Language During Mealtime
Interview with Stephanie Sorkin, children’s book author and allergy advocate

Interview with Stephanie Sorkin, children’s book author and allergy advocate

August 19, 2019

Stephanie Sorkin is the award-winning author of Nutley, the Nut-free Squirrel, Chocolate Shoes with Licorice Laces and Frenemy Jane, the Sometimes Friend. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Stephanie Sorkin donates a portion of her books proceeds to various charities supporting children.

Stephanie Sorkin has appeared in the New York Times Style Section and written numerous articles for national publications.

As a food allergy advocate, she spends her time visiting schools in the tri-state area, discussing the inspiration behind her books and the importance of creativity.  For more information or to inquire about a school visit, please visit www.stephaniesorkin.com 

You can find her on social media @stephsorkin

Interview with SLP-Author Kari Radovich

Interview with SLP-Author Kari Radovich

August 12, 2019

Kari Radovich is an SLP-author who creates resources for preschool SLPs who crave creativity, but struggle with finding the time to plan and prep materials for group therapy.  She has been an SLP since 2011, blogging since 2013, and has been featured in the ASHA Leader.  Through Instagram and her website, rockchalkspeechtalk.com, Kari regularly serves nearly 5,000 SLPs with easy and practical therapy ideas utilizing books, toys, and low/no prep printable materials.

Check out my post here to learn more about Kari and enter the giveaway!

Interview with Ronda M. Wojcicki, author of Speech Class Rules

Interview with Ronda M. Wojcicki, author of Speech Class Rules

July 29, 2019

Today I will be interviewing Ronda Wojcicki, speech language pathologist and children’s book author of Speech Class Rules.

 

Speech Class Rules was created with the vision of educating everyone about speech therapy. This book can be used to introduce the concept of therapy to children recently diagnosed, and provide a story and characters that children already in speech can relate to. It can also help parents, educators, and children understand what speech and language disorders are all about.

 

This story lends insight into the semantic, syntactic, phonological, pragmatic, fluency and voice disorders that affect approximately 10% of all children in the United States.

 

Check out my review here! 

 

Interview with Lori Orlinsky, author of being small (Isn’t So Bad After All)

Interview with Lori Orlinsky, author of being small (Isn’t So Bad After All)

July 23, 2019

Today I will be interviewing Lori Orlinsky, author of the book Being Small (Isn’t So Bad at All). She is a writer, member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, marketing director, and mom who lives in Chicago. She was inspired to tell this story after her own real life experiences raising two little ladies.

 Being Small is a picture book about a little girl who is scared to go to school because she's the shortest kid in the class. She talks about all of the reasons that being short is a challenge, but her mother presents to her funny and unique advantages that only she has because of her height, instilling self-confidence in her. 

Don't miss my review here! 

Interview with Jennifer Beland, Author of Buster the Delicate Poodle

Interview with Jennifer Beland, Author of Buster the Delicate Poodle

July 15, 2019

Author and educator, Jennifer Beland has 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator of children with disabilities and within the mental health field. She holds a Masters of Education from Cambridge College and a B.S. in Psychology from Bridgewater State College. She has worked in both a school setting with students with disabilities, as well as within a private hospital setting.  She has also served as Fellow to the College of Education Teacher Preparation Advisory Board at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. 

Buster, the Delicate Doodle is the first of a picture book series to be used by counselors, parents, and teachers within a whole-classroom setting grades 2-5. Additional lessons are designed to integrate social emotional learning with Common Core ELA reading and writing standards.

 On her website, Jennifer has links to articles and also tips on self-awareness, recognizing strengths and identifying emotions.

Visit her website at selwithbuster.com/

Interview with Susan Love, Author of Ms. Love’s Mystical Island Adventure

Interview with Susan Love, Author of Ms. Love’s Mystical Island Adventure

July 8, 2019

Today I will be interviewing Susan Love, Philadelphia teacher, and children's book author. When Susan Love was new to teaching, she was a little depressed by her classroom. The kids were uninspired, and the parents seemed uninterested. She was sure the year would be a failure. When she took a trip to the Caribbean it helped guide her to feel refreshed and helped her decide to turn the classroom into an "Island of Learning". This encouraged her students, many of whom had island backgrounds, to write stories.

To her surprise, the children wrote island stories about her and suddenly she decided to create her own Ms. Love island story incorporating the kid’s creative ideas and wanted to share it with the rest of the world.In her book, Ms. Love's Mystical Island Adventure; Sabrina, Arthur, and Lucy find themselves on a secluded island, where the solve mysteries to save a magical orchid that shields the Earth, repairing its ozone layer. As a hurricane approaches, it threatens to destroy the bloom. The children and Ms. Love race against time to discover clues to find and fix a sacred crystal, the islands power source.

