The Autism Dad Podcast

Rob Gorski

Welcome to The Autism Dad podcast. Every Friday I bring you a new episode with an amazing guest and we take on topics that are relevant to your life. You will hear conversations about various parenting topics, mental health, autism, ADHD, technology, current events, and yes, sometimes even politics. It’s important to me that I approach these topics in a no-nonsense way and I don’t hide my views and opinions. I’m not afraid to take on sensitive topics and I talk about things, even when they are uncomfortable to talk about. I hope that everyone takes away something positive from each episode. I’ve been writing daily for over a decade and have found that podcasting is a great new way to reach my audience. You can listen on every major podcasting platform. Just download your favorite app and search for “The Autism Dad Podcast”. Don’t forget to smash that subscribe button so you get notified when new episodes drop. Also, please remember to rate my podcast because that really helps me grow. I’m also always looking for guests and sponsors. If you’d like to be a guest or sponsor an episode, send me a message at theautismdad.com/contact.

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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.  http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 2019

12 min 58 sec

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 https://www.theautismdad.com/?s=wishes+can+happen&submit=Search (here). All the pictures for our trip can be found https://www.theautismdad.com/2017/10/16/wishes-can-happen-trip-2017-all-pictures/ (here). http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 2019

22 min 49 sec

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. http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 2019

35 min 17 sec

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/ (https://www.theautismdad.com/2019/01/15/why-you-shouldnt-judge-an-autism-or-specialneeds-parent-for-dropping-plates/)  http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 2019

29 min 45 sec

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. ☺  http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 2019

23 min 8 sec

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 http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 2019

37 min 34 sec

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.  http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 2019

28 min 36 sec

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. http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 2019

11 min 31 sec

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 http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 2019

27 min 59 sec

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.  http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 2019

19 min 49 sec

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.  http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 2019

49 min 24 sec

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. http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 2019

6 min 53 sec

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.  http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com. Visit https://my.captivate.fm/Lakikid.com/theautismdad (Lakikid.com/theautismdad) and use code “theautismdad” to save 20% on their amazing sensory tools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

19 min 18 sec

In this week's episode, I speak with my good friend and 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.   http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com. Visit https://my.captivate.fm/Lakikid.com/theautismdad (Lakikid.com/theautismdad) and use code “theautismdad” to save 20% on their amazing sensory tools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

50 min 25 sec

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 http://therarediseasemom.com/ (therarediseasemom.com) twitter @rarediseasemom http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com. Visit https://my.captivate.fm/Lakikid.com/theautismdad (Lakikid.com/theautismdad) and use code “theautismdad” to save 20% on their amazing sensory tools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

1 hr 9 min

(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 Dr. Kruse: Website: https://www.drjohnkruse.com/ (https://www.drjohnkruse.com/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.kruse.7583 (https://www.facebook.com/john.kruse.7583) Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrJohnKruse (https://twitter.com/DrJohnKruse) You can grab his book on https://www.amazon.com/Recognizing-Adult-ADHD-Attention-Hyperactivity/dp/1949642224/ (Amazon), https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/recognizing-adult-adhd-m-d-ph-d-kruse-john/1132594536 (Barnes & Noble), https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47358331-recognizing-adult-adhd (Goodreads) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com. Visit https://my.captivate.fm/Lakikid.com/theautismdad (Lakikid.com/theautismdad) and use code “theautismdad” to save 20% on their amazing sensory tools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

54 min 51 sec

(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.  http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com. Visit https://my.captivate.fm/Lakikid.com/theautismdad (Lakikid.com/theautismdad) and use code “theautismdad” to save 20% on their amazing sensory tools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

24 min 34 sec

(S2E6)  I speak with Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum 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/ (http://www.wordsbookstore.com/) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com. Visit Lakikid.com/theautismdad and use code “theautismdad” to save 20% on their amazing sensory tools. 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% Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

42 min 36 sec

(S2S7) In this episode, I talk with Brenda Bisner. She's the SVP of A Parent Media Co Inc. the creators of the SAFE STREAMING Platform, Kidoodle.TV. We talk about online streaming and the many dangers that parents are sometimes unaware of. We also discuss ways that parents can better manage what their kids are watching. This is a very important conversation and I walked away from this understanding that I need to make some changes in my household. You can find Brenda at Kidoodle.TV Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrendaBisner (https://twitter.com/BrendaBisner) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com. Visit Lakikid.com/theautismdad and use code “theautismdad” to save 20% on their amazing sensory tools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

34 min 43 sec

S2E8 In this week's episode, I have the chance to talk with Ethan Fisher about depression, mental illness, addiction and suicide. Ethan is a keynote speaker who has turned tragedy into something positive. He helps students all over the country and I'm so grateful he had the time to talk with me about this. You can find Ethan: ethan-fisher.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNDRAFTED_EFISH (https://twitter.com/UNDRAFTED_EFISH) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ethan.fisher.7 (https://www.facebook.com/ethan.fisher.7) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/efish.lifecon/ (https://www.instagram.com/efish.lifecon/) Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethan-fisher-mba-5213b738/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethan-fisher-mba-5213b738/) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com. Visit Lakikid.com/theautismdad and use code “theautismdad” to save 20% on their amazing sensory tools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

