The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Radio show

The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Radio

Summary: Award winning, world renowned authors, psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, advocates and respected children's foundations join us to help you better understand a special needs child.... and yourself. You are your child's best advocate - if not you then who - become an informed educated parent here at The Coffee Klatch.

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 "Attending College with Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia & ADHD" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:00

Dr. Richard Selznick host of School Struggles is joined today by:   Elizabeth C. Hamblet, a learning consultant at Columbia University’s Disability Services office, has worked at the college level for 20 years after starting her career in the field as a high school special education teacher and case manager.  In addition to working as a college consultant, she is a nationally-requested speaker who gives presentations to professionals and parents about how to prepare students with disabilities for success at college. Hamblet is the author of 7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities, and her work has appeared in national journals and online platforms, including She offers advice and information on her website at

 Fran Sherman, LCSW, Psychotherapist - Speaker - Media Personality | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:00

Adolescents & Social Media:  Guidelines for Parents   In this upcoming interview on School Struggles, Dr. Selznick interviews Fran Sherman, LCSW, a psychotherapist and media personality.  Fran will discuss the pros and cons of social media for adolescents.  Fran is a television personality who has appeared on the Today Show, HLN, truTV, Fox News, Fox Live, The Daily Buzz, The Morning Show, Daytime and the local NBC, ABC and Fox news affiliates in the West Palm Beach market. She provides expert commentary on news of the day, and has done segments involving love, relationships, parenting, bullying, anxiety, stress, the economy and issues related to educating our children. 

 "More things you can do at home to help your child with dyslexia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:00

"More things you can do at home to help your child with  dyslexia."     In a previous interview with Susan Barton we talked about different strategies to help dyslexic children at home.  Today's interview will build upon what we discussed  previously to  offer you specific strategies and tidbits.     Susan Barton:   An Internationally Recognized Expert in Dyslexia Ms. Barton is a frequent and popular speaker at conferences focusing on Dyslexia, Reading Instruction, Early Intervention and RTI, and Adult Literacy issues. Susan is also an instructor of Phonemic Awareness and Multisensory Teaching Techniques through the University of California, of Learning Disabilities at West Valley College, and of the graduate-level courses Screening for Dyslexia, Tutoring People with Dyslexia, and Understanding Dyslexia and ADHD through the University of San Diego. In the past few years, Susan has presented at these conferences: the American Speech Hearing Association’s national conference, the Learning Disabilities national conference, the Canadian Dyslexia Association, the Oregon branch of the International Dyslexia Association, California Literacy, many regional and statewide conferences of the International Reading Association, many regional and statewide conferences for the Association for Christian Schools International, the California and Arizona Charter Schools conferences, the California Association of School Psychologists, the California Kindergarten conference, and the Early Childhood Educators conference, to name just a few.

 Mindfulness Approaches with ADHD, Learning Disabilities & Dyslexia. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:00

  Host Dr Richard Selznick School Struggles  Host Dr. Richard Selznick Guest Dr. Basant Prahan Mindfulness Approaches with ADHD, Learning Disabilities & Dyslexia.  Basant Pradhan, MD is an academic psychiatrist for adults and children, and currently works in Cooper University Health System, Camden, New Jersey. Pradhan is an inventor, researcher, mentor and writer.  Since 1993, his work involves pioneering translational research that combines cutting edge psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. Currently he serves as the founding director of Yoga and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Y-MBCT), and trans-cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) programs. One of his books, Yoga and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy: A Clinical Guide is a monograph with high impact and describes wellness model of mindfulness as well as many translational Y-MBCT models developed by him for treating major psychiatric conditions. TIMBER (Trauma Interventions using Mindfulness Based Extinction and Re-consolidation of trauma memories) is such a psychological treatment for PTSD. The Y-MBCT models are based on insights from Patanjali's Eight Limbed (Astanga) Yoga, Mindfulness meditation and neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. They have been standardized with the technique rich tools of tantra, and integrated with principles and tools of CBT.  Pradhan's work has been awarded with grants from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD), and the National Institute of Health (NIH). He is actively involved in national organizations like the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), American Society for Adol Psychiatry & the American Psychiatric Association's Caucus on Integrative Medicine.

 John Rosemond - Parent Babble | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:00

  In the latest episode of School Struggles, we talk with John Rosemond about his book Parent Babble.   In Parent Babble, John takes on different "sacred cows," such as the "authority babble," and the "self-esteem babble."  A self-described "contrarian," John certainly goes against the parenting grain. Rosemond has worked with families, children, and parents since 1971 in the field of family psychology. In 1971, John earned his masters in psychology from Western Illinois University and was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. In 1999, his alma mater conferred upon John the Distinguished Alumni Award, given only once per year. Upon acceptance, he gave the commencement address.    Presently, his time is devoted to speaking and writing. John is syndicated in approximately 225 newspapers nationwide. He has written eleven best-selling parenting books. He is also one of America’s busiest and most popular speakers and most certainly the busiest and most popular in his field. He’s known for his sound advice, humor and easy, relaxed, engaging style.  In the past few years, John has appeared on numerous national television programs including 20/20, Good Morning America, The View, The Today Show, CNN, and CBS Later Today, as well as numerous print interviews.    All of his professional accomplishments aside, John is quick to remind folks that his real qualifications are that he’s been married to the same woman for over forty years, is the father of two successful adults, and the grandfather of seven children…make that seven well-behaved grandchildren

 Julie Clark - Aspergers in pink | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:00

Congratulations! It’s a girl … with Asperger’s! Join author and mom Julie Clark as she guides you through her family’s adventures raising a young child with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism. Whether you have a boy or a girl with Asperger’s in your life, you’ll nod and smile as you turn each invaluable page of real-life challenges and solutions.   On the way, you’ll be delighted and intrigued by candid commentary from her daughter Kristina, whose spirit and perseverance outweigh any obstacle she may face. Teeming with wisdom and wit, this book has much to offer parents as well as educators and professionals.   Together, you'll explore:   The Road to DiagnosisThe Teacher Who “Gets It”Occupational Therapy and “Group”Tuning in to Social SignalsWinning the Daily BattlesHope for the Future

 The Autistic Brain - Dr. Temple Grandin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:00

Dr Temple Grandin discusses brain scans, sensory issues, parenting tips, different thinking styles in autistics and much more 

 Squag | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:02:00

Some kids need to be seen to be heard - An online platform connecting parent and kids. 

