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Navigating the Spectrum with Michele Portlock

Navigating the Spectrum with Michele Portlock

By Michele Williams
A podcast designed to provide tips, tools, techniques, and stories to assist parents as they navigate raising children on the autism spectrum.
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Episode 7 - Emily Scanlan and accepting and loving our ASD children
Emily is a wife and mother of two children who happen to be my niece and nephew. Emily is my former sister-in-law and we have continued to have a meaningful relationship for years. Emily is a life coach as well as a woman full of wisdom, acceptance, and love. To know her is to love her. Emily teaches us the importance of taking care of ourselves and also finding acceptance in our everyday lives as we raise our remarkable children on the autism spectrum. 
October 21, 2020
Episode 6 - Michelle Huggins: IEPs and 504s
Michelle Huggins is a wife and mother of two children. She has a master's degree in special education and a deep love for the children and families with whom she works. In this episode we discuss the difference between an IEP and a 504 and give parents practical tips to help them successfully navigate obtaining an IEP for their child. 
October 11, 2020
Episode 5 - Katie Bunker and the autism experience
Katie Bunker is a wife and mother of two beautiful children. Her oldest child, now 17 years old, was diagnosed with autism at age two. Katie shares her experiences, which include a lot of love and also challenges. Katie shared a beautiful quote with me after our interview that touched my heart: "At first it broke you, then it built you." -Fairysforum-  Katie is engaging and inspiring as she shares her own personal journey. Thank you Katie!
October 7, 2020
Episode 4 - Navigating Education with Melissa Durtschi
Episode 4 includes an interview with Melissa Durtschi, PhD. Melissa specializes in helping parents navigate the education experience for their children. She is knowledgeable, gifted, and compassionate and what she has to offer is of great value to us as parents and to our children as we move through the education system. She helps us to do this with more purpose as she arms us with knowledge and resources which enable us to be effective education advocates for our children.  So hit play and thank me later for inviting Melissa's words of wisdom into your lives. But truly, I hope you enjoy this!
September 28, 2020
Episode 3 - Interview with Kelsey Lyon - Diagnoses Story
Episode 3 is an interview with my dear friend Kelsey Lyon. Her youngest child was recently diagnosed on the autism spectrum and Kelsey allowed me to ask pointed questions about the diagnosis experience. Kelsey approaches life with love and humor and you can hear both throughout this conversation. 
September 22, 2020
Episode 2 - Interview with Kristina Kocsis - Autism and Genetics
Kristina Kocsis is a talented, warm-hearted, intelligent genetic counselor. She is also a good friend of mine that I admire and adore. In this podcast, we will explore how genetics plays a role in the world of autism. There is so much to learn and Kristina delves in and shares her vast wealth of knowledge with us. Hope you enjoy it!
September 7, 2020
Episode 1 - Interview with Brielle Williams
Before dropping off Brielle (my oldest daughter who has been diagnosed with Autism) at college for her freshman year, I convinced her to sit down with me and share her thoughts on growing up on the spectrum.  She shared her thoughts on common perceptions and misconceptions, what she wishes I had known sooner, what I could have done differently as a parent, and what parents of children on the autism spectrum should keep in mind.  I hope you find the insights from my daughter helpful!
August 30, 2020
Episode 0 - Introduction
A brief introduction to the podcast, including some background on the host, Michele, and why she is starting a podcast on navigating the autism spectrum as an aid to parents.
August 24, 2020