Kathy Chats

It’s no secret that Kathy O’Connell likes to talk
--- whether or not there’s anybody else there. 

These Kathy Chats are aimed at parents and other adults looking for some guidance in this historically unique time. Throughout the CoVid-19 pandemic and subsequent lock down,  we’ll chat with experts in a variety of fields to present resources, comfort and ways of dealing with a New Normal.

Kathy Chats is brought to you
with support from
PA Virtual Charter School
– Pioneer in Pennsylvania Cyber Education since 2001.

Rabiya Bower, Registered Dietician and regional nutritionist for the GIANT Company, joins Kathy to chat about the HAES approach to good nutrition.

Kathy chats with Robb Reichard, Executive Director of the AIDS Fund about its history, how the current Covid pandemic is affecting those living with HIV/AIDS and their upcoming AIDS Walk Philly - this year, their 34th year, it will be a virtual event held Sunday, October 18.

Kathy Chats with Faust Ruggiero, published research author, clinical trainer, and therapist who has developed the Process Way of Life counseling program, and now explores it in his new Fix Yourself Handbookfaustruggiero.com

Kathy continues her chat with Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon who offers background, understanding and ideas on how to begin a conversation with your family about race, racism and privilege - Part Two

Kathy chats with Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon who offers background, understanding and ideas on how to begin a conversation with your family about race, racism and privilege - Part One

Kathy chats with longtime librarian, and Kids Corner regular, Joe Hilton about unique ways to discuss racism with your kids - as well as the many resources available at your local library to help with that conversation.

Click HEREto see Joe's list of additional resources

Kathy chats with Fawn Zwickel, co-author of "From Omaha Beach to Nuremberg: A Memoir of World War II Combat and the International Military Tribunal", which details her grandfather’s war experiences. fawninc.com

Kathy chats with Tim Whitaker,executive director of Mighty Writers, whose mission to 'Think clearly and write with clarity' was recently amended to help the communities they serve in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. mightywriters.org

Kathy chats with Dr. Jonathan Spergel, Chief of the Allergy Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to discuss the differences between seasonal allergy and Covid-19 symptoms as well as how regular asthma medication might play a role treating Covid-19. chop.edu/centers-programs/division-allergy/

Kathy chats with Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, founder of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development who offers suggestions on how to manage the increase of screentime that kids face during the CoVid-19 pandemic. childrenandscreens.com

Kathy chats with GRAMMY winner Jon Samson, MA MTBC who offers creative coping tips for families when it comes to emotions, anxiety and more. CoCreativeMusic.com

Kathy chats with Amy Kelly, National Director of Family Engagement at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, who offers tips as well as a unique perspective for parents of children with special needs on how to process this unprecedented time. Devereux.org