Saul Rosenthal, PhD

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGIST

As part of this blog, I’m publishing the transcripts from my podcast. I hope you find them a useful adjunct to the show. Please listen, leave comments, and rate it on iTunes, Spotify, Google, or wherever you found it!

Guest: Dr. Sophie Bellenis
Links of Interest:
NESCA Neuropsychology & Education Services
SPARK study on COVID-19 and Autism
Link to Show: Episode 10

Saul: Welcome to Episode 10 of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I am Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist.

Although most states are now lifting at least some of the restrictions brought on by Covid-19 life has not gone back to the way it was before the pandemic and it may never get there. Adapting to ever-changing health demands along with the uncertainty about our futures is difficult for all of us. It might be even harder for people who are on the autism spectrum, or who have difficulties with executive functions like attention, focus and self-regulation. These are people who often rely on outside structure, routine, and support programs. Nowadays, those supports are almost certainly limited, if not gone altogether. What can be done to help these individuals thrive with so much disruption in their lives?

Today we are joined by Dr. Sophie Bellenis, an occupational therapist who specializes in education and functional life skills for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. She manages the Real Life Skills Program at the Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents Practice, which specializes in neuropsychological testing and integrative treatment. She also works for nonprofits bringing services to children in Tanzania, East Africa. Sophie works to help young people succeed as they transition into higher education or employment. Sophie, thank you so much for joining us today.

Sophie: Thank you for having me.

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June 16th, 2020

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As part of this blog, I’m publishing the transcripts from my podcast. I hope you find them a useful adjunct to the show. Please listen, leave comments, and rate it on iTunes, Spotify, Google, or wherever you found it!

Guest: Meghan Gardner
Links of Interest: Guardian Adventures
Youtube Channel
Link to Show: Episode 8

Saul: Welcome to episode eight of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a Developmental and Clinical Health Psychologist.

Summer is coming. Usually that means summer camp for millions of children. According to the American Camp Association, camp is a $15 billion industry in the United States with more than 14,000 camps, one-and-a-half million employees, and more than 14 million people attending. Not this year. Parents, whatever else they’re doing, even more than usual need a safe and engaging experience for the children once school is done. Some camps are transitioning online. On the face of it, that sounds about as far away from summer camp as we can get.

Today we’re going to talk with somebody who can tell us why online camp is much more than a poor substitution. Meghan Gardner is the founder and CEO of Guardian Adventures in Burlington, Massachusetts. Guardian Adventures runs year-round classes, events and camps that use indirect storytelling to help kids learn, build confidence, make friends, but mostly have fun. Meghan has been developing STEM educational programs for over 20 years for organizations all over the world. Guardian Adventures developed and is licensing an online summer camp platform.

My child has been participating in Guardian Adventures for five years and I’m constantly impressed by their ability to engage and support the children they serve. With the pandemic, Guardian adventures shifted all of their programming online. That move intrigued me because, honestly, I don’t quite understand how it can work, especially the summer camp. Meghan is here to tell us how they are pulling it off.

Meghan thank you so much for joining us today.

Meghan: My pleasure, Saul, thank you for having me on.

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May 28th, 2020

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As part of this blog, I’m publishing the transcripts from my podcast. I hope you find them a useful adjunct to the show. Please listen, leave comments, and rate it on iTunes, Spotify, Google, or wherever you found it!

Guest: Tim Schuettge, LICSW, MPH
Link to Show: Episode 6

Saul: Welcome to episode six of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I am Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist. According to Education Week, at the end of April schools are closed for 55.1 million students in the United States. That is 97% of children who attend school. For most youth in this country schools educate and provide guidance during the longest period of rapid development in our lifetimes. What does it mean when that structure suddenly disappears? How do parents and families make up for the loss when their day-to-day lives are also upended.

Today, we are joined by Tim Schuettge, who has master’s degrees in social work and public health. He is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Tim was one of the first social workers to be embedded in a pediatric primary care practice which is where I first met him. He consults with Boston Children’s Hospital psychiatry outpatient service and maintains a private practice in Canton and Newton, Massachusetts. Tim, thanks so much for joining us today.

Tim: Thank you.

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May 19th, 2020

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As part of this blog, I’m publishing the transcripts from my podcast. I hope you find them a useful adjunct to the show. Please listen, leave comments, and rate it on iTunes, Spotify, Google, or wherever you found it!

Link to Show: Episode 5: Parenting Young Children
Guest: Stephanie Marcucci
Link of Interest: Jackson Walnut Park Schools

SAUL: Welcome to episode five of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist. Many of us have suddenly found ourselves struggling with all sorts of new demands. We may be working either at home or out in the riskier world. We also have to suddenly parent children who are at home all day and we have to oversee their schooling. The clients I work with are reporting all sorts of school experiences. Some have almost full days of online classes. Others are emailed a set of assignments. Whatever your child’s school is doing, all of us, parents and kids, are suddenly in a strange new world.

