Compassion helped me get to the children I longed to serve on the mission field, but it couldn't help me solve the intense behaviors that came from some of the children.
Trauma rewires the brain.
When this happens, a child's brain can be wired to live in survival mode even though they are in a safe environment and surrounded by love.
As I served children all over the world and attempted to help them transition from orphan to son or daughter, I learned that my care, love and consistency was not enough.
Despite my enormous efforts, kids were staying stuck in their fears and showing it by their extreme behaviors.
Through a considerable of training, I learned that there was a biological component to their behavior.
I was eventually able to adapt what I learned to do for kids in the US to the kids I found in dumps in Kenya and in the slums of the Philippines.
When you can get a child's body to work for them rather than against them, they have the ability to learn the skills necessary to work through the fears that bombard them.
I have adapted our home support program, the Quirky Kid System, to provide tangible support to any missionary working overseas.
In this online program I train you to:
- Identify and address root causes of tantrums, outbursts and meltdowns.
- Solve eating, bathroom and sleep issues.
- Calm anxiety and fears.
- Re-wire their brains to be able to handle their stress in a healthier way.
- Address attention issues in school.
- Find discipline that works.
- Increase their skill levels to socialize, learn, handle stress, be more flexible, feel safer in relationships, problem solve and communicate their needs before any outburst occurs.
The Course Includes:
What are other parents saying about the Quirky Kid's System?
"When our 3 year old was diagnosed with autism, we felt lost in a foreign country. Marisa and the Quirky Kids System was like a travel guide and translator all in one! She helped us get back on our feet as she began walking us through how to help our baby. After just 3 months on this program, our 3-year old is getting re-evaluated because most of his symptoms are GONE! We now have a little boy who has friends, interacts with his teachers, and no longer melts down in a crowd. And after a year and a half of trying our best, he is successfully potty trained!!! Our quirky kid is being successful in every area of his life!"
- Laura Jacobs
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Hi! My name is Marisa Rodriguez and I am the founder of Quirky Kids, the mom to two crazies, and the wife to my superhero, Jacob. We also have a whole bunch of kids that we have loved and taken care of all over the world.
I founded Quirky Kids because I was a quirky kid, and like many of the kids I have worked with, my challenges were often misunderstood. I had what I thought was ADHD, sensory issues and auditory and visual processing delays. As an adult, I began to understand and address the same underlying issues that I now help parents navigate. Through the help of Amen Clinics, I was officially undiagnosed with ADHD, properly diagnosed with moderate-to-severe anxiety and depression and treated with 2 over the counter supplements that CHANGED MY LIFE! Now that I know how my tipping points work, I have overcome ALL of my limiting challenges.
My training and experience is extensive. I have worked with extremely challenging children in 22 different countries. My husband and I have fostered and cared for many children in our own home, and I worked in the school system. I am a Certified Brain Health Coach through Amen Clinics and have several orher trainings, including Empowered to Connect Parent Trainer certification that focused on the work of Dr. Karyn Purvis. I hold several other certificates and have completed training from other organizations including, the Mindsight Institute with Dr. Dan Siegel, Epidemic Answers, Handwriting Without Tears, CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention®, and I was a member and have received training from the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder. Throughout the years I have also relied heavily upon the work of Dr. Ross Greene, author of The Explosive Child. I am mentored by and communicate regularly with professional colleagues in the field of functional medicine, psychology, public school services, ABA, Occupational and play therapy and various medicinal and holistic treatment options in pediatric nutrition, sensory integration, foster and adoption-related trauma, ADHD and anxiety in children. This year I will finish my training to become a Certified ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP).