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.
The following podcasts provide more in-depth information
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.
Episode 29 – Living with Dyslexia and CAPD
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey Interview a past client, Emily, who was first introduced to Laurie when Emily was in the 5th grade. At that point Emily had already been diagnosed with dyslexia and had gone through a dyslexia program. In this interview, Emily shares first hand experience in learning to deal with dyslexia, and how she’s got to where she is today.
Episode 30 – Year End Wrap Up
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey wrap up the year 2021 and cast some vision for what is to come in future episodes of Let’s Talk Learning Disabilities.
Episode 31 – Living With ADHD – Emily Peterson
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Emily Peterson, a ninth grade student who shares her perspective and experience in dealing with ADHD. Laurie also shares some parental insight, as Emily is her step-daughter as well. Emily talks through elementary years, getting diagnosed, and learning how to make the best of her diagnosis to achieve her goals.
Episode 32 – Dysgraphia Specialist, Kendra Wagner
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Kendra Wagner, a Learning Specialist out of Seattle, Washington. Kendra shares her insight specifically with dysgraphia and shares her knowledge in treating, coaching and adapting to a life with dysgraphia. Read the summary below for highlighted moments in this information packed interview.
Episode 33 – Living With Dysgraphia – Hunter Donahue
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Hunter Donahue, a college student who is currently being treated for dysgraphia. Hunter shares his insight in coping with dysgraphia, advocating for his own needs and some tools that have helped him improve along the way.
Episode 34 – Living With Learning Disabilities – SJ
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview SJ as a part of the “Living With…” series. SJ talks about what it was like to be diagnosed and live with Visual Processing Disorder. The group discusses red flags, testing, diagnosis, and treatment.
Episode 35 – Living With Learning Disabilities – Markus Stefani
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Markus Stefani in the “Living With…” Series. Markus discusses his experience with ADHD, and going through testing for that as well as dyslexia and visual processing evaluations. Markus is an NYU student majoring in Economics with a minor in Business Studies. Laurie & Abbey get to hear about his experiences growing up and as a young adult with ADHD.
Episode 36 – Living With Dyslexia Mindmapping and Helping Other Adults Part 1
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey start a conversation with Darius Namdaran, founder of BulletMap Academy in Scotland. This interview gets into the trenches of how students with dyslexia think, and how mind mapping can create a learning and organizing system that leads to exponential growth and understanding in their educational lives. Darius shares his own experience with dyslexia and ADHD, and speaks to the journey that has led him to making a difference in the lives of others with the same experience.
Episode 37 – Living With Dyslexia Mindmapping and Helping Other Adults Part 2
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey continue their conversation with Darius Namdaran, founder of BulletMap Academy in Scotland. This is a continuation of a conversation that started on dyslexia in student and adults, mind-mapping, and learning strategies. This portion of the interview dives into managing dyslexia and ADHD in the workplace, along with specific apps and resources to increase productivity.
Episode 38 – Living With Learning Disabilities – DJ Tharrington
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview DJ Tharrington, a previous client, who shares his journey of growing up with dyslexia, working around it, and pushing through college curriculum with and without accommodations. DJ also shares his experience in battling his own ADA discrimination case and how that pushed him to attend law school.
Episode 39 – Living With Learning Disabilities – Stacey Harari
In this Episode of the “Living With” series, Laurie and Abbey interview a friend and colleague, Stacey Harari, who shares her experience with dyslexia, ADHD and visual processing disorder. She talks through being diagnosed, coping with various struggles in school through college and getting her masters, as well as what she does professionally now as a language therapist.
Episode 40 – Handling Procrastination with Leslie Josel
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Leslie Josel, founder of Order Out of Chaos. Leslie’s organization thrives by providing functional and practical help to parents and students who struggle with procrastination.
Episode 41 – Parenting Coach Ann Kaplan
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Ann Kaplan, a parenting coach who has developed a career out of helping parents discover the right approach to successful parenting through discovery and coaching. Ann shares her insight on root behaviors, and various ways discipline and consequences can benefit developing children.
Episode 42 – Parent Advocate Jen Benna
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey start a conversation with board certified Behavior Analyst, Jen Benna. Jen has developed some great resources, programs, and support for families in the world of special education. She serves her clients as a trainer, coach and advocate, and shares where it is important to fill in those “missing information gaps” for parents.
Episode 43 – Memory Strategies with Danielle Winton
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Danielle Winton from Memory Strategies. She shares her expertise in helping others to not just memorize facts and data for test retention, but also how to store that information into long-term memory, and recall it as needed. Danielle talks through what that process looks like, and how she works one-on-one with individuals to increase their memory ability up to 4x in some cases.
Episode 44 – Speech and Language Disorders with Amy Whipple
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Amy Whipple, a Speech Language Pathologist as well as an advocate for those with communication disorders. Amy shares a great deal of knowledge and resources available for those who are looking for answers and help in that arena.
Episode 45 – Revisiting Dyslexia
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey continue a conversation about dyslexia, identifying it at different age groups and what dyslexia therapy programs may help with. They even talk through common myths about having dyslexia, and debunk those myths for those who are looking for answers for their student or themselves.
Episode 46 – Intellectual Developmental Disorders
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey talk about intellectual developmental disorders, most commonly understood as mental retardation, before the federal government changed the name legally to intellectual disability. They talk about how an individual is evaluated and determined to have an intellectual disability, what the school setting can look like for these students, and what services are available in school, and after they’ve moved on from the public education system.
Episode 47 – Frequently Asked Questions
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey review their most commonly asked questions that they regularly receive from their clients, or people that reach out to them!
Episode 48 – Executive Functioning Skills
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey talk through executive functioning skills and the six main components that make up your executive functioning skills that come into play on a daily basis. They talk about what each component is, and how it shows up on a regular basis.
Episode 49 – College to Career Coaching with Tim Niermeyer
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey interview Tim Niermeyer with Next Step, College to Career Coaching, who talks through how he serves the college community through resume, interview and job training.
Episode 50 – A Personal Story
In this Episode, Laurie shares her story of growing up with ADHD, even though she wasn’t diagnosed with it until her adult years. She talks through career choices, changes in careers, life changes and how her practice began to grow roots.
Episode 51 – Executive Functioning Series: Focus and ADHD with Trina Haynes
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey begin a new series on executive functioning skills. In this interview, Trina Haynes, also known on social media as “My Lady ADHD,” enters the conversation with tips on sustaining focus, avoiding distractions and shifting or dividing your attention or focus as an “ADHDer.” Trina has quickly gained an online following that has helped her to gain insight on her own challenges with ADHD, and share with the world.
Episode 52 – Executive Functioning Series: Initiation with Mary Smith
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey continue their series on Executive Functioning Skills and interview Mary Smith, an ADHD Coach who has grown her business, Chaos Free ADHD through offering services and support around assistance with initiation.
Episode 53 – Executive Functioning Series – Memory with Danielle Winton
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey revisit a conversation they started with Danielle from Memory Strategies in episode 43. Danielle is versed in all aspects of memory, including the causes of certain types of memory struggles. She has so many great resources and strategies to improve memory on many levels! In this conversation, they talk through executive functioning, memory and how to help yourself or others around you improve in that area.
Episode 54 – Executive Functioning Series: Action with Melanie Florsheim
In this Episode, Laurie and Abbey talk through the executive functioning skill of “Action” or “Self-regulation” with Melanie Florsheim, who runs her own ADHD coaching company, Gateway Growth. Melanie shares about her own struggles with ADHD and Dyslexia, as well as techniques she uses to coach individuals and parents of young children through those moments of impulsivity when dealing with an ADHD brain.