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If you're looking for information about baby development, or looking for ideas about how to play with your baby to support development, Learn With Less (formerly Strength In Words) is where we discuss all things early parenthood and early childhood. We help families (expecting parents, new parents, and seasoned parents) navigate those early years in an inclusive, educational, and supportive space. Join Ayelet Marinovich, M.A., CCC-SLP, author, singer, mother of two and pediatric speech-language pathologist, for a podcast for parents, caregivers, and educators of infants and toddlers. Learn With Less is the place for families to access high quality, evidence-based resources about how their infants and toddlers learn and develop; for regular sessions of music, play and developmental information for both you and your baby, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and visit www.learnwithless.com!

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If you're looking for information about baby development, or looking for ideas about how to play with your baby to support development, Learn With Less (formerly Strength In Words) is where we discuss all things early parenthood and early childhood. We help families (expecting parents, new parents, and seasoned parents) navigate those early years in an inclusive, educational, and supportive space. Join Ayelet Marinovich, M.A., CCC-SLP, author, singer, mother of two and pediatric speech-language pathologist, for a podcast for parents, caregivers, and educators of infants and toddlers. Learn With Less is the place for families to access high quality, evidence-based resources about how their infants and toddlers learn and develop; for regular sessions of music, play and developmental information for both you and your baby, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and visit www.learnwithless.com!

    Enrich Your Practice as a Parent Educator, with Sara Moreno

    Enrich Your Practice as a Parent Educator, with Sara Moreno

    How Sara Discovered The Confidence To Serve Families Holistically In Her Community and Beyond















    In this episode of the Learn With Less® podcast, Ayelet sits down with special educator, music educator, parent educator, speech therapist, and Learn With Less® facilitator, Sara Moreno of Mi Casa Abierta. Sara has been instrumental in the community and growth of the Learn With Less® Facilitator Training & Certification Program, and has been utilizing resources from Learn With Less® for the last several years. Sara has also taken on the task of translating and interpreting all the materials (lesson plans and caregiver handouts) for our “caregiver & me” programs into Spanish so that we can more inclusively and responsibly serve families from both multilingual (Spanish, English) and monolingual (Spanish) households.







    In this episode, we discuss:







    * Sara’s educational and professional background, and what brought her to the work she’s doing today* How Sara found the confidence to serve families more holistically, both in her own community in San Salvador, and beyond* Why the Learn With Less® Facilitator Training & Certification Program has been so valuable and transformational both for her practice, and in her personal life* The various new avenues she has explored due to her experience with the Learn With Less® program* Why the curriculum transcends culture and parenting philosophy, and is universally accessible to families who simply want more tools to support and connect with their young children







    Helpful Resources Related to This Episode







    Learn With Less® podcast episode: Educating Parents to be Their Child’s First Teacher, with Rachel Kammeyer







    Learn With Less® podcast episode: How to Impact Your Community With Parent Education and Parent Coaching Skills, with Laurel Smith







    Learn With Less® podcast episode: How Lesley Took Her Existing Skills as an Educator, and Started Serving Infant/Toddler Families In a Holistic, Meaningful Way







    Learn With Less® podcast episode: How to Use Your Skills as an Educator or Therapist to Serve Families Holistically as a Parent Educator, with Allie Glazer







    Learn With Less® Bundle: get our favorite infant and toddler development resources (save 70%)! Discover how to support & connect with your tiny human, without having to buy a single toy.







    Learn With Less® Facilitator Training & Certification Program: Use your existing skills as an educator or therapist to serve families holistically with a high quality program that will provide lasting impact! Apply now to become a licensed facilitator Learn With Less®.







    Learn With Less® “Caregiver & Me” Classes: the magic of Learn With Less® lies in the communal aspect of coming together with our resources, in community with other families. Join us for a virtual or in-person class led by a licensed facilitator near you!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    What is Trauma and Trauma Informed Care? With Michelle Hardeman-Guptill

    What is Trauma and Trauma Informed Care? With Michelle Hardeman-Guptill

    How do we heal from trauma? How do we become trauma informed practitioners?







