53 episodes

Thriving Special Families is the perfect podcast for special needs families and caregivers...especially those impacted by Autism. Our weekly talk show is hosted by special education advocate, speech pathologist, and fellow special needs parent Crystal Sanford. While interviewing experts and caregivers alike, she offers insight, humor, and hope along your special needs journey. This is OUR show families...let's thrive!

Thriving Special Families Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP

    • Kids & Family

Thriving Special Families is the perfect podcast for special needs families and caregivers...especially those impacted by Autism. Our weekly talk show is hosted by special education advocate, speech pathologist, and fellow special needs parent Crystal Sanford. While interviewing experts and caregivers alike, she offers insight, humor, and hope along your special needs journey. This is OUR show families...let's thrive!

    Autistic and Proud: One Woman's Story

    Autistic and Proud: One Woman's Story

    Are you parenting an autistic child? Do you wonder what the future holds for them? Can they really thrive in the midst of a diagnosis? Well there is much to learn and hope to be gained from our discussion from autism self-advocate Ayanna Davis (https://linktr.ee/Phenomenallyautistic).

    Ayanna Davis
    Phenomenally Autistic Ayanna, is an autism advocate born and raised in Westchester county, New York. Along with having Autism she has survived over 220 seizures, lives with chronic illness and has 2 auto immune disease disorders. But, she doesn't let that stop her from spreading her message of self love, joy and equality. She is an Autism advocate, children's book illustrator- 16 books to date, creator of 4 coloring books for girls to color and so much more!


    Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP
    Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.
    Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resources
    Want to work with Crystal? Here's how: 
    Get started by scheduling your 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal: Get empowered! 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)

    • 29 min
    Help and Hope for Marriages

    Help and Hope for Marriages

    Has being a parent of a child with special needs added an extra struggle to your marriage? Is there hope? Definitely! Join us in a riveting conversation with Dr. Michael Barnes (licensed Professional Counselor and Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress). Bring your questions and leave empowered!

    Michael F. Barnes, Ph.D., MAC, LAC, LPC
    Dr. Michael Barnes is a Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He serves as the Chief Clinical Officer at the Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Dr. Barnes comes to the Foundry after serving for five years as the Clinical Manager of Residential Services at CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation) at the University of Colorado Hospital and 10 years as a full-time clinical professor in Counseling.  Most recently he served as the Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor in the MA Program in Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Barnes has developed trauma integrated clinical models for the treatment of individuals with co-occurring addiction and trauma and he speaks nationally on Families, Trauma, and Addiction, Trauma Integrated Addiction Treatment, and Compassion Fatigue. https://www.drmikebarnes.com

    Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP
    Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.

    Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resources

    Want to work with Crystal? Here's how:
    Get started by scheduling your 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal: Get empowered! 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)

    • 32 min
    Just Quirky..... Or Autistic?

    Just Quirky..... Or Autistic?

    Are you parenting a school-age child who is a little quirky? Maybe socially awkward? Let’s consider today...could they be quirky or is it Autism? Our host, Crystal Sanford, dives into some of the hallmark challenges and strengths for those identified with Autism. Learn more about how Autism presents for children K-12 and next steps if you’re considering a diagnosis for your child. 

    Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP
    Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.
    Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: 
    https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resources
    Want to work with Crystal? Here's how:
    Get started by scheduling your 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal: Get empowered! 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)

    • 19 min
    Celebrating Neurodiversity in Literature

    Celebrating Neurodiversity in Literature

    Lets explore how to honor neurodiversity in children's literature. Join us in a discussion with author and neurodiversity ally, Bracha Goetz.

    Bracha Goetz, M.A.
    Bracha Goetz is the Harvard-educated author of 40 books that help children’s souls shine.  One of her picture books, Let's Appreciate Everyone!, teaches young children how to interact more sensitively with children with special needs. Two of her other picture books, educate about personal safety. This is a topic that is especially important for children with special needs to absorb since they can be more vulnerable.  All of her books can be found on the Bracha Goetz Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/spiritualkidsbooks-brachagoetz

    Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP
    Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.
    Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resources
    Want to work with Crystal? Here's how:
    Get started by scheduling your 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal: Get empowered! 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)

    • 23 min
    Unmasking ABA For Families (Part 2)

    Unmasking ABA For Families (Part 2)

    Part 2. Does your child demonstrate behavior challenges? Are you involved in ABA services? Learn along with us as expert Molly Moel, LMFT, BCBA helps to "unmask" ABA services for families.

    Molly Moel, LMFT, BCBA
    As a dually licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 20 years of experience, Molly is passionate about working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and other developmental, behavioral, and learning differences. Utilizing a positive and solution-focused approach, anchored in Applied Behavior Analysis, cognitive-behavior therapy, and family systems theory, she provides individual & family therapy, parent training, social skills training, and Functional Behavior Assessments in home, school, and community settings.
    compasstherapueticsolutions.com

    Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP
    Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.

    Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resources

    Want to work with Crystal?
    Here's how: Get started by scheduling your 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal: Get empowered! 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)

    • 13 min
    Unmasking ABA For Families (Part 1)

    Unmasking ABA For Families (Part 1)

    Does your child demonstrate behavior challenges? Are you involved in ABA services? Learn along with us as expert Molly Moel, LMFT, BCBA helps to "unmask" ABA services for families.

    Molly Moel, LMFT, BCBA
    As a dually licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 20 years of experience, Molly is passionate about working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and other developmental, behavioral, and learning differences. Utilizing a positive and solution-focused approach, anchored in Applied Behavior Analysis, cognitive-behavior therapy, and family systems theory, she provides individual & family therapy, parent training, social skills training, and Functional Behavior Assessments in home, school, and community settings.
    compasstherapueticsolutions.com

    Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP
    Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.
    Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resources
    Want to work with Crystal?
    Here's how: Get started by scheduling your 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal: Get empowered! 
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)

    • 38 min

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