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Interview with Ann McCallum Staats, Author of Thrill Seekers 15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports

Interview with Ann McCallum Staats, Author of Thrill Seekers 15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports

February 22, 2021

Thill Seekers..15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports written by Ann McCallum Staats is a book full of adventure and fascinating stories!

For myself, the topic of extreme sports has always been very interesting for me to learn about. This collection of stories introduces readers to diverse and passionate women who are passionate about sports such as wingsuit flying, skateboarding, cave diving and race car driving. 

The book is organized into five sections which include Maximum Sky, Extreme Ocean, Radical Rides, Epic Ice and Snow and Adrenaline Earth. Within each story include a short biography of the featured person, facts about the specific sports and ways to learn more (e.g. social media accounts including youtube). 

This book is ideal for both home and the classroom. This non-fiction book is perfect for older elementary and middle grade students. I also think that older students and adults would love this book. 

Ann McCallum Staats didn't just learn about the sports, she also experienced them herself! She wanted to get a taste of what it's like be a sky diver like Melanie Curtis. Check out Ann below!

Interview with Ori Gutin, Author of The Butterfly Who Flew in the Rain

Interview with Ori Gutin, Author of The Butterfly Who Flew in the Rain

February 9, 2021

The Butterfly Who Flew in the Rain written by Ori Gutin and illustrated by Winny Kwong-Sito is a story about Cody, a little caterpillar who is born in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm. He feels sad and alone and wonders if he will ever find any happiness until one afternoon he starts to change! He becomes a butterfly, the sky becomes bright and warm and all of the animals in the forest come out. When a storm returns, Cody worries he will feel sad again. He then realizes that he doesn't have to feel that way because he can persevere and work through his feelings.

I really enjoyed this book because it talks about going through hardships and working through different feelings of isolation and sadness. Many children may go through these feelings throughout our pandemic with remote learning, lack of socialization, etc. What do we do when we feel like this? The author takes the reader through overcoming obstacles and working through difficult feelings.

To read more and learn about Ori and his book, click here.

Interview with Author and Psychologist, Dana Hall

Interview with Author and Psychologist, Dana Hall

February 1, 2021

Beyond Words

"Not being able to speak is not the same as having nothing to say" Dana Hall (Beyond Words)

Beyond Words written by Dana Hall and illustrated by Shruti Prabhu is a beautifully illustrated story that will take the reader on a journey that emphasizes the power of friendship, connection and imagination.  How do we get to know someone when they don't have verbal speech or limited verbal speech? This beautiful book about apraxia of speech can teach both children and adults that we can go "beyond words" to connect with children with complex communication needs.

I loved this book for so many reasons. As a speech language pathologist that works with children that have complex communication needs, I felt very connected with the story. My students have so much to communicate and it can be expressed in so many ways. The term "total communication" is what I refer to when we use all modalities to communicate (body language, facial expression, sign language, gestures, AAC device, etc.) For any parent that has a child diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, this book can be a powerful tool for both the home and school environment.

To read more and learn about Dana Hall and her valuable resources, click here.

Interview with co-authors of Four Paws, Two Feet, One Team, Connor Quinn and Mary Cortani

Interview with co-authors of Four Paws, Two Feet, One Team, Connor Quinn and Mary Cortani

January 25, 2021

Four Paws, Two Feet, One Team written by Connor Quinn and Mary Cortani and illustrated by Susan Szecsi is a picture book about a rescue puppy named Dakota that grows up to a service dog. After being found in a field, she is rescued by Mary Cortani, who runs an organization called Operation Freedom Paws. Dakota trains to be a service dog throughout the book and then gets matched with his forever person, a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Both Dakota and his owner learn from each other and provide support for each other through difficult situations. 

This picture book teaches the reader many important lessons. When reading this stop your child will learn about service dogs, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and celebrating the achievements of both veterans and their service dogs. Throughout the book, the reader learns the etiquette of how to approach a service dog, their uniform and much more. Additionally, Four Paws, Two Feet, contains valuable information about the types of service dogs, requirements of service dogs and what tasks a service dog provides for their owner.

To learn more about the authors and visit my website click here.

Interview with Author, Jamie Sumner

Interview with Author, Jamie Sumner

December 21, 2020

Roll With It

Roll With It is a middle grade novel about a strong character named Ellie. Ellie tells it like it is and surprises many people with her strong opinions and no nonsense attitude. Ellie has cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound, which makes people judge her right away as needing help and being judged as less independent. She has big dreams and craves independence and long lasting friendships. Where will she find this? 

When she moves with her mom to help take care of her grandpa, she finds discovers strength, independence and friendships. Roll With It is a story of friendship, strength, family relationships and working through challenges. It's also a story of learning about misconceptions and being less judgmental. Roll With It builds character and empathy with the reader. 

Tune It Out

Tune It Out is about a young girl named Lou, who has the voice of an angel. In the beginning of story, she lives with her mom and struggles with her sensory processing disorder and finances. After being moved to a new home with her aunt and uncle, Lou discovers things about herself and the importance of family and friendships. She deals with the discovery and treatment of her Sensory Processing Disorder and how to work through the challenges to be the best version of herself. This is a book that should be on all library shelves as well as home libraries! 

