Episode 61: Unequal Dreams

Episode 61: Unequal Dreams

What do Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, academy award winning actor Leonardo de Caprio, designer Ralph Lauren, and entertainment mogul Jay Z have in common? They all grew up poor. Their success is enviable, but breaking the cycle of poverty is a mammoth task; one that requires educational opportunities that compensate for the disadvantages created by the socio-economic gap, appropriate structural support, and exposure to the larger world. Every young mind has the right to dream big, but not all dreams are destined to become a reality.

On today’s podcast, Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland, the Immediate Past President of American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA 2019) and an ASHA Fellow, discusses how poverty is a serious condition and a potential cause of deprivation and educating students from low income families warrants more than just tolerance, but strong cultural competence. Robust Executive Function and self-regulation are essential ingredients for raising independent children, but ongoing environmental stressors and economics adversity can prove to be an obstacle in bringing forth future-ready children.

About Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland


On #FullPreFrontal with @EliseSpeaksNow. Poverty is not a disease and shouldn’t be treated like one. Rather, it’s a condition warranting careful attention and highly specialized support. Our children’s future depends on it! Click To Tweet @EliseSpeaksNow says we need professionals, educators and society to accurately understand and appropriately respond to the unique challenges posed by parents and children suffering from socio-economic disadvantages. Click To Tweet Poverty means multiple ongoing disadvantages & suboptimal conditions including hunger, homelessness & unsafe neighborhoods. @EliseSpeaksNow says, 'But it doesn't cause children to have language & learning impairments.' Click To Tweet




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Sucheta Kamath
Executive Function Specialist at Cerebral Matters
Sucheta Kamath, founder of private practice (Cerebral Matters®), is an expert in brain training & Executive Function development. She is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta will be launching ExQ®, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based learning management tools for all in Fall of 2019.

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