Adjusting the Sails

Adjusting the Sails

Adjusting the Sails is a podcast aimed to discuss the lives and specific challenges children with special health care needs and other disabilities and their families, caregivers, and service providers face, and how to manage those challenges. The podcast will serve as a platform for all disability-related topics to be discussed and as a mediator between families and caregivers to share their stories and experiences. The podcast will feature guest speakers, panelists, and a variety of program representatives and service providers to offer education and training to the listener. This podcast is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health/Children with Special Health Care Needs Program and the West Virginia Family 2 Family Health Information Center and produced by the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities.

Episodes

May 13, 2024 57 mins

Allie tells her experience as a sibling to her brother who has Autism. She shares early years of watching her mom navigate the system for her brother, how she was involved as a child, and how that involvement led to her future career choice and the person she has grown up to be. Also, we will introduce Sibshops and hear from Allie her opinion on the effectiveness of a supportive network for other siblings. 

 

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Join us in this thoughtful discussion with Cortland Nesley as he describes his personal journey in navigating the feelings and thoughts of being an adult with autism in a world that doesn't understand. Cortland speaks on his "awakening", what led him to seek out community, how his perspectives have shifted throughout his life of support needs, and about how his diagnosis influences who he is as a person. What would he say to parent...

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"I still remember exactly what he said, he was eating lunch; his quarter pounder with cheese and fries, and he pulled up the scan on the viewfinder and said, 'See this big black hole? This is what's left of Mandy's brain"

Carrie and her then husband, Mark, had a healthy pregnancy and were prepared to bring their new baby home. After a stressful delivery, and overhearing a doctor refer to their new baby as one of the "bad babies" to...

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Parenting a child with special health care needs can add unique stressors to a marriage. Join us in discussion with CED's Mental Health Professional, Eric Murphy, as we explore techniques couples can implement to keep their spark alive amidst stress and adversity. 

 

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January 8, 2024 69 mins

A Panel Discussion of the importance of teaching individuals with disabilities about body autonomy, sexual health, relationships, consent, safety and more; AKA sex education. 

It's truly On Us to ensure the people in our lives with disabilities are informed and empowered. Often times, "sex education" is considered not vital to the lives of individuals with disabilities, but it's just not the case. Join our expert panelists to hear ...

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For families of children with special health care needs and other disabilities, the upcoming holidays present their own challenges and stressors that are as unique as the needs of their children themselves. The most wonderful time of the year is also overstimulating, overwhelming, and sometimes, overrated for the families and children with different sensory needs, dietary needs, and mobility needs. We've consulted with three profes...

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When Kyle was born, Leeann and her family were thrown into a tailspin. Life changed quickly for the Pellegrins and they found themselves navigating an unknown diagnosis and new lifestyle. Leeann's advocacy and tenacity ensured Kyle received the inclusive education and medical care he deserved. Leeann narrates a story of raising a child with special needs during a time when resources are limited and how she empowered Kyle and his br...

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"About 60% of all kids experience picky eating" - Cassie Miller, EdD, CCC/SLP and Director of the WVU CED Feeding and Swallowing Clinic joins us on this episode to talk about a challenge that many families face. Children with and without special health care needs and diagnoses will all experience changes in their eating habits and patterns that will sometimes cause caregivers to question the need for profession...

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We've assembled three experts to discuss the tips and tricks, and unique challenges and joys of taking a family vacation with a child with a disability. 

Sheila Harman is a mom to four, some of whom have special needs, and a Travel Agent with Magical Vacation Planner. Sheila was led to her career after realizing that even families of children with special needs wanted...and NEEDED a vacation but vacations didn't always appear to be...

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Autum is a mother of three children, two of which have special needs. She is a self-taught expert of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) after her son was diagnosed as an infant and the doctors and medical professionals knew so little about the condition that she was told to research it on her own. Autum has spent the last six years fighting for the medication and standard of care that her son with SMA requires and her advocacy has saved...

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"West Virginia foster youth are all amazing and they need to know their options." As the final installment to our foster care awareness saga, we interview Michelle Fleece, Program Manager of the MODIFY program at the WVU CED. Michelle reviews all the details of how her program can help aging youth from foster care to attend college or other training programs after high school! 

 

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"It's totally worth it", Amanda says when asked about the heartbreaking realities of fostering and adopting children with special needs and medical complexities. Amanda and Justin Sharp experienced many losses during their journey to parenthood, but the family they created, the sibling bond between their children, and the community in which they surround themselves makes it all worth it.  The second addition to our foster care awar...

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In honor of foster care awareness month, Tracy Wood has joined us to kickoff a series of episodes on the heart-wrenching, cup filling, love inspiring reality of fostering a child with a disability or special health care need. 

Having fostered dozens of children, Tracy shares that the secret to a happy child and a successful foster placement is to surround the child and their biological family with a village. Tracy goes into the det...

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"How could something so terrible in my eyes, so breaking to my heart, and so devastating to my family be used for good?" Robin remembers feeling as if she were in the middle of a nightmare in the early years of navigating h...

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On Eagles' Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship Center is known as a solitude and saving grace to many of the children and adults who enter. The programming provides an environment for those with disabilities to engage with horses (and other animals!) through equine assisted activities and therapies. Participants include those with cognitive, physical, emotional, and social disabilities and challenges. Executive Director and Founder, Car...

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Stereotype -
(noun)
An untrue belief that society holds about all people sharing a particular characteristic.

Cheryl is a mother, daughter, friend, program assistant, and person who utilizes a wheelchair. Listen as Cheryl shares her story of rising above stereotypes to live her life to the fullest, wheelchair and all. Cheryl has faced her fair share of societal prejudice and life's adversities so she has come to discuss her though...

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Tina Crook is a Parent Network Specialist for the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities. She is passionate about her job, helping other parents of children with special medical needs, because of her experience and journey with her son, Daylin. Daylin acquired a brain injury at the age of 13, leaving him with significant left frontal lobe damage. Today, 8 years later, Tina speaks words of wisdom and hope from a parent's perspect...

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