clients learn practical language to talk about anxiety/stress and productive responses to manage it. Additionally, I find storytelling an approachable and playful way to tackle uncomfortable or complex topics. In ABC Worry Free, I provide readers a relatable story and actionable approach to curb anxiety’s vicious cycle. In Are You a Bird Like Me?, Sky meets a diverse group of friends who help her discover a world beyond her nest and the amazing things that happen by working together. Both books encourage productive change and the will to face fears through courage, perseverance, and friendship....

Top Book Picks for Kids on Anxiety: Spotlight on Shepherd.com

With anxiety at record high numbers, kids and adults need practical, playful and action-oriented books to help them show anxiety who’s boss. As an anxiety expert and author, I have my “go to” faves. So, when Ben Fox asked me to be a featured author for shepherd.com, a website designed to help readers find amazing books, I was all in!   Shepherd is re-imagining online book discovery…one way they do so is by helping authors who are experts on specific topics to share book recommendations with readers…kind of like wandering your favorite bookstore and receiving little notes from authors pointing out their favorite books.   Check out the link below and please share with others to spread the word!...

Season Greetings Brain Changers

Season Greetings Brain Changers! With a name like Noel, it’s no surprise I have a weakness for the holidays, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at my first Santa visit Yep, that’s me on Santa’s lap, consumed by catastrophic thinking, avoidance, and inflexibility–anxiety’s hallmark patterns. The other kids enjoyed this moment and wanted to get closer to Santa, while I felt uncomfortable and didn’t see myself ever liking this experience. I wanted out! At the time, I had no clue I was dealing with anxiety or could do anything to combat it. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case! In my commitment to supporting schools, organizations, families, and individuals with anxiety management, I teach kids and adults what anxiety looks, sounds, and feels like in the mind and body. More importantly, I empower them with practical “real-time” tools to help them feel better. By understanding how anxiety works and how to respond to it in more productive ways, you can turn down its volume, reset, and pivot. You may be aware that a little stress can actually be good. It can enhance performance and growth, just like when doing strength training in the gym. However, if you never stop working or never give your muscles (and mind) an opportunity to rest and repair, it can lead to burnout and chronic stress. The brain has the ability to rewire itself, so why not train it to your advantage! The ability to reset and pivot is key, especially given the ever-changing stressors of the pandemic, coupled with the excitement and triggers of the holiday season. This holiday season and throughout the...

Neuro Noel’s Newsletter

Hello Brain Changers! Welcome to my first newsletter and what better way to kick it off than with some great news! I am thrilled to announce that my book ABC Worry Free has just received the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award®! Parents, educators, retailers, and media sources worldwide look for the MCA seal of approval when selecting high quality, family-friendly books, products and services. This award is an honor and proof that individuals like you are interested in practical solutions to help manage stress/anxiety. This interest has heightened with the rise in anxiety and recent pandemic, which is why I decided to start this quarterly newsletter. My goal is to bring you helpful tips and resources, so you can train your brain in the best possible way, build better executive function and develop a resilient mindset to adapt to our ever-changing world. As you may know, my transition from classroom teacher and learning specialist to neuroeducator began when my own sons experienced stressful, emotional states during learning. Paired with one son’s diagnosis of Post-Concussion Syndrome, this sequence set me in motion, determined to find answers. I learned how to transform key neuroscience findings into immediate applications that decrease stress, appeal to how the brain learns best and boost performance. From there, I started Neuro Noel Consulting with the mission of empowering my clients with practical ways to help lower stress/anxiety and achieve more success at school, home, work or beyond. Whether you’ve attended one of my workshops or are a friend, colleague or client, I appreciate you being on this brain-changing journey with me. Let me support and empower you...

A Parent and Teacher’s Evolution to Neuroeducator

Photo by Roel Dierckens on Unsplash It began with a love of learning and a passion to empower my students throughout the learning process, particularly the underperforming and those with ADHD or learning disabilities. As a mom and life-long educator, you can imagine my dismay when by 4th grade, my sons said they hated school. The spark they once had for school was barely a flicker. When asked, “How was school?” “Boring” was the daily refrain. “What did you learn?” “Nothing” was the typical response. I found this particularly frustrating because I was a teacher. A special educator to boot. Yet, I was unequipped to get to the root of the problem and felt I had fallen short as a parent and educator. I wanted to know why my sons, who loved learning, hated school. Over the years, I discovered they weren’t alone. In my classroom visits to schools across the country, I observed an increase of students in negative emotional states — anxiety, frustration, anger, boredom and lack of relevance to subject matter, causing them to act out or zone out — the same emotions my own sons were experiencing. And it wasn’t just me noticing these behaviors. I found myself in numerous conversations with teachers, coaches and parents who expressed frustration that their students, players or children lacked focus, motivation, resilience, self-regulation and self-direction, despite best efforts to instruct them. What was going on? It wasn’t until the diagnosis of a family member with Post-Concussion Syndrome that I started to get some answers. I became a regular participant at Neuroscience and Learning and the Brain Conferences where...