Ending the Special Ed Stigma
December 14, 2012
Hosted by Randy Rolfe, JD, MA, Bestselling author, family therapist, and wellness educator
How can a parent or teacher communicate to a child who has been identified as having learning differences or needing special education that they are still okay and have a great future ahead of them? What can they do about bullying or other behaviors of peers which make the child feel bad? Actually every child has her or his own learning needs and in an effort to address these needs, various programs have generated a lot of misunderstanding. My guest on Family First this week is an experienced teacher who has dedicated herself to removing the stigma attached to special education. Laura Reiff has created a book which parents can read with their special education child to help both of them deal with the many challenges ahead. Reiff’s book is “The Adventures of Naomi Noodles, The Wonderful, Amazing, Splendiforous Me.” The first of a series, it helps children and their caregivers overcome any stigma about learning differences and helps both end frustration, misunderstanding, and hurt.
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Randy Rolfe, JD, MA, Bestselling author, family therapist, and wellness educator
My focus on family began in the fifth grade, when my mother suggested I do a study of the American family for my history class. I received the top academic prize at the Shipley School and was elected Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Pennsylvania. By age 20, I had traveled to 29 countries and was convinced that world peace begins with the family. I studied law at Villanova Law School to learn how society serves families, served on the Law Review Board, and joined a top Philadelphia firm where I was the first woman attorney ever hired. From the beginning, my husband and I put family first and when we had our own children, I was inspired to write my first book on family: You Can Postpone Anything But Love. I founded the Institute for Creative Solutions to serve families, and I soon became a popular TV and radio personality, “One of the best guests ever,” according to Geraldo Rivera. Other books include: Adult Children Raising Children; The Affirmations Book for Sharing (written with my husband John); The Seven Secrets of Successful Parents; and The Four Temperaments. The books led me to public speaking as far away as Russia. In my family therapy practice I included wellness counseling. I also earned a Masters degree in theology from Villanova University. For my volunteer work, I received the Chapel of the Four Chaplain’s Legion of Honor. Whether spiritual, practical, health or school-related, or financial, I know my expert guests can help you have a great family life!