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An Apple A Day With Dr. Amanda

An Apple A Day With Dr. Amanda

By Amanda Helman
The purpose of this podcast to empower people to share their stories in the areas of education, leadership, and mental health. Every week, Dr. Amanda interviews a guest or shares information on a weekly theme. There are a variety of topics that focus on growth mindset across areas.
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Episode # 14: How to Overcome Suicidal Thoughts with Trina Olson
Trina shares with Dr. Amanda how she spent decades with suicidal thoughts and what she has done that shifted her life in this area. She is one of the co-founders of Radical Launch Ministries.  Please reach out if you need help.  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. 800-273-8255 Timestamps 3:10: Dr. Amanda:what does it mean to battle suicidal thoughts. 3:15: Trina: Turning your life over to God for Him to battle it for you. I learned this over time. 3:20: Dr. Amanda:How did you first battle these thoughts? 3:25: Trina: I experienced a lot of tragic losses when I was younger. I lost my sister and dad within a year and then all of a sudden, how do you deal with this? 9: 45: Dr Amanda:Did you have anybody to confide in during the hard time 9:50: Trina:  I didn’t think I could. I feared reaching out to anyone and I was afraid what would happen after that more than I feared death itself. 11: 15: Dr Amanda:  Did you ever get to share this with anybody? 11:20: Trina: No, not even my best friend of 15 years knew. No one really knew who I was. 12: 50: Dr. Amanda:What are barriers when people try to reach out for help? 12:55 Trina: It was feeling like this is something I had to fix the stigma and mentality that everyone will look at you like you are too weak. 14:35: Dr Amanda:  What are some suggestions you want to provide for those who are struggling? 14:45: Trina: Back then, I had God and I knew of Jesus but I didn’t know he can make you whole. 20:15: Dr Amanda:Is there any other wisdom tips that you think is important for the audience to overcome suicide ideation or thoughts? 20:20: Trina: I didn’t know that there is healing and that God speaks to you.
February 05, 2021
Episode # 14 Preview: How to Overcome Suicidal Thoughts with Trina Olson
Trina Olson shares how she overcame suicidal thoughts over her lifetime and what to do when thoughts come up today. Please seek help and know that you are not alone in this journey! If you do need support please contact: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. 800-273-8255
February 03, 2021
Episode # 13: How to Navigate Addiction and Recovery with Carrie Price-Knospe
Dr. Amanda interviews Carrie Price-Knospe about how to navigate addiction and recovery.  Timestamps An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda Carrie 2:30: Dr. Amanda: What is addiction? 2:45: Carrie: Addiction can simply be defined as slavery. This inability to stop this bad habit that has consequences to you and to others. 3:00: Dr. Amanda Can you share about one addiction you overcame? 3:10 Carrie: I did have sexual addictions and alcohol. I can understand and relate to the pain that others may still be going through. 4:00: Dr. Amanda: Can addiction be a family pattern? 4:40: Carrie: Absolutely this can be a family pattern and it can impact children in the family. 5:30: Dr. Amanda: How did you feel on the inside during the addiction? 6:00: Carrie: I’ll speak to sexual addiction. It was a recipe of not feeling love and feeling rejected. I didn’t know how to receive or give love. 9:40: Dr. Amanda: What is the most painful part of addiction? 9:60: Carrie: Feel lonely, helpless, out of control, a drop in self-esteem 15:25: Dr. Amanda: Did you have support through the addictions? 15:40: Carrie: There are programs such as Sex Anonymous or other groups that may be supportive. Family to rely upon is helpful. 17:10: Dr. Amanda: What have you learned as a result of finding different healthy coping skills? 17:15: Carrie: God had a new plan for me.
January 29, 2021
Episode 13: How to Navigate Through Addiction and Recovery with Carrie Price Knospe
This is a short preview of Carrie's testimony of overcoming addiction and her recovery process. 
