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Raising Kellan

Raising Kellan

By Marsh
This podcast is to inspire, motivate and educate parents raising a child with special needs. You can contact us at
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Episode 38. Small Business Mini Podcast Series featuring Donna Hilliard of Sunflower Health Food
In this installment of the Small Business Mini Podcast, we interview Donna Hilliard the charismatic owner of Sunflower Health Food who chats about the mission of her hometown business centered on "offering you the advantage to be a better you". As we head towards Thanksgiving I am grateful for this conversation as she guides us through the rocky inception, the struggles, and the joy of owning her business. Donna operates from a place of abundance and offers such value as she provides you with invaluable advice on how to potentially boost your immune systems naturally as we head towards winter. Thank you, Donna!
November 24, 2020
Episode 37. Small Business Mini Podcast Series featuring Ms Sandra Pruitt of the Salvation Army.
Sandra Pruitt exemplifies a servant leader heart. As a retired nurse  works tirelessly with her Board of volunteer members to manage the Salvation Army, a non profit organization that serves the of citizens of Dyer County. The Salvation Army runs a number of local social service programs such as the soup kitchen; the thrift store; and assistance to families in times of crisis.  What is the Salvation Army? It is a charitable organization and evangelical church founded by William and Catherine Booth in the London’s East End in 1865. It spread to the United States 120 years ago and can be found in 130 countries worldwide. “It mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination” You can read more about the “Army of Compassion” at Ms Sandra shares that the nonprofit  this year is challenged with serving an ever increasing list of families in need while resources and contributions have dwindled. As we head into the festive season we would like to highlight a few but meaningful ways you can contribute to  the legacy of this ministry. Christmas Toy Drive for children from infants to age 14. Toys can be dropped off at through December 12 at the Salvation Army at 318 West Market, Dyersburg, TN on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to noon. Ms Sandra would like to appeal to members of the community that are able to volunteer as bellringers for their only fundraising campaign. These funds are used to keep the kitchen going. If you would like to volunteer please call Ms Sandra at (731)589 1745.
November 22, 2020
Episode 36. Small Business Mini Podcast featuring Whitley Snyder of Smallcakes in Dyersburg, TN
Smallcakes is a cupcakery here in Dyersburg, TN. Dynamic owner Whitley Snyder sits down to chat about all things "CUPCAKE" . Her and her team make custom cakes, cupcakes and more for all kinds of special occasions and love helping their customers celebrate with something sweet. In Whitley's words: "One thing that sets us apart from other bakeries in my opinion is the large selection of sweets we have available for walk-in customers each day. At Smallcakes Dyersburg we offer 18 + different flavors of gourmet cupcakes on our stands everyday, along with cookie sandwiches, half baked brownies, pupcakes for your dogs, cake slices and macarons! You can come in Monday-Saturday 11-8pm and select from the many cupcakes and treats we have on the stands to fill a little pink Smallcakes box!" You can check out more about smallcakes at their website
November 16, 2020
Episode 35. Small Business Mini Podcast Series featuring Kathryn McGuire and Mark Maupin of Geraldine's Florist
Geraldine’s Flowers and Gifts has been in business for 30+ years and is a full service florist that specializes in custom designs silk and fresh. They also partner with local vendors that make handcrafted gift items. Kathryn McGuire and Mark Maupin purchased and are co-owners of Geraldine's since February of 2020. Mark is the nephew to John and Geraldine Proud.  Kathryn says: "Our flower designs are made customary for the recipient. We  have laughed, cried and prayed with our customers by phone and in  person. This business is part of a mission field that encompasses traditions, happiness, sympathy, honor and thoughtfulness. What a blessing to have an emotional connection with the customers through the services offered by the shop." Their Christmas Open House is scheduled for Nov 14 with a potential a bow making workshop. Mark & Kathryn would like to thank everyone in the community for their patronage to Geraldine’s Florist and Gift over the years. They are committed to carrying on the relationships made with the long term loyal customers as well as building new relationships for years to come.  They can be contacted at or their website. 
November 10, 2020
Episode 34. Small Business Mini Podcast Series featuring Lindsay Ennis of the Mustard Seed
Part 1: Lindsay Ennis of The Mustard Seed in Dyersburg, TN will be holding a Holiday Open House this coming weekend Nov 6 and 7 from 10-6 and November 8 from 12-6. Stop by for some refreshments and help with that Christmas shopping  list! As always shop local and support the small businesses in your community Next week features Kathryn McGuire and Mark Maupin new co-owners of Geraldine's Florist who will be holding their Holiday Open House on Saturday Nov 14. 
