Adventures in Autism

Adventures in Autism

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By Megan Carranza
Hi! I’m Megan and this is my podcast Adventures in Autism :) this podcast is all about support and sharing our journeys with autism. Enjoy!
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Episode 25- Speaking from the heart, with autism mom and Cody Speaks blogger, Leasa
In today’s episode I’m chatting with Leasa, who is not only a fellow autism mom but is also the author behind the blog Cody Speaks. Leasa shares openly about her journey with her son, Cody, and what it’s like for them now that he’s getting older. We have a very honest discussion about the uncomfortable things that come along with age (puberty anyone?) and why it’s important to talk about these real life issues! I really admire Leasa and I’m so grateful for her honesty. I’m a huge fan of her blog and I’m so honored to welcome her as a guest! I hope you enjoy listening!
49:33
February 20, 2019
Episode 24- Life updates, dealing with sleep troubles and picky eating habits
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and talking about a few different topics that seem to come up continually. First, I’m giving a few updates on what’s been going on with Logan and our family lately. Then I’m talking about something I know many of us are familiar with- the dreaded sleep problems! I chat about our current sleep situation and the tough question of when it might be time to try medication. Lastly, I’m sharing our experience with another common autism related topic- picky eating and food issues in general! I am by no means an expert but I always think it’s helpful to hear from other parents on how they deal with these issues, so here’s my take on it! I hope you enjoy listening!
37:20
February 13, 2019
Adult autism in real life, with my guest Dana
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism sibling and BCBA, Dana. Dana shares her experiences with her brother Rob, who is an adult with autism. She very openly shares the difficult parts of their story as well as the joyful moments. Dana and Rob are both incredible and they’re relationship is truly special. Dana and I talk a lot about the benefits of ABA, and also why autism awareness is about so much more then just being aware that autism exists. Dana also shares why she feels it’s so important to show the realities of life with an autistic adult. I am so inspired by both Dana and Rob and I’m so honored to have her on as a guest! I hope you enjoy listening!
1:00:42
February 6, 2019
Episode 22- Unexpected outcomes and overcoming the odds, with my guest Sarah
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom, Sarah, all about her family’s unique journey with ASD. Sarah has not just one, but two children that are on the spectrum. Sarah explains how even though both her sons were diagnosed with autism, they are very different and unique in their own ways. She also talks about her struggles with alcoholism and how she was able to overcome and live a sober life. I found Sarah’s story very inspiring and I hope you enjoy listening!
1:05:52
January 30, 2019
Episode 21- Speechy keen! With ‘Open Door Autism Project’ founder, Sarah Treharne
In today’s episode I’m chatting with speech and language pathologist, Sarah Treharne. Sarah is the founder of the Open Door Autism Project, which provides speech therapy to children and individuals on the spectrum. Sarah and I talk all about her journey to becoming a speech pathologist and why autism specifically is so fascinating to her, and how it became her main focus in her career. Sarah is such a warm person and her passion for her work is so inspiring. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed talking to her!
56:58
January 23, 2019
Episode 20- Climbing the mountain, one step at a time, with my guest Colleen
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mama, Colleen all about her journey with son, Matthew. Colleen and I get into the nitty gritty of what goes into getting a diagnosis (phone calls, and paperwork, and assessments, oh my!) and talk about all the emotions that follow. Colleen also explains how this journey lead her to starting her own blog “Life in Bluhm”. Colleen is such a warm person and a wonderful mother, she truly speaks from the heart! I am delighted to have her on as a guest and I hope you enjoy listening!
1:08:21
January 16, 2019
Episode 19- The power of music, with music therapist “Jammin Jenn”!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with music therapist, Jammin Jenn! (Jenn Goodman) Jenn tells me all about her journey to becoming a music therapist and how this career path became her passion. I first became familiar with Jenn when I saw her on one of my favorite TV shows, Real Housewives of New Jersey! Jenn is an incredible person and her work is completely inspiring. I am honored to have her on as a guest and I hope you enjoy listening!
39:40
January 9, 2019
Episode 18- Ups and downs and everything in between, with my guest Lindsay
In today’s episode I chat with fellow autism mom, Lindsay, all about her journey with her son, Jack. Lindsay and I talk a lot about how this journey is definitely a roller coaster- with lots of ups and downs! We also talk about changes in friendship and how social media really impacts that. I had a great conversation with Lindsay and I hope you enjoy listening!
1:09:02
January 2, 2019
Episode 17- Finding joy in the journey, with my guest Rebecca
In today’s episode I chat with fellow autism mom, Rebecca, all about her journey with her son, Jack. Rebecca is an amazing mom who advocated for her son right from the start, and pushed for him to get the services he needs. We also talk about family life and everything that goes along with having other neuro typical children. Rebecca is so fun and very honest, which I LOVE! I hope you enjoy listening!
