Let’s Talk Learning Disabilities
Welcome to Let’s Talk Learning Disabilities with Laurie Peterson and Abbey Weinstein. Laurie & Abbey spend their days talking about dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. They talk to parents of struggling students and adults who have had a lifetime of academic challenges. They want to share those stories, along with their own insights, with you through simple conversation. So, Let’s Talk Learning Disabilities.
Episode 00 – Introductions
With over 30 years in combined experience as diagnosticians, Laurie and Abbey dive into what they’ve learned behind the scenes in their podcast, Let’s Talk Learning Disabilities.
Episode 01 – Dyslexia
In Episode 01 Laurie & Abbey unpack the unknowns behind dyslexia and what it looks like to seek testing, receive diagnosis and how to advocate for yourself or a loved one. Laurie & Abbey discuss common occurrences in testing at the right age and ruling out all other possible learning distractions before finding a good dyslexia program.
Episode 02 – Dyslexia Therapist, Melanie Florsheim
In Episode 02 Laurie & friend Melanie discuss what it looks like to be screened and diagnosed with dyslexia and what you can expect from therapy and the education system. Melanie is a dyslexia therapist who has opened her own private practice and speaks to the advice she gives to individuals and family members.
Episode 03 – ADHD
In Episode 03 Laurie and Abbey share about their own experiences with ADHD. They touch on their personal challenges with having ADHD, as well as experiences with clients, friends and family members who have ADHD as well. They also share about how ADHD testing, treatment and stigmas have changed over the years.
Episode 04 – ADHD Coach, Michael Snyder Part 1
In Episode 04 Laurie interviews friend Michael Snyder, who is a self-made ADHD coach. They discuss what it looks like to identify ADHD, the tell-tale symptoms and the ups and downs one can experience transitioning medicines, dosages and strategies.
Episode 05 – ADHD Coach, Michael Snyder Part 2
In Episode 05 Laurie interviews friend Michael Snyder, who is a self-made ADHD coach. They discuss what it looks like to identify ADHD, the tell-tale symptoms and the ups and downs one can experience transitioning medicines, dosages and strategies.
Episode 06 – Visual Processing
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey introduce visual processing disorders and the chief complaints they encounter when working with visual processing challenges. Many times, visual processing disorders are mistaken for other learning disorders, before ultimately finding the correct treatment needed. In the following episode, we’ll be joined by a visual processing specialist who has experience with patients that have visual processing disorders.
Episode 07 – Visual Processing Disorders Expert, Dr. Charles Shidlofsky
In this Episode, Laurie interviews Dr. Charles Shidlofsky, or Dr. S as she knows him. Dr. S runs Neuro Vision Associates of North Texas and shares how visual processing disorders are diagnosed, what to look for, how they are treated, and how vision therapy can also be used outside visual processing disorders.
Episode 08 – Section 504
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey talk about section 504 accommodations, what they are and how to get access to these accommodations. They share what it looks like to prove that these accommodations could be helpful, and develop an individual accommodation plan.
Episode 09 – Special Education
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey follow up their previous discussion on 504 accommodations, and dive deeper into the world of special education. They discuss the guidelines, laws, qualification processes, as well as the benefits and downsides to special education.
Episode 10 – Dysgraphia
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey share about the topic of dysgraphia. They discuss ways to recognize it, provide insight into typical accommodations available, and offer practical resources to help those who are diagnosed.
Episode 11 – Processing Issues
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey bring together many of the previous episodes as they address processing issues. While it may be a generic term, they realize that many approaches can be applied to multiple processing issues.
Episode 12 – Integrative Medicine
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey speak with their friend, Christie, an integrated medicine provider about a holistic approach to treating common conditions. Christie is a nurse practitioner with Natural Choice Pediatrics in Frisco, TX.
Episode 13 – Central Auditory Processing Disorder – Part 1
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview friends, Amy & Michael Gehan who own their practice at Achieve Speech & Hearing in Plano, Texas. They discuss auditory processing, speech pathology and how they work together hand in hand. This interview is split between two episodes, 13 & 14. Continue listening or reading for the full interview.
