1. Episode 256-The Link Between Self-Esteem and Academic Success: Insights from Gabrielle Crichlow Sara Gullihur-Bradford aka SJ Childs 35:08

Have you ever pondered the intricate dance between a child's self-esteem and their academic success? Gabrielle Crichlow, the founder of Step Ahead Tutoring Services, joins us to illuminate this fascinating interplay. From her early days as a peer helper to a full-fledged entrepreneur, Gabrielle's journey epitomizes the transformative power of education. She offers a treasure trove of insights on how fostering a positive self-Image in students is just as crucial as nurturing their academic prowess.

This conversation peels back the layers of individualized educational support, aligning with the Common Core standards, and how it's tailored to meet the unique learning styles and needs of each child. We delve into the nuances of assessing students, incorporating perspectives from parents, teachers, and specialized documentation like IEPs. Gabrielle shares her flexible approach to tutoring, which eschews rigid timelines and instead emphasizes growth at a child's own rhythm, especially for those facing challenges like ADHD or cognitive impairments.

To wrap up, we touch on the delicate aspects of parenting in relation to child development. The importance of communication and the profound impact of our words on a young mind's psyche cannot be overstated. We discuss the pressures that academic expectations can impose on children and how parents play a pivotal role in shaping a supportive, understanding environment. Our dialogue underscores the necessity of an open, ongoing conversation, promising to revisit these themes and continue supporting each other in nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.

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Sara Bradford Podcaster, aka SJ Childs

Sara Bradford is an Autistic woman and advocate and is the CEO of SJ Childs LLC, an autism consulting business to support families. She is a member of the Autism Council of Utah and also the owner of FB Autism Advocates Support Group. She is a mother of 2, and her husband and kids are also on the autism spectrum. She is a Global Autism Speaker, as well as a Podcast Host-The SJ Childs Show Podcast. She continues to strengthen her community through local university and hospital Autism partnerships, police training, corporate autism training programs, and more. Sara is a children's book author, pen name SJ Childs. Subjects such as autism, dyslexia, physical differences, anxiety, and more. Helping children understand themselves and support their peers with neurodiverse needs. Encouraging love and inclusion in every situation.