1:04:06
December 26, 2018
Episode 16- Life updates, holiday plans and hopes for 2019
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and talking about some of the fun things our family has been up to, including celebrating Logan’s birthday! I’m also getting real about the emotions that come along with that. Then I’m chatting about holiday plans and sharing some of our traditions, and discussing how sometimes we have to “tweak” things when trying to accommodate for autism- and that’s OK! Lastly, I’m sharing my goals/hopes for the New Year. 2018 has been pretty incredible for us but I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store! I hope you enjoy listening!
42:08
December 19, 2018
Episode 15- Twists and turns on the road to adventure, with my guest Sarah
In this episode I chat with fellow autism mom, Sarah, all about her journey with her son, Aidan. Sarah shares how early medical struggles impacted Aidan’s development and made getting a concrete diagnosis a challenge. She also talks about her latest endeavor, The Unique Family Adventure Club, a travel club/group for special needs families! I loved talking to Sarah and I hope you enjoy listening!
1:01:51
December 12, 2018
Episode 14- “Why is he doing that?” with author (and autism sibling!) Rachael M. Cuellar
In this episode I chat with children’s book author, Rachael M. Cuellar, all about her book, “Why is he doing that?” which does a beautiful job explaining autism to a young audience. Rachael also shares her experience as an autism sibling and growing up with her older brother, who is on the spectrum. Rachael and I had a great honest conversation where we discussed many topics all within the realm of autism. I hope you enjoy listening!
1:06:51
December 5, 2018
Episode 13- Getting through the early days of an autism diagnosis
In this episode I’m chatting all about the time leading up to Logan’s diagnosis and the early days of our journey. This is something that I get asked about a lot and I’m hoping to shed some light on that time, especially for those who are currently going through it. I hope you enjoy listening!
45:48
November 28, 2018
Episode 12- Autism Mom and Soothing Stitches founder, Nicole Struse
In today’s episode I chat with Nicole, fellow Autism Mom and the founder of The Soothing Stitches Project. Nicole talks all about her personal journey with her son, and how that lead her to starting Soothing Stitches, which is a nonprofit that makes weighted blankets for people on the spectrum. Nicole is so inspiring and we had a great conversation. I hope you enjoy listening!
55:42
November 21, 2018
Episode 11- Good vibes only, with my guest Jaime
In this episode I chat with fellow autism Mom, Jaime, all about her journey with her son, Blake. Jaime has such a great positive attitude and her and I really bonded over that. I hope you enjoy listening! :)
54:19
November 14, 2018
Episode 10- The five biggest challenges (from my personal POV!)
In today’s episode I chat about the five biggest challenges we have faced in dealing with Logan’s autism diagnosis. Discussing “challenges” is a challenge in itself for me- I always want to stay positive! But I wanted to keep it real because there definitely are struggles in this journey. Thanks for listening!
31:23
November 7, 2018
Episode 9- Activism, inclusion and inspiration with my guest, Tamika
In today’s episode I chat with fellow autism mama and activist, Tamika, all about her son and their journey with autism. We also talk about her incredible work running The Autism Hero Project, the book she co wrote, and so much more! Tamika is a true inspiration and I had a great time speaking with her. I hope you enjoy listening!
1:14:39
October 31, 2018
Episode 8- Riding the autism roller coaster, with my guest Ava
In today’s episode I chat with fellow autism mom, Ava, about her journey with her son, Blake. Ava and I discuss the ups and downs of Autism and how it really is a roller coaster! Ava also shares her experiences as an African American mother in the autism community, as well as navigating the Chicago public school system and the resources (or lack of) available there. I had a great time chatting with Ava, I hope you enjoy listening!
57:55
October 24, 2018
Episode 7- OT talk! With occupational therapist Lindsay
In today’s episode I chat with occupational therapist, Lindsay, about her work with kids on the spectrum in a school setting. Lindsay had so much great info to share and I really enjoyed talking with her. I hope you enjoy listening!
1:01:20
October 17, 2018
Episode 6- The five biggest lessons I’ve learned (so far)
Today’s episode is a solo show with me talking about the five biggest lessons I have learned so far on this Autism journey. I really have learned so much, it was hard to narrow it down to just five! I hope you enjoy listening :)
31:29
October 10, 2018
Episode 5- Keeping it real, with my guest Christie
On today’s episode I talk with fellow autism mama Christie about the highs and lows of having a child on the spectrum. Christie was so open and honest, I loved hearing her perspective! Enjoy!
48:35
October 3, 2018
Episode 4- Autism from a dads perspective, with my husband!
I’m so excited to have my husband, Manny, join me for this episode! We chat about our journey so far and get his “dad take” on everything. Enjoy!
39:17
September 26, 2018
Episode 3- Family dynamics and navigating Autism together
Today I talk about navigating Autism together as a family and how are our family dynamic has changed through the years. I also discuss the many ways Autism is popping up in the media!
29:38
September 21, 2018
Episode 2- See the able, not the label!
Chatting with my first guest Natasha! We talk about her sons journey thus far and get into diagnosis “labels”!
57:54
September 20, 2018
Episode 1- Welcome to Adventures in Autism!
My very first episode! All about our journey with autism so far.
44:46
September 18, 2018
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