THE SJ CHILDS SHOW

Sara Gullihur-Bradford aka SJ Childs

Are you looking for an engaging podcast that will help you stay informed and inspired on the topics of education and parenting? Look no further than The SJ Childs Show! This podcast is ranked in the top 10% of all podcasts globally and covers a wide range of topics, from neurodiversity and inclusion to parenting and education. Featuring interviews with top experts and inspiring discussions, this show offers unique insights and perspectives on the world of education and parenting. Join us on an enlightening journey that will challenge your beliefs and help you become a better parent, educator, and global citizen. Tune in now to The SJ Childs Show!

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Bonus Author Episode-Unleashing Creativity: A Guide to Distraction-Free Writing and the Power of Storytelling with Rochelle Melander
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Bonus Author Episode-Unleashing Creativity: A Guide to Distraction-Free Writing and the Power of Storytelling with Rochelle Melander
Send us a Text Message.Ever felt the itch to pick up a pen or open a fresh document and pour your heart onto the page? This episode's conversation with Rochelle Melander will not only scratch that itch but offer a soothing balm for those struggling to find their creative flow amidst a world abuzz with distraction. We journey with Rochelle from her second-grade writing roots to her life as a coach and author, unpacking how simple practices like journaling and embracing Julia Cameron's morning pages can kickstart the writing process. For adults and children alike, especially those navigating the whirlpools of attention issues, Rochelle's insights stand as a lighthouse guiding us toward distraction-free time and the clarity that nature can bestow.The art of storytelling wields a beautiful power to foster empathy in young minds, a truth I've witnessed firsthand during my school visits and through projects like the "I Have a Dream" books. Rochelle and I share a belief in the profound impact of listening to and telling stories, recognizing that each stroke of a pen, each line of a drawing, even each ingredient in a recipe, can be a conduit for creativity and healing. Whether you're a budding author, a parent wanting to guide your child, or simply someone seeking to engage with the therapeutic potency of storytelling, this episode brims with wisdom and actionable advice that Rochelle Melander expertly lays out for you.Support the Show.
Episode 273-The Call for Educational Reform in the Neurodiverse Landscape with Dr. Matthew Zakreski
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Episode 273-The Call for Educational Reform in the Neurodiverse Landscape with Dr. Matthew Zakreski
Send us a Text Message.When Matthew Zakreski, with his unique blend of ADHD and giftedness, sits down to share his story, the conversation inevitably turns into a masterclass on neurodiversity advocacy. From navigating personal challenges to championing inclusive workplace practices, his insights offer a beacon of hope for individuals and families alike. Our discussion with Matthew takes a deep and meaningful look at the evolving landscape of neurodiversity, emphasizing the critical roles that education, community support, and policy play in creating environments where everyone thrives.The journey of neurodiverse gifted children takes center stage as we explore the nuanced world of educational advocacy—a realm where giftedness is not just a blessing but a complex neurodivergence that demands recognition and tailored support. We traverse the history of this movement, from the tenacious mothers of the '60s to the robust networks that today champion the cause of these extraordinary children. Personal stories and expert insights merge, highlighting the indispensable need for specialized educational frameworks that can truly unlock the potential of twice-exceptional learners and address the systemic challenges they face.Our exchange culminates in a vision of transformed educational settings, where the diversity of minds is not just acknowledged but celebrated. We recognize that when the educational paradigm shifts to embrace individuality, all students benefit from a richer, more inclusive learning experience. The thoughtful conversation with Matthew serves as a clarion call to educators, parents, and policymakers: to champion the strengths and interests of each child, to cultivate a future poised for innovation, and to foster an academic world where every child's abilities are recognized and nurtured.Support the Show.
