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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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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.

    Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! 21st Century Teens: Understanding 'em - Parenting 'em

    Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! 21st Century Teens: Understanding 'em - Parenting 'em

    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.

    • 41 min
    The Out Of Sync Child Grows Up - Carol Kranowitz

    The Out Of Sync Child Grows Up - Carol Kranowitz

    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.

    • 58 min
    The two most frequently asked questions by special needs parents

    The two most frequently asked questions by special needs parents

    Host Marianne Russo


    Guest Amalia Starr

    I Have Autism…What’ll I Do Without You, Mom? How to Prepare for When Your Special Needs Child Outlives You 


    In Starr’s latest book, “I Have Autism…What’ll I Do Without You, Mom?” she writes all about this subject matter and includes a separate in depth section on “How to Achieve Independence.”  The more independent our children are, the better it will be for them now and after their parents are gone. Yes, talking about one’s mortality is never an easy or pleasant topic, but with our special needs children it may be the single most important thing a parent can do. Starr discovered that when parents address this issue head on they feel a tremendous relief. No reason to put this off anymore, Starr’s book will take you hand in hand as she shares how she achieved this goal and how you can too.


    Are you concerned about your child’s future?  Then you have come to the right place. Amalia Starr has been a pioneer and trailblazer on the autism and special needs path for the past forty years.  

    • 36 min
    Your Legal Toolbox For Kids With Behavioral Issues - Part 1

    Your Legal Toolbox For Kids With Behavioral Issues - Part 1

    Do you have a child with behavioral issues? How do you get the right accommodations and appropriate placement under special education law?

    Part 1

    Committee Meetings – The Process

    504 

    IEP

    IDEA

    Classification

    How is classification determined?

    What is the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP and why it’s important to know.

    My child is very bright and does well academically but cannot learn due to behavioral/neurobiological issues so the school will not classify him?

    Part 2

    The IDEA

    FAPE – Free Appropriate Public Education

    LRE – Least Restrictive Environment

    What if my child isn’t failing but is unable to learn or attend class due to behaviors?

    What are different classifications for children and teens with mental illness or behavioral issues?

    Do I have to use an attorney to get my child classified?

    What rights attach to someone who has been classified?

    What if my child has been classified and I don’t think that problems are being solved?

    The District offered my child a seat in a program and I’ve heard things about it that I don’t like and feel it will worsen her behaviors, do I have to accept it?

    How can parents enroll their child in a private school that best accommodates their child at district expense?

    Is an IEP a legal contract?

     

     

    • 27 min
    Switched On - John Elder Robison

    Switched On - John Elder Robison

    Host - Marianne Russo

    Imagine spending the first forty years of your life in darkness, blind to the emotions and social signals of other people. Then imagine that someone suddenly switches the lights on.

    It has long been assumed that people living with autism are born with the diminished ability to read the emotions of others, even as they feel emotion deeply. But what if we’ve been wrong all this time? What if that “missing” emotional insight was there all along, locked away and inaccessible in the mind?

     In 2007 John Elder Robison wrote the international bestseller Look Me in the Eye, a memoir about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome. Amid the blaze of publicity that followed, he received a unique invitation: Would John like to take part in a study led by one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, who would use an experimental new brain therapy known as TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, in an effort to understand and then address the issues at the heart of autism? Switched On is the extraordinary story of what happened next.

     Having spent forty years as a social outcast, misreading others’ emotions or missing them completely, John is suddenly able to sense a powerful range of feelings in other people. However, this newfound insight brings unforeseen problems and serious questions. As the emotional ground shifts beneath his feet, John struggles with the very real possibility that choosing to diminish his disability might also mean sacrificing his unique gifts and even some of his closest relationships. Switched On is a real-life Flowers for Algernon, a fascinating and intimate window into what it means to be neurologically different, and what happens when the world as you know it is upended overnight.

    • 48 min
    Life With Autism - Autism From The Dads Perspective Hearing The Diagnosis Pt2

    Life With Autism - Autism From The Dads Perspective Hearing The Diagnosis Pt2

    In this episode, Joel and Rob continue their discussion on the emotions dads go through when recieving an autism diagnosis for thier child. 

    • 45 min

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