More Than Words: Treating the Whole Child
COVID-19 & Mental Health with Dr. Sabine Heisman

COVID-19 & Mental Health with Dr. Sabine Heisman

August 3, 2022

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Dr. Sabine Heisman about COVID-19 & Mental Health. Dr. Heisman is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Northern Virginia area. She specializes in child psychology. She works for MindWell Psychology where they take a cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy. Today you will learn:

  1. How COVID-19 has impacted the mental health crisis
  2. What types of symptoms are seen in elementary, middle, and high school students
  3. Symptoms and behaviors parents should be aware of and how can they help their children
  4. Advice for how to support a child anxious about going back to school. 
  5. How anxiety may impact testing
  6. Whether or not parents should discuss mental health with their teens & how to start that conversation

 

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Cognitive Behavioral Basics with Dr. Kathleen Wawrzyniak-Webb

Cognitive Behavioral Basics with Dr. Kathleen Wawrzyniak-Webb

July 20, 2022

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Dr. Kathleen Wawrzyniak-Webb about Cognitive Behavioral Basics. Dr. Wawrzyniak-Webb is a licensed clinical psychologist in Hartford, Connecticut. She specializes in mental and emotional health for all: children, teens, adults, and families. She owns the practice Greater Hartford Wellness where they provide therapy for all to work towards their best emotional health. Today you will learn:

  • What cognitive behavioral basics are
  • What self-talk is and why it is so important
  • The benefits of focusing on self-talk
  • Examples of self-talk that can be used with a child who is feeling depressed or anxious
  • Tips to improve positive self-talk
  • Helpful resources to improve positive self-talk

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Dyslexia and Stem with Krista Gauthier

Dyslexia and Stem with Krista Gauthier

July 6, 2022

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Krista Gauthier about Dyslexia and STEM. Krista is the executive director of Sliding Doors where they give students with dyslexia the opportunity to explore STEM that they may not otherwise receive in the typical school setting. They also offer a component of teaching to educators by way of seminars through Dyslexic Edge Today you will learn:

 

  • What STEM stands for 
  • Why students with dyslexia are often excluded from STEM opportunities and what effect that may have on a student.
  • The kinds of programs offered at Sliding Doors 
  • The link between ADHD, dyslexia, and STEM.

 

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Orchid Kids with Gabriele Nicolet

Orchid Kids with Gabriele Nicolet

June 22, 2022

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Gabriele Nicolet about Orchid Kids. Gabriele is an SLP, parenting coach, and self-dubbed “toddler whisperer” in the DMV area. She specializes in family communication. She co-owns Raising Orchid Kids where they coach parents to raise their Orchid children with confidence. She also owns a practice called Speech Kids offering speech therapy to children.  Today you will learn:

  • What is an Orchid Kid
  • Where the name “Orchid Kid” comes from
  • What type of programs/classes are offered at “Raising Orchid Kids”
  • The effects of COVID-19 on Orchid Kids
  • What resources are available to families of an Orchid Child

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AAC in the Classroom with Samantha Crooks

AAC in the Classroom with Samantha Crooks

June 8, 2022

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Samantha Crooks about AAC in the Classroom. Sam is an SLP in the DMV area. She specializes in AAC in and outside of the classroom. She is the Clinical Lead for AAC Services at National Therapy Center. Today you will learn:

  • What AAC stands for 
  • How SLPs determine if a child would benefit from an AAC device 
  • Possible changes in a child once they have a device
  • What devices are appropriate for different people
  • The training that a child's caregivers and teachers receive. 
  • How SLPs incorporate AAC into teaching early literacy skills in the classroom?  

 

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RLLC’s Website: www.readingllcenter.com 

 

RLLC’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/readingllcenter 

 

RLLC’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/readingllcenter 

RLLC’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/15411008/admin/

Physical Therapy with Dr. Zachary Cohen

Physical Therapy with Dr. Zachary Cohen

May 25, 2022

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Dr. Zachary Cohen about Physical Therapy. Dr. Cohen is a physical therapist in the Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia area. He specializes in physical therapy for adults with active lifestyles and young athletes. Dr. Cohen is the owner of Cohen Health and Performance with locations in Bethesda and McLean. Today we will be discussing:

  1. What is physical therapy and why would someone need it?
  2. If someone needs a PT, what steps are taken when they begin therapy?
  3. How long do things normally take?
  4. Are there things patients have to do outside of therapy?
  5. What can parents do to help with their child’s therapy?
  6. Do physical therapists work collaboratively with coaches, trainers, and doctors?
  7. What changes are seen in physical therapy clients after rehab? 

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Dysgraphia with Kristen Masci

Dysgraphia with Kristen Masci

May 11, 2022

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Kristen Masci about Dysgraphia. Kristen is an Occupational Therapist in the Northern Virginia area. She is the founder and CEO of “Skills on the Hill” where they provide a variety of different pediatric therapies. Today we will discuss:

  • What is dysgraphia?
  • How is it treated?
  • Why is pencil grip so important? 
  • What are some tools to improve fine motor skills?
  • Do you find that some children who have sensory issues have dysgraphia? 

 

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Regulation with Lauren Coughlin

Regulation with Lauren Coughlin

April 27, 2022

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Lauren Coughlin about Regulation. Lauren is an Occupational Therapist (OT) and the Clinical Director at Creative Development in Avon, Connecticut. She works primarily with children and some young adults at Creative Development doing Occupational Therapy. She also works at a private school, offering therapy to those with autism. Today you will learn:

  • What Occupational Therapy is
  • What regulation means
  • The different zones of regulation
  • Why it is important for children to be able to regulate
  • Possible signs of regulation issues
  • How OT can help with regulation
  • What parents can do at home to help

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Parenting on the Spectrum with Dr. Lynn Adams Part 2

Parenting on the Spectrum with Dr. Lynn Adams Part 2

April 13, 2022

In the second half of this two-part episode, we are chatting with Dr. Lynn Adams who is an SLP working for Moore Pediatric Therapy Services. She specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Child Language Disorders. Today you will learn:

  • What a visual schedule is and why it’s important?
  • The difference between an IFSP and IEP
  • About Asperger syndrome

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Parenting on the Spectrum with Dr. Lynn Adams Part 1

Parenting on the Spectrum with Dr. Lynn Adams Part 1

April 6, 2022

In the first half of this two-part episode, we are chatting with Dr. Lynn Adams who is an SLP working for Moore Pediatric Therapy Services. She specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Child Language Disorders. Today you will learn:

  • Some of the challenges parents may face
  • How parents can approach the research regarding ASD
  • What strategies/techniques might parents want to include in their home?

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