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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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S3 E62- Elliot Hobbs and his Diagnosis Experience
Elliot was diagnosed autistic at the age of 17. Elliot is now 19 years old and still processing what his diagosis means specifically for him. Elliot is insightful and a solid communicator. He loves playing ultimate frisbe and playing instruments such as his guitar, bass, and drums. He also loves film. 
21:40
May 22, 2022
S3 E61- Cary Colleran the ADHD Navigator
Together Cary Colleran and I discuss ADHD and how she helps her clients better navigate in this world. We also talk about the differences between ADHD and Autism. Cary is educated, hilarious, and relatable, and you're going to want to be her friend after you listen to this episode. 
19:08
May 15, 2022
S3 E60 - Brynne Dunning and the Value of Occupational Therapy
Brynne is the owner of Made to Play Pediatric Therapy. She has been an Occupational Therapist for 7 years and has practiced in just about every pediatric setting possible. At Made to Play, she offers clinic and home-based OT to children 0 to 21 years of age in the Denver Metro area. Brynne believes in meeting the sensory needs of each child through play, and in the power of connection. 
21:28
May 09, 2022
S3 E59- Dr. Marc Avner (Pediatrician)- Discusses Autism Diagnosis from a Pediatrician's Perspective
Dr. Marc Avner has been our family pediatrician for nearly ten years now. I have recognized his interest and love for all the children he cares for, but particularly those with additional needs. Together we discuss the importance of developmental milestones and how those milestones may signal the need for autism testing. Dr. Marc talks about traits he often sees in young children prior to an autism diagnosis and then what supports practices can provide for their patients upon receiving an autism diagnosis.  Dr. Marc is full of knowledge, experience, and compassion, and you will appreciate what you learn from him during this discussion. Thank you Dr. Marc! 
27:58
May 01, 2022
S3 E58- Kendra Cope, Speech Language Pathologist, Discusses Speech and Language Development
Kendra is a speech-language pathologist that has been practicing in the field since 2014. She is highly intelligent, witty, and engaging. Kendra shares her insight into the differences between speech and language and what this may look like for an individual struggling with speech, language, or both. You'll be drawn in by her charismatic personality and the level of knowledge she shares in a meaningful and understandable way. 
30:28
April 24, 2022
S3 E57- Emily McAllister and the Autism Diagnosis Experience
Emily McAllister is a certified life coach and co-founder of Lead with Love Coaching, LLC. She is also a mother and a champion for helping people find their individual worth. She utilizes the science and psychology-based program of Clarity Point in working with her clients, specifically parents, youth, and young adults, who are trying to navigate their faith as well as LGBTQ+ neuro-diversity issues.  Emily is all heart and, her experiences in life as a mother of an autistic young adult have led her to a place where she helps others navigate their neurodivergent experiences and struggles. She leads with love and helps others to move from fear-based thinking toward love-based thinking. 
42:26
April 17, 2022
S3 E56- Dr. Kristin Wegner Discusses Neurodivergence through Her Award Winning Book Series for Children
Dr. Kristin Wegner is knowledgeable and well-versed in neurodiversity. She is neurodivergent herself, which leads to a greater understanding of her profession. Kristin earned her master's degree in special education and then began to work in the field of behavior. She fell in love with the opportunity she had to work with autistic children. She went back to school to become a clinical psychologist, and then started her own company which she has been running for the past few decades.  Kristin has also written an award-winning book series called Brody the Lion. Through Brody's experiences, children with additional needs get to learn about self-regulation and other important life skills. 
21:39
April 10, 2022
S3 E55- Anthony Pacilio and Employing Neurodivergent Individuals through CAI Neurodiverse Solutions
If you have ever worried about the employment future of your neurodivergent child, then this episode is just for you. Anthony Pacilio is recognized domestically and internationally as an expert in neurodiverse employment and currently serves as Vice President of CAI Neurodiverse Solutions. Anthony discusses the Talent Discovery program implemented with the goal of getting to know the strengths of each neurodivergent individual seeking employment opportunities. And what I like best is the humanity that exists within CAI Neurodiverse Solutions. After you listen, you can check out CAI Neurodiverse Solutions by going to CAI.io. Make sure to listen and share. This information is a game-changer for so many neurodivergent individuals seeking meaningful and accommodating employment. 