48 min 7 sec

I had the opportunity to speak with Sheri A. Marino, MA, CCC-SLP this past week. She's the Executive Director of the Autism Healthcare Collaborative. The only way I can think to describe this organization is Dr. House meets Autism. The AHC basically provides families of medically complicated Autistic children with access to the top doctors from various specialities via teleconferencing. This puts all necessary medical professionals in the same room at the same time and allows them to discuss your child's case in realtime, with your child's current doctor. Sheri and I discuss the importance and advantages of what they're doing for families. PLEASE https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XMMLPN5AV5EVY&source=url (Support The Podcast) The Autism Healthcare Collaborative: https://www.autismhc.org/ (https://www.autismhc.org/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/autismhc (https://twitter.com/autismhc) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AutismHealthcareCollaborative/ (https://www.facebook.com/AutismHealthcareCollaborative/) YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC832reYq0Kwg761Hx6pv_-g (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC832reYq0Kwg761Hx6pv_-g) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by https://my.captivate.fm/Lakikid.com/theautismdad (Lakikid.com). Visit Lakikid.com/theautismdad and use code “theautismdad” to save 15% on their amazing sensory tools. This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com/mightier (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dec 2019

49 min 31 sec

S2E10 In this week's episode, I have a very open and honest conversation with my good friend Hazel McAdam. She one of my favorite people and you should definitely follow her on Twitter. She's an adult living with ADHD and Anxiety. She helps so many people by sharing her journey and educating the world. We talk about how these conditions impact her daily life, and how we can better support those with ADHD and/or Anxiety. Hazel and I even take on some listener questions. Please be sure to subscribe via your favorite podcasting app and help spread the word by sharing on social media. I'd really appreciate it. :-) https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XMMLPN5AV5EVY&source=url (Support This Podcast) You can find Hazel: Twitter: https://twitter.com/H_Mc92 (https://twitter.com/H_Mc92) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Lakikid.com. Visit Lakikid.com/theautismdad and use code “theautismdad” to save 20% on their amazing sensory tools. This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit theautismdad.com/mightier and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dec 2019

58 min 16 sec

S2E11 Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. Sidra Collins is an Autism Mom and Community Manager at AngelSense. She joins me to discuss everything you need to know about wandering and how AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander. If you are worried about your child with Autism wandering off, you need to listen. You can find AngelSense: https://www.angelsense.com/?tap_a=14876-c779a9&tap_s=675377-ca747e&utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=robgorski2 (angelsense.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngelSenseGPS (https://twitter.com/AngelSenseGPS) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dec 2019

1 hr 36 min

S3E1 I have a very honest conversation about vaccines with Dr. Ryan Marino, an ER Physician and Medical Toxicologist at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. It's 2020 and we're still debating vaccines, while people are getting sick from diseases that were once considered eradicated. People are contracting measles and whooping cough at epidemic levels due to people refusing to vaccinate. Vaccines not only help to protect the person receiving it but also people like my son with CVID, those fighting cancer, living with HIV or anything else that compromises the immune system. The very old and very young are also vulnerable as well. Herd immunity matters and as a society, we must not only protect ourselves and our loved ones but also those who are unable to protect themselves. You can find Dr. Ryan Marino: Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanMarino (https://twitter.com/RyanMarino) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit http://bit.ly/2RzPhNL (probablygenetic.com) to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. This episode is sponsored by ND Renegade. ND Renegade is a clothing and apparel brand that celebrates neurodiversity.  These are not your typical autism puzzle piece tees, their designs are contemporary and cool.  They’ve got NeuroCool tees, Kickass Autism Mom tees, Rock ‘n Roll and motorcycle themed tees.  You can check out ND Renegade at ndrenegade.com, and for my listeners, they are kindly giving a discount code for 20% off.  Use code ‘theautismdad’ at checkout to receive 20% off your entire order. Grab a neurodiversity tee today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 2020

43 min 2 sec

S3E2 My guest today is Dr. Tara Smith. She's an expert in vaccine-preventable and infectious diseases. We discuss the facts and dangers of VPD's like Measles, Whooping Cough and Flu. These are very serious conditions that can be fatal, especially to the immunocompromised, those with HIV/AIDS, Cancer patients on chemotherapy, the very old and the very young. Many people are more afraid of the vaccine than the diseases they prevent. Dr. Smith sheds some light on just how serious these VPD's can really be and why you should be taking them seriously. Bio for Dr. Tara Smith: Dr. Smith is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Kent State University College of Public Health, which she joined in August 2013. An Ohio native, she previously spent 9 years in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, where she directed the College’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and attained the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. While at Iowa, she also obtained a Certificate in Agricultural Safety and Health. She completed post-doctoral training in molecular epidemiology at the University of Michigan prior to beginning her professorship at the University of Iowa. She obtained her PhD at the University of Toledo, investigating the pathogenesis of the Group A Streptococcus, and her B.S. in Biology from Yale University You can find Dr. Tara Smith: Website: http://www.taracsmith.com/ (http://www.taracsmith.com/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/aetiology (https://twitter.com/aetiology) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit http://bit.ly/2RzPhNL (probablygenetic.com) to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. This episode is sponsored by ND Renegade. ND Renegade is a clothing and apparel brand that celebrates neurodiversity.  These are not your typical autism puzzle piece tees, their... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 2020

