Media Features

On this page, you'll find my latest and upcoming features, including conferences, workshops and podcast interviews. If you're interested in booking me for an event, a conversation, or an article contribution, please reach out to me directly here and I will connect with you as soon as possible.

Upcoming & Most Recent Events

AASR: LIVE INTERVIEW

PUBLISHED ON
May 4, 2023

DESCRIPTION
Guy Stephens, founder and executive director of Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint
(AASR) interviews Polina Shkadron, a trauma-informed speech-language pathologist on the
impact of stress in neurodiverse populations. This event will be held live on Facebook and
YouTube.

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hudson valley: UNDERSTANDING EXECUTIVE FUNCTION

PRESENTED ON
September 22, 2022 and January 6, 2023

DESCRIPTION
This workshop presents a dynamic, relationship-based approach to conceptualizing executive
function skills from a neurodevelopmental perspective. Understanding the brain hierarchy and
developmental expectations from infancy into adulthood brings the impact of executive function
challenges to the forefront. The areas of cognition, language, and social-emotional growth are
deeply rooted in children establishing the necessary foundational capacities for learning. A
framework that focuses on the roles of self-regulation and essential precursors to emotional
development is integral to practicing treatment approaches that are in-tune with current, brain-
based research. Considering challenges in executive function skills in populations with autism,
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities helps to mold individualized
intervention. To support the growth of executive function skills across environments, we partner
with parents, educators, and interdisciplinary professionals.

TITLE: Understanding Executive Functioning: Brain-Based Solutions and Practical Insights

Hudson Valley: Advanced Course on EF

PRESENTED ON
December 19, 2022

DESCRIPTION
This is an advanced course examining executive functioning difficulties in populations with
neurodevelopmental challenges, including ASD and ADHD. A framework that refocuses on the
importance of self-regulation based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs will be outlined, along with
the essential precursors to emotional development. The impact of a skill deficit in the areas of
executive functioning will be described through case studies, indicating how a relationship-based
approaches addresses language and behaviors. Clinical examples will explain the need for
bottom-up developmental therapeutic interventions, as opposed to those that prioritize top-down
consequence-based methods. Supportive strategies will be demonstrated as participants will be
encouraged to partake in cooperative problem solving, investigating possible solutions for
managing challenging situations.

TITLE: Advanced Application and Knowledge of Executive Functioning: Clinical Focus

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NYTPS: MEALTIME EXPERIENCES (2 PART SERIES)

PRESENTED ON
October 20, 2022

Title Part I: Shifting the Dynamic of Mealtime Experiences through Health Behavior Models

Title Part II: Enhancing the Mealtime Environment: Managing Stressors and Developing a Positive Food Relationship

PRESENTED ON
October 27, 2022

DESCRIPTION
Based on theories of health behavior change, influences on our food choices are initiated early in
development. Environmental characteristics either assist or significantly disrupt the formation of
a positive relationship with food. The way in which mealtime is approached impacts one’s
mental health status across development into adulthood. Our food choices are affected by
mealtime stressors and family dynamics. By enhancing the mealtime environment and furthering
our understanding of health behavior change, we can utilize preventative measures to heal the
connections made with food.

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hudson valley: food experiences & mental health

PRESENTED ON
May 20,2022 and September 15, 2022

DESCRIPTION
Based on theories of health behavior change, influences on our food choices are initiated early in development. Environmental factors either assist or significantly disrupt the formation of a positive relationship with food. The way in which mealtime is approached can impact one’s mental health status across development into adulthood. Our food choices are affected by mealtime stressors and family dynamics. By enhancing the mealtime environment and furthering our understanding of health behavior change, we can utilize preventative measures to heal the connections made with food.

