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Adventures in Autism

Adventures in Autism

By Megan Carranza
Welcome to Adventures in Autism! This podcast was created as a safe place to come together and share our journeys with autism.

Host, Megan Carranza, shares her family’s experience with her son, Logan, and speaks with a variety of incredible guests. From fellow autism parents, to siblings, to experts in the field and individuals on the spectrum themselves! It’s all about support and finding a sense of community. These are people who just “get it”.

If you’re familiar with autism, then you know everyday is an adventure, you’ll hear all about those adventures here! Thanks for listening!
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Episode 5- Keeping it real, with my guest Christie

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Episode 5- Keeping it real, with my guest Christie

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Episode 116- Heroes Wanted. With Autism Hero Project president, Tamika Lecheé Morales
Today I’m chatting with powerhouse autism mom, and president of the Autism Hero Project, Tamika Lecheé Morales. Tamika was my guest way back on episode 9 of AIA and I am thrilled to bring her back on today! Since we recorded that episode over two years ago, so much has changed. Not only has her nonprofit, Autism Hero Project, blown up and done absolutely incredible things for the autism community, but Tamika and I have actually become very close friends. Today we’re talking about updates in her life regarding her incredible son, Maximilian, (aka Legend...listen to the episode to find out how that became his nickname!) as well as all the amazing things she’s working on with AHP. Tamika is also an author and she’s sharing a recently published story in the episode that is so moving and beautiful, it’s a must listen! I am so proud to support AHP and Tamika. We had a blast during this conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Tamika: autismheroproject.org Facebook: The Autism Hero Project Instagram: @autismheroproject YouTube: Autism Hero Project Twitter: Autismhero_AHP LinkedIn: Autism-Hero-Project Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
1:02:04
November 25, 2020
Episode 115- Sister chats: updates on Mel, Logan & listener questions!
Today I’m chatting with my sometimes cohost, my sister Melissa! We’re giving some updates and talking about how Mel is doing in her cancer journey. She’s just finished her second month of maintenance chemo and so far, so good. She’s elaborating on that and sharing her feelings now that she’s 6 months out from her brain surgery. Also, I’m giving some updates on Logan and how he’s been doing lately. We’ve had some recent changes to his schedule and meds- these were not planned changes (I’m explaining more in the episode of how this came about) but they have actually turned out to be really good for him. Later, we’re answering some listener questions which is always fun! We talk about everything from our relationship to what TV shows we’re into right now. I love bringing Mel on the pod from time to time as a way for our family & friends to check in- but it’s turned into more than that because this community has been SO supportive of her and our family. I’m so grateful for all of you! Per usual, we had a great time chatting (and joking around as we always do!) and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Melissa: Instagram: @thezill Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
58:34
November 18, 2020
Episode 114: Catching up with Whitney (@thebehaviorcompass) & answering listener questions!
Today I’m catching up with past guest, Whitney of @thebehaviorcompass. Whitney shared the early years of her journey with her son Kyson back on episode 41 of AIA. Today, we’re picking up where we left off and answering some awesome listener questions! Since we recorded that episode, a lot has changed for Whitney. She talks very openly about experiencing feelings of grief and burnout after Kyson was diagnosed with ASD. We discuss all of that and how self care has played a huge role in getting Whitney back to a place of positivity and made her feel more grounded. We also talk about Kyson’s progress, their journey to finding the right BCBA and lots of other fun updates with their family. Whitney is such a sweetheart and her honesty is so refreshing. It was an honor to get her back on the podcast! We had such a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Whitney: Instagram: @thebehaviorcompass Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
1:15:50
November 11, 2020
Episode 113: Getting past denial to find the beauty. With autism mom, Jenna Handlen
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Jenna Handlen, all about her beautiful daughter, Annabelle. Jenna talks about how Annabelle’s speech delay as a toddler raised red flags for her pediatrician. Although Jenna moved forward with early intervention, she felt her doctor was being overly concerned and that Annabelle was “fine”. Jenna was very open about her feelings of denial at that time. She shares how it took time and a mindset shift to come to terms with the fact that Annabelle had autism. We also talk about how challenging the IEP process was for her, and how it’s thankfully improved now. Jenna explains how she went from being in denial as a parent, to truly finding the beauty in their situation. I think so many of us can relate to those same feelings. I had such a great conversation with Jenna and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Jenna: Instagram: jenna.handlen Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
53:57
November 4, 2020
Episode 112: Getting REAL about self care: making my own health a priority & sharing listener tips
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and talking about a very important topic: self care. I feel like we all hear the term “self care” A LOT these days, and it really does have a different meaning to us all. Today I’m sharing how I’ve been working on improving my own self care, and how I recently discovered a new meaning to the term. I am getting VERY personal (consider this your warning!) and talking about a couple different health issues that I’ve been dealing with lately. I share how this has forced me to re-examine my approach to self care. I’m also talking about making self care a priority in my everyday life, and what works for me. Later, I’m also sharing listener tips on how you guys practice your own self care. There are some really good ones! I wanted to do this episode because I feel like as parents (and especially as special needs parents) we are constantly putting ourselves on the back burner. I personally have done this for years and I know many of you can relate. Hopefully this episode will make you want to turn over a new leaf! Enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
1:15:43
October 28, 2020
Episode 111: Celebrating Down syndrome awareness month with mom, Lauren Molloy
Today’s episode is a little different. October is Down syndrome awareness month and I really wanted to celebrate that by sharing a story of Down syndrome here on the podcast. Today I’m chatting with Lauren Molloy, all about her journey with her adorable daughter, Autumn. When Lauren was 10 weeks pregnant, she learned she was having a baby girl. She also learned that her baby had Down syndrome. Lauren talks all about processing that diagnosis throughout her pregnancy and how she prepared for her baby by finding resources and connecting with the Down syndrome community. Autumn was also born with a heart defect that required surgery and Lauren details their journey with her surgery and recovery. Autumn just recently celebrated her first birthday so it felt like a very appropriate time for Lauren to share their story! I am thrilled to have Lauren on the show today and it’s amazing how much I can relate to their journey despite our children having a very different diagnosis. Special needs really connect us. We had a great time chatting and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Lauren: Facebook: Lauren Molloy Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
1:12:13
October 21, 2020
Episode 110: Advocating for his son, right from the start. With autism dad & podcaster, Fred Marvel
Today I’m chatting with autism dad and podcaster, Fred Marvel, all about his journey with his son Aleks. Their story starts out very differently from any I’ve ever heard before. When Aleks was just an infant, he suffered brain trauma caused by shaken baby syndrome. Fred shares how this happened after Aleks was being babysat by someone they thought was a trusted friend. Dealing with this unthinkable situation as new parents really forced Fred and his wife to become strong advocates for Aleks from the beginning. Amazingly, Aleks was able to make a full recovery by age three. After overcoming such incredible odds, Aleks started displaying some atypical behaviors. After being evaluated they were told he had some “autistic symptoms” but was diagnosed with ADHD and SPD. Because Fred is such a great advocate, they were able to get him all the services he needed. As time went on, Fred began to wonder if Aleks was actually on the spectrum. Just last year, they began seeking a diagnosis. Fred explains how getting the diagnosis was made even more difficult due to the pandemic. Fred and his family have had such a unique journey right from the start. I really enjoyed talking to Fred and I’m so glad he decided to start his own podcast, The Spectrum Dad! We had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Fred: IG: @thespectrumdad Podcast: The Spectrum Dad Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
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October 14, 2020
Episode 109: Chatting with returning guest, Kelly (@growingupsteven) & listener questions!
Today I’m chatting with past guest, Kelly of @growingupsteven. Kelly was on the pod way back on episode 38 and I’m thrilled to bring her back on today. Kelly and I catch up on everything that’s been going on with her, Steven and their family. Kelly is also answering listener questions and as usual, her answers are so truthful and thought provoking! One of the things I appreciate most about Kelly is her honesty. She is so willing to go there and give the raw truth on many difficult to discuss issues. Her wisdom as a seasoned mother (Steven is now 30) is so valuable. I had so much fun chatting with Kelly (again!) and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Kelly: IG: @growingupsteven Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
59:27
October 7, 2020
Episode 108- Catching up! School, AAC & med updates. Plus Adventures in Autism is TWO!
Today I’m flying solo and catching you guys up on what’s been going on with us! To start I’m sharing how Logan’s first few weeks of school are going. Although Logan is able to go in person, this year (so far) has still been very different due to covid- I’m talking all about that! I’m also giving some updates on Logan’s aac and our journey with medication. It’s been a year now that Logan has had his talker and he has truly made so much progress! As far as medication, that has also been several months of many ups and downs. We’re finally starting to see some majorly positive changes which I’m excited to share! Lastly, I’m reflecting back on the two year anniversary of Adventures in Autism and sharing some of my big takeaways. It’s always great to sit down record these solo episodes- I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
46:29
September 30, 2020
Episode 107- Becoming her cousin’s caregiver & learning to love more, with Lindsay Schuster
Today I’m chatting with my guest Lindsay Schuster. Lindsay and I connected in an autism Facebook group where she had posted about recently becoming a caregiver to her 53 year old cousin, John, who is on the spectrum. After John’s mother (Lindsay’s aunt) passed away, Lindsay and her family were trying to decide the best course of action for John. They were planning on an assisted living facility, but Lindsay felt a calling for John to move in with her family and become his main caregiver. While they had grown up together, living with John and autism in general, opened a whole new world for Lindsay. Today we’re discussing everything that has come along with their journey. All the challenges and the triumphs. From how her family is adjusting (Lindsay is a mom of three), to the many ways John is impacting their lives. In her own words, John is “teaching me to love more.” This episode was so heartwarming! I’m truly blown away by Lindsay and I loved our conversation. I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Lindsay: Facebook: Lindsay Schuster Instagram: @schustergirl Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
49:07
September 23, 2020
Episode 106- Know your child’s rights. With Special Education Attorney (& father) Lloyd Donders
Today I’m chatting with autism dad and special education attorney, Lloyd Donders. Lloyd became interested in special education law when he was navigating the school system for his own son, who is on the spectrum. Even though Lloyd was a lawyer himself, he still had a hard time getting his son all the services he needed within their school district. Once he learned everything he needed to in order to help his own son, he set out to help other families as well in this very often challenging area. Lloyd and I discuss everything from FAPE (free appropriate public education) to inclusion, to simply knowing your child’s rights and how to get the best education possible for them. I learned SO MUCH from our conversation and I’m so glad Lloyd came on the podcast to share this very valuable information! I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Lloyd: Facebook: Law Offices of Lloyd Donders, Esq. Website: www.specialedlegalinfo.com Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
47:40
September 16, 2020
Episode 105- Life Updates: Logan’s hospital stay, school starting & Mel finishing treatment!
Today I’m once again chatting with my sister, Melissa. We’re giving some updates and talking about everything that’s been going on with our family lately. First we’re discussing Mel’s brain cancer journey and more importantly, finishing treatment! These past couple months have been a blur of radiation, doctors appointments and medication. It’s so great to get this first phase of treatment behind us! Mel talks about the tough parts of her journey (like losing her hair and total exhaustion) and looks forward to the future. I’m so proud of her! Later, we’re talking about Logan’s recent hospital stay and how he’s recovering from his infection. We’re also discussing ALL the kids starting school and how it looks different for each of them. Lots happening on the home front! It’s always fun to bring my sister on the pod- I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Melissa: IG: @thezill Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
1:23:33
September 9, 2020
Episode 104- Sharing her greatest treasure for the first time, with Whitney Gainer (of Shanty2Chic)
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and DIY queen, Whitney Gainer. Whitney is bravely sharing her journey with her 3 year old son, Jed, for the first time ever. As a mother of six, Whitney definitely had her fair share of parenting experience! But as she explains in this episode, Whitney was thrown a complete curveball with her youngest. Today we are discussing all the details of their autism journey and the impact it’s had on her and her family. I first became familiar with Whitney several years ago through her very popular brand, Shanty2Chic. Whitney and her sister Ashley started with a blog and it quickly became a huge success. The sisters went on to build a major business including their own show on HGTV. But with their primary focus on building furniture, Whitney kept her private family life off the blog...until she had a change of heart and decided to open up about their story. Whitney refers to her sons journey as “their treasure” and today she is opening up and sharing for the first time. This conversation is beautiful, heartfelt and raw. I’m so honored that Whitney shared their story with me. I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Whitney: FB & IG: Shanty2Chic Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
59:31
August 26, 2020
Episode 103- Back to school: Thoughts, concerns & plans for this year. With SPED teacher, Ann Hall
Today I’m chatting with special education teacher, Ann Hall. Ann holds a very special place in my heart because she was actually Logan’s preschool teacher the year he was diagnosed with autism. We have maintained a friendship ever since and I’m thrilled to welcome her as a guest! Today we’re discussing ALL the things regarding to the 2020/2021 school year. Obviously, this year is going to be very different. Ann gives her perspective as a teacher going into this year. She’s sharing her thoughts and concerns as well as her plans to make this year the best it can be- despite the circumstances. I’m also sharing what we’re planning for this year and how we came to our decisions. I think this was a very important conversation to have because obviously it’s top of mind for so many of us. Talking with Ann was both enlightening and comforting to me. She is always a pleasure to chat with and this was no exception. I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
1:17:00
August 19, 2020
Episode 102- Progress has no age limit, with SLP Kennedy Richardson
Today I’m chatting with speech and language pathologist, Kennedy Richardson. Kennedy and I talk all about her journey and how she is now working as an SLP in a high school. Kennedy originally set out to work with young children in early intervention, but after working with older kids and adults she really found her calling. I was super excited to have this conversation with Kennedy- I feel like there is so often a focus on young children, especially when it comes to speech. But progress can truly happen at any age! Kennedy shares her experience working with assistive tech and how sometimes low tech can be just as beneficial, depending on the individual. We also talk about the difference between speech delays and language disorders. Kennedy shares so much valuable info during this episode! I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Kennedy: IG: @kennedyyrichardson Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
