The Playground GR - a podcast about emotional health and PLAY!

The Playground GR - a podcast about emotional health and PLAY!

THE PLAYGROUNDgr is proud to bring you a PODCAST about PLAY. We started our podcast journey through the Playground Chat, and were proud to be heard around the world! We see the value in continuing to share the value of play and it's impact on emotional health. We are thrilled to have guests sharing their own experiences with play in THEIR world as we explore the emotional benefits play brings to children through host Jacqueline Scherer, a licensed clinical social worker and community advocate.


May 27, 2022 18 mins
THE PLAYGROUNDgr is excited to chat with Ellie Wilcox about the value play offers for children on a critical illness journey. Who is Ellie? Ellie is the Regional Managing Director of Leadership Giving for Make-A-Wish Michigan. Previously, Ellie worked in Development for Hospice of Michigan and in recruitment for Michigan Blood. She holds a bachelor's degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Western Michigan University a...
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THE PLAYGROUNDgr Podcast and Nature Crate partnered up to a look at Nature Play, in both rural and urban neighborhoods. Join us as we explore mud and the use of water! Who is Nature Crate? Krista and Emily, are mothers and early childhood educators with a passion for play and outdoor learning! Krista is from Ambler, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia), she enjoys a good cup of coffee, reading, and brewing her own Kombucha....
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May 13, 2022 21 mins
THE PLAYGROUNDgr is thrilled to share our guest, the one, the only .... Ace Marasigan. Join us as we talk play, parenting and leadership. ☕ Who is Ace? "Ace Marasigan was born in Manila, Philippines. At 16 years old emigrated to the United States. A self-thought marketer, entrepreneur, a loving husband, and a father to a dynamic 8-year-old boy named Redd. Playing games is an essential tool for Ace as he bonds with Redd. Ace beli...
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May 6, 2022 23 mins
THE PLAYGROUNDgr is thrilled to be welcoming another amazing guest on THE PLAYGROUNDgr Podcast. Join us, as we discuss ways to play with our Middle Schoolers! We will be busting stero types around tweens and play...... Joining us is Libby Bigelow, who is Operations Manager for a financial services office. Libby oversees technology for her office which includes helping clients with online access for their accounts. She also coordina...
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April 29, 2022 24 mins
THE PLAYGROUNDgr Podcast has exciting news .... And an exciting up and coming guest....... Pastor Toran Scott and THE PLAYGROUNDgr will celebrate Dad's who play!!!!!!! Who is Toran? "Toran is the lead pastor at The Local Church and he still can’t believe he gets to do what he loves for a living. He’s been a pastor for 25 years, working with students, young adults, in discipleship and as a teaching pastor. Toran did his undergrad at...
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April 1, 2022 24 mins

Tune into The PLAYGROUNDgr Podcast tomorrow as we explore Anxiety and Play with Special Guest Megan Bowman.

Who is Megan?

Megan is a "Mother of two active boys, wife and business woman. Owner of Bad Moms Social Club - Grand Rapids, bringing empowered women together with networking, events, and fun." Megan is "always creating a positive and supportive environment for all the women out there!"

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March 25, 2022 25 mins

The PLAYGROUNDgr welcomes Kristy Dayson.

"I’m Licensed Mater Social Worker and certified School Social Worker. I am also the mom of a wonderful teenage son who is on the Autism Spectrum. I am also a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. I was previously an ABA Technician working with children on the Autism Spectrum and Home-Based Therapist working with children and families who are experiencing significant ment...

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February 24, 2022 23 mins

Who better to join the PLAYGROUNDgr Podcast this Friday morning then the brilliant, thoughtful and world changer, Mrs. Jordan Ebanaya.

Jordan is the thought-provoking voice of FatBlackChick, a collection of online content that challenges racial conditioning and promotes systemic and individual awareness and evolution. She is a secular humanist, student of yoga, academic researcher and educator, and Detroit native. She leads a busy ...

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THE PLAYGROUND GR presents a FEELINGS series, focusing on BIG feelings and Play. Today we focused on ANGER. Anger, aggression and BIG tantrums can be VERY DIFFICULT TO MANGE! Learn more about how and why as we unpack ANGER in this mornings THE PLAYGROUNDgr Podcast with returning and special guest, Alison Viebrock.

The facts: "Anger starts with our amygdala stimulating our hypothalamus" and likely impacts our prefrontal cotex. It is...

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February 4, 2022 25 mins

Join me in welcoming Jilian Rakow, a Licensed Professional Counselor who owns her own practice as well as subcontracting through Counseling Center of West Michigan. Jilian Is dual certified as an Equine Specialist and a Mental Health specialist through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. ( EAGALA)  After a 20+ year career as an American Sign Language Interpreter Jilian returned to school as an adult and comple...

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January 28, 2022 27 mins

Join the PLAYGROUNDgr Podcast as Jacqueline Scherer and career women and amazing Mom, Alison Viebrock explore the limitations one may feel when bringing play into their world. The emotional, mental and physical benefits of play are clear, but what if you don't have the time? What if you don't know how? What if you don't want to? We have solutions.....  But first, who is Alison? Alison has over 18 years of leadership experience...

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January 28, 2022 20 mins

THE PLAYGROUNDgr presents, "1000 hours Outside" with amazing guest, Tori Szubinski. Tori is a stay at home Mom to three boys, coach and recess monitor extraordinaire. She has devoted the last 7 years to blasting sterotypes about what it means to be a Stay at Home Mom through her hands on approach to parenting, play and community advocacy. Tori opens her home and heart to the Grand Rapids community, inviting all in to play. Join us ...

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Today we welcome our special guest,  Tara Gwamna, a community leader and Mom. Tara is Director of Family Engagement at the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative. Tara has over 5 years of experience working in early childhood education. She has a bachelor's degree in family studies and psychology from Central Michigan University (Fire Up!) and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

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Join us at the PLAYROUNDgr in welcoming special guest, Josh Dunigan as we explore the power of drumming. "Over the past fifteen years, Joshua Dunigan has used his love of world music to teach and perform Afro-Cuban and Latin percussion with adult classes and public school students. As the percussionist for Latin-Rock band Cabildo and Afrobeat band AfroZuma, Josh places traditional Cuban, Brazilian, and Andean rhythms in a contempor...
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The Playground GR brings play to listeners around the world. We are thrilled to have Zoe Gates join us as we explore the benefits of meditations and yoga. Zoe is a licensed Master Social Worker, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and a children's yoga instructor. She and her husband have two incredible children; a five-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son. She worked in foster care as a children's therapist from 2011-201...
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Join me as THE PLAYGROUNDgr checks in on caregivers working towards making the Winter holidays a little less stressful for the children in their homes. #theplaygroundgr #play4thehealthofit

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LET'S TALK ABOUT PLAY! We practice what we preach, playing in the Scherer home! Join me in welcoming THE PLAYGROUNDGR PODCAST'S 1st guest, Shane Scherer. Shane is a foster parent, parent, purple heart recipient and my husband. Together, we are conquering this amazing journey of play in our home! Join us as we share our tips, tricks and ways we love to play. Now go, go, go and PLAY! 

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