The Coffee Klatch started on a whim. I often speak and write about the isolation, stigma and confusion of parents raising a special needs child. Many of those 
parents, along with educators and professionals are on twitter to share information, seek support or simply find a friendly ear. Based out of New York, Twitter is where it all began. It is where I met my incredible team of moderators and hundreds of thousands of special needs parents. It is where I first created a morning chat for parents both newly diagnosed and those who have navigated the muddy waters to meet and share. Soon after beginning, it became very apparent to me, that many of these parents were getting misinformation about their child’s diagnosis or were not aware of accommodations and the importance of early interventions. For many, comorbidity of related disorders and the presentations with vast differences in these disorders was impeding progress. They were struggling, overwhelmed, isolated and feeling defeated. What these parents needed was evidence based, comprehensive, cutting edge information, they needed the best of the best, they needed The Coffee Klatch Talk Radio Network.

Our guests are the most respected and renowned experts in the world. Together with my incredible team of hosts, I work to bring parents resources for accurate diagnosis and effective treatments.

We take pride in providing interviews with the most respected and renowned experts on all aspects and types of neurobiological disorders, autism and child adolescent mental illnesses. We feature experts and celebrity advocates on all children’s disabilities both physical and emotional and spotlight International children’s foundations to share their incredible dedication and bring parents support. Our goal is to provide you, the parent, the educator, the professional with crucial information to allow you to make the most informed educated decisions for a special needs child.

My goal on The Coffee Klatch is to not only guide those dealing with children with mental illness, disabilities or autism, but to share an important message of fostering and embracing differences. Put aside labels and see the incredible kid behind the diagnosis. Find and marvel the wonder of “different” and always remember that these kids are not just special in their needs but in their brilliance as well.

I want to give parents what I so dearly needed and did not have when I started on my journey, the empowerment of confidence and hope. It is my intent to bring my listeners the tools and information to not only accept and understand a child’s diagnosis, but to educate on special education law, digging out of the trenches and the true meaning of advocacy.

Welcome to The Coffee Klatch,

Marianne Russo