53 min 49 sec

(S3E3) My guest this week is Alison Singer, President of the Autism Science Foundation. Alison is an amazing human being and I'm honored to have her on the pod today. She shares some personal stories about Autism in her life that has given me some much needed perspective. We also discuss many important things impacting the Autism community today, from research and early intervention to building a better future and the importance of genetic testing. You'll learn all about the Autism Science Foundation and all of the amazing things they do for the Autism community. Alison's Bio: Alison Singer is Co-Founder and President of the Autism Science Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding innovative autism research and supporting the needs of people with autism. As the mother of a 22-year-old daughter with autism and legal guardian of her older brother with autism, she is a natural advocate. Singer served on the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) for 12 years, where she chaired the Safety and Housing Workgroups, and served on the subcommittee responsible for writing an annual strategic plan to guide federal spending for autism research. She currently serves on the executive boards of the Yale Child Study Center, the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Marcus Autism Center at Emory University, and the University of North Carolina Autism Research Center, as well as on the external advisory board of the CDC’s Center for Developmental Disabilities, and the New York State Immunization Advisory Committee. In addition, Singer serves on the board of directors of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and chairs the INSAR Communications Committee. In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics named her an “autism champion.” In 2017 she received the INSAR “Outstanding Research Advocate” award and in 2018 she received the New York Families for Autistic Children Research Advocacy Award.  Prior to founding the Autism Science Foundation in 2009, she served as executive vice president of Autism Speaks and as a vice president at NBC. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2018 she was elected to serve on the Board of Education of the Scarsdale Union Free Public School district. In her free time, she enjoys crossfit, kickboxing, and judging high school debate tournaments.  You can find Alison Singer: Website: https://autismsciencefoundation.org/ (https://autismsciencefoundation.org/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/alisonsinger (https://twitter.com/alisonsinger) https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1429607?code=ASF+Website (Support The Autism Science Foundation) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit http://bit.ly/2RzPhNL... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 2020

57 min 19 sec

S3E4 This weeks episode broaches the subject of what it's like to be an Autism parent, while in the US Military. I had the honor to speaking with Josh Gibbs and learning about the unique challenges that our Military families face while raising a child with Autism. Josh shares how to navigate the system inside the military in order to find your child the help and services they need. I'm so grateful that Josh was willing to share a bit about his life and introduce us to Jai, his amazing son. ☺ Josh Gibbs Bio: Joshua Gibbs enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1998. He graduated basic training at Parris Island, SC in August 1998 and began training with Charlie Company, 8th Tank Battalion in Tallahassee, FL where he was enrolled at Florida State University. Lance Corporal Gibbs attended Officers Candidate School in 2000 and upon completion of his B.S. in Criminology and subsequent commissioning, attended The Basic School in Quantico, VA. In October 2002, Second Lieutenant Gibbs was assigned to the 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, CA, serving as the Assistant G-1 Operations Officer, Assistant G-1 Adjutant and G-1 Adjutant. During this time, he deployed twice in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003 and 2004. Josh has served at several duty stations around the world. His son, Jai Lando GIbbs was born in 2014, in New Orleans, LA. In August 2015, he was transferred to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, VA. During this tour, his son was formally diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program. In 2018, Major Gibbs received orders to the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Logistics Command in Albany, GA. However, it was discovered that this Command could not support the educational and therapeutic needs of his son and so a request was made to transfer his orders to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South in Doral, FL. The MARFORSOUTH location could not only provide the services his son required, but was closer to immediate family members in the event of an emergency.  Major Gibbs’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2d Award), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He is a graduate of the Expeditionary Warfare School, the Command and Staff College and has an M.S. in Criminology. He has also written one book, Kingdom of Hook, a fictional origin story for Captain Hook which was inspired by cartoons his son watched as an infant. He currently resides in Miramar, Florida. You can find Josh: Twitter: twitter.com/ChiefJosheola http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit http://bit.ly/2RzPhNL (probablygenetic.com) to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 2020

