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Dr. Jason Kahn on managing meltdowns with Mightier

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Hosted by Rob Gorski, the multiple award-winning author of The Autism Dad Blog and a fulltime single Dad to 3 amazing Autistic kids. This podcast is full of honest Autism/Special Needs parenting discussions, interviews with interesting and inspirational people, as well as conversations with my kids. There are no judgments here, only education, and support.
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Hosted by Rob Gorski, the multiple award-winning author of The Autism Dad Blog and a fulltime single Dad to 3 amazing Autistic kids. This podcast is full of honest Autism/Special Needs parenting discussions, interviews with interesting and inspirational people, as well as conversations with my kids. There are no judgments here, only education, and support.
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LifeTown is a gift to the special needs community
(S2E6)  I speak with Rabbi Zalman Grossbaun and Jonah Zimilies from LifeTown. LifeTown is a 53,000 sq foot facility built to service the special needs community in Livingston, New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest rate of children with autism in the United States, and the largest population of children on the spectrum live in Essex County.  LifeTown is designed to provide desperately needed services for those in the special needs community, as well as help bridge the gaps with the general public. This is an absolutely amazing facility and what's happening in Livingston, New Jersey needs to happen all over this country.  You can find LifeTown at www.lifetown.com You can find Words Bookstore at http://www.wordsbookstore.com/ This is episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com/theautismdad. Check out their amazing sensory products and use the code "theautismdad" at checkout to save 15% This episode is sponsored by Mentetech.com. Use code "TAD2019" at checkout to save $55.  This episode is sponsored by Harkla.co/Sleep-Supplements. Use code "theautismdad" at checkout and save 10% Find me at theautismdad.com Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/theautismdad
41:43
November 15, 2019
Melissa Hruza on adoptaclassroom.org and funding teachers
(S2E5)  This week Melissa Hruza, Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships at adoptaclassroom.org stopped by to discuss how they are helping teachers and students all over the country, find the funding they need. So many teachers have to pay for classroom necessities out of their own pocket and that's simply unacceptable. Adoptaclassroom.org is a national, award-winning nonprofit that provides the most flexible and accountable funding for K-12 teachers and schools throughout the U.S.  Their proprietary, easy-to-use education fundraising platform helps teachers, principals, and administrators give every child the tools they deserve to succeed in school. Since 1998, they have raised more than $36 million and supported 4.5 million students. As a 501(c)(3) organization, they hold a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.   In other words, they are doing amazing things for our teachers and students.  For more information, or to make a donation, please visit adoptaclassroom.org.  This is episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com/theautismdad. Check out their amazing sensory products and use the code "theautismdad" at checkout to save 15%  Find me at theautismdad.com  Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/theautismdad
23:45
November 8, 2019
Dr. John Kruse on what Donald Trump can teach us about adult ADHD
(S2E4) In this episode, I have a conversation with Dr. John Kruse, MD, PhD about all things ADHD, including his brand new book titled "Recognizing Adult ADHD: What Donald Trump Can Teach Us About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." Dr. Kruse has 25 years of psychiatric experience and specializes in treating adults with ADHD, that's right, adults. I talk with him about his new book and he debunks some of the most common myths surrounding ADHD. Learn the facts about what ADHD is and how it can seriously impact a person's life, and why he believes Donald Trump has it, you need to listen to this episode.   You can find me: Website: theautismdad.com Twitter: twitter.com/theautismdad You can find Dr. Kruse: Website: https://www.drjohnkruse.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.kruse.7583 Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrJohnKruse You can grab his book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads This episode is sponsored by Lakikid. Visit Lakikid.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 15% on their amazing sensory products.
