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The Spectrum Dad

The Spectrum Dad

By Fred Marvel
Our family’s journey with our son on the spectrum along with interviews of other families and professionals to help bring about more autism awareness
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Tanna from Goally
This week I am speaking with Tanna from Goally! Goally can be used as a visual schedule, behavior tracker and AAC among other things. Tanna and I discuss many of Goally’s uses. It is something we’re using at home as a behavior tracker and scheduler. Listen to the show and then go check out Goally!
June 28, 2022
Willow and Anthony
Today I am talking with another awesome Autism mom, Jamie. She has an incredible son Anthony and she also has a service dog for Anthony named Willow. We talk a ton about service dogs. How to get them, how to train them and how they benefit our kids.
June 21, 2022
Elijah’s Mama Bear
This week I am joined by an amazing Autism Mom, Tara. We talk all about her incredible son Elijah and we have a great discussion on supplements for our kiddos.
June 14, 2022
Forever Chasing Austin
This week I am joined by Amanda. We talk all about her journey with her son Austin from getting him diagnosed to dealing with very picky eating as Austin got older. You don’t want to miss this interview.
June 07, 2022
The Autistic Filmmaker
This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Scott Klumb. Scott is an adult living on the spectrum and he is also a very talented filmmaker. Scott and I had a great conversation about growing up on the spectrum and how he got his start in filmmaking.
May 31, 2022
Disney World with Lily and Magnolia Travel
For this week’s episode I am joined once again by Dina from Lily and Magnolia Travel. Dina is a Certified Autism Travel Agent. We talk all about my family’s recent trip to Disney World. We go over all the planning that went into our trip, what happened during our trip and what we could have done differently.
May 24, 2022
Sense-Ational You!
Today I am joined by Julia. Julia is an autism teacher in Boston. She also created an amazing line of clothes for kiddos with sensory needs. Check out her clothing line at
May 17, 2022
Conversation with Jordan Bates
Today I am joined by Autism mom, Jordan Bates. We talk all about getting her son diagnosed with ASD and we also discuss about some of the mental issues we deal with as parents of a child on the spectrum
May 10, 2022
Minute Masters
Today I am joined by Miss K and Miss J, the amazing creators of the Minute Masters video series. They have created incredible videos to help our kiddos deal with things such as transitions, doctor appointments, bedtime routines and just about anything else you could think of. Both ladies used their background in OT and Special Ed to develop these wonderful videos to help our kids in their daily lives. YouTube: Minute Masters Website:
May 03, 2022
Unseen: Caregiver Documentary
Today I am talking with Amanda and Tom Dyer, the creators of the amazing new film Unseen: Caregiver Documentary. We are discussing their inspiration for this film as well as why it’s important to shine a light on special needs caregivers. Please go to to learn how you can watch the online premiere.
April 26, 2022
Forever Boy with Kate Swenson
For the Season Premiere I am talked with Kate Swenson, the creator of Finding Cooper’s Voice. Kate just release her book Forever Boy. We talked about her book, raising kids with high anxiety and navigating complicated sibling relationships. Give it a listen and then head over to Amazon to pick up your copy of Forever Boy.
April 19, 2022
Adventures in Autism
This is it! The final episode! What better way to finish the Spectrum Dad podcast than by interviewing my good friend Megan Carranza from Adventures in Autism. We go over everything from parenting to self care to podcasting. Thank you so much to everyone’s who has come on the show and thank you to everyone that has taken the time to listen!
June 01, 2021
Brody the Lion
Today I am talking with Kristen Wegner, author of Brody the Lion. Kristen has had an amazing career. We talk about her approach to ABA Therapy, her Autism and Behavior Center in Wisconsin and her amazing Brody the Lion Books!
May 25, 2021
Interview with Spectrum Dad Ken
This is one of my most honest and raw episodes to date. I’m talking with fellow Spectrum Dad Ken. We talk about his journey with his son Keon. But we also dive deep into the emotions involved with processing an autism diagnosis as a father. This is a definite must listen.
May 18, 2021
Dina from Lily and Magnolia Travel
Today I am chatting with an amazing mom, Dina. Not only is Dina an autism mom but she is also a certified autism travel consultant. We talk about Dina’s journey as an autism mom and we also talk about the ins and outs of traveling with someone on the spectrum
May 11, 2021
The Return of Echo Boy
Today I am welcoming back Chante Douglas. She is an amazing mom and children’s book author. She has an awesome new book coming out called, Are You Okay? We are also hyping up an amazing charity event coming up this July.
