On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews Dr. Kenneth Herman, clinical psychologist, for his insights into parenting. Tune in to learn about discipline, establishing healthy habits, and avoiding the common parenting mistakes! Dr. Herman is the author of Secrets from the Sofa: A Psychologists Guide to Achieving Personal Peace, which was the recipient of the Brian Walsh Award for The Best Personal Growth Book of the Year. It also won literary awards in the categories of Psychology, Health, Mental Health, and as a Guide to College Students.
This episode is for all parents, not just parents of special needs kids! All of us parents wonder and worry and even agonize about how to balance our discipline and limit setting with our desire to raise kids with rock-solid self-esteem. We all wish we knew a lot more about how to be our child’s guide and good friend and still be “in charge.”
Click here to see Dr. Herman’s website.
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews reading expert and educational therapist, Dr. Lois Provda, who explains how starting formal reading instruction too soon can have disastrous effects and shares with us the type of skills children need to develop before we begin the process of teaching them to read.
Odds are you were taught how to read in first grade. Today, though, children are expected to read by the end of kindergarten. While the literacy standards have changed, the nature of children hasn’t. Pushing children to read before they are biologically ready can do more harm than good.
Click here to see Dr. Provda’s website.
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews Emily Iland, parent, author, and leader in the autism field about the best strategies for teaching children to understand what they read. Emily’s new book, Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for Readers on the Autism Spectrum, is a wealth of resources for parents and educators. Ms. Iland is also the co-author of Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z (2004). Many children with special needs such as autism and learning disabilities have trouble making sense of what they read. What makes it even more confusing is that these kids can have good “decoding” or ability to sound out the words. Parents and teachers want strategies to help these kids!
Click here to see Ms. Iland’s website.
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari is joined by psychologist Dr. Jennifer Cassatly, who talks about the problems girls with ADD can develop, how to tell if your daughter (or your niece, or even yourself) has ADD, and what to do to help. It’s usually much easier to tell that your son has attention deficit disorder than it is to tell that your daughter has ADD. Girls who don’t receive treatment usually aren’t able to discover and cultivate their strengths. They do, however, tend to grow up with a lot of shame and self-blame. They often feel second-class, unable to be the ideal woman, spouse, or mother that our culture encourages them to be.
Dr. Cassatly’s website click here
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari welcomes Bobbi Sheahan, author and mother of four, including Grace who has autism, who shares her insights on parenting a child with autism. Ms. Sheahan hopes to spare other parents some of the pain, discouragement, and confusion that can accompany the early years of parenting a child who has or may have autism. Autism is the most feared childhood diagnosis. What do you do when you suspect your child could have autism, or if you have just received the diagnosis of autism, or even if you have known for some time that your family is affected by autism?