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Tracy Sherriff: Parent Coach and Advocacy Mentor

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Tracy Sherriff: Parent Coach and Advocacy Mentor

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Tracy Sherriff invites parents, educators, politicians, or anyone who is doing remarkable things for children and students with special needs to the show. A parent of children with unique learning differences and an educator in the field of special needs, Tracy has had the privilege of being on both sides of the table. Tracy and her guests talk openly about advocacy, collaboration and partnership, within the medical and education systems, and the challenges and successes related to parenting these remarkable kids.

Latest Episodes

EP11 A Quest for Knowledge of the Dyslexic Mind with Elisheva Schwartz

In this episode I interviewElisheva Schwartz, a dyslexia researcher, mother, wife , intelligence re- define -er and podcast host. She’s on a mission to decode the dyslexic mind, and empower the dyslexic community to fully understand both the strengths and the difficulties of the processing style. Elisheva shares her journey as a student with Dyslexia, what it meant for her then and what it means for her now that has led her to culminate in her live online community course for parents of dyslexic students on Dyslexia and Self Esteem, titled “ How To Build Your Child’s Self Esteem, Even If The School Is Tearing It Down”. Connect with Elisheva Schwartz http://www.elishevaschwartz.com/ Connect with Tracy Sherriff www.tracysherriff.com Resources and Links Elisheva is also offering a FREE webinar on the 7th, 14th and 21st of August. This webinar is on topics related to her new online course in September on dyslexia and self-esteem for middle school children called, “How To Build Your...

41 MIN2017 AUG 17
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EP11 A Quest for Knowledge of the Dyslexic Mind with Elisheva Schwartz

EP10 What Is Advocacy? The Real Story

When you're a parent of a child with special needs there is no option for you to be sitting on the sidelines. If you aren't already familiar with advocacy, you will be forced to step outside of your comfort zone as you try to navigate the complex education system.In today's solo episode Itake a deeper look at advocacy and the principles of advocacy I apply in my day to day interactions. "Advocacy isn't about getting what you WANT, it's about getting what your child NEEDS." "Advocacy is about communication - the right communication with the right person at the right time." "Advocacy is driven by a vision of the future." Connect with Tracy www,tracysherriff.com References www.tracysherriff.com/learn-with-me EP05 What's Your Parent Advocacy Style?

12 MIN2017 JUL 7
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EP10 What Is Advocacy? The Real Story

EP09 Taking the Stress out of Your Family Vacation with Katherine Resch

In this episode: Planning vacations can be exciting but super stressful for families with young children. However, for families of children with special needs there is often so much more to consider and the planning can be overwhelming. Today I talk with Katherine Resch, a travel consultant working as an independent contractor through Happily Ever After Travel. Katherine specializes in vacations to family destinations, including (but not limited to) Disney destinations (Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Lines, Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawai'i, and Adventures by Disney), Universal Resort Orlando, all-inclusive vacations (such as Sandals and Beaches Resorts), and cruises. Katherine's expertise is in planning a personalized vacation experience for each family. She has personal experience in traveling with her daughter, who is legally blind, and also has various speech and physical delays. She has also planned several vacations for families who have members with...

58 MIN2017 JUN 29
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EP09 Taking the Stress out of Your Family Vacation with Katherine Resch

EP08 Making Choices: Finding Alternative Ways to Meet the Financial Needs of Your Family Post Diagnosis with Jen Turrell

Are you struggling with balancing an inflexible job with parenting a child with special needs? Today's guest, Jen Turrell, was quickly forced to find alternatives ways to reinvent herself after her two daughters were diagnosed with autism. Jen sharesa little bit about her family story and how she quickly realized that becoming an entrepreneur was exactly what she needed to add some flexibility and stability to her life and finances. Now Jen is a financial personal trainer who supports female entrepreneurs and self-employed women take control of their money, so it doesn’t control them. Breaking through complex financial stress, she helps automate cashflow systems for both work and home. Jen is also a dedicated Mom to her two girls who face the world with a few extra challenges. She is a musician, an author, and a part-time pilot. To hear some of Jen's conversations with her favorite people check out her podcast on iTunes "Financial Fluency: Speaking the Language of Money." In this e...

