Join Speech Therapist Lacy Morise and Physical Therapist Nicole Sergent as the host warm and helpful conversations around their table where the early childhood world and daily parenting life meet. The friends and professionals from their village will inspire, challenge, and support you in your own journey as a parent, early childhood professional, or therapist.
Unwrapping 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
Creating their annual Holiday Gift Guide is one of Lacy's and Nicole's favorite and most fun things to do. Take these pediatric therapists and play advocates shopping with you this year as they highlight and link favorite baby toys, gross and fine motor toys, language toys, and toys for teens and families. New this year are fun finds for learning at home since so many children are doing just that in 2020. Join in this jolly and informative chat with Lacy and Nicole (and a few of their own children) so that your selections for the children in your life this year are meaningful and enjoyed for years to come!
Caring for Children During Covid: Your questions answered with Dr. Lisa Costello, MD, MPH, FAAP
Stressed about making decisions involving your child’s education, activities, and your family’s safety during the pandemic? Join us as we speak with Dr. Lisa Costello, MD, MPH, FAAP. "Dr. Lisa" is an experienced pediatrician and public health expert, a dedicated community servant, and an advocate for children's health and wellness in local and national arenas with a LONG and DISTINGUISHED list of accolades and work in pediatrics and public health (see linked bio). She has spent a great deal of time this year working on the Covid pandemic and it's impact on public health and the pediatric population working with the Bureau of Public Health on their Covid pandemic response. . Dr. Lisa skillfully answers our questions and those of our listeners relating to navigating, living, parenting, and educating in the time Covid.
Questions regarding general virus info: 7:34
Questions related to sports and activities: 19:37
Questions related to family interactions: 33:35
Questions related to masks and hygiene: 42:56
Questions related to immunity and regression of pediatric development in times of stress: 56:34
Questions regarding school reentry: 1:01
Physical and mental health considerations around Covid and children: 1:10
Episode 9: Growing Up Bilingual
In today's episode, we welcome Nicole's cousin Tania C. Tania lives in the south of France and while here in the US visiting family she joined our podcast! Tania is the mother to a 6 year old daughter who is a bilingual learner (French & English). In this conversation, she discusses her experience of introducing and living life in two languages. We compare and contrast motherhood in France and America including pregnancy and delivery, maternity and childcare options, school experiences, and cultural similarities and differences in parenting. A la prochaine fois pour un nouveau épisode!
Episode 8: One of the Lucky Few - a conversation about Down Syndrome with Megan Dodd, advocate, co-founder of the Down Syndrome and Cancer Coalition, and parent
In one of our most personal and helpful conversations yet, we are joined by Megan Dodd. Megan, a seasoned educator, reading specialist, and administrator took on a new role as Mom when her amazing son Alex entered the world. Megan takes us on an intimate, honest, and real conversation about parenting a child who happens to have Down Syndrome. She shares her story of learning of Alex's diagnosis, struggles of finding early connections to other parents with similar experiences, tales of medical diagnoses, hospitalizations, procedures, and therapy along with triumphs and many victories for her bright and beautiful son. In her unique position as an administrator and a parent, Megan shares advice on advocating for inclusion and navigating the public school system. Through Alex's experience with a co-diagnoses of leukemia, Megan has learned and shares valuable lessons that can help every listener. She has turned her pain into power by co-founding the Down Syndrome Cancer Coalition and is an advocate and administrator of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network (The Rockin' Moms). In our part of the world and for many across the globe, Megan has become a "go-to mom" for those first learning about their child's diagnosis with Down Syndrome and/or Leukemia. Parents and family members of children with and without these diagnoses, therapists, and educators can all learn something to make the world a better and more inclusive place to be from listening to Megan share her story.
Episode 7: Jumping Into Preschool with Melanie Zajicek - what every parent needs to know!
Preschool is often a child’s first step into the world of education. How do we support that step being a positive one? And one that associates school with a love of learning? Morgan Academy's Melanie Zajicek, known to us as a Pre-K goddess, joins us to answer questions we find most parents have when exploring Pre-K in general and Pre-K options. With a background in early childhood and psychology, and armed with years of experience not only teaching young children, but really living inside a child's world, Melanie discusses what parents should look for when visiting or researching potential schools. We talk about the many options available in terms of type/style of Pre-K programs and what really matters. We dive into what real learning look likes, why outdoor play is essential, and if worksheets are appropriate for preschoolers. Melanie touches on an situation too common in today’s world - the anxious child - and what is recommended to avoid this and keep children healthy and happy. She shares her thoughts on reading readiness, technology appropriateness, and her favorite resources for the Pre-K population. Melanie is smart and funny and will help any parent feeling concerned about this step to feel empowered and excited. Enjoy!
Episode 6: Making Sense of "New Math" (but is it really new?)
One of the universal themes a parent with a school age child can relate to is feelings toward math. Whether the child's feelings toward math are those of anxiety or excitement, frustration is often experienced as families try to tackle nightly math homework around the dinner table. Join us as we welcome Nationally Board Certified, Presidential Award Winner for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, and veteran educator and curriculum consulter, Cindy Evarts. Cindy explains how "new" math is actually OLD and answers questions and provides tips for parents who often seem confused about why the student can't do math the way "I was taught." She also supports fellow educators with suggestions in teaching parents and students alike about the math methods shared in today's classrooms. She compares and contrasts how math is taught in the US and how that is shaped by legislation and political influence and compares and contrasts this to how math is taught around the world. We have an important discussion about age old beliefs and practices surrounding how girls are taught math and discuss gender differences in math education. Cindy shares her experiences with Lego Robotics and how using this and other practical examples of real problems solved with math excite her students. She also answers our questions about the best ways early math concepts are introduced to young children, whether basic math fact memorization is important, if we should care about finger counting, and if she thinks we push higher math concepts too early. Most importantly, she shares tips and resources for parents, students, and educators that will hopefully help to turn math anxiety into math excitement. Don't miss this episode. It will make your life easier!