January 27, 2021
Episode 12: How to Build Healthy Mothers with Jennie McQueen
Dr. Amanda interviews Jennie McQueen about how to build healthy mothers. She provides helpful tips and encouragement for mothers. Timestamps  1:12 Dr. Amanda: What are the characteristics of a healthy mother? 1:20 Jennie: Some words that come to mind to me are balance, calm, and collected are words that come to my mind. Patience with myself and with my kids is something I work on. 2:30: Dr. Amanda: What are some things you learned about yourself as a mom? 2:34 Jennie: I learned that every child has their own needs. 5:05: Dr. Amanda: What are some lessons you learned as a mom? 5:08: Jennie: You can’t judge yourself against others as a mom. Connection over perfection is now important to me. It doesn’t have to be perfect all that time. 7:20:  Dr Amanda:  Were there any painful moments that changed you as a mom? 7:30: Jennie: It’s taking a breath before I respond out of stress. If I respond in a way I don’t like it’s more about me then it is about them. 11:55: Dr Amanda: Are there any changes you made in family patterns? 12:02 Jennie: I feel fortunate with my family upbringing but when I think of it as knowing information I know now I have changed ways of saying it is ok to cry and to feel. 15:40: Dr Amanda: What do you think your children would say to you as a mom? 15:48: Jennie:  I I hope they would say I am trying my best and that I am present. 17:50: Dr Amanda: Is there anything you want to say to mothers to help them break patterns? 18:05: Jennie:  One thing you can do is to get knowledge about what you need. Attachment is something I do know about now. 20:10: Dr. Amanda: Are there any books or resources for moms? 20:25:Jennie:  Books by Dr. Bruce Perry help with some strategies. One great resource is that has really great resources to help support kids.
January 21, 2021
Episode # 12 Preview: How to Build Healthy Mothers
Dr. Amanda interviews Jennie McQueen about how to build healthy mothers in this preview to be shown on Friday. 
January 20, 2021
Episode 11: How to Be a Transformational Leader with Sandra Joseph
On today’s episode, Dr. Amanda speaks with Sandra Joseph about transformational leadership in education.     Book Resource    Who Moved My Cheese? By Dr. Spencer Johnson M.D. Connect with Sandra: Timestamps: 1:55: Dr. Amanda: What is transformation? 2:00: Sandra: Transformation is different for everybody and it depends on how you look at it. You transform personally and professionally.  3:00: Dr. Amanda: What are ways that you have experienced transformational leadership to change an environment? 3:07: Sandra: Transformation is all a matter of how you start it. One important part is sitting back and being an observer and listen. 6:35: Dr. Amanda: What does transformational leadership mean to you? 6:37:Sandra:  It's bringing along the team and you professionally developing throughout your career.   11:20:  Dr. Amanda: Have you noticed new compassion and new approaches in the educational settings?  11:28:  Sandra: Transforming our educational expectations our teachers also have been wonderful with the transitions in the educational setting. 15:37: Dr. Amanda: Have you always been a transformational leader? 15:42: Sandra: I think that comes with maturity and experience. 21:35: Dr. Amanda: Do you have to make difficult decisions even after listening to everyone? 21:45: Sandra: The key word is the approach when listening and talking to staff. 26:15: Dr. Amanda: Is there one lesson that you learned about transformational leadership? 26:20: Sandra: There are many hidden amazing people. I love trying to find them. A lot of work we are doing now is hard work. You imagine that boulder and there are multiple people pushing the boulder up the hill rather than just one.
