Helping Your Child Talk the Talk!

February 22, 2017
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Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm, better known as Social Scouts Los Angeles join eHealth Radio and the Children's Health, Education and Health News Channels. Heather and Amy are pediatric speech and language pathologists who specialize in working with children who have difficulties with speech, language and social communication.

 

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm discuss the following:

  • As pediatric speech and language pathologists, what age children do you specialize in?  What are some of the issues you deal with in the children you treat?
  • What exactly is the difference between speech and language?
  • When would a parent come to see you and why?  When should a parent become concerned if their child is not talking?
  • What if a child has a lot of language but doesn’t use it with other kids?
  • What role does “play” have in language development?
  • What are Social Skills groups?
  • I understand you have a book coming out – in fact, a series of books for kids. Can you tell us a little about it?    

 

Heather Marenda-Miller, CCC-SLP, Clinical Co-Director
 
Born and raised in Illinois, Heather received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. She moved to Southern California from Chicago in 2006 for better weather and the beach. Heather is a current California licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist. She specializes in treating children ranging in age from birth to 6 years. With a high interest and much experience treating children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Heather is also particularly interested in children who are gifted and/or Twice Exceptional (2e). Heather is the owner and director of Speech Me, LLC and the co-founder and co-director of Social Scouts™. Training and working closely with staff is a not only a requirement but truly a delight for Heather.
 
As a practicing speech-language pathologist, Heather treats clients with a vast array of diagnoses and disorders, enjoying the uniqueness each child brings to her clinic. Working closely with children and their families is why she loves being in private practice. Heather enjoys utilizing her creativity and developing new and innovative activities on a daily basis and uses what her client’s mother coined as “The Marenda Method”- an eclectic approach combining the various techniques she has learned throughout her years as a clinician to ensure best and most effective and individualized techniques for each child she treats. Heather is trained in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT)-Level 2, Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program, Talk Tools® Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) and Interactive Metronome (IM). In addition to her DIR/Floortime Training, she has extensive experience collaborating and co-treating with Behavioral Analysts/Therapists specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Pivotal Response Training (PRT) as well as Occupational Therapists specializing in Sensory Integration Therapy. Heather continues to attend multiple conferences each year to further enhance her knowledge and clinical skills.

Amy Wilhelm, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Co-Director
 
Amy Wilhelm was born and raised in New York and earned her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2000.  Her graduate studies led her to the west coast where she attained her Master of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge in 2002.  She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of California in speech-language pathology. She has remained a resident of Los Angeles where she is currently the owner and director of Splash for Speech, Inc. and the co-founder and co-director of Social Scouts™.
 
Amy has always had a passion for working with children and has made the pediatric population the core of her caseload.   Since the completion of her graduate studies, she has engrossed herself into her career and strives to provide the best quality of speech therapy possible.  Amy has extensive experience working with children with a wide variety of communication challenges and diagnoses, including Developmental Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, various genetic syndromes, developmental delays, speech and language delays, and articulation problems.  She is trained in Level 2 PROMPT therapy, has completed training in the Speech E-Z® Apraxia-Program, is versed in TalkTools® and Oral Placement Therapy, Interactive Metronome, and has attended numerous conferences relating to articulation and phonology, Autism, Apraxia of Speech, social/pragmatic language skills, executive dysfunction, sensory processing disorders, and RDI.  Moreover, as her role of business owner has evolved, she enjoys mentoring students and new clinicians and has supervised both graduate students and clinical fellows in the field of speech pathology.

 

Website: www.socialscoutsla.com

Game Learners Highlights the Educational and Health Benefits of Video Games

October 25, 2016
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Ravel Charles, Founder of Game Learners, who aims to highlight the educational and health benefits of video games joins eHealth Radio and the Education, Health News & Technology Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ravel Charles discuss the following:

  • What is Game Learners?
  • What are the overall opinions of video games and its benefits?
  • Why did you decide to start Game Learners? Where did the inspiration come from.
  • In terms of health, in what ways can children benefit from video games?
  • What can parents do to help their kids benefit from video games?


Duration: 7:39


Ravel Charles, a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, founded Game Learners while pursuing his Masters in Informatics at Northeastern University. Game Learners’ mission is to positively educate the community on the effects of video games by highlighting their educational and health benefits.


In creating Game Learners, Ravel hopes to create an opportunity for students, who may not have responded well to traditional teaching methods, to start to enjoy learning. He believes with all the time and money that children dedicate to video games, parents need to take an active role in understanding what their kids are consuming every day and optimizing it in ways that help their kids develop.


Backed by an abundance of research conducted in the field, Game Learners is creating an environment where gamers can feel empowered to use their video games as their learning advantage.



Website: www.gamelearners.com


Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/gamelearners
Twitter: @gamelearners

The views and opinions expressed on any program are those of the persons appearing on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the eHealth Radio Network.