60 MIN2017 JUN 22
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EP08 Making Choices: Finding Alternative Ways to Meet the Financial Needs of Your Family Post Diagnosis with Jen Turrell

EP07 Real Talk with Positively Sue: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

Life can throw you curve balls and today's guest shares with us her family's journey in the world of special needs and how it's change her life. Sue Bassett believes everything happens for a reason and decided early on to turn her obstacles into opportunities. Listen to find out how Sue views change as she shares her story and provides tips on how to get through challenging times. In this episode: 2:45 - Meet Sue 7:57 - Sue talks about her journey with her daughter 10:34 - Open Heart Surgery, Angioplasty, 1500 needles, 32 blood transfusions, 400 tests and x-rays, 25 holidays in hospital and still smiling and laughing 13:38 - Life's hiccups and real talk about how she gets through 16:15 - Why she chooses to be "real" on social media 17:36 - Mother's intuition and her son's journey with being gifted, having a non-verbal learning disability and ADD 23:25 Sue talks about her decision to found Opening Hearts 30:19 How Sue has become a motivational speaker - Positively Sue 32:11 Sue talks...

38 MIN2017 JUN 19
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EP07 Real Talk with Positively Sue: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

EP06 3 Things Kids Crave that Motivate Their Behaviour that Every Parent Needs to Know with Monica Boeru

Do you need your own parent-teen whisperer? My guest today is Monica Boeru, a Certified Life Coach and a Parent Educator. As a Parent Educator, Monica's mission is to help parents navigate the pre-adolescent and adolescent years with less tension and a deeper connection between parents and their children. Her conscious and mindful approach to parenting does not focus on the child. In fact, she believes that children are NOT the ones that need to be disciplined or controlled. Instead, she turns the spotlight on parents and takes them on a beautiful journey of self-reflection and healing so they can become highly attuned parents. She brings old world wisdom and marries it with a modern and practical approach to create an environment in which both parent and child are in tune with each other. On social media, she’s known as The Parent-Teen Whisperer and runs a successful private practice. In this episode you will find out about: 2:20 Who Monica is? 4:37Why getting real with her past i...

50 MIN2017 JUN 15
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EP06 3 Things Kids Crave that Motivate Their Behaviour that Every Parent Needs to Know with Monica Boeru

EP05 What's Your Parent Advocacy Style?

What kind of advocate are you? In today's episode, I talk a little bit more about my journey as a parent to two children with unique learning differences. Along the way I have become a "go to" person for supporting other parents to navigate the education system. Find out why and what I've observed along the way that leads me to believe their are three distinct types of parent advocates. Which one are you? In this episode: 1:28 My why and my journey 4:45 Advocacy is about staying on top of things... 5:56 Why I chose the title of this podcast 6:44 Feelings are universal among parents 7:45 How I grew my confidence as a parent advocate 8:12I became a "go to" expert 11:03Real talk about parent advocacy styles 11:58 Parents are having different experiences when advocating for their child. Why is that? 12:25 Truthtime - you don't want to miss this 13:36 The ostrich 14:18The optimist 15:35 The avenger 18:56 There's probably a bit of ourselves in all of these styles Connect with Tracy tracy@...

21 MIN2017 JUN 12
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EP05 What's Your Parent Advocacy Style?

EP04 Keys to Success In and Out of the Classroom for Students with Learning Disabilities with Casey Foote

Being a student with a learning disability can bring about a lot of confusion when you don't understand yourself. Join me in this episode where we talk with Casey Foote, Technology Consultant, as she talks about her childhood as a student with a learning disability and ADHD, and how she came to understand herself. Casey is a lifelong learner and shares with us some additional tips on being an adult with a learning disability in the post secondary education system. In this episode we talk about accommodations, self-advocacy and self-knowledge as keys to success for all students young and old. In this episode, you will find out about: 4:11 Casey talks about the impact tech had in her decision to become a technology consultant. 5:10 Casey’s story 7:06 Casey meets Todd Cunningham and talks about how the meeting she was dragged to changed everything 8:18 How tech changed her ability to succeed 10:50 Casey talks about LearnStyle, the emphasis on technology as a tool in schools and bring ...