1 hr 14 min

In this week's episode, I have the honor of speaking with one of my personal hero's Peter Morley. Peter is an amazing human being and someone I'm truly grateful to call friend. Peter has battled cancer, lives in chronic pain and faces many other health challenges. He's devoted his life to fighting to protect our health care. He regularly travels to Washington DC in order to testify before congress or meet with Senators and Congressmen/women to advocate for Healthcare. He's fighting to help ensure that the ACA (Affordable Care Act) is improved upon and not dismantled. Peter and I have a conversation about the importance of protecting the ACA and what would happen if the Trump Administration successfully dismantles it. We also talk about how this could specifically impact the Autism and Special Needs communities. This is serious stuff folks, and you need to pay attention. Peter can be found: Twitter: twitter.com/morethanmySLE Check out his website: https://morethanmysle.com/ (https://morethanmysle.com/) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit http://bit.ly/2RzPhNL (probablygenetic.com) to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 2020

39 min 17 sec

As you know, or maybe you don't, my boys and I were invited to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld recently. They are one of the very first hotels in the country to become Autism Certified. Our mission was to honestly evaluate their Autism friendly accommodations and experience what it's like to visit a truly inclusive hotel. In this episode, I sit down with David, Laura and Ana to talk about what it means to be Autism Certified. We have a conversation about what families can expect when they visit and what makes DoubleTree different than most other hotels in the country. My kids and I almost never travel. In fact, this is only our second vacation in almost 20 years, the first being Gavin's wish trip a few years ago. This was a massive undertaking on my part and I want to thank everyone who helped make this trip possible. ☺ We're home now and I want to share our experience with you, while it's fresh in my mind. You can find DoubleTree: Website: https://www.dtresortorlando.com/m/ (DoubleTree) Twitter: @DTResortOrlando http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Visit )http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit http://bit.ly/2RzPhNL (probablygenetic.com) to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 2020

44 min 43 sec

In this week's episode, I speak with Taylor Linloff. Taylor is 25 years old and was diagnosed with Autism and severe anxiety in 2018. Taylor became an advocate after being cast in CBC's "You Can't Ask That" Docuseries and is listed as #10 in The Mighty's top 14 autistic influencers. Taylor also lost her father, Conrad, last month to cancer and she wanted to use her experience to help others, like myself, better understand how Autistic people grieve. "It's unfortunate that people still think autistics can't emotionally connect or love someone to mourn them when they're gone. We, as in society as a whole, needs to shift our focus and understanding to better understand, support, and respect our emotional capabilities." - Taylor Linloff Taylor titled and picked the artwork for this episode. The rose is dedicated to both her late father and neurodiversity. :-) You can Find Taylor:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AspirationalAutistic/ (https://www.facebook.com/AspirationalAutistic/) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aspirationalautistic/ (https://www.instagram.com/aspirationalautistic/) Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/aspirationalautistic/ (https://www.instagram.com/aspirationalautistic/) Website: https://aspirationalautistic.wordpress.com/2020/01/17/featured-in/ (https://aspirationalautistic.wordpress.com/) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit http://bit.ly/2RzPhNL (probablygenetic.com) to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 2020

49 min 8 sec

This is a very special episode and one that's very near and dear to my heart. While on our recent trip to Orlando, I had a chance to sit down for a face to face with Kate Mazelin, Marketing Director of Give Kids The World. Give Kids The World is an amazing place where kids with terminal, life threatening or serious health condions, along with their families, can spend time, make memories and find hope. My family is one such family and we spent a week at Give Kids The World in 2017, when my oldest son has his wish granted. Kate and I had an emotional discussion about what makes GKTW so special, why they do what they do and how they changed my family's life. About Kate Mazelin: Kate Mazelin is the Marketing Director at Give Kids The World. Kate has been with the Village since 2014. Prior to working for the Village she was the Program Director at Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc. in Zionsville, Indiana. Kate is a licensed therapeutic riding instructor, holds a certificate in mental health intervention and has worked with children on the autism spectrum since 2005. At Give Kids The World, Kate is a part of a dedicated team whose goal is to build the Give Kids The World brand and to build a battalion of supporters willing to donate to, volunteer for, and advocate on behalf of the organization.    Find Give Kids The World: Website: https://www.gktw.org/ (https://www.gktw.org/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/GKTWVillage (@GKTWVillage) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gktwvillage/ (https://www.facebook.com/gktwvillage/) Instagram: https://instagram.com/gktwvillage (https://instagram.com/gktwvillage) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 2020

41 min 50 sec

In this week's episode, I speak with Lukas Lange, the CEO and co-founder of Probably Genetic. Probably Genetic is working very hard to make genetic testing more accessible to families who need it. Families like mine. Lukas and I discuss what genetic testing is, the role genetics plays in our lives and why it's so important to genetically test kids diagnosed with Autism. We also discuss the many hurdles to obtaining genetic testing in our current healthcare system, including cost and wait times, as well as why it's a major problem for many families. Lukas also shares what Probably Genetic is doing to cut through all of this and make this invaluable testing accessible to families at a significantly reduced cost and in a fraction of the time. I've been consulting with Probably Genetic for over a year and helping them to better understand the unique needs of Autism families and how they can better meet those needs. Find Lukas Lange: Twitter: twitter.com/thisislukasl Email: lukas@probablygenetic.com Website: probablygenetic.com About Probably Genetic: Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 2020

