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Here, you will find a video library of our interviews with helping professionals, community resources, parent pointers, and specialized schools. We strive to connect with professionals in the community so that post-assessment, we have a strong base of referrals to provide our clients.

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Parent Pointers

Ever wonder if you should have your child assessed for learning or attentional challenges? Curious about the difference between a psycho-educational and school neuropsychological assessment? Are you a parent who really wants to know what’s going on with your child but you’re unsure of the process and want answers to questions before you commit? Take a listen! I talk all about all of it!

In this free flow of thought episode I use my morning podcast routine as a representation for self-awareness and metacognition. I talk about how this relates to our kids and their executive function skills, and one of the key things we can do as parents to increase their likelihood of becoming successful adults. Listen in!

Helping Professionals

Emotional intelligence and perspective are vital aspects of our personal growth and interactions with the world around us. Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to recognize, understand, and manage our own emotions and those of others effectively. It enables us to navigate relationships, communicate empathetically, and handle challenging situations with grace and maturity. Developing emotional intelligence fosters better self-awareness and social skills, leading to healthier and more meaningful connections with others. Meanwhile, perspective is the lens through which we perceive and interpret the events and experiences in our lives. A positive and open-minded perspective empowers us to find opportunities in obstacles, learn from setbacks, and appreciate the beauty in diversity. Combining emotional intelligence and a broad perspective cultivates resilience, empathy, and a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world, ultimately enriching our lives in profound ways.

Check out my first interview of 2021 with none other than MY BROTHER, Todd Parker, Performance and Mindset Coach, Executive Leadership Coach, and College Professor. Todd and I discuss emotional intelligence, developing habits, and perspective as we start the new year. And of course, we throw some fun-loving sibling humor in along the way.

Jennifer Piercey is the founder of OnTarget College Consulting. She helps students explore their academic interests, community engagement, extracurricular activities, and what the idea of the “right fit” college means for each student. Then she helps students work their way through the entire college application process. She offers comprehensive programs as well as hourly consulting that covers multiple aspects of the college application journey. It’s all about the many steps of discovery along the way. A “good” college is not about prestige and rankings.

In this episode I interview Krystle Wright and Karen Patterson, owners and operators of Something to Say, a speech and language pathology clinic in San Jose, CA. We discuss signs and symptoms of early speech and language delay, what to look for in elementary years, and how to determine if a student is struggling with social skills or interpreting nonverbal language. Something to Say is available for a free consultation and they provide both assessments and speech/language therapy. Additionally, they specialize in AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication).

Listen in to hear from Makenzie Wesner, nurse practitioner at the Center for Developing Minds in Los Gatos, CA. We discuss why a child might need to see a nurse practitioner with a developmental and behavioral pediatric specialty. What does that even mean?? Don’t worry, she will tell you. Makenzie is an expert in ADHD, Autism, mental health, and other emotional and behavioral issues. If you, your child, or someone you know, could potentially benefit from the support of a medical professional who specializes in developmental pediatrics, please do not hesitate to share this video resource. Makenzie’s services are currently provided via tele-health and also in person.

Mental Health Practitioners

Therapy has a profound impact on transforming lives and nurturing confidence in individuals across all age groups, from children to teens and adults. By providing a safe and supportive environment, therapy enables individuals to explore their emotions, thoughts, and experiences openly. Through therapeutic techniques and interventions, clients gain insights into their inner world, identify patterns, and develop healthier coping strategies. For children, therapy can foster emotional intelligence and resilience, aiding in the development of essential life skills. Teens find a space to navigate the challenges of adolescence, building self-esteem and self-awareness. Adults benefit from therapy by addressing past traumas, managing stress, and enhancing self-confidence. The journey of therapy encourages personal growth, empowers individuals to overcome obstacles, and cultivates a sense of empowerment that positively impacts all aspects of their lives.

