MyODP Podcast

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The MyODP Podcast is the latest form of outreach and capacity building from ODP. It consists of an audio series on a dedicated topic with a targeted audience in mind. Each podcast in our first series, A Supporter's Toolbox, has a duration of 7-10 minutes and focuses on getting tools to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and other supporters.  Each episode will be informative and personally and professionally engaging. Capitalizing on the micro-learning concept in adult learning best practices, this first series will offer information in a short and readily digital format.


Supporter's ToolboxA Supporter's Toolbox

Dr. Stacy Nonnemacher translates what we know about natural human experiences and the world of behavioral science into strategies, tips and interventions for supporters. Families, direct support professionals and other supporters are encouraged to follow this podcast to gain additional tools to use tomorrow and beyond as you strive to provide the best supports to people with disabilities.

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MyODP Podcast Episodes

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoBuilding Empathy: Positive Effects on Others

Empathy is a skill that can be cultivated and practiced. We will talk about strategies that build this skill and how empathy creates a positive impact on those around us.

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoAre You An Optimistic Supporter? You Can Be!

We know that an optimistic outlook can have an impact on others. We will talk about ways that supporters can work on creating a more positive perspective.

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoUse It Or Lose It: A Brain's Potential

It is critical to take advantage of all your brain has to offer by engaging in things that help to build new neurons and brain pathways. We will talk about ways we can create and optimize opportunities to support brain flexibility.

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoWho You Know: Finding Purpose in Employment

For many, our jobs give us meaning and purpose. We often focus on building skills to ensure people are ready to work. As supporters, by shifting our focus to building social capital, we create a stronger gateway to employment.

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoNot Yet: Encouraging a Growth Mindset

We need to let go of the concept of being perfect and embrace that we are all a work in progress. We will talk about how supporters can set the stage to ensure that people have a growth mindset to meet their fullest potential.

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoMore Than Words Can Say: Supporting Meaningful Communication

Communication is complicated and our role as supporters require listening to more than just words. We will scratch the surface by talking about how we can better do that.

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoA Time of Reflection: What’s In These Episodes for You?

We look back at the past year reflecting on the science of psychology shared in the first 24 episodes. Thanks for being along for the ride or just joining the journey as we challenge one another to get better as supporters and humans, in general.

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoSave Your Breath and Focus on Values & Relationships

We can talk until we are blue in the face or provide all the rewards in the world and we still may not be able to change how someone shows up - if they decide to show up. We will talk about the importance of a good relationship and understanding people's core values in influencing people's behaviors.

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoNature: The Low Cost, Low Effort Intervention

Those of you who love to be in the outdoors already know, without the research to support it, nature does a body good. We urge you to find ways for yourself and those you support to reap those benefits. Here is link to a resource mentioned in this episode: Mental Health Research on

MyODP Supporter's Toolbox Podcast LogoDon’t Crush Motivation

As supporters, we tend to use incentives to reward people for their accomplishments. Instead of using rewards for everything and in every situation, we will focus on when we should or should not use them.