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Thriving Special Families is the perfect podcast for special needs families and caregivers...especially those impacted by Autism. Our weekly talk show is hosted by special education advocate, speech pathologist, and fellow special needs parent Crystal Sanford. While interviewing experts and caregivers alike, she offers insight, humor, and hope along your special needs journey. This is OUR show families...let's thrive!
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Do you know how to tap into your gut instinct? Do you know how this can positively impact your parenting? Do you believe that beneath all the layers of armor we’ve built up from all that life throws at us, there is an UNLIKELY GURU patiently waiting. Well join us to learn more from our special guest Jaime Mazza.Jaime MazzaJaime is an Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologist, Instructor of Neuroscience and Communication, boy mom, and mindful parenting blogger. Jaime is also an expert at helping parents discover their UNLIKELY GURU.Follow Jaime on her BLOG www.theunlikelyguru.com and check out her UNLIKELY GURU posts on her IG account @the_unlikelygurus.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Download your freebie! Special education parent rights as easy as 1...2...3: https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/know-your-iep-rightsWant to work with Crystal? Here's how: Become your child’s IEP hero by taking Crystal’s online video class on demand, at your convenience: https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/CrystalClearIEPCourseMonthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/crystal-clear-iep.html. Get inside tips and more in Crystal’s monthly newsletter: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/contact.htmlSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Summer IEP Prep

Summer IEP Prep

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Do you hate going to your child's IEP meeting? Do you wish there was something you could do now, to set yourself up for IEP success? Check out this week's episode with our host Crystal Sanford for helpful IEP tips.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Download your freebie! Special education parent rights as easy as 1...2...3: https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/know-your-iep-rightsWant to work with Crystal? Here's how: Become your child’s IEP hero by taking Crystal’s online video class on demand, at your convenience:https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/CrystalClearIEPCourseMonthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/crystal-clear-iep.html. Get inside tips and more in Crystal’s monthly newsletter: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/contact.htmlWant to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered!.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
The emotional burden of feeding your family is real. But, there is a way to make weeknight dinner a little easier in your home. Even with selective eaters, special diets, etc. Join me and our special guest, Marie Fiebach, business owner, podcaster, and weekly cooking show host (https://feedyourfamilytonight.com) to find out how!Marie FiebachMarie Fiebach, the founder of Feed Your Family Tonight, has successfully reverse engineered mealtime! As a busy mom of four teenagers, Marie knows how crazy mealtime can get."Weeknight dinnertime is not about the recipes. It is about managing your time, managing your energy, and setting appropriate expectations. It is about making dinner work in your home.”Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Download your freebie! Special education parent rights as easy as 1...2...3: https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/know-your-iep-rightsWant to work with Crystal? Here's how: Become your child’s IEP hero by taking Crystal’s online video class on demand, at your convenience:https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/CrystalClearIEPCourseMonthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/crystal-clear-iep.html. Get inside tips and more in Crystal’s monthly newsletter: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/contact.htmlWant to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
What happens when your child is experiencing emotional and/or sensory overload? How do YOU stay grounded during your child's meltdown? There is hope families! Our special guest Lisa Candera, (lawyer, Autism mom, speaker, etc) will help us with just this!Lisa CanderaLisa is a single mother to a teenage son with autism, lawyer, parent advocate, and certified life coach for moms raising kids with autism.To learn more about Lisa's coaching services and book a free consultation, visit her website at www.theautismmomcoach.com. Follow Lisa on FB and Instagram at theautismmomcoach.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Download your freebie! Special education parent rights as easy as 1...2...3:https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/know-your-iep-rightsWant to work with Crystal? Here's how:Become your child’s IEP hero by taking Crystal’s online video class on demand, at your convenience:https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/CrystalClearIEPCourseMonthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/crystal-clear-iep.html.Get inside tips and more in Crystal’s monthly newsletter: ​ https://www.sdautismhelp.com/contact.htmlWant to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