In this episode, I connect with Dr. Danielle Wischenka, a therapist licensed in both California and Colorado. Dr. Danielle is the founder of Better Health Therapy and is dedicated to helping children, teens, and adults feel better, and develop, improve, and transform all aspects of health. I just love Dr. Danielle’s enthusiasm for her craft and commitment to her work. Dr. Danielle’s practice is in the Silicon Valley area of California, but she is available for virtual services for clients in both California and Colorado.

Jimmie Brown is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is as real as it gets. He has been working as a therapist in a school district for 17 years, is a consultant for the community, and has a private practice in Campbell, CA where he helps a range of individuals, from children to adults.

Jimmie’s therapeutic approach is strength-based and real. He dives deep, making a true connection with his clients, finding ways to bring out their own greatness through their work together. He connects well with children and teens, and others who can appreciate his intense, caring, and “real” approach to therapy. He uses his own experiences to shape and support his work with others and he practices what he preaches.

Jimmie’s passion for his career was sparked by Alan Thicke’s television character from Growing Pains, of all places. He loved that the character was a therapist who helped people, in an office from his home, and was able to be home and present for his kids. Jimmie thought, “I want to be like that!”

Jimmie spends copious amounts of time with his son, instilling learning, love, life and greatness. He is a fitness enthusiast, coach, husband, father, therapist, consultant, and speaker.

What a therapeutic treat! Jessica O’Connor is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who loves working with the littles! She sees children in her practice as young as 3! You may not believe that infant mental health or toddler behavior can be helped through counseling, but if you are a parent of one of these kiddos, Jessica may be your panacea!

Listen in as Jessica and I talk about her practice and specialties, including everyday challenges of kiddos 3-15, skill building, positive self-esteem, working through challenging behaviors, and improving overall emotional regulation. Watch as Jessica shares her calming and therapeutic space with us and enlightens us with some of the puppets and games that she uses in her sessions with children. Even in a virtual world, Jessica is finding her sessions to be extremely effective.

Jessica works in person, when needed, and virtually, with children and families all over California. If you have a kiddo who may benefit from Jessica’s services, just give her a call or send her an email. She will meet with you for a 20-minute consultation session at no cost to you, to see if it is a good fit.

In this interview, I talk with Virginie Goldstein, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of Tech Connect Reset. Virginie’s passion is coaching parents to improve communication with their teens and promote healthy screen use. In a world where screens are the norm, how do we teach our kids to use screens responsibly rather than ban them from using them for fear they will become addicted?

Virginie has developed a protocol to support families through developing healthy relationships with screens, starting with an awareness of their own screen use and improving communication skills with their teens. Her goal is to support families in groups moving forward and expand her protocol to other therapists and throughout California, for starters.

Jana Parker, educational psychologist, and bring you John Lewis Parker, a master at mindfulness practices and Jana’s dad! John brings you a simple, practical, and doable mindfulness practice to help you self-regulate and have more control over your thoughts and reactions during distance learning. His technique is often referred to as S.T.O.P.

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Learning Specialists &
Executive Function Support

Educational therapy is a specialized approach that has proven to be highly effective in supporting individuals with dyslexia. It is tailored to meet the unique needs of dyslexic learners and aims to address the challenges they face in reading, writing, spelling, and language processing. Lorette Keane, the passionate founder of Methods for Success, is a dedicated educational therapist who brings her personal experience as a parent of a dyslexic child to her practice. Through educational therapy, Lorette helps dyslexic students build essential skills, such as phonological awareness, decoding, and comprehension strategies. The therapy sessions are individualized, focusing on the specific strengths and weaknesses of each learner. Educational therapy not only helps improve academic performance but also fosters a sense of self-confidence and self-esteem in dyslexic individuals as they gain the tools to overcome their challenges. In this enlightening conversation, we explore the transformative power of educational therapy and how it provides invaluable support to differently-wired learners, especially during these unprecedented times of COVID and school closures.

Lorette Keane is the founder of Methods for Success, an Educational Therapy practice. Lorette specializes in supporting dyslexia but also tutors in other academic areas. Listen in to our conversation about differently-wired learners and support through these unprecedented times of COVID and school closures. Lorette is a passionate, knowledgable, and committed therapist who brings her personal lens to her work, as a parent of a now adult, who struggled with severe dyslexia.