25:11
April 03, 2022
S3 E54- Brielle Williams and Her Post High School Accommodations
Brielle is autistic and is currently attending college. Together we talk about accommodations she receives from her University and specific opportunities she has had due in part to being autistic. Brielle is witty, honest, hilarious, and a solid communicator. She is my oldest child, and we've been through some challenging experiences together in the past. I am so proud of who she is and in her mission to educate others about autism. 
36:00
March 25, 2022
S3 E53- Danish Mumtaz and Autism in Pakistan
Danish Mumtaz is a father to an autistic teenage son living in Pakistan. Danish has tapped into his own skillsets to create a social media platform centered on autism. Together, Danish and I discuss needs within the autism community at large, and how legislation is needed to help bring more resources to autistic families, as well as awareness within communities.  Danish is dynamic and passionate about being the father to an autistic teenage son. He inspires others to do better by reaching out and informing those around him. This is a fantastic listen. 
19:06
March 06, 2022
S3 E52- Marisa Bentley and Creating Linc-d, an Online Artist Platform for Autistic and Disabled Individuals
Linc-d was created by Marisa Bentley to connect the autistic and disabled community together through art. Marisa's website includes her Artists in Residence and the many forms of art media each artist has for sale through Linc'd. Artists of all abilities are welcome and can send their art to Linc'd and then watch Marissa turn their art into sellable products such as mugs, notecards, socks, and much more. This is a resource I just had to share. Statistics show that up to 80% of the autistic community is unemployed. Linc-d gives artists an opportunity to share their talents and make a little money in the process. Take a listen and feel inspired!
19:42
February 27, 2022
S3 E51- Kirsten Hobbs and Raising Three Autistic Boys
Kirsten Hobbs is a wife and mother of four boys, three of which are autistic. Her boys are ages 18, 15, 13, and 8. Together we talk about how autism presents differently in each individual. We also discuss the impact autism has had on her youngest, neurotypical child. Kirsten is open and honest about the challenges and the beauty. Take a listen and find out for yourself. 
36:55
February 20, 2022
S3 E50 - Amy and Jared Allen Discuss their Son's Autism and Creating School Bell Flower Farm
Jared and Amy Allen live in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They are the parents of 5 children, including an adult son who was recently diagnosed with ASD. Jared, Amy, and their family have worked hard together to create their family lavender farm; School Bell Flower Farm. And my favorite part is how they have involved their autistic son, Noah, after all, he was their inspiration. 
28:32
February 14, 2022
S3 E49 - Dr. Nicole Gurash and Finding Neurodivergent Affirming Therapists
Dr. Nicole Gurash earned her doctorate in psychology and is also an LMFT and BCBA that provides compassionate, neurodiversity-affirming, trauma-informed therapy for individuals, couples, and families. She works with many autistic individuals, individuals with ADHD, couples that include either one or both diagnoses, and families trying to navigate this world together. Take a listen and learn from her expertise and personal experience. 
16:07
February 06, 2022
S3 E48- Whitney Mellor and Autism and Bullying
Whitney is a mom to four boys. Her oldest son is autistic and experienced bullying for an extended period of time. Together Whitney and I discuss the steps she took to get her son what he needed in order to feel safe in his education journey. 
24:24
January 30, 2022
S3 E47- Rosie's Ranch and the Benefits of Equine Therapy
Rosie's Ranch strives to "provide an inclusive therapeutic riding environment where children, with and without special needs, are able to connect with an equine partner and each other under the guidance of qualified staff, building self-confidence, literacy, and language skills through educational and equine-assisted activities"(Rosiesranch.com).  Mary Mosher-States is the owner of Rosie's and she has three main passions in life. Spending time with her horses, teaching deaf children to communicate, and of course her own family. Rosie's has expanded their mission beyond just the deaf community and now also reaches all children with special needs as well as those without any additional needs.  Together Mary and I discuss the benefits of children connecting with an equine partner. One of which includes the child's natural inclination to think outside of themselves. Mary is engaging and full of love for the many children and youth she has spent time with over the years. 
29:00
January 23, 2022
S3 E46- Jessica Beaty and her own Autism Experience
Jessica Beaty shares her own autism story. She is a wife and mother to two autistic children and during her parenting journey discovered her own autism diagnosis. Jessica is all heart and her experiences are raw and eye-opening. Take a listen for yourself. 