    This episode of the Learn With Less® podcast was recorded as a live, virtual event featuring a very special guest, psychotherapist and trauma-informed transformational coach, Michelle Hardeman-Guptill, and was aimed at both parents/caregivers as well as professionals working with infant/toddler families.







    We discussed:







    * Michelle’s professional and educational background, and how she came to doing the work she does today* Some good working definitions for trauma (big and little “T”)* What does it mean to be “trauma informed” as a practitioner? (& whose wheelhouse is this even in?)* Tips and resources for those hoping to start looking at / continuing their healing journey in their own trauma* Tips and resources for those serving families, who would like to engage from a more “trauma-informed” lens







    HELPFUL RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS EPISODE







    What is Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care? handout created by Michelle Hardeman-Guptill







    Trauma-Informed Service Providers Collective, a free group from Michelle Hardeman-Guptill







    The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van der kolk







    Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine







    Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and Therapists, by Janina Fisher







    Polyvagal Flip Chart, by Deb Dana







    National Center for Trauma Informed Care







    National Child Traumatic Stress Network







    Learn With Less® Bundle: get our favorite infant and toddler development resources (save 70%)! Discover how to support & connect with your tiny human, without having to buy a single toy.







    Learn With Less® Facilitator Training & Certification Program: Use your existing skills as an educator or therapist to serve families holistically with a high quality program that will provide lasting impact! Apply now to become a licensed facilitator Learn With Less®.







    Learn With Less® “Caregiver & Me” Classes: the magic of Learn With Less® lies in the communal aspect of coming together with our resources, in community with other families. Join us for a virtual or in-person class led by a licensed facilitator near you!







    CONNECT WITH US







    Michelle: Website / Facebook&nbsp...

    • 52 min
    What Are Your Values as a Parent or Professional in Early Childhood?

    What Are Your Values as a Parent or Professional in Early Childhood?

    Defining your Values as a Parent or a Professional Serving Families Perinatally or in Early Childhood Can Guide Your Work & Lighten The Load















    Today’s episode is just an intimate conversation between you and I wanted to share a bit about what guides our work here at Learn With Less®, and how we make decisions about the resources we share, the people we bring on to join us on this platform, and the values that guide us.







    Helpful Resources Related to This Episode:







    Learn With Less® Infant & Toddler Development Blueprint: a free resource outlining the four major areas of development in the first three years, and how to use our 4-pillar framework to support and connect with your baby or toddler, without having to buy a single toy.







    Learn With Less® Bundle: our best infant and toddler resources, including our bestselling books, fun family music album, a pre-recorded Learn With Less® “Caregiver & Me” class, and a 1-page handout outlining how you can take everything we did and do it at home to maximize your time with your tiny human!







    Understanding Your Baby & Understanding Your Toddler: our bestselling books and the basis for the Learn With Less® curriculum. These are month-by-month development and activity guides for playing with your baby from birth to three years.







    Learn With Less® “Caregiver & Me” Classes: the magic of Learn With Less® lies in the communal aspect of coming together with our resources, in community with other families. Join us for a virtual or in-person class led by a licensed facilitator near you!







    Learn With Less® Facilitator Training & Certification Program: Use your existing skills as an educator or therapist to serve families holistically with a high quality program that will provide lasting impact on your life, income, and community! Apply now to become a licensed facilitator Learn With Less®.



















    Text Transcript of This Episode:







    I want today’s message to reach you as we reset for a new season of Fall, a new school year, and so many hopes for the future. I’m recording this in mid to late August 2021. So over the last few years, I’ve done a lot of work to create a values aligned life and business.