November 6, 2020
Episode 33. Small Business Mini Podcast Series
We are taking a detour from our regular programming for the next 5 weeks. Like many communities, our hometown has faced upheaval and jarring change in 2020. As we move toward the festive season, we advocate for small businesses that are the "bloodline of the community"( Dyersburg has a thriving community of entrepreneurs and this podcast mini series highlights 4 such local owned business as well as a faith based nonprofit. We are proud to feature: Episode 34: Lindsay Ennis of the Mustard Seed Episode 35: Kathryn McGuire and Mark Maupin of Geraldine's Florist Episode 36: Whitley Synder of Smallcakes Episode 37: Sandra Pruitt of the Salvation Army Episode 38: Donna Hilliard of Sunflower Health Foods Credit for the Podcast Series must be shared with Thomas Coronado co owner of Jordan's Grab and Go who you can listen to on Episode 30 of the Raising Kellan Podcast.
November 6, 2020
Episode 32. Interview with Crady Schneider of the Memphis Mom Collective
In this episode, we chat with Crady Schneider co-owner of Memphis Mom Collective, an online parenting resource. Dig in and enjoy this insightful talk that covers some diverse topics. Check out Crady's blog to complement this podcast episode at www. raising Enjoy! Time Stamps 2:30  What is the Memphis Mom Collective 3:30  A Day in Crady's Life 6:00  Raising multiple kids. Neurotypical vs Atypical. 7:02  What does advocacy mean to you? 9:53  Communication vs Language 10:55  Hammock Swing 11:11  Break 12: 06 What is happening with the Katie Beckett Waiver in Tennessee?    17: 40 Accessibility and "Disability is Diversity" 21:00 Conclusion
October 29, 2020
Episode 31. Down Syndrome Awareness featuring Keli Gooch, LPC/MHSP
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and today we chat with Keli Gooch who is a licensed mental health professional, author, and special-needs mom to Tayler her 18-year-old daughter with a dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism.  Keli is a gifted writer and I encouraged you to check out her blog as well as her book titled "Watering the Soul: A 91-Day Purposeful Self Care Journal for caregivers". Often as a caregiver, it is difficult to find a resource that offers actionable steps to manage burn out and Keli's book serves that need.  Jennifer Barham has also contributed a blog piece educating us on Down Syndrome. This resource may be found at Enjoy the chat and please leave a comment!
October 23, 2020
Episode 30. Interview with Thomas Coronado of Jordan's Grab 'n Go in Dyersburg, TN
Jordan's Grab 'n Go is a mom and pop convenience store that specializes in GOOD FOOD FAST. Thomas Coronado the co owner/manager is big brother to Jordan, a young adult on the Autism spectrum. This family business serves up unique and tantalizing dishes however the diversity here extends beyond its creative menu as Jordan's evolves into an inclusive workplace for several individuals with special needs.  Listen in, to an amazing chat!  0 - 2:00: The concept behind Jordan's 2 - 2:30: How has the pandemic affected the business? 2:30- 5:46: Family history and the diversity of the menu at Jordan's 5:46 - 6:47: Shout out! 6:47 -8:12: Purpose of business 8:12 - 9:00: Vision for Jordan's 9:00 - 10:00: How we met! 10:45 - 11:20: Advise to special needs siblings 11:20 - 15:20: Halloween and the Symbol of the Blue Pumpkin 15:20 - 19:00 ****Future giveaway in the works!*** 19:00 - 21:00: The Ins/Out of a business and a podcast Check out our Interview with Christine Coronado (Tommy's mom and co owner of Jordan's) in Episode 3 and Jessica Leving (Special Siblings Podcast) in Episode 7.
October 16, 2020
Episode 29. Amanda Dickinson: Founder of Mighty Miracles Foundation and Author of "The World of the NICU"
Amanda Dickinson is a professor, writer, founder of the Mighty Miracles Foundation. This is a nonprofit that sends free care packages to current NICU families across the country. Their care packages include several different things including two books Amanda authored: The World of the NICU and Our NICU Story (Children’s Book). Listen to this engaging podcast to find Amanda's motivation and inspiration... This episode honor of Kaleb, Amanda's Mighty Miracle. To learn more about Amanda, Kaleb, and the Foundation hop over to and here is the link to the Mighty Miracles Foundation webpage. 
October 9, 2020
Episode 28: World CP Day #Make your Mark
Awesome conversation with my friend journalist Rachel Townsend as we chat about World Cerebral Palsy Day scheduled for October 6, 2020. We also talk about the nonprofit  "Raising Kellan"  and how you can help.  Learn how you can show support and advocacy for those individuals with cerebral palsy, their families, and the organizations that serve them by visiting Rachel Townsend will be writing an upcoming article for the State Gazette 
September 26, 2020
Episode 27. It's our 1st Birthday!
