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Navigating the Spectrum with Michele Portlock

Author: Michele Williams

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A podcast designed to provide tips, tools, techniques, and stories to assist parents as they navigate raising children on the autism spectrum. Support this podcast:
14 Episodes
This was a fun episode for me to record. My husband, Eric, joined me and we discussed successes and non successes we have experienced while raising our children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Eric is the step-father to our three oldest children and we talk about what it has taken to come together as a family raising children with special needs. Eric is honest, engaging, funny, and thoughtful. I sure hope you enjoy the listen! --- Support this podcast:
Episode 12 with Sara Bradford was a true delight. Sara and Dustin have been together since 2004, thanks to the flip of a coin. They raised Dustin's oldest daughter and added two more children to the mix as time went on. Together they discovered that Dustin, like their young son, was also on the autism spectrum. Sara shares insight into what their marriage has been like and the loving relationship they have built together. Truly inspiring!  --- Support this podcast:
Episode 11 with Nina Boling discusses the power of early intervention, autism supports, and levels of functioning, as well as recognizing that our children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder are both particularly challenging and also particularly rewarding.  Nina is a mother of four children, three of whom have been previously diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Nina shares her journey with autism and how it led her into the life of an autism professional. She is full of heart and knowledge. Thank you for sharing Nina! --- Support this podcast:
This is my longest podcast thus far, but I could not bare to get rid of any of what Kathleen shared. Kathleen was 32 years old when she was officially diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Kathleen shared her own diagnosis experience as well as her insight into what marriage is like on the spectrum. She also shared the feelings she dealt with being raised as an undiagnosed child.  Kathleen is insightful and honest and full of love and understanding. I just know you will enjoy this! --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, I tapped into the knowledgeable Kelly Morgan. Kelly is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who graciously gave of her time in order to help listeners better understand the difference between speech and language as well as the connection between communication and behavior.  Kelly shares multiple resources to help parents incorporate speech and language acquisition in their own homes for the benefit of their ASD child. So grab a note pad and hit play!  --- Support this podcast:
It is common for children and adults on the autism spectrum to become fixated on specific topics, toys, movies, etc.  Learn how to guide their passions in healthy and productive ways.  --- Support this podcast:
Emily is a wife and mother of two children who happen to be my niece and nephew. Emily is my former sister-in-law and we have continued to have a meaningful relationship for years. Emily is a life coach as well as a woman full of wisdom, acceptance, and love. To know her is to love her. Emily teaches us the importance of taking care of ourselves and also finding acceptance in our everyday lives as we raise our remarkable children on the autism spectrum.  --- Support this podcast:
Michelle Huggins is a wife and mother of two children. She has a master's degree in special education and a deep love for the children and families with whom she works. In this episode we discuss the difference between an IEP and a 504 and give parents practical tips to help them successfully navigate obtaining an IEP for their child.  --- Support this podcast:
Katie Bunker is a wife and mother of two beautiful children. Her oldest child, now 17 years old, was diagnosed with autism at age two. Katie shares her experiences, which include a lot of love and also challenges. Katie shared a beautiful quote with me after our interview that touched my heart: "At first it broke you, then it built you." -Fairysforum-  Katie is engaging and inspiring as she shares her own personal journey. Thank you Katie! --- Support this podcast:
Episode 4 includes an interview with Melissa Durtschi, PhD. Melissa specializes in helping parents navigate the education experience for their children. She is knowledgeable, gifted, and compassionate and what she has to offer is of great value to us as parents and to our children as we move through the education system. She helps us to do this with more purpose as she arms us with knowledge and resources which enable us to be effective education advocates for our children.  So hit play and thank me later for inviting Melissa's words of wisdom into your lives. But truly, I hope you enjoy this! --- Support this podcast:
Episode 3 is an interview with my dear friend Kelsey Lyon. Her youngest child was recently diagnosed on the autism spectrum and Kelsey allowed me to ask pointed questions about the diagnosis experience. Kelsey approaches life with love and humor and you can hear both throughout this conversation.  --- Support this podcast:
Kristina Kocsis is a talented, warm-hearted, intelligent genetic counselor. She is also a good friend of mine that I admire and adore. In this podcast, we will explore how genetics plays a role in the world of autism. There is so much to learn and Kristina delves in and shares her vast wealth of knowledge with us. Hope you enjoy it! --- Support this podcast:
Before dropping off Brielle (my oldest daughter who has been diagnosed with Autism) at college for her freshman year, I convinced her to sit down with me and share her thoughts on growing up on the spectrum.  She shared her thoughts on common perceptions and misconceptions, what she wishes I had known sooner, what I could have done differently as a parent, and what parents of children on the autism spectrum should keep in mind.  I hope you find the insights from my daughter helpful! --- Support this podcast:
A brief introduction to the podcast, including some background on the host, Michele, and why she is starting a podcast on navigating the autism spectrum as an aid to parents. --- Support this podcast:
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