Episode #46: Financial Security for Your Special Needs Child

Show Notes:

Feeling overwhelmed by the costs of managing your child’s disability? Do you ever worry about how your child might have enough savings when they’re older? You’re not alone!

The NC ABLE program is making it easier for people with disabilities to achieve financial independence. Learn how your child can benefit from this awesome opportunity during this episode of the podcast. Kristen Merrick of the NC State Treasurer’s Office took a few minutes to chat with us during the NC State Fair Access ABILITY Day event a few months ago, and I wanted to share with you what I was able to learn about the NC ABLE program. It looks like it might be a great option for children with disabilities even if they don’t live in NC!

NC ABLE Website

National ABLE Alliance Website

IRS Webpage on ABLE programs

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Episode #45: Virtual Reality for Neurodiverse Children

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Join us as we learn more about how Virtual Reality rooms in schools can help children overcome challenges with social and emotional struggles. Ange Anderson has worked in the field of special education and used virtual reality with many children to help them overcome fears and help them feel more comfortable in everyday situations.

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Episode #44: Working With A Guide Dog

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Do you know what training is needed to get a guide dog? What’s the difference between a guide dog and a service dog, and how does a guide dog know where to go if their person is blind? Tonya and Ed McDaniel discuss these questions and many more as Ed shares his story of adopting Serina, his guide dog, and what he’s learned over the past year since he adopted her. Ed is a runner, and the guide dog school he worked with was able to accommodate his wish to find a dog who could run alongside him and allow him to continue his training schedule.

If you’re thinking about getting a guide dog for yourself or your older child, you’ll gain some insight into the process by hearing Ed’s story. Be sure to listen to the end for some advice he gives for those starting their journey to owning a guide dog!

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Episode #43: Children’s Books on Disability and Inclusion

Books on Disability and Inclusion

Show Notes:

This special collaboration of children’s literature authors features childrens books about disabilities and inclusion. This collection of books about disabilities for kids will be a great asset to any child’s personal library, but it is also a wonderful list of books to give to teachers for their classroom library.

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Books mentioned in this episode:

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Author: Alethea Allen

Alley: I Have Albinism – https://amzn.to/3gpZEnG

Author: Krystle Boateng

Bedtime, Sleep Time, Nighttime, Dream Time – https://bit.ly/accessiblebedtimestory

*** Krystle Boateng was featured in Episode #31:

Episode #31: Accessible Children’s Literature – Low Vision Books for Young Children

Author: Kristin Faith Evans & Josiah Evans

Beth’s Umbrella: Loving My Sister With Special Needs – https://disabilityparenting.com/ (FREE digital copy!)

Views From Our Shoes, by Donald Meyer – https://amzn.to/3u1F9Rx

*** Kristin Faith Evans was featured in Episodes #23 & #24:

Episode #23: Support for Caregivers of Special Needs Children

Episode #24: Successful School Breaks for Special Needs Kids

Author: Dr. Kristin Wegner

Brody the Lion: Sometimes I ROAR! – https://amzn.to/3TQv9Vr

Brody the Lion: I Can Do It, Yes I Can! – https://amzn.to/3tQeJSo

Brody the Lion: The Shopping Flip – https://amzn.to/3ES9YOQ

Brody the Lion Meets the Doc – https://amzn.to/3gpElTg

*** Dr. Wegner was featured in Episodes #16 & #17:

Episode #16: Autism Diagnosis & Intervention

Episode #17: Brody the Lion Books for Autistic Children and Sensory Kids

Author: Laura Caputo-Wickham

Fanny Crosby: The Girl Who Couldn’t See But Helped The World To Sing – https://amzn.to/3i3KPHF

Author: Gea Meijering

Hacking the Code: The Ziggety Zaggety Road of a Dyslexic Kid – https://amzn.to/3Eq1OLW

Author: Amanda Owen

Owen the Wonderer and the Great Park Adventure – https://piecesofme.org/owen-the-wonderer/

Owen the Wonderer and the New Kid in Class – https://piecesofme.org/owen-the-wonderer/

Author: Margaret O’Hair & Sofia Sanchez

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Episode #42: Advice for Someone Going Deaf

How does NF2 change your life?

Show Notes:

Peter Burton joins the podcast today to discuss how neurofibromatosis type 2 has changed his life. Peter openly shares his advice for someone going deaf as he talks about what happens when you go deaf. This honest conversation covers questions such as should you disclose you are deaf on a job applications, deaf accommodations at work, and what tools help the deaf communicate with the hearing.

Peter encourages listeners to try to communicate with those who are deaf by learning some simple signs to start the conversation and then shares his favorite app he uses, Live Transcribe. In fact, it was through this app that he and Tonya were first able to communicate when they met.

Contact Peter: Send email to info@waterprairie.com with “PETER” in the subject line, and we’ll forward it to him for you.

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Resources for the Deaf:

American Society for Deaf Children: https://deafchildren.org/

Information for Deaf College Students: https://bit.ly/DeafCollegeGuide

Items mentioned in this episode:

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Live Transcribe – app for smart phones (free for Andriod users)

https://amzn.to/3Grm9TP – Flashing Doorbell for the Deaf

https://amzn.to/3V5IV8L – Sonic Bomb Dual Extra Loud Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker

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https://amzn.to/3tIvgHZ – American Sign Language for Beginners book

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Episode #41: The Role of a Speech-Language Pathologist in Your Child’s Life

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Did you know your premature baby can communicate with you? How do you know if your toddler should be talking yet? Do only young children develop a stutter? Why would a speech-language pathologist work with an adult?