I can't believe it's our 1st BIRTHDAY!  Celebrate with us by taking a walk down memory lane. In this episode Marsh Naidoo co-hosts with Drake Box to chat about our origin story, our favorite episodes, transforming from a self-funded project to a nonprofit organization, and writing the book "What I Wish I knew Back Then" to help sustain Raising Kellan, Inc mission which you can learn more about at A BIG BIRTHDAY WISH is for you to please leave us a review and five-star rating on your podcast provider. Thank you!
September 12, 2020
Episode 26. Jerusha Mather: An Australian Ph.D. student with CP that wants to go to Medical School.
Jerusha Mather is a Ph.D. student in the Medical Sciences at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Jerusha presents with athetoid cerebral palsy and this is the motivation for her research work. This bright young woman has so much to offer the world, so open those ears and heart to receive Jerusha's pearls of wisdom! To learn more about Jerusha pop over to  You can reach out to Jerusha on Instagram @jerushamather. 
August 28, 2020
Episode 25. Emily Glasser, President and CEO of Achilles International.
What a treat to talk with Emily Glasser and discover the history of Achilles International. Achilles International has become a global organization whose mission is to transform the lives of people with disabilities through athletic programs and social connections. They operate as chapters and have served over 150 000 athletes with disabilities of all ages to participate in endurance activities by providing education, training opportunities, and community. During the COVID 19 Pandemic,  Achilles International has gone virtual to serve its mission and leaves its footprint in the world at large. As we head into the 2020-2021 school year here in the United States there are so many unknowns. Whether you choose to homeschool or send your kids to school I would encourage you to look at the website It offers an abundance of virtual exercise programs ranging from yoga to learning how to run. Not to mention, they also offer the Freedom Program to wounded veterans and you can access the resources on their website whether you are a teacher, student, or parent. So hop on and get moving...
August 14, 2020
Episode 24. Genesis Emery of the Amour Genesis Brand.
Genesis A. Emery is a social entrepreneur, speaker, global philanthropist, and the host & producer of “Mamas Making Money Mondays.” She is also the founder of “The Little Dapper Collection”- a children’s bow tie company that grooms little boys into dapper young gentlemen while raising awareness and giving back a percentage of proceeds to children with special needs. Genesis is the founder of a non-profit organization for Chicago’s underprivileged youth called “The Little Dapper Project” and the founder of “The Amour Genesis Project” which provides essential items and resources for residents in underserved communities across Chicago. In addition to this, she is an advocate for children with special needs and unique medical challenges, as well as the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Agency Prolific- an integrated digital marketing and advertising agency. She is a highly-respected, inspirational voice for positive change and a trailblazing game changer for female entrepreneurs and single mothers. And she’s also the mother of her 5-year old son, Noah!
July 24, 2020
Episode 23: Todd Williams, DPT and the inspiration behind
Todd Williams, DPT describes his traveling physical therapy assignments, running the NYC Marathon with Achilles International, spasticity and chronic pain and so much more. Don't forget to review this podcast episode and rate it.  You can find a write up on Todd at And you can follow him on Instagram @ ptwithcp.t or
July 10, 2020
Episode 22. Go Baby Go!
Hannah Webster, DPT chats to us about her experience with the Go Baby Go program at the University of Central Florida.  We delved into the origin of the program, the theory, the benefit, and Hannah provides a list of resources to direct parents investigating the program for their child. You can find this list at the following link:
July 4, 2020
Episode 21. Wesley J Page: The Perspective of an Occupational Therapist with Cerebral Palsy.
Wesley J Page is an Occupational Therapist with Cerebral Palsy and 17 years of pediatric experience at Shrine School in Memphis, TN. He provides nuggets of information including how he navigated school and university as well as his energy conservation techniques.  Pop over to the www. where Wesley has written a handcrafted letter to parents raising kiddos with different abilities. 
June 11, 2020
Episode 20. Nicole Luongo: Author, Poet and Disability Advocate.
Nicole Luongo is an author, disability advocate, and writer. She is well known in the cerebral palsy community for being an advocate for selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, which is a procedure she underwent as an adult. In this episode, Nicole does a poetry recital from her book "Naked Desires." You can read Nicole's Fact File @ You can contact Nicole @
May 22, 2020
Episode 19. Quarantine Strategy Series, Part 3/3: Restorative Power of Nature.