    Undoubtedly, parenting and working through a pandemic has tested so many of us on so many levels. However, when we get clear on our values, it helps us to clarify what motivates us and helps us to see the path forward to the life we want to create. And sometimes more importantly, how to get there in integrity with what we believe.







    Now, if you’ve done any kind of values work before, you’ll know that this experience can help illuminate and lighten the load. I’d also love to get to know what your values are. So you can go ahead and send me a message on Facebook or Instagram at Learn With Less®. Seriously, I love learning about you and I love reading every response.

    • 17 min
    Simple Ways to Connect With Your Baby or Toddler

    Simple Ways to Connect With Your Baby or Toddler

    It’s Simple, Really: all you need to remember is how to play, talk, sing, or move















    In this episode of the Learn With Less® podcast, Ayelet brings back a chat with two women who helped shape the journey of the entire Learn With Less® infant and toddler curriculum. Manuela and Gwen, two mothers living in London, became parents at the same time as (and along with) Ayelet.







    Together, they created and maintained a community for new parents and caregivers, by learning alongside each other, and learning alongside their babies. This process of interaction and modeling, of learning and discovering, of exploring and experimenting, is what we discuss in today’s episode.







    We cover the ways in which, through the powers of observation and the benefit of learning through a developmental framework and in community with each other, these new parents learned to find the confidence to play with, connect with, and support their babies.







    We discussed:







    * What types of activities helped to guide their children (using simple materials they already had)* How they learned to use play, communication strategies, music, and movement to support all areas of their children’s development* Why community, simple play ideas, and learning about child development have completely shifted the parenting and lives of these three mothers







    QUICK ACCESS TO LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:







    Attend a Learn With Less® Class: stop winging it and raise a great human from day one – without having to buy a single toy







    Download the Learn With Less® Infant/Toddler Development Blueprint, a straightforward guide helping you connect early learning with the simple things you’re often already doing, building confidence and capacity, and raising a great human from day one







    Understanding Your Toddler: A Month-By-Month Development and Activity Guide For Playing With Your Toddler From One to Three Years, by Ayelet Marinovich







    Understanding Your Baby: A Week-By-Week Development and Activity Guide For Playing With Your Baby From Birth to 12 Months, by Ayelet Marinovich







    Learn With Less® Bundle: grab our best infant and toddler resources and save 70%!







    Apply to become a Learn With Less® Licensed Facilitator: create lasting impact in your life and community with a high quality, evidence-based, plug & play “caregiver & me” program



























    TEXT TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE







    Ayelet: I’m joined by Manuela and Gwen and we are sitting here in London… And we are just regaling the past. And I thought that there are not many more appropriate people than the two of you to help tell the story of how this whole thing was started. Because we met, actually, the three of us while we were still pregnant with our first. Yeah.







    And we met in a prenatal yoga class and I remember actually one of the first days that I met you, Manu. Well that I was just amazed by, you were just like the stuff you ever got, a long,

    • 34 min
    Self-Advocacy in Birth: One Mother’s Birth Story and Shared Lessons, with Val Pitaluga

    Self-Advocacy in Birth: One Mother’s Birth Story and Shared Lessons, with Val Pitaluga

    Lessons Learned About Identity, Ableism, and Systemic Health Disparities When It Comes to Birth















    On this episode of the Learn With Less® podcast, we sat down with Val Pitaluga, of JoyCo Therapy, and Accessible Vacations. Val is a multi-passionate mom, wife, speech-language pathologist, and business owner. Her personal experiences as an immigrant and English language learner fuel both her professional work and personal advocacy efforts. Val has a background in Early Childhood Education and extensive experience working with children of all ages. Val’s husband is a quadriplegic after sustaining a spinal cord injury in a car accident over a decade ago. They met post-injury and bonded over their many shared interests, chief among them travel. They now share about parenting and traveling with a disability via their non-profit, Accessible Vacations. 







