Unbabbled Podcast from The Parish School

Unbabbled: A podcast brought to you by The Parish School

Navigating the world of special education, communication delays and learning differences can be a challenge. Tune in twice a month to hear Stephanie Landis and Meredith Krimmel, two speech-language pathologists at The Parish School, interview guests from parents to industry professionals with the goal of providing guidance, insight and hope to those touched by children who are differently wired. Each episode will cover a different topic related to education or child development. Whether you’re the parent or caregiver of a neurodiverse child who has autism, a speech-language delay or a learning disability, or you’re an educator who works with special needs children, this podcast is for you.

Latest Episodes

Season 2

Official Trailer

Contact Unbabbled

Do you have topics you'd like discussed or questions for our hosts? Contact us at unbabbled@parishschool.org.

Bonus Episode: Help Your Child Adjust to Frequent Changes in Social Norms

Meredith and Stephanie discuss ways to support your child through the ever-changing social norms during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on front-loading situations, looking for clues in new situations, and problem solving when new changes occur.

Episode #14: Dynamic Testing for Social Communication Disorders Using the CAPs with Dr. Adriana Lavi

We speak with Dr. Adriana Lavi about her new video-based pragmatic language assessment, the Clinical Assessment of Pragmatics (CAPs). She discusses her clinical background, what led her to develop the assessment tool, and why this assessment can be more accurate in detecting pragmatic language disorders. This interview can help parents and educators understand why their child may have scored well on other language assessments, yet they struggle with reading these ever-important social cues in real situations.


Episode #13: Bilingualism and Language Development with Jacquilyn Carcamo

Raising a child in a bilingual household? Hear from bilingual speech-language pathologist, Jacquilyn Carcamo, as she discusses language development and the many common misconceptions held by families, educators and even therapists in supporting children learning to speak more than one language. She provides guidance in determining whether a bilingual child is struggling with a language disorder or if their difficulties are due to learning a second language. In addition to her clinical expertise, Jacqui touches on her personal experience growing up in a bilingual family.

Episode #12: Childhood Apraxia of Speech with Jennie Bjorem

Being told that your child has childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) can be shocking and confusing. Since this speech/sound disorder is so rare—occurring in 1-2 children per 1,000—many doctors, educators, professionals and even speech-language pathologists have minimal understanding of it. In this episode, we speak with speech-language pathologist and childhood apraxia of speech expert, Jennie Bjorem about the characteristics, diagnosis and treatment of apraxia. She also provides tips on where parents can find a speech pathologist with CAS experience and other reliable resources.

Episode #11: Speech Sound Disorders with Jessica Carter

This episode, we discuss speech sound disorders with speech-language pathologist, Jessica Carter. Jessica defines what phonological processing disorders and articulation disorders are and explains how they differ from childhood apraxia of speech. We then discuss common warning signs that parents and educators can look for, as well as therapy recommendations for each diagnosis. She also lets us know what parents can expect when they go in for an assessment.

Episode #10: At-Home Sensory Play

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Sibi Samuel joins us this episode to discuss sensory-based activities and their power to help regulate emotions. Additionally, she provides simple methods for incorporating these activities at home.

Episode #9: Making Everyday Activities Language-Rich

With so many of us home doing what seems like more cooking and cleaning than ever before, we’re looking at how to turn these everyday activities into language-rich activities for our children. Additionally, we discuss ways to build early academic skills into our everyday lives.

Episode #8: Keeping Children Active with Loose Parts Play

Jill Wood, MLIS, explains what loose parts play is, how to implement it in your home, and the importance of play in a child’s day. 

Episode #7: Supporting Children's Social-Emotional Health with Lily Yoder

We speak with Lily Yoder, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist about how to talk to children about COVID-19, as well as how parents can support their children's mental and social-emotional health through this time.

Episode #6: Engaging Children in Learning at Home

The second of our 2-part series on coronavirus resources, we look at ways to encourage and continue learning at home during a school closure or extended break.

Episode #5: Keeping Your Family Healthy and Safe

In response to the recent concerns around the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, we speak with Dr. Rob Crowe about how it differs from other viruses, and ways to keep your family healthy and safe.

Episode #4: Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders with Dr. Kia Johnson

Dr. Kia Johnson discusses childhood fluency disorders, including stuttering and cluttering. Dr. Johnson explains the differences between typical disfluencies and stuttering behaviors, provides examples of stuttering behaviors, and indications that a child may be stuttering. She also talks about the importance of receiving an evaluation and therapy from a speech-language pathologist with a high level of familiarity with fluency disorders.

Episode #3: Explaining Learning Disabilities with Libby Hall

Veteran educator, Libby Hall, discusses the basics of learning disabilities, helping us to understand what a learning disability is. She lists the different types of LD diagnoses and provides common warning signs that parents and educators can look for. Additionally, she gives advice on what parents can do if they have concerns and offers at-home activities to promote early learning.