January 14, 2021
Episode # 10: How to Maintain Leadership Integrity with Dr. Bruce Tinor
On today’s video, Dr. Amanda meets with guest Dr. Bruce Tinor to discuss leadership integrity and key principles to maintain it.   Episode 22: How to Maintain Leadership Integrity   Dr. Bruce Tinor Recommendations  Ethics for Behavior Analysts by Jon Bailey and Mary Burch Foundational Concepts of Educational Leadership and Management. Time Stamps 3:45: Dr. Amanda: What are effective characteristics of a leader?  3:50: Dr. Bruce Tinor :  Integrity, humility, and discipline are important as an            administrator. Listening to your staff is critical. 5:45: Dr. Amanda: How would you define integrity as a leader? 5:50: Dr. Bruce Tinor: Being honest and transparent with your staff,            stakeholders,  and clients. 7:37: Dr. Amanda: Is there anything about mentor leaders that helped you in            this  area? 7:50: Dr. Bruce Tinor:  Yes, I have many opportunities to work with leaders that            have integrity. 10:30: Dr. Amanda: Where have you seen a leader grow in integrity?  10:40: Dr. Bruce Tinor: The longer you are in a profession you see both sides of              the coin-the good, the bad, and the ugly. 13:00: Dr. Amanda: Do you believe leaders can grow in the area of integrity? 13:05: Dr. Bruce: Absolutely, every behavior can be shaped. It is very critical that             the individuals who lack in these areas are around other leadrers who              exude characteristics of integrity. 14:30: Dr. Amanda:  What is one lesson in leadership integrity that you used              and it went well? 14:45: Dr. Bruce Tinor: In leadership you are always going to be in a position to             have uncomfortable conversations. People respect honesty even if it            makes someone uncomfortable in the moment. 17:40: Dr. Amanda: What is a lesson learned from another leader or a time              where you grew in an area of integrity? 18:00: Dr. Bruce Tinor: Ethics is an important part of being a behaivior analyst.             Self reflection is critical as a leader 21:40: Dr. Amanda: How do you think leaders keep themselves accountable? 22:50: Dr. Bruce Tinor: You have to have people and colleagues for support.               Leadeship can come from other factions of life. 
January 08, 2021
Episode # 10 Preview: How to Maintain Leadership Integrity with Dr. Bruce Tinor
This is a short preview of Friday's podcast with Dr. Bruce TInor about how to maintain leadership integrity.
January 06, 2021
Episode # 9: How to Tips to Prevent Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking
Tashina Kabbaz is a doctoral student at Lehigh University in the area of educational leadership. She also is an educational and cultural specialist for VAST the Vehicle Against Sex Trafficking in the Lehigh Valley. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-373-7888 to speak with a specially trained Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocate. 4:00: Dr. Amanda: I want you to be aware of how you are feeling as we discuss the very difficult topic of sexual exploitation. We want to see communities to rise up about ending sexual exploitation and trafficking 4:30: Dr. Amanda: What is sex trafficking? 4:40: Tashina: According to the Trafficking Victims protection act of 200, ST lives under the term human trafficking. 7:30: Tashina: The average range of sex trafficking, arguably, is age 11 through 15. 8:55:Tashina:  Individuals who are sexually exploited are often sexually abused in childhood. They experience an ongoing retriggering of trauma due to vulnerable youth risk factors. 9:50: Dr. Amanda: We do not recognize a lot of children have had abuse in their past; sexual, physical, or emotional abuse based on the literature. Trauma and mental health markers stand out to groomers-such as lack of confidence in these children. 11:45: Tashina: Reveals tips, such as how youth who are not confident or do not receive words such as ‘you are beautiful’ and receive it, may indicate to a groomer of sex trafficking. 14:00: Dr. Amanda: Is there anything relevant to the Lehigh Valley to support parents 14:10: Tashina: Lehigh Valley is In close proximity to major cities and these routes make it easier to exploit children. The Polaris Project is one place to check out. Pennsylvania is in the top 10 states based on the trafficking hotline. 15:45: Dr. Amanda: What are some signs to look for in the community about sexual exploitation? 17:15: Tashina: VAST works with the community to look for specific signs for different individuals or organizations. 18:30: Tashina: She provides examples of what to look for or what she has seen in the community. 19:40: Dr. Amanda: What are ways to support women and men who are survivors of sex trafficking? 19:50: Tashina:  It is important to have difficult conversations in order to make a change. 22:30: Tashina: There are many ways to support survivors of sex trafficking and encourage them to get support. 
