In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism dad, James Branaum. James shares his journey with his son Alex, who was just recently diagnosed this past spring. We talk all about the process of getting the diagnosis and the emotions that surround it. We also touch on family dynamics and how having a child with special needs can be tough on a marriage. James shares his views on “leaning in” with your spouse and relying on each other for support. Very valuable advice! I had a great time talking with James and I loved hearing his perspective as a dad! We had an awesome conversation and I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom and author, Eileen Lamb. Eileen is also on the spectrum herself and she shares her unique perspective as an autistic adult raising a child with autism. Eileen and I discuss her childhood and the challenges she faced with undiagnosed autism. Later in adulthood, it was her son Charlie’s diagnosis that led her to seek her own. After Eileen was also diagnosed with ASD, she decided to create a network of support and guidance with her social media channels and started ‘The Autism Cafe’. Her openness to share the good and the bad (and not being afraid to speak up about controversial topics within the autism community!) really resonated with her followers- so much so that she recently published her first book! Eileen is a beautiful writer and ‘All Across The Spectrum’ dives deeper into her and Charlie’s story. I’m so inspired by Eileen and I’m thrilled to welcome her as a guest. I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom Wendy Garafalo. Wendy and I talk all about her journey with her adorable son, Luca, who was diagnosed with ASD at 4 years old. Wendy shares how Luca’s fascination with letters (and particularly spelling in reverse) inspired her to start her website and blog, EVOLution. EVOL is love spelled backwards- Wendy shares the whole story in the episode and it’s just the sweetest! Wendy and I also chat about Luca’s diet and how small changes led to a lot of progress. I had a great time chatting with Wendy and I love her chill and genuine vibe. I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom & @autismsupermoms founder, Anne G. Bragg. Anne is a mother of five (all girls!) and her 15 year old daughter Rebecca was diagnosed with ASD as a young toddler. Anne shares her story with Rebecca and how their journey has changed through the years. Anne gets very candid and shares openly about the ups and the downs of raising a child with autism. Anne’s journey with ASD is what inspired her to start her instagram account, Autism Supermoms. Anne does such a great job spreading the message of positivity and support to other moms dealing with the same issues. Anne and I connected several months back and I was immediately drawn to her kindness and sincerity, she definitely did not disappoint and brought all that to the podcast! I’m thrilled to welcome Anne as a guest and I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with BCBA Heather Grimaldi. Heather talks about what initially drew her to the field of autism and how her passion led her to becoming a BCBA. Heather eventually started her own ABA company, Proof Positive ABA. After Heather sold her company (but stayed on as a consultant!) she found herself in the world of supplements! Heather went on to create ‘Simple Spectrum’, a supplement designed specifically for individuals on the spectrum. Simple Spectrum addresses some of the common mineral deficiencies for individuals with ASD, as well as nutritional deficits often due to picky eating. Heather set out to create a supplement that would not only fill those gaps, but do so in the healthiest, safest way possible. And thus Simple Spectrum was born! Heather is truly a powerhouse and she is ready to make big changes in the world! I loved chatting with her and I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom (x2!) and floortime therapist, Rebecca Higby. Rebecca’s autism journey started with her son, Theodore. She shares how initially some of his symptoms went under the radar until he was diagnosed at age 3. When her younger son came along, Rebecca was on “high alert” and able to spot the early signs of autism much sooner. After he was diagnosed, he started receiving floortime therapy and Rebecca loved that approach! She became such a believer in floortime that she started working as a therapist herself. I loved learning more about floortime therapy and Rebecca’s passion for it. She also shares her insights on having two children on the spectrum and why she thought it was easier the second time around. Rebecca and I had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with BCBA, Shelby Dorsey. Shelby and I connected on social media and I was instantly drawn to her positivity and passion for what she does. Little did I know, Shelby had an amazing journey that got her to where she is today. Her story is incredible! As a young, single mom Shelby proved to herself and others that anything is possible with hard work and a little good faith. I think anyone, no matter what their circumstance can benefit from her message. We also talk about ABA therapy and how we’d like to change the narrative regarding the often bad rap it gets! Shelby is truly an inspiration and I am thrilled to welcome her as guest! I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism sibling and professional, Tara. Tara has two adult brothers on the spectrum, Tanner and Tyler. She shares how growing up with them really shaped her into who she is today and led her to her profession in education and autism research. Tara and I talk a lot about how it can be difficult for autism family’s to access services and resources- especially for adults on spectrum. Because of that, Tara decided to take action through her career. Not only for her brothers, but for many other teens/adults with ASD. I loved hearing about Tara’s close relationships with her brothers and their whole family. Autism siblings are truly incredible people and Tara is no exception! We had such a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening!