Ali Meyers, Executive Function Coach, and Writing Specialist, is the founder of Launch Learning! Ali provides EF coaching for students from middle school through college and also specializes in tutoring for writing as well as college essay writing. Ali is a wealth of information and strategy, using a comprehensive toolbox she has acquired from her training as an educator and social worker, and through her work with students for over 20 years.

An Executive Function Coach and Writing Specialist is a highly skilled professional who provides targeted support and guidance to individuals seeking to enhance their executive function skills and writing abilities. With a deep understanding of cognitive processes, time management, organization, and planning, the Executive Function Coach empowers clients to improve their focus, decision-making, and overall productivity. Additionally, the Writing Specialist offers expertise in written communication, assisting students, professionals, and writers of all levels to refine their writing style, structure, and clarity. By employing personalized strategies and fostering a supportive learning environment, these specialists help individuals overcome challenges and achieve their academic or professional goals with confidence and efficiency.

Lexie Burns, where have you been all my life! I feel like we are long-lost kindred spirits!

Listen in as Lexie and I discuss academic and executive function needs and supports during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lexie supports students currently in distance learning and hybrid models and her team has seen it all! They have a 100% success rate of supporting students virtually.

What Lexie knows: During this time, a lot of students are being asked to become independent learners. More learning differences are being seen and it can be a bit daunting. However, there are a ton of supports and resources. It comes down to doing some research and speaking with the support specialist at your school for help. A lot of parents come to me and ask why their child is taking 3 hours for homework, consistently not turning in work even if they’ve done it, and seem unable to focus in class during the day. There are many contributing factors to a child or adolescents learning profile. The underlying cognitive skills such as memory, processing speed, visual and auditory processing, and logic and reasoning directly affect how a student learns. Not many people work on these underlying skills, but they can be strengthened by some really great programs like Cogmed, PACE, cognitive skill training. On the academic side, using modalities such as Orton Gillingham, Wilson, or Lindamood-bell is important to be able to engage the student and target the way that they learn.

Lexie Burns has an MA in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology from the University of London. She has over 15 years of experience working with children and adults in clinical and academic settings. As an educational therapist, she has seen the need for helping students with learning differences. She created NeuroPlay Academics to help children, adolescents, young adults, and adults seeking cognitive and academic support. With cognitive skill training, she is able to help support students exercise their cognitive skills and incorporate it into their academic profile. Lexie has a PACE license and is an official provider of Cogmed, she also has extensive experience with Executive Function coaching. She brings an individualized approach to enhancing attention, memory, academics, executive functions, and cognitive skills. As the head of NeuroPlay Academics, she has many years experience working with schools to help navigate support for children and young adults.

Listen in to my interview with Andie Rich and Danielle Morgan of Thriving Minds Learning Center in Campbell, CA.

Thriving Minds offers learning support in reading, writing, and math, to students between 1st and 8th grade. All services are provided one on one and tailored to meet the needs of the individual child. Support can also be provided in the private school setting, during the school day. Currently, due to COVID-19, all services are being provided remotely.

If your student is starting to fall behind academically or you are noticing problems with reading, writing, or math development in the early years, don’t hesitate to give Thriving Minds a call. You will speak directly to either Andie or Danielle and they will help to choose a specialist for your child, based on his or her needs.

If there is one episode you don’t want to miss, it’s this one! Listen in to my interview with Caitlin Hoffman of Academic Coaching Works. Her education center in Campbell, CA has a new schedule and a menu of service options, from all day in person support for distance learning to virtual coaching. Our conversation focuses on what students are experiencing, what PARENTS are experiencing in efforts to maintain their sanity and support their kids, and what parents can do to find balance while parenting.

Do you have a youngster who struggles with attention, energy, fine motor skills, foundational reading skills or a speech delay? Are you worried that your child may not be ready for school? Especially during remote instruction, when we are all concerned about our kiddos sitting in front of a screen all day instead of being engaged in classrooms, finding the right educators to support our students is critical.

