Helping My Kids Cope with a Learning Difference

I was honored to be featured as a podcast guest with Child Life on Call. This is my second appearance and the focus was on supporting my children through their learning differences of ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and coping with anxiety.

Like many, parenting through the pandemic and adapting to distance learning wasn’t easy. My youngest, Blake struggles with dyslexia and dysgraphia. He was doing really well in school and with outside support prior to the lockdown. As soon as he had to go online to finish his second-grade year, his confidence went down the tubes.

I also witnessed my oldest, Gavin who has dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and struggles with anxiety become overwhelmed with his middle school curriculum online.

As a parent, I have had to learn to navigate the special education road. Learning terms like Individual Educational Plan (IEP),  baseline assessments, and understanding my children’s legal educational rights. 

Take a listen to our story and share it with others who are coping with learning differences.

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Giveaway on Child Inspired Get Well Maps

I’m thrilled to have Christina Conners from Child Inspired back and sharing her amazing Get Well Maps with us. She is helping us to celebrate child life month by giving away The Deep Sea Adventure Get Well Map and Bundle

The Deep Sea Adventure Get Well Map and Bundle uses the beloved theme of seaside adventure, sea life and treasured activities in the surf & sand to encourage and motivate children facing medical challenges..

Using fun, developmentally appropriate techniques, Child Inspired Maps encourage and motivate children by visually illustrating their progression towards their goal (often of going home during a hospitalization). The Deep Sea Adventure Get Well Map includes a durable 12×18″ illustrated Map that can be easily transported and sanitized, a repositionable sticker & easy-to-use instructions in both English & Spanish for families and medical teams.

Take Me! Friendship Island is a beautiful children’s book filled with themes of compassion, hope and inclusion. Inspired by Ellie, a five-year old heart hero, educator Gail Mack authors and dedicates this book in an effort to benefit children receiving pediatric healthcare at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. Gail Mack and illustrator, Olivia Taylor, find further inspiration for this seaside theme in their hometown located in coastal Southern Delaware. Both a beautiful story and vivid watercolor illustrations make this a must-read with children of all ages.

Plus…The MATCHING SHELLS make a perfect, therapeutic companion to this fun, engaging set!

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Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 3/11/17

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Resources to Help Kids Cope with Trauma Associated to Terrorism

Resources to Help Kids Cope With Trauma Associated to Terrorism

The moment I heard about the terrorist attacks in Paris, I knew that once again children were being exposed to trauma. Adults will be glued to televisions, tablets and smart phones to get the latest updates of this horrific event. They will have conversations with other adults on the soccer field, coffee shops and over the phone. Our security and safety has once again been jeopardize and we begin to think, what if it happens here?

We may not even realize that watching the news coverage or talking to others about it, that we are exposing kids to trauma, fear and anxiety. I think that it is important to have conversations with children about what is happening in the world, but to do so in appropriate doses and using language that they will be able to understand. You also want to reassure them of their safety, validate their feelings and give them opportunities to process these events in various modalities.


Here are some great articles to help ease the fear associated to trauma and terrorism:

How to Help Your Child Deal With the Anxieties of Terrorism

How Much News Coverage is OK for Children?

Understanding Child Traumatic Stress

Terrorism: National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Talking to Kids About Tragic News Stories

My deepest condolences to the victims and their families in France. My heart is heavy and I will be sending love and prayers your way.