Misha Davydov is an early childhood educator at "A New Leaf" Preschool in Nashville, Tennessee.  Misha delivers 45 minutes of power packed conversation that include: 1) What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?  2) How do Children Learn. 3) The Biology of why we need to be outdoors. 4) What does the current research show?  5) Misha's pandemic parent takeaways.  This is the final installment of this series. Enjoy! Misha blogs at The preschool he works at is For the research referenced in this podcast go to
May 6, 2020
Episode 18. Quarantine Strategy Series, Part 2: Exercise, Yoga and Relaxation.
Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Maddison Balk of Let’s Yoga Perth, focus is on improving a child’s emotional regulation, motor development and social skills through adaptive yoga. She teaches parents and children strategies they can apply at home, in the community and school to feel calm, accepted, emotionally/sensory regulated, confident and develop/sustain friendships. You can hop over to for more details on how to contact Maddison at Let's Yoga Perth. Also check out the previous episode of this series which is dedicated to Mental Health. 
April 30, 2020
Episode 17. Quarantine Strategy Series, Part 1: Mental Health
Rose Reif is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, located in Cary, NC.  She provides invaluable strategies on how to mentally cope during the coronavirus pandemic. Rose discusses her approach to explaining the pandemic to children and offers some key takeaways. As always as part of keeping it real, we did have a gatecrasher :) during the podcast! Rose's advice from the podcast is transcribed in part, to the blog.  Here is the link I also recommend that you read her Mental Wellness and Disability Blog at
April 24, 2020
Episode 16. Chris Meyer and his Positive Mindset Strategies.
Chris Meyer from Siegburg, Germany has some awesome self tested strategies on positive mindset that he believes will help other parents raising children with disabilities.  You can find his blog post on the Raising Kellan Blog at
April 16, 2020
Episode 15: Nevada Brew Works in Las Vegas.
Lauren Taylor shares her and husband Jason's vision for opening Nevada Brew Works.  This artisan microbrewery creates a family styled space in Las Vegas, Nevada that benefits the special needs community.  Hear their story!
April 2, 2020
Episode 14: Honoring our CP Warriors on National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.
March 25 is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day and it honors our warriors that work twice as hard at everyday life.  Join Levi, Drake, Dana, Marsh and Kellan on this catch up during the coronavirus quarantine. #raising_kellan#levis_cp_life#drakeb42
March 27, 2020
Day5: St Louis Children's Hospital Therapy Intensive
We heading back to Tennessee after a physically and emotionally gruelling week.  No time to stop, so this podcast was recorded on the final day  at St Louis Children's Hospital heading down South on I-55.  This is the link to the accompanying podcast:
March 22, 2020
Day 3: St Louis Children's Hospital. Interview with Matthew Ryan.
Today I sat down and worked with Matthew Ryan of Audius Prime.  Matthew is the audio guy who patiently taught me the building blocks of producing a podcast. His passion for teaching is reflected in this interview so without further ado, check it out!
March 19, 2020
Day2: St Louis Children's Hospital Therapy Intensive.
It St Patrick's Day and besides wearing green today I want to share an inspirational quote by an unknown author:  "I say Luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it." Happy St Paddy's Day!
March 17, 2020
Day 1: St Louis Children's Hospital Therapy Intensive.
It's Monday,  3/16/2020 and its not business as usual.  It's an uncertain time, an uncertain world, and uncharted territory.   There is  comfort in knowing that you are not alone and as always stay compassionate and kind.   I am reminded of my childhood hero Nelson Mandela who continues to inspire many, long after his passing, with his timeless wisdom.  My favorite go to is: " I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it."  Stay well friends and as always Get to the Top of Your Mountain.  
March 17, 2020
Episode 13: A Travel Blog on Embracing the Unexpected and Facing the Unknown.
This is Kellan's first podcast so please give him a thumbs up, and leave a review.  We are heading to St Louis next week for another therapy intensive, taking all precautions needed.   We are joined on this short episode by Savannah Pham, who traveled with us to St Louis last year.  We are also joined by Drake Box who some exciting news, so stay tuned. This episode is an introduction to my interview with Aaron Schlein from Family Travel Radio. Aaron chats to me about our mutual love of travel and how we hope to create that legacy for our children.  The episode is titled:  Embracing the Unexpected and Facing the Unknown.  Hit the link below to take you on a trip.  Lets go!
March 14, 2020
Episode 12: Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month featuring Levi "Levinator" Ervin.
