25 Apr

Episode 22: Sara Santo, OTR/L, M.Ed. (Animal Assisted Therapy)

Sara and Freedom

Sara and Freedom

A few months back we caught up with Sara Santo, an occupational therapist-of-all-trades who became involved with some furry therapists in their own right through a program called Paws with Purpose (PwP).  PwP is a service dog organization that trains dogs to service people with disabilities across the country.  Sara didn’t really go sniffing around for a new adventure in training service dogs, but instead the opportunity found her and after many- and we mean many- training hours on her part, Sara became eligible to assist her canine counterparts to assist humans with an array of mobility challenges.  Sara describes some of the fascinating ways animals can provide us humans support, as well as how PwP provides productive skills to women at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women who train the dogs during the week before passing them to part time trainers such as Sara on the weekends for community training.  Her canine partner, the gorgeous Freedom is also featured on this podcast.  Sit.  Stay.  Listen!

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


Paws with Purpose www.pawswithpurpose.org

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) www.assistancedogsinternational.org

13 Apr

Episode 21: Dr. Carl Paige (Personalized Medicine)

Dr. Carl Paige

Dr. Carl Paige

For Dr. Carl Paige, health care is personal.  Dr. Paige has been an independent health care practitioner for over 20 years, caring for patients from childhood to the geriatric stages of life.  Over time, Dr. Paige realized there was more to quality care than just waiting until patients were unwell to provide reaction-based help. As a result, he completed a fellowship in anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging/Regenerative Medicine.  He is one of a few elite practitioners in the country incorporating genomics analysis into patient care. With genomics, Dr. Paige can study chromosomes, genes and their functions to identify, prevent and control disease, therefore becoming an expert resource for maximizing genetic potential.   Dr. Paige opened the Medical Transformation Center in 2013, where he has offered personalized, innovative diagnostics  for some kids we know who are getting great results.  Dr. Paige reviews some common pitfalls and proactive measures parents can take to help their children reach their optimum potential.

Learn more at http://medicaltransformationcenter.com/.

THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY: Minds- In- Motion http://mimlearning.com/

29 Mar

Episode 20: Candace Meyer (Minds In Motion)

Candace MeyerCandace Meyer is a pioneer woman of sorts.  After years as a reading specialist, she became concerned that children were struggling despite using the best academic tools she had available to her.  Her inquisitive nature led her to research why this was happening, garnering information from the academic world, the therapy world, and even from the realm of space exploration.  From this research, the Minds in Motion program was developed.  The program is designed to optimize a child’s visual processing, auditory processing, and motor skills by stimulating the vestibular system contained within the ear.  Through activities that incorporate the whole body, Minds in Motion outcomes have been shown to improve children’s academic, athletic, and social skills.  By keeping herself vestibular-ly fit, Candace, meanwhile, has been improving her plank (see photo)!



3 Oct

Episode 19: Lynn Grober (Spina Bifida)



Lynn Grober is a stay-at-home mother of four whose third child Nathaniel has Spina Bifida.   She has previously been active in the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky.  Listen to her story of how she prepared for his arrival and how amazing her world has become with Nathaniel as part of it.  Stick around until the end when she shares a tearjerker of a letter explaining how the heart of any parent of a child with special needs is a little bit bruised and broken and why women of childbearing age should take folic acid.

Resources from this podcast:

Spina Bifida Association: http://www.spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.evKRI7OXIoJ8H/b.8029551/k.99AA/Learn_about_SB.htm?gclid=CjwKEAjw25SoBRCMn7Gc97Knj0ISJAC7vaMrprra7Wx40Qk88NWpcriy4CKMS70i80BWGDXKu_gr5hoCWjTw_wcB

Spina Bifida Kids- Baby Center: http://community.babycenter.com/groups/a3825/spina_bifida_kids

Facebook Spina Bifida Page: https://www.facebook.com/spina.bifida.learn


30 May

Episode 18: Lisa Powell, Ph.D. (Child Psychology/ Emotional Development)

Dr. Lisa Powell

Dr. Lisa Powell

We want Dr. Lisa Powell on speed dial!  As a child psychologist, she’s in the business of building up healthy children and families.  In this episode she discusses the ever-so-critical issues for keeping families emotionally healthy and keeping kids on track for the utmost success in life.  Spend some quality time with us as we explore the importance of temperament, parental authority, time to connect with your child daily (repeat- daily), and visualizing your overall parenting plan.  In addition, Dr. Lisa examines why we should be giving our preschoolers chores to do, limiting the amount of times we tell our kids to be “good,” and how we help our kids develop their inner voice.







16 May

Episode 17: Shelley Moats, Au.D. (Pediatric Audiology)

Dr. Shelley assists with a cochlear implant placement

Dr. Shelley assists with a cochlear implant placement

Hear here Dr. Shelley Moats as she leads us on a journey of sound development.  With extensive experience evaluating and providing early intervention, Dr. Moats is one of fewer than 100 audiologists nationwide to receive a Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC) from the American Board of Audiology.  Listen closely as she tells us how to identify hearing and processing problems, practical tips on preventing environmental hearing loss, best practices for promoting optimum communication and attention foundations, and why it takes 20,000 hours of listening to learn how to read.  Find out more about Dr. Moats and her clinic Little Ears Hearing Center at http://www.littleearsky.org/.

24 Apr

Episode 16: Dillen Hartley, OTR/L (Interactive Metronome)

Dillen leads the charge for IM

Dillen Hartley leads the charge for IM

In this episode, Dillen Hartley, OTR/L arrives by way of South Africa and South Carolina to teach an Interactive Metronome (IM) course in Lou-a-vull (as we like to say) and afterward he generously swings by the studio to chat innovation, processing (or PROcessing as Dillen likes to say), and positive outcomes seen with the use of IM, a research-based training program that helps children and adults overcome attention, memory, and coordination limitations. Dillen knows his way around IM pretty well, given that he’s been a Clinical Advisory Board member almost from the beginning, and he currently presents and assists in the development of certification courses and webinars for the education and professional development of Interactive Metronome providers worldwide.  When he’s not jet setting around the country or to another continent teaching about IM, he can be found changing lives and playing superheros as co-Owner of Advanced Therapy Solutions in Spartanburg, SC where he is responsible for the management of 6 outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy clinics.    Read More »

8 Apr

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

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.


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

Recommended Resources:

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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

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.


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/

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