Episode 272-Navigating the Voyage from High School to College: A Guide for Students and Their Families with Shellee Howard
May 14 2024
Episode 272-Navigating the Voyage from High School to College: A Guide for Students and Their Families with Shellee Howard
Send us a Text Message.Embark on a critical exploration of how individuals and students can successfully transition from high school to college, with Shellee Howard from College Ready guiding the way. You're promised a treasure trove of insights on early planning for college readiness, beginning as early as middle school — a strategic approach to choosing the ideal college environment, and the financial gymnastics of balancing savings and aid to sidestep debt. This episode is a navigational beacon for parents plotting their child's academic voyage and students setting sail toward their educational horizons.Steering through the currents of educational transitions need not be a solo journey. Our conversation charts a course through the choppy waters of guiding children and teens, with an emphasis on the power of open-ended questions and the critical juncture of the summer before ninth grade. Particularly for those youngsters who shy away from future-talk, we outline how to weave these pivotal discussions into the fabric of daily life. As they paddle through the grades, we highlight the landmarks for preparing a robust college application and nurturing a thriving student ready to conquer their next academic chapter.As the compass points towards college readiness and financial resources, we unveil the quest to help a million families send their children to dream colleges devoid of debt's shadow. Not only does this episode unpack how students can dazzle in the admissions arena, but it also casts a light on the treasure trove of scholarships—just last year, students snagged $23 million. Furthermore, we introduce empowering platforms like empowereducation.world and futurenow.com, equipping parents and students with the maps and tools necessary to navigate the educational odyssey with confidence and community support.Support the Show.
Bonus Episode-The Art of Adventure in Middle-Grade Literature with Author Geoffrey Wells
May 9 2024
Bonus Episode-The Art of Adventure in Middle-Grade Literature with Author Geoffrey Wells
Send us a Text Message.Once upon a time, Geoffrey Wells went from orchestrating the airwaves as a broadcasting executive to spinning tales as a full-time writer. This episode invites you into a riveting chat with Geoffrey, who takes us on a journey through his literary metamorphosis and the vibrant worlds he creates for middle-grade readers. Channeling his childhood, steeped in the written word thanks to his father's influence, Geoffrey uncovers the power of storytelling and how a fleeting suggestion from his editor opened the doors to adventure-filled thrillers for younger audiences.Amid the suspense of fiction, Geoffrey and I navigate the real-world tangle of art, technology, and wildlife conservation. We unravel a tale of a New York composer, caught in the web of cybercrime and the shadowy ivory trade, that takes readers from the comfort of the city to the heart of Africa's poaching crisis. In our discourse, we cross over into the realm of audio adaptations, exploring the terrain of bringing stories like "The Drowning Bay" to life, where the stakes of environmental activism are as high as the tides that threaten to engulf us all.Wrapping up our exchange, the episode honors the profound impact of children's literature in nurturing empathy and resilience in young minds. I get personal, sharing my experience writing poetic tales for children like my autistic son and dyslexic daughter, aiming to lay the foundations of an 'inner home' of courage and authenticity. We applaud the importance of writing communities in honing one's craft and the joy of storytelling that unites us. With gratitude, we reflect on the shared journey with Geoffrey Wells and the anticipation of fostering connections with listeners like you, who seek the depth of the written and spoken narrative.Support the Show.