42 min 54 sec

I've been getting a lot of questions in regards to how I'm managing my household as the COVID19 pandemic worsens. I thought it would be better to do it this way and hopefully this helps someone. I'm NOT an expert and I hate giving advice but what I'm going to do is share a little bit about how I managing to keep us safe, sane and moving forward during these scary times. As you know, my oldest has CVID or Common Variable Immunodeficiency. This means his immune system is severely compromised and that puts him at a much higher risk, should he get sick. I have to exercise extreme caution right now, without freaking my kids out. It's a very difficult balance but I have no choice but to maintain it as best I can. Please stay safe. Be kind to each other. Wash your hands. Be prepared. Take this seriously. Don't panic. I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are a few of the people and places I trust. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: twitter.com/aetiology Website: aracsmith.com Cleveland Clinic Twitter: twitter.com/clevelandclinic Website: clevelandclinic.org Mayo Clinic Twitter: twitter.com/mayoclinic Website: mayoclinic.org CDC Twitter: twitter.com/cdcgov Website: cdc.gov http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 2020

12 min 59 sec

Here's an update on how my Autism and Special Needs family is managing on lockdown during the COVID19 pandemic. I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are a few of the people and places I trust. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: cdc.gov http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 2020

21 min 43 sec

In this weeks (albeit late) episode, I talk about life on lockdown and what it's like to manage this COVID19 health crisis as a single Dad to 3 Autistic kids. Gavin, (my oldest) is immunocompromised and I have to walk a very, very fine line in order to keep him safe. It's not easy by any stretch of the imagination but we're muddling through. Later in the episode, Emmett, my 11 year old, joins me to discuss how this whole lockdown is impacting him. He does an amazing job of expressing his thought on our current situation. He was very fidgety, and that fidgeting was picked up by the microphone. I cleaned it up as best I could and I'm excited for you to hear Emmett's point of view on this. :-) I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: cdc.gov http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 2020

39 min 14 sec

In this episode, I update you on a major decision I had to make in order to keep my immunocompromised son safe during the COVID19 pandemic. Very few things are simple with it comes to Special Needs parenting and I share the thought process that goes into making potentially life altering decisions for my kids. I also talk about a few other things that are on my mind and I curse a bit. ;-) I also want to apologize to my mother for the language in this episode. I'm feeling terribly overwhelmed and I needed to vent a bit. Sorry Mom. I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/cdc.gov (cdc.gov) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Mar 2020

21 min 3 sec

In this episode I open up about how I'm managing my depression while I'm on total lockdown with my 3 Autistic kids. Those of us who live with mental health issues may find ourselves struggling more because of all that's going on around us. I hope that my experience can help someone else. Please remember that self-care is more important than ever. It's not easy but we have to do our best to look after ourselves, especially during these turbulent and uncertain times. Please listen and share with anyone that could benefit. IMPORTANT INFORMATION I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/cdc.gov (cdc.gov) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 2020

19 min 8 sec

In this episode, I talk with Aaron Shute from Brain Power. We discuss how they are using highly specialized software and Google Glass to improve the lives of Autistic kids and adults. Brain Power uses augmented reality to help Autistic individuals better interact with the world. The technology is absolutely amazing but please understand that this is very expensive and will not be for everyone. Aaron explains that they normally work directly with schools but since schools are shutdown, they are trying to making available to parents for the first time. They recognize that it's expensive (because Google Glass is VERY expensive) and in order to make this as accessible as possible to parents, they are offering a 40% discount. My goal with this episode to make you aware of things that are out there and this is something that making is making a huge difference in classrooms across the country. If you are interested, you can use the code "theautismdad" at checkout and you'll save 40%. Again, I'm not out of touch and I know this will not be for everyone but I want to provide information that can help parents and schools address some of the unique challenges faced by kids on the Autism Spectrum. Find Brain Power: Website: http://www.brain-Power.com/families (http://www.brain-Power.com/families) Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainPowerASD (https://twitter.com/BrainPowerASD) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrainPowerASD/ (https://www.facebook.com/BrainPowerASD/) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/brainpowerllc/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/brainpowerllc/) Brain Power's Mission "Our mission is to help you empower the brains of people with invisible neural challenges. Empowered Brain helps teachers to empower their students (young children up to transitioning adults) with augmented reality experiences that teach them social-emotional skills in a social setting. The heads-up system engages and motivates students in a gamified way, and automatically generates data on their progress for IEP reports." About Aaron Shute Aaron has worked in the autism field since he was a teenager. Most recently, he spent eight years developing, implementing, and supporting augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solutions for autism. Additionally, he has served as a camp counselor, behavioral aide, case manager, and gymnastics coach for autism. IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID19 I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/cdc.gov (cdc.gov) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: Website: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 2020

