Archive for September, 2016

C4P 17: I Believe

Show Notes for Podcast 17 “I Believe”

Bible Passages: Matthew 6:33, Matthew 6:25-34, Nehemiah 2:4


Do you know God? Do you believe the Bible as His Word to us for life? And yet, do you struggle with UNBELIEVING moments as you raise your child who has some challenges? Join us for some encouragement and practical steps to help your focus stay on the Truth.


We’d love to have you join us as we discuss:

The Instruction Manual

Trusting the work of the Holy Spirit within you

Surrounding yourself with people who seek God

Doing something to make someone else’s world a little brighter

Looking for the silver linings


Tip for the Week – 3 Tips to Help Your Child Develop Social Skills

Understand the pieces of a strong developmental foundation

Understand the components of good relationships

Develop a plan to build these in your child


Resources to help with Social Skills: (parent coaching)


Sandbox Learning


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C4P 16: Power of Words


Bible Passages: Psalm 19:14, Proverbs 10:19

Power of Words

Do you remember the old adage:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”

I grew up with: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

I think we all agree that we have felt the very painful sting of names and/or words. As parents, we want to consider our words and attitudes and how our children are affected by them.  Can you remember when someone said something to you that just crushed your spirit? It stayed with you a long time, didn’t it? Sometimes we forget those painful moments for a time and then something happens to bring them to the forefront again. Often the memories come complete with the feelings we felt as well. Of course, we would like to never be reactive or unkind or negative in our words to our children. The reality is that we will fail. Join us as we discuss the struggle and offer some suggestions.

Tip for the Week – Sharpening Your Child’s Brain Foundation

When our first three children were born, we cared about their development, just like any concerned parent. However, we really didn’t begin to have a passion to understand how we could facilitate good brain development for all of them until our Amy was born with a syndrome that carried with it multiple disabilities. The journey of the last 20 years has taught us much about stimulating the brain to create a strong foundation and then to build upon that foundation. One of the most foundational child development steps that you want to make sure is strong, is cross patterning.

We will cover these points:

· What is cross patterning?

· Why do I care?

· How can I tell if this child development step is strong?

· What can I do if it is not?

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C4P 15: Morning Sickness

Bible Passages: Mark 1:35, Lamentations 3:22 & 23

Morning Sickness

It has been a long time since Julie has experienced morning sickness. However, she does remember it well. Some would say that her version was pretty mild and listening to the war stories of other moms, she would have to agree. Any form of morning sickness, however, can render it difficult to focus on the other things of life such as caring for other children, holding down a job, cooking meals, and doing just about anything – especially if it has any kind of odors associated with it or requires stamina and focus.

-And…what works for one mom doesn’t even touch the problem for another.

Join us for today’s podcast to get tried and true help for morning sickness from real-life moms who have been there and done that. The symptoms for these moms ranged from mild to pretty severe.

Tip for the Week – Clothing Dilemma – Four Solutions!

Our children who have sensory concerns struggle sometimes with wearing certain clothes. Some of them struggle with wearing any clothes. Some of them will only wear one dress – or one kind of pants – or one kind of shirt. Some have a great deal of difficulty with wearing socks and shoes.

This can be very challenging for parents.

We have some solutions for you!

· Scratchy Glove

· Fabric Rub

· Mindset

· Timer-Clothes Game

Tune in to get the details!

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Resources and Links:


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C4P 14: Development Rut Buster

Sometimes our children get stuck as they are developing. This “stuckness” can be attributed to many things. Today we are going to share an early development that often gets stopped or hindered along the way which can cause children to struggle with school, relationships, frustration levels, distractibility and much more. The good news is there are things you can do about it. Knowledge is power and we want you to be empowered with knowing about this potential cause for hiccups.

Bible Passages: Psalm 139:1-4, 13-18

Development Rut Buster

Today tune in for information about a developmental step that often gets stuck. We will talk about primitive reflexes and about them being integrated or retained.

Does your child have any one of these concerns?



Respiratory infections

Muscle tone

Difficulty accepting criticism

Mood swings

Low self-esteem


If you answered yes to any of these concerns, it is possible that your child has retained primitive reflexes.

What are Primitive Reflexes? Here are some:



ATNR or Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex

Spinal Galant

Tonic Labyrinthine,

Symmetrical Tonic

These could be symptoms of retained reflexes.


Learning issues

Awkward Social Skills

Speech difficulties

Sensory integration struggles

Walking gait concerns

Poor handwriting


Bowel problems

Poor memory

Emotional struggles,

One of our favorite resources: Reflexes, Learning and Behavior: A Window into the Child's Mind by Sally Goddard.

Find all this and more on this week’s Podcast.

Tip for the Week – Potty Training for typically developing kids as well as those with developmental challenges.

We share some great information from an article from the Mayo clinic and talk about adapting these ideas for typical children as well as children who have challenges.

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C4P 13: Boost Maturity

Do you feel like your child has gotten stuck? There are many ways that you can help your child develop and mature. Today we are going to give you a developmental tool that has been instrumental in equipping many parents to help their children to new maturity.

Show Notes:

Bible Passages: Genesis 22:1-14, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 24, 2 Peter 1:3

Boost Maturity

Today tune in for a great tool to increase maturity and jump start stuck development and also enhance good development. We will talk about how to increase sequential processing.

Benefits in increasing auditory and visual sequential processing:

·         maturity and social skills

·         behavior improves

·         frustration levels decrease

·         a child becomes more focused and less distracted

·         they are able to following directions better

·         relationships with peers, sibs, parents, other adults al improve

·         helps with concepts: beginnin –middle–end, first-second-third

·         aids in putting the pieces together for phonics

·         improves spelling ability

·         helps with reading comprehension

·         gives a child more ability to do multi-steps needed in math

Find all this and more on this week’s Podcast.

Tip for the Week – Silence the Mind Clutter

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