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Are you a parent to an autistic child, a child with ADHD, or a child with a disability? If so, this show is for you. Learn everything you need to know about IEPs, from an IEP expert, and go into your next IEP meeting empowered with the knowledge needed to better navigate the system. This episode with help you ensure your child has access to the support and accommodations needed for them to succeed in their educational journey. Guest Bio: Shelley Kenow is a wife of 30 years, a mom for 22 years, a trained human to a Chihuahua for 13 years, a special educator for 30-plus years, author, Education Consultant, and live streamer for #nolimits and Friday with Fran, provider of professional development for school districts, and Master IEP Coach®. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is to prepare an individual child for further education, employment, and independent living...whatever that looks like for each individual. Shelley believes we know who we are, but not who we will be. These are the two driving factors in her approach to working with families and schools.  Connect with Shelley Kenow: All of Shelley's information is found athttps://www.shelleykenow.com/ (shelleykenow.com) Host Bio: Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys as well as Found and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, digital marketer, social media influencer, and respected public figure for well over a decade. Connect with Rob Gorski: https://listen.theautismdad.com/episode/listen.theautismdad.com (Official Podcast Homepage) https://theautismdad.com/ (Official Blog) https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (Podcast Discussion) https://www.reddit.com/r/Autism_Parenting/ (Autism Parenting Support Forum) Mentioned in this episode: Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders) Just two Dads Podcast Shawn Francis and Brian Altounian host "Just two Dads." A weekly conversation with two dads about raising children with special needs. Listen, every Wednesday at 12PM PST. Find them on Facebook and anywhere you get your podcasts. https://listen.theautismdad.com/justtwodads (Just two Dads Podcast)
My guest today is for the first episode of my new Autistic Voices Series is none other than Cory Singer. Cory is an accomplished singer/songwriter and Tiktok sensation, who just happens to be autistic. He uses his massive platform to talk about autism. Cory uses his personal experience as an autistic person to create about autism that is humorous, engaging, educational, honest, and inspirational. Guest Bio: NJ Native Cory Singer is an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician and theater performer. Cory has performed in arenas before thousands nationwide. He starred on BRAVO TV’s singing Competition The Kandi Factory, winning the grand prize, taking home a song penned by Grammy Award Winning Artist Kandi Burress, “I Can Do Anything”. Cory is an exceptional songwriter, and he captivates his audiences no matter the venue or event. He finished out 2017 on a high note being added to several media magazine watch lists for 2018. Cory has become an advocate for children, families, and adults who are on the spectrum. He has used his TikTok to promote positivity by inspiring others with his platform. Cory has coined the phrase '"Let's Normalize Autism." He currently has over 500K fans and followers worldwide.  ​Connect with Cory Singer: https://www.instagram.com/corysingermusic/?hl=en (Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/corysingermusic (Facebook) https://twitter.com/CorySings?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Twitter) https://www.tiktok.com/@thecorysinger?lang=en (TikTok) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBaToEzXwRZUq0eXs5ddz5A (YouTube) https://www.corysingermusic.com/ (Website) Host Bio: Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys as well as Found and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, digital marketer, social media influencer, and respected public figure for well over a decade. https://listen.theautismdad.com/episode/listen.theautismdad.com (Official Podcast Homepage) https://theautismdad.com/ (Official Blog) https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (Podcast Discussion) https://www.reddit.com/r/Autism_Parenting/ (Autism Parenting Support Forum) Mentioned in this episode: Learn More About Travelling Different If you'd like to travel this summer, but fears over your child's triggers and sensory meltdowns are holding you back help is on the way traveling different vacation strategies for parents of the anxious, the inflexible, and the neurodiverse by Dawn M Barclay contains hundreds of tips for traveling with kids with invisible disabilities, from mental health experts, parents and certified autism travel professionals. Learn how to start small, create predictability design child-centric, vacations that keep your children safe on the road and how to deal with insensitive onlookers, discover autism-friendly resorts cruises, therapeutic sports, vacations, and so much more traveling, different vacation strategies for parents of the anxious, the inflexible and the neurodiverse will be released on August 15th. Preorder your copy today and learn more by visiting travelingdifferent.com.  https://listen.theautismdad.com/travelingdifferent (Learn More About Traveling Different) Learn More About Mightier Mightier is a clinically proven mobile gaming app that was developed at Boston Children’s Hospital. It’s already helped more than 100,000 kids, including my crew here at home. Kids play on a tablet or a phone while wearing a heart rate monitor. And Mightier incorporates breathing exercises and other calming techniques as part of the game. Kids get to see when it’s time to cool down and learn how to do it themselves. And parents get to track their progress. Use the promo code "theautismdad" at checkout to save 10%. https://listen.theautismdad.com/mightier (Learn More About Mightier)