35:57
January 14, 2022
S2 E45 - Brittany Strebel and Creating Attachment with Your Child
Brittany Strebel is a wife and mother of four beautiful children. Two of which she and her husband adopted through the foster care program. Through her experience as a foster parent and then adoption, Brittany has learned a lot about connection and bonding with your child. Something that can be challenging under some circumstances. And something I believe we need to talk about more often. So, if you are struggling with attachment and bonding issues with your child, this is worth the listen. 
26:02
December 19, 2021
S2 E44- Lisa Brown and Living Life as Paraplegic and Independent Living Specialist
Lisa Brown is the Independent Living Specialist with Wyoming Independent Living. As a paraplegic herself, she is a fierce advocate for people with disabilities. Lisa is a wife and mother of a beautiful little girl. Lisa shares her expertise as a disability advocate as well as her own personal story. She is witty, humorous, and full of love for her disability community. 
36:56
December 13, 2021
S2 E43- Kimberly DowDell with Grieving and Accepting the Diagnoses Process
Kimberly DowDell married her high school sweetheart and together they have four children. Three teenagers and their eleven-year-old son Jack. Jack was diagnosed with downs syndrome at birth and together Kimberly and I discuss that experience as well as the idea that it's okay for parents to grieve and also celebrate their children with additional needs. Kimberly is a loving and devoted mother as well as a Zumba instructor. You can find her @zumbakimberly where she shares stories about her son Jack, and she also motivates her followers with her Zumba workouts. 
38:16
December 07, 2021
S2 E42- Dawn Brauer Discusses Sensory Processing Disorder and Attachment
Dawn has been a pediatric physical therapist for over 21 years working with children from birth through school age. She has a passion for sensory processing as well as attachment between parent and child. Not only can you feel Dawn's passion throughout this episode, but she shares realistic tools for parents and families. 
24:23
November 28, 2021
S2 E41- Kelsey Lyon and Parenting Experiences
In this episode, Kelsey and I laugh about some of our parenting blunders. If you want to feel good about yourself as a parent and you need a good laugh, this is your episode. We get real about our experiences as parents of children with additional needs.  Kelsey is witty, hilarious, and an amazing mom to her two remarkable children. Take a listen and enjoy!
21:08
November 21, 2021
S2 E40- Taryn Lagonigro and Jess Quarello are the Co-Founders of Extra Lucky Moms
Taryn and Jess each bring their unique abilities and talents to the table to create a space where parents of special needs children can relate through the sharing of their own personal experiences. Both Taryn and Jess have beautiful baby girls with down syndrome that they brought into this world in 2020. They have come together to create @extraluckymoms. They sell apparel as well as work to normalize disabilities through their inclusive online platform.  These two women are both engaging, intelligent, real and so much fun. Take a listen and enjoy!
19:44
November 14, 2021
S2 E39 - Laura Smith, Author of Overcoming Apraxia, Discusses Apraxia on a Professional and Personal Level
Laura Smith, M.A. CCC-SLP is a 2014 graduate of Apraxia Kids Boot Camp, has completed the PROMPT Level 1 training, and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP). She is the author of Overcoming Apraxia and has lectured throughout the United States on CAS (childhood apraxia of speech) and related issues. Currently, Laura is a practicing SLP specializing in apraxia at her clinic A Mile High Speech Therapy in Aurora, Colorado.  Laura takes the time to explain apraxia on a professional level as well as share some of her daughter's experiences with apraxia. She is knowledgeable, highly intelligent, and easily approachable. Take a listen!
27:22
November 07, 2021
S2 E38- Wendy Thomas and Advocating for Your Child's Education
Wendy Thomas is a wife and mother of two boys. Her oldest son, Jack, is autistic. Together we discuss how Wendy has worked tirelessly to advocate for the educational needs of her oldest son. It all began when their family lived in Brazil for a time and it has continued after a move to San Francisco and now to Park City. Wendy has a special gift for finding local resources for her son Jack, no matter where they live. Wendy posed the question, "Is a roadblock something that stops you, or is it just something that needs to get resolved and solved?" 
40:49
November 01, 2021
Season 2, Episode 37- Adeena Jacobson and ABA Therapy
S2, E 37 is with Adeena Jacobson. Adeena is a wife and mother to four children. Her own personal experiences led her to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. And she shares those experiences with us in this podcast. Adeena earned her Master's in Special Education and is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst. She is also the Chief Clinical Operator for BK Ventures. You can find BK Ventures at bkbehavior.com. Adeena is intelligent, hard-working, dedicated, and passionate about what she does. 
