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EPISODE 5 -- Trauma


Pediatric neuropsychologist Dr. Jayme Jones discusses children and trauma.





EPISODE 4 -- The Science of Sleep


Clinical psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jennifer L. Martin discusses the science of sleep. She provides concrete ways parents can foster healthy sleep not just for their children, but the whole family.



Time markers for this episode:

  • Why is sleep so important (2:00)
  • Sleep and postpartum depression (6:30)
  • Moral vs. scientific view of sleep and sleep training (8:30)
  • Shifting the conversation to healthy sleep habits for families (18:00)
  • Older children and sleep (25:30)
  • Morally judging adolescents and recommendations for school start time (35:00)
  • Cortisol (37:00)

Resources for further information:



EPISODE 3 -- The Vertical Brain Model in Action


Neurologic music therapist Peggy Schaefer discusses the vertical brain model in action and provides concrete strategies parents and teachers can use to help children with transitions, classroom wandering, and emotion regulation. This is a must-listen for those who have or work with children with neurodiversity issues (but the information is relevant to all children).



Some time markers for this episode:

  • Empathy (18:29)
  • Female versus male presentation of ASD (20:30)
  • Presume competence (23:45)
    • Transitions (also talked about here)
  • Recommendations for teachers (31:14)
    • Look at how children move (32:00)
    • The adult as part of the prepared environment (38:53)
    • Observation (43:45)
    • Wandering (51:34)
    • Flooding and gating issues (55:05)
    • Overshoot / Undershoot (although this is discussed throughout) (57:36)

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EPISODE 2 -- Montessori and The Vertical Brain Model


In this episode of the SMP Podcast, I talk with neuropsychologist Dr. Deborah Budding about the vertical model of the brain – a model that provides THE reason all children should have access to Montessori education. Dr. Budding also addresses how this model can help educators work with children who are not neurotypical.

You can find out more about Dr. Deborah Budding's books and other publications here.





EPISODE 1 -- Transitioning from Montessori to "Real" School


Listen to one child discuss her experience transitioning from an independent Montessori school to a conventional public middle school.





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