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Dyslexically Successful

Dyslexically Successful

By Christine Robenalt
Are you someone who struggles with reading, writing or comprehension or is one of your loved ones struggling right now?

Dyslexically Successful is a podcast where we talk about our experiences and stories of how these challenges have actually set up success in our lives.

There are interviews with professionals, parents, even some children willing to share not only the difficult and uncomfortable times, but also showing their resiliency in the face of the challenges which a company being a dyslexic learner.
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Season 2, Episode 6 - I Can't Read

Dyslexically Successful

Season 2, Episode 6 - I Can't Read

Dyslexically Successful

Season 2, Episode 6 - I Can't Read

Dyslexically Successful

Season 3, Episode 1 - Creating Connections
Anna Edwards is a dyslexic learner, but she has made an effort to hide that from her friends and colleagues.  For Anna, there was a stigma surrounding the "D" word. She shares with us in this episode that she felt fearful for what being dyslexic meant for her as a person.  This feeling was reinforced over the years by comments of not being smart enough or people sharing with her how surprised they were that she COULD do so much.  Now as a pediatric nurse practitioner she uses her skill set to provide empathy and active listening for her clientele. This approach allows her patients to open up in a unique and thoughtful way. Her approach to reinforces a more holistic model in a very scientific field of work combines all types of learning styles to her career as a dyslexic person in a highly educated field. Most importantly, Anna is working through these concepts of self-worth and reclaiming her value, not only for her, but also to prepare the path for her own daughter.
January 29, 2021
12. More Dyslexically Successful to Come
Like most things in life, the best course of action is not always the path chosen.  This is what happened with this podcast. After my last episode, I had a desire to reach a bigger audience and I thought I might do that with Moon Child Radio, BUT, after considering that, I decided parents were my target audience and that I would just need a new podcast. So, Dyslexically Successful will continue and then in January 2021, I will release Present Moment Parenting. I am accepting guests for both podcasts. If you have a story to share about being dyslexic, I would love to connect with you for an interview. Please subscribe below and I would really appreciate an honest review...don't be afraid, I can take it! But seriously, reviews help this podcast get ranked higher so more people can find it.  That's always a good thing in the world of podcasting.
January 29, 2021
11. Back to the drawing board to find ageless art
Sarah Vickery is a dyslexic learner, but beyond that she is a creator.  Even though she did not speak until after the age of three, she found comfort in her doodles and drawings.  These drawings helped her make sense of the world and process her thoughts. Drawing and sketching was always a safe-haven for Sarah. She now has created something incredible to bring this same concept to children, not only in the UK, but really world-wide. She hosts online classes or Cartoon Club with both children and adults. I had the pleasure of attending a class, and it was a lot of fun.  I am personally not able to get out my thoughts as easily in a drawing, but I definitely felt a catharsis in the process. And as Sarah will share with us here, it is always about the process. To learn more about Sarah's online art classes for children and adults visit: or Discover Your Inner Cartoonist for adults To share your and your children's drawings and see what Sarah does in class join Cartoon Club Facebook Group Or you can try a class for FREE Try some of Sarah's FREE cartooning videos on her YouTube channel
December 02, 2020
40/40/20 - A discussion of a learning style quiz
Ryan, a 7th grader, discusses the ways he learns best. Sometimes strengths can be challenges as well. Ryan describes some techniques that helped him. Have you tried any of these strategies to optimize your learning? This episode art was designed by Ryan. This episode’s audio was edited by Ryan.
September 04, 2020
Season 2, Episode 9 - Gilbert Chavarria Pulling Up in the Short Bus
Gilbert Chavarria is a dyslexic learner and proud of it.  It wasn't always like that for him.  Especially in public school.  As one of the "short-bus" riders, he attended a school within a school from the 6-8th grades.  This self-contained classroom was for the slow-learners and trouble-makers. He was not identified as dyslexic until the 10th grade.  Elementary school unfortunately did not help him develop strong reading skills, but rather through his experiences he developed a sense of humor, defense mechanisms and resiliency. In this episode he recalls the stigma of being in this "special program" as well as the disappointment he sensed from his mom when she would yell at him to  "just work harder."  Please join Gilbert and I for a heart-felt conversation about dyslexia and how it has become a strength for him.