    We discussed:







    * Val’s various social identities, and the privileges she holds leading up to the birth of her second son* What can happen in a hospital when the system does not prioritize birthing people and their families* Definitions of ableism, the ABC’s of Safe Sleep, and evidence-based practices around birth* Val’s top tips for advocating for what you need before, during, and after your birth* Why Val advocates for community-based support and leaning on practices of gratitude







    Helpful Resources to Acknowledge For This Episode:







    Accessible Vacations







    American Academy of Pediatrics ABC’s of Sleep







    JoyCo Therapy







    Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Pregnancy Related Deaths (CDC)







    Evidence Based Birth







    Learn With Less® Bundle: get our favorite infant and toddler development resources (and save 70%)! Discover how to support and connect with your tiny human, without having to buy a single toy.







    Connect With Us:







    Val Website / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube







    Ayelet: Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest



















    Text Transcript for This Episode







    Ayelet: Welcome back to Learn With Less®! Today, I have Val Pitaluga joining me. Val is a multi passionate mom, wife, speech-language pathologist,

    • 46 min
    Educating Parents To Be Their Child’s Best First Teacher, With Rachel Kammeyer

    Educating Parents To Be Their Child’s Best First Teacher, With Rachel Kammeyer

    She wanted to empower new parents with tools to understand how they can support their young children















    Today, I’d like to share the story of one of my clients, Rachel Kammeyer. We’ve heard from Rachel on the Learn With Less® podcast in a few past episodes, in which she shared her own experiences with Learn With Less® resources from her perspective as a parent. In this episode, however, she’s back to talk about her experience from the perspective of a professional.







    Rachel is a speech-language pathologist, and the owner of Improvised Therapy. Her career has been an illustration of the varied opportunities the field of speech-language pathology offers, including work in a pediatric private practice, elementary and middle schools, sub-acute brain injury rehabilitation, skilled nursing rehab, home health, advocacy for the rights of the disabled, and most recently, expanding into parent training to support infants and toddlers, and developing community-based support groups for adults caring for adults.







    For our purposes today, Rachel and I sat down to talk about her parent education work, as it’s near and dear to her heart as a parent of several young children (and one more on the way), and as a professional. Without further ado, let’s bring Rachel to the conversation!







    Related Resources in This Episode







    Learn With Less® Facilitator Training & Certification Program: Apply Now







    Learn With Less® “Caregiver & Me” Classes







    Learn With Less® podcast episode: How to Impact Your Community With Parent Education and Parent Coaching Skills, with Laurel Smith







    Learn With Less® podcast episode: How Lesley Took Her Existing Skills as an Educator, and Started Serving Infant/Toddler Families In a Holistic, Meaningful Way







    Learn With Less® podcast episode: How to Use Your Skills as an Educator or Therapist to Serve Families Holistically as a Parent Educator, with Allie Glazer







    Learn With Less® podcast episode: Activities For Your Baby and Toddler, with Rachel Kammeyer







    Learn With Less® podcast episode: Surviving and Thriving in the First Year of Motherhood, with Rachel Kammeyer







    Connect With Us:







    Rachel: Website / Facebook / Instagram







    Ayelet: Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Vicki Rackner MD ,

Thank you, Ayelet!

Ayelet, thanks for creating such helpful and actionable parenting content. I've taken on many challenges in my life, including my career as a surgeon. However, the hardest job I've ever taken on is being a parent! Thanks for providing ideas to make this job easier --and more joy-filled!

Sara RB ,

Great podcast !!

This podcast is great for developmentally appropriate tips and tricks for developing our children’s language and literacy skills! Ayelet is a true expert and explains everything in a accessible and engaging way.

Elise.Torres ,

Great resource for new parents!

This podcast has given me lots of great ideas for interesting and fun ways to interact and play with my baby and has given me strategies to implement as she gets older. My husband and I both listen to an episode and then discuss it as a family which has been a good way to ensure we are on the same page. My baby loves the songs too!

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