March honors our CP Warriors! Levi Ervin a 8 year old from Watkinsville, Georgia defines all the important ingredients of living your best life with cerebral palsy.  Levi together with his mom, Dana touch on his experiences at school, sports, and so much more... Levi's Blog can be found at
March 6, 2020
Levi's Trailer
March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.  We feature Levi "Levinator" Ervin and his mom Dana Kramer who continue to break the rules and challenge perceptions.  This young man has all kinds of goodies to share with us.  Here is a snippet from our technical run this evening...
March 3, 2020
Episode 11: American Physical Therapy Conference in Denver, Colorado (Feb 2020).
These students are the future of physical therapy and they are passionate about pediatrics.  Listen as Marina Wright, Jackie Butch and Hannah Webster share their enthusiasm for working with kids and their future work plans. Their blog post link Enjoy!
February 28, 2020
Episode 10: Aspen Joy Balthazor, DPT
Aspen wears many hats!  She is a wife, mother, physical therapist and founder/owner of Joy of Movement, LLC in Wichita, KS.  In this podcast she narrates the story of the early arrival of her twins, her daughter Tenley's diagnosis and the subsequent path that lead from diagnosis, botox, baclofen and ultimately a surgery called selective dorsal rhizotomy.   Link to Aspen's Raising Kellan Blog Disclaimer:  As always the material on this podcast and blog is intended for educational purposes and is not a substitute for consultation with your medical provider.
February 20, 2020
Episode 9: What is Neuroplasticity?
Karen Pryor, Phd, PT, DPT is an experienced physical therapist who uses a common sense approach to help children reach their milestones.  You will enjoy this straight talk.. As always the topics discussed are for educational purposes and must be discussed with your medical provider in the state, region or country you reside in before consideration. Please Rate, Review and Subscribe to the podcast if you are encouraged and informed by what you hear so that we can continue this spirit of sharing and collaboration for the common good of our children. Link to raising kellan blog
February 6, 2020
Episode 8: Love Those Books!
Kathryn McBride,  Director of McIvers Grant Public Library gives us some nuggets of information on why we should read along with and to our kids.  We chat about who is responsible for early literacy, AR reading and reading vs comprehension...Enjoy!  You can find her tips for early reading success at
January 31, 2020
Episode 7: Supporting Special Needs Siblings.
Marsh and Drake chat with author Jessica Leving about her book, upcoming podcast and her brother Billy who is autistic. Jessica contributed to the Raising Kellan Blog.  Here is the link: Links to the referenced resources: 1. Special Siblings web site: 2. Book on Amazon: 3. Special Siblings page on Facebook: 4. Adult sibling group on Facebook:
January 17, 2020
Episode 6: Wired on Development: An internet based "Knowledge Hub" for pediatric neurorehab.
This is where PT's and OT's passionate about pediatrics go to for current research on evidence based practice.   Parents, you can access some of research by joining the WiredONdevelopment facebook page and group at WiredONdevelopment Podcasts are open to therapists and parents at  Link to Raising Kellan blog featuring this resource is
January 8, 2020
Episode 5: Podcasters & Parents of Kids with Cerebral Palsy.
Jae and Ant Puente of the podcast Let's Discuss It, sit down to discuss the male perspective of raising a child with complex medical needs.  This episode was followed by the brothers interviewing Marsh Naidoo and that episode will be aired shortly.  So subscribe for latest updates @  Thank you for listening and be sure to read Jae Puente's  honest and heartwarming blog at
December 28, 2019
Episode 4: Is Horse Riding an effective therapy tool?
Marsh chats with Sonya Burks of Healing Horses, Inc to discuss the benefits of equine assisted therapy.  This is the link describing our experience with therapeutic horsemanship Sonya Burks can be contacted through Facebook @healinghorsesinc, or 731 589 3000 For an equine center near you check out
December 19, 2019
Episode 3: Parents open fast food restaurant to give daughter with Autism purpose.
Christine Coronado expresses her concern about what to do with her child with special needs once she reached adulthood and what indeed she did!
December 12, 2019
Episode 2: What parents need to know when language and speech development is delayed!
Angie Brasher is a Speech and Language Pathologist.  She breaks down language development in an easy format.  She talks about the importance of early intervention in promoting language development and what parents can do to help kiddos build on this skill.  Angie's blog post on Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices(AAC) can be accessed at this link
December 2, 2019
Episode 1: My First 19 Years Living With Cerebral Palsy.
In this interview with Drake Box we chat about growing up with cerebral palsy.  I met Drake at a local grocery store and later at the outpatient physical therapy clinic I work at.  I believe that Drake's experiences will help inspire and motivate parents and provide valuable insight into raising a child with a disability. 
August 31, 2019