August 20, 2020
Season 2, Episode 8 - Wanting to be like everyone else
Karen-Lynn Chulp was born in the 1950's and not only struggled with the learning disability she later came to know as dyslexia, but she also grew up with significant physical challenges from Cerebral Palsy. Karen's story is truly inspiring and filled with hope, and as she will tell you, if Karen can do it, you can too!  Find out more about Karen's blog and speaking engagements on her website.
June 21, 2020
Dyslexically Successful, ep 7 - Don't Call Me Lazy
Nic Pool is an adult dyslexic learner, but he is also a father, mechanic and student in a physical therapy assistant program.  He may not have had an easy time fitting into the mold of a traditional educational path, but he found his own path to success.  Along this journey, he has learned how to be humbled, and how to keep moving forward, because even though it may be easier to just shut down, it does not allow you to achieve your goals.
April 13, 2020
Season 1, Episode 28 - Tales of a Spoonie
Timberly Fabian is a daughter, and wife, and mom and someone who suffers with 2 invisible chronic conditions (Fibromyalgia and Spina Bifida).  She talks with us today about the intense pain and impact her conditions have had on her life and her identity as a person.  This is a very candid interview with someone who you can use as your voice, if you are still trying to find yours.  She wants you to know that you are not alone. She wants you to know that it is ok to love yourself for who you are and what you have right now. Follow more from Timberly on Instagram at empathic_libra
March 08, 2020
Season 2, Episode 6 - I Can't Read
William Manzanares is a serial entrepreneur. He also is an author of a book called I Can't Read. This podcast will not only highlight his struggles as a non-reader, but lend inspiration to those who faces challenges in whatever facet of their life.  In fact, sometimes, it is taking your struggle and turning it into a strength.  For William, he took his struggle with reading and what he couldn't do and instead asked himself  "how can I do it?"  That turned him on to audiobooks and now for one of his businesses, it is a requirement that all employees read a specific book in order to get the job.  This one-time struggle has actually elevated his business and his success as an entrepreneur.
March 08, 2020
Dyslexically Successful Episode 5, The Brain is a Cool Thing!
Zac Snyder may only may a college student, but he has already has had a lot of experiences which have shaped his outlook on life. He no longer views his learning challenges as barriers.  In fact, through this process and with the support of his parents, he has learned how to be his own advocate for getting his educational needs met.  He wants all students out there to know that "What you are going through right now is only temporary." He is living proof that with a strong support system, resources and self-perseverance, "success will come". Listen to find out the ways that you can be a better advocate for yourself or your child on their academic journey! Dyslexia Quick Tip Segment: This is the video for the segment on "What I need to learn".  I go over what your child needs in order to be in a calm and alert state for learning and listening. Watch it with your child. Would you like to appear on this podcast? Email me at
February 25, 2020
Dyslexically Successful, episode 4 - Learn How Your Mind Works
In this episode, Ross Blount, a Wealth Management Advisor, shares his struggles in school.  Throughout his younger grades win South Africa, he was resolved to think that he was "not cut out for learning", but eventually he discovered through his experiences on the soccer field and in math class exactly where his skills resided.  He realized that he had something the other players and students did not.  Listen to find out Ross' dyslexic strength and acknowledge the strengths within you or your own child. Keep listening for the Dyslexic Quick Tip when I discuss this YouTube Video Are you interested in appearing on the podcast? I would love to interview you.  Reach out to me here or sign-up on your own
February 25, 2020
Season 2, Ep 3 - Lessons from an American Ninja Warrior
