Quiet the Noise with the Guttmann Sisters – Podcast

A podcast about child development, parenting tips, life, business and health.

Educational and entertaining, Amy and Evelyn hope to empower, educate and inspire.

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Episode 1 -
Welcome to "Quiet the Noise"! We are thrilled that you have joined our community. As therapists and educators, we created this podcast in order to provide evidence-based, unbiased information for families, therapists and the community in order to help the children in our lives. In this episode, we share with you a little information about ourselves, our journey and some advice in navigating the world of finding "help" for the children and families that we live with, treat and engage with every day.


Episode 2 -

Sensory Systems - 8 systems and how they effect us and our children

Understand how the sensory integration systems effect our emotions, behaviors and learning, including the visual, vestibular, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile and interoceptive system. Listen and learn how to identify these concerns and what we can do to help.


Episode 3 -

5 Answers to How Reflexes Are Impacting our Children

Reflex Integration is the "buzz" word nowadays...but how does it affect our children and families? What are they and why are they important for the children in our lives. How can we identify these reflexes and help the children in our lives.


Episode 4 - 

Summer Survival Skills - with Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP

Join us as we discuss with Adina Soclof, author of "Parenting Simply", tips and tricks on how to survive summer schedules and helping children stay calm, organized and functional.


Episode 5- 

Our interview with Tsippi Gross, host of "The Stunning Success Podcast"

Quoted from Tsippi Gross:

"How did these two sisters with training in the world of finance completely pivot, build companies and charities around helping children and parents deal with anxiety and other issues? How did they create magic around their brand and become industry innovators? How did they become sought out around the globe in the world of occupational therapy? How do Amy and Evelyn do so much including work in their private practice, teach courses, consult, educate educators, and help so many while living a stress free life? How do they continue to come up with ideas and inspirations to do more? What is their secret?

In today’s episode, neurodevelopment therapists Amy and Evelyn, founders of Hands on OT, Hands on Approaches, and the Hope Foundation, get real about the strategy to their success; the things that keep them grounded and flourishing, connected to each other and all they are accomplishing in this world. The secrets to success are always surprisingly simple and refreshingly fresh, and this episode is a great teacher and reminder."


Episode 6 -

Developmental Milestones - Who Cares?

In this episode, the Guttmann sisters review the changes that have occurred recently when it comes to 'checking milestones."

They review when we should be 'worrying' and when parents/therapists should be using the wait-and-see approach. They discuss fine motor skills, crawling, and many more developmental components.


Episode 7 -

Twinning is Winning: Twin Development and Parenting

Twins and other multiples have unique strengths and challenges when it comes to physical, verbal and social development.

In this podcast, Amy and Evelyn explain how twins’ development is different (already from in-utero!), what differences you can expect in their developmental path and pace and what practical steps you can take as a parent of twins to help your children’s healthy growth.


Episode 8

Highly Sensitive People

Do you know - or are you - a person who feels emotions very intensely, gets easily overwhelmed by stress, pain, or transitions, or is exceptionally intuitive or empathetic? High sensitivity can be an incredible asset, but also a tremendous challenge. In this podcast, Amy and Evelyn discuss what it means to be a highly sensitive person, how it is different from Sensory Processing Disorder, and what you can do to support and have successful interactions with highly sensitive individuals.


Episode 9

Breaking the Silence - Overcoming Selective Mutism in Children

What happens when a child has no problem speaking at home, but will not say a word at school or in other public settings? In this podcast, Amy and Evelyn discuss what selective mutism is, where it comes from, and practical things we can do to help our children and our students who struggle with selective mutism.


Episode 10

Investing in Presence and Deep Connection in a Technology-Infused World

Technology facilitates so much good by enabling us to reach and touch people worldwide. At the same time, the constant connectedness of technology can make it more challenging to connect to our friends, families… and deepest selves. A generation or two ago, the ability to listen to someone for ten minutes without pings or distractions was given. Today, it is not. Amy and Evelyn reflect on creating and maintaining a presence in our technology-infused daily lives in this podcast.