Episode 271-Harmonizing Potential: Championing Neurodiversity in Education and Employment with (TACT) Teaching Autistics Community Trades Founder Danny Combs
May 5 2024
Episode 271-Harmonizing Potential: Championing Neurodiversity in Education and Employment with (TACT) Teaching Autistics Community Trades Founder Danny Combs
Send us a Text Message.When former Nashville musician Danny Combs stepped into the world of autism advocacy, he uncovered a symphony of potential within the neurodiverse community. His own son Dylan's autism diagnosis became the opening note to a life-changing movement, a tale of embracing unique abilities and transforming challenges into opportunities. In our conversation, Danny articulates the importance of shifting our perspective, acknowledging the individual strengths that every autistic person brings to the table. We also extend a heartfelt thanks to Harri James O'Kelly for orchestrating this connection between us and the conversation around the significant progress in the autistic community.Venturing into the educational realm, we uncover the significance of tailored education strategies for neurodivergent individuals. From the dramatic impact of dietary interventions to the power of trusting parental instincts over conventional wisdom, we examine how adapting learning environments and class sizes can profoundly affect a child's development. Delving further, we share strategies for enhancing workplace inclusivity through universal design and proper preparation, ensuring neurodiverse individuals aren't just placed in jobs, but are truly set up for success.As we look to the future, it's the innovative career development programs for youth that ignite a spark of excitement. We discuss how hands-on education, starting from a young age, can shape passions into viable career paths, highlighting the importance of competency-based learning and adaptable support systems. Wrapping up, we touch on the transformative effect of scholarships within our transition program, advocating for the potential within every child to be nurtured, regardless of financial barriers. Join us in this episode to witness the milestones being achieved and be part of the ongoing support for these essential initiatives.Support the Show.
Episode 270-Jennifer House and Transforming Mealtimes: Strategies for Picky Eaters and Building Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits
Apr 27 2024
Episode 270-Jennifer House and Transforming Mealtimes: Strategies for Picky Eaters and Building Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits
Send us a Text Message.Embark on a journey to transform mealtimes with your little ones as we host Jennifer House, a registered dietitian and mother of three who is an expert in navigating the challenges of feeding picky eaters. Discover the secret to a peaceful dinner table as we unpack Ellen Satter's division of responsibility in feeding. Jennifer brings her profound insights into why allowing kids to control their food intake is pivotal in preventing negative eating habits and fostering a healthy relationship with food. Together, we shine a light on the intricate dance between addressing underlying issues behind a child's eating behaviors and the potential harm in pressuring them to try new foods.Snack time doesn't have to be a battleground! In our conversation, we reveal the importance of structured eating times and pairing food groups to help children recognize hunger and fullness signals. The art of moderation also comes into play as we discuss why including treats can actually prevent binging. For those struggling with sensory issues or the introduction of new foods, we offer a compassionate and patient approach. Learn how engaging family meal experiences lay the groundwork for eating competence and a lifetime of healthy eating habits—truly a balance between nutrition and enjoyment.Wrapping up with practical takeaways, we dive into the fun of hydration, exploring creative ways to keep water consumption exciting for kids, and the significant role it plays in their health. Get tips on involving your children in meal planning and grocery shopping to cultivate their interest in nutrition and empower them to make informed choices. Plus, I share a treasure trove of resources available to all parents, including books, online courses, and tailored guidance for families looking to embrace healthy eating with confidence and joy. Join us as we equip you with strategies to ensure your family's journey towards healthy eating is as delightful as it is nutritious.Support the Show.
Episode 269-DJ Stutz and Embracing the Imperfect Journey of Parenting: Strategies for Nurturing Family Dynamics and Child Development
Apr 22 2024
Episode 269-DJ Stutz and Embracing the Imperfect Journey of Parenting: Strategies for Nurturing Family Dynamics and Child Development
Send us a Text Message.Parenting is an art form, a science, and a marathon all rolled into one – and none of us are handed a manual at the start. But what if you had a guide, someone who could shine a light on the path ahead? Enter DJ Stutz, an early childhood specialist who joins us with a treasure trove of insights. Together, we unravel the intricacies of instilling core values, managing tantrums, and nurturing the unique brilliance of children with special needs. From the heartwarming to the practical, our dialogue traverses the full landscape of raising kids, ensuring you walk away with strategies to fortify your family dynamic.Every parent knows that the journey through childhood isn't without its hiccups and hurdles. We tackle these head-on, discussing how to tailor your parenting style to different ages, set the scene for educational adventures even in the aisles of a supermarket, and foster effective communication that leads to resilient sibling relationships. The stories we share, drawn from inner-city classrooms to personal family anecdotes, serve as a compass to navigate the challenges we all face – and prove that a calm and loving approach can transform the toughest moments into opportunities for growth.In the heart of our homes, it's the connections we build that define our family's story. This episode doesn't just offer advice; it's an invitation to rethink how we relate to our children, from infancy to adulthood. With DJ's 'Imperfect Heroes - Insights into Parenting' podcast and resources, we delve into virtues like patience and understanding, while our live social media chats provide a real-time lifeline for parents seeking community and support. If you're ready to embrace the imperfect journey of parenting with open arms and a heart full of curiosity, this conversation is for you. Join us, and let's continue to learn and grow, together.Support the Show.
