Centering Kids: Advice from the experts at The Florida Center for Early Childhood

Centering Kids: Advice from the experts at The Florida Center for Early Childhood

We're here to inform, educate and advocate for all things related to early childhood. From nurturing healthy development, to overcoming behavioral challenges and recognizing mental health needs, welcome to Centering Kids: Advice from the experts at The Florida Center for Early Childhood.

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September 15, 2021 30 min

In season 1, episode 11, our host Kristen Theisen explores fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, an often invisible disease that affects 1 in 20 children. Theisen interviews Tamra Cajo, Director of the FASD Diagnostic Clinic at The Florida Center for Early Childhood, and Jen Werden, a mother turned advocate whose adopted child was diagnosed with FASD. The women discuss general causes of the disorder, difficulty when it comes to...

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In this episode of Centering Kids, host Kristen Theisen kicks of Fetal Alchohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness month by interviewing author and activist Lucas Boyce.

Boyce, who now serves as the Assistant to the County Administrator of Orange County, one of the largest counties in Florida, discusses growing up in foster care, overcoming countless obstacles including early childhood in foster care, living with FASD, and navigati...

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Besides a basic list of school supplies, it’s important for parents to mentally and emotionally prepare children to go back to school or face other new beginnings. In this episode, host Kristen Theisen interviews school-based mental health therapist Tia Nagel on how parents can create a mental health checklist to help ease any anxiety their child might face when navigating new beginnings.
 
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July 31, 2021 23 min

Team parenting seems like an obvious endeavor for adults, but more often than not, parents and caregivers can disagree on parenting philosophies, especially when their romantic relationship has ended. In this episode of Centering Kids, host Merab Favorite discusses parenting and caregiving as a team with mental health therapists Michele Duss and Stephanie Essex. 

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In this episode, our host Kristen Theisen, of The Florida Center, interviews Amy Weinberger, founder of the Lean On Me Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on 'healing' education my providing students and educators with tools that bridge education and mental health. Amy discusses the need for sleep, nourishment and overall kindness when it comes to students, teachers and parents.

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In this episode, host Kristen Theisen interviews school-based mental health therapist Margaret Ross. Ross, who is also a children's yoga instructor, describes how teachers and parents can help children regulate their emotions through simple breathing techniques and daily mindfulness practices. The podcast also features Dr. Johnna Brynn, director of The Florida Center Training Institute, who helps practitioners like Ross share t...

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June 15, 2021 22 min

As parents, we are sometimes made to feel we are being overprotective or too sensitive when it comes to our concerns for our children. But what happens when our gut instincts are right? In this episode, host Kristen Theisen,  interviews the parent of a child who struggled with speech and language but was hesitant to seek additional services. She realized her concerns were valid when she found The Florida Center for Early Childhood.

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When you think of speech and language therapy,  you might instantly think of a means to correct a lisp or a stutter.  However, the therapy is used in the treatment all types of different delays and disabilities including mutism, apraxia and even autism.  In this week's episode of  Centering Kids, your host Kristen Theisen interviews Speech and Language pathologist Kim Williams and Gigi Gillis, a mom who's son is navigating ...

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In this episode of Centering Kids, Mandi Coker, of the Sarasota County School District, and Melissa Bradley, Director of School-Based Mental Health Services at The Florida Center, discuss how the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Fla., led to a mental health therapy program that placed therapists at every public school in Sarasota County. These therapists serve more than 600 at-risk s...

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In this episode, host Kristen Theisen interviews Dr. Kristie Skoglund, one of the few professionals in Florida designated as an Infant Mental Health Expert, about the impacts of trauma on young children. 

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Every first-time parent can relate to that moment of sheer terror, when you're leaving the hospital with a teeny, tiny newborn and you realize the nurse isn't coming home with you. In this episode, host Kristen Theisen interviews Debbie Keyso and Kelly Curran of Healthy Families, an at-home visiting program designed to help new and expecting parents nurture healthy development in their newborns. The program teaches parents ...

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