48:03
August 12, 2020
Episode 101- Waiting for the Lightbulb, with Dr. Lisa Peña
Today I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and author, Dr. Lisa Peña. Lisa shares her journey with her beautiful daughter, Isla. After several years and pursuing many different doctors and treatments, Isla was diagnosed with autism. Through all the ups and downs Lisa remained her greatest advocate and biggest supporter. Their journey inspired Lisa to first start her blog (The MOCHA tribe diaries) in an effort to help connect other moms with autistic children. Lisa also wrote her book “Waiting for the Lightbulb” which is a raw and beautiful inside look at their story. Recently, Lisa has teamed up with some other amazing mothers in the autism community to start “Labeled and Loved” which is a nonprofit that is planning retreats (among other things!) for mothers who have children with special needs. After reading Lisa’s book, I couldn’t wait to have her on the show. This conversation left me so fulfilled and uplifted. Lisa is so inspiring and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Lisa: http://mochatribediaries.com/ Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
52:32
August 5, 2020
Episode 100- What I’ve learned from 100 episodes! (Plus listener Q&A)
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and sharing what I’ve learned after doing 100 episodes of this podcast. This show really started from my own desire to have conversations with other people who were on a similar path. I was desperately craving connection from people who “got it”. I knew that if I was seeking that connection, then it was likely that others were too. And thus Adventures in Autism was born! After 100 episodes and countless incredible conversations with my many amazing guests, I have truly learned so much. From how to be a host to letting go of fear for the future- I’m spilling it all today! I’m also answering some very thoughtful listener questions. I can’t say thank you enough to this community- I am so grateful to have you all on this ride with me! I hope you enjoy listening to this episode. Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
1:00:45
July 29, 2020
Episode 99- A “strong willed” child with an even stronger mama! With Desiree Goode
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom, Desiree Goode. Desiree shares her journey with her adorable daughter, Ellie. Desiree explains how despite her early concerns about her daughter, doctors dismissed her and instead just labeled Ellie “strong willed”. Desiree knew there was something more at play and continued to advocate for Ellie and eventually she was diagnosed with ASD. Desiree and I also talk about how isolating it can be during the early days of a diagnosis, as well as how her daughter is doing now. I really enjoyed this conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
44:41
July 22, 2020
Episode 98- The surprise of a lifetime, with autism mom, Tiffany Klett
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom, Tiffany Klett. Tiffany and I connected several months back when she became a listener of the podcast. I’m thrilled to welcome her on the show today as a guest! Tiffany shares her unique journey with her youngest son, Parker. Tiffany also has two older sons who are neurotypical. Parker was born when his brothers were 12 and 13 years old. As Tiffany says, Parker was “the surprise of a lifetime!”. Tiffany talks all about Parker’s early years (and how he differed from his brothers) as well as more recent events, like kindergarten placement and navigating the school system. Tiffany is a delight- she is so warm and easy to talk to. We had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Tiffany: FB: Tiffany Klett Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
47:09
July 15, 2020
Episode 97- Updates, mindfulness & gratitude, with my sister, Melissa
Today I am once again chatting with my sister, Melissa. We’re discussing some recent updates on her journey with brain cancer and next steps for her treatment. Per usual, Mel is as candid and honest as ever! We talk about her new challenges while recovering from brain surgery and how they’re affecting her day to day life, as well as her future. We’re also talking about her therapy (specifically OT and PT) and how it’s amazing to see the similarities between her and Logan- even though they’re obviously very different situations, there’s a lot of overlap in terms of goals. Later, we’re getting back to last weeks topic of processing feelings. Melissa is obviously experiencing A TON of new emotions around all this and we’re discussing her own feelings of grief. We also get into how we’re both working on being more mindful and coming from a place of gratitude. It’s always a pleasure to bring my sister on the pod (and open with a song of course!) and this episode was no exception! I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Mel: FB: Melissa Mitchell IG: @thezill Melissa’s Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/make-it-count-for-melissa Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
1:26:42
July 8, 2020
Episode 96- Summertime happenings: Med update, processing grief & listener questions
Today I’m flying solo and talking about some things that have been happening in our world lately. First, I’m sharing an update on our journey with medication for Logan. It feels like we’re finally on the right track and I’m explaining why that is. We are also resuming ABA therapy this week (hallelujah!) and we are so excited to get back into a routine- Logan is definitely ready! I’m also answering some listener questions that come up often. Specifically my thoughts around grief and processing feelings after a new autism diagnosis, and also why I decided to share our journey. These are both topics I feel passionate about and I’m glad I got to address them in this episode. I am no expert but I do hope this is helpful. If you’ve been struggling with grief, this might be an episode for you. I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
1:01:46
July 1, 2020
Episode 95- Welcome to My Life: with autism mom, podcaster & author, Laurie Hellmann
Today I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and podcaster, Laurie Hellmann. Laurie shares her journey with her son, Skyler, who is now 17. Laurie takes us back to the early days of Skyler’s diagnosis, and also talks about what life looks like now. Laurie and I also discuss her divorce from Skyler’s dad and how her current (amazing!) husband ended up adopting him. Laurie started her podcast ‘Living the Sky life’ in September 2019 as way to share her experience raising a now teenager on the spectrum, and connect with others. Laurie also recently wrote a memoir ‘Welcome to My Life: A Personal Parenting Journey Through Autism’ and we discuss what inspired her to write the book. Laurie is so open and heartfelt- it was such a pleasure getting to chat with her. Thanks for tuning into this episode and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Laurie: FB: Living The Sky Life IG: living_the_skylife_autismtrip Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
47:12
June 24, 2020
Episode 94- Ain’t No Mountain You Can’t Climb. With my sister, Melissa Mitchell
In today’s episode I’m talking to my sister Melissa Mitchell about her recent brain cancer diagnosis. On May 26th Melissa suffered a massive seizure. After rushing her to the hospital, doctors found she had a very large tumor on the right side of her brain. We’re discussing EVERYTHING today. (Warning: this is very personal and traumatic subject matter.) From the months leading up to the seizure, to the actual day and what has followed since. Melissa is also bravely opening up about her mental health battles, her desire to become a (single by choice) mother, and all the gritty details about this medical journey. Although this isn’t the typical topic we discuss on AIA, I think this episode is so valuable for ANYONE to listen to. It’s all about staying positive and overcoming...we can all relate to that! I am so extremely proud of my sister. A big thank you to everyone that has been praying for her and sending well wishes. It means so much to us all! I hope you enjoy listening to this very personal episode. Connect with Mel: IG: @thezill FB: Melissa Mitchell Melissa’s Go Fund Me: Fundraiser by Jenny Honan : Make it Count for Melissa Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
1:41:21
June 17, 2020
Episode 93- Life Updates: Our entire family got Coronavirus. Here’s what happened...