January 01, 2021
Episode # 8: How to Navigate Abandonment and Rejection with Elaine Briefman
Welcome to An Apple A Day Podcast with Dr. Amanda! Today's guest is Pastor Elaine Briefman, a pastoral counselor and entrepreneur, who speaks about ways to navigate through abandonment and rejection. Her resources can be found at Timestamps 2:20: Dr. Amanda: What are the characteristics of abandonment and rejection? 2:25: Elaine: Characteristics can vary depending upon age, culture, and each individual. Being ignored feels like rejection. This can happen with family relationships. 3:55: Dr. Amanda: What is one way you experienced abandonment and rejection? 4:15:  Elaine: I was given up for adoption at birth so I began with rejection and abandonment. 5:47:  Elaine: What happened was that because of his lie taught me not to tell the truth and be whoever somebody else wanted me to be. I wore a mask…” 7:15: Elaine: When in my study, I heard two words. Identity. Abuse. I went, What is that? My identity was abused before I had formed my own identity. I adopted an identity based on all of this rejection and lived that out in my life. 8:25: Elaine: I created Identity Abuse Busters. This is at 10:35: Dr A: What were some of the hard thoughts and feelings during this journey? 10:35: Elaine: The truth versus a feeling. I was believing a lie even though it felt really true. Is what I am thinking based on what I am thinking or what I am feeling? 11:22: Elaine: Some of the feelings you have are normal based on your situation. Do I think about how I feel? 11:55: Dr. Amanda: Do you think based on complex trauma that identity is a safety blanket walking in this belief that if it got pulled away you would have to go to that hard part? 12:15? Elaine: I think that the journey of healing can be scary. It can be perceived to be so scary that it can be avoided. The question is what did I believe about myself about the situation? 13:Dr. Amanda: Some people believe if I go through the pain I will be more of a mess going through that or the fear of going there it's painful but then comes freedom 14:07: Elaine: How do we open up conversations that no one wants to talk about it? Some topics create a sense of insecurity so it is hard to have that discussion. 14:55:Elaine:  I also had to really look at what do I believe and what does the church have to see if I can stay in the church. 16:07: Dr. Amanda: Did you have anyone you trusted during your journey? 16:15: Elaine: No, not really. In the era I grew up there wasn’t a talk about sexual abuse. 17:55: Dr. Amanda: There can be silence on sexual abuse in the church as a counselor do you see a change? 18:08: Elaine: The church needs to understand its role and where to send people. The more pastors get the help they are more inclined to help people as well. 18:20: Dr. Amanda: If we do not have the training we may say something to kids that may do more harm than good. It is important for different organizations to know how to respond to mental health and trauma. 19:30: Elaine: As a leader of any kind in the community to have resources to help the individual and refer them to the appropriate authorities. One of the biggest challenges is knowing when you don’t know and be ok to refer them and normalize it. 21:35: Dr. Amanda: Are there any other tips for people who are struggling with rejection and abandonment? 23:45: Elaine: You get to choose what you think about yourself. It’s a choice. 24:Dr Amanda: No matter what you are loved and who you are is not a disappointment 25:00: Elaine: My resources are: and an e-course called Identity Abuse Busters on the website: Pastor Elaine also has a published book called Jesus Is In about Jesus with 100 quotes applicable to your life for today.
