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67: Psychiatrist Dr. Elisa Newman (Local Professionals Series)

67: Psychiatrist Dr. Elisa Newman (Local Professionals Series)

Today, Rachel and Steph  are fortunate to welcome Psychiatrist Dr. Elisa Newman to the podcast. We’ll let her explain her credentials but we were excited to have her come on and have this in depth conversation about medication and the emotional impact of a diagnosis....

66: Strategies for the Writing Process (Writing Series)

66: Strategies for the Writing Process (Writing Series)

So many of the learners Rachel & Steph work with struggle with getting started with writing. In this episode, Rachel & Steph discuss why getting started is so hard and share many strategies that they use in their sessions with their clients. They also share...

65: Screen Time with Dr. Joe Dilley (Author Series)

65: Screen Time with Dr. Joe Dilley (Author Series)

Today, Rachel and Steph welcome Dr. Joe Dilley, a clinical psychologist in Pasadena, CA, who authored The Game is Playing Your Kid. In this wide-ranging conversation, they explore boundaries and limit-setting in the context of the modern age. Dr. Dilley explains his...

63: Slow Processing Speed with Dr. Ellen Braaten (Author Series)

63: Slow Processing Speed with Dr. Ellen Braaten (Author Series)

Dr. Ellen Braaten is a leading expert on processing speeds and today she joins Rachel & Steph to have a wide-ranging conversation about what processing speed is and how it impacts daily functioning. Her book Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up further explains what...

62: Manager vs. Consultant (Parenting Series)

62: Manager vs. Consultant (Parenting Series)

What’s the difference between managing your student versus consulting with your student? In this episode, Rachel & Steph talk about this parenting framework and how it impacts educational therapy. Rachel & Steph spend quite a bit of time in their private...

59: Communication & Limiting Beliefs with Rachel Madel

59: Communication & Limiting Beliefs with Rachel Madel

Rachel & Steph are thrilled to welcome longtime Smartie and their dear friend, Rachel Madel to the podcast. Rachel is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a practice in Los Angeles. She is a communication expert and today she shares her expertise with. Rachel...

58: Top 5 Reasons Learners Don’t Want to Make Changes

58: Top 5 Reasons Learners Don’t Want to Make Changes

Rachel & Steph have a conversation about resistance from learners and how difficult change can be for some of their clients. Push back forces Educational Therapists to be creative, flexible and intentional. Today, we share the framework for how we know when to...

56: Why You Should Do Educational Therapy Over the Summer

56: Why You Should Do Educational Therapy Over the Summer

Summer is the perfect time to start educational therapy. Today, Rachel & Steph both share their summer plans and why they love starting with new clients over the summer. Also, they chat about some of the great and creative ways educational therapy can be done over...

55: How to Think Small to Get Big Wins with Jenny Crandall

55: How to Think Small to Get Big Wins with Jenny Crandall

On today’s episode, we welcome Jenny Crandall in Idaho! Jenny shares her family’s story as they navigate her son’s Carson’s struggle with school and ultimate decision to homeschool. She talks about the benefits of having flexibility in Carson’s schedule and taking the...

54: One Year of Podcasting

54: One Year of Podcasting

Happy podcastaversary, Smarties! Cory Zacker, who is a longtime Smartie, interviews Rachel & Steph today to mark their first year of podcasting anniversary. Rachel & Steph pull back the curtain on the origins of Learn Smarter and how it gets produced each week...

53: Alex’s Educational Therapy Journey

53: Alex’s Educational Therapy Journey

Today, we welcome a graduate of Rachel’s from Kapp Educational Therapy Group, Alex. Alex worked with Rachel for a little less than 2 years and you’re about to be wildly impressed by Alex’s own explanation of his academic journey and the skills and strategies he still...

52: Anxiety with Dr. Deanie Eichenstein

52: Anxiety with Dr. Deanie Eichenstein

We love Dr. Deanie over here at Learn Smarter Podcast! Today, Dr. Deanie shares her insights into how anxiety impacts the learners that Rachel & Steph work with. One of Dr. Deanie’s superpowers is to take complex issues and simplify them so we can understand how...

50: ADHD Expert Dr. Thomas Brown

50: ADHD Expert Dr. Thomas Brown

Rachel & Steph are THRILLED to welcome ADHD expert Dr. Thomas Brown to the podcast today. Dr. Brown teaches all of us how he defines ADHD, shares several stories that help all of us to understand ADHD and how it works and how we all struggle with executive...