To learn more about Jamie and her books for parenting children with special needs, click here.

Interview with Holly Sharp, Author of Dream It and Do It, 100 Possibilities, Stories, Real-Life Role Models for Girls and Boys

Interview with Holly Sharp, Author of Dream It and Do It, 100 Possibilities, Stories, Real-Life Role Models for Girls and Boys

December 17, 2020

Are you looking to help your child learn about different careers? Check out this book, Dream It and Do It written by Holly Sharp that takes the reader through all types of careers. In the book include the following: Artistic Writers, Artistic Performers, Artistic Designers, Helpers: Service, Helpers: Medical, Helpers: Growth, Helpers: Nature, Lemonade Stand (Business), Product Developers and Discovers.

Holly Sharp is a new mom who realized that there weren’t enough career-focused books out there for her daughter. So she wrote Dream It & Do It, a collection of 100 short stories based on real people who have followed their dreams.

The book begins with a short introduction by Holly Sharp which explains the importance of each person making their mark in the world as well as the constant changes in technology. Her question to the reader is, "What will be your role in this change?"

I love this book because it has so many wonderful stories about different people who made the world a better place. Some of the people featured include; Maya Penn, Ocean Ramsey, Sal Khan and many others!

To learn more about the book and author, visit my website here.

Interview with SLP Team, Kristi and Becca from Communication Community

Interview with SLP Team, Kristi and Becca from Communication Community

November 23, 2020

About Kristi and Becca from Communication Community

Today I will be interviewing SLP (Speech Language Pathologists) Kristi and Becca from Communication Community (please disregard mistake in podcast introduction. Their website is communication community, not communications community)

I have worked with this SLP team on a guest post about AAC during Food Prep during cooking. Check out the post here!

Becca is currently living in Denver, Colorado. She works primarily with adults using AAC but has experience in schools and hospitals. Kristi lives in Florida and spends most of her professional time working for programs treating pediatric and young adult populations with autism.

To check out their website, click here.

To access free resources on their TPT store, click here.

To learn more about adapting books and access more free resources, visit my website here!

Interview with Leslie Lindsay, Author of Speaking of Apraxia

Interview with Leslie Lindsay, Author of Speaking of Apraxia

November 18, 2020

Speaking of Apraxia, A Parent's Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Do you have a child with apraxia of speech? As a speech language pathologist for twenty years, I have worked with many children diagnosed with apraxia of speech. Working in the field of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), I have worked with the most severe cases of apraxia where speech is not available for functional communication on a consistent basis.

I am thrilled to have Leslie Lindsay on my podcast to talk about the second edition of her book, Speaking of Apraxia, A Parent's Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

Now available in an updated, second edition, Speaking of Apraxia (Woodbine House, November 2020), is an award-winning resource on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Eight years ago, when Leslie Lindsay, former Child & Adolescent Psychiatric R.N., and mother to a daughter with CAS—now resolved—couldn’t find any parent-friendly books to help her child and family with CAS, she wrote one. This updated, well-researched, and comprehensive work provides readers the benefit of her experience and perspective.

To read more about the book and learn about Leslie, click here.

Interview with Paula and Rosie Quinn, My Hair Went on Vacation

Interview with Paula and Rosie Quinn, My Hair Went on Vacation

October 19, 2020

My Hair Went on Vacation written by Paula Quinn and illustrated by Chiara Civati is a wonderful story about a young girl who loses her hair due to the autoimmune disorder, Alopecia.

This book, which is written in the first perspective takes the reader through the journey from Rosie losing her hair and feeling like an outcast to embracing her uniqueness and educating others about Alopecia.

Through art, Rosie feels connected and in touch with her feelings. Her parents take her art creations and turn them into head scarves. Rosie wears this beautiful scarf with pride and takes the opportunity to share this love and help others struggling with Alopecia or another condition that causes lost or thinning hair.

To read the full review and learn about Coming Up Rosies, click here.

Interview with Children’s Book Author, Beth Ferry

Interview with Children’s Book Author, Beth Ferry

October 12, 2020

Fox and Rabbit Graphic Novel Series

written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Gergely Dudás

Fox & Rabbit

Meet Fox, who likes trying new things and is scared of heights. Meet Rabbit, who likes being prepared and is scared of everything! Together in this book, the readers learns about how these two characters develop a special friendship together and overcome their fears. This book is divided into five chapters and readers will love reading the adventures of these two lovable, funny and amusing characters.

Fox and Rabbit Make Believe

Fox & Rabbit Make Believe is the second graphic novel written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Gergely Dudás. This vibrant and beautifully illustrated book is a wonderful graphic novel about friendship, make believe, and every day adventures.  In this book, Fox and Rabbit will learn about making new friendships with other characters and watch their friend's imagination go wild! 

To read the full review and learn more about Beth Ferry, click here.

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