Season 2, Episode 3: Kaden Forsha is a 5th grader with ADHD and Dyslexia, but that hasn't stopped him from appearing on Seasons 1 and 2 of American Ninja Warrior Junior.  In fact, Kaden shares with us how his growth mindset and determination has allowed him to turn the challenges of reading and hyperactivity into super powers, better than those of Spiderman and Batman! Check out more from Kaden on Youtube and Instagram @Chatterboxninja or on FB at Kaden Forsha.
February 02, 2020
Episode 2 - Thriving in a Neuro-diverse Workplace
Chris Riley is a self proclaimed "tech" guy who loves all things Apple and Legos.  He is also a dyslexic learner who struggled with feelings of being flawed and broken as a child.  He had an a-ha moment about how he was able to leverage his strengths instead of focusing on the things that were personally challenging in his field. And now he sharing this info with other co-workers. In this episode, he hopes to "pique" your interest in how your (or your child's) neuro-diverse brain is actually an asset and should never be viewed as a flaw. Reading League - Tricky Words
February 02, 2020
Welcome to Season 2 - Getting Started with Dyslexically Successful
Segment 1 - Intro to Christine background and the reason behind this podcast. Segment 2 - Tip of the day involving short vowel sounds and names.
January 23, 2020
January 22, 2020
January 22, 2020
Healthcare Advocacy Episode 26 -A BRILLANT paradigm shift for providers and patients
Irene Diamond, RT, calls herself a “Pain Reliever & Mover-Improver for Businesses & Bodies”! In 1995 she founded San Francisco, California’s very first Wellness Center, Diamond Pain Relief & Wellness Center.  DWC operates as a Precise Private Practice, enjoying referrals from pain specialists and health care providers across the country. For the last 3 decades practice owners, schools, and organizations have come to Irene as a business strategist and for her clinical education in The Diamond Method, a method where the client is literally an active participant in their therapy. Active Myofascial Therapy has been featured in Advance Magazine for Physical Therapists and is recognized as an effective rehabilitation modality for orthopedic pain and dysfunction, migraine and headache relief, and improving performance and function. Irene’s Dream Practice Mastery Academy is the "secret weapon" behind many of the world’s most successful wellness provider's practice success! Her business-growth strategy and marketing for practice owners fights against the norm, establishing them as an expert specialist who CAN generate terrific financial wealth while helping clients and patients get brilliant clinical results, all while working fewer hours and having more fun. In 2013 she was inducted into the World Massage Hall of Fame. Irene is a frequent guest author for professional publications and associations, an in-demand speaker and presenter who shares business-growth strategy and insight never seen before and clinical and technique education of The Diamond Method. **If you're a HealthCare PROVIDER, Request your FREE marketing digital course at ***If you're a HealthCare CONSUMER, Request a FREE 3-minute Pain Relief Video series for Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain at
December 26, 2019
Healthcare Advocacy Episode 27 - Strategies to Reduce Chronic Pain
Dr. Joe Tatta speaks with us today about ways to reduce and even reverse chronic pain and disease.  The research shows that lifestyle medicine approaches are safe and effective interventions to improve your healthspan in the process. Find out more about Dr. Joe Tatta, including his podcasts and blog posts, at his Integrative Pain Science Institute website: Or join his FB group:
December 23, 2019
Episode 24 - Ready, Set Heal with Lauren Bahr, P.T., H.C.
Lauren Bahr, P.T., H.C. is a friend that I had the pleasure of knowing through an online course we were both enrolled in. She has a story that many of us as moms and professionals can relate to.  Her story involves many dark months of not being able to get up out of bed and then she started to ask herself the question, "How have other people gotten better." She began to get curious about her own health and what she could do to help herself heal.  Now 5 years later and she even wrote a book about it.  If you have ever felt terrified about a diagnosis or information your healthcare provider was giving you, Lauren will share with you what helped her move through the phases from chronic anxiety to health and she reminds us that it is the little changes that will help us the most, because "A small hinge swings a large door." Learn more about Lauren, her story and how she can help you by checking out these links: On FB at Simply Balanced Wellness
November 14, 2019
Episode 25 - Magic Hands and Communication