Episode 268-Triumph Over Autism Misconceptions: An Attorney's Journey from Underestimated to Advocate-Micheal Gilberg
Apr 16 2024
Episode 268-Triumph Over Autism Misconceptions: An Attorney's Journey from Underestimated to Advocate-Micheal Gilberg
Send us a Text Message.Once underestimated due to his undiagnosed Asperger's, special education attorney Michael Gilberg joins us to shatter the outdated narratives surrounding autism, sharing his riveting story of triumph and the transformative power of recognizing the abilities within the spectrum. His journey from being misunderstood to advocating for others like him is a testament to the potential that lies in every individual's story. As we unravel Michael's personal and professional insights, we also confront the misconceptions that often clip the wings of those with autism, paving the way for a discussion that promises to reshape our understanding and approach to special education.Navigating the labyrinth of special education legalities can be daunting for parents fighting for their children's rights. Through a candid conversation with Michael, we shine a light on the financial barriers, systemic challenges, and the short-sighted strategies that can hinder the growth of children with disabilities. This episode emphasizes the importance of long-term planning and the need for parents to arm themselves with knowledge and advocacy skills. Michael's expertise guides us through complex issues like cyberbullying and the evolving responsibilities of schools to protect their students in a digital world.Join us as we explore the potential for systemic change through tax reform and legislative advocacy, with Michael Gilberg expressing his readiness to join forces with concerned parties. This is more than a call for better special education; it's a beacon for empowerment and hope for parents, guardians, and advocates seeking guidance. Michael's dedication to the cause is palpable, as he extends an invitation to listeners eager to make a difference, offering his expertise and support in the shared mission to ensure a brighter, more equitable educational landscape for our children.Support the Show.
Episode 267-Building Bridges from Classroom to Life for Neurodiverse Students with Transistion in Special Education with Diana Fannon
Apr 7 2024
Episode 267-Building Bridges from Classroom to Life for Neurodiverse Students with Transistion in Special Education with Diana Fannon
Send us a Text Message.Diana Fannon's life changed when epilepsy entered the scene, but it didn't stop her from becoming a beacon of hope in special education. As the founder of Disability Ed Pros, she joins us to share the nuances of crafting tailored educational experiences for children like hers and mine, who have had their own neurodiversity revelations later in life. Our heartfelt conversation traverses the role of self-advocacy, the subtleties of autism in girls, and how vital the alliance between parents and educational institutions is for the wellbeing of students with disabilities.Navigating the special education system can feel like trying to read a map with no legend, but Diana illuminates the path with her insights on the power of written communication for parents. Keep your pens poised as we unravel the strategies for documenting every educational milestone and misstep, understanding the timelines for action, and the dual roles teachers play in the orchestra of your child's learning. This episode is a testament to the shared mission of educators and families, striving for an environment where every student can thrive.As we gaze into the future, Diana and I discuss the pivotal transitions that await our children beyond the school gates. From elementary to middle school, then soaring into life after graduation, we dissect the importance of early planning, the diversity of post-school avenues, and California's educational system's unique paths to success. This episode isn't just a conversation; it's a treasure trove of resources, support, and a community that understands the journey of raising and educating children with disabilities. Join us for an episode that celebrates the victories, addresses the challenges, and empowers parents and educators alike.Support the Show.