Today I’m chatting with autism dad, Tim, all about his journey with his son, Rafa. Tim and I connected on Instagram through his account @autismdads. Tim started the account as a way to connect with and educate the autism community (himself included!) from a dads perspective. Tim saw that parenting in general (and especially parenting a child with autism) is very focused on mothers- he wanted to show that the dads have a part in all this too! Tim and I talk about not only his son, but also the very valuable information he’s learned since starting the account. He also shares very openly about his mental health journey and struggles with anxiety. Tim is truly such an awesome advocate for his son and we had a great conversation. Enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and checking in with some updates of what’s been going on with Logan and our family. First, I’m discussing Logan’s whole potty training journey. I’m giving details about Logan’s “intensive potty training program” he completed at his ABA center back in March- I’m thrilled to say it worked! Then I’m talking about how we wrapped up the school year and Logan’s IEP meeting. I used tips given by past guests of the podcast and they were so helpful! I’m also sharing some very exciting news for next year: Logan is getting a communication device this coming fall! Lastly, I’m sharing our plans for summer break. Summertime gives me anxiety and I wanted to do my best to ensure that Logan had a productive and enjoyable summer. So I did everything I could to facilitate that. I’m talking more about his summer camp/therapy schedule and how we’re also making time for FUN! It’s been a while since I’ve caught up with you guys for a solo show, I hope you enjoy listening!
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Whitney Sarnowski. Whitney shares her story with her son Kyson, who was just very recently diagnosed with ASD. Whitney is a former special education teacher and is currently studying for her boards to become a BCBA. Whitney talks about her entire journey from autism professional to autism mom. She also shares a lot of insight on getting your child diagnosed at an early age- which is key because we know early intervention is so important! Whitney also started her own website/blog ‘The Spectrum Compass’ as a way to educate and offer support to other autism families. Whitney is so sweet and sincere, I loved connecting with her and I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and podcaster, Malinda Cook. Malinda shares her journey with her daughter Paige, who is now 17 and beginning to plan for transitioning out of high school. Malinda gives a lot of important insight into this process and what it’s been like preparing for the next chapter in Paige’s life. It was because of this transition that Malinda and her husband decided to start their own podcast ‘Sans the Sugarcoat’ to share their journey as Paige begins adulthood as an individual on the spectrum, and how they’re supporting her through it all. Malinda is such a delight and I learned so much from our conversation! I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and author, Holly Teegarden. Holly shares her journey with her daughter and how hard work and determination lead to lots of progress. Holly’s daughter is in middle school now so we discussed the new challenges they’re facing now that she’s entering the teenage years. Holly also recently co-authored the book “It’s Going to Be AUlright” with other autism moms sharing their stories and experiences with their children on the spectrum. Holly is a lot of fun and we had a great conversation, enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom Kelly Davis. Kelly shares her journey with her adult son, Steven, who is 28 years old. Steven was diagnosed with ASD at age 2 and has proved many doctors and professionals wrong with everything he has accomplished! Kelly shares their early struggles and challenges they faced with Steven- she drops many pearls of wisdom along the way! I loved hearing Kelly’s perspective as a mom with an adult child on the spectrum. Kelly’s story and positive attitude are so inspiring. I love chatting with her and I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with Haley Moss, Florida’s first openly autistic lawyer. Haley is also an author, an artist, and amazing activist in the autism community. Haley is truly remarkable and I learned SO MUCH from our conversation. Haley talks about growing up as an individual on the spectrum and the challenges that she faced. She shares how her passion for advocating led her to pursue law as a career because she saw it as a way to make real changes. Haley and I also chat about the disparity of females on the spectrum being diagnosed, and how often times symptoms get overlooked or misunderstood in girls. Haley speaks a lot about neurodiversity and I even learned something very surprising about myself! Our conversation was so insightful and I am honestly just blown away by Haley. We had so much fun chatting and I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mama, Sara Lex. Sara shares her journey with her son Owen, and how early concerns led her to seek a diagnosis for him at just 16 months old. Sara went on to get a second and third opinion which confirmed that Owen had ASD. From there they faced some difficulty with getting services and therapy set up for Owen. Sara and her husband were determined to get Owen in ABA therapy but insurance issues made that a real challenge! Sara and I talked about the insanely high cost of therapy and the hurdles a lot of families face when it comes to getting insurance to cover these very needed services. I really enjoyed talking to Sara and I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with school psychologist, Kathryn Cooley. Kathryn currently works as a consultant for several schools, primarily doing diagnostic assessments and specializing in autism. Kathryn talks about what first drew her to the field and how she found a passion working with individuals on the spectrum. She also shared a lot of really useful information for what exactly goes into the assessment, and how a school based diagnosis differs from a medical one. Kathryn also shared some really great tips for navigating the school system in general and more specifically how parents can best prepare for an IEP meeting. It was so interesting to hear the journey of Kathryn’s career and the variety of settings she’s worked in, all pertaining to autism. We had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism sibling, Juliana