The NVLD Project, Supporting People Affected by Non-Verbal Learning Disability

October 3, 2016
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Dr. Laura Lemle, Ph.D., Founder and Chairperson of The NVLD Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people affected by Non-Verbal Learning Disability joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Non-Profit Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Laura Lemle discuss the following:

  • What is NVLD?
  • Why did you found this organisation?
  • What research are you funding?
  • What are the workshops? Why are you doing them? 
  • What are your future goals?


Duration: 6:52


Growing up in Manhattan, Laura Lemle attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, completed her undergraduate studies at Barnard College and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology at Yeshiva University. Laura practiced clinical psychology for nearly 20 years before choosing to enter the real estate business. Today, she runs LC Lemle Real Estate Group, a residential real estate company which owns and manages multi-family dwellings throughout Manhattan.


Throughout her life Laura has been committed to helping others. In 2013, she founded The NVLD Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people affected by this disability. The Project was inspired by her daughter who was diagnosed with Non-Verbal Learning Disability at the age of five.


In addition to founding The NVLD Project, Laura is on the boards of both The Promise Project and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. She resides in Manhattan with her three children and two dogs.



Website: nvld.org


Social Media Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/thenvldproject
Twitter: @theNVLDProject

Jessica Miller-Galbreath, PT, MS, DPT, on the Growing Role of Physical Therapist Assistants in the Health Care Industry

December 30, 2015
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Dr. Jessica Miller-Galbreath, Program Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Concorde Career College in Aurora, Colorado joins eHealth Radio and the Health News, Pain Management & Physical Therapy Channels.


Concorde has 16 campuses in eight states and has been training students to enter or advance their careers in health care for more than 60 years.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Jessica Miller-Galbreath discuss the following:

  • Can you tell us about your background in physical therapy and what led you to your current role as a director of the physical therapy assistant program at Concorde Career College?
  • How does your experience in the field of physical therapy help you in your current role?
  • Many people don’t know about the important role physical therapist assistants serve in the health care system at-large. Can you provide a typical “day in the life” of a physical therapist assistant”?
  • How do you see the role of physical therapist assistants expanding in the next five to ten years?
  • What would you like to tell someone who is looking to go into this profession?
  • Where can interested students go for more information or to find a program near them?


Duration: 10:41


Jessica Miller-Galbreath, PT, MS, DPT, has served as the program director for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Concorde Career College since the program’s inception in August 2010.  Dr. Galbreath holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University.


Prior to accepting the position at Concorde, Dr. Galbreath worked as a clinical therapist for 12 years in a variety of settings including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the University of Colorado Hospital. She specialized in the treatment of individuals with a neurological impairment focusing primarily on patients with a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury. Her previous teaching experience included serving as a clinical instructor for 10 years, providing guest lectures for local universities and teaching in the community. Additionally, Dr. Galbreath has previously been active in research regarding spinal cord injury and the management of spasticity.


Since 2013, Dr. Galbreath has served as a committee member for the PTA Curriculum Task Force and was promoted to Lead Program Director over the national PTA curriculum in 2014.


Dr. Galbreath is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as the Colorado Clinical Educators’ Forum and Physical Therapist Assistant Educators SIG. She remains active in community service, participating in fundraising and volunteer work for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Project.



Website: http://concorde.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConcordeCareerInc

Lolita in the Lion’s Den, from Abuse to Empowerment

November 14, 2014
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Justin Forest, a sexuality researcher and the author of Lolita in the Lion's Den, from Abuse to Empowerment joins eHealth Radio and the Children's Health, Education & Family Information Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Justin Forest discuss the following:

  • Why did you decide to write Lolita in the Lion's Den and what is the book about?
  • Glen's bluntness about his sexual feelings as well as his concern for the sexualization of girls today seem contrary to what we hear about actual offenders or pedophiles. How realistic is this? 
  • How is society's inability to address such a taboo topic, in your opinion, harmful to everyone?
  • Glen notes that management of his sexuality is the key, not the concept of changing it. Can you elaborate on this?
  • How has your book been received?


TIP: Parents - if you want to protect your kids - here's the demand you should be making. Ask for more sex education, starting in preschool. What we need is a much better understanding of human sexuality, throughout all points of life. We cannot change the negative stigma associated with sexuality and kids easily, but we can educate and learn. I think it’s a reasonable assumption that if we all understood our sexuality better, even if “deviant,” we might be much better citizens. We should guide boys and girls to understand what it means to have positive relationships instead of locking them into stereotypical gender roles. After all, sex is going to come into the equation sooner or later. Let them — and us — be prepared.


Duration: 15:25


Justin Forest is the author of Lolita in the Lion's Den. He has five college degrees, including a MLSt in taboo studies and a PhD in literature and criticism. He has compiled information for the United Nations on the anti-child sex trafficking movement and has since transitioned to sexuality research. He's a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and teaches themes of girlhood and sexuality.