20:20
October 17, 2021
Season 2, Episode 36- Jeff Silber and Raising a Child with Additional Needs as a Single Father
S2, E36 with Jeff Silber is heartwarming and inspiring. Jeff is a 66-year-old single father who left the corporate world to earn his Masters in Special Education. He is currently completely another Masters in ABA therapy. He made these educational decisions in order to become the best version of himself as a father and also to help other children and parents within the autism and special needs community. 
26:01
October 11, 2021
Season 2, Episode 35 - Larissa Packer and Parenting Multiple Autistic Children
S2, E35 with Larissa Packer is a true lesson in how to manage your life while raising multiple autistic children with their unique needs. Larissa is a wife and mother of two autistic children. She is a technical editor and when she takes time for herself, she enjoys spending it with a good book. Larissa is insightful, real, and a strong example of learning how to navigate autism as a parent. Take a listen!
33:52
October 03, 2021
Season 2, Episode34 - Teva Johnstone and Navigating Trauma within the Neurodiverse Community
Teva Johnstone is a social worker, psychotherapist, children's mental health consultant, and mother. You can follow her on Instagram at @neurocurioustherapist. Following Teva will be well worth your time. Her education, true heart, and wisdom all combine to create a beautiful and enlightening platform. She is also the owner of Blossom Child Therapy.  Together we discuss some of the traumas experienced by neurodivergent individuals as well as those that love neurodivergent individuals. One of my favorite Teva quotes from our podcast is when she said, "Try to be that enlightened witness." Meaning, be the one that shows up with love, compassion, understanding, and zero judgment. Take a listen. And enjoy the journey. 
39:29
September 27, 2021
Season 2, Episode 33- Amanda Irtz, author of The Clouds that Chase Us
Amanda is a mother of two, her son is autistic. Amanda is an assistant principal, author of The Clouds that Chase Us: A Journey into Autism, founder of Emocet (bracelets that help children identify emotion), and she also started an organization called Autism Appititude where she helps parents through coaching. She is a single mom and very much down-to-earth and full of insight. Take a listen for yourself. 
21:19
September 08, 2021
Season 2, Episode 32- Yulika Forman, PhD, LMHC discusses coaching autistic individuals and their parents
Episode 32 with Yulika is informative and heart-felt. Because Yulika Forman approaches autism with a kind heart and an intelligent mind. Yulika specializes in autism and co-occurring conditions as well as IEPs, parent coaching, and the coaching of neurodiverse adults. You can find Yulika on Instagram at @theexpertally. She is a solid resource. So follow along and decide for yourself. 
29:36
September 01, 2021
Episode 31- Jessica Beaty: Master IEP Coach
Jessica Beaty is a wife, mom, autism & ADHD advocate, and a Master IEP Coach. Both of her children were diagnosed with autism around the age of 4 1/2. Through the diagnoses process, Jessica discovered that she too is autistic. After feeling overwhelmed and confused during her son's kindergarten transition IEP meeting, she knew she had to simplify the special education process and support other parents.  Jessica has enriched her learning through educational law training through Wrightslaw and COPAA, as well as receiving training through the Master IEP Coach mentorship. She is currently a member of the Master IEP Coach Network and COPAA. If you need parent support at the IEP table, you can find Jessica on Instagram @jessicabeauty_advocate or contact her directly through her website jessicabeaty.com  
27:14
August 19, 2021
Episode 30- Sheila Reilly, Head of Star Academy, Discusses Post-High School Life for Children with Additional Needs
Sheila Reilly is the Head of Star Academy and her background includes over 20 years of business, education, and healthcare management. Sheila is insightful, knowledgeable, and passionate about the families and the children she serves. Sheila shares multiple golden nuggets regarding post-high school life for our children with additional needs. This is worth the listen!
18:19
May 19, 2021
Episode 29 - Shirley Swope from PEAK Parent Center, a Nonprofit Helping Educate and Connect Special Needs Parents
Episode 29 with Shirley Swope from Peak Parent Center is a fantastic free resource for parents wanting to learn more about advocating for their child within the school system. Take a listen and become inspired by Shirley's knowledge and wisdom. 