49: What To Do When Grades Suddenly Plummet

49: What To Do When Grades Suddenly Plummet

Learners are constantly calibrating in educational therapy. We try sometimes, we see if it works and we adjust from there. Today, Rachel & Steph talk about why backsliding happens, how normal and functionally important it is to the educational therapy process and...

48: Success Story with Kathryn Schnabel AKA Milkshake Girl’s Mom

48: Success Story with Kathryn Schnabel AKA Milkshake Girl’s Mom

What an exciting day at Learn Smarter Podcast! Today, you’ll get to meet Milkshake Girl’s mom! She joins us to discuss the academic journey of her daughter, Erin (aka Milkshake Girl). Baby steps are important for this family and having another adult (Steph) to partner...

47: Note Taking

47: Note Taking

In this episode, Rachel & Steph deep dive into note-taking. They chat about why it is so difficult, the various types of notes that teachers require and several of their favorite strategies. How to connect with us: Join our FB Group Join our e-mail list Rachel’s...

46: Dispelling the Stigma of Educational Therapy with Ari Sokolov

46: Dispelling the Stigma of Educational Therapy with Ari Sokolov

Today you’ll meet Ari Sokolov, who is a former client of Rachel’s in Kapp Educational Therapy Group. Ari shares her educational journey today and you’ll be incredibly impressed by her admirable growth mindset. She’s impressive, articulate, generous and VERY tech...

45: Word Problems

45: Word Problems

Word problems are HATED by a lot of the students we serve in educational therapy. Today, our resident math guru, Rachel, teaches all of us why word problems create such resistance in our learners. She also guides us on how to approach and solve word problems mindfully...

43: Why Spelling Doesn’t Matter as Much as You Think

43: Why Spelling Doesn’t Matter as Much as You Think

Rachel & Steph help shape the conversation about spelling. Spelling is hard and it’s also a weakness that parents readily notice. In this episode Rachel & Steph discuss why spelling is so hard for some learners and delve into a discussion about what matters...

42: How to Always Have a Backup Plan

42: How to Always Have a Backup Plan

Plan for the best, expect the worst. In educational therapy, Rachel & Steph teach “academic insurance policies” and build in redundancies so student’s know how to rebound when a plan doesn’t work out the way it was supposed to. Rachel & Steph share 5 of their...

41: The One Thing We Wish Learners Wouldn’t Do

41: The One Thing We Wish Learners Wouldn’t Do

In this episode, Rachel & Steph talk about the one thing they wish all learners would stop doing: LATE WORK. Rachel & Steph talk about why late work happens, why it’s such a problem. They explain all the different steps that a student has to go through to...

39: Growth Mindset

39: Growth Mindset

Struggling learners are very emotionally vulnerable. Rachel & Steph dive into the mindset of struggling learners and examine the differences between a growth mindset and fixed mindset. Mindset is critical to student success and they discuss how educational therapy...

38: How to Set SMART Goals

38: How to Set SMART Goals

Rachel & Steph bring you SMART goals today! Listen in to learn why it’s important to set SMART goals and how to do it. Also, Steph coaches Rachel about an issue with one of her clients. At the end, Rachel ends up shifting what the SMART goal acronym means to help...

37: How Educational Therapy Works

37: How Educational Therapy Works

Today, Rachel and Steph introduce to you the 3 phases that our clients experience when they work with us. This episode explains how educational therapy works in the real world. Educational therapy is a long-term play. This framework highlights the ABC’s of the...

35: (Best of) ADHD and Executive Functioning

35: (Best of) ADHD and Executive Functioning

Happy New Year! Rachel & Steph do a deep dive on ADHD and how ADHD and executive functioning are connected. This episode is completely applicable to parents of all students this episode is totally applicable to your child and you will absolutely learn tips,...

33: Six Rules for Winter Break

33: Six Rules for Winter Break

Winter Break is coming! Listen to this episode to hear: How important it is to relax and WHYHow to practice and hone skills in a way that your child will think is funHow to get ready to start 2019 Both Kapp Educational Therapy Group (Rachel) and My Ed Therapist...

32: Our Favorite Apps and Games of 2018

32: Our Favorite Apps and Games of 2018

Ever wonder what apps and games we love in session? Well, you all asked us so here you go! Rachel does her best to keep up with Steph’s game/app “guru-ness” and both women share their favorite games and apps of 2018! Both Kapp Educational Therapy Group (Rachel) and My...