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and sharing what happened when our entire family recently got sick with Coronavirus. I wanted to share this because even though every case is different, I think it’s helpful to hear everyone’s experiences with the virus. We are all (thankfully!) recovered now and on the other side of things. I’m giving all the details today- from our symptoms, to testing, to how we got sick in the first place. This past month or so has really been crazy for us. I’m so thankful for our amazing family and friends who helped get us through, even from afar. I hope you find this episode helpful and enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
37:20
June 10, 2020
Episode 92- Addressing Injustice & Controversy: A conversation about George Floyd & Myka Stauffer
This episode is different from any I’ve ever done before. Today I’m having a conversation with my friend, Jody Warshawsky. Jody is a fellow mom and podcaster, she’s also someone I truly admire and respect. Jody and I decided to come together for this episode (which will be airing on both of our podcasts) to talk about the recent social injustice and racism issues affecting our country. I am not someone who would typically speak out on these issues. However, with the murder of George Floyd I can not stay silent. This is too important. We need to speak on it, but also listen and learn. Jody and I are also discussing the recent controversy in the autism community with YouTuber Myka Stauffer. This news really rocked the autism world. As autism parents it’s hard to not feel emotionally pulled into this story. Jody and I talk about our feelings regarding “rehoming” sweet Huxley and our hope for him going forward. This conversation was tough but I’m extremely glad we had it. These subjects are sensitive and I wanted to be sensitive to them. That being said I think it is SO important to discuss the hard stuff- which is why I decided to speak out. “I understand that I will never understand, but I stand with you.” Thank you so much for listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Jody: Podcast: Accepting the Unacceptable FB: Jody Warshawsky & Accepting the Unacceptable Community IG: @Jodywarshawsky Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
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June 3, 2020
Episode 91- Fiercely advocating for his son & others, with autism dad, John Felageller
Today I’m chatting with autism dad and advocate, John Felageller. John shares his journey with his son who was diagnosed with ASD as a toddler. John talks about how because of his son, he developed a real passion for advocacy work and made it his career. We also talk about his recent divorce and raising a child on the spectrum while co-parenting. John shares several great tips in terms of openness and communication! John and I also discuss how him and his son are handling quarantine and recent events. It’s always fun to bring on an autism dad and we had a great conversation! I hope you enjoy listening. Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with John: FB: @John’s Blog For Special Needs Parents IG: @Jfelageller Twitter: jfelageller74 Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
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May 27, 2020
Episode 90- Taking on the school board & fighting for her son , with Jean Mayer
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and advocate, Jean Mayer. Jean shares her journey with her son Rory and how his diagnosis of ASD lit a fire in her to become his greatest supporter. Jean talks about the impact ABA had on Rory and how she began fighting her school district to get ABA therapy integrated into his school day. This led her to campaigning for a seat on her school board. Talk about a strong mama! I had a great time chatting with Jean about her family and her work as an advocate. I was truly inspired by this conversation! I hope you enjoy listening. Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
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May 20, 2020
Episode 89- Potty training, IEPs & AAC oh my! Catching up with Jaime Clark
Today I’m chatting with my friend, Jaime Clark. You might remember Jaime from episode 11, where she shared her journey with her son Blake. Since we recorded that episode Jaime and I have been able to form a real bond and friendship! It was so fun to bring her back on the show and catch up with her. During our conversation, Jaime talked about everything from potty training, to getting Blake an AAC, to preparing for IEPs & the transition to kindergarten. These are all topics I get asked about a lot so it was great to hear another mom’s experience! Jaime is such a wonderful mother and friend, we had the best time chatting and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
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May 13, 2020
Episode 88- Quarantine life goes on! Sharing our recent triumphs & defeats
Today I’m flying solo and talking about what we’ve been up to in #qaurantinelife. First I’m sharing some our recent struggles with Logan’s ADHD becoming more of concern. I talk about ways we’re trying to fulfill his sensory diet and an update on our journey with meds. Later I’m discussing our experience using Telehealth for therapy and Logan’s recent IEP meeting which took place over zoom. This years IEP was definitely unlike any other, that’s for sure! I’m also sharing the backstory of how Logan and I ended up on the front page of our local newspaper! I’m so grateful for all your continued support, I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!
