In Hema Raj Trukenbrod’s interview we discuss:

  • Her background as a sensory specialist
  • How a parent would identify a sensory issue versus a personality quirk
  • The point at which a sensory issue becomes a problem that needs to be addressed
  • Ways sensory issues manifest in children
  • What kinds of specialists are available to help with sensory issues, including therapists as well as Early Intervention
  • Pediasource, the platform she developed for parents to have a place to start when they think their child may have an issue that they’re not sure if or how to address.
  • An example of a child she treated from diagnosis through treatment
  • The importance of creating a team of specialists to help treat your child with sensory issues
  • What occupational therapy looks like
  • Why you might not want to get your fidgety kid a fidget spinner
  • If children with sensory issues definitely need therapy or if it is a possibility that will they grow out of it

Carrie’s favorite quotes from the interview:

“I’m going to pay you for your time, dear specialist, to please talk off me the ledge or tell me what ledge I should be on!”


Pediasource –  Not sure if your child needs help or even where to start? Instead of consulting Dr. Google, schedule a 20, 40, or 60 minute phone session with specialists in Child Psychology, Occupational Therapy (physical, sensory, or cognitive issues), Speech Pathology, Learning, Parent Coaching (including behavior management, sleep/potty training), Biofeedback Therapy, and Lactation Consultation.

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Hema talks motherhood:

What would you tell an expecting mom about the experience of being a mother?

Prioritize doing even the little things that make YOU happy else in the long run it will leave ‘mommy scars’ and you will have a hard time being the best mommy and the best you, you want to be.

What is the hardest part about being a mom? Biggest frustrations?

Doing (the little) things for ourselves without feeling guilty that we’re taking time away from our children

What is your favorite part about being a mom? What makes all the hard stuff worth it?

When they succeed at something and smile that beaming smile, when they look happy, satisfied and content, when I get those warm hugs and happy cuddles..

Any tips, tools, and tricks do you use that you’d love to tell other moms about?

Develop guilty pleasures! Have hobbies that take you away from work and home so you can re-charge!

Hema Raj-Trukenbrod, Pediasource

Hema is the CEO and founder of PediaSource. Her mission; to empower children. With over 20 years of experience as a pediatric therapist she heard from countless families and teachers of the frustrations they shared. So she did something about it. She founded PediaSource, a pediatric behavior and developmental platform that provides direct phone access to child and teen experts in behavior, learning and development. Call to get unbiased opinions directly from expert about the challenges your child faces.