BONUS Episode-Empowering Autistic Voices: Nigel Rising on the Inaugural Autistica Palooza Conference
Apr 4 2024
BONUS Episode-Empowering Autistic Voices: Nigel Rising on the Inaugural Autistica Palooza Conference
Send us a Text Message.Imagine navigating life's complexities with the vibrant mind of an autistic individual, then channeling that experience into a beacon for others on a similar journey. That's precisely what Nigel Rising, founder of Autistic Women Emerging, accomplished with the launch of Autistica Palooza, a conference celebrating autistic women. In our latest episode, we're honored to host Nigel as he shares the leaps and bounds from his personal diagnosis of autism and ADHD to spearheading a groundbreaking event. Delving into real-world issues like the workplace struggles faced by autistic individuals, this gathering promises to be an enlightening forum, featuring speakers such as Jennifer Cook from Love on the Spectrum and Ludmilla Praslova with her Canary Code.Transitioning to adolescence can be a tumultuous chapter, even more so for autistic teens navigating a world that often misunderstands them. In the heart of our conversation, Nigel and I discuss the pivotal role of mentorship and community in providing support during these vital years. With an enthusiastic preview of Autistica Palooza’s panel aimed at connecting these youngsters with successful autistic professionals, we underscore the importance of role models in diverse fields. Additionally, we celebrate the fusion of art and autism, showcasing Amanda Hebert Hughes' artistic contributions to the conference, further testifying to the power of inclusive expression and practical support for the autistic community. Join us for this compelling episode that uncovers the dedication behind a conference intent on amplifying autistic voices and fostering empowerment.Support the Show.
Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day with Episode 266-Championing Autism Awareness: A Father's Journey through Advocacy and Empowerment with Jamiel Owens
Apr 2 2024
Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day with Episode 266-Championing Autism Awareness: A Father's Journey through Advocacy and Empowerment with Jamiel Owens
Send us a Text Message.From the heart of Philadelphia's vibrant streets to the intimate corners of fatherhood and advocacy, Jamiel Owens guides us through a labyrinth of emotions and experiences as he champions the cause for autism awareness. In a spirited conversation that defies boundaries, Jamiel, a father turned fierce advocate, opens the gates to his life's story, detailing his multifaceted roles - from volunteer firefighter to family relations coordinator at the Center for Autism Research at CHOP. He illuminates the transformative power social media holds in stitching together a tapestry of support for parents, especially fathers, who are navigating the complex world of autism with their children.Strap in for a deep-dive into the societal stigmas that cling to disability, and the emotional turmoil fathers endure when grasping their child's autism diagnosis. Jamiel's raw and revealing narrative shines a spotlight on the language we use and the generational divides that can either hinder or help in embracing our children's unique abilities. His voice is a clarion call for empathy, urging education and outreach as keystones in the crusade for autistic individuals' rights. It's not just about adjusting to new norms; it's about celebrating the strength and diversity that autism brings into the family fold.Rounding off with a look at the practicalities, Jamiel champions the cause of personalized learning and the beauty of teaching independence. His personal tales merge with professional insights, providing a beacon of hope and understanding for the autism community. Jamiel invites listeners to witness the victories, acknowledge the setbacks, and join the collective action that's reshaping the future. It's more than a conversation; it's an invitation to become part of a movement that sees strength in every spectrum.Support the Show.