Episode 14 – Central Auditory Processing Disorder – Part 2
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview friends, Amy & Michael Gehan who own their practice at Achieve Speech & Hearing in Plano, Texas. They discuss auditory processing, speech pathology and how they work together hand in hand. This interview is split between two episodes, 13 & 14. Listen or read the previous episode for the full interview.
Episode 15 – Occupational Therapy
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey chat with Betsy Williams, an Occupational Therapist with Top Pediatric Therapy. They discuss what occupational therapy is, how they can help with various learning disabilities, and improve someone’s quality of life, motor skills, and capability to learn.
Episode 16 – Denied Accommodations
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey discuss standardized tests, applying for accommodations on those tests, and even what to do when those requests have been denied. They share several stories of past students who have been both approved and denied for accommodations on standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT or MCAT.
Episode 17 – Dyscalculia
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey discuss dyscalculia, what it is, and what it is not. They lay out what the common symptoms and evidence for having dyscalculia are, and how to cope with it.
Episode 18 – Independent Education Consultant, Beth McGaw
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey discuss the value of an Independent Education Consultant in a student’s life with friend and colleague, Beth McGaw. They talk about what an Independent Education Consultant is, and in what ways they can be of assistance to middle school aged students, all the way to college and beyond.
Episode 19 – Back To School
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey unpack some really great thoughts on getting ready for school in the new year. They talk about reviewing your accommodation plan, and being communicative with teachers ahead of time. Laurie & Abbey also discuss what it looks like for students to advocate for their own needs as they get older and even enter college.
Episode 20 – ADHD In Adults
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey talk about their personal experiences with ADHD. From their own diagnosis, to others they know, they share firsthand what it looks like to live with and treat ADHD.
Episode 21 – What About IQ?
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey talk about IQ testing, how it originated, what the testing is used for and how it continues to be useful in learning about and treating learning disabilities.
Episode 22 – Educational Therapy
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey talk about Educational Therapy with Educational Therapist and practice owner, Hannah Ross. Hannah is in the Los Angeles area, and shares what Educational Therapy is and how it can help learners of all ages.
Episode 23 – Supports For Adults with Learning Disabilities
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey talk with a friend of theirs who is no stranger to the podcast, Beth McGaw, founder of Launchpad Consulting Group. This time they talk about help and support for those going through college, transitioning from college to the workforce or even adults looking to make a change in their career.
Episode 24 – Visual Processing Disorders Expert, Dr. Lindsay Berry
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Dr. Lindsay Berry, Optometrist in Frisco, TX at Vision Advancement Center. They talk about recognizing and treating visual processing disorders, and everything in between.
Episode 25 – Special Education 101
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey Interview Nancy Isaacs, former special education director in the Texas public school system. Nancy shares her perspective and experience in various professional viewpoints as she has been a general ed teacher, a special ed teacher, an educational diagnostician, a special ed coordinator and retired as a special ed director. In the podcast interview, Laurie, Abbey & Nancy talk through what the public school can and cannot do throughout the process of evaluating and accommodating students under the special education umbrella.
Episode 26 – ADHD Coach Cheryl Susman
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey Interview Cheryl Susman, a coach in several different arenas, that all benefit the ADHD realm from individuals with ADHD, to parents and spouses who live alongside those with ADHD.
Episode 27 – Tracy Otsuka from ADHD For Smart Ass Women – Part 1
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Tracy Otsuka, creator of the podcast, ADHD for Smart Ass Women. In her podcast, Tracy talks about living with ADHD, supporting others who have ADHD, and learning more about it along the way. Find more info on her podcast at tracyotsuka.com.
Episode 28 – Tracy Otsuka from ADHD For Smart Ass Women – Part 2
In this episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Tracy Otsuka, creator of the podcast, ADHD for Smart Ass Women. This is part 2 of the interview, where they discuss Coretography among other topics. Find more info on her podcast at tracyotsuka.com.