30 min 41 sec

In this shorter episode, I discuss a major milestone we've reached, 30 days on total lockdown. I share how I'm managing a seriously delicate medication situations with my oldest. I talk about how we're doing and the struggles I'm facing as a single Dad. Please remember that self-care is more important than ever. It's not easy but we have to do our best to look after ourselves, especially during these turbulent and uncertain times. Please listen and share with anyone that could benefit. IMPORTANT INFORMATION I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/cdc.gov (cdc.gov) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit http://bit.ly/2tCYw7o (angelsense.com) for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 2020

17 min 44 sec

In this weeks episode, I speak with Alycia Halladay. Alycia is the Chief Science Officer at the Autism Science Foundation. We recently had a discussion about many things Autism related. We talked about the new Autism statistics released by the CDC and what they mean. We talked about how COVID19 is impacting Autism families and ways we can help. We also discussed the current bane of my existence, at home schoolwork while on COVID19 lockdown. I know that's a major struggle for many special needs families right now. At the end the show, my youngest, Emmett, decided he wanted to take over and speak with Alycia for a few minutes. He had fun and it was a cool experience for him. About Alycia: Alycia Halladay is the Chief Science Officer at the Autism Science Foundation. She oversees the science programs and portfolio of ASF. She previously served as Senior Director of Environmental and Clinical Sciences at Autism Speaks. She holds a PhD in psychology from Rutgers University and completed a post doctoral fellowship in pharmacology and toxicology at Rutgers University Website: https://autismsciencefoundation.org/ (https://autismsciencefoundation.org/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/AHalladayASF (https://twitter.com/AHalladayASF) https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1429607?code=ASF+Website (Support The Autism Science Foundation) Please remember that self-care is more important than ever. It's not easy but we have to do our best to look after ourselves, especially during these turbulent and uncertain times. Please listen and share with anyone that could benefit. IMPORTANT INFORMATION I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/cdc.gov (cdc.gov) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 2020

1 hr 9 min

This is a very special episode. I speak parent to parent with Melissa Winchell about the struggles our families are facing on COVID19 lockdown. Melissa's family was featured on ABC News recently, along with mine and few others. ABC News were exploring the impact COVID19 lockdown is having on special needs families like ours. I speak with Melissa about the challenges she's facing as a special needs parent, while on lockdown. We both talk very openly about our fears, concerns and the many struggles our kids are currently facing, as we get used to our new normal. This is a very emotional episode and it provides amazing insight into special needs parenting under these lockdown conditions. We discuss some very difficult things that special needs parents are worrying about as a result of the current crisis. About Melissa Winchell: Melissa Winchell, Ed.D., is a disabled parent of kids with disabilities, including a 10-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, ASD, medical complexity, and multiple behavior diagnoses. She is a lifelong public educator and a current assistant professor of secondary education at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. She is president of Inclusion Matters, Inc., a non-profit advocating for and educating disabled families. You can find Melissa: Twitter: twitter.com/melissawinchell Follow Inclusion Matters on facebook.com/WBSEPAC IMPORTANT INFORMATION I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/cdc.gov (cdc.gov) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 2020

1 hr 23 min

In this week's episode, (recorded on 4/8/2020) I talk with my friend Hazel McAdam. Hazel and I decided to have a conversation about everything from ADHD, Anxiety and COVID19 to politics and how the outside world views the Trump administration's handling of the COVID19 pandemic. I don't typically, delve into politics but it's interesting to hear first hand what the people in other countries think of the insanity going on here in the US right now. Emmett joins at one point and speaks with Hazel about how he's doing. Please keep in mind that this was recorded on April 8th. Things have progressed very quickly in regards to COVID19, so the numbers and some information may be out of date at the time you're listening. You can find Hazel: Twitter: https://twitter.com/H_Mc92 (https://twitter.com/H_Mc92) IMPORTANT INFORMATION I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/cdc.gov (cdc.gov) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that helps them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Apr 2020

1 hr 38 min

In today's episode, I have a conversation with Dr. Jason Kahn, PhD. Jason, as he prefers to be called, is a developmental psychologist and co-creator of Mightier. Mightier is a program I've talked about quite a bit because it uses video games to help kids learn to emotionally self-regulate. That means fewer emotional outbursts or meltdowns, and a reduction of parental stress. Jason talks about how Mightier is empowering kids and parents to better manage life on COVID19 lockdown. Lockdown is disruptive for everyone but it's especially distressing for kids, which is one reason we see an uptick in meltdowns or outbursts right now. Mightier is absolutely amazing and works for pretty much anyone. We talk about 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 a year and a half and it's amazing.  About Dr. Jason Kahn: Dr. Kahn is a developmental psychologist and researcher from Boston Children's Hospital, an instructor at Harvard, co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Mightier. Find Mightier at https://www.mightier.com/?utm_source=theautismdad&utm_medium=influencer (mightier.com) My comprehensive review of MIghtier can be found at https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com/mightier (theautismdad.com/mightier) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) While I may receive credit for purchases of Mightier made through my link, I firmly believe in this program and its ability to improve the quality of life of our loved ones struggling with emotional regulation. I use this with my own kids, and have found great success. IMPORTANT COVID19 INFORMATION I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/cdc.gov (cdc.gov) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 2020

