14 episodes

Meet the experts on the frontlines: the parents of children with special or unique needs. What do they wish they knew then that they know now? These parents share their insights and experiences with traditional and non-traditional professionals, their advice, and their wisdom. The lessons learned are valuable for all parents, health care workers, and educators.

Wisdom Shared with Carole Blueweiss Carole Blueweiss, Damas Manderson, Dina Manderson

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

Meet the experts on the frontlines: the parents of children with special or unique needs. What do they wish they knew then that they know now? These parents share their insights and experiences with traditional and non-traditional professionals, their advice, and their wisdom. The lessons learned are valuable for all parents, health care workers, and educators.

    Anorexia: A Father's Perspective

    Anorexia: A Father's Perspective

    Dr. Blueweiss speaks with Nafiz Cekirge, a father in central New Jersey who speaks candidly about the impact that anorexia has had on his oldest daughter and on the family. There are a lot of unknowns to do with eating disorders and Nafiz helps us to understand the complexity of anorexia and the importance of listening to your instincts if you suspect your child is struggling.

    • 53 min
    Jewel and her Tribe

    Jewel and her Tribe

    Ivana Gadient is a poet, activist, and mother of three grown daughters: Makena, Raven, and Jewel. She is an Anat Baniel NeuroMovement®(ABM) practitioner who lives in Hawaii. In this episode, Dr. Carole Blueweiss is joined by Ivana and her eldest daughter Makena. Together, they share about life in Maui with Julianna, now 20 years old, who was born 3 months early, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and lives a full life with her mother despite her challenges. Jewel's ABM Practitioner, Verena Kurz, is also a guest. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and was originally from Austria. She is also trained as an occupational therapist.

    The Gadient Girls, as they call themselves, are dreamers, writers, fighters, and lovers. Ivana homeschooled her daughters in Maui, HI. They spend summers together in the sun, talking about books with dragons, playing dolls, and baking good food. All of them are involved in the disability community in some way, all are artists, and all believe in inclusion and community support. Jewel would like to remind listeners of the furry Gadient Girl, Luna Psyche, who is a Maine Coon cat adored by all.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Anniversary Reflection Wisdom Shared

    Anniversary Reflection Wisdom Shared

    In this Anniversary Mini-Episode, Dr. Carole Blueweiss reflects on her first year of producing her podcast, Wisdom Shared. Thanks for being with us on this ride. Thank you to all guests, and listeners and to those of you who have helped to make it possible .

    • 3 min
    Type 1 Diabetes:Art & Science

    Type 1 Diabetes:Art & Science

    JoAnne Robb is a psychotherapist from Oakland, California, who councils adults and parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes. She is a mother of three. Her oldest and youngest have diabetes and her middle child does not, although as you'll learn through our conversation, he is still very much impacted by the disease. In this episode, JoAnne shares first-hand knowledge and personal stories. We learn why managing Type 1 Diabetes is as much an art as a science; why children and teenagers have their own dynamics, how technology can be a double-edged sword when it comes to managing the disorder, and how support is available if you know where to look.

    JoAnne explains why Type 1 is a family disease and the importance of finding support and community. She speaks of the advantages and disadvantages of different insulin delivery systems, the role food plays, the intense financial implications of managing Diabetes, and much more.

    • 58 min
    Labels Schmabels: A Mom’s Take On Her Daughter’s Humanity

    Labels Schmabels: A Mom’s Take On Her Daughter’s Humanity

    Ariana Speyer is an experienced editor, writer, and copywriter turned Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement® (ABMN®) practitioner. She lives in New York City with her husband Pat and their nine-year old daughter, Calliope. In this episode, Ariana shares about life with Calliope, who has a rare genetic syndrome called Sturge Weber Syndrome, and how ABMN® has made a difference in their health and well-being. Ariana underscores that people are more multidimensional than their diagnosis, and reminds us how isolating it can be to live outside of society’s so-called norms. When you break it all down, we’re all seeking to belong and to be part of a welcoming community. Learn more about Ariana and her work at arianaspeyer.com.

    • 52 min
    The Gift Of Adversity: A Father’s CFS, His Daughter’s Dravet Syndrome

    The Gift Of Adversity: A Father’s CFS, His Daughter’s Dravet Syndrome

    In this episode, I had the privilege of speaking with Simon Ratcliffe—a former advertising executive, husband, father, and podcaster who lives in the UK with his wife and their three children. His podcast, “Turning the Tables,” offers candid and inspiring stories from people who have turned adversity into advantage. It was born out of Simon’s own life experiences, including a severely debilitating bout of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and his desire to help listeners find new purpose and fulfillment in life.

    Simon shares about life as a successful businessman and about parenting his 20-year old daughter Francesca who was diagnosed at age three with Dravet syndrome. Since then, Francesca has taught him so much—from how greeting people with warmth opens the heart, to how unconventional approaches can lead to amazing outcomes. And his own bout and recovery from Chronic Fatigue has given him tremendous insight into—and compassion for—the experience of adversity and the possibility for transformation that it unlocks.

    I ran into some adversity myself when I had to rely on the backup audio when putting together this episode. Sometimes wisdom can be found amidst the messy reality. That’s certainly true for this episode, because this story was meant to be told.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Erica DeMarch ,

Inspiring, insightful and interesting!

Great podcast! Very interesting interviews to hear and learn different perspectives. This is so valuable for all to listen to expand their perspectives and gain new insight! Just listened to the interview with Jill Bolte Taylor and wow, I learned so much on communication skills that I hope to apply to my clients.

Thank you for these powerful interviews!

Dvanleeu17 ,

Hit the sweet spot. Laid back, engaged, inspiring.

What a great podcast. Just listened to episode, I am free now. As a home schooling, non-schooling family and person with disabilities, hit the sweet spot. Laid back, engaged interview style with guest shining. Give it a listen.

rollingdonut ,

stunning. In depth. intimate

I really love this podcast and I am always eager for the next episode. And it catches me by surprise… The interviewing is so calm and curious… And the people being interviewed seem to just feel very comfortable and are given a chance to talk in depth about their experiences, which are each amazing and inspirational. I am writing this review just after I put the most recent episode on pause… Because I was listening to it and enjoying it and then it just took a turn and went three levels deeper and really got me. The shows are a gift. Hearing the most recent guest talk about their journey with mental illness while caring for their daughter was really moving. These stories stay with me and give me perspective and help me live a better life. Thank you.

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