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Series podcasts include groups of podcasts that are not related to a specific diagnosis but follow a common theme. These podcasts may be helpful to families who have not yet sought a diagnosis or for typically developing children who are struggling.

Anxiety

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A family of four holds hands while walking down a sidewalk. The son leads the way, pulling his father, while the daughter lags behind, going at her own pace.


Rob Adams, PsyD, Meghan Barlow & Associates
 Topic includes downloadable presentation fileTopic includes an audio recording (2021)

A Black American mother comforts her young son as she helps him to put on a potective mask. The son's eyes show concern.

Helping the Child Who Struggles with Anxiety

Tierney Payne, The Nord Center
Topic includes downloadable presentation fileTopic includes an audio recording (2021)

A girl with curly dark hair peeks over the edge of a moving box. She appears to be hiding.

Stop Accommodating and Start Addressing Your Child’s Anxiety

Beth Mishkind Roth, Cleveland Integrative Counseling
 topic includes downloadable speaker handouts (2020)

A teacher leads a school-aged child down a hallway. The child is wearing a backpack and has her head tipped against her teacher's arm.

Helping Your Anxious Child Prepare for School

Cate Brandon, PsyD, from Kenneth A. De Luca, PhD. & Associates, Inc.
 Topic includes downloadable presentation fileTopic includes an audio recording (2020)

Additional Resources: The Anxiety Resource Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field. Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category for strategies to cope with anxiety.

Attention Issues

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A family of four holds hands while walking down a sidewalk. The son leads the way, pulling his father, while the daughter lags behind, going at her own pace.


Rob Adams, PsyD, Meghan Barlow & Associates
 Topic includes downloadable presentation fileTopic includes an audio recording (2021)

A girl with red hair and glasses sits atop a desk. She is wearing ballet slippers and a blue dress and is smiling as if she knows she should not be on the desk.

Helping the Child Who Struggles with Impulsivity

Kimberly Burkhart, PhD, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
 Topic includes downloadable presentation fileTopic includes an audio recording (2021)

A Black American interacting with his teacher through a laptop computer. The teachers is smiling at the child, who is holding a pencil, poised over a notebook.

Electronic Addiction and Distance Learning

Jay Berk, PhD, Jay Berk, PhD and Associates
 Topic includes downloadable presentation fileTopic includes an audio recording (2021)

A dark-haired girl smiles in front of a blurred classroom setting.

Attention Issues and ADHD: What You Need to Know

Carol Leslie, PsychBC
  Topic includes downloadable presentation filetopic includes downloadable speaker handoutsTopic includes an audio recording (2017)

Additional Resources: The Attention Issues Diagnosis Resource Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field. Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the sensory issues category and the school category.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

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A family of three sits on a living room sofa. The father helps his preschool-aged son to point at something out of view while the mother cuddles the son on her lap.

Implementing ABA at Home

Ken Dix and Elyra Gonzalez,
Silver Lining Group
 Topic includes downloadable presentation filetopic includes downloadable speaker handoutsTopic includes an audio recording (2020)

A girl wearing dark-rimmed glasses nibbles a pencil eraser. She is seated at a table with brightly colored notes in front of her.

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child

Jennifer Negrey, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Danielle Petrizoelle, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism
 Topic includes downloadable presentation filetopic includes downloadable speaker handoutsTopic includes an audio recording (2016)

A group of children embrace and smile for a photo. They are outdoors and laughing as if they have been playing.

Strategies for Managing Hyperactivity/Impulsivity in Children

Kimberly Burkhart, PhD, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
 Topic includes downloadable presentation filetopic includes downloadable speaker handoutsTopic includes an audio recording (2019)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category, the sensory issues category, the social skills category, the special needs parenting category and the school category to help children with autism spectrum disorders.

Behavior

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Defiant and Difficult Behavior at Home

Jay Berk, PhD,
Jay Berk, PhD and Associates
(2020)


Challenging Behavior Series

Katie Greenleaf, Meghan Barlow and Associates
(2020)


How to Get Your Preschooler to Listen

Rachel Torrance and Jennifer Pearson
Accessing Abilities
(2019)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the sensory issues category for behavior strategies specifically related to sensory issues.

Early Childhood

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Manejo de Crisis en los Niños

Citlali Conley, Abilities First, LLC
(2020)

Equity & Inclusion

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A Caucasian mother holds and Black infant while her Black daughter shows some play food to the infant. The mother is smiling at her children and facilitating play between them.

Five Things Transracial Families Need to Know to Thrive

Krysia Orlowski and Donikea Austin, Adoption Network Cleveland
(2021)

Additional Resources: The Racial Equity & Inclusion Resource Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field. 

Family Issues

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A Caucasian mother holds and Black infant while her Black daughter shows some play food to the infant. The mother is smiling at her children and facilitating play between them.