Will Boyd, PT, DPT, and co-owner of Healthy Funnel sits down and discusses healthcare care from a bird's eye view.  He talks about the problems he noticed within the healthcare system and the path he chose to facilitate change.  Will also addresses student debt and the inequities healthcare workers face between the cost of an education and the potential limits of a typical healthcare career.  He discusses a bunch more too! I know you will really want to take a listen. If you are a healthcare provider looking for guidance in digital healthcare marketing, take a look at what Will and Alex Engar are providing in the form of podcasts, FB groups and courses.
November 14, 2019
Episode 23 - You Must Be Your Own Healthcare Advocate
Are you someone who has a chronic disease, or are you a caregiver of someone who does?  Do you feel helpless within the system and unsure of how to really get the care you need?  Do you feel like your healthcare providers don't listen and this makes you frustrated?  Nancy Gretzinger was also someone like you, but she took charge of her health and partnered with healthcare providers who actually did answer her concerns and questions. Check out one of her books on Amazon: Enmeshed Looking for some guidance on how to talk with your healthcare provider? Check out Dr. Wayne Jonas' Resources: Nancy also mentioned Carefrontation.  Found more on that here:
November 09, 2019
Episode 21 - The Scar Project
Dr. Jennifer Melancon, PT, DPT, aka "The Scar Lady",  has a passion about scars and how these often small disruptions in your skin can actually be an overlooked source of pain and dysfunction. I learned a lot talking with Jennifer and I have a hunch that you will too! FB:
November 09, 2019
Episode 22 - Be an Educational Advocate for Your Student
Carrie Gamet from Carrie Gamet Advocacy, LLC provides a wealth of information on this episode about how to go about getting your child tested in the school for special education services.  She has such a passion about guiding parents through this process since she herself has 3 children all who need specialized educational services. Carrie also has provided many resources for you to look into, no matter which state you live in.
November 09, 2019
Episode 20 - Creating a better legacy
Lisa Arendell from Lisa Lou Fitness LLC talks about why she is so passionate about helping other women and moms create a better legacy than what was provided to them.  She also opens up about some personal health journeys that she has been on, including Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and having explant surgery. Learn more about Lisa and how she may be able to support you or someone you love by going to: FB: Instagram: Website: Do you want to workout?  
November 07, 2019
Episode 19 - The Impact of a Pediatric Home Healthcare Agency
Jenny Vail-Stencel is a speech and language pathologist who had a vision of something bigger.  She wanted to build a team of like-minded therapists who would be able to provide the best quality services to the children and their families.  She partnered with 2 other healthcare professionals to open Spark Home Healthcare in Denver, CO. At Spark Home Health, it is our vision to create and maintain an environment where our patients, their caregivers and our employees work collaboratively to meet and exceed individual goals.  We honor our patients and providers by focusing on the quality of patient care. Everyone benefits when our providers have adequate time to develop treatment plans, prepare for patient visits, collaborate with all parties and participate in continuing education. Our goal is to ensure both patients and employees are able to realize their full potential.
November 02, 2019
A Battle To Remember Everyday
Loretta is a mom, wife, physical therapist, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31 years old.  Now at 43, she has some lessons about living she would like to share. Key points: Trust your gut Seek Support Ask questions Find a balance in your life adequate sleep is as important as good nutrition
October 17, 2019
Episode 17 - What choices do I have?
Jordan Floyd, P.T. DPT from Limitless Therapy and Wellness discusses ways to work outside of the typical insurance model to get what you deserve from your healthcare provider.  It is a great conversation about what IS possible for both patient and clinician. Are you looking for more info about Nightlight Inpatient Parent Support?
October 03, 2019
Episode 16 - How can we achieve better than average results?
Dr. Nick Suivski, PT, DPT, from Concierge Physical Solutions LLC, discusses why he thinks patients and clinicians should be striving for better than average results. 772-485-4445
September 28, 2019
Episode 15 - Q and A for Families and Kids
The subscribers of the Fall Family Summit 2019 submitted quite a few questions that we did not get a chance to answer on the panel discussion, so I go over the answers we came up with.  If you like what you hear in this episode, watch for the Spring Summit scheduled for early April 2020! Do you want to be a guest on the Healthcare Advocacy Podcast? Sign up here: Did you want more information about Nightlight Parent Support Hotline? Follow this link:
September 22, 2019
Episode 14
This is a very special podcast episode because I am talking with 4 other women who are in the health and wellness space. Whether you are a mom, grandma, uncle or brother you all can benefit from hearing what these ladies have to say about getting ready for fall and boosting your immune system for yourself and for your kids.  Please welcome, Annette Licitra, Elissa Anheim, Lauren Bahr, Misty Giordano and Christine Robenalt. There is still time to sign-up for the Fall Family Summit Register's FREE To learn more about Nightlight Inpatient Parent support, click here:
September 08, 2019
Dear Dr. Facebook, I think I have Google-itis.
Do you search Google for answers about your health or ask FB friends for advice? The internet can be a useful tool, but this information overload can also lead to unintended consequences. Interested in learning more about Nightlight Inpatient Parent Support? Click on this link:
September 06, 2019
Episode 12 - Providers and Patients Creating an Environment for the Human Experience in Healthcare
Dr. Jeremy Sutton, DPT is a physical therapist, dad, husband, author and podcast host. In this episode he talks about 4 ways providers can serve their patients better. 1) Acknowledge your patient's concerns. Don't ignore them. 2) Develop an understanding, by asking questions, of how the patient's current state (pain, illness, injury) potentially causes uncertainty in one's life outside of the clinic or hospital. Fear and a feeling of powerlessness may be influencing someone's action or inaction. 3) Encourage your patient to prepare a list of questions and then respond to them.  4) Slow down and focus on the patient in front of you. Doing these things will empower your patient and allow one to feel heard and valued as a member of the medical team. On FB On the web Servant PT Podcast If you are interested in learning about Nightlight Inpatient Parent Support, find us here:
August 25, 2019
Episode 11 - Barriers, challenges and success of a private practice owner
On this episode, Dr. Katie Hohman, P.T. DPT, discusses how insurance companies put up some obstacles for private practice owners and patients alike when it comes to delivering and receiving physical therapy services. But there is an upside!  You (clinical, practice owner or patient) can be better educated and make better choices when you advocate for yourself and keep track of all of the phone calls, emails and correspondence.
August 22, 2019
Episode 10 - Letters of Medical Necessity
What things need to be included in a letter of medical necessity?
August 05, 2019
Episode 7 - Personal Journey From the Passionette Palate
Annette Licitra is a health coach and a classically trained chef.  After a 20 year struggle with digestive, skin and urinary issues, she sought a more holistic approach to treating her conditions.  She changed her career and found her passion to really live a life she loves and spread her knowledge with hundreds of people in the Chicagoland area and beyond.
July 28, 2019
Episode 6 - Pro-Bono Physical Therapy Clinics
Dr. Kerstin Palombaro, P.T. DPT, FNCP, discusses how in the spirit of service learning, pro-bono wellness and Physical Therapy clinics can give people  access to needed services as well as teach P.T. students the "real-world" workings of a therapy clinic. Check out these links for more information about the work Kerstin and her colleagues are doing!
July 14, 2019
Episode 5 - A story of fertility trials and triumph.
In this episode Christine does a solo interview on her journey to having her children.
July 09, 2019
Episode 4 - Katie’s story about advocating for her son in school.
July 01, 2019
Episode 3 - A mother's story of advocacy and triumph for her son
In this episode Brittany Heckenberg tells her story about her son Henry's mysterious diagnosis.  Henry was just shy of 2 years old when he began to experience multi-system shutdown which landed him in the hospital for over 40 days.  Hear how she felt dismissed by the specialists, but nevertheless continued to ask questions and engage her son's team until they did eventually identified his disease . Check out what else Brittany has done to support and advocate for her son.
June 29, 2019
My struggle of self-advocacy in the primary care setting.
Christine talks about some difficulties she faced this past April as she tried to get certain blood tests and answers as to why certain foods aren’t tolerated well. If you would like to be featured on this podcast or even just share your story, reach out to Christine at
June 24, 2019
Episode 1 - Welcome to emPOWERme Healthcare Advocacy
Learn the “why” behind this podcast.
March 06, 2019