31: It’s Always Something

31: It’s Always Something

Both Kapp Educational Therapy Group (Rachel) and My Ed Therapist (Steph) are hiring! To be considered to join Rachel’s team, click here. To be considered to join Steph’s team, click here. In this episode, Rachel & Steph dig into one of the more frustrating aspects...

30: The Magic Pill

30: The Magic Pill

There is no quick fix. There is no silver bullet. There is no “magic pill” that will suddenly change everything for your child. Instant solutions simply don’t exist. This is why we, as educational therapists, work towards establishing positive, attainable and...

29: Frequently Asked Questions

29: Frequently Asked Questions

We get the same questions all the time from new parents calling us to begin the process of educational therapy. In this episode, we answer all your frequently asked questions about educational therapy including: How long it takes What is a typical session like...

28: Motivating the Unmotivated

28: Motivating the Unmotivated

Rachel and Steph do a deep dive on motivation. Hear why they don’t believe any student is ever “lazy” and what language they use instead. Also, they talk about why motivation suddenly stops for students who struggle in school. Then they dissect the differences between...

27: How to Make Memory Work

27: How to Make Memory Work

Today, Rachel & Steph demystify memory. They talk all about short term, working (the most important for school) and long term memory.  We talk about how school is truly set up to reward those with good memory, challenges those with weaker memory and the strong...

26: What kind of learner is your child?

26: What kind of learner is your child?

Understanding your learners learning profile is essential when making decisions about what school to attend or helping cultivate a relationship of understanding with your child’s teacher. The natural styles and affinities of different learners directly impact the type...

25: All in Good Time: How to manage time and get going

25: All in Good Time: How to manage time and get going

All human beings--no matter who you are or your learning style or profile--struggle with time. We all feel like we don’t have enough time. In this episode, Rachel & Steph talk about task initiation (which is their fancy way of saying “getting started” with a...

24: Respecting the POP: Prioritizing, Organizing, & Planning

24: Respecting the POP: Prioritizing, Organizing, & Planning

In this episode, Rachel & Steph are super excited to reveal their POP approach in this episode. They remind you of the importance of respecting all aspects of executive functioning and in this episode, they detail ways it is important to respect the POP...

23: The Highly Gifted Student

23: The Highly Gifted Student

As educational therapists, Rachel & Steph also work with highly gifted students, who have a very specific academic experience and journey. The often rely on their intellect and don’t “need” to learn academic coping skills--until they suddenly do! Rachel &...

22: Executive Functioning Strategies for Writing Part 2

22: Executive Functioning Strategies for Writing Part 2

Adding to their conversation from last week, Rachel & Steph continue their deep dive into writing strategies. In this episode, they chat about how spelling, syntax, and grammar are secondary concerns to the larger task of communicating ideas. They also talked...

21: Executive Functioning Strategies for Writing Part 1

21: Executive Functioning Strategies for Writing Part 1

Being able to express yourself in the written word is critical--in the “real world”, students need to know how to properly write an e-mail or quickly and politely express themselves on paper. As school progresses, the complexities of writing become increasingly...

20: The Perfect Storm: Writing & Executive Functioning

20: The Perfect Storm: Writing & Executive Functioning

Writing presents suggest a challenge for ALL students--it doesn’t matter if they have a learning or medical diagnosis that interferes with their ability to function in the classroom. Writing. Is. Hard. In today’s episode, Rachel & Steph do a deep dive into writing...

19: Steph’s Top Games and Apps

19: Steph’s Top Games and Apps

Steph is back to teach us about all her favorite games and apps for reading (decoding). Steph has really earned her nickname as the game guru over the years and in this episode, she tells us her top 5 favorite games and top 5 favorite apps for reading. Be sure to go...

18: Our Top 10 Reading Comprehension Strategies (Part 2)

18: Our Top 10 Reading Comprehension Strategies (Part 2)

Reading comprehension is critical--even if your student is the most fluid out loud reader...are they really understanding what they’re reading? Reading comprehension weaknesses can be sneaky because it can be difficult to identify. In last weeks episode, Rachel &...

17: Our Top 10 Reading Comprehension Strategies (Part 1)

17: Our Top 10 Reading Comprehension Strategies (Part 1)

Reading comprehension is critical--even if your student is the most fluid out loud reader...are they really understanding what they’re reading? Reading comprehension weaknesses can be sneaky because it can be difficult to identify. In this episode, Rachel & Steph...