Episode 11

From Diagnosis to Empowerment: Navigating PANDAS and Autoimmune Challenges in Kids

PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) is a condition in which high levels of strep antibodies can end up attacking the body’s cells and causing extreme, intense, acute-onset sensory issues, OCD-like symptoms and more. In this podcast, Amy and Evelyn discuss their 20+ years of experience with PANDAS in the context of their clinical work. They provide important insights for parents of children who are suffering, as well as for therapists who perform treatment protocols that could trigger physical or psychological responses in clients with PANDAS. 

Note: PANDAS is somewhat controversial in the medical field, since the research is very new and there aren’t established diagnostic or treatment protocols. The information in this podcast is presented in light of how we have encountered it as clinicians. For more information, see the National Institute of Mental Health’s overview of PANDAS.


Episode 12

Sleep Unveiled: Exploring the Physiology of Slumber

Early birds and night owls. Catching some Z’s, winks and shut-eye. Jet lag and insomnia. Why do we need to sleep, anyway? In this podcast, Amy and Evelyn delve into the impact of sleep on our lives, and how it influences our children’s and teens’ development and our daily functioning as adults. They reveal how much sleep affects what we can do the following day, as well as how much our daily actions affect how we sleep the following night. Amy and Evelyn also touch on what happens in your body when you use a screen device (including Kindles!) close to bedtime, the pros and cons of using natural supplements like melatonin, and how our society’s attitude toward sleep may mess up our health. A must-hear!


Episode 13

Highly Sensitive People, Part 2

You can be a highly sensitive person without a formal diagnosis. Some diagnoses include aspects of high sensitivity, but can be highly sensitive without anything else being “wrong.” And when there is no diagnosis, then it can be overlooked.

If realize that there is a physiological way body interprets internal and external stimuli, then can address that in way that you can’t with a personality thing.

People who feel sense of urgency in certain situations - crowds, hunger. And often can’t articulate what it is that’s prompting that feeling. Just go through days and feel this unrest. 

Even when you identify feelings (e.g. fear), because don’t know what’s causing that feeling, feel funny verbalizing it (if intelligent).

Big issue in relationships (family, employers, employees) to be overwhelmed internally without the ability to share those feelings. Can prevent from showing true self. People feel like they need to “walk on eggshells” around them. Can lead to resentment on both sides and also issues down the line for the highly sensitive person, like depression.

Another component of being highly sensitive - because feeling so much without being aware - can have strong (over)reactions to perceived injustice or criticism. Intensity is way of expressing feeling out of control. 

Black-and white thinking is sometimes coming from a physiological loop response. Need to be that way in order to feel the control that they are not getting from their own physiology.

The intensity is not necessarily a reflection of who and what they are and think. 

If reach an impasse, may need to table a conversation

In survey they did, biggest issue for HSP in workplace is “Feeling misunderstood” - and that creates self-esteem issues and self-image issues.

How can you support someone like that (when they are being very black and white, my way or the highway) when they do not have that awareness on their own? 

  • Try to disconnect for a bit; they will need time to interrupt that physiological loop and access the intellect.

  • Also validate - reflect and pause. Don’t need to agree, but validate.

  • HSP are very sensitive to others’ emotions and signals also. Can pick up on intentions, honesty. So if you switch what you’re doing, go away from the regular script, you change a variable for them and that can help them shift.

Positive side - when HSP is more regulated, extra open to creativity, connection to others, new experiences.


Episode 14

Babies Decoded Solving Eat-Sleep Mysteries

The podcast delves into the intricate relationship between sleep and eating issues in babies, revealing the profound impact of hunger and fullness levels on the ability to fall asleep. Amy explores the developmental nuances of sleep and nutrition in infants, emphasizing that their sleep patterns are uniquely influenced by stomach size. As infants grow and their tolerance for food increases, their sleep patterns undergo a shift. Amy underscores the crucial role of nutrition in brain development, stressing the need to ensure babies receive adequate food.

The discussion extends to the reciprocal influence of sleep on feeding issues and vice versa. Amy highlights the importance of establishing a consistent sleep routine, allowing babies to naturally relax and fall asleep. Genetics also play a role in sleep patterns, prompting parents to observe and adjust daytime preparations for better sleep.