 The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan Dr Robert Melillo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:00

A scientifically developed program for feeding kids with special needs--based on the popular Brain Balance Program   Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of the Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain.    Designed to help busy parents feed picky kids in a beneficial way, the book will show readers how to:    • Recognize the difference between a fussy eater and a problem eater.    • Ease the sensory issues that make for mealtime mayhem.    • Identify food sensitivities using a simple elimination diet.    • Choose supplements that will help ensure adequate daily amounts of the specific vitamins and minerals important to brain health.    • Prepare delicious, healthy meals that will pass the taste test of even the most finicky eaters.    • Understand how the brain plays a primary role in many dietary and nutritional issue including food sensitivities. Based on years of scientific research and used to successfully treat approximately 1,000 children to date, Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program addresses not just the symptoms of what’s plaguing our kids-but the cause. In Disconnected Kids, Dr. Melillo presents an individualized at-home program that allows readers to assess, address, and even correct their child’s neurological disconnects using simple physical, sensory, and academic exercises.

 Dr Temple Grandin The importance of "Letting Go" when raising a child w autism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:00

Dr Grandin is seeing a trend in parenting young adults with autism, the parents inability to let go and allow the young adult or child to develop life skills.  She joins us today to discuss this issue and will be taking your calls.    Dr. Temple Grandin is one of the world's most accomplished and well known adults with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism, and her work has been covered in the New York Times, People, National Public Radio, and 20/20. Most recently she was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of the year. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

 Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! 21st Century Teens: Understanding 'em - Parenting 'em | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:00

Host Dr. Richard Selznick Guest Dr. Michael Bradley Raising a teenager was never supposed to be like this. In today's world, every thirteen-year-old child lives with issues like sex, violence, drugs, alcohol, divorced parents, and easy access to guns. Yet in this new and sometimes terrifying 21st century, many parents struggle in vain to raise teens with 30-year-old rules that no longer work. Parents of adolescents who need help, but haven’t got time to read a book, can get the answers they need by listening to this audio book during the daily commute. David Kropp’s brilliant reading breathes new life and meaning into the stories, the wisdom, and the wit that Dr. Bradley is famous for. In Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! psychologist Michael Bradley updates the rule book, giving you the insight, the hope, and the help you need to safely steer your teenage children through the stormy waters of adolescence. Explaining that you are the most important influence in your teenager's life, Dr. Bradley gives you the training and skills you need to transform your 21st century teen into a  strong, confident, productive adult.

 The Out Of Sync Child Grows Up - Carol Kranowitz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:00

At last!  The long-awaited follow-up to the million-copy bestseller, The Out-Of-Sync Child! [is here! The Out-Of-Sync Child Grows Up, the latest in the “Sync” series, offers practical advice for coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the tween, teen, and young adult years.  As a generation of kids with SPD enters young adulthood, this guide will help them and their families navigate the world that seems too loud, bright, fast, close, or otherwise overwhelming and confusing to the senses. The Out-Of-Sync Child Grows Up delivers revealing and inspiring first-person accounts from young people living with SPD.  These accounts highlight their strategies for thriving in the face of daily challenges such as grooming, eating, sleeping, and managing school, work, and the shopping mall.  Other topics touch upon emotions, family relationships, making friends, dating, nurturing one’s passion and developing “extrasensory grace,” as well as making the most of occupational therapy and other resources.   In addition, the book provides advice from researchers, parents, adults with SPD looking back, and other experts, including Lucy Jane Miller, Lindsey Biel, and Kelly Dorfman.   A unique resource for young people with sensory processing challenges as well as their parents, educators, and professionals, this insightful book gives voice to the millions of individuals with SPD, offering much-needed sensible advice and emotional support.

 Dr. Peg dawson - Smart but scattered | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:00

Schoo Struggles with host Dr. richard Selznick There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there’s a lot you can do to help.  The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial “executive skills”--the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements--this empowering book shows how.

 Understanding Active Working Memory and Learning Issues | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:00

Dr. Tracy Alloway has specialized in the role that active working memory plays with learning and other areas of functioning.  In this interview Dr. Alloway helps us understand active working memory and its impact.    Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD joined the University of North Florida from the UK where she was the Director of Memory and Learning in the Lifespan. She has spent over a decade being part of cutting-edge research on the importance of Working Memory in education (and have led numerous government grants.  In addition to publishing over 100 scientific articles, she also authored test batteries (published with Pearson) and 7 books.  Dr. Alloway has appeared in many media outlets, including Forbes, Good Morning America, the Today Show, and BBC. 

 Your Legal Toolbox - Part 3 - Special Ed Law for kids with behavioral issues | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:00

Guest - Bonnie Schinagle - Special Education Attorney   Part 3 Emotions May Run High What’s most overwhelming in the experience of being a parent of a child within the special education system? What populations could be served better by the law? Taking deep - very deep breaths  Who can attend a committee meeting? Dealing with adversarial members at a district committee meeting on accommodations? The lost kids falling through the cracks - dyslexia and twice exceptional gifted


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