Rebecca Rolland – Art of Talking with Children



Today we invite you to enjoy a conversation with an expert in the art of communication.  Jordan welcomes Rebecca Rolland, EdD to discuss her wonderfully instructive new book The Art of Talking with Children: The Simple Keys to Nurturing Kindness, Creativity, and Confidence in Kids. Rebeca is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and serves on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. There are significant applications for helping children with dyslexia and other learning challenges as we learn to better communicate while fostering relationships with less conflict and stress and more kindness.

If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.


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Jordan invites a super fun guest to the podcast, sci-fi writer R.S. Mellette.   R.S. shares his personal story of coping with dyslexia and overcoming it to successfully work on the hit television show Xena: Warrior Princess.  He has taken his experience in the TV and film industries to craft a female-led YA (young adult) sci-fi novel sure to captivate readers of all ages.  It is a space opera entitled, Kiya and the Morian Treasure  and the reviews from fans and critics have been impressive.  R.S. is a prime example of the creative force so alive in people with dyslexia.  We are thrilled to highlight him today on the podcast!

If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.


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Today we take the microphones “across the pond” to interview a dynamic creative force whose work is celebrated in England and around the world.  Jordan invites you to meet inter-disciplinary artist Michelle Baharier.  She recounts enormous challenges as a child trying to read and write and how the kindness of a helpful teacher made such a difference in her life.    Art has always been Michelle’s  outlet and mode of expression.  And she is certainly great at it!   She is constantly drawing and sketching, achieving notoriety for her poetry, photography, painting, dress making and so much more. She lives and works in South London and exhibits internationally across the UK, Europe, the USA and Middle East.  She is also the Artistic Director/Founder and CEO of the charity CoolTan Arts, run by and for disabled people.

If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.


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Today Jordan welcomes a remarkable young woman with boundless energy, creativity and a keen business sense. Heidi Williams is an ex-competitive rock climber and parttime ski-patroller who loves the outdoors.   She is a highly popular  vlogger in the travel space  with thousands of international followers.  Heidi combines her love for the outdoors with prowess in business.  She founded  Mona, a successful surf and athletic wear company.  Realizing her talent in running her own business she launched a career as a business-life coach, helping others run their start-up businesses.  Along with her flourishing coaching work, she recently founded  LeadTalko a lead generation  agency that harnesses the power of organic conversation to gain start-ups 30 to 40 new leads per day via SMS and direct message marketing. She has never let dyslexia  slow her down. She is determined to learn and grow despite the odds.  Heidi Williams is a fine example of Dyslexics getting it done!

If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.


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Today Jordan introduces us to sci-fi novelist Andrew Nehring, who is the author of  “The Corrupted Light Chronicles” series and his latest entitled “David Massie and the Quantum Flux, Book 1.”   Possessing a vivid imagination with a flare for creative writing, Andrew is succeeding as a  writer, despite being told by some when he was younger (in a galaxy far, far away) that his dyslexia would hold him back, would burden him the rest of his life.   His many readers would strongly disagree.  They love his work and are anxious for sequels.  Like so many others,  Andrew shares his story of struggle and determination to use dyslexia to his advantage creatively.

If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.


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Today Jordan welcomes a dynamic teacher and student team to the podcast.  Meet Gabriela Diller, special educator, advocate and educational consultant.  She recently founded Lotus Advocacy, offering tutoring, advocacy and consulting for special education success.  Gabi specializes in executive functioning, coaching, transition skills and college and job readiness.
One of her former students is joining us as well.  Manny Valmir graduated from Boston Prep High School, then attended Westfield State’s learning disabilities program, transferred to Framingham University and recently graduated with a degree in criminal justice.  He’s proud to share news of his positive experience being helped by Gabriela.
The two are now good friends and their story reminds us that with time, dedication  and patience, anything is possible.

If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.


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Jordan Rich welcomes Taylor Lowe to our podcast.   Taylor is an Emmy Award winning motion graphics designer and video producer currently sharing his many of years of ongoing professional experience with the next generation of content creators at Park Avenue Christian Academy ( PACA) in Florida. His personal story with dyslexia began when he was an young elementary school student.  With hard work, determination and a winning attitude,  Taylor has become a recognized innovator in the video industry.  His professional work has been featured on every major network including ABC, NBC, CBS, BET, FOX, PBS and Amazon Prime Video. And he is proud to serve as mentor to young students eager to learn.

If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.


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A conversation between Jordan Rich and  Barry Weiner, a true renaissance man who has enjoyed success in movie and documentary production, business and real estate and public service, despite deep struggles with learning during  his school years.  Things changed in a big way when Barry enrolled in the Program for Assisted Learning at Curry College in Milton.  There he met and was mentored by the late Dr. Gertrude Webb and he credits her and the Pal Program for  the  learning skills, confidence and motivation to win at life!

If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.


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A conversation between Jordan Rich and  Jessica Minihan, special educator, behavior analyst and author of “The Behavior Code: A Practical  Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students.  We discuss Jessica’s systematic approach for deciphering causes and patterns of difficult behaviors and how to match them with proven strategies.  It’s all about getting our students back on track to learn!

If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.


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A conversation between Jordan Rich and Phil Newman, licensed social worker on staff at the Carroll School in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  Phil discusses the pressures faced by children with learning differences and what’s being done to help them.  He is also the co-founder of Next Step Academics,  a ground breaking organization that addresses students’ interrelated educational and behavioral needs.   Phil and his colleagues are helping young people achieve their goals and enjoy success! If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.