Topics explored include theories of health behavior change, socio-ecological model and environmental impacts on food choices, the health belief model (HBM) in relation to perceived barriers to change, constructs of the social-cognitive theory (SCT) and links to mealtime, theory of planned behavior (TPB) in relation to attitudes and preferences, appetite regulation and roles of neurotransmitters in hunger/satiety, the influence of traumatic experiences and adverse childhood experiences on our relationships with food, key strategies for enhancing the mealtime environment.

title: Food Experiences And Mental Health In A Stress-Induced Age: A New Paradigm

molloy university: supporting individuals with adhd 

PRESENTERS
Polina Shkadron, MA/SLP, MSNE, CFTP, ADHD-RSP & Lauren Tobing-Puente, PhD

DESCRIPTION
Part 1
This course is the first in a two-part series that presents an integrated perspective to understanding ADHD from a neurodevelopmental lens. The current definition of ADHD and its subtypes will be outlined along with a history of its conceptualization. Treatment approaches ranging from established behavioral protocols and psychopharmacology will be explained, leading to current insights and brain-based research, including the importance of play and relationships. How the roles of the speech-language pathologist and psychologist are intertwined will be discussed considering the overlap of the core areas affected in children with the ADHD diagnosis. Home and school environments will be compared demonstrating the ways parents and staff can support children across settings. You do not need to attend the morning session to attend the afternoon session.

Part 2
This course is the second in a two-part series that presents integrated solutions for children and adolescents with ADHD. The foundational developmental capacities necessary to address the core symptoms of ADHD, including self-regulation, processing information, controlling impulses, and conversing efficiently and effectively will be discussed. Consideration of these skills helps to conceptualize the emotional and behavioral challenges that often accompany ADHD and the need for relationship-based approaches to address them. The role of play and language therapy will be expanded upon when supporting the growth of executive function skills across environments. Clinical examples will be highlighted to explain the need for bottom-up developmental therapeutic interventions, as opposed to those that prioritize top-down consequence-based methods. The importance of developing a true interdisciplinary team will be described.



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title: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding and Supporting Individuals with ADHD: Current Research, Practical Insights, and Brain Based Solutions from the Bottom-Up

JULIE REvelant: Ways to Raise Healthy Eaters

PUBLISHED
April 19, 2022 Season 5 Episode 11

DESCRIPTION
Like anything else in parenting, when it comes to feeding our kids, sometimes we bring in ideas and pre-conceived notions about food, meals, and eating habits and the right way to raise healthy eaters. Some of it comes from our own experiences in childhood, or from family, friends, or social media and we quickly realize what we think should work, isn’t working. Therefore, if we want to raise healthy eaters, we need to be flexible, make small adjustments, and re-think our approach.

In this episode, I sat down with Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP, MSNE, CFTP, ADHD-RSP, a trauma-informed speech-language pathologist who specializes in autism, ADHD, language, and literacy. Polina is also a parent coach, nutrition educator, and founder of Play to Learn. Polina talks about the different types of pressure, how to “consume with intent,” and why the environment and the words we use matter. She also offers easy ways we can change our approach at mealtimes, her 5 food rules—which are really simple to follow, fun activities you can do to encourage healthy eating habits, and how she got 2-year-olds to eat Brussels sprouts for breakfast.




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title: New Ways to Raise Healthy Eaters You've Never Heard Of

MOLLOY UNIVERSITY: play in child development

PRESENTERS
Polina Shkadron, MA/SLP, MSNE, CFTP, ADHD-RSP & Lauren Tobing-Puente, PhD

DESCRIPTION
This two-part course will address the role of play in children's overall development with an interdisciplinary focus on language and social-emotional skills. The presenters, a licensed psychologist and a licensed speech-language pathologist, will explain how play is utilized as a primary modality for the treatment of children with developmental delays and disabilities, including the ways in which play is intertwined in parent-child psychotherapy sessions. The morning session will describe the history and neurological basis of play, its role in creating safe, supportive relationships, and the value of this foundation in the progression toward higher-level learning. The afternoon session will demonstrate how play is utilized as a primary modality of treatment with children, including parent-child work via both virtual and in-person therapeutic modalities. Understanding the role of play within the context of a developmental and relational approach to treatment provides a strengths-based, child-centered approach to addressing children's "behavioral challenges." The benefits and challenges of virtual therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to develop ideas for incorporating additional play-based strategies into their own work.


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title: The Role of Play in Child Development

MOLLOY UNIVERSITY: trauma & child development

PRESENTERS:
Polina Shkadron, MA/SLP, MSNE, CFTP, ADHD-RSP & Lauren Tobing-Puente, PhD

DESCRIPTION
This presentation will focus on the interconnection between trauma and child development and their impact on executive functioning and social-emotional skills. Many traditional conceptualizations of challenges surrounding children's development focus on behaviors and skills, or lack thereof, and do not consider the potential role of trauma. The presenters, a licensed speech-language pathologist and a licensed psychologist, will integrate their disciplines while using a shared developmental and relationship-based framework to describe how trauma and child development impact one another. The presentation will depict components of executive functioning and social-emotional skills, including the role of self-regulation and essential precursors leading to children's abilities to utilize these skills.