48 min 11 sec

This week's episode is all about helping our kids survive the COVID19 lockdown. Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D, joins me to discuss ways we can help our kids better maintain, both emotionally and physically in a situation in which their entire world has been turned upside down. Mary Jane has worked in the Autism and ABA field for over 35 years and she has some amazing advice for parents, including myself. Be sure to check this episode out and share with the people in your life. :-) About Dr. Mary Jane Weiss: Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA specializes in the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and its application to human problems, especially autism. She serves as the executive director of programs in ABA and autism, and as director of the Ph.D. program in ABA. She is especially passionate about the philosophical and scientific foundations of ABA, ethical decision making in the context of professional practice, and collaboration across disciplines. Find Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D https://www.endicott.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/m/mary-jane-weiss (here) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) IMPORTANT COVID19 INFORMATION I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/cdc.gov (cdc.gov) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the cost and drastically reduced the wait time as well. If you are one of the countless people in need of genetic testing, please visit probablygenetic.com to find out more and use the discount code "theautismdad400" to get $400 off. If you already had a whole exome or whole genome test done but didn't get an answer, they can re-analyze your existing data. If you don't have the data available, they'll help you get it from your lab free of charge. You can join their re-analysis waitlist at http://bit.ly/2NTtgZa (https://www.probablygenetic.com/waitlist.html)." Please take a minute and answer a few survey questions. This helps Probably Genetic better understand how best to help families like mine. http://bit.ly/2OcKfpA (Click Here) This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 2020

51 min 47 sec

We have never experienced anything like COVID-19 in our lifetime and people are scared, myself included. Many of us are dealing with high levels of acute stress, irritability and sleep disruption. My guest today is Laurie Nadel, Ph.D.. Dr. Laurie is a very well known author, psychotherapist, disaster stress expert and is considered a thought leader in the emerging field of acute stress and PTSD. Dr. Laurie has been a guest on Oprah, CNN, Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell and George Noory and numerous TV and radio shows in the U.S. and Europe. She has been interviewed about her work with PTSD populations in such major news media as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Reuters News Service, and other publications around the world. Dr. Laurie, is uniquely qualified to help us find the calm amid the crisis; she helped first responders after 9/11 and teens who lost fathers in the Twin Towers, as well as teachers and students in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting. Her book, The Five Gifts, is like an emergency ‘Go-Kit’ for the mind that minimizes and prevents long-term damage from traumatic events. Dr. Laurie and I talk about how COVID19 is impacting people emotionally and what we can do to help ourselves and each other get through this. Dr. Laurie in my view, is a hero. As a former fire/medic, I'm so thankful for the work she has done and continues to do for our heroic first responders. You can find Laurie Nadel, Ph.D: https://www.laurienadel.com/ (https://www.laurienadel.com/) In the media: http://www.laurienadel.com/inmedia.html (http://www.laurienadel.com/inmedia.html) Twitter: https://twitter.com/drlaurie (https://twitter.com/drlaurie) Get her book, The Five Gifts: https://www.amazon.com/Five-Gifts-Discovering-Strength-Disaster/dp/0757320449 (https://www.amazon.com/Five-Gifts-Discovering-Strength-Disaster/dp/0757320449) http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) IMPORTANT COVID19 INFORMATION I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/aetiology (twitter.com/aetiology) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/aracsmith.com (aracsmith.com) Cleveland Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/clevelandclinic (twitter.com/clevelandclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/clevelandclinic.org (clevelandclinic.org) Mayo Clinic Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/mayoclinic (twitter.com/mayoclinic) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/mayoclinic.org (mayoclinic.org) CDC Twitter: https://my.captivate.fm/twitter.com/cdcgov (twitter.com/cdcgov) Website: https://my.captivate.fm/cdc.gov (cdc.gov) This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit http://bit.ly/39HzS5Z (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30 day trial. This episode is brought to you by Probably Genetic. Probably Genetics is helping me with my oldest, who suffers from multiple rare genetic diseases. Probably Genetic is helping me to find the answers to questions that have long gone unanswered. Probably Genetic specializes in identifying rare genetic diseases that often go undiagnosed, especially in children already diagnosed with Autism. They are on a mission to make full genetic sequencing accessible to those who need it. They significantly reduced the Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 2020