December 11, 2020
Preview of Episode # 8: How to Navigate Abandonment and Rejection with Elaine Briefman
Welcome to An Apple A Day Podcast with Dr. Amanda! Today's guest is Pastor Elaine Briefman, a pastoral counselor and entrepreneur, who speaks about ways to navigate through abandonment and rejection. Her resources can be found at
December 09, 2020
Episode # 7:: How to Navigate Depression Through Difficult Times with Craig Miller
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Craig Miller, a licensed counselor author, and speaker, discusses how to navigate through depression. He provides practical tips and resources. Description of the Episode with Craig Miller Timestamps of Important Topics During the Podcast 40: Craig: There is a healthy side of depression. You may be depressed if you have a blue day. Constant sadness and hopelessness is depression. It is about a blue life. 3:00: Dr. Amanda: Do you find males and females tend to respond differently with the external and internal with depression? 3:05: Craig: There is a difference in depression between men and women. 5:50: Craig: Ask men what are you thinking? rather than what are you feeling? 6:20: Craig: The more feelings we hold in, the more depressed we become. 9:45: Dr. Amanda: If you are a man, it is helpful to ask the man what are you thinking? and give a pause in relationships. 12:08: Craig:  Create the ability to release what you feel to reduce depression. 14:19: Craig: Our internal belief of reality can create our external belief of reality and it can occur beginning in childhood and lead through adulthood. 15:05:  Dr. Amanda: What are ways to cope with depression? 16:05: Craig: The longer we have lived with something, the longer it becomes my identity. What goes on inside of our mind. If we have it so long we may keep it as a friend. If I let this go I don’t know how to be happy. 17:05: It is almost like a safety blanket. What happens if you release it? There is no shame in your history of going through this. There is a process to get to hope. 18:05: Dr. Amanda: Craig, what else will help the audience? 18:20: There are ways to support those with depression. 19:25: Our dietary lifestyle and nutrition impact our mood. Craig Miller Resources Follow Craig Miller on Facebook:  and Twitter:
December 04, 2020
Episode #6: Health and Wellness with Javier Sanchez
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Javier Sanchez, an online and in-person 1:1 fitness coach, actor, and screenwriter, discusses his story that led to his focus on helping himself and others on the fitness journey. Description of the Episode with Javier Sanchez. Time Stamps  2:30: Javi: Health and wellness is such an important part to focus on in life 2:57: Dr. Amanda: What does health and wellness mean to you 2:57 3:00: Javi: Health and wellness is trying to execute the best version of yourself through food in body or activities 4:10: Dr. Amanda: Do you see people see the fruit of it? 4:15 Javi: Yes it may take months to see the fruit of health and wellness. All goals are different to see what to do for weeks and months in advance. 6:10: Dr. Amanda: What is your story of health and wellness? 6:14: Javi: My story will start when I am 15. It took me later to learn the power of nutrition. 9:30: Dr. Amanda and Javi discuss the impact of trauma on the health and wellness journey. 10:11: Javi: It’s almost like having an inner engine and voice thinking, “What can I do that can get me toward my goal?” 11:00: Dr. Amanda: What are tips that are important to you for a healthy lifestyle? 11:05:Javi:  Patience and having nutritional education help clients. The education aspect of healthy lifestyle helps the client. 12:45: Javi asks Dr. Amanda about her health and wellness journey. Patience is definitely a huge part of the journey. 15:10: Javi:  It is the small wins that keep you going. 16:40: Javi: I always go back to thinking, “What’s the alternative? Going back? You already know what that is.” 17:10: Dr. Amanda: Health and Wellness is a mindset and a lifestyle. 18:12:Javi: A training and exercise plan differs for each person asking about what they want to do and what they prefer. It is best to see what works best for your personality and it is not a one size fits all for any individual. 20:30: What was one of your successes working with a client? 20:55: There are so many! This one story is very different. She had the goal of losing weight and a healthier version of herself. She had a brain condition so we worked to adapt her workouts to support her. 22:40: Javi: Goals don’t just have to be for physique but how you live and what goals you want to achieve. 23:45: Dr. Amanda: Is there anything on your journey that stood out to you about your journey? 24:10: Javi: Everything changed after understanding the power of nutrition in terms of executing it to match what I want. 26:00: Dr. Amanda: Are there any resources to recommend to the audience? 26:15: Javi: I would say the top book that I recommend to my clients is Atomic Habits by James Clear. 27: 50: Dr. Amanda: What is one wisdom tip for the audience? 28: 00:  Javi: I would say do what you can to learn when you can. Find areas that you feel you can improve upon. Also, don’t ever give up and educate yourself. 29:00 Dr. Amanda: Giving up-that’s not an option. 29:10: Javi: Follow me on Instagram: @javiersanchez is where I do my onboarding and post content.