What questions do you have about Autism? Should you say "Person with autism" or "Autistic"? Why the puzzle piece to represent Autism? Join us LIVE to get your questions answered by J.R. Reed, public speaker, author, and neurodiversity advocate.J.R. ReedJ.R is a self-advocate with Asperger's diagnosed late in life. He was out of high school for a decade before autism began being diagnosed in children, and, as he likes to say, he, "Grew Up Without a Spectrum To Be On." Now, J.R. advocates for others with autism and developmental disabilities along with his service dog and faithful companion, Tye(https://www.NotWeirdJustAutistic.com).Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Download your freebie! Special education parent rights as easy as 1...2...3: https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/know-your-iep-rightsWant to work with Crystal? Here's how: Become your child’s IEP hero by taking Crystal’s online video class on demand, at your convenience:https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/CrystalClearIEPCourseMonthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/crystal-clear-iep.html. Get inside tips and more in Crystal’s monthly newsletter: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/contact.htmlWant to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Laughter is good for the soul. Join us in a fun-filled show with standup comedian Lisa Gilbert. She will share with us about how humor has helped her as an older mom of 9-year old triplets....and more. Get ready to LOL!Lisa Gilbert (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGVtJg3lb2YCRAxp8cipSgw), is both an inspirational and instant crowd-favorite with her clean comedy style and family friendly jokes. She has opened for internationally known comic Michael Jr., has performed for the American Troops, and just filmed a Dry Bar Comedy Special. Lisa travels nationally speaking for churches and corporate events.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Download your freebie! Special education parent rights as easy as 1...2...3: https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/know-your-iep-rightsWant to work with Crystal? Here's how: Become your child’s IEP hero by taking Crystal’s online video class on demand, at your convenience:https://iep.sdautismhelp.com/CrystalClearIEPCourseMonthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/crystal-clear-iep.html. Get inside tips and more in Crystal’s monthly newsletter: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/contact.htmlWant to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
What happens when your child is identified with special needs? How does life change? Learn more about one mom's story while parenting neurodiverse children. Gain insight, humor, and hope for your special needs parenting journey!Lorna RoseLorna is a Pacific Northwest writer and speaker. Her work has been recognized by PNWA and the Oregon Poetry Association, and has appeared in several magazines and anthologies. She is former president of Write On The River, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting writers in North Central Washington and beyond, as well as on the board of the Oregon Poetry Association. Lorna is also a certified ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) speaker, and has spoken publicly and written about finding resilience, raising neurodiverse children, motherhood and writing, and her experience in AmeriCorps. For more on Lorna, check out www.lornarose.com.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Download your freebie! Special education parent rights as easy as 1...2...3: HEREWant to work with Crystal? Here's how:-Become your child’s IEP hero by taking Crystal’s online video class on demand, at your convenience: HERE-Monthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: HERE​Get inside tips and more in Crystal’s monthly newsletter: HEREWant to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Every child with an IEP should have access to their education in the least restrictive environment (LRE). So, is inclusion appropriate for your child? Mainstreaming? Learn tips from the experts in this episode of Thriving Special Families.  Join us with our special guest Sarah Tira, Special Education Advocate from San Diego Special Education Advocates (https://www.sandiegosea.com/).Sarah Tira Sarah is a special education advocate here in San Diego. She began her career in special education by substituting as a paraprofessional in special education classes. She then became a moderate/severe special education teacher in the high school setting. Sarah has experience teaching in a separate specialized school, charter school, and comprehensive high school campus. For the last sixteen years, Sarah has also volunteered her time at a sleepaway camp for children and adults with disabilities through Easter Seals. She now serves on the directing staff for this camp. Sarah graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in mathematics. She also received her level 1 education specialist credential from USD and her level 2 education specialist credential from National University. As an advocate, Sarah serves families throughout San Diego County. Her clients have children ages 3-22 ranging across all ability levels.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Download your freebie! Special education parent rights as easy as 1...2...3: HEREWant to work with Crystal? Here's how: Become your child’s IEP hero by taking Crystal’s online video class on demand, at your convenience: HEREMonthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: HERE Get inside tips and more in Crystal’s monthly newsletter: HEREWant to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Parents know their children best! But, many parents wish they knew more to help them better advocate for their child at school. Learn tips from the experts in this episode of Thriving Special Families.Robin DriverIs a Special Education Advocate and Autism mom. After Robin's son was diagnosed with Autism, she dove deep into all things Autism, including underlying medical issues that her son was going through. Out of everything she was learning, Special Education Law and Advocacy excited Robin the most, because it was a real tangible way to make changes that would lead to progress. She went on to learn more about Special Education Law, by attending the University of San Diego for their Special Education Law Advocacy program, receiving her first Advocacy Certificate in 2012. Robin later went back in 2019 to