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When you’re an innovative black parent with a special needs child and find yourself having more questions than answers. The Parenting Cipher Podcast supports parents with navigating the intersections of special education
Tuesday, December 28, 2021

5 Helpful Ways to Control Your Stress to Live Longer

Season 3, Ep. 10
In the latest episode of The Parenting Cipher, explore valuable tools and knowledge to enhance your parenting journey. Gain insights on resources that can support your child's growth and well-being. Discover strategies for navigating discipline, advocating for children with learning disabilities, and managing stress. Education is highlighted as a key factor for personal development and success. Don't miss out on this informative episode! Tune in now to improve your parenting skills.Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As a Special Education & Family Lifestyle consultant, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.Stay Connected:The Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipheriTunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting Cipher
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

It's Easy Family gathering tips to save your sanity!

Season 3, Ep. 9
In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Genie delved into navigating the holiday season with a child who has different diagnoses that may cause social, auditory or sensory challenges. Genie talks about her own experience of dealing with relatives who don't understand her children's challenges and how she handles expectations of well-behaved children. Genie emphasizes the importance of having conversations with immediate family members and explains how they can help. Genie also shares a personal story of her child's struggle with pivoting plans and social interactions during a visit to his grandmother. Tune in to learn valuable tips for navigating family and friends during the holiday season, especially coming out of COVID, and supporting children with different diagnoses.Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As a Special Education & Family Lifestyle consultant, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.Stay Connected:The Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipheriTunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting Cipher
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Understanding Dyslexia and How to Support Your Child

Season 3, Ep. 8
In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, join Genie and Dr. Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein from Think Dyslexia as they explore Dyslexia and Dysgraphia. If your child has been diagnosed with Specific Learning Disorder in reading or writing, this episode is for you. Discover strategies to support your child's progress in school and enhance their reading and writing skills. Don't miss out on this valuable discussion! Tune in now to empower your child's learning journey.About our guest:Dr. Lauren McClenney-RosensteinDr. Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein’s passion for educating, advocating, and bringing awareness to dyslexia at the domestic and international levels began in the elementary classrooms of private schools serving students with language-based learning disabilities. She has been a certified Special Educator for a decade, and she earned her Doctor of Education in Teaching, Learning, Leadership, & Curriculum in 2019 from Northeastern University and holds a dual master in Special Education and Elementary Education from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Syracuse University. Her dedication to providing the gold standard of instruction to individuals with dyslexia led her to obtain her endorsement at the Associate level through The Orton-Gillingham Academy in 2014.ResourcesThink Dyslexia Youtube ChannelThink Dyslexia Resource StoreStay Connected:Dr. Lauren McClenney-RosensteinWebsite: Think DyslexiaTwitter: @thinkdyslexiaFacebook: Think DyslexiaInstagram: @thinkdyslexia
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

3 Wonderful Ways To Know If Your Child is Making Progress

Season 3, Ep. 7
In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, explore the common issue of relying on school systems to support our children's academic progress. Genie discusses how to determine if your child is truly making progress and provides actionable steps for advocating on behalf of your child. Discover how to ensure your child receives the necessary services to improve their academic performance and boost their self-confidence. Don't miss out on this valuable information. Tune in now! Genie DawkinsHost of The Parenting Cipher, Genie Dawkins is a single mother of four and has over 25 years of being a parent advocate of special needs children. In addition to obtaining her Certification in Integrative Health Coaching, Lateefa holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management and a B.S. in Social Sciences. Genie is the best-selling author of two books “Not My Child: Navigating Your Child’s Learning Difficulties with IEP’s and Education Resources” and a recent release “The Joyful Family Planner”. As a Special Education & Family Lifestyle consultant, her mission is to help parents achieve a balanced life and overcome inevitable challenges both at school and home in a way that empowers parents and children.Stay Connected:The Parenting CipherWebsite: The Parenting CipheriTunes: The Parenting CipherSpotify: The Parenting CipherTwitter: @ParentingCipherFacebook: @PcipherInstagram: @theparentingcipherYoutube: The Parenting CipherTake control of your education and unlock your true potential with our FREE Individual Education Plan eBook!
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

How Do You Support Your Child in Making Progress in Speech?

Season 3, Ep. 6
On this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Leanne Sherred and Genie discuss the importance of addressing speech and language concerns in children. Limited resources in schools may lead to some concerns not qualifying for services, but parents can seek evaluation and care outside of school through resources like Expressable. Trusting your parent gut and advocating for your child's progress is crucial. Tune in for more insights on speech and language development. Don't forget to be your child's voice and check out available resources!About our guest:Leanne Sherred, M.S., CCC-SLP, is the Co-Founder, President, and Chief Clinical Officer of Expressable. She is a practicing clinician with a passion for helping families find accessible, comprehensive speech-language pathology (SLP) services. She has worked on school assessment teams to determine which children qualify for services, while also writing goals to help them succeed. Outside of school, Leanna works hard to ensure that families can access SLP services as needed, so that they don't have to choose between either school services or private care. Her commitment to helping families get the care they need is unwavering.Stay connected:Leanne SherredWebsite: ExpressableFacebook: ExpressableInstagram: @expressablehqDon't miss out on this informative episode of The Parenting Cipher, and be sure to check out their website www.expressable.com for more resources, blog information, and to schedule a free consultation!