Additionally, the podcast underscores the significance of addressing physiological and muscular issues that may impact feeding. Amy suggests exercises and therapies to tackle sensory system and reflex-related challenges. In conclusion, Amy emphasizes the interconnectedness of sleep and eating, emphasizing the pivotal role of regulatory responses in both aspects.

In a concise summary, sleep and eating issues in babies are interconnected, influenced by hunger, fullness, nutritional needs, and developmental factors. Establishing a consistent sleep routine is crucial, and addressing various factors like muscular or physiological issues is essential for overall well-being. Understanding the connection between sleep and eating facilitates better management of issues in babies and children.


Episode 15

From Crying To Critical Thinking Excellence Begins Here - Special Episode

In this engaging podcast discussion, Amy and Evelyn, neuro-developmental occupational therapists, delve into the critical aspects of learning readiness, regulation, and emotional development, underscoring their pivotal role in achieving academic and behavioral excellence. The conversation emphasizes the significance of addressing precursor skills, including neurochemical components, gross motor skills, balance skills, and sensory systems, as a proactive measure to prevent potential challenges in the future.

Amy and Evelyn shed light on the profound ⁠impact of early intervention⁠ while navigating the complexities of securing services for older children. Their insights extend to practical suggestions for specific issues, such as knee walking and fisted penmanship. The conversation extends to the importance of selecting developmentally appropriate toys and setting limits on screen time. The podcast concludes by encouraging parents to ⁠actively seek support and information,⁠ empowering them to make informed decisions about their child's developmental journey.


Episode 16

Living your Highest Value with Dr. John Demartini

Please note:  Sexual trauma content is discussed during this podcast episode.  Please be advised if listening with sound on before children.  


Evelyn's Question Starts: 42:25 - Ending: 49:51

Rape/Incest Story: Starts: 51:34 - Ends: 54:41

Important note about this podcast: At times during the interview, there were intense moments.  At about mark 42:25, Evelyn shares a question to reflect the pain of those who may be experiencing abuse currently.  We wanted to share this for anyone who may be sensitive to such a discussion at this time.   

Dr. Demartini expresses the approach at about mark 51:34, he suggests that victims of abuse should take. We differ in many ways with his approach. In fact, we differ so strongly that we considered removing that section from the podcast recording. (In short, Dr. Demartini is espousing a particular cognitive approach to dealing with the trauma of abuse. But trauma neurologically affects the amygdala - the more primitive, visceral aspect of our brains - and not the prefrontal cortex - the cognitive, intellectual aspect of our brains. Therefore, the primary approach to healing from the trauma of abuse needs to address the deeper, sub-conscious neurological impact.)

In the end, however, we decided to leave the section in, because we respect the right of others to express opinions different than our own. Additionally, we feel that there are a small number of situations where his approach may be valid. But if you have suffered abuse, be aware that this section may be both triggering and potentially unhelpful. 

Episode 17

Navigating Self - Regulation for All Ages

The podcast episode discusses the topic of self-regulation and its development throughout different stages of life. Amy and Evelyn explain that babies are not born with the ability to regulate themselves and that self-regulation is a skill that needs to be learned. They introduce the concept of the "fourth trimester," which refers to the period after birth when babies still require external help to regulate their physiological responses.

Amy and Evelyn emphasize the role of co-regulation in the development of self-regulation in babies, highlighting the importance of caregivers providing a regulated and calm environment. They also stress the significance of taking care of basic physiological functions, such as sleep and eating, as building blocks for self-regulation.

They mention that self-regulation is not a static process and can change throughout life, emphasizing the need for personalized techniques and self-awareness. They conclude by highlighting the importance of self-regulation in executive functioning, emotional regulation, and interpersonal connections, and invite listeners to join their self-regulation challenge.

Episode 18

Pacifiers, Pens, and Nails! Oh my! Getting to the Root of Mouthing Habits

Amy and Evelyn discuss the topic of mouthing habits, focusing on pacifiers, pens, and nails. They explain the importance of oral stimulation for a baby's development and the impact of persistent mouthing habits on older children and adults. They provide insights into the factors contributing to mouthing habits and emphasize the need to address the underlying source of the habit. Amy and Evelyn also discuss the appropriate age to wean a child off a pacifier and stress the importance of recognizing the social and emotional factors associated with mouthing habits.