USD for their updated Special Education Law Advocacy program, and her second Advocacy Certificate. Now, she assists families in Southern California and remotely in Utah currently. As a parent of a special needs child, Robin knows all too well how it feels when districts try to put your child in a cookie cutter program that is not suited for their individual needs. When working with families, it’s always her goal to teach families their rights, best practices, how to research, etc- as much as possible -during the process, so that if they ever need advocacy again, and don’t have immediate access, they will know where to start on their own. Advocacy is a roadmap to progress, and it is Robin’s biggest passion to share this with other parents. You can contact Robin at rdriveradvocacy@gmail.comCrystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal Sanford is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to work with Crystal? Here's how: Monthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register here.1-1 with Crystal: Schedule a strategic IEP Action Planning meeting with Crystal. Bring your top 1-2 IEP concerns and leave with a comprehensive plan for your success! Mention "TSF show" and receive the special guest rate of only $67. Click here.IEP Advocacy: Crystal can serve as your personal powerhouse as an advocate in your IEP meetings. Learn more by clicking here.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Does your child with special needs have health issues? Have you ever considered naturopathic care or alternative medicine? Join us to learn more in an insightful conversation with Dr. Laura.Dr. Laura MiramontesDr. Laura is the Naturopathic Doctor and Ayurvedic practitioner at Pacific Integrative Pediatric Health (https://www.mypiph.com). She is passionate about making healthy habits easy to implement in our daily lives.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal Sanford is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to work with Crystal? Here's how: Monthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register here. 1-1 with Crystal: Schedule a strategic IEP Action Planning meeting with Crystal. Bring your top 1-2 IEP concerns and leave with a comprehensive plan for your success! Mention "TSF show" and receive the special guest rate of only $67. Click here.IEP Advocacy: Crystal can serve as your personal powerhouse as an advocate in your IEP meetings. Learn more by clicking here.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
If your child has special needs, then at some point they have had or will have a psychoeducational evaluation. Do you know what to expect? How can these evaluation results impact your child's IEP or learning plan? Join us to learn more in a conversation with our special guest, Dr. Rada West (https://westneurobehavioral.com/). Dr. Rada West is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with formal training in clinical neuropsychology. She specializes in developmental, neuropsychological, psychological and independent psychoeducational evaluations from infancy through young adults. Dr. West is passionate about working with children and families to ensure they meet their greatest potential.  As part of her great work, she founded West Neurobehavioral Services in 2018 to collaborate with families and professionals in ensuring that each person gets the highest quality and continuity of care.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal Sanford is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to work with Crystal? Here's how: Monthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/crystal-clear-iep.html. 1-1 with Crystal: Schedule a strategic IEP Action Planning meeting with Crystal. Bring your top 1-2 IEP concerns and leave with a comprehensive plan for your success! Mention "TSF show" and receive the special guest rate of only $67: https://sanfordautismconsulting.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=8196569. IEP Advocacy: Crystal can serve as your personal powerhouse as an advocate in your IEP meetings. Learn more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/autism-advocacy-support.html.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Join us to learn easy ways to foster your child's independence. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), are tasks performed by an individual on a daily basis that are essential to independent living. Children with special needs CAN develop these skills...and we as parents and caregivers can help. Learn more from our special guest April Tribe Giauque (https://www.apriltribegiauque.com/), fellow special needs mom, author, speaker, and former teacher. Takeaways: Cooking, grocery shopping, and doing laundry together can be great ways to teach a variety of skills including problem solving, fine motor skills, compromise, money math skills, and more!April Tribe GiauqueIn a nutshell, April is a ghostwriter, editor, amplifying speaker, and podcaster. She is a victor of domestic violence, and she walks a healing journey. April brings the stories of others to light through her coaching, editing, and writing for income, impact, and influence as the result. As a keynote speaker, April addresses parents' educational needs, autism, deafness, inclusion, social-emotional Learning, domestic violence supports, writer's needs, and so much more. Sprinkle in nine children, five with special needs (deaf and autism), an amazing husband, and a teacher, and you’ve got the picture. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal Sanford is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to work with Crystal? Here's how: Monthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/crystal-clear-iep.html. 1-1 with Crystal: Schedule a strategic IEP Action Planning meeting with Crystal. Bring your top 1-2 IEP concerns and leave with a comprehensive plan for your success! Mention "TSF show" and receive the special guest rate of only $67: https://sanfordautismconsulting.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=8196569. IEP Advocacy: Crystal can serve as your personal powerhouse as an advocate in your IEP meetings. Learn more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/autism-advocacy-support.html.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
