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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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Is your child with an IEP struggling in public school? Do you wish there was another alternative for their education? Maybe there is...Learn more about non-public school options for children with unique needs. Our special guest will be Lauren Donatelli, licensed Educational Psychologist.Lauren DonatelliLauren is a licensed educational psychologist, providing services of assessment, intervention, and consultation in a private practice setting. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Oregon, at which time she had the opportunity to serve children and their families as a child victim advocate. During her graduate training at San Diego State University, Lauren participated in two grants: one focusing on professionals collaborating to better assist children with autism, and another focusing on serving native youth. Following the completion of her graduate program, where she earned her Masters of Arts in Education, and Education Specialist Degree, Lauren worked as a school psychologist for 5 years. During her last years working in schools, Lauren had the role of assessing the students in the district who were being served in non-public school settings. After starting a family of her own, Lauren decided to begin transitioning into a private practice setting, where she continues to provide services to children today. In the last year she began her own practice in Pacific Beach, serving children from all backgrounds in San Diego and the surrounding areas. Lauren is committed to completing assessments that consider the whole child, and in helping families to feel heard, and supported along the way (https://LDonatelli-LEP.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 assistanceand help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more:https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resourcesWant to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Has stress and anxiety got you down? What will happen to my child this school year...will the IEP team ever listen to my concerns??? These are the thoughts of many parents/caregivers just like you. Learn how to dissolve your worries and stress with our guest Katie Nall, Ph.D. Katie Nall, Ph.DDr Nall is a Florida mathematician, a TEDx speaker, a professional member of National Speakers Association, and an Accredited Master Trainer and Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as EFT or Tapping. Dr. Nall shows how to dissolve WAFFLES – worries, anxiety, fear, frustration, lethargy, exhaustion, and STRESS! As a mother of three grown children, she experienced one child with chronic illness on 27 different medications – and gave over the medications to her child with an unsettling ending. In in a long-term institution of marriage, she has maintained her miserable skills in housekeeping and cooking with no desire for rehabilitation, and yet he stays (https://www.nalledgeco.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 parentempowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystalspecializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other uniquechallenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistanceand help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal atinfo@sdautismhelp.com.Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more:https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resourcesWant to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Getempowered!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Superhero Siblings

