I can remember the first time I saw Jenny McCarthy, I thought she was gorgeous, crazy, hilarious and at times a little inappropriate.
Several years later, big and pregnant, I read her “Belly Laughs, The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth” and almost wet my pants reading through her pregnancy which helped to make my 38-weeks much easier. What I really loved is that she was REAL.
Oh, how times have changed.
While she is still mother-funny as you can see with new husband Donnie Wahlberg of NKOTB, Donnie Loves Jenny,” what makes her so respectable and relatable is like many parents, she wants the best for her kiddo and will go to the ends of the earth to make it happen. Frustrated by how difficult it was as a parent to find quality educational products which she could use by herself to help her autistic son Evan, she resolved to use her experience and professional connections to produce quality educational products for moms everywhere.
Jenny collaborated with Sarah Clifford Scheflen, M.S., CCC-SLP, a practicing speech-language pathologist who specializes in providing therapies to children with developmental disorders, and together they created education resource company, teach2talk™. Recently the company launched the app, Behaviors with Friends (available on iTunes.)
“Behavior issues are a common complaint from parents,” said founder Sarah Clifford Scheflen. “Behavior with Friends not only teaches children how to behave appropriately, but also provides tips to parents on how to implement their own behavior modifications.”
Behaviors with Friends uses targeted video modeling to help teach your child how to behave appropriately, solve problems, make good decisions, and properly communicate with their friends and other peers in common social scenarios and settings.
Using video modeling, lessons focus on common behavior problems for children, such as:
- strategies to resolve conflicts with peers without resorting to tantrums, name-calling or physical violence;
- self-management and dealing with anger and frustration in a positive fashion;
- sharing and taking turns with friends;
- being a good sport;
- telling the truth;
- not interrupting;
- being nice to friends and not taunting, and encouraging friends who are less competent instead of teasing; and
- appropriate body boundaries.
“All parents want their kids to have friends,” said Jenny. “So we made these videos to help teach children and their parents how to resolve common behavior problems with friends.”
About the Founders
Jenny McCarthy is a The New York Times® best–selling author, actress, producer and comedian. More importantly, she is “mom” to her son Evan, who received a diagnosis of autism with associated language, social, and play delays in 2005. As a mom, Jenny understands every mother’s desire to help their children achieve their full potential, and was frustrated by how difficult it was as a parent to find quality educational products which she could use by herself to help her child in her own home. She resolved to use her experience and connections in the motion picture and publishing industries to produce quality educational products for moms everywhere, and in collaboration with Sarah, teach2talk™ is the result. http://twitter.com/JennyMcCarthy
Sarah Clifford Scheflen, M.S., CCC-SLP is a pediatric clinical speech–language pathologist who specializes in working with children with autism and other developmental disorders. Sarah is the founder of Scheflen Speech–Language Pathology, Inc., her private practice in Santa Monica, California, and she is also the senior speech–language pathologist on staff at an intensive partial–hospitalization program located at a major public research university in Los Angeles, California. She is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, and her research focus is on teaching play and social skills through video modeling. http://sslpinc.com/