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  • 00:57

    NHA and Adoptive Parenting

    in Education

    Join Howard Glasser and Catherine Stafford as they have a conversation with Julie Gelo and Sarah How.

    Julie is the legal mother to 16 children ranging in age from 8 to 47.  She and her husband, Lynn, live in Washington state with the youngets six children.  They were licensed foster parents for 22 years. Eleven of the children have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or related conditions. She is a certified Advanced Trainer of the Nurtured Heart Approach, Executive Director of the Washington State Affiliate to the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and co-founder of the FASt Friend FASD Community Support Network. She is also a Continuing Education Coordinator with the alliance for Child Welfare Excellence. She also works closedly with Special Olympics in her area.  She presents workshops and trainings throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

    Sarah How is a practicing Certified School Psychologist and Advanced Trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach. She is currently serving as president of the North Dakota Association of School Pyschologists. Her passion and experiences have led to being invited to train businesses and educators. She can be found coaching families, individuals to be more intentional in relationships every day. She has a Tedx talk and is the author of two children's books that inspire greatness. She is the mother of four children, two of whom had previously been in therapeutic foster care. She knows first hand what it means to be the approach, "like your life depends on it." 

  • 00:45

    The Two Spirits Connection With The Sacred Tree of Life (Jodi T. Donna D.)

    in Current Events

    Jodi Tucker, Clinical Director and CEO of Kids Matter Inc She has 14 years experience working with children and adults in residential, institutional and community settings.  Jodi has provided services and individualized/specialized programs for individuals ages 3-23 with developmental disorders including but not limited to: ASD, anxiety disorders, OCD, ADD, ADHD, FASD.  Her education includes a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a diploma as a Speech–Language Assistant. Jodi also has 5 years experience as a Mental Health Worker for FHAN.  In addition to Kids Matter Inc. clinical services, Jodi is an accomplished advocate mentored under Dr. Hatt.  Jodi’s advocacy has contributed to significant changes within the provinces of BC, Alberta, Washington and California in access to services and basic human rights for individuals with disabilities.  Jodi currently lives in Abbotsford.  She has three children ages 8, 15 and 17.


     Donna Davis 

    Although there are many ways to heal (most of them serious and 
    intense), my favorite way is through laughter and fun. Being an 
    educator and teacher for over thirty years has allowed my students 
    and me this blessed luxury.
    I love experiencing the joy of life. Celebrating the journeys of those 
    around me as I continue to live, love, laugh, and heal myself. (It’s not 
    always fun playing in the sandbox alone).


  • 01:31

    How to Parent Children with Special Needs

    in Self Help

    Join me this Sunday 3/23 at 4pm PDT in welcoming Adrienne Bashista (http://adriennebashista.net) to Miss ADD’s Blog TalkRadio show.  Adrienne is a writer, speaker, teacher and special needs parent advocate.  While her focus is on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), she also educates parents on brain-based disabilities, or as she calls them invisible special needs.  Adrienne is the mother of two boys and currently lives in central North Carolina with them and her husband.


    You’re encouraged to call into the show with questions for Miss ADD or Adrienne Bashista at (917) 889-7025.


    Justine Ruotolo ADD/Life Coach & MFT






  • 01:05

    Long Term Effects of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure

    in Parents

    Evaluating the risk of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure is one of the hardest decisions adoptive parents must make. Host Dawn Davenport will interview Dr. Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation's leading researchers on long term effects of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure and author of a new book on the subject--The Mystery of Risk. Dr. Chasnoff is President of the Children's Research Triangle and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. adoption, adopting a child, FAS, FASD, fetal alcohol syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, meth, crack, cocaine, ecstasy
    Blog summary of the show and highlights can be found here:
    Blog summary of the show   Highlights   More Creating a Family resources on donor insemination can be found here.