Website: www.lolitalion.com

Educating the community about Autism and supporting families with an autistic child

September 22, 2014
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Jacqueline Williams-Hines, Autism Awareness Advocate and Author of the No Small Victories Children's Book Series joins eHealth Radio and the Austism Information Channel. Jacqueline's organization is focused on educating the community about Autism and supporting families with an autistic child on the Autism spectrum.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jacqueline Williams-Hines discuss the following:

  • What is No Small Victories?
  • What inspired you to Start No Small Victories?
  • What are the themes of the books in your series?
  • What are the future goals of NSV?
  • What are some early sign of Autism, listeners can look out for?


Duration: 11:50


Born in Monroe, Louisiana in 1965, Jacqueline moved to Springfield, MA with her family in 1970 and has since been a Springfield resident.


A graduate of the former Classical High School and  grad student of American International College, Jacqueline subsequently left college to marry and start a family with her high school sweetheart. Though employed in several positions in her youth, it was the birth of her youngest son and his later diagnosis of autism that brought Jacqueline back to her first passion as a means of catharsis and coping mechanism…writing.


Though the dream of publishing her work had never truly been forgotten, it was this new found drive to help educate her son, Joshua’s, peers about autism as a way of bridging the communication gap that motivated her to self publish her first book in 2006.


Since then, No Small Victories has grown to become an organization active in increasing Autism Awareness as well as annually hosting an Autism awareness fair and boasting 4 books and counting.



Web Site: www.nsvonline.com


MISSION TO TEACH: The Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Educator with Dipak Basu

May 19, 2014
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Dipak Basu, author of an incredibly inspiring book about his late daughter, Jhumki, entitled MISSION TO TEACH: The Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Educator joins eHealth Radio and the Cancer Prevention and Education Channels. Jhumki passed away at age 31 of metastatic breast cancer, but not before leaving a mark on the teaching profession she so dearly loved.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dipak Basu discuss the following:

  • Your daughter had such a short life but had accomplished more than people who live more than twice as long. Tell us a little about her passion for teaching and what her ultimate goals were.
  • Jhumki was passionate about providing quality education for all kids, regardless of socio-economic conditions, especially in the sciences. Where did that passion come from, do you think?
  • She had a survivor’s mentality. How did she react when she was diagnosed with cancer and when she was going through treatment? Do you think that a person’s mental outlook can affect his or her physical well-being, even for someone with such a devastating illness?
  • Do you think that her stellar accomplishments had something to do with her limited time left? Do you think she knew something that you, as her parents, did not?
  • Do you think Jhumki would be amused – and pleased – to see the admiration with which she is remembered? Your book has commentary by Dr. Jane Goodall as well as former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice!
  • You seem to be inspired by your daughter as much as her students and colleagues were – and continue to be. How would you describe that feeling to other parents?


Duration: 15:59


Dipak Basu, engineer, philanthropist, social worker, author, has spent much of his life employing technology in humanitarian missions worldwide. In 2006, he set up Anudip Foundation, a nonprofit company dedicated to improving livelihoods of poor rural people in developing countries through training in information technology and entrepreneurship. He currently serves as Anudip’s Chairman and CEO.


In 2001 Dipak founded and served as Executive Director of NetHope, a technology alliance of the world’s largest aid agencies, applying innovative high-tech solutions to aid operations in the world’s impoverished, disaster-affected and war-torn regions.


From 1995 to 2006, Dipak held senior management positions in Product Management and Professional Services at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, Dipak served as a consultant to the Government of India, developing communications solutions for the country’s steel, energy, banking and hospitality sectors.


Dipak is the recipient of the Tech Laureate award for IT in Humanity and the President’s Award from Save the Children. He is a Cisco Leadership Fellow, a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.


In 2009, following the loss of their beloved daughter the previous year, Dipak and his wife, Radha, launched the Jhumki Basu Foundation to carry on her remarkable legacy.


Dipak's debut historical fiction novel, A Flight of Green Parrots, was published in 2004. A sequel will follow later this year.


Web Sites: www.missiontoteach.org | www.jhumkibasu.org


Powered by Me for Educators Pre-K to 12 with Sherianna Boyle

March 16, 2013
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Sherianna Boyle, a former school psychologist, present adjunct psychology professor, has taught yoga/meditation for the past eleven years, and is also the author of Powered by Me for Educators Pre-K to 12 (Balboa Press) joins eHealth Radio and the Health and Education Channels.


Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Sherianna Boyle discuss the following:

  • What is Powered by Me?
  • Can you give our listeners an example of the difference between a tool and a power tool?
  • In your book you offer numerous "Try This" tips. Could you share two of those tips with us today?
  • Do you believe self-awareness is the key to student and teacher success?


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Sherianna Boyle, resides on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her husband and three daughters. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology from The University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her background includes extensive work in public education, parent education, educational workshops, and she is a Professor of Psychology at Cape Cod Community College. Sherianna has been teaching yoga and meditation for the past eleven years. Four of those years were spent owning and operating a yoga studio in her community. In addition to being a writer, Sherianna continues to develop herself professionally in the field of Energy Psychology.


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Related Web Site: www.poweredbymenow.com


Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the show host or it's owners.