Raising a Child with ADHD: Shared Experiences across the Pond.
May 4, 2023
Guy Stephens, founder and executive director of Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (AASR) interviews Polina Shkadron, a trauma-informed speech-language pathologist on the impact of stress in neurodiverse populations. This event will be held live on Facebook and YouTube.
April 19, 2022 Season 5 Episode 11
Like anything else in parenting, when it comes to feeding our kids, sometimes we bring in ideas and pre-conceived notions about food, meals, and eating habits and the right way to raise healthy eaters. Some of it comes from our own experiences in childhood, or from family, friends, or social media and we quickly realize what we think should work, isn’t working. Therefore, if we want to raise healthy eaters, we need to be flexible, make small adjustments, and re-think our approach.
In this episode, I sat down with Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP, MSNE, CFTP, ADHD-RSP, a trauma-informed speech-language pathologist who specializes in autism, ADHD, language, and literacy. Polina is also a parent coach, nutrition educator, and founder of Play to Learn. Polina talks about the different types of pressure, how to “consume with intent,” and why the environment and the words we use matter. She also offers easy ways we can change our approach at mealtimes, her 5 food rules—which are really simple to follow, fun activities you can do to encourage healthy eating habits, and how she got 2-year-olds to eat Brussels sprouts for breakfast.
April 2, 2021 Episode 28
In today's episode, Polina Shkadron and I explore the importance of prevention with children and what it looks like. Polina gives some practical tools that parents can implement to help their children learn coping skills.
January 5, 2021
Victoria Speaks with Polina Shkadron on the topic of family mealtimes. This episode is focused on The Quest for the Link between Autism, ADHD and Nutrition. Victoria and Polina discuss the how’s and why’s of nutrition education and the reason that Polina is so passionate about including play in all of her work. The topics of language, autism and play are intertwined within the conversation and listeners discover some of Polina’s tips and rules for more compassionate and stress-free mealtime environments in the home.
April 30, 2020
This is our first attempt at a virtual recording amidst the COVID-19 lockdown here in Queens, NY. Parents are feeling stressed, scared and overwhelmed to say the least. In this video we meet Polina Shkadron who is the owner of Play to Learn, a specialized private practice in Forest Hills. She truly is a kid whisperer with a whole soup of letters after her name. We talk about what Polina does, who she helps, and what red flags to look for when it comes to development.
September 13, 2018
Polina has the most experience working with early intervention and school-aged children with autism. Her professional journey consisted of transitioning from different work environments in search of increasing independence and supervisory positions. She is currently working as an adjunct communication disorders professor at a university in addition to her private practice.
WHAT WE COVER
How she's diversifying her skill set through continuing education, leading her to her declaration that she will be a “student forever.” The jaw-dropping moment which would likely have stopped others in their tracks. Her best source of referrals, including her path to building her social media presence. Her important decision to never undersell competitors. Why she actively seeks interaction with and learning experiences from professionals in other specialties.
PICKY EATER CASE STUDY
This case study follows a young child’s development, highlighting the intricacies involved in feeding and mealtime behaviors.
ROLE OF NEUROTRANSMITTERS IN WEIGHT REGULATION
Have you ever wondered how the brain knows whether you are hungry or full? This brief 3-minute video explores the nervous system and its involvement in energy regulation.
RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT
Take the next 4 minutes to learn about go, slow, and whoa foods. This video explains how products can be categorized to teach children the ways in which food items affect their bodies' abilities to move and learn.
CHANGING THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
This 3-minute presentation explains how constructs of the social cognitive theory can be used to identify social norms, promote positive role models, and enhance implementation of schoolwide strategies.