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/

14 Nov
2013

Episode 7- Annie May & Kenna Nelson (Annie May’s Sweet Cafe: Food Allergies)

annie may

Annie May

Kenna Nelson

Kenna Nelson

Annie May and Kenna Nelson may be taking some ingredients out of their allergen-free recipes, what they put back in is a whole lotta southern luuuuuuuv.  As business partners at the popular Annie May’s Sweet Cafe in Kentucky, they provide an ever-changing menu of gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free offerings to the entire midwest region and beyond.  In this episode, Annie describes how a childhood full of stomach aches and other symptoms led her to a gluten-free diet and a career change as she pursued the ideal texture of a gluten-free cupcake.  Kenna (who also has her own food allergies and adheres to a strict dairy-free diet) joined the ranks soon thereafter, mixing in her training as a pastry chef and passion for food science.  Join us for this practical yet fun conversation as we dive into what a typical gluten-free day looks like, how it changes your shopping list/ cooking/ restaurant options, why there are spider webs in our food, and what’s up with the nuts these days.  In segment two, Annie and Kenna put on their capes and tell us how they are Saving Thankgiving with a gluten- free stuffing recipe anyone can enjoy.

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***

Annie & Kenna’s cookbook recommendations:

Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook

The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook: Includes Butternut Squash with Walnuts and Vanilla, Peruvian Roast Chicken with Red Potatoes, Lamb with … Lattes…and hundreds more! (Everything®)

Gluten-Free Slow Cooking: Over 250 Recipes of Wheat-Free Wonders for The Electric Slow Cooker

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker: Easy Recipes for a Gluten Free Diet

Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Cooking

General links:

Annie May’s Sweet Cafe: http://www.anniemayssweetcafe.com/

Safe foods/unsafe foods list: http://www.celiac.com/

Grind Food Truck (gluten-free eating out option, Louisville KY area): https://www.facebook.com/louisvillegrind

Rainbow Blossom (allergen free candy options, Louisville KY area): http://www.rainbowblossom.com/retailer/store_templates/shell_id_1.asp?storeID=GGCX1S3WN1SR2ND800AKHLBD3UWE9VB4

31 Oct
2013

Episode 6- Becky Hall (Green Hill Therapy: Hippotherapy)

 

Becky and Mr. Hall at Churchill Downs

Becky and Mr. Hall at Churchill Downs

Green Hill Therapy has seen a lot of growth since founder Shirley Cochran, pediatric physical therapist and Becky Hall, physical therapy assistant started providing hippotherapy services with a few horses and volunteers in Shirley’s backyard around the year 2000.  Green Hill soon evolved into a sizable indoor arena and therapy clinic where Becky now serves as Clinical Manager.  Becky shares with us how hippotherapy combines the rhythmic movement of a horse with physical, occupational, or speech-language pathology clinical skill  to help kids improve neuromotor function, strength, flexibility, balance, posture, coordination, communication, and social skills.  She also describes how Green Hill provides innovative services by blending hippotherapy and aquatherapy sessions into varied therapy segments that allow children to maximize outcomes.  Come along for the ride as we learn more about the unique properties of the hippotherapy experience and the power of the animal-human connection.

 

 

 

LINKS AND PRODUCTS

Sponsor: Puzzlecraft Furniture

Lauren & Kara’s movement toy picks from segment 1:

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

Little Tikes Shopping Cart – Yellow/Red

Little Tikes Push & Ride Racer

Little Tikes Classic Whale Teeter Totter in Green

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car

PlasmaCar Blue

Razor A Kick Scooter (Red)

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike, Orange

Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike (Red)

Y-Volution YFliker F3 Scooter – Red and Black

Razor PowerWing DLX

ZipZac: http://zipzac.com/

General Links:

American Hippotherapy Association: http://www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org/

Green Hill Therapy: http://www.greenhilltherapy.com/

18 Oct
2013

Episode 5- Mr. Bill Berndt (My Gym)

Mr. Bill

Mr. Bill

There are some artful people in the community who are known for their exceptional talents when it comes to working with children- or their ability to learn and remember 45 new names within one hour without even one mistake- and Mr. Bill is one of them.  He took his own small children to My Gym Children’s Fitness Center while living in a different state and upon moving to our neck of the woods opened his own My Gym franchise… and thus began influencing a whole generation of Kentucky kids.  Mr. Bill describes how My Gym programs, offered in over 30 countries, stimulate development through music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more.  Using his personal gifts to cultivate a nurturing atmosphere of fun mixed with challenge and encouragement, Mr. Bill leaves kids with a sense of worth and capability that sticks with them long after they leave the gym.

 

LINKS AND PRODUCTS

Sponsor: http://louisville.am/

My Gym Louisville (Mr. Bill’s place): http://www.mygym.com/louisville

My Gym Enterprises (international): http://www.mygym.com/

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