53 MIN2017 JUN 8
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EP04 Keys to Success In and Out of the Classroom for Students with Learning Disabilities with Casey Foote

EP03 Bouncing Forward: The Power of Resiliency in Life, Parenting and Serving Others with Brian King

EP03 Bouncing Forward: The Power of Resilience in Life, Parenting and Serving Others In today's episode, I talk to Brian King, coach and mentor for parents and educators on strategies to motivate and communicate better with members of the Asperger's and ADHD communities. Brian has quite a back story, starting from his own childhood struggles with health and disability, to now, as a parent of 3 boys with ADHD and Asperger's. Brian's demonstrates tremendous resilience despite his ongoing struggles. I wanted to find out more about what makes Brian see the positive in all of his experiences and how it helps him support families who are walking a similar journey. In this episode you will find out about: 3:55 Why Brian has had to learn to be resourceful in life 10:55 Life challenges and how and why he encourages people to talk about them 13:03 His truth about vulnerability 14:42 "Life does happen in the moment" - How Brian supports his clients with that philosophy 15:52 Brian talks about ...

32 MIN2017 JUN 5
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EP03 Bouncing Forward: The Power of Resiliency in Life, Parenting and Serving Others with Brian King

EP02 The Journey to Diagnosis

EP02 The Journey to Diagnosis with Merideth Bisiker Whether your child has a diagnosis of some form of special need or you're on your own family journey to diagnosis, you will find this podcast relatable, uplifting and empowering. In today's show, I interview Merideth Bisiker, mother and business strategist, as she shares about her story about her daughters recent diagnosis of Autism and ADHD. Merideth shares how important open communication and takingproactive action have been in her ability to successfully navigate the education system. In this episode you will find out about: 5:35 Merideth shares how intuition played a role in her journey to find out more about her daughter. 9:10 Who was the first person to approach Merideth about their concerns about her daughter and how she reacted. 13:55 The importance of open conversation. 17:56 How despite challenges with living in a small community on Vancouver Island, Meridith has felt successful navigating the systems and services that th...

49 MIN2017 JUN 4
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EP02 The Journey to Diagnosis

Latest Episodes

EP11 A Quest for Knowledge of the Dyslexic Mind with Elisheva Schwartz

In this episode I interviewElisheva Schwartz, a dyslexia researcher, mother, wife , intelligence re- define -er and podcast host. She’s on a mission to decode the dyslexic mind, and empower the dyslexic community to fully understand both the strengths and the difficulties of the processing style. Elisheva shares her journey as a student with Dyslexia, what it meant for her then and what it means for her now that has led her to culminate in her live online community course for parents of dyslexic students on Dyslexia and Self Esteem, titled “ How To Build Your Child’s Self Esteem, Even If The School Is Tearing It Down”. Connect with Elisheva Schwartz http://www.elishevaschwartz.com/ Connect with Tracy Sherriff www.tracysherriff.com Resources and Links Elisheva is also offering a FREE webinar on the 7th, 14th and 21st of August. This webinar is on topics related to her new online course in September on dyslexia and self-esteem for middle school children called, “How To Build Your...

41 MIN2017 AUG 17
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EP11 A Quest for Knowledge of the Dyslexic Mind with Elisheva Schwartz

EP10 What Is Advocacy? The Real Story

When you're a parent of a child with special needs there is no option for you to be sitting on the sidelines. If you aren't already familiar with advocacy, you will be forced to step outside of your comfort zone as you try to navigate the complex education system.In today's solo episode Itake a deeper look at advocacy and the principles of advocacy I apply in my day to day interactions. "Advocacy isn't about getting what you WANT, it's about getting what your child NEEDS." "Advocacy is about communication - the right communication with the right person at the right time." "Advocacy is driven by a vision of the future." Connect with Tracy www,tracysherriff.com References www.tracysherriff.com/learn-with-me EP05 What's Your Parent Advocacy Style?