November 27, 2020
Episode # 5: How to Have Hard Conversations with Tameka Anderson
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Tameka Anderso, America's fun coach, author, and speaker, shares tips on how to have hard conversations. Description of the Episode with Tameka Anderson Time/Detail 3:35: Dr. Amanda: What is one topic that you find people struggle with the most? 3:43: Tameka:  Racism is a topic that people struggle to discuss. 4:20: Dr. Amanda: What was your hardest conversation that you had to address in the area of racism? 4:40 Tameka: I had a conversation with someone that was not African American and our conversation was difficult because I had to come to a place of not being defensive but also stand my ground yet not being a threat.  5:58:  Dr. Amanda How do you approach hard conversations when you do not get any headway or no one is listening? 6:10: Tameka: When you come to it in a place of empathy it is the highest place of knowledge. You are not coming from an ego place or need to be right. 7:15: Dr. Amanda: In conversation, can you listen to somebody even if you do not agree? 7:25: Tameka: I do not use the terminology to agree to disagree but willing to listen to a person’s thought process and empathize with them. 9:00:Dr. Amanda: How do you use effective questions? 9:05: Tameka:  It depends on the situation.  11:50: Dr. Amanda: What do you do if you get upset during a conversation? 12:00: Tameka:  What I know works is to breathe. It really does work. 14:55: Dr. Amanda: Have you ever had to end a conversation because you both need to come back? 15:05: Tameka: I am diligent to only engage in hard conversations with other people that I can engage if they are upset or not.  16:10: Dr. Amanda: Did you end up following up with those conversations? 16:25:Tameka:  Usually no, especially when saying to come back to that conversation If at all. 17:15:Dr. Amanda: What do you do when you go in circles in conversation? 17:22: Tameka: I tend to bring the attention back to the circle I notice.  19:15: Dr. Amanda: What were some of the hardest lessons that you learned? 19:25: Tameka: The first thing that I learned is that I am not as patient as I hoped I was. That is one of the main things that I have learned. 22:30: Dr. Amanda: What are any books or resources on how to have hard conversations? 22:30: Tameka: I wrote The Confident Leader about how to engage with others and feel confident.  Power Versus force talking about how not to force something versus being powerful. Permission to Feel by Brene Brown. My absolute favorite is the Law of the Garbage Truck talks about how to lead yourself and lead your thinking. 25:10: Dr. Amanda: What is one more take away wisdom tip for our audience? 25:15 Tameka: If you go into every conversation with a mindset to learn from the other person you are automatically putting the other person’s shoes on.  Tameka Instagram: @americasfuncoach;;
November 20, 2020
Episode 4: How to Build Reading Skills with Dr. Emily Sharp
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Dr. Emily Sharp, provides many examples of how to build reading skills for children and youth. Emily is an expert in the fields of math and reading instruction.  Description of the Episode with Dr. Emily Sharp Time Stamps 2:55: Dr. Amanda: Emily tell us about your background in the science of reading 3:00: Dr. Emily Sharp shares about her experiences leading her to recognize the importance of learning the science of reading. 4:35: Dr. Emily: It was critical to get training from the Orton Gillingham Academy as well as LETRs training. 7:05: Dr. Amanda: What are the most important components of reading? 7:45:  Dr. Emily: We know the most important components of reading. Recently, we know the largest component of comprehension we now realize is background knowledge. 9:55: Emily: I had a big insight at a recent PA Literacy conference with Dr. Stephen Dykstra. He said if you want to help a child who experienced trauma help them to read. Reading is a piece of being able to make connections with your emotions and connect it to what happened to you. 11:50: Is explicit reading instruction important for all students? 11:58: Not all students need the same amount of explicit reading instruction. You do make sure the kids explicitly connect it to prior knowledge. 16:42: Dr. Amanda: What have you found most effective in teaching reading? 16:55: Dr. Emily continues to discuss the importance of training and student engagement throughout instruction. 22:05: Dr. Amanda: What are some practical ways for parents to teach their children how to read? 22:18:  Dr. Emily Sharp: Parents can help their children develop oral language skills. It is important to play with language using rhyming and singing. 25:35: Dr. Amanda: Are there any additional ways to teach reading to children? 25:40:  Dr. Emily: We want to expose children to text. Show children that there are syllables in words. Talk about how to use letter formation and how children use play with drawings. Connect with the kids about what they are learning. 27:23: Dr. Amanda: Ask specific questions to students: What did you read today? What did you learn today? 28:05:  Dr. Amanda: What would you share with parents who do not think explicit instruction is necessary? 28:30: Dr. Emily Sharp: We have confirmed many hypotheses with fMRI studies of the brain. We know there are connections made in different areas of the brain. 34: 21: Pathways to remediation is much harder after age 8. The pathway to reading lengthens according to research. The amount of time in intervention doubles for older students. 36:12: What are some resources to support the science of reading? 36:33: Dr. Emily Sharp discusses the Reading Rockets website and LDonline to provide information for parents. A review of Dr. Kilpatrick’s reading resources is part of the discussion. 41:00: Dr. Emily closes with a wisdom tip to share with educators and parents.
