Episode 11: Autism mom and children’s author, Amy McCoy, shares her journey as mom and Advocate for Inclusivity

Podcast Episode 11

Today’s special guest is Amy McCoy, who is an Autism parent, disability advocate, and children’s author of her series “Little Big Sister” “Little Big Sister” shares the sibling perspective of growing up with a brother who has special needs. Amy’s children, Matthew and Kathryn, are the inspirations for her books and work. She shares not…

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Episode 10: Living with Cerebral Palsy Part II: Sharing Experiences, Outlook, and Challenges with Irene Dashiell, LCSW

Podcast Episode 10

Interview with Irene Dashiell – Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month We are still highlighting the month of March for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, so here is another episode to highlight a super special woman, Irene Dashiell, LCSW. Irene is a licensed social worker who works in our community running her own counseling practice to help…

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Episode 9: Living with Cerebral Palsy: Sharing Experiences, Outlook, and Challenges, with Kim Yuknis

Podcast Episode 9

Interview with Kim Yuknis – Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, so to kick it off here’s an interview with a very special young woman in our local community, Kim, who lives with the diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. She shares her story with us including the challenges she faced growing…

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Podcast Episode 8: An Adult Sib Perspective on Growing Up with Two Brothers Diagnosed with Autism

Podcast Episode 8

With Guest Speaker Jess Kruger (Adult Sib and Sib Facilitator for Sibshops) In this episode, I sit down to speak with Jess Kruger, who is not only a member of the Breakthrough Team, but also an adult Sib to her two brothers diagnosed with Autism. You’ll get to listen in as she tells her story…

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Podcast Episode 7: Balancing Parenting With Being A Caregiver And The Importance Of Seeking Support

Podcast Episode 7

Listen into my conversation with Gemma Cardona, founder of Paddy’s Purpose, who joins us from the UK. Gemma is a mom of 3, with her son Patrick with disabilities and how that’s changed her world and sparked a fire in her to speak out on disability for a more inclusive world. She Also Bravely Shares:…

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Podcast Episode 6: Siblings Need Support Too – An Excerpt From My New Book!

Podcast Episode 6

As I prep for my new book coming out January 25th, 2021 (Breaking Through Special Needs), I wanted to highlight one of my absolute favorite chapters to read – Siblings Need Support Too. It’s a chapter describing all of the experiences and words we’ve heard from hosting our sibling support programs at Breakthrough and how…

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Podcast Episode 5: Helping Mommas Recognize Unrealistic Self Expectations And What To Do About It with Pelvic Floor Specialist Physical Therapist, Nancy Branberg

Podcast Episode 5

Listen into my conversation with Pelvic Floor Specialist Physical Therapist, Nancy Branberg whose mission it is to help women live a more fulfilling life and overcome pelvic floor challenges such as incontinence, pelvic pain and digestive issues. She speaks with women every single day and recognizes “mom shame”, especially as a mother herself. She shares…

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Podcast Episode 4: Keep Your Immune System Strong Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally with Jaclyn Kiernan, MS, RDN

Podcast Episode 4

We sat down with guest Jaclyn Kiernan, MS, RDN to talk about how special needs parents need to keep their immune systems healthy and strong right now during this pandemic – not only physically but the emotional and mental well being too! She gives us her best tips and advice AND answers my questions about…

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Podcast Episode 3: Telehealth: Why it’s better than an in-person session and how to prepare for success

Podcast Episode 3

I’ve heard so many parents telling me they didn’t know what to expect for their first telehealth session AND that they didn’t think it would’ve beneficial – until they’ve tried it and now they can’t wait until their next one! I’m putting together all of the reasons why you should give it a shot and…

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Podcast Episode 2: Life Disrupted – Three Reminders You Need To Hear

Podcast Episode 2

In the chaos of our current circumstances, we are only in control of so much. I wanted to talk to you all and remind you that you are not alone in this; Our hearts are with you. Keep being resilient. Highlights:   To connect with us head to: To find more resources: www.breakthroughptli.com/resources  

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