When a child turns 18, their educational and other rights are shifted to them. What should parents of children with special needs know to prepare for this time? Learn more from our guest, attorney Thomas Murray, Esq. (https://murraylawsd.com/) as he sheds light on this important transition topic. Bring your questions families and leave empowered!Thomas Murray, Esq.Thomas Murray was born in New York City. He grew up in New Jersey until moving to San Diego after his first year of college stalled out. After some life experiences, he continued college and then finished paralegal school and then Law School.After working in a few law offices during and after law school, Thomas created his business, Murray Law, in the image of how he likes things done. If you are upfront with people and treat them fairly, they will tell their friends about you. With that business model, it has not been necessary to advertise, as there are plenty of people that need help.  Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal Sanford is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to work with Crystal? Here's how: Monthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/crystal-clear-iep.html. 1-1 with Crystal: Schedule a strategic IEP Action Planning meeting with Crystal. Bring your top 1-2 IEP concerns and leave with a comprehensive plan for your success! Mention "TSF show" and receive the special guest rate of only $67: https://sanfordautismconsulting.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=8196569. IEP Advocacy: Crystal can serve as your personal powerhouse as an advocate in your IEP meetings. Learn more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/autism-advocacy-support.html.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Sometimes as parents we may disagree with our school's IEP evaluation for our child with unique needs. What can we do? Requesting an IEE (Independent Educational Evaluation) is an option. Join us with our guest, special education attorney Matthew Storey, Esq., as he helps to "unmask" IEEs for special needs families. Know your rights and help your child access the education they deserve! Matthew Storey is a special education and civil rights attorney, and owner of the Law Office of Matthew Storey, APC (https://calsped.com/). His practice focuses on representing children with disabilities and their access to education. Matt has represented clients in administrative hearings, the United States District Court, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. After serving in the United States Air Force, he received a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California at San Diego and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for your child's special education, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to work with Crystal? Here's how:Monthly Conference: California Regional Center families can attend our Crystal Clear IEP Conference, offered monthly on Saturdays. Typically there is no cost to families. Please contact your service coordinator to confirm and register: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/crystal-clear-iep.html.1-1 with Crystal: Schedule a strategic IEP Action Planning meeting with Crystal. Bring your top 1-2 IEP concerns and leave with a comprehensive plan for your success! Mention "TSF show" and receive the special guest rate of only $67: https://sanfordautismconsulting.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=8196569.IEP Advocacy:Crystal can serve as your personal powerhouse as an advocate in your IEP meetings. Learn more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/autism-advocacy-support.html.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Wondering what happens when a child with an IEP leaves high school? When should you begin to prepare? It may be earlier than you think...Join us in a lively conversation with adult transition expert, Angela West Brown (https://www.angelawestbrown.com).Angela West-Brown ("Angie B") is an Individualized Education Program Transition Coach, Consultant, Author, special needs sibling, wife, mother of four and an Educational Empowerment Speaker. Her passion for America’s intellectually disabled youth is driven by first-hand experience covered in her book, "Lost and Found" of what happens when effective adult transition planning before high school graduation is not set in place. Lost and Found was written to provide resources, tools and support to help families advocate for their loved ones with special needs, while supporting the entire family in the process. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com. Want to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Does your child with special needs struggle with health issues, attention challenges, etc.? Could osteopathy be a safe and powerful alternative?There are options special families...and there is hope! Learn about osteopathy for kids from our special guest, Dr. Roeshan Shadravan, OMP (Pacific Integrative Pediatric Health).Roeshan Shadravan, OMP PhD“I truly do believe that by design we are resilient, self-healing beings. We just sometimes simply need a little guidance back onto the path of innate healing. Manual osteopathic practices do just that, resolving the micro-traumas to allow the body to rediscover its natural freedom to move without pain while restoring proper function and joy in your body and life.”I have devoted the past 20 years to continue enriching my practice. I approach the body from a traditional osteopathic non-invasive hands-on perspective.  I have been studying and traveling globally to train and mentor world-renowned osteopaths, movement and manual medicine specialists, fascia researchers, and naturopaths.  