November 13, 2020
Episode # 3: How to Have Hard Conversations with Juan Arrojo Yap
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Juan Arroyo Yap, an entrepreneur and coach, shares how to have hard conversations in the work environment. He also provides practical tips and resources. Timestamps for Having Hard Conversations With Juan :35: Welcome and Introduction from Dr. Amanda 2:23: Dr. Amanda:What are some hard topics you have had to address as a leader? 2:27: Juan:discusses the difficult hard conversation but most experiences is in the work space managing teams or helping others. Juan shares about the two examples of how to have hard conversations and how he handled the situation. 5:15: Dr. Amanda:What kind of language do you use that keeps conversation open? 5:20: Juandiscussed how he changed his language when having critical conversations. The simple way to address this is to mention facts in conversations. 8:32: Dr. Amanda:How do you diffuse conversations? 9:15:  Juan: A good technique with performance is to allow the person to set the milestones. How would you like to accomplish the goals? 11:22:Dr. Amanda: Did you have a hard conversation about values in an organization? 16:30: Juan: At some point, we all think we all have the right answer. This often does not lead to teamwork. The question is, “Who takes the lead to facilitate those conversations?” 18:30: Dr. Amanda: Have you had circular conversations with someone? How do you move out of that? 19:00: Juan: One thing that is important as a question: Is the person willing to let go of what they believe in that situation to open themselves up to another option? What helps the most is focusing on the facts. 22:55: Dr. Amanda:What are other helpful tips dealing with hard conversations? 23:05: Juan: Identify important milestones to set goals. Get the individual to identify the steps to the outcome empowers them to finish goals. 27:25: Dr. Amanda:  What are some tips to use when you are upset and the other person is angry? 28:15: Juan: discusses some strategies based on his own cultural background and tips he learned. 31:30: Dr. Amanda:You cannot argue with how we are feeling in the moment. It is vulnerable to share how we are feeling, such as I feel frustrated. 32:15: Juan: discusses culture within conversation. An environment that cannot have conflict, with no egos in the way, is an ideal environment. It is hard to create an environment that values challenges in conversations. 34:25: Dr. Amanda: It is important to hear each other and have uncomfortable conversations. It is hard to sometimes dig down deep and reflect. Do I want to hear the other person’s perspective or do I want to say what I want to say? 35:00: Dr. Amanda:What are some resources? 35:05: Juan:Critical ConversationsTools for Talking When Stakes Are High, 2nd Edition, BY: Kelly Patternson 37:35: Dr. Amanda:What is one wisdom tip to apply and use today? 37:45: Juan: You have to be willing to speak in full confidence while still being open to the possibility that you are 100% wrong especially during difficult conversations. Be humble enough to say I am confident about this but I could still be wrong. 40:15: Dr. Amanda: How Can the audience learn more about you? 40:20: Juan: Contact me on Facebook or Instagram at Juanononecoaching and
November 06, 2020
Episode 2: Women in Leadership Interview With Hasanna Birdsong
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda Podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Hasanna Birdsong, President of Sales at Adept Group, discusses her journey as a woman in leadership. She provides five powerful tips to empower other women in leadership.  Hasanna's Book Recommendations    Dare to Lead by Brene Brown: Establishing trust and vulnerability to change the work culture. Available on Amazon.   The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks: A book about dreams and fears and how to remove self-imposed limitations. Available on Amazon.   The Five-Second Rule by Mel Robbins: Trust yourself to take action and move toward your goal. Available on Audible and Amazon.  