In this episode of the Water Prairie Chronicles, Tonya interviews Jackie Gradnigo, a Speech-Language Pathologist in Louisiana, about her job as an SLP and how she works with babies in the NICU across the ages to seniors living in a care facility. Jackie’s upbeat personality shines through as she shares about the work she loves as a speech specialist.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Jackie’s Facebook

Kenya’s podcast episode #33 on Childhood Narcolepsy

Ariel’s podcast episode #40 on Dyslexia

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Amazon Shopping Ideas for children with speech delays:

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Episode #40: Dyslexia Can’t Stop Me!

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Ariel was a 6th-grade student who began to show signs of struggling with her schoolwork. When her mother took her to be evaluated for learning differences, she was told her daughter would not be able to complete regular school graduation and to plan for her to follow an alternative educational path. In today’s episode of the Water Prairie Chronicles, Ariel tells her own story of how Dyslexia hasn’t stopped her from achieving her goals in life. When asked what she would tell the doctor she saw in sixth grade, she responded enthusiastically, “Look at me now!”

Listen in on Ariel’s story of how her mother made a huge impact on how she approached her learning challenges, how specific teachers left a positive impact on her life, and what she’s doing as an adult with dyslexia. You’ll be inspired by how this young woman faced the devastating diagnosis of her doctor with determination to believe the words her mother told her and not to let the negativity hold her back!

Links mentioned in this episode:

Ariel’s Instagram: @mermaid_capri

Kenya’s podcast episode #33 on Childhood Narcolepsy:

https://youtu.be/6gCdfh4N9ns

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Episode #39: 2022 GUIDE to the NC State Fair for Special Needs Families – Access ABILITY Day!

Show Notes:

The state fair is always a fun time no matter what state you live in, but for families with children with disabilities, it isn’t always an option. The NC State Fair has created a special day where they have created a more sensory-friendly environment for fairgoers called their Access ABILITY Day where they’ve modified some of the noise and lights as well as provided space for quieter activities.

This episode of the podcast is devoted to bringing you a guide to the NC State Fair for special needs families. We interviewed Heather Overton, the Assistant Director of Public Affairs at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Heather shares some inside tips on how to make the most of your visit to the NC State Fair including dates, times, parking, handicap parking, senior citizens discounts, food, activities, tickets, and much more!

We focused the second half of the interview on the NC Fair’s Access ABILITY Day for families with special needs children. Heather gives us all the details of what to expect, what time to arrive, and where you can go if you need to find a quiet spot for your child to calm down if they get too excited with all the activity. The modifications they are making in the sounds and lights will be appreciated by those who are able to attend during the Access ABILITY Day, and Heather told us about some of the special competitions that they have planned.

If you attend this year’s Access ABILITY Day, we’d love to hear about your visit! Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram account @water.prairie, and share your photos too! If you’re in another state, let us know if your state is offering more sensory-friendly options at the state fair this year, and we’ll see if we can feature more like this from around the US.

Links mentioned in this episode:

NC State Fair Website: https://www.ncstatefair.org

NC State Fair map:https://www.ncstatefair.org/2022/Visitor/documents/2022NCStateFairMap8.5×11.pdf

Daily Schedules: https://www.ncstatefair.org/2022/Visitor/documents/PrintableDailySchedule.pdf

Access ABILITY Day Guide:
https://www.ncstatefair.org/2022/Visitor/documents/NCSF22_accessABILITY_Programforweb.pdf
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Episode #38: Hearing Loss and Deafness in Children (Part 2)

Show Notes:

Parents of deaf and hard of hearing children have concerns about their children’s safety both when they are young and when they’re older. Cindy and Heather Phillips join us again in this episode to talk about life after high school. They both share advice for deaf students, parents of deaf children, and teachers who work with deaf students.

If you missed the first part of the interview, be sure to go back to Episode #36 () and learn about Heather’s diagnosis, the early years of parenting a deaf child, and how Heather navigated school challenges.

Be sure to check out some of the links below. I’ve included a great resource for parents and students who are looking at college or are already college students, and I’d like to thank Intelligent for providing us with the link to this resource for deaf students! There is also a link to an organization Cindy recommends for parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Contact Cindy and Heather through Facebook or send them an email at info@waterprairie.com, and I’ll forward it to them. Cindy’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cindy.brownphillips.7 Heather’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heather.phillips.35325

Resources for the Deaf: American Society for Deaf Children: https://deafchildren.org/ Information for Deaf College Students: https://bit.ly/DeafCollegeGuide

Alarm Clocks for Deaf and Hard of Hearing: * I am an Amazon Associate and may benefit if you use these links.

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Episode #37: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communication Tool

Show Notes:

If you’ve been following the podcast, you met Cindy and Heather Phillips in episode #36, and we’ll continue their interview in episode #38. If you’re new to the podcast, welcome!

I wanted to share a story about what happened after I interviewed Cindy and Heather. I don’t want to give away the rest of their story, but Heather shared something during the 2nd half of the interview that made me think more about how I communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing that I meet.

The day after the interview, I was at work and had a customer indicate to me that he was deaf. He had a question, and between us we were able to figure out the question and the answer by using hand gestures and facial expressions. I walked away knowing I had not been able to give him the same service as I could have given someone who could hear me.

During this short podcast episode, I explain how this combination of events has already helped others communicate, and I hope it inspires you to find ways to communicate with those whose path you cross.

The app I mentioned in the podcast is the LIVE TRANSCRIBE app and is only for Android phones.

Resources for the Deaf:

     American Society for Deaf Children: https://deafchildren.org/

     Information for Deaf College Students: https://bit.ly/DeafCollegeGuide

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