When we think of diversity, we often think of how one looks or sounds to identify the "difference." But what about those hidden elements that impact us on the inside, thus causing someone to behave differently or even learn differently. LiLi is a smart and caring little girl but due to her sensory issues and speech delay, she is not always able to communicate or interact with others as she would like or in the same way as her friends. This week's episode features author Gin Noon Spaulding giving voice to children like LiLi and providing support to parents.
Gin Noon Spaulding is an author, teacher, speaker, and mom who helps families and organizations gain understanding, learn tools of accommodation, and find true acceptance for children with sensory issues. By her doing so, the child, family, and organization can excel aside from their differences. Mrs. Spaulding is originally from Tullahoma, Tennessee, where she began her love for writing. It all started when she would listen to wonderful, funny, enchanting stories told to her from family members, especially her mother. Mrs. Spaulding was recruited to teach school in Louisville, KY, and she has called it her home for the last 29 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, and a Master of Education degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Louisville. Mrs. Spaulding retired from Jefferson County Public Schools in 2018 and has found her true passion...professional writing! When Mrs. Spaulding is not writing, she likes to volunteer [to feed the homeless with two organizations: her church’s Salvation Army Ministry and Keep Louisville Warm, with her child's charity that makes blankets for the homeless - Blankets of Hope by Maleah and Friends, with her sorority - Delta Sigma Theta, in the community, at her child's school (duPont Manual High School), and at her church as an usher – Bates Memorial Baptist Church)], travel, shop, work out at the Southeast YMCA, meet new people, and spend time with her husband of 19 years, Larry, and their whiz-kid daughter, Maleah "Li-Li" Spaulding (the star of The Adventures of Li-Li series).