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May 6, 2020
Episode 87- One dads journey to accepting a different path, with Dean Trottier
Today I’m chatting with autism dad, Dean Trottier, all about his journey with his son, Charlie. Charlie was diagnosed with autism just after his second birthday. Dean shares his experience as a single dad going through the process of getting a diagnosis and finding the right services for his son. Dean is also Canadian so we talk about the good and bad of Canada’s healthcare. It was really interesting to hear how things differ from here in the states. We also talk about his older son who was more recently diagnosed with ADHD. Dean shares openly about both his sons and his unique perspective as a solo parent. We had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Dean: IG: accepting_a_different_path Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com
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April 29, 2020
Episode 86- Advocating for her son & finding her life’s work, with Kate Cortelyou
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and advocate, Kate Cortelyou. Kate shares her journey with her son James and how their struggle with the school system led her to becoming an advocate and helping other families in her area. Kate and I talk all about the early days of her sons diagnosis and the emotions she felt at that time. We also discuss the challenges they faced within their district when finding the right placement for her son. Kate fought for (and won!) what she felt was best for him and then knew she wanted to help others facing the same battle. She now works as an advocate and has helped over 50 families! Kate also shares some great tips and very valuable insight as we’re heading into IEP season. We had such a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Kate: katecortelyou@hotmail.com Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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April 22, 2020
Episode 85- Five things that are ACTUALLY really helping us right now
I’m back on my own today and breaking down the five things that are actually helping us right now. From finding a new trail to walk (getting fresh air!) to scheduling virtual dates with friends- these are things that are keeping me (and my crew!) sane during this uncertain time. Nothing on this list is groundbreaking, these things are all very doable. Which to me is the most important part! I’m all for helpful ideas but if they’re too complicated I won’t do them- especially now. So I’m sharing the simple things are really helping our whole family as we navigate our new normal. Stay safe and thank you so much for listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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April 15, 2020
Episode 84- Life updates: How our family is getting by (& staying positive!) during this crisis
Today I’m flying solo and sharing our family’s experience dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re going on week 4 of quarantine, which has certainly had its ups as downs! As it has for everyone. I’m sharing how we’re adjusting to our new normal and what has been helping get us though. I get very honest and talk about how tough this is from a parenting perspective. As parents were used to this 24/7 gig, but nowadays there are LITERALLY no breaks! That’s definitely been a challenge but I’m also sharing the surprising positives of this situation. I’m definitely a “glass of full” type of gal and I think it’s important to look for the silver linings. And despite the difficult moments, there are many things good things happening during these uncertain times. I compiled all of them and spilling today! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Thank you so much for listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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April 8, 2020
Episode 83- Catching up with past guest, Malinda Cooke (Autism Mastermind)
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and fellow podcaster, Malinda Cooke. You might remember Malinda from episode 40 where she was my guest and shared her journey with her beautiful 18 year old daughter, Paige. I’m excited to bring her back on the pod and have her catch us up on the going’s on with her family! First we discuss the the coronavirus pandemic that is affecting us all. Malinda shares how she’s been coping and staying busy with Paige while they’ve been in isolation. Later, we discuss their recent experience with legal process of having Paige “conserved” now that she’s 18. This was really valuable information and an in-depth look at what the entire process entailed. Malinda and I have truly become great friends since she was a guest on the show last year (and I guested on her podcast, Autism Mastermind!) so it’s always fun to catch up with her! We had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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April 1, 2020
Episode 82- From autism sibling to autism parent, with Lainey Skiver
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and sibling, Lainey Skiver. Lainey shares her journey with autism which actually started with her brother. Lainey talks about how having a sibling on the spectrum impacted her life, and ultimately helped her to parent her children with autism. Lainey is a mom of four and her two oldest children are both on the spectrum. Lainey shares the early signs with both boys and what led them to seek a diagnosis. We also chat about family dynamics when autism is involved. Lainey has such a unique perspective as both a sibling and a parent that I really appreciated hearing. We had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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March 25, 2020
Episode 81- Coronavirus: thoughts, concerns and listener suggestions to get through
Today I’m chatting with my sister, Melissa (once again!) all about the pandemic that is Coronavirus. During this very uncertain time I think it’s so important to remember that we’re all in this together- this is uncharted territory for everyone. Today I’m sharing thoughts and concerns from listeners as well as my personal take on this very scary situation. Most importantly I’m sharing tips from all of you to get through this. I received so many great tips that I’m excited to share- I’ll definitely be implementing some of these myself! Later, Melissa and I share our recommendations for things to take your mind off COVID-19 and hopefully make you smile. It’s very overwhelming right now and sometimes taking a break from it all is the best thing to do! I hope you enjoy this episode and are able to take something from it. I am truly so thankful for all you. Stay safe! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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March 17, 2020
Episode 80- Talking all things self care with my co-host (and sister!) Melissa
Today I’m bringing back a very special co-host...my sister Melissa! We’re discussing all things self care and what that looks like for us personally. I’m sharing how I’ve been trying to up my self care game and what has been actually working for me. Including my recent weekend away with my husband! I’m talking all about the logistics of leaving our kids for the weekend...no easy feat but so worth it! We also get some great listener tips on what they do for self care. Later Melissa and I do a Q&A all about skin care and beauty. I’m a licensed esthetician and make up artist so it was fun to be in my wheelhouse! I got some great listener questions and I hope you pick up some good info from this episode! My sister and I always have a blast together (we even answered some sister questions!) and it was great to bring her back on- I like to joke that she’s a self care expert! I think this is a really important topic and something we should all be making a priority. I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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March 11, 2020
Episode 79- Leaking the truth, with autism mom & blogger, Stephanie Hanrahan (Tinkles her Pants)
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and blogger, Stephanie Hanrahan. Stephanie’s journey into autism started with her daughter, Campbell. Though Campbell seemed to be developing just fine to everyone else, and was even ahead of the curve, Stephanie sensed there was more going on. She strongly advocated for her daughter and she was diagnosed with ASD at age 3. Later, Stephanie’s son would also be diagnosed with autism. During all of this, Stephanie’s husband found out he had a life threatening heart condition and would eventually need a transplant. After her daughter was diagnosed, Stephanie started a private instagram account- it was just for her to document her complicated feelings and grief during this time. Eventually, Stephanie took the brave step to make that account public. Today, she not only has that account but also her blog, ‘Tinkles her Pants’ (best name ever!) where she “leaks” the truth. She shares her journey openly as a way to connect with others. Stephanie’s story is powerful and she is such a inspiration! This conversation blew me away. I had the best time chatting with Stephanie and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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March 4, 2020
Episode 78- Catching up with returning guest, Leasa (Cody Speaks) and listener Q&A!