Superhero Siblings

2021-09-0828:21

Your family is diverse. Maybe you have a child with unique needs as well as "neurotypical" kiddos. How do you maintain balance in your parenting?Learn tips from a superhero sibling! Karishma Bali is a consultant, author, and successful entrepreneur (https://pulseathleticapparel.com). But, most importantly she shares her insight as a typical sibling of a sister with unique needs.Karishma BaliKarishma was born and raised in Chicago, IL USA. Karishma has lived inEurope and Asia for her studies, has completed several startup internshipsnationally and internationally, has consulted, developed and led many research projects, been a professor of entrepreneurship and is a published author in her series on academic strategy. Karishma is bilingual, completed her undergraduate studies from Loyola University Chicago, a tri-city Master’s in Global Entrepreneurship from the University of San Francisco , Master’s in Biology/Medical Physiology from Case Western Reserve University and is currently a consultant, the founder of Pulse Athletic Apparel, an athletic apparel company and co-founder of Onedrus, a company commercializing an air filtration technology developed by NASA.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.Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more:https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resourcesWant to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get Empowered!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
You are your child's best advocate parents/caregivers. Learn more about how to support them in their mental health care at school.Dena TibsheranyDena is the host of the Empower 2 Heal Podcast and founder of One World Empowered (Empower2heal.com) . She is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker with 10 years of experience in the mental health field, working specifically with children with complex mental health diagnoses. Dena not only provided direct care to children and their families but also trained and lead hundreds of employees and lead/developed multiple programs in doing the same. Since leaving the mental health system, she spends her time empowering people on their own healing journeys through podcasting, leading interactive courses and coaching for parents of children with unique needs and mothers in their postpartum journey. Her passion in this field is to honor each individual person’s journey and story while providing education, insight, and inspiration for them to harness their power within and experience the joy and happiness they desire in life.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.Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resourcesWant to work with Crystal? Here's how: Get started by scheduling your 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal: Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
When our kiddos hurt, we hurt. Learn more about the secondary trauma experienced by some parents/caregivers of children with unique needs.Michael F. Barnes, Ph.D., MAC, LAC, LPCDr. Michael Barnes is a Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He serves as the Chief Clinical Officer at the Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Dr. Barnes has developed trauma integrated clinical models for the treatment of individuals with co-occurring addiction and trauma and he speaks nationally on Families, Trauma, and Addiction, Trauma Integrated Addiction Treatment, and Compassion Fatigue. https://www.drmikebarnes.com/familiestraumaaddictionCrystal 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 parentempowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystalspecializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other uniquechallenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal atinfo@sdautismhelp.com.Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more:https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resourcesWant to work with Crystal? Here's how:Want to schedule a 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal? Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Did you know that 1% of the world is identified with autism? Did you know that 1 in 54 children in the U.S. will be identified with autism by age 8? Let’s share and learn about autism with our host Crystal Sanford, autism mom, Speech Pathologist, and Special Education Advocate. 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.Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resourcesWant to work with Crystal? Here's how: Get started by scheduling your 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal: Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Caregivers need care, too. Learn how to refocus and refuel with our special guest, Sabrina Thomas. Sabrina Thomas Sabrina is an empowerment coach, author, special needs mom, and advocate who loves her work with families. She has become a strong voice in her field and will provide many helpful tips for prioritizing yourself along your parenting journey. Hoping to broaden the scope of her work and in line with her vision--she has started an empowerment community called “Girl Don't Count Yourself Out”.This inclusive community of mothers, businesswomen, entrepreneurs--and more--was built around the hope of providing an opportunity to empower, support and uplift every woman. https://www.sabrinatspeaks.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.Need help parents/caregivers? Access our free IEP guide and much more: https://www.sdautismhelp.com/resourcesWant to work with Crystal? Here's how: Get started by scheduling your 20-minute FREE consultation with Crystal: Get empowered! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Autism and TSC

Autism and TSC

2021-08-1025:53

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disease that causes tumors to form across the entire body. As the leading genetic cause of autism and epilepsy, TSC impacts 1 million people nationwide. But, in addition to the lasting health problems the complex creates, what's most troubling is the lack of understanding of the disease ... and its relation to autism.Join us to learn more from the TSC Alliance CEO, Kari Rosbeck and the Alliance's Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Steve Roberds. https://www.tscalliance.org/ Kari Luther Rosbeck, President & Chief Executive OfficerKari joined the TSC Alliance in June 2001 and became President and CEO in November 2007. She is responsible for the overall management and administration of the organization. This includes strategic planning, implementation of organizational strategies and evaluation of results, in conjunction with the board of directors, to ensure the organization meets its mission to find a cure for tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) while improving the lives of those affected. During Kari’s tenure as President and CEO, the TSC Alliance established a comprehensive research program fostering collaboration with industry and academia to move treatments for TSC forward in a more expedited way. Steven L. Roberds, PhD Chief Scientific OfficerSteve joined the TSC Alliance staff in 2011 as Chief Scientific Officer. In this role, Steve leads the development and execution of the TSC Alliance’s research strategy through partnerships and conversations with all stakeholders, including individuals and families affected by TSC, basic and clinical researchers in academia and industry, healthcare providers, government agencies involved in medical research, and other non-profit organizations. Steve led the implementation of the 2012 TSC Clinical Consensus Conference and an update to the consensus guidelines in 2021.  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)
Is your child with unique needs entering middle school this year? Are you concerned about their ability to navigate this transition? Get the help you need with our expert, ADHD Specialist and Coach, Dr. Cindi Britton.Dr. Cindi BrittonPersonal Coaching is her second career. Her first career, of over 38 years, was in K-8 public education serving as a School Principal and Teacher.  Throughout her career she served as a “coach” to parents, teachers and students. She has met the challenge of raising a son with ADHD, and participating in numerous parent/teacher conferences in various roles - parent, teacher and principal. Feel free to contact Dr Britton at:Website: http://coachbrittonadhd.comEmail: cindi@coachbrittonadhd.comCrystal 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)
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

2021-07-2314:24

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)
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