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Voices In The Family

June 2009

Special Education

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In 1975, landmark federal legislation now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) extended access to a free, quality education to children with disabilities. Today, schools across the country today serve more than 6 million children with a wide array of conditions. Many of them have learning disabilities or behavioral problems. Most of them spend their school days in a regular classroom - an approach known as inclusion. We will hear excerpts from a recent panel discussion on special education, hosted by Dr. Dan Gottlieb and Maiken Scott. The discussion examined the different challenges facing children, parents, teachers and schools.

Our guests were:
Dr. Herman Axelrod, Executive Director, Green Tree School Philadelphia
Dr. Linda Grobman, Superintendent, Radnor Township School District
Dr. Leslie Nabors Olah of the Penn Graduate School of Education.

Adjusting to Parenthood

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A new baby brings many joyful moments. But parents also face serious challenges - sleep deprivation, relationship changes and the anxiety that comes with caring for an infant. Join Maiken Scott on the next Voices in the Family, when her and her guests will talk about adusting to parenthood - we'll hear what helps new parents cope, and also discuss post-partum depression. Our guests are:

Cassandra Vieten is a psychologist and an associate scientist at Pacific Medical Center Research Institute & the author of Mindful Motherhood.

Kyle Pruett is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, and is the author of Fatherneed: Why Father Care Is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child" & "The Nurturing Father.

Mary Jo Codey is a Post Partum Depression Survivor and instrumental in the development of New Jersey's comprehensive awareness campaign called Recognizing Postpartum Depression: Speak Up When You're Down.

More information: Postpartum Depression
PPD resources in NJ
Mindful Mothering
Learn more about Dr. Kyle Pruett
Concious Fatherhood program

Sexual Intimacy

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If you look through your spam e-mail, every other one is about sexual performance. Turn on your TV and you'll see lots of ads for products like Viagra. Relationship experts warn that the focus on sexual performance neglects a very important part of human sexuality; intimacy. Join Dr. Dan Gottlieb for the next Voices in the Family, when we'll discuss intimacy; what it is, how couples can find it and make it a permanent part of their relationship. Our guests are Dr. Debby Herbenick and Ian Kerner. Herbenick is a Sexual Health Researcher and Educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University. Kerner is a sex and relationships counselor and New York Times best-selling author of numerous books including She Comes First and Love in the Time of Colic.

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Discussions about immigration usually revolve around policy and economics. But what about the experience of immigrants, their lives and families? Dan Gottlieb and his guests will take an in-depth look at the immigrant experience in America. We will be joined by Carola Suárez-Orozco and Celia Jaes Falicov. Suárez-Orozco is a professor at NYU and co-director of Immigration Studies at their Steinhardt School,. She is also author of Learning a New Land and Children of Immigration. Falicov is the author of Latino Families in Therapy and Family Transitions. She is a professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego, and a therapist in private practice who works predominantly with immigrant children, couples and families.

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For more about Dr. Suárez-Orozco visit steinhardt.nyu.edu
For more info on Dr. Falicov visit www.afta.org


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What are you doing? It's a simple question that has transformed the internet. With Twitter, we can find out what people are up to and in to at any time. But what's different about this form of social networking, what makes it appealing, how will people use it in years to come? On the next Voices in the Family, we'll discuss Twitter. Our guests are Clive Thompson and David Parry. Thompson is a science, technology and culture writer for Wired magazine, The New York Times and New York Magazine. He is also the author of the blog, Collision Detection. Parry is assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communications at University of Texas, Dallas. Check out Parry's blog, Outside The Text.

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