May 04, 2021
Interview with Kate, MA, BCBA
On this episode of the Spectrum Dad we are going over the in’s and out’s of ABA therapy with Kate, who is an amazing BCBA. We start at the beginning when a kiddo gets diagnosed and ABA therapy is recommended. We talk about what therapy looks like and we also go over some of the negative perceptions of ABA therapy.
April 27, 2021
Filling Their Cups with Jen Culberson
In today’s episode of the Spectrum Dad podcast I am chatting with Jen Culberson of Filling Their Cups. Jen and I talk about her journey with a kid on the spectrum, self care we need to do as parents and her Filling Their Cup program. Connect with Jen on IG @fillingtheircups
April 20, 2021
Happy Birthday Daniel!
It’s just me today on an all new episode of the Spectrum Dad podcast! Today I am talking about putting some focus on the spectrum siblings out there.
April 13, 2021
Empowered Sports and Fitness
Today I am joined by Michael Shipper from Empowered Sports and Fitness. Michael is a personal trainer that specializes in training people with special needs. We talk all about why it’s important for ours kiddos to get some form of exercise and how we can make it fun for them. Follow Michale on IG
April 06, 2021
Sensory Kids Guide
Today I am talking with Beth Roberts, creator of the Sensory Kids Guide. We are talking about taking our kids to Amusement Parks. We cover prepping our kids ahead of time, what to do while we’re in the park and some of the recent accommodations these parks have been putting into place for our kids that need them. Follow Beth on IG @sensorykidsguide and online at www.sensory kids
March 30, 2021
Interview with Laurie Hellmann
Today I have the pleasure of talking to autism mom, Laurie Hellmann. Laurie is an amazing mom, podcast host and best selling author. We talk about her amazing son Skyler, the lack of services for older children on the spectrum and her amazing book, Welcome to My Life. Follow Laurie on Instagram @welcometomylife_lauriehellmann and purchase her book, Welcome to My Life
March 23, 2021
Equally Fit with Mark Fleming
Today I am talking with Mark Fleming. Mark is an adult living on the spectrum. We talk about his growing up with autism, going to college and transitioning to adulthood. We also talk about his gym Equally Fit in Tampa, Florida.
March 16, 2021
Chat with Jennifer and Barry Oglesby
For today’s episode I am talking with Jennifer and Barry Oglesby. They are parents to five amazing children. We talk about their oldest son who is on the spectrum and what led them to developing their own residential living facilities for adults on the spectrum. They are also in the process of developing an online social skills group for kids of all ages.
March 09, 2021
My Spectrum Heroes
Today’s guest is Denise from My Spectrum Heroes. We discuss all thing nutrition and the effects that poor nutrition can have on our kiddos. use the code SPECTRUMDAD15 for 15% off your next order from My Spectrum Heroes
March 02, 2021
Kara from Aligned 4 Learning
Today I am talk with Kara from the website Aligned 4 Learning. He are talking about advocating for our kids within the special education system and how we can prepare ourselves as parents deal with the school system. Check out Kara and her services at
February 23, 2021
Chat with Fellow Spectrum Dad, Joe Cesario
Today I am talking with Joe Cesario. Joe and I talk about some of the emotions you go through when you find out that your kid is on the spectrum and how we deal with that at fathers.
February 16, 2021
Author Aaron Wright
I am chatting with autism dad and author Aaron Wright. We talk about his daughters diagnosis and what inspires him to become such an amazing advocate and author of the book Thirteen Doors.
February 09, 2021
The Reason I Jump with Jerry Rothwell
On today’s episode I am joined by the director of The Reason I Jump, Jerry Rothwell. We talk all about this incredible film. Click the link below to view the movie.
February 02, 2021
My Brother Otto!
Today I am talking with Meg Raby. She is the author of the amazing book, My Brother Otto. We talked about Meg’s career path and what led her to write My Brother Otto.
January 26, 2021
Autism Dad in the 603
Today I am talking with Jon Rubin better known as the Autism Dad in the 603. We’re talking about life with a child on the spectrum and how he gets long with his four other siblings.
January 19, 2021
IEP Expert Markeisha Hall
This week I am joined by Markiesha Hall. She is an IEP expert and we talk about the IEP process from beginning to end. And we also discuss her amazing son Jo and his diagnosis.
January 12, 2021
Updates and Advocating
It’s a solo episode this week. Today I am updating everyone on how we made it through the holidays. I am also talking about some issues we’ve been having with Aleks’ IEP at school and speaking up when something is going wrong.