Today I’m chatting with my first returning guest, Leasa Hoogerwerf of Cody Speaks. You might remember Leasa from episode 25, where she opened up about the early days of her journey with her incredible son, Cody, who is now 19. I’m so excited to be bringing her back on the pod! In today’s episode, Leasa catches us up on what’s been going on with Cody since we spoke last year. Leasa talks about some recent victories and challenges they have gone through this past year. Later, we answer some listener questions! This was really fun because Leasa is such an open book- she is so honest and heartfelt! I have followed Leasa, Cody and their family for years (through her page Cody Speaks) and it’s always such a treat to chat with Leasa. She is such an inspiring mama! We had an awesome conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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February 26, 2020
Episode 77- Embracing the chaos, with autism mom, Leah Behrens
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and blogger, Leah Behrens. Leah is the proud mama to three beautiful kids- two of which are on the autism spectrum. Leah shares her journey with both children, and how her sons early diagnosis led her to seek a diagnosis for his older sister as well. While both are the spectrum, Leah explains how different they are and how each has unique strengths and challenges. Leah and I had a very honest, open conversation about family life and motherhood- especially when autism is in the mix. We talked about the fear that can come with growing your family after an autism diagnosis. This is something I get asked about often and it was so nice to chat with another mama who “gets it”! We also talk about how she’s planning for her kids future and her feelings around that. I had the best time chatting with Leah, I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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February 19, 2020
Episode 76- Chatting with Chubuddy founders & autism parents, Chris & Jane Chu
Today I’m chatting with autism parents and the founders of Chubuddy, Chris and Jane Chu. Chris and Jane share their journey with their son Christian, who has medically complex autism. They talk all about their early days with Christian and how he was initially diagnosed with microcephaly, and later autism and cerebral palsy. Chris and Jane share how part of Christian’s sensory needs was a strong desire to chew. However, they couldn’t find a chewy that really worked for him. They decided to make their own superior product and thus, Chubuddy was born! We LOVE Chubuddy and Logan has used their chewy’s for years- so it was really fun to hear the back story from Chris and Jane! We also discuss how they are planning for the future now that Christian is 18. I had a great time chatting with them and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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February 12, 2020
Episode 75- Life Updates: AAC progress, starting medication & recent revelations
Today I’m flying solo and sharing some life updates. First, I’m talking about Logan’s AAC device and all the progress he’s making! I’m also sharing some new goals for him that we’ve been working on at home and in ABA. We are really trying to focus on functional life skills to help Logan establish more independence. Then I’m talking about a big change for us...which is Logan starting meds for ADHD. This has been a long time coming and I’m sharing all the details that went into making this decision. We are just now getting started with his medication so I will continue to update as time goes on. Lastly, I’m sharing some recent revelations I’ve had when it comes to acceptance on this journey. I have a renewed sense of hope for the future and I’m sharing what led me to this place. It’s always fun to “check in” with you guys and give updates in real time, as they are happening. I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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February 5, 2020
Episode 74- Diving into diet & nutrition with Foods Four Thought founder, Crystal Jordan
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and diet expert, Crystal Jordan. Crystal shares her journey with her son, who is on the autism spectrum. Crystal explains how her sons sleep, skin and gastrointestinal issues became a real challenge in their lives. While they eventually did get an autism diagnosis, Crystal decided to also look into diet as a possible treatment for these issues. Using what she describes as a ‘modified paleo’ diet they were able to see significant improvement for her son in all these areas and more. Because of their success, Crystal decided to start ‘Foods Four Thought’, which is a great resource for all things diet, to help other families as well. I really appreciated Crystal’s honest take on diets and her advice on how to get started. I had a great time chatting with Crystal and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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January 29, 2020
Episode 73- Mama bears unite! With special needs mom & podcast host, Mary Susan McConnell
Today I’m chatting with special needs mom and fellow podcaster, Mary Susan McConnell. Mary Susan shares her journey with her beautiful daughter Abi, who has cerebral palsy and microcephaly. Mary Susan is the host of ‘Mama Bear Podcast’ where she shares more or their story and talks with other parents raising children with special needs. What I love about her show is that regardless of diagnosis, special needs parenting really connects us all. Mary Susan and I also talk about self care (she has so many good tips!) and how to have fun while dealing with the day to day grind. I had so much fun chatting with Mary Susan and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Making Authentic Friendships makingauthenticfriendships.com
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January 22, 2020
Episode 72- Living this exceptional life, with my guest Katie
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Katie, all about her adorable son, Jamie. Katie shares their journey and the road to getting a diagnosis. Jamie is an extremely gifted child and Katie talks about how his diagnosis of autism initially came as a shock. Katie explains that Jamie has “medically complex autism”, meaning his diagnosis of ASD has come with several other hurdles, like seizures and gastro issues. Katie and I initially connected because she was a listener of the podcast. Her and I exchanged messages for months and she has always been so genuine and sincere. That sincerity definitely comes through in today’s episode! Enjoy listening!
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January 15, 2020
Episode 71- Autism Moms Are Beautiful, with Nichole Wilson
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Nichole Wilson. Nichole shares very openly about her journey with her daughter, who is on the spectrum. We talk about everything from how she handles difficult behaviors to the challenges of puberty. Nichole is a wealth of knowledge and shared so many good tips and resources! Nichole is also the founder of ‘Autism Moms Are Beautiful’ magazine and she shares how this journey led her to start the magazine. I love Nichole’s mission and her passion behind it! She truly believes all autism moms are beautiful and uses her magazine to showcase that beauty. I loved talking to Nichole and hearing her story. I hope you enjoy listening!
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January 8, 2020
Episode 70- Reflecting back on 2019 with my “top 9” and goals for the New Year!
Happy New Year! Today I’m ringing in 2020 by going through my “top 9” posts on social media. This was a fun way to reflect back on 2019 and the posts that resonated most with all of you. I’m also sharing a couple more of my favorite moments for the year as well as my goals for 2020. I’m definitely going to make self care a priority this year (and I think that should be a goal for ALL of us!) and I’m sharing my thoughts on what that means to me personally. I really enjoyed looking back on these posts and I hope you enjoy listening!
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January 1, 2020
Episode 69- Celebrating the holidays our way & gearing up for 2020!
Special episode! I’m coming at you on a Tuesday today (Christmas eve) to talk all about the holidays. When you have a child with autism, the holidays might look a little different for you and your family. Today I’m sharing our family traditions and how things have changed (or not) since autism has become a part of the equation. I’m also talking about what works for our family and lessons I’ve learned that have helped our holiday run smoother. I’m also wrapping up our 2019 and looking forward to the new year! I’m sharing some of our goals for 2020 as well. I hope you enjoy listening and have a very happy holiday- no matter what you celebrate!
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December 24, 2019
Episode 68- From autism professional to autism parent, with my guest Erin
In today’s episode I’m talking to autism mom, Erin Cranston. Erin shares her journey with her 6 year old daughter, Courtney. Erin is also a special education teacher (working mainly with autistic children) so she definitely has a unique perspective to share. We talk all about the time leading up to Courtney’s diagnosis as well as how she’s doing currently. Erin also explains the differences of being an autism professional, and an autism parent. Ultimately, having a child on the spectrum herself has only deepened her passion for her job. I loved hearing Erin’s take on things and we had an awesome conversation! I hope you enjoy listening!
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December 18, 2019
Episode 67- Life updates and Q&A with my husband, Manny!
In today’s episode I’m talking to my first returning guest...my husband, Manny! First, Manny and I check in with some life updates. We talk about Logan’s recent neuropsychological evaluation and how that went. We also discuss Logan’s birthday and him turning SEVEN! Later, we answer some listener questions...which was really fun! We talk about everything from processing the diagnosis to what we love about each other’s parenting. Manny was my guest way back on episode 4 so it was really great to get him back on the pod and talk about how things have changed over this past year, and get his perspective. Obviously we talk everyday but it was interesting to sit down and really reflect on all this. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions and thank you to Manny for finally giving in and coming back on the show! Enjoy listening!
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December 11, 2019
Episode 66- Pixar’s Float writer/director (& autism dad!) Bobby Rubio
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism dad, Bobby Rubio. Bobby is the writer/director of the incredible Pixar short film, ‘Float’, which is available on Disney +. After I saw Float, I knew I had to reach out to Bobby to hear more of his story. Bobby and I talk all about his journey with his now 12 year old, Alex. Bobby shares very bravely about the early days of Alex’s diagnosis and how he had a difficult time coping. With the support of his wife, he decided to seek help for depression. Bobby also found it cathartic to channel his emotions into his work as an artist. Thus, Float was created. We talk all about the journey of making Float and discuss the metaphors within the short film. Float is such a beautiful story and I am so thrilled I got the opportunity to speak with Bobby! He is an awesome dad and we had a wonderful conversation. I hope you enjoy listening!