54:48
October 31, 2019
Lindsay Fogarty on living with rare disease
I speak with my good friend and fellow Autism parent, Lindsay Fogarty. She's an Autism, Rare Disease and patient advocate, as well as, a blogger and volunteer lobbyist. We talk about why she's called "The Rare Disease Mom", what her daily life is like, what she's doing to raise awareness and help others. This is a very powerful, uplifting and inspirational conversation. Go grab a snack and enjoy the great conversation. ☺  Lindsay can be found at therarediseasemom.com twitter @rarediseasemom This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com  
1:08:46
October 25, 2019
Joel Manzer: Founder of Autisable
In this week's episode, I speak with my good friend Jand fellow Autism dad Joel Manzer. We discuss the work he's doing in the Autism community and then talk about some things that impacting the community.   You can find Joel at autisable.com and his podcast. This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com
50:09
October 18, 2019
Navigating Divorce with Autistic Kids
In this Season 2 premiere, I talk about divorce. More specifically, I talk about navigating divorce when Autistic kids are involved. Divorce is difficult for any child but Autistic children can be more profoundly impacted. There are a few simple things we can do to help them survive and eventually adapt to this massive change in their lives.  This episode is sponsored by Lakikid. Visit Lakikid.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 15% on their amazing sensory products.
18:25
October 11, 2019
Season 2 Update
In this short snippet of goodness, I update you on some personal tragedy, as well as how Season 2 is shaping up. If you want to sponsor an episode or be on the show as a parent to share your story or perhaps as an organization working to make a positive impact in the Autism or Special Needs communities, please visit https://www.theautismdad.com/contact and send me a message. ☺
06:11
September 6, 2019
Dr. Jason Kahn on managing meltdowns with Mightier
In today's episode, I have a conversation with Dr. Jason Kahn, PhD.  Dr. Kahn is a researcher from Boston Children's Hospital, an instructor at Harvard, co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Mightier.  Mightier is a program that helps kids learn to self-regulate their emotions by playing video games. That means fewer emotional outbursts or meltdowns, and a reduction of parental stress. This program is absolutely amazing and works for pretty much anyone. I speak with Dr. Kahn about how Mightier was developed, the science behind is and why it works so well.  If your child is struggling with meltdowns or emotional outbursts, PLEASE listen and check out Mightier. I've been using it with my youngest for almost a year and it's amazing.   You can check out my full review at https://www.theautismdad.com/mightier Find me on Twitter: @the_autism_dad Leave me voice messages by clicking this link: https://anchor.fm/theautismdad/message If you purchase Mightier, I may receive credit. I do not endorse products or services that I have not fully vetted.
48:28
May 30, 2019
Emergency Hospitalization
This is an unplanned follow-up to last weeks "Untethered From Reality". Shortly after recording and publishing last weeks episode, Gavin was rushed to the hospital via ambulance. I'll talk about what happened, why Gavin was hospitalized, where we stand right now, and what we learned. This was a really scary experience and it sorta completes last week's story. It's a teachable moment and provides some insight into what families like mine can often find ourselves confronting.  You can find me: www.theautismdad.com Follow me on Twitter: @the_autism_dad
18:37
April 20, 2019
Untethered From Reality
We are currently experiencing a crisis with our 19 year old, Autistic and Schizophrenic son. "Untethered From Reality" is all about Gavin's struggle and what we are doing to help him. I want to use our current struggle as a teaching moment for my listeners, raise awareness and talk about crisis management.  Recorded on 4/12/2019 www.theautismdad.com Twitter: @the_autism_dad
26:47
April 13, 2019
The 800 Pound Gorilla
In this very brief, last minute-episode, I share my thoughts on Autism Speaks "Light It Up Blue" campaign. I talk about how Autism Awareness month has lost its meaning and I give you some ideas on how you can help raise awareness in ways that make a difference in peoples lives. Autism Awareness Month should be about people and not money. I also talk about the importance of supporting local, community-based organizations that make a difference in the lives of Autistic people and their families. Find me at www.theautismdad.com Twitter: @the_autism_dad Please Support The Autism Society 
10:19
April 1, 2019
Bittersweet Victories