Episode 265-From Diagnosis to Advocacy: Kadin McElwain's Inspiring Journey as an Autistic Trailblazer
Apr 1 2024
Episode 265-From Diagnosis to Advocacy: Kadin McElwain's Inspiring Journey as an Autistic Trailblazer
Send us a Text Message.Meet Kadin McElwain, a trailblazing autistic college student, whose story of transformation from diagnosis to advocacy is nothing short of extraordinary. As we chat with Kadin, he uncovers the realities of overcoming educational barriers, defying the odds, and how his struggles fueled his drive to become a vocal advocate for both the autism and LGBTQ communities. His narrative is a powerful testament to the resilience and potential that lies within each of us to make a meaningful impact on the world around us.This episode is a journey through Kadin's multifaceted life, as we traverse from his early graduation triumphs to his aspirations of music PR and political leadership. The conversation touches upon the complexities of adapting to the ever-evolving digital age, with Kadin sharing his candid thoughts on AI and its societal implications. We also delve into his personal passions and the profound influence of music and advocacy work in his life. It's a heartfelt call to action, inviting listeners to join in the movement of empowering and uplifting the autism community—one where Kadin McElwain stands as a beacon of inspiration.https://www.thesportscol.com/author/kadin-mcelwain/https://theeverydayfan.com/author/kadin-mcelwain/https://www.facebook.com/profile.php/?id=100083352067155&name=xhp_nt__fb__action__open_userhttps://www.instagram.com/73postshere/Support the Show.
Episode 264-Empowering Voices: Michelle Vinokurov's Autistic Advocacy and Navigating the Professional World
Mar 29 2024
Episode 264-Empowering Voices: Michelle Vinokurov's Autistic Advocacy and Navigating the Professional World
Send us a Text Message.Discover the world through the eyes of Michelle Vinokurov, an empowering autistic self-advocate and behavior specialist, as she joins us to mark World Autism Awareness Day. Michelle's voice brings an unparalleled depth to our discussion, as she unveils her transformative experiences post-Purdue University Global and her trailblazing work in behavioral analysis. Her blog, The World of Autism, and contributions to the Flutie Foundation and CARD USF, are just a few facets of her dynamic advocacy that you'll get to know. Together, we peel back the layers of what it means to lead with authenticity in the neurodiverse community and the positive ripples that self-advocacy can create.In the intricate dance of professional life, women with autism often choreograph their own unique movements to navigate their careers. Hear Michelle's personal strategies for self-advocacy in the workplace, from seeking visual aids to championing crystal-clear communication. The episode is not just a narrative; it's a toolkit for fostering an inclusive environment where women on the spectrum can flourish. Through blogs, podcasts, and heartfelt guest stories, we celebrate the power of shared experiences, and the episode culminates in exploring how these connections shape a more inclusive and understanding society for all. Michelle's journey and the broader conversation inspire a future where collaboration and support are the standards, not the exceptions, in advocating for individuals with autism.Support the Show.
ONE DAY ONLY SALE -PROMO- APRIL 2nd WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY SALE
Mar 25 2024
ONE DAY ONLY SALE -PROMO- APRIL 2nd WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY SALE
Send us a Text Message. Join the International Autism Summit 2024 and Support World Autism Awareness Day! Hey everyone!  On April 2nd, we celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, a global initiative to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of individuals in the autistic community. To mark this special occasion, we're thrilled to announce a one-day sale for tickets to the highly anticipated International Autism Summit 2024! Date: April 19-20, 2024 Venue: ONLINE Online Access:https://poduty.com/event/international-autism-summit-2024 Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn, connect, and make a difference in the lives of autistic individuals. The International Autism Summit 2024 brings together experts, advocates, and expert panels to explore the latest advancements, share personal experiences, and discuss strategies for creating a more inclusive world. By purchasing a ticket, you're not only gaining access to invaluable knowledge and insights, but you're also supporting organizations dedicated to autism awareness and advocacy. Let's come together and make a positive impact! Get your ticket on April 2, 2024 for $5 OFF at sjchilds.org and be part of this transformative event! Spread the word and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to join too. Together, we can build a more inclusive society.International Autism Summit 2024International Autism Summit#WorldAutismAwarenessDay #InternationalAutismSummit2024 #inclusionmatters #autismawareness #autismacceptance " rel="nofollow">Support the Show.