We will work together to restore balance and improve your overall quality of life by using a full spectrum of osteopathic techniques to address the root cause of disharmony within the body, brain, and nervous system. We can work to improve posture, pain, performance, cognitive function and development, digestion, and sleep. In a nutshell, I am an integrative osteopathic manual medicine practitioner. I hold a doctorate in osteopathy and naprapathic medicine, a Ph.D. in Osteopathic Clinical Studies, and an MSc in athletic therapy. I look forward to meeting and working with you and your families!Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Some children with special needs may benefit from medicine as part of the plan to support their mood, sleep, behavior, etc.Learn more from our special guest, Dr. Aneita High, dually certified pediatric and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Aneita High Is board certified psychiatrist in child and adult psychiatry.  She completed her BS in psychology at Yale university then receiver her medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her adult residency and child fellowship at UCSD. Her passion for working with at risk youth and vulnerable populations has resulted in 20 years’ worth of experience in correctional psychiatry, adult and child residential care, day treatment, inpatient psychiatry and school-based and community-based clinics.  She started going on mission trips as a teenager and has been on over 20 service trips with faith based and other non-profit organizations. This focus on global citizenship prompted her to complete a master’s in public health at George Washington University with a focus on global mental health.  In addition to practicing psychiatry, Dr. High spends part of her time in Kenya serving along side her husband in Teule Kenya, a registered NGO that serves orphaned and vulnerable children.  Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPIs the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Autism is now one of the most prevalent diagnosis for children in the US. But, what about 20 years ago, before "Autism was a thing"? Join us to learn about one man's extraordinary journey with Autism.J.R Reed Is a late-diagnosed autism and neurodiversity self-advocate with Asperger's. He was out of high school for a decade before autism began being diagnosed in children, and, as he likes to say, he, "Grew Up Without a Spectrum To Be On." Now, J.R. advocates for others with autism and developmental disabilities along with his service dog and faithful companion, Tye.J.R. Reed  preaches Neurodiversity and does it all from a log cabin in the Missouri Ozarks.  J.R. blogs, speaks, and writes on a wide variety of topics affecting adults with developmental disabilities.  He’s spoken to groups, companies and at the Missouri State Capitol.  You can find out more about J.R., see some of his writing, and what he has in the works at NotWeirdJustAutistic.com.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP Is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Does your child with special needs have a significantly limited diet? Does your child refuse to eat foods that have color? Do they struggle with constipation? Need help?Learn tips from our guest, Autism expert and board certified dietitian, Brittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD, CLT (https://www.autismdietitian.com/). Brittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD, CLTBrittyn Coleman is a Registered Dietitian based in San Francisco, CA specializingin biomedical nutrition and functional medicine for children with ASD, ADHD, andother neurodevelopmental disorders through her private practice, AutismDietitian. She helps parents across the US take the guesswork out of special diets,supplement recommendations, and lifestyle changes to feel their best, andtherefore, do their best, and be their best.Her approach is focused on addressing the root cause, not just treating thesymptoms. She uses biomedical labs to make recommendations based on results,not suspicions. She is a sibling of an individual with autism and is dedicated tohelping parents all over the world lay the groundwork for proper nutrition fortheir children all across the Spectrum. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLPThe owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Sometimes as parents we find ourselves in disagreement with our child's IEP Team. What are our options? One option is filing a due process complaint.Join us with our guest Thomas S. Nelson, Esq. (The Special Education Advocacy & Law Firm of Thomas S. Nelson) as he helps to "unmask" due process for special needs families.Know your rights and help your child access the education they deserve. Thomas NelsonAs a practicing attorney for more than 35 years. Mr. Nelson has had the privilege of representing countless children with varying educational needs. He is a two-time recipient of the Wiley Manuel award for his cost-free representation of foster children with special needs.Mr. Nelson is also an active collaborator in the special needs community, and has presented live workshops for advocates and community parent groups such as CHADD, Autism Society, TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), Learning Disabilities Association, Epilepsy Foundation, Spina Bifuda foundation, Down Syndrome Society, Dyslexia Association, San Diego Foster Family Association, Walden Family Services, and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Association, among others.In the summer 2021, Mr. Nelson will launch his special education rights training website, IEP Solution ( https://www.specialedlaw.us/ ) , whereby he will continue his tradition of helping the special needs community through advocacy training for advocates, parents, professionals and educators.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP The owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Want to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered, https://www.sdautismhelp.com/contact.htmlSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
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