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Parenting Portal with Joanna Port

Parenting Portal with Joanna Port

By Joanna Port
Parenting is so, so hard. Give yourself a break and listen to a discussion between me, Joanna Port, and an expert in the field of parenting. We cover topics such as sleep, nutrition, self-reliance, safety, social media, preschool information and more. I am a mom of four and the Director of Crestwood Hills Preschool. I have a Master's Degree in education and in social work and I have worked for over 25 years as a therapist and an educator.
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Bones and Kids w/ Dr. Thomas Grogan
Dr. Grogan is a practicing pediatric orthopedic surgeon in the west Los Angeles area. He has seen over 45,000 patients in his career. Dr. Grogan graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Biology and received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Grogan’s orthopedic training has included an orthopedic residency at UCLA plus several orthopedic fellowships in pediatric orthopedics, trauma, and NIH sponsored joint replacement surgery. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parentingportal.com
36:19
March 4, 2021
Skin and Kids w/ Dr. Soheil Simzar
Dr. Soheil Simzar, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, specializes in skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatology. He began his medical studies at Van Nuys Medical Magnet High School, graduating in the top 1%. He received his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from University of California at Los Angeles, Doctor of Medicine at UCLA, and was a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. At Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, he continued his Residency in Dermatology and was served as Dermatology Chief Resident, while also accomplishing a Preceptorship by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery in Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology. After his specialty training, Dr. Simzar completed a fellowship in advanced dermatological procedures and surgery including neuromodulators, fillers, sclerotherapy, scar treatments, and laser surgery. He is a clinical instructor of dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and teaches medical and surgical dermatology to the dermatology residents and medical students. He was awarded UCLA’s Dean’s Honor List and a recipient of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Preceptorship Award. Dr. Simzar is an experienced researcher, has authored in numerous prestigious medical publications, and has presented at national conferences. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
40:44
February 23, 2021
Reading With Your Kids w/ Donna Holloran
Donna Holloran earned her BS in Psychology and Child Development before moving to California and earning a MSW from UCLA. She is also certified in Infant Mental Health.  Donna founded Babygroup in Santa Monica, California, in 1996 and there maintains her practice as a parent educator and child development specialist. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
37:10
November 19, 2020
Grandparenting w/ Richard and Lois Reinis
Richard and Lois Reinis are grandparents 16 times over. They share some lessons learned through the 24 years of grandparenting. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 26 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
37:52
November 12, 2020
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy w/ Stephanie Demery
Stephanie Demery is a licensed marriage and family therapist in West Los Angeles, working with children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in working with childhood disorders that include depression, anxiety, PTSD, learning challenges, low self-esteem, conduct disorders, autism, ADD and ADHD, addiction, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. She's certified in EMDR therapy. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
26:05
October 30, 2020
How to Find a Great Nanny w/ Rachel Sheer
Rachel Zaslansky Sheer is co-owner and co-founder of The Grapevine Agency established in 2005. Specializing in permanent placement of executive/personal assistants, home staffing and management, utilizing the highest standards of recruiting. Prior to becoming a recruiter, Rachel was an Executive Assistant to Kevin Huvane, Managing Partner of Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Before joining Huvane’s team, Rachel worked for two Talent Agents in the Motion Picture Department of CAA. Rachel graduated from University of Maryland with a BS in Psychology and a concentration in Women’s Studies. Originally from Chappaqua, NY, Rachel relocated to Los Angeles in 1998. She lives in Brentwood with her husband and two children. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
40:28
October 21, 2020
Effective Communication and Setting Limits w/ Julie Wright
Julie is a licensed psychotherapist working with infants, children and adults, exploring attachment, mindfulness and empathic communication. Her background is in infant mental health and child psychology, with a specialization in baby and child sleep issues. She created the content and curriculum for the Wright Parent & Me classes in Los Angeles. Julie trained at Cedars Sinai Early Childhood Center and co-founded a program for parents and babies from 0-3 at LA Child Guidance Clinic. She believes development is optimized and relationships thrive when there is an emotional connection. Her background also includes the “school of life,” as the mother of an adult son. Julie co-authored two books, The Happy Sleeper; A Science-Backed Guide to Helping Your Baby Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Newborn to School Age and Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma Penguin Random House. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
33:02
October 14, 2020
Speech Therapy and Kids w/ Hedieh Naydawood
Hedieh Naydawood, MS CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist in private practice, specializing in early intervention. Her trainings to the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Universal Preschool, North Lost Angeles, and Westide Regional Centers have focused on the benefits of relationship-based speech and feeding therapy. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
