5 episodes

'Brain Coach' Mary Turos takes a deep dive into executive functions. How the brain can learn to overcome obstacles and achieve personal progress. An executive function coach, Mary talks with brain experts from neuroscience, education, behavior, and more for simple strategies based in neuroscience to help achieve harmony in life.

The Brain Coach Mary Turos

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'Brain Coach' Mary Turos takes a deep dive into executive functions. How the brain can learn to overcome obstacles and achieve personal progress. An executive function coach, Mary talks with brain experts from neuroscience, education, behavior, and more for simple strategies based in neuroscience to help achieve harmony in life.

    Ep 4: Laura Schmid - Art Therapist & Licensed Counselor

    Ep 4: Laura Schmid - Art Therapist & Licensed Counselor

    Today The Brain Coach welcomes Laura Schmid, ATR-BC, LPC, a board certified art therapist and licensed counselor in the St. Louis, MO area. 

    Mary and Laura discuss art therapy and how the incorporation of visual arts into traditional counseling can promote positive change in peoples' lives.

    Laura shares why everyone can benefit from art therapy, regardless of artistic ability, and how the practice is used in a variety of settings. Art therapy provides an alternate means of communication for those unable to communicate verbally or struggle to express themselves through language, such as children or stroke victims. 

    Laura has a masters in art therapy counseling from Southern Illinois University. Throughout her career, she has used art therapy to support adolescents, adults and seniors. To learn more about Laura's work, you can find her on LinkedIn. 

    Additional art therapy resources: 

    American Art Therapy Association 

    Art Therapy | Psychology Today



    Please note: this podcast does not provide medical advice. The information, images and other materials contained are for informational purposes only. No information discussed is a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please seek help from your physician for medical questions or advice.

    • 20 min
    Ep 3: Lew Goldstein - Education Expert

    Ep 3: Lew Goldstein - Education Expert

    In today's episode, Mary speaks with New Jersey-based education consultant and K-16 expert, Lew Goldstein.

    Mary discusses how Lew's wide-range of professional experiences - journalist, teacher, college educator, and public administrator - led him to a 19-year career as assistant superintendent of the Princeton, NJ school district. Lew discusses the positive impact of this role and how it enabled connection with thousands of students, families, and teachers.

    Lew's diverse experiences created an unexpected path and led to a successful and rewarding career. He and Mary discuss how a growth mindset plays a key role in welcoming new opportunities. 

    Lew currently works as an educational consultant in a high-special needs school district in NJ. He is founder and festival chair of the Nassau Film Festival, the Cranford Film Festival and hosts two NJ-based television programs, Focus On and HealthWatch. You can find Lew on LinkedIn. 



    Please note: this podcast does not provide medical advice. The information, images and other materials contained are for informational purposes only. No information discussed is a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please seek help from your physician for medical questions or advice.  

    • 28 min
    Ep 2: Leah Roberts - Special Education Advocate

    Ep 2: Leah Roberts - Special Education Advocate

    What parents need to know to advocate for their child. 

    In today's podcast, Mary talks with special education advocate Leah Roberts from LMR Educational Consulting.

    Leah is an educational consultant who helps parents of special needs children work with their child's school to secure support services. She helps parents understand the steps to get evaluations, 504s, IEPs. She teaches parents to effectively advocate for their children. 

    Leah has been a teacher, a reading specialist, and a special education teacher. After taking time to be a stay-at-home mom, she returned to education and oversaw IEP programs within schools. Eventually, she branched out and became a consultant, helping families navigate the complex process of special education. Today Leah fights to for students and families to ensure schools are meeting their obligation to help every student.

    Mary and Lead discuss the complexities in understanding evaluation results, IEPs and 504s. And how, sadly, most parents find Leah only when they've hit rock bottom and are getting nowhere with the school on their own. 

    Leah explains why, in a perfect world, she wouldn't have a job. And why it's so challenging for school systems to properly train personnel on the laws impacting special education. 

    Leah provides advice for what parents can do if they suspect a learning issue in their child. And why learning struggles have become even more evident during COVID and online learning.

    LMR Education offers free consultations, for more information, contact Leah through her website or through Facebook.



    Please note: this podcast does not provide medical advice. The information, images and other materials contained are for informational purposes only. No information discussed is a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please seek help from your physician for medical questions or advice.

    • 24 min
    Ep 1: Meet the Brain Coach, an interview with Mary Turos

    Ep 1: Meet the Brain Coach, an interview with Mary Turos

    Mary Turos is an executive function expert known as "The Brain Coach." 

    Working from her Maryland headquarters, Mary coaches children and adults facing executive function issues.  

    In this first episode of the The Brain Coach, we interview Mary who explains this field of work, and how she helps clients set and achieve goals that help bring harmony to life. 

    For more information about Mary and her work, visit our website: braincogcoach.com



    Please note: this course does not provide medical advice. The information, images and other materials contained are for informational purposes only. No information discussed is a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please seek help from your physician for medical questions or advice.

     

    • 29 min
    The Brain Coach Introduction

    The Brain Coach Introduction

    Welcome to The Brain Coach podcast! I'm your host, Mary Turos. 

    I've had a fun, sometimes frustrating, but always fascinating journey to become 'The Brain Coach'. 

    I started my career as a public school teacher in Maryland and loved helping kids with challenges and learning difficulties.  

    Living in the heart of Maryland academia, I have the unique opportunity to connect with many researchers and practitioners. I pick their brains and transform ideas into methods that work for my learners and their families. This is the information I hope to crystallize and bring on this podcast to help more people find harmony in their lives. 

    As an executive function coach, I see kids and adults who want to be more productive and independent (and want to have fun) but something is holding them back. You may have someone in your life who's 'stuck' and struggles with school, academics, work, or behavior but they just don't know WHY. This could even be you. I help by figuring out the WHY and then make a plan for moving forward. 

    We'll examine simple changes that help create better daily routines, encourage better choices, avoid risky behaviors, and help get 'unstuck'. 

    All of this work is rooted in neuroscience and what we know about the brain.

    On the podcase, I'll interview researchers, child experts, education professionals, advocates, and everyone and anyone who's willing to talk and share their expertise. Simple, actionable information from experts families can use right away to help.

    I'm so excited to get started and hope you'll follow along on this journey. Thanks for listening. 

    Make it a great day!

    Mary

    • 4 min

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