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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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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)
Does your child with special needs struggle with health issues? Or, have you considered making a change from a traditional pediatrician?There are options special families...and there is hope! Learn about pediatric integrative health care from our guests Dr. Bret and Dr. Renee (Pacific Integrative Pediatric Health).Dr. Bret Gerber MDI came to Integrative Medicine through a long-time commitment to listening and learning from the needs of my patients. I was first introduced to alternative and complementary medical treatments in my undergraduate work at the University of Michigan. I never forgot learning about chi, chakras, yin and yang energy, and meridians. I experienced forms of energy medicine and mind-body medicine first-hand that at the time were just starting to be studied by the scientific method. I continue to seek out these experiences, practice yoga and am mindful of my dosha and food sensitivities.Dr. Renee PhD, APRN, CPNPI have been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 40 years. I am married to a retired Navy Dentist and raised 2 children and have 5 grandchildren. My husband’s career gave me the opportunity to practice in 8 states and live 3 years in the Philippines where I studied the Faith Healers.  This ignited a lifelong passion to learn about the health care practices of other cultures and some of the many places we have traveled include China, Tibet, Singapore, Russia, South Korea, and India where I have lectured and learned. During these years of practice, I specialized in pediatric dermatology and infectious disease in pediatric primary care. I started 3 private practices including one with a midwife providing home births. I have spent the last 30 years practicing in San Diego while I added teaching, research, and academic administration to my experiences.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the president 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 families like her own impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about assistance in 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)
Need some inspiration as a special needs caregiver? Tired of feeling tired and overwhelmed? Join us in this episode of Thriving Special Families. Our topic will be "YOU Matter: Care For Caregivers (Part 3)".Kanika McDougallKanika is the mom of two teenage boys on the autism spectrum.  She has been working in the accounting field for 20 years and has a Bachelors of Science of Science in Management Science from UC San Diego.  Kanika received her masters degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in 2010.  Kanika has always enjoyed crafting.  As a young girl she learned how to crochet from her grandmother.  In 2019, Krafts by Kanika (@kraftsbykanika on IG, FB, etsy) was created to provide personalized gifts and cards to the community. Talena AdamsTalena is the mom of two kids, a girl and a younger son who is on the autism spectrum. Talena has been working for a large public accounting firm for the last 10 years in in the Audit, Resource Management field.  She has her MBA in Business Administration from University of Phoenix with an BS in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University.  Talena is also a dance mom  and very active with her daughter's dance studio.  She loves all things Cricut crafting from making t-shirts, cards and anything to brighten up someone's day.  Talena is in the process of starting her new business (T.E.A. Creations). In her free time, she enjoys running and getting outside with her family. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the president 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 families like her own impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about assistance in 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)
Caregivers need to prioritize themselves in order to better support their loved ones. Learn more from our guest Tim James, coach, speaker, author, and raw food chef. Tim sheds light on powerful tips, such as cleaning our air and bodies from toxins to promote better health for special needs caregivers. You won't want to miss this fun and inspiring episode. Tim JamesThe Health Hero (https://chemicalfreebody.com/podcast/​)Chemical Free Body (https://chemicalfreebody.com/who-we-are/​)After experiencing multiple health issues and the loss of family members and friends, Tim began his journey back to health. Later, after feeling charged with the duty to help others, he started sharing his knowledge with anyone who would listen. This also led Tim to produce his own chemical free food products. Tim's story will have you laughing, crying and gasping but most importantly he will give you the recipe to a longer, happier andhealthier life.Crystal SanfordCrystal 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 assistance in 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.html.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Navigating the preschool transition for children with unique needs can be confusing and overwhelming. Learn how to prepare as your child moves from IFSP (early intervention services) to IEP (public school district services). Our guest, special education attorney Seth Schwartz, Esq., shares several helpful tips including knowing relevant timelines and maintaining good documentation as you prepare for your child's first IEP meeting. Seth Schwartz, Esq. is the managing attorney at Brightside Law Group (https://brightsidelawgroup.com​). Brightside Law Group helps families with children of all abilities to navigate their special education rights and with limited conservatorships. Brightside Law Group's approach is to provide objective and experienced legal counsel, in a compassionate and understanding manner. Many families have never worked with an attorney before, and Brightside does our best to make the process as transparent and as easy as possible. 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 assistance in advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Join us for another episode of Thriving Special Families. In this episode, we discuss how to improve your child's learning by supporting their auditory (listening) skills. Our guest: Darren McCarthy from Learningears.com. Darren is a former classroom teacher and instructor at Moyers Learning Systems. He also co-authored the Listen and Repeat Lessons as well as the organization of the Learning Ears® delivery system. After spending 10 years working internationally in the field of auditory intervention and training Darren combined efforts with Karen Schuster, M.Ed he co-founded Sound Foundations for Learning. This learning center provided comprehensive services for children dealing with a host of learning challenges.Darren is the co-host for Sound Foundations for Parenting Podcast, the owner of Sound Foundations for Learning and the CEO of Learning Ears®, LLC. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (www.sdautismhelp.com). She offers IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes to fellow special needs families across the U.S. Crystal has a special passion for Autism families like her own.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Helping preschoolers with special needs to learn at home can be quite challenging. But, there is help and hope! Check out our recent discussion with Amy Salazar, BCBA as she shares ways to help your preschool learner thrive. Tips include starting with small tasks, imbedding learning into your existing routing, and rewarding with high-interest items. Amy Salazar, BCBAAmy is the Regional Director of Juvo (Autism and Behavioral Health Services). Amy has been with Juvo since 2014, providing services in East Contra Costa County before expanding services to San Diego. With her background in social services, Amy is passionate about increasing access to quality care to individuals from diverse backgrounds and using evidenced-based procedures to provide individualized care to each client. Amy holds her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, completed her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavior Analysis), and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the president and director of Sanford Autism Consulting, a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about assistance in advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Learn how to put the fun back into learning for our kiddos with unique needs. Learn from expert Pam Garrity of Triton Support Services as she shares tips for parents and caregivers. Tips include creating colorful visual schedules, building in break time, and piling on the compliments for your learner. ​Pam GarrityPam Garrity is the parent representative and community liaison for Triton Support Services. Her background ranges from being a special education teacher to being the program director and community liaison for an ABA company for many years. Pam feels that parents know their child the best and the entire family can benefit by giving parents tools to support the family. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the president and director of Sanford Autism Consulting, a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about assistance in advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com. ​Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
Is your teen struggling to engage in distance learning, hybrid learning, etc.? There is help and there is hope! Learn more from our special guest Kathleen Smith who brings over 25 years of experience supporting teens with IEPs in public schools. Kathleen's tips include reaching out to teachers and asking for 1-1 sessions as needed to better understand your child's assignments.Kathleen SmithKathleen Smith is a wife and mother who has raised seven children with her husband of 30 years.  She has worked in education for over 25 years as a paraprofessional, supporting children with IEPs of all ages. Kathleen is a huge advocate for a good parent/teacher relationship because she believes it is critical for the success of students. Kathleen is also a seamstress and enjoys home decorating. Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLPCrystal is the president and director of Sanford Autism Consulting, a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about assistance in advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at info@sdautismhelp.com. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/thrivingsf)
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