In this episode I interview Anupma Sethi, of Empower Kidz. She is an educational therapist who uses a multi-sensory approach to build foundational skills in youngsters, helping them to be “ready to learn.” Empower Kidz is currently supporting remotely and treatment paths are individualized. Anupma and I discuss her approach to intervention for little ones and remediation for students already in school.

Dyslexia = reading problem. I assess for dyslexia and other learning disabilities in my private practice. In this episode, listen in to hear from Karen Isaacson, Dyslexia Instructor and Master-Certified Barton Reading and Spelling Tutor. Karen is located in California but tutors solely online and therefore has clients all over the world!

Karen has been an educator for over 35 years and is passionate about helping dyslexic students succeed. She has the highest level of certification available in the Barton Reading and Spelling Program, a highly-respected Orton-Gillingham-based approach designed specifically for individuals with dyslexia. Karen specializes in supporting students with dyslexia and ADHD and anxiety.

Specialized Schools

Is your student struggling with traditional school? Fusion Academy is a fully accredited private school offering one-to-one instruction and a robust social experience to students grades 6-12.

Individualized learning is a dynamic and student-centered approach to education that recognizes the diverse needs, strengths, and learning styles of each individual learner. Rather than adhering to a one-size-fits-all curriculum, individualized learning tailors educational experiences to meet the specific requirements and interests of students. This approach empowers learners to progress at their own pace, providing the flexibility to delve deeper into subjects of interest or receive additional support in areas that require more attention. With personalized learning plans, students can set goals, track their progress, and take ownership of their learning journey, promoting a deeper understanding and retention of the material. By fostering a sense of autonomy and agency, individualized learning empowers students to become self-directed learners, preparing them to tackle real-world challenges and succeed in an ever-evolving global landscape.

In this captivating interview, we talk with Aurora Terracina, the dedicated Director of Outreach and a former public school teacher who found her passion in making a eaningful difference in students’ lives. She shares her enthusiasm for Fusion Academy’s mission, which focuses on transforming students emotionally, socially, and academically for the better.

At Fusion Academy, students have access to a range of valuable services across multiple campuses, including one-to-one classes, a supportive Homework Cafe, expert post-secondary counseling, personalized tutoring, and enriching summer programs. Embrace a nurturing educational environment that caters to your student’s unique needs and fosters personal growth and success.

Individualized learning has become increasingly relevant and impactful, especially after the challenges brought about by COVID-19. As traditional classroom settings faced disruptions, educators like Jesse Roselin, the Head of School at Pacific Prep and Tutor Corps, have recognized the unique advantages of one-on-one instruction. Individualized learning tailors educational approaches to the specific needs, strengths, and learning styles of each student. This personalized approach allows educators to address knowledge gaps, provide targeted support, and foster a deeper understanding of subjects. After the pandemic, the demand for individualized learning has surged, as it offers a flexible and adaptable solution for students, whether they are studying in-person or remotely. Jesse’s experience of over 20 years as an educator has enabled him to implement efficient and effective methods, ensuring that each student receives the personalized attention necessary to thrive academically and emotionally during these challenging times. In this interview, we explore the advantages of one-on-one schooling, its application in the post-COVID world, and its potential to transform the landscape of education.

Listen in as I interview Jesse Roselin, Head of School for Pacific Preparatory and Tutor Corps. Pacific Prep is an accredited K12 Online Private School that supports students in-home and virtually, through individualized learning. Tutor Corps supports students through tutoring of all content areas and additionally supports the executive function.

Jesse and I discuss the advantages of schooling one on one, schooling through COVID, and distance learning, and we have authentic conversations about our own lives and families during this time. Jesse has been an educator for over 20 years and he brings his experience and passion to his programs, implementing education in ways he believes are efficient, effective, and relevant.

Distance Learning

Preparing your home and your family for distance learning is going to help ease anxiety for everyone.