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December 4, 2019
Episode 65- Shifting perspective as your child grows, with autism mom Jacqui Folks
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom Jacqui Folks. Jacqui shares her journey with her son Ethan, who is now 18. We talk about the early days after Ethan’s diagnosis 16 years ago and how different things were back then. Jacqui was determined in her pursuit to help her son and find others dealing with similar issues along the way. She managed to do just that and formed ACES for Autism- a local group that is doing amazing things for autism in their community. Jacqui also recently published her book “Adventures with Big E: Help with Hygiene” which is a collection of social stories about all things related to hygiene! Jacqui and I also talk about how her son is doing now that they are navigating adulthood. Jacqui is such a sweet and genuine person, we had a great conversation! I hope you enjoy listening!
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November 27, 2019
Episode 64- Mans best friend, with Laura Sylvester of Good Dog! Autism Companions
In today’s episode I’m chatting with Laura Sylvester of Good Dog! Autism Companions. Good Dog! is an amazing organization that is dedicated to helping families affected by ASD through autism service dog companions. Laura is a fellow autism mom and we talk all about the early days with her son Elliot (who is now 17) and their journey which inspired her to start this incredible organization. Laura gives ALL the ins and outs on service dogs. We discuss the entire process that goes into getting a service dog- from costs to training and everything in between! I learned so much from my conversation with Laura and she was an absolute delight. If you have ever thought about getting service a dog (or are just a dog lover!) then you don’t want to miss this episode! Enjoy listening!
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November 20, 2019
Episode 63- Sounds Like Autism, with Josh Mirsky and Dave Thompson
Today I’m chatting with Josh Mirsky and Dave Thompson of the podcast ‘Sounds like Autism’. Josh and Dave share their personal journeys that led them to work together and eventually start their podcast. Josh, who is on the spectrum, talks about his past work history and how tough it was as an adult with ASD. Thankfully, he got a job working at Spectrum Designs where he met Dave who became his mentor and more importantly, his best friend. Josh and Dave have a contagious energy that is so fun! They also share their recent experience doing a ‘TEDx’ talk and how they learned so much during that process. We had a blast during our conversation and I’m so excited to welcome these guys on the show! Enjoy listening!
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November 13, 2019
Episode 62- From Real Housewife to Real Advocate, with my guest Jacqueline Laurita
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and advocate, Jacqueline Laurita. You may be familiar with Jacqueline from her time on the Real Housewives of New Jersey! Jacqueline very bravely and honestly shared their family’s journey with her son Nicolas, who is on the spectrum, while on the show. As a die hard Bravo fan I followed their story from the very beginning and I am so thrilled to welcome Jacqueline on Adventures in Autism! We talk all about her time on the show and the decision to share Nicholas’s diagnosis and treatments so publicly. We also talk about how Nick is doing now and Jacqueline’s incredible work as an autism advocate! She also shares how she became part owner in Simple Spectrum Supplement after seeing what positive changes the supplement brought out in Nicolas. Jacqueline has truly been an inspiration to me throughout this journey and we had such an amazing conversation! Enjoy listening!
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November 6, 2019
Episode 61- One voice made stronger, with autism mom & podcast host, Susan Scott
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and podcaster, Susan Scott. Susan and I connected several months back when I was guest on her show, My Autism Tribe. Susan is such a kind and genuine person, I’m so excited to bring her on Adventures In Autism now! We talk all about her adorable son Alex who is extremely gifted and on the spectrum. Susan then shares very openly about her experience as a single mother. We also chat about her amazing advocacy work and some exciting new projects- one of which I am honored to be collaborating on! This episode runs the gamut and we talk about EVERYTHING! I’m so thrilled to welcome Susan as a guest, enjoy listening!
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October 30, 2019
Episode 60- Life Updates: Dealing with regression, making self care a priority & Logan’s AAC!
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and keeping it very real about what we’ve had going on lately. First, I’m discussing Logan’s recent regression with potty training. I’m not gonna lie, it’s been tough! But we are doing everything we can to get through this phase and I’m sharing all of it. Next I’m talking about how important self care is and how I’m really making an effort to put it into practice for myself. I share all the little things I’m doing to help myself feel better in a manageable way. Still a work in progress but improving! Lastly I’m giving all the details on Logan’s new speech device (AAC)! It’s been home with us for about two weeks now and we are learning A LOT about everything that goes into it. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about his device so hopefully this answers most of them. Thank you for all your support- enjoy listening!
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October 23, 2019
Episode 59- Pieces of Inspiration, with autism sibling, Natalie Castro
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism sibling, Natalie Castro. Natalie opens up about her journey with adult sister, Angie, who is on the spectrum. Natalie shares how she recently became Angie’s legal guardian along with their mother, and what led to that decision. We also talk about Natalie’s work with her platform, Pieces of Inspiration. Natalie’s goal is to provide other autism families support and resources in their journey. Natalie and Angie have such a special and unique relationship- you can really feel the love in this episode! It was such a joy to talk Natalie, I am so touched and inspired by her story. I hope you enjoy listening!
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October 16, 2019
Episode 58- Turn autism around, with my guest Dr. Mary Barbera
In today’s episode I’m chatting with Dr. Mary Barbera. Mary is an autism mom, a behavioral analyst, an author and a fellow podcaster! Mary and I talk all about her journey with her son Lucas, who is on the spectrum and in his twenties now. Mary shares how his diagnosis at age 3 lead her to her career as an autism professional. Through her work Mary has been able to help countless families, sharing her knowledge through her book ‘The Verbal Behavior Approach’ as well as her online courses. Last year, Mary expanded her repertoire even further and started her podcast, ‘Turn Autism Around’. On her show, Mary shares her insights for both parents and professionals. Mary is truly an expert in the field and I’m thrilled to have her on today’s episode! Enjoy listening!
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October 9, 2019
Episode 57- Parenting autism and maintaining a strong marriage, with Sandy & Chris Colter
In today’s episode I’m chatting with not one, but two guests! Sandy and Chris Colter are parents to their adorable son Bryce who is on the spectrum. They are also fellow podcast hosts of their show “Parenting Autism”. Together we discuss some of the challenges their marriage has faced on this journey and Chris shares very openly his struggles with his own mental health. We also talk about how parenting a child with special needs can be tough when both parents aren’t the same page- and how they’ve worked through that. I had a great conversation with Sandy and Chris and it was so fun to welcome my first couple to the show! I hope you enjoy listening!
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October 2, 2019
Episode 56- Adventures in Autism is ONE! Q&A with my co-host, Melissa Mitchell (my sister!)