Interview with Nicole Panteleakos

Interview with Nicole Panteleakos

June 26, 2019

Today I will be interviewing Nicole Panteleakos. Nicole Panteleakos is an author, playwright, and actor. Her debut novel PLANET EARTH IS BLUE was released on May 14, 2019, with a second middle grade novel to follow in 2020. 

 Outside of writing, Nicole is a Lifetime Member of the VFW Auxiliary and National Home for Children, a godmother of several, and on the Board at her favorite community theatre. 

 I am excited to be interviewing Nicole about her debut middle novel, Planet Earth is Blue.

It’s January 1986, and Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger--it's the first time a teacher is going into space, and kids across America will watch the event on live TV in their classrooms. Nova and her big sister, Bridget, share a love of astronomy and the space program. They planned to watch the launch together. But Bridget has disappeared, and Nova is in a new foster home.

While foster families and teachers dismiss Nova as being severely autistic and nonverbal, Bridget understands how intelligent and special Nova is. As the liftoff draws closer, Nova's new foster family and teachers begin to see her potential, and for the first time, she is making friends without Bridget. But every day, she's counting down to the launch, and to the moment when she'll see Bridget again.

To learn more about Nicole, visit her website at nicolepanteleakos.com.

Check out my review here! 

 

Interview with Nina G. Author of Once Upon An Accommodation and Stutterer Uninterrupted

Interview with Nina G. Author of Once Upon An Accommodation and Stutterer Uninterrupted

June 21, 2019

Today I will be interview Nina G, who is a comedian, professional speaker, storyteller, writer and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand disability culture, access and empowerment.

Nina G. was the only woman who stuttered in the stand-up comedy world when she started nine years ago. She co-produced the Comedians with Disabilities Act, a national touring comedy show featuring exclusively comedians with disabilities. She also produced the first compilation album to feature Disabled Comedy Only. Nina’s brand of comedy reflects the experiences of many with disabilities. She tours the country as a conference keynote speaker including at a TEDx talk at San Jose State University. She has a doctorate in psychology and teaches at a Bay Area Community College. She also author of the book, Once Upon an Accommodation.

 For more information, visit her website at ninagcomedian.com.

Interview with Julie Hornok Author of United in Autism Finding Strength within the Spectrum

Interview with Julie Hornok Author of United in Autism Finding Strength within the Spectrum

June 10, 2019

Julie Hornok is not just the author of this book, she is also the parent of a child with Autism. She is an Autism Advocate that has dedicated her life to helping others. When her daughter, Lizzie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Julie Hornok jumped into researching and implementing a thirty-hours-a-week home therapy program.  A few years later, as her daughter made good progress, Julie went through her videos and began a video blog (www.LizzieHornok.Blogspot.com) showing Lizzie’s progress to encourage others.

As a result of the video blog, Julie became the go-to mom for helping parents with a new autism diagnosis and was honored to accept a position on the board of the National Autism Association of North Texas. She was also asked to blog for AutismSpot. Blogging regularly enabled her to encourage and help thousands across the globe through humorous, heartfelt stories about Lizzie and videos showing the therapies she was using to help her daughter progress.

Through AutismSpot, Julie discovered her love for writing. She has published short stories in multiple Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and her work has also appeared in Scary MommyParenting Special Needs MagazineAutism Parenting MagazineThe MightyThat’s Inappropriate and many more. Her first book, United in Autism: Finding Strength Inside the Spectrum released in October 2018.

In this podcast, Julie discusses her own journey of her daughter's diagnosis with Autism and shares her experience of writing the book. Don't miss this special podcast! 

 For more information about Julie, visit her website at Juliehornok.com. 

Interview with Denise Barry, Author of Tooth Fairy, You Have Some Explaining To Do!

Interview with Denise Barry, Author of Tooth Fairy, You Have Some Explaining To Do!

June 3, 2019

Today I will be interviewing Denise Barry, an award winning children’s book author and inspirational writer. She is here to talk about her new book, Tooth Fairy, you have some explaining to do! Her other books include What does the Tooth Fairy Do with our teeth? And Soap on a Rope. She maintains a blog called Raisin’ Kids, for parents who wish to raise children who become adults, not adult children. For more on Denise Barry and her books, visit her website at denisebarry.net.