The Dyslexia Quest Podcast

Join us for this episode with Dr. Adam Price, Ph.D., author of "He's Not Lazy."

Why are some teenage boys unmotivated? Why do they spend endless hours playing video games or glued to their phones and social media sites instead of studying? Is this a sign of laziness or something more troubling? As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Adam Price has found that teenage boys are extremely sensitive to the stress of our competitive achievement oriented culture—one that has created a pressure cooker for today’s adolescent and often leads to boys "opting out."

     In He’s Not Lazy, Dr. Price, a renowned expert on ADHD and learning disabilities, explains how to help a boy who is not lazy, but rather, is conflicted about trying his best. Dr. Price will guide you to discover hidden obstacles to your son’s success, set expectations, and empower him to accept responsibility for his own future.

     He’s Not Lazy will help you become your son’s ally, as he assumes greater self-confidence and becomes more self-reliant. Rather than reacting to pressure by shunning academic responsibilities altogether or propping up fear-based rebellion with justifications like “I am not going to be one of those nerds who have no life,” or “Tests don’t measure intelligence or help you learn, so what’s the point of studying for them?” your teenage son can work with you using the guidance in this book.

BIO: Dr. Price is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience working with children and teens. As the former Director of Outpatient Services at Newark Beth Israel Hospital and Associate Director at Family Connections, a mental health agency, he has supervised and trained numerous clinicians in family and child therapy. He maintains a private practice in New York City and Chatham, New Jersey.

Dr. Price has published articles on family and child therapy in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Family Circle, and is the author of the book He's Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe in Himself. Price has presented widely to both parents and educators on opting out, child development, and learning disabilities, and has appeared on “Good Day New York” and other programs to discuss topics ranging from discipline to the impact of video games on children.

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An expert on helping differntly-wired children, Debbie Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who, before creating TiLT, spent more than fifteen years writing inspiring books for women and teens and speaking about issues like media literacy, self-esteem, and confidence.

But when Debbie learned that her son Asher was differently-wired, she spent years figuring out how to best support him in school and in life, recognizing how incredibly difficult it was to find solid, reliable, useful, and most of all optimistic, information for parents like her. Many of the websites and organizations that did exist didn’t speak to her, nor did they help her figure out a plan for getting Asher what he needed while supporting herself in the process. Her best leads came from word-of-mouth from other parents who’d been down the road before her, but even then, figuring out what to do and where to turn next was like going geocaching without a GPS. She created TiLT so parents stuck in this place of not-knowing and frustration can feel connected and grounded as they move forward in figuring out what their child needs in a way that feels positive and hopeful for the whole family.

Since 2002, she’s written ten books, including Differently Wired: Raising an Extraordinary Child in a Conventional World, which was published by Workman Publishing in June 2018. Her most recent books for young adults include Doable: The Girls’ Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything and Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You.



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Our guest Dr. David Gleason is a neuropsychologist and author of the book "At What Cost?: Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools." Students with dyslexia, ADHD, and reading difficulties are often at risk of feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Dr. Gleason walks parents through striving for balance as we raise children and through increasing resiliency of children and adolescents.

Anxiety, depression, and their dangerous manifestations-substance abuse, eating disorders, self-injury and suicide- are increasing student conditions at many competitive high schools. Paradoxically, most of these schools promote themselves as being committed to students' holistic development in academics, athletics and the arts, and in their personal, social, and emotional growth. So why are so many students struggling? Dr. Gleason has investigated these concerns in competitive high schools throughout the United States and around the world, and has found almost complete unanimity in how educators and parents have responded to his interviews. In sum, these caring and dedicated adults fully admit to overscheduling, overworking and, at times, overwhelming their students and teenaged children. This conflict - adults wanting to educate and parent adolescents in healthy and balanced ways, but simultaneously, overscheduling, overworking and, at times, overwhelming them - is at the heart of this book.

Dr. David Gleason is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Concord, Massachusetts.  For thirty years, Dr. Gleason has worked with children and adolescents in many public and independent schools, providing assessments as well as clinical and educational consultations to faculty members, school administrators and parents.

Join us for this amazing episode!

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Our guests Kate Power and Kathy Iwanczak Forsyth join us to discuss their new illustrated book on dyslexia. They both have dyslexia, they have dyslexic children, and they currently thrive in their creative design careers.
This uplifting episode reveals insights into amazing dyslexic people and will help you embrace the differences and strengths of dyslexia.
Through the journey, they help the audience weed out what dyslexia means for them and discover the tools needed to blossom.
They discuss their beautiful book that makes dyslexia come to life, with visual imagery and colorful text that presents what dyslexia means, how it feels, what to do about it, and how to learn to embrace it. There are advantages to being dyslexic, including an aptitude for design literacy and innovative thinking, although these can be obscured by its challenges.
They approach the subject of dyslexia in a simple and encouraging way for all age groups. By showing what dyslexia is in pictures, this book offers a fun and engaging means of working out how dyslexia affects the individual specifically, with a multitude of learning tools and tips, and a gallery of inspirational dyslexics who have used their particular skills to do amazing things with their lives.
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