8 Apr
2014

Episode 15: Traci McAdams, RD (Family Nutrition)

Traci McAdams

Traci McAdams

We are living in an age where getting accurate information about nutrition can be as elusive as a Twinkie left unattended.  If we are what we eat, don’t you just wonder sometimes if the stuff we put in front of our families these days is even… real food?  Traci McAdams, one of our favorite dietitians, stops by to serve up common wisdom on how to make mealtime more enjoyable, how to set mealtime boundaries at different stages of development, and how to distinguish a picky eater versus a problem feeder.  She’ll also add to our family encyclopedia of nutrition some new terms- like like “division of responsibility” and “dirty dozen”- and lesser known facts- like why dads can be the most important person at the table and the real reason vegetables will almost always get more nose wrinkles out of your child than any other food group.   If you have people in your family who eat, it’s probably best to grab your water bottle and a healthy snack containing at least two food groups and settle in to listen to this episode.   Read More »

20 Mar
2014

Episode 14: Rebecca Scott (SPD: Sensory Processing Disorder)

Rebecca Scott and family

Rebecca Scott and family

Rebecca Scott was a behavioral therapist for about 3 years before she became a parent.  When her prior training and mother’s intuition told her something was off with her second child, she persisted when doctors kept telling her he was “just all boy.” Eventually, a therapy referral led to her son being flagged for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and thus she began her journey of learning as much as possible about a condition many find to be rather invisible and difficult to understand.  Her son has now been making strides in therapy for over a year, and Rebecca has been amazed to watch his nervous system actually mature and change before her very eyes from the activities she and her husband provide. She’s passionate about the work she’s been given through her son and believes early intervention is the best chance at changing the game for him.  In this episode,  we probe Rebecca’s well-researched mind about how to tell the difference between sensory symptoms and behavioral actions, organizing the home for successful sensory input providing activities, and how a good nutritional diet supports neuro-work done in therapy. In addition, Rebecca has good advice on how to include typically developing siblings into the sensory plan, how to find support for yourself, and more.  Follow Rebecca’s journey on her Facebook page Mysensationalkid Livingwithspd.

LINKS AND PRODUCTS

Sponsor: Learning Rx Louisville http://www.learningrx.com/louisville-springhurst/

Recommended Resources:

***a click through and purchase from our Developing Courage link to Amazon will go towards support of the podcast without any additional cost to the consumer***

The Out-of-Sync Child

Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder

Living Sensationally: Understanding Your Senses

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers

Raising Your Spirited Child Rev Ed

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

6 Mar
2014

Episode 13: Logan Murphy (Elevate Recreation)

Logan Murphy = fun

Logan Murphy = fun

Logan Murphy has some fun in store for you.  Acting on an idea born in college and making use of his Masters of Recreation Ministries, in 2011 Logan and friends began Elevate Recreation and entered a full time mission to help to positively influence children on a consistent basis through recreation.  Elevate’s progress helping disadvantaged kids become better people and give hope for a better life through the investment of play, positive contact, and mentorship is an uplifting story that you won’t want to miss.  Logan, a father of five himself, also shares his thoughts from which any parent can benefit about giving ourselves permission to play, making ordinary objects into extraordinary memories with our kids and connecting with them in a way that many of us have forgotten how.  Trust us, you’ll have a ball listening to this episode, and it will definitely inspire you to get in the game and stay there.  Follow Elevate Recreation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/elevate24 or on Twitter @elevate247.

LINKS

Sponsor: Learning Rx Louisville http://www.learningrx.com/louisville-springhurst/

Recommended Links:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books

Gopher Products: http://www.gophersport.com/

S & S Worldwide Products: http://www.ssww.com/

YMCA: http://www.ymcalouisville.org/

Elevate Recreation: http://elevate24.org/

20 Feb
2014

Episode 12 1/2: Review of French Lick Springs Hotel (French Lick, Indiana)

French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort

In early February 2014 we hit the road and entered new territory by providing a special needs review for French Lick Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana.  Using our years of pediatric expertise to guide structured observations, we’re on a mission to provide families of children with special needs a comprehensive review of the functional environments at various resorts and entertainment venues to allow families to make informed decisions and an action plan for the best possible stay.  We think it says a lot about French Lick Resort that they were open enough to partner with us on this new journey.  Join us as we walk (or roll) you through the ins and outs of parking, check in, transition spaces, rooms and bathrooms, indoor/ outdoor activities, dining, quiet zones, and nearby attractions through the lens of families who always pack “extra,” even while on a retreat from everyday life.  We also provide a photo gallery below referencing some of the places and spaces we highlight on the podcast that are worth noting.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay!  We encourage and thank EVERY listener to this podcast to leave feedback in the comment section on the CONTENT of this review and how helpful it was to you and your family.

The audio player to listen to the episode is below the photo gallery.

