In this episode of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, my guest is internationally recognized educator, practicing child psychiatrist, and author Dr. Dan Siegel. Dr. Siegel is the author or co-author of a number of groundbreaking brain science and parenting books, including Mindsight, The Whole-Brain Child, BrainstormNo-Drama Discipline, and Parenting from the Inside Out, many of which sit well-worn on my bookshelf. He’s also the founder of The Mindsight Institute, an educational organization offering online learning and in-person workshops that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families, and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.

Dr. Siegel’s newest book is The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child, co-written by Tina Payne Bryson. The Yes Brain gives parents skills, scripts, ideas, and activities to bring kids of all ages into a “yes” state of mind, which helps them approach life with curiosity and become more open, creative, and resilient, even during difficult times.

Dr. Siegel has such an extensive and important body of work that it was hard to narrow down where to take this conversation, but we focused on exploring the important concept of brain integration, mindset, and the YES brain as they relate to differently wired kids. I hope you enjoy our conversation!


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About Dr. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships and the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.

He is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and the internationally acclaimed text, The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are (Guilford, 2012). He has also written five parenting books, including the three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain;The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind and No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, both with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.; and Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed. His newest book, co-written with Tina Payne Bryson, is The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child.




  • What brain integration is and how challenges can result when integration isn’t developing as well as it could be
  • What brain growth and integration looks like for typical versus atypical kids
  • What the three primary integration challenges are: sensory integration, emotional regulation, self/other integration
  • How we can help our child rewire their brain
  • Why early intervention with differently wired kids is so critical
  • What neuroplasticity is
  • What parents can expert in their journey of supporting their kids





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