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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.

Unbabbled The Parish School

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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.

    Mr. Chazz: Conscious Parenting | Season 4. Episode 10

    Mr. Chazz: Conscious Parenting | Season 4. Episode 10

    In this episode, we chat with Mr. Chazz, a parent and teacher coach, about positive behavior approaches at home and in the classroom. He is an early childhood educator, educational specialist, and parenting coach. In the episode Mr Chazz discusses his three-step approach of see, guide, trust by walking us through each stop. He also touches on the importance of understanding our own parenting self-judgements and background to best support our children and students. This episode is bursting with insightful information and simple actions you can take now to parent more consciously. 
    Mr. Chazz is an early childhood eductor who began his career teaching in a Montessori classroom and has gone on to earn his master’s in executive leadership at American University. Mr. Chazz works with schools, teachers, and families to support a learning environment that is based on respect and empathy through a conscious parenting/discipline approach.  He is also a highly respected speaker with extensive training in Conscious Discipline. 
    Links: 
    Mr. Chazz on Instagram 
    Mr. Chazz's Podcast 
    Mr. Chazz's Patreon Page
    The Parish School Website 
    Unbabbled Instagram 
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    • 43 min
    Mary Mecham: Disability Book Week | Season 4, Episode 9

    Mary Mecham: Disability Book Week | Season 4, Episode 9

    In this episode, we sit down with Mary Mecham, Director of Disability Book Week to learn about this year’s inaugural event. Mary is an avid reader, advocate, and mother of two girls with rare genetic disorders. She has teamed up with Parish School Teacher Caralou Smith to start Disability Book Week as part of their capstone project with Texas Partners in Policymaking, a leadership training program designed to empower adults with developmental disabilities and family members to become effective advocates for policy change. Mary says that she was inspired by her own daughters to search for books that had main characters with disabilities. During her search, she started to meet authors with disabilities who felt inspired to write about their own struggles in their published literary works. Mary got so excited about their journeys that she knew she needed to share all these incredible books and authors with the world!   
    Throughout the episode Mary discusses the process behind picking books, teaming up with authors, and the importance of having a panel research and vet at books. She also talks about different activities happening throughout the week to celebrate and ways listeners can get involved. However, the most powerful part of the interview is when Mary discusses WHY elevating the perspectives of people with disabilities is important for everyone! 
    Links: 
    Disability Book Week Website 
    Disability Book Week Facebook 
    Texas Partners in Policy Making Website 
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    • 22 min
    Bonnie Jones and Meredith Krimmel: Understanding Specialty School Admissions | Season 4, Episode 8

    Bonnie Jones and Meredith Krimmel: Understanding Specialty School Admissions | Season 4, Episode 8

    A substantial part of finding the right school for your child is going through the seemingly daunting admissions process! In this episode we chat with the director of admissions from Gateway Academy, Bonnie Jones, MS, CCC-SLP and The Parish School’s director of admissions and Unbabbled co-cost, Meredith Krimmel, MS, CCC-SLP. Throughout the episode Bonnie and Meredith walk us through what the typical admissions process is like for a specialty school including how to start the process, what paperwork parents may need to provide, and how they walk families through insuring that their program is the best fit. They also share common reasons why parents choose a specialty school over other options.  
    Gateway Academy is a private school in Houston, Texas that serves 6th-12th grade students with academic and social challenges. Gateway is committed to teaching traditional academics, while also meeting the social and emotional needs of our students with learning and social differences. Bonnie Jones, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist that serves  as the director of admissions and supports students in the classroom. She came to Gateway in 2017 to develop their Social Communication program after working at The Parish School in both the early childhood and elementary programs. Bonnie’s varied background and experience in addressing language, social, and learning challenges equip her in her current role as Director of Admissions at Gateway Academy. 
    The Parish School serves children ages 2-12 who have communication delays and learning differences, empowering them with the tools to succeed. Parish provides an education for the entire family within the environment of a nurturing and safe 17-acre campus with on-site pediatric therapy clinic. Our personalized academic approach – with a focus on communication skills, social learning, nature, independence and the arts – allows children not just to grow, but to thrive. Meredith Krimmel, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist with over 10 years of experience at The Parish School. She has worked in a variety of settings including a pediatric private clinic and providing group social learning therapy on top of her experiences in early childhood and elementary classrooms at The Parish School. Meredith has served as the Director of Admissions since 2016 where she is passionate about helping families find the right setting for their child to thrive. 

    Links: 
    Gateway Academy Website 
    Unbabbled Instagram 
    FInd out more about The Parish School 
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    • 33 min
    Houston School Options: Finding the Right School for Your Child | Season 4, Episode 7

    Houston School Options: Finding the Right School for Your Child | Season 4, Episode 7

    Our guests today, Dee Dee Halpin and Julie Blumberg run Houston School Options where they help families find the most effective school program for their children. Over the years, Dee Dee and Julie have helped guide numerous families - both new to the city and Houston natives - through the school choice process. During our conversation they discuss their process to find the right match and give tips to parents who are looking, such as what to look for when visiting schools and how you’ll know what the right choice is for you. They also remind us that the “best school” is the one that is the right fit for your child. And that sometimes, the right decision now is not a forever decision. While Dee Dee and Julie work with families in Houston, their tips on how to find the right school will work for all families, regardless of location. 
    Dee Dee Halpin has a Master of Science in Special Education. She has experience as a classroom teacher, Educational Diagnostician in both public schools and private practice, and currently works as an Educational Consultant. 