LINKS

Sponsor: Learning Rx Louisville http://www.learningrx.com/louisville-springhurst/

http://www.frenchlick.com/

7 Feb
2014

Episode 12: Monica Diasio, M. Ed. (Educational Consulting)

Monica Diasio

Monica Diasio

Monica Diasio doesn’t want you to feel quite so alone when it comes to successfully navigating your child’s school experience.  With her multiple degrees in special education, early childhood education, and reading education, she spent twenty-five years cultivating knowledge and skill across many educational arenas and roles.  After retiring from teaching a few years back, she gave in to nudging from her professional village and launched her educational consulting business in 2009 .  Her menu of services range from family advocacy when preparing for and attending IEP/504 meetings, helping families select a “right fit” school, school and classroom consultations, and family and parent training.  In this episode, she leads us through what families can expect from special services at school, practical tips and organizational tools for maximizing communication with your team of teachers and school therapists, the differences between services in public and private schools, where to find factual information on your legal rights, and how to stick to the facts once you have them.  In this second-semester release, we also chat about finding the right educational fit and placement for your family before next school year, and why the principal should be the VIP on your school tour.  Stay tuned until the last segment when we put Monica to the test with the Learning Rx Brain Teaser of the Day!

LINKS AND PRODUCTS

Sponsor: Learning Rx Louisville http://www.learningrx.com/louisville-springhurst/

Recommended Links:

- Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities:   http://www.wrightslaw.com/

-Check your local school website for laws, class options, and other information 

General Links:

Diasio Educational Consulting: http://diasioeducationalconsulting.com/

24 Jan
2014

Episode 11: The Kelly and Wally Show (Down Syndrome)

The Collins Family

The Collins Family

Many moons ago we had the fortunate experience to be placed in the lives of Kelly and Wally Collins and their brand new daughter Katy.  Katy’s now 14- but some folks you never forget- so we’ve kept in touch with the Collins family over the years as Katy has blossomed into a dainty tomboy with the nickname “Hollywood” (she can be anything she wants!).  We are forever grateful to Kelly and Wally for being so open, candid, and humble about their experience raising Katy in this episode, and especially honored that Wally would be in for our first “dad-cast.”  Man, is he a great example to fathers out there who can set the tone for their own family story (some of our favorite quotes include “she is the perfect example of what a human should be”and ”it hasn’t been about us, it’s been about Katy”). They say laughter is the best medicine, and Kelly and Wally certainly provide us with some comic relief as they talk everything from birth and early intervention, to choosing encouragement from their own private village over recommended support groups, tips for navigating the school system and IEP outcomes, the importance of cultivating capability, how to stay connected to your spouse, and what to do when people stare. Oh, did we mention Katy has Down Syndrome?  No, we didn’t think we did either.

We apologize for the poor audio on this track (you caught us, we’re human!).  What sounded and looked normal to us in studio the day of recording was later discovered on the production side to be the wrong microphone setting.  To get the most out of this episode, you may want to experiment with listening through headphones or turning up the volume if listening through the air. Please don’t let our mistake make you miss out on this inspiring story all the way to the end.

LINKS AND PRODUCTS

Family Information Network on Disabilities (FIND) of Louisville: Phone (502)-584-1239

Down Syndrome of Louisville (support): http://www.downsyndromeoflouisville.org/

10 Jan
2014

Episode 10: Rachael Kuperus, DC, DICCP (Chiropractic Care)

Dr. Rachael Kuperus

Dr. Rachael Kuperus

Looking for improved health and wellness for your family in the new year?  Dr. Rachael Kuperus can help you and your loved ones make some adjustments for the better.  Dr. Rachael graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA and is board certified through the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. She has experience working with both neurotypical and special needs pediatric cases, incorporating chiropractic, cranial sacral therapy, clinical nutritional and supplementation into care plans. She graduated with her Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Association in 2012, is a published author in her field, and currently owns her own family practice.  In this episode, Dr. Rachael explains how everyone from newborns to children with special needs to a mom who just needs a better nap can benefit from chiropractic care.  She also leads us through a typical examination and visit, discusses the safety of chiropractic interventions, and offers practical wisdom about what outcomes to expect.

 

 

LINKS AND PRODUCTS

Sponsor: Puzzlecraft Furniture

***a click through and purchase from our Developing Courage link to Amazon will go towards support of the podcast without any additional cost to the consumer***

General links:

www.icapediatrics.com: list of chiropractors in your area with continuing education in pediatrics

www.icpa4kids.com: list of chiropractors in your area with additional classes and seminars specializing in pediatrics

www.drkuperus.com: Dr. Kuperus’ website

Kuperus Family Practice in Louisville, KY: (502) 426-6715 (Office)

23 Dec
2013

Episode 9 1/2: Special Needs Review of Christmas at The Galt House (Louisville)

KaLightoscope Candy Cottage

KaLightoscope Candy Cottage

While we try to have most of our episodes be relevant to folks across the country and beyond, this one’s only for those who live in the Louisville area and surrounding regions.  Our gracious hosts at Christmas at The Galt House featuring KaLightoscope invited our families get a peek into one of Louisville’s most popular seasonal attractions so we could help scope it out on behalf of kids with special needs.  In this episode we use our therapy knowledge to give a review of mobility and the overall sensory environment as well as practical tips for parking, bathrooms, rest breaks, where to find your free gifts from the Galt House, and more.  We hope this episode helps you and your family get the most out of this enjoyable local family attraction.  (For more pictures of the attraction, please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/developingcourage.)