37:47
October 6, 2020
Morning Madness and Bedtime Battles w/ Melanie Soloway
Melanie Soloway is Summit Center’s Parent Educator and the Founder and Director of Raising Enlightened Children. Melanie is the mother of three teenage boys, two of whom are twice exceptional/2e. She has been trained and is certified in numerous parenting programs including Positive Discipline, Redirecting Children’s Behavior, Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) and Reflective Parenting. Melanie says, “Gaining greater understanding and knowledge about who our children are ignites the sparks of our childrens’ potential. Learning positive parenting tools, and how to apply them, creates loving relationships for life.” Previously, Melanie was a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County and the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Empowered Parenting. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
35:22
September 25, 2020
Occupational Therapy and Kids w/ Nathalie Aluisi
Nathalie Aluisi, M.A., OTR/L, SWC is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 18 years of experience.  She specializes in the areas of sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, social/emotional regulation, executive functioning, social thinking, developmental delays, premature birth, social skills, fine motor/visual motor difficulties, and feeding/oral motor skills.  She has advanced training in Sensory Integration theory and practice, and is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test.   She has completed courses through AOMT and is an orofacial myofunctional therapist.  She has her advanced practice certification in Swallowing Assessment and Intervention (SWC).  Mrs. Aluisi is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor.  She is certified in the Interactive Metronome and is trained in the Therapeutic Listening Program and iLs Integrative Listening System.  She completed the U.S. Department of Education traineeship for the USC School-based Occupational Therapy Training Project.  She has served on the advisory board for this School-Based Training Grant.  Mrs. Aluisi worked in various school settings running sensory-motor groups incorporating yoga, consulted with teachers and parents and provided individualized treatments, while working closely with professionals using Floor Time (DIR Model).  She has been in private practice in West LA, providing clinic based intervention, home and school based services, and consultation.  She is currently on the advisory board for the development of an Early Childhood Center.  She presents at schools and parent groups on topics relating to sensory integration and children’s motor skill development.  Nathalie works closely with parents, teachers, pediatricians, psychologists, speech therapists, physical therapist, and other professionals assisting children.  Nathalie received a B.A. in Kinesiology and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.  She lives in West LA with her husband and three sons. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
36:20
September 17, 2020
Music and Kids w/ Lauren Bruns
Lauren Bruns specializes in early childhood music education and has been writing songs for more than 20 years. She owned and managed Sessions Songwriting and Music from 2011 to 2016 and is the current head of the music department at Laurence School in Valley Glen, CA. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
33:23
September 7, 2020
Executive Functioning and Kids w/ Lindsay Astor Grant
Lindsay Astor Grant is a licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapist. She received her Masters degree in occupational therapy from USC and has advanced training in sensory integration, executive function, and visual perceptual motor skill development. In 2018 Lindsey founded Learning Redesigned, working as an independent consultant for private schools. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
37:06
August 27, 2020
When Should Kids Start Pre-School w/ Donna Holloran
Donna Holloran earned her BS in Psychology and Child Development before moving to California and earning a MSW from UCLA. She is also certified in Infant Mental Health.  Donna founded Babygroup in Santa Monica, California, in 1996 and there maintains her practice as a parent educator and child development specialist. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
37:26
August 19, 2020
Pandemic Preschool Precautions w/David Kelly
After completing his BA in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, David worked as an Exhibit Designer for the Kohl Children’s Museum. While working there he had an opportunity to meet and work with many educators including the philosopher Loris Malaguzzi from the municipality of Reggio Emilia, Italy, founder of the Reggio Approach. David then worked as an education coordinator and atelierista at Chicago Commons, a social service agency that developed early childhood programs on Chicago’s west and south side and completed his Masters in Child Development through the Erikson Institute. After 8 years, he served as an adjunct professor and education coordinator at Aquinas College then worked in Manhattan to develop the Blue Man Group’s parent-child program into the Blue School nursery and elementary school. Upon finishing his doctorate at the University of Calgary in Canada, he became director in 2015 at First Presbyterian Nursery School in Santa Monica, an historical school that celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
32:49
August 12, 2020
Art Therapy and Kids w/ Erica Curtis
Erica Curtis is a board-certified art therapist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and internationally cited expert on parenting, relationships, and mental health, specializing in creative and cutting-edge approaches to psychotherapy and teaching. She lives in southern California with her husband and three children. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
37:51
April 8, 2020
Fostering a Connection with your Children w/ Dr. Robin Berman
Dr. Berman is an Association Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and runs her own clinical practice. Her interest is focused on increasing healthy child development by strengthening the parent-child bond. She is on the clinical faculty at the UCLA Women’s Life Center, which specializes in mental stability during pregnancy and post-partum. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