Episode 263-From Legal Briefs to Literary Crafts The Chronicles of Life with Reyna Gentin
Mar 22 2024
Episode 263-From Legal Briefs to Literary Crafts The Chronicles of Life with Reyna Gentin
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever considered abandoning the career you spent years building to chase a dream? That's exactly what Reyna did, trading her lawyer's briefcase for a pen and paper. Embark on an intimate voyage with us as Reyna, a former lawyer with a newfound vocation in writing, divulges the intricacies of her career metamorphosis. Her narrative isn't solely about making a change; it's a celebration of passion and the profound experiences that writing unlocks. We delve into the solitary yet fulfilling life of a writer and how community can be found in unexpected places like writing workshops and classes, underscoring the beauty and bravery in sharing one's work and embracing feedback.Our exploration doesn't stop at personal transformations. We navigate the varied terrains of a writing career, discussing everything from weaving personal essays into novels to the unique flavor of children's literature. She shares her ambition to piece together interlinked short stories, revealing the hurdles in crafting a woven tapestry of narratives. We unravel the value of feedback from writing classes and workshops, emphasizing the importance of community and constructive criticism for growth. For those standing at the precipice of their own creative endeavors, we offer up our insights on taking that first valiant step into storytelling.The conversation takes a turn towards the significance of neurodiversity in literature as we discuss Reyna's book that beautifully portrays dyslexia. We reflect on the Moonbeam Children's Book Award her work garnered and the overarching message of empathy and inclusion it champions. Books have a transformative power to shift perspectives and cultivate compassion, and Reyna's work stands as a testament to this truth. Discover the enchanting world of her storytelling, from the allure of her book covers to her dedication to inclusivity, and join us in looking forward to the impactful narratives she has yet to share.Support the Show.
Episode 262-Crafting Narratives of Resilience after a Tourette's Diagnosis: A Conversation with Kristof Morrow
Mar 18 2024
Episode 262-Crafting Narratives of Resilience after a Tourette's Diagnosis: A Conversation with Kristof Morrow
Send us a Text Message.Embarking on a personal odyssey through the peaks and valleys of human experience, I, SJ Childs, am honored to welcome the profoundly resilient Kristof  Morrow to the show. Our conversation unfurls the complexities of Kristof's life, revealing how his early infatuation with words provided solace and direction amidst a tumultuous upbringing in Texas. From grappling with a late diagnosis of Tourette's syndrome to rediscovering his confidence and passion for writing after serving in the Navy, Kristof's candid narrative proves the enduring power of storytelling in shaping our identities and destinies.Together, we celebrate the irreplaceable role of companionship on creative voyages, reminiscing about the unwavering support of friends like Rosa and Dan Tanyan during pivotal chapters of his writing career. A year has passed since the birth of his publication, a milestone buoyed by the encouragement of readers who've journeyed with us. We weave tales of advice that spurred us to action, the yearning to leave a meaningful imprint on the world, and how crafting narratives can raise others, echoing Tolkien's vision of crafting worlds that transcend societal shortcomings.As our dialogue comes to a close, we reflect on the serene beauty of Oregon and the significance of place in his life, tying us together across time zones and experiences. We part with an invitation to continue this journey with us, highlighting the notion that each story's end paves the way for new beginnings. Join us in this celebration of the resilience of the human spirit, the profound connections we forge, and the magic woven by the written word.Support the Show.