  • 01:28

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

    in News

    Join Host Claudia Julien Whisper  n Thunder  Ambassador who will be discussing the topic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders  with our  guests, Brian Philcox, Bonnie Buxton, Renae Sanford, Jodee Kulp.
     Our first guests Brian & Bonnie are advocates in the campaign to raise awareness and prevention of FASD.
    Renae Sanford is a native person from BC, who is an advocate and support worker in the field for nearly 4 decades.
    Jodee Kulp is an  award-winning author and publisher. Her publishing company, Better Endings New Beginnings, has published numerous titles about FAS. ope for children, teens, and adults living, laughing, learning and loving through the challenges of alcohol exposure before birth

  • 00:30

    Out-of-the-Box Schooling For Your Child

    in Parents

    We are thrilled to welcome back Adrienne Ehlert Bashista.  Adrienne is a writer, publisher, special needs parent advocate, and FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) educator.  She lives in central North Carolina with her husband and two boys. Her youngest son has attended traditional public schools, special needs private schools, has been homeschooled, and currently attends a charter Montessori school. Her older, neurotypical son is homeschooled. She has no doubt the younger one will be back homeschooling sooner rather than later.

  • 01:26

    re-broadcast of Mama Can't Kiss it Better

    in Self Help

    Lori Gertz is a fabulous Mom. She adopted a beautiful little girl without her history. Elli was exposed to drug and alcohol in utero causing FASD or Fetal Alcohol Specturm Disorder. FASD is brain damage, it is irreversable. Not only does little Elli suffer from PTSD, she also has Bi-Polar Disorder and Reactive Attachement Disorder.
    Listen to Elli's story in Mama Can't Kiss it Better

  • 00:30

    Parenting Special Needs Kids - Author/Mom Adrienne Bashista

    in Parents

    If you are one of the 15% of families in the U.S. with a special needs child or children, you know all too well the stress and strain and JOY of challenged parenting. Our guest, Adrienne Bashista, is the co-editor of and contributor to the book Easy to Love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories and she also runs the blog (easytolovebut.com) and Facebook group by the same name. She is also the managing editor of the blog A Mom's View of ADHD (adhdmomma.com) and has written about parenting children with invisible special needs for multiple publications, print and on-line. Along with Penny Williams, she is one of the founders of the Happy Mama Conference and Retreat, a weekend for moms of kids with "invisible" special needs, held in Raleigh, NC.  She is also the director of Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and is a trainer for caregivers of people with FASD.

  • 00:31

    Talking to Your Son About Teen Parenthood

    in Parents

    In the studio today is Ms. Sharon Scott,  Founder, Board President and Executive Director of the Marvin and Juanita Smith Learning Centers of Excellence. 
    The organization implements educational programs, and provides real-life answers to middle and high school students, motivating them to reduce teen promiscuity, pregnancy, STIs and HIV/AIDS while empowering them to achieve academically, emotionally, physically, and socially.
    She is an alumnus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has received the Certificate of Successful Completion from the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, Texas in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).   In the past she has served on the Exxon Corporation’s Friendswood Development Committee—Kingwood, Texas; the Women’s Business Support Network (WBSN) Board, and as a Crisis Pregnancy Counselor and Board Member at the Women’s Crisis Pregnancy Center.  She has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of numerous Parent Teacher Associations throughout the United States. She currently serves on the RealCare Customer Advisory Council and is a member of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce in Houston, Texas.
    You can find out more at: http://mjslearningcenters.org/

  • 00:59

    Power Talk w/ Linda B w/ guest Sharon Scott & Rebecca Calos

    in Women

    Sharon S. Scott is the founder and CEO of The Marvin & Juanita Smith Learning Centers of Excellence, Inc. (MJSLCE). I Graduated from Los Angeles Lutheran High School and attended Houston Baptist University anis an alumnus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have received the Certificate of Successful Completion from the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, Texas in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Additionally, I have served as Youth Director, Adult and Youth Sunday School Teacher, Women’s Bible Study Instructor, and as a women’s conference speaker.
    Rebecca Calos is the lead trainer and the Director of Programs for the Hawn Foundation. I also have 18 years of teaching experience, primarily at the Middle School level.

  • 01:01

    Adopting from Russia Under the New Bilateral Agreement

    in Parents

     In July 2011 Russia and the US signed a new bilateral agreement to govern international adoptions between the two countries.  How is it working, what age children are available and how healthy are they.  Join Debbie Wynne, Director of Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services; Denise Hoppenhauer, international case manager for Beacon House Adoptions,and Tiffany Wilkins, a mom who recently adopted 2 older children from Russia. International adoption, adopting from Russia, Russian adoptions, fetal alcohol syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, international adoption doctors, FASD, FAS

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