Need some inspiration as a special needs caregiver? Tired of feeling tired and overwhelmed? Join us for a fun and inspiring discussion about self-care for caregivers with our guests Kanika McDougall and Talena Adams. These sisters, business owners, and Autism moms will share from their experience along with our host and fellow Autism mom, Crystal Sanford.
Kanika is the mom of two teenage boys on the autism spectrum. She has been working in the accounting field for 20 years and has a Bachelors of Science of Science in Management Science from UC San Diego. Kanika received her masters degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in 2010. Kanika has always enjoyed crafting. As a young girl she learned how to crochet from her grandmother. In 2019, Krafts by Kanika (@kraftsbykanika on IG, FB, etsy) was created to provide personalized gifts and cards to the community.
Talena is the mom of two kids, a girl and a younger son who is on the autism spectrum. Talena has been working for a large public accounting firm for the last 10 years in in the Audit, Resource Management field. She has her MBA in Business Administration from University of Phoenix with an BS in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University. Talena is also a dance mom and very active with her daughter's dance studio. She loves all things Cricut crafting from making t-shirts, cards and anything to brighten up someone's day. Talena is in the process of starting her new business (T.E.A. Creations). In her free time, she enjoys running and getting outside with her family.
Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP
Crystal is the president and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (https://www.sdautismhelp.com), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting families like her own impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about assistance in advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the Thriving Special Families Podcast...
Thriving Special Families is the perfect podcast for special needs families...especially those impacted by Autism. Join us for insight, humor, and hope along your special needs journey. Our host, Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP, interviews experts, community members, caregivers, and other special needs allies. She also shares from her experiences as an Autism parent, speech pathologist, and educational advocate. This is our podcast special needs families...let's thrive!!