#008: High School Seniors Stress Reduced With Mindfulness Practices

#008: High School Seniors Stress Reduced With Mindfulness Practices

February 28, 2021

Isabella Elliot and Emily Gallo - Meditation got them through 2020! Two seniors at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware share their story of how their life changed the day they walked into Mr. Shelton’s Physics class where he begins each class with 3 minutes of silence. And they say every classroom in the US should start this way.

Isabella, a senior, believes that people in our society struggle with creating these positive thoughts and finding peace with themselves and one another. If more people meditated she believes our society would be more open-minded and people would be able to live more freely.

“Having meditation and mindfulness techniques truly helped me calm down the emotions that filled my body.” - Isabella Elliot

Emily, also a senior, wrote her Junior Research Paper on how meditation would be beneficial for students if implemented into classrooms nationwide. As a society, she shares, we definitely struggle with finding love within ourselves and within others, and she believes if more people meditated, society would become more peaceful and relationships would be stronger.

“Most importantly, I am grateful for the gift of mindfulness during this stressful year. Meditation genuinely got me through 2020. It helped me learn how to treat others, understanding that they are going through the same, if not a worse situation.” - Emily Gallo 

Read more of Emily and Isabella’s blogs including other students, staff and individuals impacted by the power of mindfulness and meditation practices.


#007: Ryan Shelton - Teens Under Pressure Use Mindfulness

#007: Ryan Shelton - Teens Under Pressure Use Mindfulness

February 23, 2021

In a Tedx Talk by Kira Willey, she said, "Imagine if every classroom in America started with a one minute mindful moment." Well Ryan Shelton is a Physics teacher at Padua Academy, and he does it!

His students shared that it improves their focus and concentration. 

Ryan Shelton leads the Science Department at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware.

He’s hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, rafted the Grand Canyon and scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef! 

Today, Ryan shares with us how he starts his all-girls high school science class with a 3 minute meditation and their testimony is shared on a blog that he started called “Loving Lives Delaware”. You can read more at

This simple act has improved the lives of not only Mr. Shelton’s students, but staff as well.

#006: Dr. Claudia Gold - Quick Diagnosis and Overmedication.

#006: Dr. Claudia Gold - Quick Diagnosis and Overmedication.

February 20, 2021

What’s Really Going On? Listening Changes the Brain says Dr. Gold.

Dr. Gold is a Pediatrician specializing in the area of infants and families. She is the director of the ‘Hello It’s Me Project,’ a community project in Western Massachusetts which teaches doctors and practitioners through her course how to support parent infant relationships in rural communities with high needs and low resources through her methodology and research. 

Dr. Gold gives parents hope in ways they can truly begin to understand and support the healthy development of their child. Her goal is to impact our next generation and put them on a different trajectory in this time of increased mental health needs and concerns that has us all worried.

In her book, “The Silenced Child,” Dr. Gold shares how behind every troublesome behavior there is always a story crying to be heard.

Dr. Gold’s hope is to empower parents to learn more about their child from the minute they are born and how to watch, observe and learn what your child needs. Listen how Dr. Gold explains how to take a stance of wonder and curiosity asking yourself, “What is this behavior really about?” and being respectful of what your child is bringing. 

Dr. Gold shares with us how children are being silenced and their development stunted in the age of quick diagnosis and overmedication. In her book, ‘The Silenced Child’ she shows the tremendous power of listening in promoting growth and healing. When we pause for a moment of human connection and communication, we discover a path to healing. 

Links to her books

The Developmental Science of Early Childhood

The Silenced Child

Keeping Your Child in Mind

The Power of Discord (2020)


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#005: Random Acts of Kindness Week - 4 months, 1 crazy runner, 3,076 miles coast to coast.

#005: Random Acts of Kindness Week - 4 months, 1 crazy runner, 3,076 miles coast to coast.

February 15, 2021

Have you ever heard of Emery’s Thunder Run to raise funds for cancer? The 3,100 mile coast to coast run across the U. S. is designed to raise awareness about Neuroblastoma, a cancer affecting children that is extremely challenging to successfully fight and one that is grossly underfunded when it comes to research.

Peter Halper is that crazy runner, Emery’s great uncle, on our show today to share, “The strongest compelling desire that motivates me in running is that the hurting, those that I run for, will feel even the faintest whisper of “I am seen,” says Peter Halper.

Running has become my whisper to them and their parents. My way of saying “I see you” and I am doing all that I can to help.

Join me on this Random Acts of Kindness week as we give back to this very special foundation.

#004: Dr. Michele Borba - Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine from her new book “Thrivers”

#004: Dr. Michele Borba - Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine from her new book “Thrivers”

February 8, 2021

Dr. Borba is author of 24 books including “Unselfie” - Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me Word. She is launching her new book, “Thrivers” on March 2nd - “The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.” It includes 7 teachable skills that set happy, healthy, high-performing kids apart. 

Dr. Borba is an educational psychologist and TODAY show contributor. She’s spoken to over 1 million participants on 5 continents. 

On this episode she shares with us that across this nation student mental health is plummeting, depression rates among teens is rising, kids are reporting severe anxiety at ever-younger ages - and the pandemic has only exacerbated this crisis. When Dr. Borba interviewed 100 teens from around the US and asked “tell me about your generation” - most responded with stories of stress, anxiety, isolation and fear. “We’re like pretty packages with nothing inside,” one teen said.

But some young people aren’t struggling; they’re thriving. They cope with adversity, develop healthy relationships, and embrace change. They are ready for whatever the world throws at them, even in uncertain times. Dr. Borba calls these kids Thrivers, and the more she studied them, she wondered, What is their secret? And can it be taught to to others? Dr. Borba shares the seven essential character strengths that set Thrivers apart. 


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Dr. Borba’s website


#002: Dr. Gibbs - Self-Regulation and Sensory Integration - Kids Reaching Their Full Potential

#002: Dr. Gibbs - Self-Regulation and Sensory Integration - Kids Reaching Their Full Potential

February 5, 2021

Dr. Varleisha Gibbs, has her PhD, OTD (doctorate in Occupational Therapy) as well as a (Registered Occupational Therapist and Licensed in the state of Delaware.) She works for the American Occupational Therapy Association, she is an author and speaker who is passionate about helping families with strategies to understand and care for their children with sensory processing disorders. 

She is the author of book Self-Regulation and Mindfulness and co-author of Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders. Her next book is just about to be published which focuses on moving from Trauma Informed-Care to an ACTION based approach. 

What does it look like if my child has sensory needs? How do I know when to go for help and to whom? All of these answers will be addressed in this episode.


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#003: Parenting in a Pandemic, Dr. Kelly Fradin tells us how from her new book

#003: Parenting in a Pandemic, Dr. Kelly Fradin tells us how from her new book

February 5, 2021

Dr. Kelly Fradin is a pediatrician and mom who is a passionate advocate for children’s health and wellness.

I love how Dr. Fradin says, “The Nature of a Pandemic is that we Learn as We Go.” - so true!

Dr. Fradin talks to us today about the social-emotional well-being of our kids during these tumultuous times, should we be worried about the amount of screen time kids are experiencing and practical tips for parents working from home and now managing our kids’ schooling online at home while managing all your other duties to take care of the house and make meals. 

Her new book, "Parenting in a Pandemic" can be purchased on Amazon, click here -

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