18:48
May 12, 2021
Episode 28 - Rebecca Gage and Everyday Life with an Autistic Child
Rebecca Gage is a wife, mother of four, and a novelist. One of Rebecca's children is autistic and together we discuss what everyday life is like as a parent of an autistic child. Rebecca is intelligent, insightful, and a dedicated mother. 
33:29
May 06, 2021
Episode 26 - Author Aaron Wright and Advocacy
Aaron is a husband and father of two, the youngest of which is autistic. Within his family's autism journey, Aaron learned what it can mean to truly advocate for your child. His family's experiences led him to write a book. Thirteen Doors is compelling, honest, and eye-opening. Together, Aaron and I discuss thoughts and ideas around the premise of his book. This is worth the listen. And Thirteen Doors is worth the read. 
36:26
March 23, 2021
Episode 25 - Lindsay Pratscher Discusses Mental Health and Autism
Episode 25 with Lindsay Pratscher is an important episode as we discuss mental health and autism. Lindsay is a physician's assistant specializing in psychiatry. She is practical, down to earth and relatable. Together we discuss the importance of taking care of our child's mental health and what that can look like. This episode is worth the listen! 
26:08
March 17, 2021
Episode 24 - Doug Nelson and Special Needs Trusts
The number one fear of parents raising special needs children is what will happen to their child once they, the parent, are no longer able to care for them. Episode 24 is a valuable resource for ALL special needs parents wondering how to best prepare for their child's future. Doug Nelson, attorney at law, teaches us about special needs trusts and important issues to consider. I highly encourage you to grab a pen and notepad before you hit play. This podcast is a valuable resource and I am grateful for the opportunity to bring it to you. 
25:41
March 11, 2021
Episode 23- Rose Griffin SLP and BCBA
Rose is a speech-language pathologist as well as a board-certified behavior analyst ( a rare combination). Together we discuss resources that parents can tap into for the benefit of their autistic children. You can find Rose on Instagram @abaspeechbyrose where she shares useful resources as well as tips and tools for parents. She is a real go-getter and is constantly creating for the children and families she teaches on a daily basis. 
18:22
March 05, 2021
Episode 22 - Anne Bragg and the founding of Autism Supermoms magazine
Anne is the founder and owner of @Autismsupermoms. This includes the Autism Supermoms magazine. She is the mother of five children, two of which are autistic and have very different needs. Anne is full of love and compassion for all those connected to the autism community. Her goal is not only to help educate others on autism, but also to provide emotional support to those that may be struggling. You will feel her love through this podcast. 
22:24
February 23, 2021
Episode 21 - Dr. Justin Coulson - Parenting and Expectations
Dr. Justin Coulson is intelligent, empathetic, wise, and witty. Together we discuss how parents can work through unmet parenting expectations. Justin's thoughts are brilliant and inspiring. I just know you will enjoy this episode.
34:13
February 18, 2021
Episode 20- Tara Tuchel and Autism Little Learners
Tara is a speech language pathologist with a master's degree in Communicative Disorders plus a minor in Early Childhood Education with an Autism Certificate from Hamline University. She has 21 years of experience and she took that experience and began to create resources for teachers and families with autistic students and children. You can follow her on @autismlittlelearners on Instagram and gain access to many helpful and creative resources such as communication boards and potty training picture sequences.  Tara is passionate about what she is doing inside the classroom as well as with Autism Little Learners. She is creative, generous, and inspiring and I feel grateful to have had the chance to get to know her just a little better. She is a woman with a heart of pure gold. Take a listen and enjoy!
17:07
February 09, 2021
Episode 19- Certified brain health coach, Nicole Ponder, discusses tools and techniques to use when in a downward spiral emotionally
Nicole Ponder is a wife, mother of four, and also a certified brain health coach through Amen University. She has created a business called Life Coaching with Values and has helped numerous people through their own speed bumps in life. She is also a mom to a beautiful child with special needs. Nicole teaches us not only through the use of her education but also through her own personal experiences and strong positive example. 
29:24
January 31, 2021
Episode 18- Jennifer Taylor and Education Options for Children Diagnosed with Autism
Episode 18 is with Jennifer Taylor. She is the founder and managing consultant of Jet Ed Consulting where she helps families find education options for their children with extra learning, emotional, and behavioral needs. Jennifer is engaging, intelligent, and motivated and I thoroughly enjoyed her insight and wisdom. I hope you enjoy!
29:17
January 27, 2021
Episode 17 - Parenting and Emotional Regulation
In this episode, I discuss what I have learned over the years about emotional intelligence as it relates to parenting. It's short and sweet. I hope you enjoy it!