January 05, 2021
Occupational Therapy on the Spectrum
Today’s guest is Dawn, she is an occupational therapist that works with adults on the spectrum. We talk about why someone on the spectrum would need Occupational Therapy and some of the benefits of OT.
December 29, 2020
Will’s ASD Journey
This week we’re heading back to the UK. I am chatting with Will Stokes. He was diagnosed with ASD at 11. We talked about what led up to his diagnosis and how he is dealing with that now that he is in his early 20’s.
December 22, 2020
Echo Boy and ABC Girl!
Today I am talking with amazing autism mom and children’s book author, Chante Douglas. We talk about her son Levi and her incredible children’s book The Adventures of Echo Boy and ABC Girl. Here is a link the Chante’s Amazon store so you can get a copy of her book.
December 15, 2020
Autsome Brushes
Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Alexis from Autsome Brushes. We’re chatting about how her daughter’s diagnosis inspired her to open an autism related store in Delaware County, PA.
December 08, 2020
Disorderly Conduct Media
Today I am talking with Brianna and Esther. They are the amazing ladies behind Disorderly Conduct Media. We’re talking about being diagnosed with ASD and ADHD a little later in life and the inspiration behind their new podcast launching January 2021!
December 01, 2020
Tylek Teaches
Allison Tylek is my guest this week and today we are talking about tips and strategies for making virtual school as successful as possible. Allison runs a pre-school in New York City and also is behind the website
November 24, 2020
Huber Family Adventures
Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Sam Huber. Sam is an adult on the spectrum. We discuss what is was like growing up and transitioning into adulthood. We also talk about his advocacy work for people on the spectrum
November 17, 2020
Spectrum Siblings
It’s a solo episode. Today I am talking about things from our other two kids’ perspective. What’s it like having a big brother on the spectrum?
November 10, 2020
Sarah and Jeremy from the Caregiver Chronicles
Today I am talking with Sarah and Jeremy. They have their own podcast, the Caregiver Chronicles. They also have two amazing boys on the spectrum.
November 03, 2020
The Spectrum Dad goes to Scotland!
Today I am chatting with Sarah, better known as the Savage Autism Mum on Instagram. We’re talking about her son Leo, his diagnosis and what services are available in Scotland.
October 27, 2020
A Conversation with Speech Therapist Lauren Bevan
Today I am talking with Lauren Bevan. She is a speech therapist for the school district of Philadelphia. We talk about her career path, her love for her work and what speech therapy looks like in a virtual setting.
October 20, 2020
Pandemic Updates
You guys are stuck with me this week! It’s a solo episode and today I am talking about medication, beginning ABA therapy and Virtual School.
October 13, 2020
Where’s My Kid?!?
Today I am talking with Sidra Collins from Anglesense GPS about their GPS devices they have developed for our kiddos that like to wander.
October 06, 2020
Stronger Than Labels
Today I am talking with Phil from Stronger Than Labels. He provides one on one personal training to people on the spectrum.
September 29, 2020
Misfits of Motherhood!
Hear my conversation with Veronica and Natalie from the Misfits of Motherhood podcast. We take everything autism from diagnosis to changing our mindsets.
September 22, 2020
Spectrum Robotics
Today I am taking with Dhruv. He is an amazing 10th grader that volunteers his time by running STEAM classes for kids on the spectrum.
September 15, 2020
How we spent our summer vacation!
It’s a solo episode! Today I am talking about going to Hershey Park and to the beach with our boys. I also talk about the surprising effect quarantine has had on Aleks.
September 08, 2020
Chatting with BCBA Jen Harris
In this episode I’m talking with BCBA Jen Harris. Hear about the work Jen does everyday and hear about her 3 year old son who is on the spectrum.
September 01, 2020
Back to School! Kind of.
Today I am chatting with Special Education teacher Dawn Geiger. We talk about her career path, what a typical day in her high school class room is like and what the new school year will look like because of COVID 19.
August 25, 2020
Your son has autism. Now what?
Today I am talking about what we went through as parents when Aleks was diagnosed with Autism, ADHD and SPD
August 18, 2020
The Autism Consultant Molly Johnson
Today I am chatting with the Autism Consultant Molly Johnson. We talk about Molly’s experience as an autism teacher and now as an autism consultant. Don’t forget the Dad Joke of the Day at the end.
August 15, 2020
Our First Episode....Our Story
This is the very first episode of the Spectrum Dad podcast. A podcast all about our family’s journey with our son who has autism
August 14, 2020