 

 

 

 

LINKS AND PRODUCTS

http://www.christmasatthegalthouse.com/

Twitter: Christmas@GaltHouse- @KaLightoscope

14 Dec
2013

Episode 9: Rebekah Donovan (Child Care Centers)

Rebekah Donovan & cutie

Rebekah Donovan & cutie

Have you looked at the baseboards of your child care center lately?  Maybe you should…and Rebekah Donovan has some other hot tips for you too.  Rebekah, who once took an empty shell of a building and turned it into a thriving, happy place for children and workers to spend their days- great curriculum and all- schools us about what to look for when you’re looking for child care and preschool programs. Rebekah explains the “why not?” approach to conflict resolution between parents, staff, and therapists that make up the child care ecosystem and provides a top ten checklist of ways to know if your potential or existing placement is not only up to par but exceptional.  We all want our kids to have the best of care when they’re not with us.  Whether you’re newly pregnant (yes, we said newly for a reason), have never set foot in a child care center before but need to now, or are just wondering if you made the right choice, this episode is for you.

 

 

 

LINKS AND PRODUCTS

Sponsor: Puzzlecraft Furniture

***a click through and purchase from our Developing Courage link to Amazon will go towards support of the podcast***

Rebekah’s top ten questions to ask your child care provider:

1) Do they have Child and Adult Care Food Program?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CACFP.  (we didn’t go into much detail about this on the show, but in general it could mean free or reduced lunch and better monitoring of what the kids are eating while they’re there)

2) What is the child to teacher ratio?

3) What is the cleaning policy for the physical structure and also toys? (be sure to check out the lower boards and baseboard on tour, as that’s the level where the kids are and will tell you whether cleaning is thorough)

4) Ask to see licensing paperwork/when was the last inspection?

5) Do a check for toys (are they clean?  are they broken?) and baby containers (an abundance of swings, saucers, walkers, etc. may mean that workers don’t spend enough time on the floor with the babies- these are also not good for development in large doses)

6) How does the center handle parent conflicts?

7) Is there a schedule for the day?  What is it?  Is the intended schedule what is actually happening when you do a drop in visit?

8) Do they have an open door policy?

9) What is the discipline policy?

10) What are the teacher requirements/ credentials?  Are the teachers responsive to you when you visit?  Do they seem happy?

Bonus question: If you are the parent of a special needs child, call first to see if there is an open spot.  If yes, THEN tell them of the child’s diagnosis or other relevant development information.

General links: 

Common core standards: http://www.corestandards.org/

30 Nov
2013

Episode 8- Michelle Wright (Learning Rx)

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Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright can make you smarter- guaranteed.  Intelligence quotients, otherwise known as IQ, have historically been thought of as something defined by genetics that is solidified early in life.  However, recent advancements in neuroscience and brain imaging are changing the way we can all think about thinking.  Using brain workouts that cause “mental sweat”, Learning Rx programs focus on seven core underlying cognitive skills- attention, working memory, processing speed, logic & reasoning, auditory processing, visual processing, and long term memory.  They’re seeing significant results- and fast.  Michelle explains how Learning Rx programs differ from tutoring and how they can improve functional performance by increasing IQs, eliminating the need for IEPs and classroom pullouts, and creating an impressive 40% reduction in need for attention enhancing medicines.  Make sure you stick around for segment 2 where Michelle and the gals talk top ten brain building toys around $10- a SMART way to finish off your Christmas list!   

 

 

LINKS AND PRODUCTS

Sponsor: Puzzlecraft Furniture

***a click through and purchase from our Developing Courage link to Amazon will go towards support of the podcast***

Michelle’s book recommendations:

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Why Our Children Can’t Read and What We Can Do About It: A Scientific Revolution in Reading

Unlock the Einstein Inside: Applying New Brain Science to Wake Up the Smart in Your Child

Top Ten Toys Around $10:

Simon Electronic Carabiner Hand Held Game

Yamodo, Gizmos and Gadgets

Rory’s Story Cubes

Rattled

Spot It Junior Animals

Travel Tangoes-Objects

MindWare Logic Links Puzzle Box

Set The Family Game of visual perception

Blink Card Game The World’s Fastest Game

Treasure Hunt: http://www.freespirit.com/in-a-jar-products/treasure-hunt-for-primary-ages-in-a-jar/

Other games that get a mention:

Qwirkle Board Game

Cranium Hullabaloo

Buzzword

General Links:

Learning Rx Louisville (2 locations- Springhurst & St. Matthews): http://www.learningrx.com/louisville-springhurst/

Learning Rx national: http://www.learningrx.com/

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