1 hr 1 min

If you’re a parent who’s trying to discuss COVID19 with your children, this show is definitely for you. Kristin Canavera is a child psychologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and she’s on the pod today to discuss the St. Jude COVID19 resource kits for kids, tweens, adolescents, and parents. These are free downloadable resource kits and can be found at the link below. We discuss talking to kids about COVID19 in a way that’s developmentally appropriate. Please take a listen and pass this along because COVID19 is here and it isn’t going away anytime soon. I know that’s scary but it’s very important to deal with the facts and St. Jude is here to help us talk with our kids about COVID19. You can find Kristin: https://www.stjude.org/directory/c/kristin-canavera.html St. Jude COVID19 Resource Kits: https://together.stjude.org/en-us/care-support/talking-about-coronavirus-covid-19.html St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats, and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude is ranked the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital by U.S. News & World Report. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands of more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=header-btn-donate-now Support This Podcast You can find me: theautismdad.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad IMPORTANT COVID19 INFORMATION I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matter now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow. Dr. Tara C. Smith Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist Twitter: twitter.com/aetiology Website: aracsmith.com Cleveland Clinic Twitter: twitter.com/clevelandclinic Website: clevelandclinic.org Mayo Clinic Twitter:twitter.com/mayoclinic Website: mayoclinic.org CDC Twitter: twitter.com/cdcgov Website: cdc.gov This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit theautismdad.com/mightier and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial. This episode is brought to you by AngelSense. Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it’s reached epidemic levels. AngelSense is working to save the lives of Autistic kids who wander, by empowering parents with GPS tracking tools that help them to immediately intervene should an episode of elopement occur. Visit angelsense.com for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 2020

38 min 42 sec

Amy Kelly is the mother of Danny, Annie, and Ryan. Her daughter Annie is diagnosed with moderate to severe autism, verbal apraxia, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and general anxiety disorder. Amy Kelly is the National Director of Family Engagement for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Devereux is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare. She also serves as a family representative on several special-needs boards in the community, locally and nationally. Amy also participates with other patients and families in efforts supported by the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation. The goal is to address children with special needs and the importance of quality care. Amy and I have a conversation about the many challenges facing our special needs kids as they transition to remote learning. She shares her personal experience with her daughter and we talk about ways to help navigate this new journey. More information about Amy Kelly: More on Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health: About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Who We Help Devereux’s Autism Services COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Resource Center Amy Kelly’s Resources and Tips: COVID-19: Helping families with special needs during a public health crisis Special Needs & Coronavirus: 4 Ways to Help Kids & Adults With Special Needs Adapt to Wearing Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic COVID-19: Tips for Working From Home (And Finding Relief) With Your Children Out of School Creative alternatives for continued learning for children with special needs General Awareness Piece: Talking to individuals with autism about COVID-19 Telehealth and Autism: Using Telehealth to Create a Virtual Community for Adults with Autism Sponsors This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit theautismdad.com/mightier and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial. This episode is also brought to you by Hero Health. HERO is a smart automatic pill dispenser that dramatically improves medication management and compliance. Learn more at theautismdad.com/hero and use code “theautismdad50” to save $50. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 2020

49 min 45 sec

In this episode, I speak with Matthew Boulay about education in the advent of COVID19, as well as the importance of summer learning. We talk about his new book “When Schools are Closed: A Guide for parents to discover the extraordinary power of summer learning in the era of COVID19”. It’s a great conversation and I recommend you check out his book. Link below.About Matthew Boulay: Founder and Former CEO of the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) Author of “When Schools Are Closed” A guide for parents to discover the extraordinary power of summer learning in the era of COVID19.. You can get his book on Amazon You can find me: theautismdad.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad Sponsors This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit theautismdad.com/mightier and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial. This episode is also brought to you by Hero Health. HERO is a smart automatic pill dispenser that dramatically improves medication management and compliance. Learn more at theautismdad.com/hero and use code “theautismdad50” to save $50. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 2020

1 hr 1 min

My guest is Eileen Silverberg. She’s a Life Coach in Emotional Management and author of “A Warrior of Light: A Guide of Inner Wisdom For Challenging Times”. We have a very important conversation about the physical and emotional challenges of being a caregiver. Eileen shares her personal journey of becoming a caregiver to her mother. The message here is very important. Please listen, share, subscribe and rate this episode. Eileen Silverberg’s Links: Website: https://eileensilverberg.com/ Get her book here All my information and relevant links are here Sponsors This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit theautismdad.com/mightier and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial. This episode is also brought to you by Hero Health. HERO is a smart automatic pill dispenser that dramatically improves medication management and compliance. Learn more at theautismdad.com/hero and use code “theautismdad50” to save $50.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 2020

1 hr 14 min

Welcome to The Autism Dad podcast. Every Friday I bring you a new episode with an amazing guest and we take on topics that are relevant to your life. You will hear conversations about various parenting topics, mental health, autism, ADHD, technology, current events, and yes, sometimes even politics. It’s important to me that I approach these topics in a no-nonsense way and I don’t hide my views and opinions. I’m not afraid to take on sensitive topics here on The Autism Dad podcast. Therefore, I talk about things, even when they are uncomfortable to talk about. I hope that everyone takes away something positive from each episode. I’ve been writing daily for over a decade and have found that podcasting is a great new way to reach my audience. You can listen on every major podcasting platform. Just download your favorite app and search for “The Autism Dad Podcast”. Don’t forget to smash that subscribe button so you get notified when new episodes drop. Also, please remember to rate my podcast because that really helps me grow. I’m also always looking for guests and sponsors. If you’d like to be a guest or sponsor an episode, send me a message at theautismdad.com/contact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Jul 2020

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