Why Sports Programs Are Important for Children With Special Needs

Playing sports is an integral part of childhood. Every child should experience the thrill of hitting a ball, making a goal, or crossing the finish line. Sporting programs foster independence and help give kids a sense of accomplishment. From soccer and baseball to swimming and ice skating, many sports offer adaptive programs to accommodate just […]

Fun Activities for Kids With Chronic Illnesses

  Aiden was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), a rare autoimmune disorder that poses numerous challenges, both great and small, for him and his family. In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast powered by CoachArt, our co-hosts Greg and Roxanne are joined by Brandon, whose son Aiden has been a long-time CoachArt student. Brandon […]

A Parent’s Journey with Individualized Education Plans

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast, our host Greg is joined by Felicia, an amazing single mother whose 17-year-old daughter Faith was born with cerebral palsy.  Felicia shares her inspiring story of how her frightening experience at Faith’s birth motivated her to dive in and do all she could for Faith and for […]

Anxiety in Children as a Result of Their Illness: How to Identify it & 5 Ways to Combat it

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast, our host Greg sits down with Megan Gallagher, a 23-year-old mental health advocate and motivational speaker, to discuss her experience with an issue familiar to many families impacted by childhood chronic illness — severe anxiety. Listen to Megan’s interview here. According to a 2019 survey issued by […]

3 Amazing Nonprofit Organizations for Kids Diagnosed With Cancer

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast, co-host Greg is joined by special guest host Elena, one of CoachArt’s board members (and our interviewee on podcast episode 3), as they sit down to chat with CoachArt’s marketing director, Roxanne.  Listen to Roxanne’s interview here. Roxanne oversees all the content here on The UpBeat and […]

Communication Tips for Families of Kids Impacted by Chronic Illness

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast powered by CoachArt, co-hosts Greg and Roxanne sit down with Elena to discuss her family’s experiences with chronic illness.  Listen to Elena’s interview here. Elena’s unique journey began when her son Brad was diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor at the age of 14. Anxious to find […]

3 Tips for Dealing with “Information Overload” After Your Child’s Diagnosis

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast, powered by CoachArt, co-hosts Greg and Roxanne chat with Lacey, whose 10-year-old son Levi is one of CoachArt’s newest members.   Listen to Lacey’s interview here. At just 3 days old, Levi was diagnosed with craniosynostosis and cleft palate. Since then, Lacey and her family have experienced all […]

Interview with Tiger Livy Author, Erin Garcia – Plus 5 Additional Children’s Books That Address Childhood Chronic Illness

When a rare autoimmune disease suddenly turned her niece’s life upside down, Erin immediately looked for books they could share. But when she couldn’t find many age-appropriate stories about kids with chronic illnesses, she did what any English teacher would do — she wrote her own. In our new podcast, she shares Livy’s story and […]

5 Tips For The “goldilocks Approach” To Coping With Your Child’s Diagnosis

When your child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, or any chronic condition, the world as you know it shatters.


There are an estimated 3.3 Million wheelchair users in the United States.


It’s a known fact that stress can cause physical pain and mental impairment.