39:23
April 2, 2020
Meltdowns! with Rebekka Helford
Rebekka Helford, MA, LMFT, earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brown University and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Rebekka has enjoyed working with children and their families in a variety of capacities both therapeutic and non-clinical for over 15 years. In addition to conducing weekly psychotherapy for adults in her Santa Monica-adjacent private practice. Rebekka also specializes in short-term intensive parent consultation, offering both home and office visits to help families navigate developmental hiccups and get back on track. Since 2016, Rebekka has supervised and trained interns and led Mindful Parenting Groups at Well Baby Center in Mar Vista. Learn more about Rebekka’s thoughts on parenting and being human at her blog, Living in Captivity, as well as her podcast, The Sandbox with Diane and Rebekka. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
42:15
March 5, 2020
Raising Kids in a Media World with Revita Bowers
Reveta Bowers has been engaged as the Lead Faculty Member at the NAIS Institute for New Heads.  She was the Head of School at the Center for Early Education in Los Angeles, (Toddler – 6th grades, 538 students), where she had been for 41 years before retiring in 2016.  She attended the University of Southern California where she received her degree in Humanities.  She later returned to graduate school and completed a Master's degree in Developmental Psychology and three teaching credentials. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
36:46
February 21, 2020
Art Process for Kids with Kathy Leader
Kathy Leader is an artist and art teacher that studied Fine Art in South Africa, teaches art classes for kids, and hold art camps for kids. She encourages kids and adults to break free from self-criticism and reconnect with their basic human creative instinct by focusing on art as a process instead of a method of product creation. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
28:18
February 13, 2020
Baby Sleep
Jennifer Waldburger from Sleepy Planet gives advice, suggestions and tips on how to help babies sleep.  She focuses on babies age 0-1 years old. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
51:37
January 23, 2020
Indulgence Trap
Susan Stone has over 40 years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist in the Los Angeles area. She has had a special focus on parenting skills and on helping parents find their way through the complex issues around of raising happy, responsible, and productive kids. Along with seeing clients, Susan speaks often to parents and educators on topics of interest about children of all ages. She has appeared on radio and television as a parenting expert, and is the author of the book The Indulgence Trap - When Too Much is Not Enough.  Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parentingportal.com
36:39
January 9, 2020
Find the Right Preschool
This episode is about how to find the right preschool for your family. It covers different philosophies, what to look for in a school and how to find the right match. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
33:34
December 19, 2019
Preschool 101 with Luisa Donatti
Children at school can be quite different than they are at home. The most important thing? Communication. Luisa Donatti is the executive director of Cassidy Preschool in Santa Monica, CA. Cassidy Preschool serves 125 children between the ages of 2 1/5- 5 1/2 and their families, and 100 additional families that take part in Cassidy's parenting classes and toddler enrichment experiences.  Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
33:60
December 11, 2019
Worry-proof Parenting with Dr. Cara Natterson
Did you know that asparagus is nature's bug repellant? That the word "organic" means something, but the word "natural" doesn't? Dr. Cara Natterson has all the tips for worry-proof parenting. Dr. Natterson is a pediatrician, consultant, and New York Times best-selling author of the updated version of The Care and Keeping of You series of books for young girls. Whether in the office or on the stage she has a unique ability to make cutting edge research understandable, even entertaining.  Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
35:44
December 4, 2019
Raising a Self-Reliant Child with Betsy Brown Braun
"We're not raising children, we're raising adults. They're already children." Find out how parents can undermine a child's sense of self-reliance, and what to do when that happens. Betsy Brown Braun is the author of "Just Tell Me What To Say"  and "You're Not The Boss of Me", and child development and behavior specialist, parent educator, multiple birth parenting consultant, and the founder of Parenting Pathways. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
34:07
November 27, 2019
Tricky People with Pattie Fitzgerald
Who are the "tricky people" in your child's life? Pattie Fitzgerald is the founder of safelyeverafter.com and is a leading expert in the field of childhood sexual abuse prevention. She is a former pre-school teacher and a child visitation monitor and her workshops and classroom curriculum are used at schools throughout the United States. Pattie is the author of two children's books "No Trespassing – This is My Body!" and "Super Duper Safety School." She has been featured on Good Morning America, ABC World News, CNN, MSNBC, Dateline, and local TV news programs across the country. Host Joanna Port is Director at Crestwood Hills Preschool. She has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Social Work from USC.  For the past 25 years she has worked with families and children, as a therapist, an elementary school teacher, and as a parent consultant. Find out more at parenting portal.com
35:49
November 20, 2019
Parenting, Prepared
Welcome to Parenting Portal, a series of discussions between me, Joanna Port, and an expert in the field of parenting.  We cover topics such as sleep, nutrition, self-reliance, safety, social media, preschool information and more.  I am a mom of four and the Director of Crestwood Hills Preschool.  I have Master's Degrees in education and in social work and I have worked for over 25 years as a therapist and an educator.
01:04
October 23, 2019