Raising an Organized Child, by Dr. Damon Korb.
1. Be Consistent.
2. Introduce order.
3. Give everything a place.
4. Practice forward thinking.
5. Promote problem solving.

Set up your child’s workspace somewhere other than the bed.
1. Have your child be involved in the process of setting up his or her workspace and choose a good spot for it.
2. Have daily materials ready the night before.
3. Have a quiet space with headphones. Use non-distracting music like classical, “chill out,” or video game soundtracks.
4. Have good lighting. Possibly opt for blue light filtering glasses.
5. Have a comfortable chair or seating option.
6. Get a large monitor and possibly a kid-sized keyboard/mouse.
7. Use a large wall or desk calendar to track assignments.

The process of getting back into school:
1. Read everything the teacher sends, and make sure everyone who supports the student does so as well.
2. Learn how to use the platforms.
3. Learn the schedule for synchronous and asynchronous learning time and build a schedule around it that includes breaks (have your student go outside, get air, sunlight, movement, food and water).
4. Recreational screen time should be reserved for AFTER SCHOOL ONLY.
5. Have notifications turned off.
6. Use a self-control application to block tempting websites.
7. Use a daily family calendar so your child knows when NOT to bother you.

Use positive reinforcement to reward positive behavior. It’s the easiest way to get your child to do the behavior you want to see more frequently.

Set boundaries on your own work and screen time.

Attitude is Everything. We will get through this together, and we must model for our children flexibility and adaptability, with a positive attitude. Take care of yourselves and partner with your teachers, and we will come out of this on the other side.

Listen in to hear from Margie Rubin, who is now a retired teacher and behavior specialist. She wants to support families in need of behavior support for their students as we tackle distance learning. We discuss why a child might need support for their behavior, when a good time to connect with a professional is, and how Margie can help your child have more positive behavior and in turn, improve your relationship and make distance learning easier. Behavior happens for a reason, and Margie’s expertise is in figuring out what the reason is, and helping to support the student in that need so that they don’t have to exhibit the maladaptive or “bad” behavior pattern. She helps your student feel supported and makes the experience more positive for both your student and you, as a parent. If you, your child, or someone you know, could potentially benefit from the support of a behavior specialist, please do not hesitate to share this video resource. Margie is available for free consultations and no problem is too small. She is here to help and all of her services can be provided over the phone or video call. She will help to empower you, as parents, to support your student and turn their negative behavior around.

Listen in to hear from Brittney Weinerth, occupational therapist and owner Almaden Valley Children’s Therapy Center, in San Jose, CA. We discuss why a child might need occupational therapy, what it provides, and how to access support from Brittney and the clinicians at her center. Occupational therapy is used to support things like fine and gross motor skills, self-regulation skills, social skills, and sensory processing. Brittney provides some hands on tips and tools you can use with your child immediately, and stresses the importance of the family relationship during this unprecedented time of COVID 19. If you, your child, or someone you know, could benefit from occupational therapy services, please do not hesitate to share this video resource. Brittney’s services are currently provided via tele-health and also in person.

Listen in to hear from Melissa Mayes, Executive Director for Teen Therapy Center and Family Therapy Center in San Jose, CA. We discuss critical mental health issues for families and teens during the COVID-19 pandemic, warning signs and when to reach out for help, and how these community resources can provide critical mental health support. Melissa’s calm and compassionate nature is representative of the kind of care a family receives when they reach out for help. If you, your teen, or someone you know, could benefit from mental health services, please do not hesitate to share this video resource.

Diana Psyras is an educational specialist and owner of Learn Mindfully, an academic support center in Campbell, CA. She holds a Master’s Degree in special education from Santa Clara University, is trained in the Linda Mood-Bell Seeing Stars program, and is a forever learner (like me!). Diana works with children ages 4-16 and specializes in reading interventions for decoding, fluency, comprehension, distance learning and homeschool curriculum support. She is currently working with all clients virtually, and with a lot of success, meaning she can work with students no matter where they are physically located.

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