The Parenting Cipher


Luchini: Quick Tips to Empower Yourself When Dealing with Social Workers

Season 3, Ep. 3

In this episode host, Genie Dawkins, and Kim Poetivin discuss how to deal with social workers and how the word “non-compliant” affects your child’s ability to make progress in school. Kim provides insight into how to interact with social workers and members of your child’s IEP team to protect your child from being targeted as a problem child

Kim Wheeler Poitevin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in childhood grief and loss. She also treats children experiencing racial disparity and discrimination in private white institutions. Kim is the owner of Amel Counseling and Consulting, a private therapy practice located and Ask Amel, a parent coaching firm in Philadelphia, Pa.


  • What the term “ Compliance “ means in the world of Individual Education Plans
  • Ways to advocate for your child when dealing with Social Workers 
  • How to know when a therapist is not a good fit for your child


" I'm confident that a kid internally kind of knows what they need. - Kim

“You have to humble yourself because kids are learning that you should already know it.” - Kim

“You can't force a child to engage in something that they don't want to do.” - Kim

“Focus doesn't come from a pill. Focus comes from practice.” - Kim

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Are you tired of not getting your child’s school to listen to your suggestions in meetings? I have a solution. Schedule a free 30 minutes session and together we will create a plan that will your child succeed in life while supporting you and the entire family. You have questions and I have answers. Let’s talk!

To hear more about cultural competency check out these episodes “ Fall: The importance of Speech Therapy In Our Kid’s World and “ Our Song: Affective Curriculums That Help Our Kids Make Progress” and to hear more about supporting our kids in white spaces check out “Save the Children: Raising Black In Kids In White Spaces

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Level Up: Understanding Dyslexia and How to Support Your Child

Season 3, Ep. 8
In this episode of The Parenting Cipher, Genie and Dr. Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein from Think Dylsxia dig into the world of Dyslexia and Dysgraphia while touching on ways that you can ensure your child makes progress in reading and writing in school. This episode is for you if your child has been diagnosed with Specific Learning Disorder, Reading or writing.Insights from this episode:What is Dyslexia?Why public school systems use the term Specific Learning Disorder, Reading instead of DyslexiaWhat is the Orton-Gillingham approach and how can it help your child make progress in readingWhat is Dysgraphia? Key factors to look for when your child is being tested for a learning or behavioral diagnosisDr. 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. 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 Non-Profit 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 an educational advocacy specialist, 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.ResourcesThink Dyslexia Youtube ChannelThink Dyslexia Resource StoreStay Connected:Dr. Lauren McClenney-RosensteinWebsite: Think DyslexiaTwitter: @thinkdyslexiaFacebook: Think DyslexiaInstagram: @thinkdyslexia