Episode #2: Benefits of Raising Assistance Dogs in the Classroom with Heather Hillary

Heather Hillery, a speech-language pathologist and elementary educator at The Parish School, discusses how she integrates canine assistance and companion dogs into her special education classroom. 


Episode #1: Autism Spectrum Disorder 101 with Dr. Cathy Guttentag

While the prevalence of autism has increased over the past decade, it’s still a confusing, overwhelming and unfamiliar diagnosis for many families. In this episode, we speak with Cathy Guttentag, PhD, to learn what ASD is, common misconceptions, and the red flags for identification. Additionally, Cathy shares resources for parents, including where to obtain an evaluation, what to expect during the evaluation process, and which services/therapies are often recommended for children on the autism spectrum. 


Episode #17: Navigating the Holidays

In this episode, our hosts Meredith and Stephanie discuss a number of tried and tested tips to help parents prepare for the challenges the holiday season may bring. While these tips were provided with children who have language and social challenges in mind, they are still excellent for trying with all children.

Episode #16: High-Risk Behavior in Children and Teens with Dr. Crystal Collier

Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S discusses risky behaviors in children and teenagers. She gives concrete, practical tips on how to talk with children about these difficult topics in a simple and easily understood manner, and explains how bringing up these subjects up at an early age can reduce the chance of engaging in these high-risk behaviors down the line.

Episode #15: Jordan Shapiro Revisits Children and The Digital Sandbox (Live)

Jordan Shaprio, PhD, gives his presentation: “The Digital Sandbox: What Grown-Ups Need to Know About the New Childhood,” and opens it up to questions from the audience. 

Episode #14: Wait and See? The Importance of Early Intervention with Anne Powers

Anne Powers, a speech-language pathologist and Director of Early Childhood at The Parish School discusses the importance of early intervention, touching on the importance of receiving services early, what age range is considered early intervention, and how parents can get an evaluation and find services.

Episode #13: A Parent's Perspective with Justin Keller

Justin Keller joins us to discuss how having a child with developmental delays shifted his perspective – both as a parent and on his life in general.

Episode #12: Navigating the Digital Age of Childhood with Jordan Shapiro

Jordan Shapiro, PhD, an educational pioneer, college professor and father of two chats with us about his unique perspective on navigating the new digital world of childhood.

Episode #11: More than Mozart: Music Therapy with Karina Hall

Karina Hall, Board-Certified Music Therapist at The Parish School, explains what music therapy is, who could benefit from it and ways music therapy can be used to support children in reaching their fine motor, social-emotional and communication goals.

Episode #10: The Parish Way

The Parish School’s director of arts and sciences, Terri Garth discusses the history of The Parish School, provides background on the school’s founder and delves into the educational philosophy, therapeutic approach, and underlining beliefs that make up “The Parish Way.”

Episode #9: Back-to-School Tips for Children

Hosts Stephanie and Meredith discuss tips to help families make the transition from summer to school smooth and positive for the whole family.

Episode #8: Talking to Your Pediatrician 101 with Dr. Marshall Lerman

Pediatrician Dr. Marshall Lerman, MD discusses tips for finding a pediatrician that fits your family and bringing up concerns with your doctor, while empowering you to become a strong advocate for your children. 

Episode #7: Basics of Mental Health in Children with Lily Yoder

Lily Yoder, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT), joins us to discuss the basics of mental health in young children and the overlap between communication disorders, learning differences and mental health disorders.

Episode #6: Nuggets & Fries: Discussing Picky Eating with Jennifer Woody

Occupational Therapist, Jennifer Woody, discusses picky eating and provides some much needed clarification on what is "typical" for young children.

Episode #5: Understanding Childhood Apraxia of Speech, with expert Nancy Kaufman

Childhood Apraxia of Speech expert Nancy Kaufman explains the unique disorder while discussing her treatment approach and steps parents can take toward diagnosis and treatment.

Episode #4: Beyond Academics: Social-Emotional Learning with Renee Attaway

Nationally-recognized speaker on Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® methodology and founder of the Social Learning program at The Parish School, Renee Attaway, discusses social-emotional learning, and its far-reaching impact on a child’s development.

Episode #3: How Adventure Playgrounds Shape Development, with playworkers Ali Wood and Jill Wood

Playworkers Ali Wood and Jill Wood talk about adventure playgrounds and the importance of free-play and risk-taking in a child’s development.

Episode #2: Project/Inquiry-Based Learning, with educator Jessica Brock

Elementary educator Jessica Brock explains project/inquiry-based learning and discusses how it is an engaging and effective teaching method for children who learn differently.

Episode #1: How Creativity Can Empower Children Who Learn Differently, with Dr. Ron Beghetto

Professor, author and creativity expert Dr. Ron Beghetto shares his advice on how parents and educators can help children utilize their strengths and develop confidence by allowing space for creativity within structured learning experiences.

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