4 Sep
2015

Episode 32: Aimee Ryan, PT (Parent Experience Series- Adoption)

Aimee Ryan DC Episode 32A few years ago, Aimee Ryan’s family decided (existing kids included) to expand from 5 to 7 members by adopting from China.  Although each country’s adoption process is different, in this episode Aimee breaks down logistics and describes what the process was like for her family- including the “grief” of adoption.  She describes how training prior to the adoption process has changed and things her whole family did in anticipation that were beyond agency requirements, allowing the family to be better prepared for the arrival of their loved ones.  Aimee also discusses what the first few days were like with her new additions and the knowing that they were meant to be hers.  Most of us know and love someone who has been adopted so you won’t want to miss this.

Kara & Lauren also give their red light and green light for the week and play a round of NAME THAT VESTIBULAR APPARATUS with Aimee.

Sponsorship: Minds-in-Motion www.mimlearning.com

Resources from this episode: Connected Child  http://www.amazon.com/Connected-Child-healing-adoptive-family/dp/0071475001/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441394460&sr=8-1&keywords=connected+child; Chinese Children Adoption International www.ccaifamily.org

4 Sep
2015

Episode 31: Rebekah Donovan, Public School Teacher (Kindergarten Readiness)

kindergarten appleBack in our day, kindergarten curriculum was kitchen set and dress up followed by recess.  But now days, “kindergarten readiness” has a whole new connotation, and Rebekah Donovan is here to help us understand what makes a child ready for Kindergarten beyond the ABCs and 123s.  You’ve heard from Rebekah before (Episode 9) when she used past experience to tell us what makes for a great child care center.  Now she’s stepped into a new role at an elementary school as kindergarten teacher in the public school system.  She lets us in on some tricks of the trade, some glossary terms parents should know, what teachers are measuring that may take away from instruction time, and how common core standards will effect your school year.  Listen to the end to hear her top three attributes she would love to see in every kindergarten student.  Also in this episode, Lauren gives a GREEN LIGHT to haircut generosity and Kara a RED LIGHT to herself for not being short enough…we also play a game of NAME THAT VESTIBULAR APPARATUS with Rebecca.

Sponsor: Minds-in-Motion www.mimlearning.com

30 Aug
2015

Episode 30- Melody Prinkleton, DPT (Aquatic Therapy)

Melody Prinkleton

Melody Prinkleton

Melody Prinkleton, DPT poses as a public school physical therapist during the day and aqua- physical therapist by afternoon via her company Making Waves Pediatric Therapy Services, LLC.  In this episode Melody explains all the goodness to be had in and by water for folks of all ages and stages.  Makes us want to go for a dip!  Kara and Lauren also give their RED LIGHT/ GREEN LIGHT offerings and play a round of NAME THAT VESTIBULAR APPARATUS with Melody.

Sponsor: Minds-In-Motion www.mimlearning.com

Resources from this episode: www.makingwavespts.com

9 Aug
2015

Episode 29- Alan Simon R.Ph (Integrative Health)

Alan Simon

Alan Simon

We love Alan Simon’s motto “If I don’t have science behind it, then I don’t deal with it.” Alan has been a practicing registered pharmacist for 32 years and owns a consultation practice that specializes in integrative natural medicine, clinical nutrition, herb and drug interactions, and drug-induced nutrient depletions.  Alan lectures to various support groups on nutrition, supplementation, and obstacles to health. In this episode he lets us in on long-held secrets to health you still won’t hear coming out of more mainstream sources, and he brought a big stack of research into the studio to prove it.  You’ll also hear Lauren and Kara discuss this week’s RED LIGHT/GREEN LIGHT and we play a round of NAME THAT VESTIBULAR APPARATUS with Alan.

Sponsor: Minds-in-Motion www.mimlearning.com

Resources from this episode: Missing Microbes by Martin J. Blaser, MD; Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, MD; www.integrativerxpharmacy.com

26 Jul
2015

Episode 28- Iris Hatfield (Handwriting/ New American Cursive)

Mrs. Iris Hatfield

Mrs. Iris Hatfield

Iris Hatfield, author of New American Cursive, has over 35 years of experience in the field of handwriting, thousands of writing samples, and as many success stories to show that having decent penmanship is about more than just good looks. Iris answers some pressing modern-day questions in this episode, such as why it isn’t too smart for our young ones to ditch all the pen(cil) to paper work and just start typing and scrolling their way through school, and what current research has to say about efficient handwriting helping acquired knowledge in other academic subjects become more stable.  She explains how her work with the Penmanship Council of America led to the development of a simplified, legible form of writing that appeals to boys as well as girls, solves some common lefty problems, improves spelling and creative flow, and gives children an overall feeling of control and success.  Iris also explains how a habit abandoned by our education system in the 1920s has been revived in the New American Cursive curriculum to teach the right skills at the right time to give young students a “hand up” when it comes to learning.

Also in this epsiode, hear our new RED LIGHT/ GREEN LIGHT segment, in which Kara & Lauren discuss the developmental/ parental activities they ran into this week that get our professional go ahead (green light), and which ones we wish everyone would just STOP (red light).  In addition, Iris gets her turn to play NAME THAT VESTIBULAR APPARATUS…and you’ll find out why she’s a big fan of our sponsor, Minds-In-Motion.

