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Helping Kids Thrive

Dec 16, 2021

Guest: Amy Schnacker, OTR/L

The holiday season is full of fun and excitement - lots of time with family and friends, cookie decorating, present wrapping, songs, events, the list goes on and on. And while the holidays are a special time of year, they can also be overwhelming. 

In this episode of Helping Kids Thrive,...

Dec 2, 2021

Guest: Jackie Wight, MA, LPC, Director of Mental Health Services

Helping children navigate through social media is definitely uncharted territory for a lot of parents that grew up before the era of smartphones and tablets. With the rise of popular sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, it comes to no surprise that...

Nov 18, 2021

Guest: Debbie Anzelone, Special Education Consultant

Have you ever wondered what FAPE is? Or LRE? What is the difference between an accommodation and a modification? IEP meetings can be filled with a lot of education heavy language and terminology which can create a barrier to parents being as involved with the IEP...

Nov 4, 2021

Guest: Kay Simon, M.S. CCC-SLP

In the US Public School system, the language of instruction is Mainstream American English (MAE), a specific dialect of English. If a child enters the school system that has not previously had exposure to MAE, this transition can be difficult as they add the need to learn another dialect...

Oct 14, 2021

Guest: Adriana Capuano, M.A. CCC-SLP

Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) is a communication system that is helpful for children who do not have functional communication. Often we think of this as being for only nonverbal children, but there are actually many different situations that AAC can be used in order...