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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
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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 DavisPhenomenally 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 a...

    • 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, LPCDr. Michael Barnes is a Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Diplomate in the ...

    • 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:/...

    • 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...

    • 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, BCBAAs 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 develop...

    • 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, BCBAAs 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, ...

    • 38 min

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