Resources from this episode:

Sponsor- Minds-In-Motion www.mimlearning.com

New American Cursive www.newamericancursive.com

New American Cursive You Tube tutorials www.newamericancursive.com/index.php/faqs/

 

13 Jul
2015

Episode 27: Roy Foster, DMD (Children’s Dentistry)

Dr. Roy Foster and son

Dr. Roy Foster and son

We found the most entertaining dentist we could to swing by and give you a behind-the-scenes tour of your kid’s mouth and what to do with it.  After a comment from his high school ceramics teacher led him all the way to University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry, he met and later married Dr. Lisa Foster.  They began their practice and a family together, raising three young boys.  Dr. Roy has studied advanced oral surgery techniques including using laser surgery to correct tongue and lip ties.  While most of us find no humor in dental procedures, Dr. Roy brings it to us anyway as he answers our probing questions on making oral hygiene fun without having to juggle while your kids try to brush their teeth.  Kara and Lauren also introduce a new segment in this podcast called RED LIGHT/ GREEN LIGHT- hear what activities of which we approve from a development perspective and those to which we give you a firm “stop” (or I’ll say stop again- just kidding).

Sponsor: Minds-In-Motion www.mimlearning.com

Resources: Dr. Roy Foster www.fostersmiles.com & www.tonguetieky.com

 

28 Jun
2015

Episode 26: Ashley Benz, IBCLC (Breastfeeding/ Lactation Counseling)

Ashley Benz, IBCLC

Ashley Benz, IBCLC

Ashley Benz, MA, CLC, CD(DONA), LCCE, IBCLC has a lot of letters behind her name that should tell you she has a passion for helping women experience fulfilling births and nursing relationships. As a nursing mother herself (with three children seven and under and another on the way), she understands and appreciates the wide range of emotional, mental, and physical benefits of normal birth and breastfeeding to both the mother and the child.   She has a unique background in Communication Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) in combination with becoming a DONA Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator, and receiving her Master’s in Maternal Health with emphasis in Lactation Consulting. In addition, she received her IBCLC credential after passing the rigorous International Board Certified Lactation Consultant exam.  In this enlightening conversation, Ashley offers up practical wisdom and researched facts about breastfeeding balanced with a reasonable, respectful approach to the whole process. Whether you are a husband, an expectant mom, a new mom, or a been-there-done-that mom (Lauren and Kara now fall squarely into this category), you will benefit from learning how we can all support each other in this great responsibility called growing and feeding small human beings. 

Sponsor: Minds-In-Motion www.mimlearning.com

Resources from this episode: Ashley Benz www.ashleybenz.com; The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative www.babyfriendlyusa.org/about-us/baby-friendly-hospital-initiative/the-ten-steps; IBCLC www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3832

 

14 Jun
2015

Episode 25: April Stutzman (Parent Experience Series/ Essential Oils)

April and Ethan

April and Ethan

April Stutzman feels like her family was given a gift in the form of essential oils.  As a highly intentional mom of three, she found herself on a journey to reduce adverse behavioral symptoms with her oldest child Ethan, and in the process discovered  better health and healing for her entire family.  After trying both traditional and “out of the box” strategies for Ethan and still not being fully satisfied with the results, April was driven to keep looking for answers.  Like most moms who consider themselves to be the best expert on their child’s body, she started doing her research.  April explains her process of researching the use of oils (and how she explained her research to the medical professionals in her life, including her own husband), finding a supportive community, and how all essential oils are not created equal.  You won’t want to miss this inspiring and informational episode.

Sponsor: Minds-In-Motion www.mimlearning.com

Resources from this episode:

Young Living Oils: www.youngliving.com

April Stutzman: www.oilygurus.com/april-stutzman/

25 May
2015

Episode 24: Dr. Jenny Kimes, Psy.D. (Parent Experience Series/ Dual Diagnosis)

Jenny Kimes-150x150

Dr. Jenny Kimes and friend

When Dr. Jenny Kimes was a young psychologist in training, she never dreamed her professional knowledge would be put to the test in her personal world.  Then her oldest child was prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome.  After Tabitha was born she tried to find support among other families whose children had Down Syndrome.  But… something about her story seemed different from the other stories she was hearing and eventually she called upon her diagnostic skills to deduce Tabitha also fit the criteria for autism.  Jenny describes how she artfully navigates her world of parenting multiple children, one of whom has a dual diagnosis.  She currently works as the Director of Children’s Programming for Down Syndrome of Louisville (serving Kentucky and Indiana) and continues to advocate for effective treatments for Tabitha, now a teenager.  Below, Jenny shares her favorite resources mentioned in the podcast.

Sponsor: Minds-In-Motion www.mimlearning.com

Resources:

Down Syndrome of Louisville: www.downsyndromeoflouisville.org

The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All it Can Be by Martha Herbert (2012)

Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: A Mother’s Story of Research & Recovery by Karyn Seroussi and Ph.D. Bernard Rimland (2002)

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders by Kenneth Bock and Cameron Stauth (2008)

Children with Starving Brains: A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder by Ms Jaquelyn McCandless, Jack Zimmerman and Teresa Binstock (2009)

A Child’s Journey out of Autism: One Family’s Story of Living in Hope and Finding a Cure by Leeann Whiffen (2009)

Hope for the Autism Spectrum: A Mother and Son Journey of Insight and Biomedical Intervention by Sally Kirk (2008)

Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians by Bryan Jepson, Katie Wright and Jane Johnson (2007)

10 May
2015

Episode 23: Becky R. Medley MS, CCC-SLP (Social Skills Development)

Becky Medley

Becky Medley

For this Mother’s Day release, Becky Medley puts on her “happy face” to have a direct conversation with us about social skills. Becky, a mom of twins and speech-language pathologist has over a decade of pediatric experience working directly with children from birth to three as well as school aged children.  During recent years Becky has also gained experience developing and co-leading a social skills group curriculum at a local pediatric facility where she’s helped countless children grow in their ability to interact with others and develop improved life relationships.  With social skills being a leading indicator of a person’s quality of life, Becky passes on lots of practical ideas in this episode parents can have in their toolbox and explains how to keep things positive and fun during family time as we build into our kids.

Sponsor: Minds-In-Motion www.mimlearning.com

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