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title: The Interconnection of Trauma and Its Effects on Child Development: A Focus on Executive Functioning and Social-Emotional Skills

NEW MAMA MEET UP: PRIVATE EVENT

PRESENTER
Polina Shkadron, MA/SLP, MSNE, CFTP, ADHD-RSP

DESCRIPTION
This webinar is focused on new moms with infants from birth through 12 months of age. We discuss milestones for feeding development from birth through 24 months in order to provide parents with tools and strategies to plan ahead. Additionally, the how-to’s of solids and general guidelines for nutrient intake are outlined. The mealtime environment itself is explained, along with possible mealtime stressors and why stress at the table can lead to aversive behaviors (even inflammation). We wrap-up with reflections on parents’ own mealtime experiences, the impacts of those experiences, and strategies to implement at home.




title: WHAT'S IN A MEAL?

The Codependent Perfectionist: parenting

PUBLISHED ON
April 2, 2021 Episode 28

DESCRIPTION
In today's episode, Polina Shkadron and I explore the importance of prevention with children and what it looks like. Polina gives some practical tools that parents can implement to help their children learn coping skills.




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title: Prevention Parenting Strategies for Young Children with Polina Shkadro‪n

Talks With Victoria: heart to heart with polina

PUBLISHED ON
January 5, 2021

DESCRIPTION
Victoria Speaks with Polina Shkadron on the topic of family mealtimes. This episode is focused on The Quest for the Link between Autism, ADHD and Nutrition. Victoria and Polina discuss the how’s and why’s of nutrition education and the reason that Polina is so passionate about including play in all of her work. The topics of language, autism and play are intertwined within the conversation and listeners discover some of Polina’s tips and rules for more compassionate and stress-free mealtime environments in the home.





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title: Talks With Victoria: Episode 15: Heart to Heart Talk with Polina Shkadron

WORK & TOT: picking the brain of a therapist

PUBLISHED ON
April 30, 2020

DESCRIPTION
This is our first attempt at a virtual recording amidst the COVID-19 lockdown here in Queens, NY. Parents are feeling stressed, scared and overwhelmed to say the least. In this video we meet Polina Shkadron who is the owner of Play to Learn, a specialized private practice in Forest Hills. She truly is a kid whisperer with a whole soup of letters after her name. We talk about what Polina does, who she helps, and what red flags to look for when it comes to development.






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title: Picking the Brain of a Speech, Language, Play & Nutrition Therapist

Private Practice Success Stories: your worth

PUBLISHED ON
September 13, 2018

DESCRIPTION
Polina has the most experience working with early intervention and school-aged children with autism. Her professional journey consisted of transitioning from different work environments in search of increasing independence and supervisory positions. She is currently working as an adjunct communication disorders professor at a university in addition to her private practice.

WHAT WE COVER
How she's diversifying her skill set through continuing education, leading her to her declaration that she will be a “student forever.” The jaw-dropping moment which would likely have stopped others in their tracks. Her best source of referrals, including her path to building her social media presence. Her important decision to never undersell competitors. Why she actively seeks interaction with and learning experiences from professionals in other specialties.







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title: Private Practice Success Stories: “Know Your Worth” Episode

Research Projects

picky eater case study

PICKY EATER CASE STUDY
This case study follows a young child’s development, highlighting the intricacies involved in feeding and mealtime behaviors.








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ROLE OF NEUROTRANSMITTERS IN WEIGHT REGULATION

ROLE OF NEUROTRANSMITTERS IN WEIGHT REGULATION
Have you ever wondered how the brain knows whether you are hungry or full? This brief 3-minute video explores the nervous system and its involvement in energy regulation.









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red light, green light

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT
Take the next 4 minutes to learn about go, slow, and whoa foods. This video explains how products can be categorized to teach children the ways in which food items affect their bodies' abilities to move and learn.










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changing the school environment

CHANGING THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
This 3-minute presentation explains how constructs of the social cognitive theory can be used to identify social norms, promote positive role models, and enhance implementation of schoolwide strategies.











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