    Julia Blumberg has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She spent years teaching 2nd and 5th grades before she founded her tutoring business, Motivation Houston, in 2014.  

    Dee Dee and Julie use their years of experience both in the classroom and as part of parent teacher organizations and school boards to support families through their business, Houston School Options.  
    Links: 
    Houston School Options Website 
    Houston School Options Instagram 
    Unbabbled Instagram 
    FInd out more about The Parish School 
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    • 38 min
    Dr. Steven Hogan: Preparing for the Dentist | Season 4, Episode 6

    Dr. Steven Hogan: Preparing for the Dentist | Season 4, Episode 6

    In this episode we chat with pediatric dentist Dr. Steven Hogan about the unique challenges and treatment for a neurodiverse population, including children with sensory processing difficulties, anxiety, communication difficulties, and a wide range of medical diagnoses. Dr. Hogan discusses things parents can do to prepare children for the dentist, tips for at the dentist, strategies he personally uses in treatment, and advice for brushing at home. Dr. Hogan’s goal is to make the trip to the dentist a positive experience to support lifelong dental health. 
    Dr. Hogan is a native Houstonian and part owner of Houston’s Pediatric Dentist. He attended University of Texas Austin and University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio. He completed a pediatric residency through the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry where he trained at Children’s Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and received extensive training in sedation, special needs and medically compromised patients, and patients with dental trauma. Dr. Hogan is also a father of three who focuses on providing care in a positive manner. 
     Links: 
    Houston's Pediatric Dentistry
    Unbabbled Instagram
    FInd out more about The Parish School 
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    • 29 min
    Kacie Barnes: Taking the Stress Out of Feeding Your Kids | Season 4, Episode 5

    Kacie Barnes: Taking the Stress Out of Feeding Your Kids | Season 4, Episode 5

    In this episode we speak with registered dietician Kacie Barnes about pediatric nutrition. Kacie is the owner of Mama Knows Nutrition, where she helps parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers find solutions to nourish their families without stress, guilt, or chaos. Throughout the episode, Kacie shares tips for introducing new foods, discusses typical variations in children’s diets and the nutritional needs of kids all with her signature humor and judgment free style.  
    Kacie Barnes, MCN, RDN, LD has a Masters of Clinical Nutrition from UT Southwestern. She is the owner of Mama Knows Nutrition where she works with families one on one and provides information through her podcast, website, and Instagram account to help families navigate feeding their kids. Kacie also has a bachelor’s in economics and business from NYU and a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University. Kacie lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and two children. 
    Support the show (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/supportTPS?code=New%20Website)

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Htown mom ,

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 💕

dc08469 ,

Very informative

I would recommend this podcast to any educators or students who would want to learn more about special education, learning differences, or communication delays. This podcast is run bu two speech-language pathologists who interview guests that provide hope, guidance, and insight on topics related to child development or special education.
The episode I listened to was season 2, episode 1 “Autism Spectrum Disorder 101” there were two things that stuck out to me as being beneficial to know and understand. The first point were things to look out for his being red flags along with how to consult your concerns. If you see any of these things happening with the child and it is concerning to you one of the tips Dr. Guttentag gave is to document any specific actions that are concerning and take them to the pediatrician to discuss. The second point I thought was beneficial was what to expect during an evaluation. I thought this was important to address because a lot of parents get nervous when they are put in a situation that is unfamiliar to them. There’s many more questions and topics discussed about ASD in this podcast that are very informational and detailed that allow listeners to understand how to help and provide the best care for children with autism spectrum disorder.
I enjoyed this podcast because it gave me insight on what a parent may go through when having concerns about their child’s development. It really gives you a lot of information on where to start, where to go, who to talk to you, and what you can expect leading up to the diagnosis of autism.

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At-Home Sensory-Based Play Activities with Julie Friedman

Rating: 4 stars
“At-Home Sensory-Based Play Activities with Julie Friedman” discusses the options for sensory play and how it can benefit children. She has a company where she creates play-doh kits for people of all ages, specifically geared toward children. Her company started off just for her daughter who needed more sensory stimulation and it blossomed into a way bigger company. I was interested in this episode in particular because I struggle with sensory issues as well and wanted to explore Julie’s examples of at-home sensory activities and how they help children. She discussed sensory toys that help her daughter and how to continue improving as they grow up, such as by incorporating objects they are currently interested in (for example, adding paw patrol toys into the child’s play-doh). They also talked about how sensory activities can help children AND adults, which I thought was really interesting because no matter how old you are, you can benefit from sensory play and stimulation. They mentioned using a zen sandbox during a meeting at work, so sensory play can be beneficial in almost all scenarios. I think this podcast could’ve been made better if they discussed more types of sensory activities other than play-doh, but I did enjoy hearing about her business and how many people it has helped. At the end of the episode, they asked her what advice she could give and she said to let kids be kids and not to take life too seriously. It’s important to let loose and let children explore how sensory play can benefit them. All in all, this podcast was very informational and I would definitely listen to more of their episodes.

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