26 episodes

We're here to inform, educate and advocate for all things related to early childhood. From nurturing healthy development to overcoming behavioral challenges and recognizing mental health needs, welcome to Centering Kids: Advice from the experts at The Florida Center for Early Childhood. Our podcast publishes on the first of every month!

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We're here to inform, educate and advocate for all things related to early childhood. From nurturing healthy development to overcoming behavioral challenges and recognizing mental health needs, welcome to Centering Kids: Advice from the experts at The Florida Center for Early Childhood. Our podcast publishes on the first of every month!

    Centering Kids: How to Nurture Your Child's Dreams and Ambitions

    Centering Kids: How to Nurture Your Child's Dreams and Ambitions

    As a child, Scott Ehrenpreis was awkward, shy, and had trouble making friends. But when he got on stage, all inhibitions disappeared and he felt empowered, untouchable, and capable of anything. In Season 3, Episode 3 of Centering Kids, host Merab Favorite interviews Joel Ehrenpreis on how he discovered his son's talent and nurtured his dream to one day be an actor, all while educating the public about what it means to live with disabilities, disorders, and mental health challenges. The one-man show they produced together, Clowns Like Me, will premiere at Asolo Theater in Sarasota on May 18, 2023.

    Show Notes:
    To purchase tickets to Clowns Like Me, click HERE.
    To learn more about L.E.A.P., click HERE.
    Click here to learn more about The Florida Center for Early Childhood. 
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    Centering Kids: Creating a Culture of Care in the Workplace

    Centering Kids: Creating a Culture of Care in the Workplace

    When it comes to creating a culture of care in the workplace, it's all about feeling supported from CEO to entry-level positions. This trickle-down effect essentially leads to better client care.  In Episode 2, Season 3 of Centering Kids: Advice from the Experts at The Florida Center for Early Childhood, host Merab Favorite interviews Dr.  Kristie Skoglund about her journey leading one of the largest nonprofits in Sarasota, Fla. through a global pandemic, major hurricane and housing crisis. 
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    • 26 min
    Center Kids: How to Navigate Your Child's IEP

    Center Kids: How to Navigate Your Child's IEP

    When it comes to navigating a child's Individualized Education Plan,  or IEP, parents can sometimes feel confused, powerless, or simply overwhelmed which can make their participation in the process less meaningful. In this episode of Centering Kids, host Merab Favorite interviews parent advocate Jen Werden about her new YouTube series, Different Children, Different Approach. Jen teams up with Amy Weinberger of The Lean on Me Project in the series, set to premiere March 1, 2023, to give parents much-needed tools to successfully navigate their child's IEP.

    Show notes:
    For more information on The Lean On Me Project, click here.
    To learn more about Jen Werden and view her full bio, click here.
    To subscribe and follow The Florida Center's YouTube page, which will host the new series, Different Children, Different Approach, click here. 


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    • 18 min
    Centering Kids: Canines, Companions and Clinics

    Centering Kids: Canines, Companions and Clinics

    There's a lot happening at the only Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic in Florida. It's not just for helping individuals living with FASD find answers and solutions regarding their disorder, but it's also about finding companionship, even in canine form. In season 2, episode 10 of Centering Kids: Advice from the Experts at The Florida Center for Early Childhood, host Merab Favorite interviews Bailey Jackson, a mental health therapist and assistant director of The Florida Center's FASD clinic. She discussed how she and her best friend Poppy help families and individuals living with FASD. 

    Show notes: 
    To learn more about our furry friends visit Canine Companions for Independence or FASD Furfighters. To learn more about our FASD-related trainings, visit www.FloridaCenterTraining.org To learn more about our FASD Diagnostic Clinic, visit www.TheFloridaCenter.org.Dunlap and Moran Attorneys at Law Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show

    • 22 min
    Centering Kids: The Emotional Impact of a Child's Diagnosis

    Centering Kids: The Emotional Impact of a Child's Diagnosis

    Receiving the diagnosis that your child has a delay or disability can have an emotional impact on the entire family. In Season 2 Episode 9 of Centering Kids: Advice from the Experts at The Florida Center for Early Childhood,  host Merab Favorite interviews Gigi Gillis and Kaitlyn Aland, two parents who are raising children with exceptionalities. Tamra Cajo, a licensed mental health counselor and director of The Florida Center's Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders clinic also provides insight into the many emotions parents feel after receiving their child's diagnosis. 
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    • 32 min
    Centering Kids: The Benefits of Getting a Good Night's Sleep

    Centering Kids: The Benefits of Getting a Good Night's Sleep

    A good night's rest can affect a child's mood, performance, and behavior, but it's often not considered a factor if a child is acting out or struggling in the classroom. In Season 2, Episode 8 of Centering Kids: Advice from the Experts at The Florida Center for Early Childhood, host Merab Favorite and special guest Allison Phinney, a mental health therapist, discuss how parents can help ensure their children get a good night's rest. They discuss proven sleep aids for every age group and more.

    Show Notes:
    Click here for more information about The Florida Center's School-Based Mental Health Therapy program.

    To learn more about trauma-informed care, Click here. 
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    • 24 min

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