Producer: Whitney S. Hoffman
voicemail: (302) 482-4599
Hi! I’m Whitney Hoffman and the creator of the LD Podcast. I have two sons, both with learning differences, ages 13 and 10. Besides being a mom, I am also an attorney, a podcaster, aspiring writer and professional pediatric logistic specialist. This blog, The Parent’s Eye View contains thoughts about new media, life in general, books I find compelling, and other thoughts that aren’t necessarily related or a good fit with my podcast, or my other blog project, GNM Parents. This is about things that I find exciting and compelling in my own new media journey.
I have helped organize PodCamp NYC 1.0 & 2.0 and PodCamp Philadelphia 1 & 2, Podcamp Boston 2.0 & 3.0; and have presented numerous times at Podcamps, BlogPhiladelphia, and this summer at Podcasters Across Borders.
What is the LD Podcast?
The LD Podcast is a weekly podcast about all aspects of learning disabilities and kids who struggle in school. We interview educators, authors, doctors and professionals who work with children who are having some trouble in school or have developmental delays, whether or not they have a diagnosis of a specific learning disability. Most importantly, we also talk to other parents who have kids with learning disabilities and have tread down this often confusing path before, to help you make sense of this world, and how you can best help your child.
One of the most important parts about the podcast is building a community. When your child is having problems and seems to just hate school, doesn’t like to read, or isn’t as successful at school as you think they could be, we offer strategies and tips to help you help your child. We also provide links to online resources, books, and other information you can use to help your child today.
Learning how to learn is the best gift we can give to anyone, child or adult. Education isn’t just about children, it’s about you, too. You need to understand how your child thinks and learns, so you can help them reach their potential. The first step is understanding how your child views the world, and then providing them with the tools they need to be successful. Without these tools, kids often give up on themselves and stop trying, thinking it is simply no use. This sense of hopelessness is the most destructive part of having a learning difference- it defeats a child before they even start to try.
Our goal through this podcast is to help you understand that whether you call it a learning difference, learning disability, developmental delay, or school struggles, all of these terms mean a child does not seem to fit in well at school. And while no one will say for sure what the root cause of learning disabilities are, we do know that they reflect a difference in the neurological wiring of a child. Each child has their own individual brain, a product of their genetics and experiences over time. Childhood is also a developmental process, during which a child will grow and change, and their ability to think and learn will be affected by how they view the learning process. We hope to help you help your child to love learning, and to be successful. As Dr. Mel Levine has so eloquently put it, “Success is a vitamin” that is absolutely necessary for the proper growth and development of children. Let’s help them be successful!