12 MIN2017 JUL 7
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EP10 What Is Advocacy? The Real Story

EP09 Taking the Stress out of Your Family Vacation with Katherine Resch

In this episode: Planning vacations can be exciting but super stressful for families with young children. However, for families of children with special needs there is often so much more to consider and the planning can be overwhelming. Today I talk with Katherine Resch, a travel consultant working as an independent contractor through Happily Ever After Travel. Katherine specializes in vacations to family destinations, including (but not limited to) Disney destinations (Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Lines, Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawai'i, and Adventures by Disney), Universal Resort Orlando, all-inclusive vacations (such as Sandals and Beaches Resorts), and cruises. Katherine's expertise is in planning a personalized vacation experience for each family. She has personal experience in traveling with her daughter, who is legally blind, and also has various speech and physical delays. She has also planned several vacations for families who have members with...

58 MIN2017 JUN 29
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EP09 Taking the Stress out of Your Family Vacation with Katherine Resch

EP08 Making Choices: Finding Alternative Ways to Meet the Financial Needs of Your Family Post Diagnosis with Jen Turrell

Are you struggling with balancing an inflexible job with parenting a child with special needs? Today's guest, Jen Turrell, was quickly forced to find alternatives ways to reinvent herself after her two daughters were diagnosed with autism. Jen sharesa little bit about her family story and how she quickly realized that becoming an entrepreneur was exactly what she needed to add some flexibility and stability to her life and finances. Now Jen is a financial personal trainer who supports female entrepreneurs and self-employed women take control of their money, so it doesn’t control them. Breaking through complex financial stress, she helps automate cashflow systems for both work and home. Jen is also a dedicated Mom to her two girls who face the world with a few extra challenges. She is a musician, an author, and a part-time pilot. To hear some of Jen's conversations with her favorite people check out her podcast on iTunes "Financial Fluency: Speaking the Language of Money." In this e...

60 MIN2017 JUN 22
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EP08 Making Choices: Finding Alternative Ways to Meet the Financial Needs of Your Family Post Diagnosis with Jen Turrell

EP07 Real Talk with Positively Sue: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

Life can throw you curve balls and today's guest shares with us her family's journey in the world of special needs and how it's change her life. Sue Bassett believes everything happens for a reason and decided early on to turn her obstacles into opportunities. Listen to find out how Sue views change as she shares her story and provides tips on how to get through challenging times. In this episode: 2:45 - Meet Sue 7:57 - Sue talks about her journey with her daughter 10:34 - Open Heart Surgery, Angioplasty, 1500 needles, 32 blood transfusions, 400 tests and x-rays, 25 holidays in hospital and still smiling and laughing 13:38 - Life's hiccups and real talk about how she gets through 16:15 - Why she chooses to be "real" on social media 17:36 - Mother's intuition and her son's journey with being gifted, having a non-verbal learning disability and ADD 23:25 Sue talks about her decision to found Opening Hearts 30:19 How Sue has become a motivational speaker - Positively Sue 32:11 Sue talks...

38 MIN2017 JUN 19
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EP07 Real Talk with Positively Sue: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

EP06 3 Things Kids Crave that Motivate Their Behaviour that Every Parent Needs to Know with Monica Boeru

Do you need your own parent-teen whisperer? My guest today is Monica Boeru, a Certified Life Coach and a Parent Educator. As a Parent Educator, Monica's mission is to help parents navigate the pre-adolescent and adolescent years with less tension and a deeper connection between parents and their children. Her conscious and mindful approach to parenting does not focus on the child. In fact, she believes that children are NOT the ones that need to be disciplined or controlled. Instead, she turns the spotlight on parents and takes them on a beautiful journey of self-reflection and healing so they can become highly attuned parents. She brings old world wisdom and marries it with a modern and practical approach to create an environment in which both parent and child are in tune with each other. On social media, she’s known as The Parent-Teen Whisperer and runs a successful private practice. In this episode you will find out about: 2:20 Who Monica is? 4:37Why getting real with her past i...