Our guest today, Stephanie Marcucci, is a mom of three children, two eight-year-olds and a four-year-old. She is also the head of Walnut Park Montessori School which is part of the Jackson Walnut Park School in Newton, Massachusetts. She previously spent 18 years as a teacher at Walnut Park, including a few of those years as one of my daughter’s teachers. Stephanie’s two daughters are graduates of Walnut Park and her son currently attends. As a full-time working mother and an educator, I know Stephanie can help us as we’re trying to parent and educate our children during this pandemic. Thank you so much for joining us today.

STEPHANIE: Thanks for having me, Saul. It’s so nice to see you and to talk with you. We’ve known each other for a long time, although we haven’t seen each other for a long time. I feel like I have known you my whole life, so it’s wonderful to talk with you again.

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May 5th, 2020

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Link to Show: Episode 3: Parenting Kids With Chronic Illness
Guest: Dr. Katie Fleischman
Link of interest: Dr. Fleischman talks about The Virtual Hope Box, a terrific stress management app available free for iOS and Android.

SAUL ROSENTHAL:    Welcome to episode three of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in the strange times. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist. In the last episode we talked with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge about parenting when everybody is stressed out due to the restrictions we’re all living with. But what if your child has a chronic medical condition like pain or diabetes. Dr. Katie Fleischman works currently in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement in the role psychologist for the Balance and Vestibular Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Katie is a pediatric pain psychologist that specializes in the assessment, management, and study of chronic pain and vestibular conditions in children and adolescents using a combination of cognitive behavior therapy and biofeedback techniques. She is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Harvard Medical School and has presented extensively on the topics of pediatric pain, migraines, postconcussion syndrome and chronic dizziness as well as other medical and co-occurring mental health conditions at numerous institutions and conferences. She was previously with the Headache Clinic in the Department of Neurology here at Boston Children’s Hospital. Katie, welcome, and thanks so much for joining us today.

KATIE FLEISCHMAN:                 Thank you for having me.

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April 27th, 2020

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As part of this blog, I’m publishing the transcripts from my podcast. I hope you find them a useful adjunct to the show. Please listen, leave comments, and rate it on iTunes, Spotify, Google, or wherever you found it!

I talked with my Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, an expert on holistic child health. We discussed parenting with all of the added demands brought on by the pandemic.

Link to Show: Episode 2: Parenting While Sheltering in Place
Guest: Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge
Link of interest: Dr. Roseann’s Blog

Saul Rosenthal: Welcome to episode two of Life in the Time of Corona. A podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist. One of the biggest challenges that many of us are facing is parenting our children when we’re all stuck together at home. I’m very excited to talk with today’s guest, Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge. Dr. Capanna-Hodge is the founder and director of Dr. Roseann and Associates. She is absolutely a thought leader at integrative and pediatric mental health care and has helped thousands of children and their families by spearheading innovative and holistic approaches to many difficult conditions. Dr. Capanna-Hodge has shared her expertise in articles, books, presentations and many media outlets. Thank you so much for joining us today.

Roseann Capanna-Hodge: Well, thank you for this important conversation because parents are inside with their kids and they’re feeling a lot of things, including frustrated. Some are excited, because there actually are some people kind of rocking the quarantine thing. But a lot of parents are feeling low on their resources right now, so this is a great conversation.

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April 20th, 2020

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In a recent piece written for the New York Times, Perri Klass, MD lays out ideas for 5 device-free spaces for families. The article does not directly focus on getting our children off of the devices. Rather, parental media use is the focal point.

He starts with Common Sense Media’s 2016 survey indicating that parents spend over 9 hours per day consuming media. About an hour-and-a-half of that time is work-related. The vast majority of time parents spend consuming media is personal.

What sort of model does that provide to our children?

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January 25th, 2018

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One of the issues that almost always comes up when parents find out I specialize in Internet addiction is whether parental controls and monitoring apps work. I’ve come to realize that what many parents are really saying to me is, “I don’t know how to make sure my child only accesses safe Internet material and I’m pretty sure my kid will get around any control I set up anyway but I don’t know what else to do. Help!”

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April 25th, 2016

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It’s an old adage that kids think they are smarter than their parents but that either over time or in any one of countless sit-com scenarios, they realize they are wrong, wrong wrong.

Except when it comes to technology.

Kids often really do know much more about technology than their parents. As a developmental and clinical psychologist, I find this a fascinating phenomena that has significant implications for growth, health and society.

As a parent, it freaks me out.

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March 9th, 2016

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