Helpful & Hopeful

This is a FREE weekly Zoom conversation on Wednesdays at 8pm EST. 

During this call, Dana is joined by another professional who works with children and families. For the first 30 minutes, we share information that parents will find helpful in their day to day lives. Then, we’ll spend the bulk of the conversation answering your questions about child development, behavior, parenting and whatever the area of expertise of the guest is.  We hope you’ll join us!

Previous Sessions

Jodi Greebel, MS, RDN 
Founder, Citrition, Pediatric Registered Dietitian
Jodi talks about how to manage endless snacking and other feeding questions for kids.
Dr. Alexandra Barnett Ph.D.
Dr. Barnett offers tools that promote routine, flexibility, and grounding, and discusses developmental regression you may be seeing. Learn how you can meet your child’s needs to feel a greater sense of connection and control.
Kim Kramer M.S. Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist and Learning Specialist
Kim discusses strategies for reading with your children during this time and addresses questions or about speech and language development.
Loren Norman, OT
Learn how you can meet your family’s individual sensory needs to stay calm, organized and regulated without leaving your home.


Dr. Taylor Chesney Psy.D. is the Director of the Feeling Good Institute NYC, and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in TEAM CBT.
Office Hours 5-20-2020
Learn the basics for building emotional intelligence with children (toddlers-10 years old).
Bell Family Company & Dana’s Kids Present:
Effective Strategies for Ensuring Both You and Your Child Have Downtime During Quarantine
Mansi Vasa, M.S. ED., discusses learning to build your own, and your child’s, racial literacy in a developmentally appropriate way.
Hear from Dr. Sarah Bren, Ph.D, a Clinical Psychologist, about adult emotional regulation, individually, and with your partner.
Hear from Dr. Nanika Coor, PSY.D., the founder of Brooklyn Parent Therapy about managing the transitional space between quarantine and reopening.
Hear from a freelance writer, editor and mom, who will discuss the basics of choosing homeschooling.
Caitlin Peterson, MSW, LCSW, CHT will help parents identify fears, what is important for your family unit, and ways to keep calm, when making decisions about Fall schooling.
Dana Blumberg, OTR/L, SI Certified
will address the question: Is it sensory, behavior, or both? Learn to determine the underlying cause and how to respond.
Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L will discuss self-regulation strategies to provide kids (and their families) with a sense of control in daily life.


Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist who will discuss creating developmentally appropriate learning spaces.
Office Hours 4-17-2020
Responding to big emotions and behavioral challenges emerging as a result of COVID and quarantine.

Mary Miele, MAEd.
Founder, Evolved Education Company, Learning Specialist
Learn strategies for caring for yourself when sick, while also parenting your children. Mary shares thoughts about appropriate expectations for remote learning, as well.
Jen Genel, LSMW is a Licensed Social Worker, Educational Therapist and Executive Function Specialist
Learn practical strategies and activities for creating a play-based, sensory-friendly home environment from Jessica Zambito, M.S., OTR/L.

Hear from Art Therapist and early childhood educator Kaeina Clark, MPS, ATR about creativity and connection.

Hear from Brandie Shulman, M.S. CCC-SLP and Cassie Zises, M.S. CCC-SLP, pediatric speech and language pathologists about ways to support your baby and toddler’s early language development.
Hear from an Early Childhood Educator, Postpartum Doula and Musician Katie Shea, M.S. ED. about engaging your children this Summer.
Hear from a Occupational Therapist Erin Lynch, MS, OTR/L about creating positive learning experiences with food.
Rachel Rose, M.S.CCC-SLP, TSSLD will discuss strategies for helping your child (2-9 y/o) develop social skills during quarantine.
Carly Ridloff, M.S. ED. is a Learning Specialist who will talk about reviewing and enriching foundational skills this summer (3-9 yo).

Alana Carvalho, LMHC and Sarah Bren, PH.D discuss strategies for addressing separation anxiety (yours and theirs) this Fall.

Alexandra Mayzler M.S. ED. will discuss specific strategies for a successful and sustainable school year.