Ep 14: Back to School (Part 2)

Ep 14: Back to School (Part 2)

Today, Rachel & Steph walk you through how to prepare for going back to school. It’s the beginning of August, which means you and your student are holding onto those last vestiges of summer with all your might--or you may have already started school. It also means...

Ep 13: Back to School (Part 1)

Ep 13: Back to School (Part 1)

Today, Rachel & Steph walk you through how to prepare for going back to school. It’s the end of July which means you and your student are holding onto those last vestiges of summer with all your might. It also means that you may be feeling the anxiety that the...

Ep 12: “My kid isn’t reading.”

Ep 12: “My kid isn’t reading.”

We want all kids to love reading. In this episode, Stephanie does a deep dive on how she works with students who find reading challenging. She teaches us about how reading is comprised of two main components (fluency and comprehension). She gives a million ideas on...

Ep 11: (Math Series) Math is a Four Letter Word

Ep 11: (Math Series) Math is a Four Letter Word

We know how students (and parents) feel about math. We get it and there are also some real reasons why students dislike math. This episode is full of simple and easy to implement suggestions about how to make math more manageable. Rachel gives away a ton of her math...

Ep 10: ADHD and Executive Function

Ep 10: ADHD and Executive Function

Rachel & Steph do a deep dive on ADHD and how ADHD and executive functioning are connected. This episode is completely applicable to parents of all students this episode is totally applicable to your child and you will absolutely learn tips, tricks, and strategies...

Ep 09: What to do with your child over the summer

Ep 09: What to do with your child over the summer

For a lot of people, summer is the best time of year. It is a time for fun and vacations. It is also a time to catch up on those things that were avoided during the school year such as cleaning out your closet. Summer is a time to relax, slow down the pace, and build...

Ep 08: A Session in the Life

Ep 08: A Session in the Life

Show Notes One of the most common questions we get is “what happens in a session?” This is very difficult for us to answer because every session is so individualized and so specific to the age, gender, interests, developmental abilities and psychoeducational goals of...

Ep 07: Educational Therapy vs. Tutoring

Ep 07: Educational Therapy vs. Tutoring

We are frequently asked questions regarding the difference between educational therapy and tutoring. This is a hugely important topic for us. We are going to dig into the differences between the two, how the two can work in tandem, and how sometimes tutoring can work...

Ep 06: [Dreaded] Homework

Ep 06: [Dreaded] Homework

Homework is definitely something that is hard for a lot of families. We know how much of a burden it can be. We, as educational therapists, have to maintain clear boundaries on homework. We are not homework helpers. We are not homework coaches. We teach skills and...

Ep 05: Executive Functioning (and why everyone is talking about it)

Ep 05: Executive Functioning (and why everyone is talking about it)

Executive Function (EF) We talk about executive functioning so frequently because it affects everything that a child (or adult) does all day, every day. We have a few disclaimers that we would like you to know when it comes to executive functioning. The first is don’t...

Ep 04: Creating a Study Plan

Ep 04: Creating a Study Plan

The most important part of studying actually occurs before you even start to relearn (or learn) the material. Today, we break down how to create a study plan that is mindful, achievable, and flexible.  We will also explore the reasons why a study plan might fail and...

Ep 03: The Do’s and Don’ts of Studying

Ep 03: The Do’s and Don’ts of Studying

Studying isn’t what you think it should be. So, what does studying actually look like? Today we explain the do’s and don’ts of studying as well as ways in which to transform the “don’ts” into positive, helpful strategies. These thoughts and tips are applicable to...

Ep 02: (Executive Function Series) How to Calendar

Ep 02: (Executive Function Series) How to Calendar

Calendaring is hated by so many of the students we work with--and it’s the first thing we do with them. It is so critical and so important. If you do not keep track of what is going on in your life, nothing else can get done. Having a calendar is the starting point...

Ep 01: You’re Not Alone

Ep 01: You’re Not Alone

It’s a narrative we hear all too often. A parent will call us regarding their child’s learning difficulty and low self-esteem in school--and the parent is unsure of how to help. Parents often feel isolated because there is no sense of community when they are going...

Ep 00:  Who we are and how we got here

Ep 00: Who we are and how we got here

Learn Smarter: the Educational Therapy Podcast is your go-to resource for the parents and teachers of students with different learning needs. Rachel & Stephanie are two educational therapists who are committed to helping parents and educators find easy, simple and...

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