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Helping Kids Thrive

Apr 29, 2021

Guest: Melanie Almada, M.S., LMFT

In this episode of Helping Kids Thrive, Nicole sits down with DCT Marriage and Family Counselor, Melanie Almada, to discuss how parents can harness the power of mindfulness practices in their families.

Benefits of mindfulness include:

  • Reduced chronic and acute stress
  • Decreased risk of...

Apr 22, 2021

Guest: Andrea King, M.A. CCC-SLP

April is Autism Awareness Month. Join Nicole as she chats with DotCom Therapy Speech Language Pathologist, Andrea King, about autism. In this episode, they discuss:

  • Developmental markers for autism
  • How to get an evaluation for your child
  • Ways the community can come around a child with...

Apr 15, 2021

Guests: Dr. Elizabeth Washington and Dr. Karen Watts

Schools around the world jumped online with no warning last spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic and - as one of our guests today, Dr. Karen Watts, puts it - attempted to build the plane while flying. So, now that our education system and traditions have really...

Apr 8, 2021

Guests: Dr. Karen Watts, Director of Special Services, and Dr. Elizabeth Washington, Director of Special Services

So, you have concerns about your child and their educational development, but you don't know where to start. Do you make a referral or is that the school's job? Who determines what services your child gets?...

Apr 1, 2021

Guest: Amy Schnacker, OTR/L

Did you know 3-5% of children have been diagnosed with a feeding disorder?

In this episode of Helping Kids Thrive, occupational therapist, Amy Schnacker explains the difference between a picky eater and a problem feeder. She and host, Nicole, explore when a parent should seek help for...