50 MIN2017 JUN 15
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EP06 3 Things Kids Crave that Motivate Their Behaviour that Every Parent Needs to Know with Monica Boeru

EP05 What's Your Parent Advocacy Style?

What kind of advocate are you? In today's episode, I talk a little bit more about my journey as a parent to two children with unique learning differences. Along the way I have become a "go to" person for supporting other parents to navigate the education system. Find out why and what I've observed along the way that leads me to believe their are three distinct types of parent advocates. Which one are you? In this episode: 1:28 My why and my journey 4:45 Advocacy is about staying on top of things... 5:56 Why I chose the title of this podcast 6:44 Feelings are universal among parents 7:45 How I grew my confidence as a parent advocate 8:12I became a "go to" expert 11:03Real talk about parent advocacy styles 11:58 Parents are having different experiences when advocating for their child. Why is that? 12:25 Truthtime - you don't want to miss this 13:36 The ostrich 14:18The optimist 15:35 The avenger 18:56 There's probably a bit of ourselves in all of these styles Connect with Tracy tracy@...

21 MIN2017 JUN 12
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EP05 What's Your Parent Advocacy Style?

EP04 Keys to Success In and Out of the Classroom for Students with Learning Disabilities with Casey Foote

Being a student with a learning disability can bring about a lot of confusion when you don't understand yourself. Join me in this episode where we talk with Casey Foote, Technology Consultant, as she talks about her childhood as a student with a learning disability and ADHD, and how she came to understand herself. Casey is a lifelong learner and shares with us some additional tips on being an adult with a learning disability in the post secondary education system. In this episode we talk about accommodations, self-advocacy and self-knowledge as keys to success for all students young and old. In this episode, you will find out about: 4:11 Casey talks about the impact tech had in her decision to become a technology consultant. 5:10 Casey’s story 7:06 Casey meets Todd Cunningham and talks about how the meeting she was dragged to changed everything 8:18 How tech changed her ability to succeed 10:50 Casey talks about LearnStyle, the emphasis on technology as a tool in schools and bring ...

53 MIN2017 JUN 8
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EP04 Keys to Success In and Out of the Classroom for Students with Learning Disabilities with Casey Foote

EP03 Bouncing Forward: The Power of Resiliency in Life, Parenting and Serving Others with Brian King

EP03 Bouncing Forward: The Power of Resilience in Life, Parenting and Serving Others In today's episode, I talk to Brian King, coach and mentor for parents and educators on strategies to motivate and communicate better with members of the Asperger's and ADHD communities. Brian has quite a back story, starting from his own childhood struggles with health and disability, to now, as a parent of 3 boys with ADHD and Asperger's. Brian's demonstrates tremendous resilience despite his ongoing struggles. I wanted to find out more about what makes Brian see the positive in all of his experiences and how it helps him support families who are walking a similar journey. In this episode you will find out about: 3:55 Why Brian has had to learn to be resourceful in life 10:55 Life challenges and how and why he encourages people to talk about them 13:03 His truth about vulnerability 14:42 "Life does happen in the moment" - How Brian supports his clients with that philosophy 15:52 Brian talks about ...

32 MIN2017 JUN 5
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EP03 Bouncing Forward: The Power of Resiliency in Life, Parenting and Serving Others with Brian King

EP02 The Journey to Diagnosis

EP02 The Journey to Diagnosis with Merideth Bisiker Whether your child has a diagnosis of some form of special need or you're on your own family journey to diagnosis, you will find this podcast relatable, uplifting and empowering. In today's show, I interview Merideth Bisiker, mother and business strategist, as she shares about her story about her daughters recent diagnosis of Autism and ADHD. Merideth shares how important open communication and takingproactive action have been in her ability to successfully navigate the education system. In this episode you will find out about: 5:35 Merideth shares how intuition played a role in her journey to find out more about her daughter. 9:10 Who was the first person to approach Merideth about their concerns about her daughter and how she reacted. 13:55 The importance of open conversation. 17:56 How despite challenges with living in a small community on Vancouver Island, Meridith has felt successful navigating the systems and services that th...

49 MIN2017 JUN 4
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EP02 The Journey to Diagnosis
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