In this episode, I talk about what many of us face from time to time. Bittersweet Victories are the kind of victory that comes after a loss. In the case of my family, Gavin is losing significant skills and while we are heartbroken to see this loss, he still managed to do something for the first time. While the loss is a negative thing, any progress is worth celebrating. Hence, Bittersweet Victories.  You can find me at www.theautismdad.com Twitter: twitter.com/the_autism_dad
27:24
March 21, 2019
Supporting Autistic Artists with Harish Bikmal
In this episode, I interview Harish Bikmal, Autism Dad and founder of Zenaviv. Zenaviv is a Social Benefit Enterprise that works with and promotes Autistic artists, as well as artists with special needs. We talk about how they are helping to secure the future of these very talented people and provide hope for their families. Find out how Zenaviv is positively impacting the lives of Autistic artists and how to go about submitting artwork for promotion. This is very cool. You don't want to miss it. Find Zenaviv at zenaviv.com Find me at www.theautismdad.com Twitter: @the_autism_dad
36:22
March 15, 2019
An Assault of Verbiage
My listeners have been asking for me to try doing episodes where I talk freely about my personal struggles with being an Autism Dad. I thought I'd give it a try. In this bonus episode, I talk about some of those personal struggles, as well as my struggle with Depression, what it feels like to be a Dad to 3 with Autism and the impact it has on my life. This is very open, honest and raw. If you find this useful, please give it a share and help me reach more people. ☺  You can find me at www.theautismdad.com  Shoot me a message on Twitter @the_autism_dad 
21:56
March 9, 2019
Why Are Autism Parents Judged So Harshly?
Please Subscribe  In this latest episode of The Autism Dad Podcast, I talk about judgment. Autism families often find themselves on the receiving end of judgment because people just don't get it or don't care. I talk about common situations in which judgment occurs and how cruel, thoughtless words can have a very real impact. If you have ever felt judged at any point in your Autism parenting journey, this episode was created with you in mind. I encourage you to share this with anyone who could benefit from this kind of insight. "Broken Plates" can be read in its entirety here: https://www.theautismdad.com/2019/01/15/why-you-shouldnt-judge-an-autism-or-specialneeds-parent-for-dropping-plates/  As always, you can find me at theautismdad.com
28:33
February 22, 2019
What You Need To Know About Meltdowns
Sensory Processing Disorder and Meltdowns are two of the most commonly misunderstood things that an Autistic person can experience. Even more confusing is how to know the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. Those words are used interchangeably and that’s a major problem, leading to a great deal of misinformation. This episode will help to explain how these things can impact people and how to tell the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. You’ll also hear from Emmett, my youngest, as he talks about how SPD impacts his life on a daily basis.
34:05
February 12, 2019
My Son Had His Wish Granted
In this episode, I share a very emotional interview I gave last year during the annual Wish-A-Thon. We were helping raise awareness and money for an amazing organization called Wishes Can Happen. They grant wishes to local children with life-threatening or terminal health conditions, like my oldest. It's very difficult to talk about but it's so important to raise awareness for organizations like Wishes Can Happen. They do amazing work and what they provide children like my son, as well as families like mine is beyond measure. This is our story. Wishes Can Happen You can read all about our trip here. All the pictures for our trip can be found here.
21:37
February 8, 2019
Meet My Autism Family
In this latest episode of The Autism Dad #podcast is live. I interview some very special #Autistic kids and their amazing mother. It's pretty awesome. (UPDATE: Since this was published, I've become a single Dad and I'm raising my kids alone.) Subscribe and be inspired.  :-)  I hope you enjoy this latest episode of The Autism Dad Podcast. ☺  You can find me:  www.theautismdad.com  @the_autism_dad  You can also find Elliott's YouTube channel here.
35:44
February 1, 2019
The First 3 Things You Need To Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with Autism
In this introductory episode, I share a bit about who I am, what I do, and why I do it. I also answer one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from parents across the globe. That question is "my child has been diagnosed with Autism, what should I do?".  An Autism diagnosis can be scary for any parent but there are 3 things you can do that will give you direction, help get you started on the right foot and maintain your sanity at the same time.  I appreciate you listening, I look forward to your feedback, and I hope to be a resource that has a positive impact on your life.  You can find me: www.theautismdad.com @the_autism_dad 
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