Navigating the world of special education, communication delays and learning differences can be a challenge. Tune in twice a month to hear Stephanie Landis and Meredith Krimmel, two speech-language pathologists at The Parish School in Houston, Texas interview guests from parents to industry professionals with the goal of providing guidance, insight and hope to those touched by children who are differently wired. Each episode will cover a different topic related to education or child development. Whether you’re the parent or caregiver of a neurodiverse child who has autism, a speech-language delay or a learning disability, or you’re an educator who works with special needs children, this show is for you.
At-Home Toddler Activities with Beth from Days with Grey | Season 3, Episode 11
Do mornings with your young children often feel hectic? Does starting the day with TV or iPad games set the wrong tone for the rest of your day? Beth from the website Days with Grey has a solution: start the day with simple, intentional, play-based learning activities! In this episode of Unbabbled, Beth, a teacher turned stay-at-home mom turned business owner, discusses how starting the day with engaging learning activities can set parents up for a day of playing and teaching children new skills, all while giving parents a few minutes to relax and enjoy their coffee. Throughout the episode, Beth gives ideas of how to bring these simple activities into your daily routine, explains her philosophy on teaching through play, and shares her favorite activities to do with her boys.
About Our Guest:
Beth is an educator certified in K-12 with a master’s degree in reading. After teaching for 13 years, she started Days with Grey in 2016 to share the educational activities she was doing with her two boys. Now a mom to three boys, Beth shares her Breakfast Invitations and activity cards with families all over the world through her blog and Instagram. We hope today’s episode inspires you to start you day with play!
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At-Home Support for Children with ADHD Featuring Dr. Kimberly Harrison | Season 3, Episode 10
Do you ever wonder why your child with ADHD has trouble getting started on chores or homework? Have you noticed that they get off track when following seemingly simple instructions? Or does preparing to leave your house in the morning often feel chaotic? Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Kimberly Harrison discusses why individuals with ADHD operate differently and how parents can best support them. Additionally, she provides advice on how to help get things done more efficiently, so everyone can start enjoying more peace and harmony in the home.
This episode includes questions submitted by parents of children who have ADHD. If you are interested these Q&A type discussions, be sure to check out The Parish School’s Adult Education series for more live events.
Dr. Kimberly B. Harrison is a clinical psychologist who diagnoses, treats and does research with persons who have ADHD. She is passionate about helping parents and children discover their personal giftedness and develop ways to use these strengths to overcome areas of deficit.
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BONUS EPISODE: Being an Informed SLP with Meredith Harold
This special episode was recorded in February 2020 at the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (TSHA) Annual Convention in Houston, and is being released in conjunction with the 2021 Virtual TSHA Convention. In this episode, we speak with Meredith Poore Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP, about the importance of evidence-based practice, barriers clinicians face in implementing evidence-based practice, and how her business, The Informed SLP is helping clinicians to put research into practice.
About Meredith Harold
Meredith Harold is a speech-language pathologist, science communicator, speaker, and founder of The Informed SLP. Meredith received her doctorate from the University of Kansas in developmental speech physiology and neuroscience. Since then, she has worked as a school-based SLP, an assistant professor at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and has owned a private practice. Meredith's current professional endeavors focus on understanding, supporting and advancing research and clinical practice in speech–language pathology. She founded The Informed SLP, a website and series of email newsletters that provides speech-language pathologists with evidence-based research in an way that’s friendly, realistic and efficient. She is also president of the Kansas Speech–Language–Hearing Association, is on the Committee on Clinical Research, Implementation Science, and Evidence-Based Practice for ASHA, is an adjunct faculty at The University of Kansas. On top of all that, Meredith hosts a podcast called, Evidence & Argument.
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At-Home Sensory-Based Play Activities with Julie Friedman | Season 3, Episode 9
Mompreneur Julie Friedman joins us this episode to discuss her journey to bringing sensory-based play into her home. Julie is the owner and founder of Young, Wild & Friedman, a Houston-based company that ships sensory play kits worldwide. She shares her inspiration for starting her business and gives a first-hand account of how sensory-based play has positively impacted her daughter’s development. She shares similar stories from other families. We also discuss simple steps parents can take to bring sensory-based play into their own homes.
About Julie Friedman
Julie is a mother of four. Her oldest child was diagnosed with a speech disorder coupled with anxiety. In 2017, she started Young, Wild & Friedman to help other parents integrate sensory play into their own children's lives and takes pleasure in knowing that each kit plays a small role in a child's development.
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At-Home Activities That Support Your Child’s Social-Emotional Development with Amanda Armbruster | Season 3, Episode 8
Licensed professional counselor, Amanda Armbruster, provides advice for supporting children’s social and emotional development at home. Hear meaningful tips to help children through everyday challenges, including how to navigate big emotions in public places, how to deal with low impulse control, what to do when you feel your child “knows better,” and ways parents can model self-regulation behaviors. While Amanda gives many useful strategies, her greatest message is that all kids are good kids. When challenging behaviors pop-up, children have merely gotten off track or are struggling with something difficult for them.
Mother of two, Amanda is the founder of Take a Break Tots, a place for parents and caregivers to receive advice and strategies for promoting positive emotional development. She also works at a private clinic doing individual and group therapy, parent training and school consultations. Amanda’s goal is to take the information she has gathered from the clinical world and bring it to all parents and caregivers.
About Amanda Armbruster
Amanda Armbruster, MEd, LPC, earned a Master’s of Education in Counseling from the University of Houston. While in graduate school, she took an internship with an incredible Child Psychologist, Dr. Michelle Forrester. Amanda completed her post-graduate internship at Dr. Forrester’s office as well. Now, she continues her work there part-time doing individual and group therapy, parent training, and school consultations as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Amanda wants to use her experience as a children’s therapist to help caregivers become the most confident they can be and provide a strong foundation for children. Amanda wants to bring her knowledge and expertise in child development from the clinical world to the average household and classroom.
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At-Home Activities That Support Your Elementary Student’s Learning | Season 3, Episode 7
Reading specialist, Jordan Boyce, shares practical, easy and fun ideas that parents can do at home to support their elementary-aged child’s (ages 5-9) learning. Throughout the episode, Jordan provides hands-on, engaging activities to support a child’s developing reading and math skills using materials most families already have on-hand, like Legos, Magnatiles and dixie cups. She also provides book recommendations for early readers that hold children’s attention while still easily read independently.
About the Speaker
Jordan Boyce, MEd, LDT, CALT, is a licensed dyslexia therapist (LDT) and certified academic language therapist (CALT) based in Houston, with a passion for working with students who have reading and learning difficulties and their families. She received a bachelor's degree in education and a master’s degree in special education from Texas Christian University. Jordan has over ten years of experience working with children who have learning challenges. She has previously worked at both The Parish School in Houston and at Rawson Saunders School in Austin. Jordan has a private practice, Boyce Literacy Services, where she provides academic language therapy, consultations, evaluations, and a variety of parent support services.
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Such a gem!!!
I’m only 20 min into the episode with Kimberly Harrison and I am at a loss of words how to describe how amazing this lady is. So much valuable information. Thank you so much for putting such valuable content out there 💕
Great information and tips for things to do with my toddlers! Implementing these tips has lead my home to be a language rich environment!
I enjoy these podcasts very much. Some of the subjects are issues I already agree with, while others stretch my thinking and give me a better perspective.