09:01
January 20, 2021
Episode 16 - Interview with Dr. Kerry Magro - Autism and Self Harm
Kerry is an award-winning professional speaker and best-selling author who's on the autism spectrum. Kerry regularly speaks at schools, businesses, parent groups, nonprofit organizations and other special events on topics ranging from but not limited to disability, innovation, school bullying, the power of communication, diversity, workplace bullying, leadership and much more.  Our podcast together is focused on two topics. I wanted Kerry to talk to us about who he is and what he has created within the autism community. And I also wanted to discuss self-harm and autism and what to look for and resources to use for help.  Kerry is intelligent, generous, and kind and you can feel his warmth as he speaks. Enjoy!
16:46
January 12, 2021
Episode 15 - Kira Palmer on Advocacy
My husband and I had the opportunity to interview a dear friend of his, and now mine as well. Kira is a mother of four children. Each of her children have their own unique diagnosis and Kira has worked hard to learn how to advocate for them individually. I feel inspired by her actions as a mother and an advocate. I hope you feel inspired as well!
42:00
January 04, 2021
Episode 14- Natalie Castro on How Co Guardianship Lead to a Special Career Path
Natalie is just 18 months older than her sister Angie. Angie has previously been diagnosed with ASD and needs a little extra care. Natalie and her mom share guardianship of Angie. Natalie's experiences with autism as a sibling has lead her to specialize in her career path. What she does as a realtor is both heartwarming and helpful for families with special needs children. Take a listen and be prepared to be inspired.  
28:03
December 13, 2020
Episode 13 - Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum
This was a fun episode for me to record. My husband, Eric, joined me and we discussed successes and non successes we have experienced while raising our children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Eric is the step-father to our three oldest children and we talk about what it has taken to come together as a family raising children with special needs. Eric is honest, engaging, funny, and thoughtful. I sure hope you enjoy the listen!
32:22
November 30, 2020
Episode 12 - Sara Bradford- Marriage on the Spectrum
Episode 12 with Sara Bradford was a true delight. Sara and Dustin have been together since 2004, thanks to the flip of a coin. They raised Dustin's oldest daughter and added two more children to the mix as time went on. Together they discovered that Dustin, like their young son, was also on the autism spectrum. Sara shares insight into what their marriage has been like and the loving relationship they have built together. Truly inspiring! 
36:14
November 22, 2020
Episode 11 - Nina Boling - Autism Mom and Autism Professional
Episode 11 with Nina Boling discusses the power of early intervention, autism supports, and levels of functioning, as well as recognizing that our children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder are both particularly challenging and also particularly rewarding.  Nina is a mother of four children, three of whom have been previously diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Nina shares her journey with autism and how it led her into the life of an autism professional. She is full of heart and knowledge. Thank you for sharing Nina!
18:16
November 17, 2020
Episode 10 - Kathleen Reynolds and Her Personal ASD Experience
This is my longest podcast thus far, but I could not bare to get rid of any of what Kathleen shared. Kathleen was 32 years old when she was officially diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Kathleen shared her own diagnosis experience as well as her insight into what marriage is like on the spectrum. She also shared the feelings she dealt with being raised as an undiagnosed child.  Kathleen is insightful and honest and full of love and understanding. I just know you will enjoy this!
52:22
November 09, 2020
Episode 9 - Kelly Morgan - Speech Language Pathologist
In this episode, I tapped into the knowledgeable Kelly Morgan. Kelly is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who graciously gave of her time in order to help listeners better understand the difference between speech and language as well as the connection between communication and behavior.  Kelly shares multiple resources to help parents incorporate speech and language acquisition in their own homes for the benefit of their ASD child. So grab a note pad and hit play! 
27:37
November 02, 2020
Episode 8 - Michele Portlock on Autism and Fixations/Obsessions
It is common for children and adults on the autism spectrum to become fixated on specific topics, toys, movies, etc.  Learn how to guide their passions in healthy and productive ways. 
10:21
October 26, 2020
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. 
25:49
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. 
19:32
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!
43:20
October 07, 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!
38:36
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. 
51:42
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!
35:18
September 07, 2020
Episode 1 - Interview with Brielle Williams
Before dropping off Brielle (my oldest daughter and also autistic) 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!
40:34
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.
05:01
August 24, 2020