It’s the ONE YEAR anniversary of Adventures in Autism! On today’s episode I’m welcoming my first co-host...my sister Melissa! Melissa is the best aunt to Logan and a huge part of my support system. If you’ve been listening to the show for awhile then you’ve definitely heard me mention her! We chat about how autism has affected our family as a whole and what she’s learned in this journey from an aunts perspective. Then we get to the fun stuff- listener questions! We cover everything from self care, to dealing with difficult family members, to my favorite housewives! This was such a fun episode and I am SO EXCITED that Adventures in Autism is celebrating one year! Thank you so much to each and every one of you for listening and for all your support. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode!
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September 25, 2019
Episode 55- Thriving in Chaos, with autism dad, Kyle Jetsel
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism dad, Kyle Jetsel. Kyle is a father of six children and he has two sons on the spectrum. Kyle shares very openly about his journey and especially how it affected his family and marriage. After struggling for years with the challenges autism can bring, he and his wife decided to really change their mindset and bring joy back to their family. And they did just that! Through his coaching series ‘Autism: Thrive in Choas’, Kyle has been able to help many more families find joy as well. Kyle and I had an amazing and emotional conversation- we were both in tears! I’m so thrilled to welcome Kyle as a guest and I hope you enjoy listening!
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September 18, 2019
Episode 54- You are in the drivers seat, with autism mom and podcast host, Jody Warshawsky
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom and fellow podcaster, Jody Warshawsky. Jody and I connected through Instagram several months back and at this point she feels like an old friend! Jody and I talk all about her adorable daughter Remy, who has autism and epilepsy. Jody shares their journey with Remy’s medical needs and how it was affecting her school situation. Jody and her husband recently made the decision to homeschool Remy and we chat all about how they came to that conclusion and why it’s best for Remy right now. Jody and I talked about how as parents we put so much pressure on ourselves to “get it right” for our kids in terms of school or services- but it’s ok for plans to change. We also discuss family dynamics and how autism affects the entire family- as a mom of four she definitely has some experience in this area! I had the pleasure to be a guest on Jody’s podcast, Accepting the Unacceptable, back in May and I’m thrilled to welcome her on Adventures in Autism today! Enjoy listening!
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September 11, 2019
Episode 53- United in Autism, with autism mom & author, Julie Hornok
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom and author, Julie Hornok. Julie shares her journey with her daughter, who is now 16 and completely flourishing. Their story is so hopeful and inspiring! Julie also talks about how her daughter inspired her to reach out within the autism community and provide support for other autism moms. This lead her to start hosting events and eventually to write her amazing book, ‘United in Autism’, which actually has a forward written by none other then Temple Grandin! Julie is a delight and we had a great conversation. I hope you enjoy listening!
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September 4, 2019
Episode 52- Life updates: how we spent summer, dealing with anxiety & back to school
Today I’m flying solo and sharing some life updates! I’m giving a breakdown of how our summer went- the good and the bad! Summer definitely brought us some new challenges and I discuss all of it. One of those challenges was Logan dealing with anxiety, which is not typical for him. It was definitely tough to navigate and we did our best to help him though those anxious moments and just support him. It was not easy but we made it through! I also talk about the start of school and how well Logan has done with that transition. This boy loves school! Lastly I chat about the whole process of getting started with his speech device- which we are so excited about! There’s a lot to learn (for us and Logan) but we are so ready for Logan to have his voice. Big things happening! I hope you enjoy listening!
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August 28, 2019
Episode 51- Paving a path for his son, with autism dad, James Branaum
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!
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August 21, 2019
Episode 50- The Autism Cafe is always open, with autism mom & author, Eileen Lamb
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!
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August 14, 2019
Episode 49- An EVOLution of Love, with autism mom Wendy Garafalo
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!
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August 7, 2019
Episode 48- We are all Supermoms, with my guest (founder of @autismsupermoms) Anne G. Bragg
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!
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July 31, 2019
Episode 47- This is a movement! With BCBA & Simple Spectrum creator, Heather Grimaldi
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!
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July 24, 2019
Episode 46- The (floor) time is now! With autism mom & floortime therapist, Rebecca
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!
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July 17, 2019
Episode 45- Spreading positivity like confetti, with BCBA Shelby Dorsey
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!
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July 10, 2019
Episode 44- Autism Grown Up, with autism sibling & professional, Tara
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!
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July 3, 2019
Episode 43- The OG of Autism Dads, with my guest Tim
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!
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June 26, 2019
Episode 42- Life Updates: potty training, Logan’s IEP meeting and our summer plans!
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!
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June 19, 2019
Episode 41- There’s no such thing as knowing too much, with autism mom Whitney
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!
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June 12, 2019
Episode 40- Sans the Sugarcoat (but still sweet!) with Malinda Cook
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!
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June 5, 2019
Episode 39- It’s Going to Be AUlright! With autism mom and author, Holly Teegarden
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!
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May 29, 2019
Episode 38- Growing up and never giving up, with my guest Kelly Davis
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!
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May 22, 2019
Episode 37- Florida’s first openly autistic lawyer (and total dynamo!) Haley Moss
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!
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May 15, 2019
Episode 36- Foraging a path through all the hurdles, with my guest Sara Lex
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!
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May 8, 2019
Episode 35- What really goes into getting a diagnosis? With school psychologist, Kathryn Cooley
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!
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May 1, 2019
Episode 34- Facilitating friendships and raising awareness, with autism sibling, Juliana Fetherman
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!
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April 24, 2019
Episode 33- Turning a corner and following her passion, with Stephanie DeLussey (Mrs. D’s Corner)
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!
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April 17, 2019
Episode 32- Writing the book on inclusion, with author (and autism mom) Kathryn Jenkins
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!
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April 10, 2019
Episode 31- ABA from A-Z, with my guest, BCBA (and 8 the plate creator) Anesa Doyle
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!
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April 3, 2019
BONUS EPISODE- World Autism Awareness Day 2019. It all starts with awareness!
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!
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April 2, 2019
Episode 30- Letting go of fear and embracing the journey, with my guest Deidra Darst
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!
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March 27, 2019
Episode 29- Autism with a side of fries (and much more!) with my guest Eileen “Mama Fry” Shaklee
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!
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March 20, 2019
Episode 28- Unapologetic and completely awesome, with my guest Brittney (The Unapologetic Autistic)
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!
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March 13, 2019
Episode 27- Adventures in Autism down under! With my (first international) guest, Kristin
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!
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March 6, 2019
Episode 26- The heart of a champion, with my guest, Phillip Dallmann
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!
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February 27, 2019
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!
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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!
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February 13, 2019
Episode 23- 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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
29:39
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”!
57:55
September 20, 2018
Episode 1- Welcome to Adventures in Autism!
My very first episode! All about our journey with autism so far.
44:47
September 18, 2018