Episode 261-The Voyage of Caregiving and Legal Planning for Special Needs with Vickie Rubin
Mar 11 2024
Episode 261-The Voyage of Caregiving and Legal Planning for Special Needs with Vickie Rubin
Send us a Text Message.Navigating the complex currents of special education and parenting a child with a disability can feel like an insurmountable challenge, but Vickie Rubin has charted this territory with grace and resilience. Her journey, which encompasses both her personal life as a mother to Jessica and her professional career as an advocate, is rich with insights that offer support to families on similar paths. In our heartfelt conversation, we peel back the layers of family dynamics, the weight of tough choices, and the lifelines of humor and hope that sustain those in the thick of it.Raising a child with a disability often reshapes a family's world, something Vickie Rubin knows all too well. She opens up about the strain these challenges can place on marriages, the unique experiences of siblings, and the vast landscape of emotions that accompany caregiving. Siblings, the unsung heroes in these narratives, bring forth a tapestry of resilience, as they navigate their own social worlds while supporting their family. As a caregiver myself, I interweave my experiences, reflecting on the profound lessons in compassion and the subtle shifts in perspective that shape us.Stitching together a future for a child with special needs encompasses more than day-to-day care—it lays in the foundation of long-term planning and the cultivation of independence. Vickie takes us through Jessica's journey to build her own community and find joy in her everyday life through music therapy, technology, and friendships. We also illuminate the crucial role of special needs attorneys and the establishment of a Special Needs Trust, key components in securing a loved one's financial well-being. Vickie's engagement with her audience extends beyond our conversation, as her bi-monthly blogs and memoir, "Raising Jess: A Story of Hope," continue to offer resources and solace to families navigating this complex world.Support the Show.
Episode 260-Embracing Difference: Albert Jersey's Journey of Self-Discovery and Shaping Perceptions of Autism
Mar 8 2024
Episode 260-Embracing Difference: Albert Jersey's Journey of Self-Discovery and Shaping Perceptions of Autism
Send us a Text Message.When you discover your truest self, the world unfolds in unexpected ways. Albert Jersey, a shining example of this axiom, joins us to share his story of self-discovery and acceptance in the face of autism. With every word, Albert, a staff accountant on the cusp of earning his graduate degree, paints a picture of the challenges he's faced and the victories he's claimed. He isn't just climbing the corporate ladder; he's reshaping perceptions about autism, one candid conversation at a time. From his earliest diagnosis to the network of friends and advocates he's built, Albert's experiences remind us that our differences aren't just to be acknowledged—they're to be celebrated.As we turn our gaze to the horizon, Albert doesn't just look to the future—he plans to seize it with both hands. He's ready to don the cap and gown, but his journey doesn't end at commencement. There's a resonance in his ambitions, from the strategic moves he'll make in the world of investments with Charles Schwab to the chords he'll strike on his guitar, mirroring the solace he finds in faith and music. Albert's tale is woven with the threads of mentorship, the solace of spiritual rituals, and the supportive chords of a compassionate boss. He prompts us to see the potential in networking through LinkedIn and encourages us to engage with our communities, underscoring that growth is not just an individual endeavor—it's a collective one. Join Albert on this inspirational episode, and you might just find the courage to embrace your own path, wherever it may lead.Support the Show.
Episode 259-Raising the Next Generation with Guidance and Grace- Family Coach Kathy Bowers
Mar 2 2024
Episode 259-Raising the Next Generation with Guidance and Grace- Family Coach Kathy Bowers
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered how a simple shift in parenting approach can lead to a harmonious family life and resilient children? Kathy Bowers, a remarkable family coach from England, joins us to share her transformative journey from nursery nursing to empowering families through her innovative coaching methods. She dives into the heart of modern parenting challenges, discussing the delicate balance between nurturing independence and providing a safety net, along with the significance of self-care for parents.Imagine children thriving on accountability, learning from their stumbles, and growing into independent young adults. That's the vision Kathy paints as she unravels the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and the profound lessons that come with it. We tackle the complexities of children's involvement with social media, the right screen time balance, and how these digital tools fit into the larger picture of child development. Kathy's strategies highlight the role of parents as guides, akin to a coach, cultivating confidence and autonomy in their children.Our conversation rounds out with the art of active listening and the impact of acknowledging the small triumphs in a child's life. Kathy offers wisdom on fostering long-term healthy relationships with our kids, navigating the choppy waters of relationship breakups, and the resilience of families in the face of adversity. Reflecting on our engaging discussion, we laugh about the challenges of coordinating international calls and cherish the connection bridged by shared insights. Join us for this enlightening episode that promises to reshape your perspective on parenting and family dynamics.Support the Show.