You Are a Badass Series by Jen Sincero: Know Your Capabilities and How to Become Self-Aware. Available on Amazon. Description of the Episode with Hasanna Birdsong Timestamps 2:35: Dr. Amanda: Introduces Hasanna Birdsong 3:25: Hasanna talks about her journey leading up to her leadership roles. 3:55: Dr. Amanda "What does it mean to be an effective leader?"  4:00 Hasanna shares how one important part of her life was educators noticing the leadership skills that launched her into leadership. 6:35: Hasanna said that kids need somebody to believe in them and that supports them. 7:00 Hasanna discusses her time at Lehigh Valley Live and the time she spent within the diverse environment. 8:45: Hasanna talked about how she learned how to empower others during her time at Arbonne. 10:40: Hasanna shares how Brene Brown’s work was influential as a leader. 12:30: Dr. Amanda- It goes from competition to empowerment. We all have values that will help each other. 13:15: Dr. Amanda asks Hasanna if there are any other lessons she learned about leadership. 13:30: Hosanna “Being a leader doesn’t mean that you have all the answers.” It just means that you show up and do your best even when you do not.” 14:30: Dr. Amanda acknowledges Hasanna’s reference to blind spots. It is important to have other mentors and continue to grow. 15:22: Dr. Amanda asks "Are anything else to pave the way for women leaders?" 15:28: Hasanna believes equal pay is critical and discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the workforce. 16: 48: Dr. Amanda asks, "What are 5 leadership tips for women?" 16:55: Hasanna: Apply for the job you do not think you are ready for-you do not need to check every box. She continues through additional tips. 18: Hasanna discusses a wise tip. “Fill your cup. You are no good to anybody else if your cup is empty.” 18:55: Dr. Amanda says to "Rip up your list and just apply for the job!" 19:40: Hasanna mentions different leadership books written by women leaders. 22:05:  Dr. Amanda “It is important we positively shift the culture and environment where we work.” 22:50:  Dr. Amanda “Take a step forward and do not hold yourself back because of what other people think.” 24:00: Hasanna leaves us with one final wisdom tip: "Right now, you are enough. Today, just as you are enough."
October 30, 2020
Episode 1: How to Navigate Anxiety During Difficult Times with Craig Miller
Welcome to An Apple A Day with Dr. Amanda podcast! Every week, Dr. Amanda invites guests to speak about a weekly theme. This week, Craig Miller, a licensed counselor author, and speaker, discusses how to navigate through anxiety. He provides practical tips and resources. Description of the Episode with Craig Miller Timestamps of Important Topics During the Podcast 40 seconds: Welcome by Dr. Amanda. 1:00: Dr. Amanda introduces Craig Miller and review of some of his resources. 2:23: Dr. Amanda asks Craig what is anxiety? 2:52: Craig discusses how you feel anxiety in your gut, fears of events happening all the time, racing Thoughts. 3:37: Craig discusses two types of anxiety. 5:04: Craig discusses healthy anxiety versus unhealthy anxiety. 8:23: Craig discusses statistics about anxiety and how it impacts our bodies. 9: 15: Craig gives an example of how anxiety can be there at birth as a result of childhood events. 10:35: Craig discusses home environments and anxiety. 11:20: Craig discusses finding the cause of anxiety. 12:30: Craig discusses emotional development in early childhood. 14:36: Craig said when the current response is greater than it should go back to a dormant event that happened earlier in life. 16:12: Craig discusses his book Breaking Emotional Barriers to Healing; When Your Mate Is Emotionally Unavailable; and When Your Feelings Don’t Come Easy available on 18:30: Dr. Amanda asks Craig what are some practical steps to help people who have symptoms of Anxiety. 20:45: Craig says that safety brings comfort. He also goes step by step through a technique to feel safety and comfort. 23:45: Craig “It is hard to release in childhood what you do not know how to release the emotions.” 25:07: Dr. Amanda asks Craig to share one more wisdom tip for people who are coping with anxiety. 25:20: Craig shares wisdom tips of coping skills for anxiety. Craig Miller Resources Follow Craig Miller on Facebook:  and Twitter:
October 22, 2020