Fetherman. Juliana shares her family’s journey with her brother, Michael, and also talks about developing her app ‘Making Authentic Friendships’, which is designed as a way to facilitate friendships for people with special needs. Juliana is such an incredible sister and she talks all about the lessons she’s learned from having a brother with ASD. She explains how the idea of the app was inspired because of Michael and his desire to make friends. It was such a pleasure to connect with Juliana and I’m so thrilled to welcome her a guest! I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with special education teacher, Stephanie DeLussey, AKA Mrs. D from Mrs. D’s corner! Stephanie is a wealth of knowledge on all things regarding special education, from lesson planning to IEP meetings- she is truly an expert in her field. Stephanie and I chat all about how teaching was her calling from a young age, and how she got into special education specifically. Stephanie shares so many amazing tips and helpful pieces of information, for parents and teachers! We also discuss her personal journey with anxiety, something she has been very honest and open about, which is really refreshing. Stephanie explains how her anxiety was affecting her as a teacher and how it lead to make tough but important decisions regarding her career. I loved chatting with Stephanie and I was SO appreciative to her perspective as a special needs teacher. Enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom and author, Kathryn Jenkins. Kathryn shares her journey with her son Logen, and how he inspired her to write her book, The Inclusion Alphabet. The book is a beautiful story of what it means to be inclusive, with a different word representing each letter of the alphabet. Kathryn also talks about her sons sibling relationship and how incredible those bonds are. We also touched on common issues associated with ASD that both our sons deal with, like disordered sleep and the need for oral sensory input! Kathryn is a true delight and I loved chatting with her- I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with Anesa, who is a BCBA and creator of “8 the plate”. Anesa and I get in depth about all things ABA therapy! We discuss why it is so effective and also shed some light on the misconceptions surrounding ABA. She shares what led her to work in this field and how it truly became her passion. Through that passion, she saw there was a real need for help when it came to over coming food struggles for many individuals on the spectrum. Anesa took that need and created 8 the plate- which uses ABA principles as a means of encouraging more variety into mealtime. Anesa was an absolute delight and I loved hearing her expert take on ABA therapy- something I feel very strongly about! Enjoy listening!
I wanted to put together this special bonus episode as way to honor World Autism Awareness Day 2019. Today I’m talking about what autism awareness means to me personally and why it is SO important. I also discuss my favorite ways to advocate for autism (hint: this podcast!) and what I wish people knew about autism. I posed these same topics in my Instagram stories last week and I’m sharing all the awesome feedback I got as well. Autism awareness is the first stop on road to acceptance and inclusion! Thank you so much for all your support and I hope you enjoy this bonus episode!
On today’s episode I’m chatting with speech and language pathologist and autism mom, Deidra Darst. Deidra shares her journey with her son Colin, and talks about how his diagnosis lead her to not only start a blog, but also write two books! We also discuss her work as an SLP and how that affected her when it came to her own son. As if she’s not busy enough, Deidra also does amazing advocacy work in her home state of West Virginia as director of The Mountaineer Autism Project. Deidra is an absolute delight and I loved talking with her! Enjoy listening!
On today’s episode I’m chatting with Eileen “Mama Fry” Shaklee, of the blog ‘Autism with a side of fries’. Eileen was really at the forefront of blogging- especially when it comes to autism! I personally have followed her for years and it was such a treat to chat with her! We talk all about her journey with her son, who she lovingly refers to as “Kiddo”. Eileen shares how their story started and how things have changed for them over the years now that Kiddo is 14. Eileen is not only a wealth of knowledge but she is also a hoot! I loved talking with her and I am so honored to welcome her as a guest. Enjoy listening!
On today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mama Brittney, who you might know as The Unapologetic Autistic. Brittney is not only a mother to two little ones with ASD but she herself is also on the spectrum. I connected with Brittney through her Instagram account and I was immediately drawn to her honesty and sense of humor. She brings both to today’s episode as she shares her journey and very unique perspective! I’m so thrilled to welcome her as a guest and I hope you enjoy listening!
Today’s episode includes a lot of firsts! My guest Kristin was the first listener to ever reach out to me after I started the podcast. She’s also my first guest with a daughter on the spectrum and she details her journey with her little girl, Mikayla. Kristin also lives in Sydney, Australia making her my first international guest! Kristin and I chat all about her daughter and how it initially took her some time to come to terms with Mikayla’s delays and other “red flags”, and later her diagnosis of ASD. Kristin shares very openly about how overwhelming the whole process can be. I had a great time time talking with Kristin (especially because of her Australian accent!) and I hope you enjoy listening!
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow podcaster, Philip Dallmann. Phil’s podcast ‘Access Champions’ is all about accessibility, inclusion and diversity. Phil has an extensive background in the field of inclusion- we get into all that and discuss what lead him to this line of work. I had the pleasure of being a guest on Phil’s show and I must say, not only is he a blast but his passion for this work is truly remarkable. We also get into a broader discussion of inclusion and why it’s so important to have these conversations, especially in today’s world. I’m thrilled to welcome Phil as a guest and I hope you enjoy listening!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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! :)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 :)