Thriving Special Families

Becoming Yours Child's Best Advocate (Part 3): Mental Health Needs

September 01, 2021 Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP Season 2 Episode 10
Thriving Special Families
Becoming Yours Child's Best Advocate (Part 3): Mental Health Needs
Show Notes

You are your child's best advocate parents/caregivers. Learn more about how to support them in their mental health care at school.

Dena Tibsherany
Dena is the host of the Empower 2 Heal Podcast and founder of One World Empowered ( . She is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker with 10 years of experience in the mental health field, working specifically with children with complex mental health diagnoses. Dena not only provided direct care to children and their families but also trained and lead hundreds of employees and lead/developed multiple programs in doing the same. Since leaving the mental health system, she spends her time empowering people on their own healing journeys through podcasting, leading interactive courses and coaching for parents of children with unique needs and mothers in their postpartum journey. Her passion in this field is to honor each individual person’s journey and story while providing education, insight, and inspiration for them to harness their power within and experience the joy and happiness they desire in life.

Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP
Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism Consulting (​), a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at

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