Five Things Transracial Families Need to Know to Thrive

Krysia Orlowski and Donikea Austin, Adoption Network Cleveland
(2021)


Five Things Families Can Do to Foster Relationships Between Children who Struggle and Typically Developing Siblings

Dr. Alaka Chandurkar, MD, and Heather Dukes-Murray, PhD, Meghan Barlow & Associates
(2021)


Ask Us! How to Fina A Mental Health Provider

Karla Fitch, Connecting for Kids
(2021)


How to Stay Calm When The Kids Are Out of Control

Lisa Ruman, The Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake
(2020)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the parenting children with disabilities category for family topics specifically related to parenting a child with a disability.

Fine Motor Issues

 


Stepping Stones for Successful Writing

Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First
(2015)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the learning disabilities category and the sensory issues category to help children with fine motor issues.

Food Allergies

 


Living with Food Allergies: What You Need to Know

Dr. Brian Schroer, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital
(2016)

Additional Resources: The Food Allergies Diagnosis Resource Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field.

Giftedness

 


Supporting the Social Development of Gifted Kids

Meghan Barlow, PhD, Meghan Barlow and Associates
(2018)


Emotional Intensity in Gifted Children

Meghan Barlow, PhD, Meghan Barlow and Associates
(2018)

Additional Resources: The Gifted or Twice-Exceptional Diagnosis Resource Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field. Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the attention issues category and the learning disabilities category for strategies to help twice-exceptional learners.

Learning Disabilities

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Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child

Jennifer Negrey, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Danielle Petrizoelle, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism
(2016)


All About Reading

Tammie Sebastian, The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
(2017)


How Visual Skills Impact Learning and Attention

Dr. Alex Andrich, The Vision Development Team and Dr. Leah Steele, Madison Eye Care
(2016)

Additional Resources: The Learning Disabilities Diagnosis Resource Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field. Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the attention issues category and the school category.

Nutrition

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Solutions for Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders

Stefanie Peck and Brenda Richards, The Center for LifeSkills
(2018)


No Body is Perfect

Kelly Bhatnagar, PhD, The Emily Program
(2017)


Solutions for Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders

Dr. Alice McIntyre and Mary Lou Kennedy, Cleveland Clinic
(2015)


Feeding and Diet Changes

Marge Robison (part 1) and Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (part 2)
(2012)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the sensory issues category for feeding issues related to sensory processing and the food allergies category for nutrition issues related to food allergies.

Parenting Children with Disabilities

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How to Apply for Grants and Other Funds

Karla Fitch, Connecting for Kids
(2021)


How to Meet the Needs of Typical Siblings

Lisa Ruman of The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake
(2020)


Changes to Ohio Waivers

Gary Tonks, The Arc of Ohio
(2019)


How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy

Sara Solet, Speech Spot
(2016)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the family issues category for more general family and parenting topics.

School

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How to Communicate Effectively with School

Karla Fitch, Connecting for Kids
(2020)


Top 10 Tips to Help Your Child Focus at Home

Christine Chambers, Abilities First, LLC
(2020)


Disabilities & Distance Learning

Ivette Sarkar and Tammie Sebastian, The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
(2020)


All About Reading

Tammie Sebastian, The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
(2017)

Additional Resources: The School Services Resource Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field. Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the attention issues category and the specific learning disabilities category for strategies to help children with learning disabilities and ADHD.

Sensory Issues

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Sensory Strategies to Build Every Child's Self Control and Competence

Meghan Barlow, PhD, Meghan Barlow and Associates and Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First
(2019)


Managing Meltdowns

Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First
(2016, 2017)


Introducing Sensory: A Reason for Behavior Problems?

Denise Attie, Mercy Rehabilitation Services
(2016, 2017)


Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children

Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families
(2015)

Additional Resources: The Sensory Issues Diagnosis Resource Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field. Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the nutrition category for feeding issues related to sensory processing and the behavior category for strategies to deal with challenging behaviors resulting from sensory overload.

Social Skills

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Friendship 411

Ellen Spear, Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC.
(2021)


Using Your Social Filter

Ellen Spear, Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC.
(2021)


Assessing & Reacting to Problems

Ellen Spear, Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC.
(2020)


Social Skills for Preschoolers

Aletta Sinoff, Daily Behavioral Health
(2015)

Speech & Language

 


Help Me Talk: Strategies to Improve Communication

Stefanie Peck and Deborah Finley, The Center for LifeSkills
(2018)


Communication Temptations

Ellen Spear, Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC
(2014)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category for strategies to deal with challenging behavior resulting from communication issues.

Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

 


How Visual Skills Impact Learning and Attention

Dr. Alex Andrich, The Vision Development Team and Dr. Leah Steele, Madison Eye Care
(2016)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category, the sensory issues category, the social skills category, the special needs parenting category and the school services category to help children with visual impairment.

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