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Supporting Autistic Artists with Harish Bikmal

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By Rob Gorski
Thoughts, insights, advice, and inspiration from the multiple award-winning blogger Rob Gorski, an Autism/Special Needs parent with almost 2 decades of experience.
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 listener's 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 my 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 and let me know what you think. Do you want to hear more pods like this?
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. 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 Find Lizze:  www.thechronicmom.com 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 at:  www.theautismdad.com @the_autism_dad
11:46
January 25, 2019
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Welcome to my brand new podcast. I invite you to join me every week as we talk about things that matter to the Autism and Special Needs community.
00:58
January 24, 2019
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