Eileen Lamb (The Autism Cafe) is an autistic mother of two autistic kids. She's here for a parent-to-parent discussion about the reality of regressive autism and ABA therapy, based on first-hand, personal experience. Guest Bio: Eileen Lamb, author of "All Across The Spectrum" and “Be The One,” is the founder of The Autism Cafe. She’s also a writer, photographer, and podcast host. Born in France, Eileen now lives in Austin, Texas, with her two sons, Charlie (9) and Jude (6), and their soon-to-be little sister. On her blog, she shares the ups and downs of raising a severely autistic child while being on the autism spectrum herself. Books: https://amzn.to/3Nl9oup (ALL ACROSS THE SPECTRUM) https://amzn.to/3miTc14 (BE THE ONE) Website: The Autism Cafe Host Bio: Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys as well as Found and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, digital marketer, social media influencer, and respected public figure for well over a decade. Official Podcast Homepage https://theautismdad.com (Official Blog) https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (Podcast Discussion) https://www.reddit.com/r/Autism_Parenting/ (Autism Parenting Support Forum) Mentioned in this episode: Learn More About Tracto Tracto is a free app that is all about empowering parents to better understand and meet the unique needs of their kids with autism, ADHD or anxiety. Tracto does this by easily allowing for the collaborative tracking of behaviors over time. Parents can invite teachers or anyone else they want to help document behavioral changes. Not everyone sees the same things because every environment is different. Being able to document behaviors in realtime, prevents having to pull from memory later on, making it more accurate, and reliable information. Tracking things like sleep patterns, medication-related behavioral changes, behaviors in the classroom, or anything else that parents of these amazing kiddos need to keep an eye on, can be challenging. Simply put, Tracto makes it easy. All tracking and collaboration functions to this app are completely free. They also offer affordable online courses, taught by leading experts if you’re interested in learning some new parenting skills yourself. They’re short videos that will teach you new parenting approaches and help you gain more insight into your child. You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app. Or check out the Google Play or Apple app store. Use the code “theautismdad” at checkout and save 40% off your online course order. https://listen.theautismdad.com/tracto (Learn More About Tracto) Learn More About Trail Magik Communing with nature is one of the best methods of self-care available, and hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy nature. If you’re a parent who enjoys hitting the trails with your little ones, you’re already aware that toddlers will walk some of the journey and want carried the rest of the way. There are tons of contraptions for carrying babies while on the trails, but what about those in between, toddler years? You don’t want to bring a big bulky carrier for a kid who’s only going to use it some of the time. The Trail Magik Kid Carrier solves that problem and does so brilliantly. Invented by a Dad who wanted to take his 3-year-old backpacking. It’s for kiddos 12 months up to 43 pounds. The carrier attaches onto hiking backpacks and durable daypacks that have a waist strap & upper loaders. Weighing less than 10oz, it’s so portable, you can stuff it into the side of your backpack when not in use. It’s a game-changer for the "outdoor adventure family" community. For more information, visit TrailMagik.com. Use the code "theautismdad" at check out and save 10% of your order. https://listen.theautismdad.com/trailmagik (Learn More About Trail Magik)
I have a great parent-to-parent conversation with my friend Kate Swenson (Finding Cooper's Voice). We share some of our best autism parenting stories that inspire hope and healing. Connect with Kate Swenson: https://findingcoopersvoice.com (Finding Cooper's Voice) Check out https://www.amazon.com/dp/0778311996/ref=cm_sw_r_as_gl_apa_gl_i_dl_0ADF4RCRRMWQT2FQ9A62?linkCode=ml2&tag=robgorski-20 (Forever Boy) About Kate Swenson: Kate is Cooper's mom, the founder of Finding Cooper's Voice, and the author of the new book Forever Boy. *** Join my free online community to discuss this episode: click https://www.reddit.com/r/Autism_Parenting?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share (here) *** You can find all my information https://liinks.co/theautismdad (here). Mentioned in this episode: Learn More About Tracto Tracto is a free app that is all about empowering parents to better understand and meet the unique needs of their kids with autism, ADHD or anxiety. Tracto does this by easily allowing for the collaborative tracking of behaviors over time. Parents can invite teachers or anyone else they want to help document behavioral changes. Not everyone sees the same things because every environment is different. Being able to document behaviors in realtime, prevents having to pull from memory later on, making it more accurate, and reliable information. Tracking things like sleep patterns, medication-related behavioral changes, behaviors in the classroom, or anything else that parents of these amazing kiddos need to keep an eye on, can be challenging. Simply put, Tracto makes it easy. All tracking and collaboration functions to this app are completely free. They also offer affordable online courses, taught by leading experts if you’re interested in learning some new parenting skills yourself. They’re short videos that will teach you new parenting approaches and help you gain more insight into your child. You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app. Or check out the Google Play or Apple app store. Use the code “theautismdad” at checkout and save 40% off your online course order. https://listen.theautismdad.com/tracto (Learn More About Tracto) Learn More About Trail Magik Communing with nature is one of the best methods of self-care available, and hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy nature. If you’re a parent who enjoys hitting the trails with your little ones, you’re already aware that toddlers will walk some of the journey and want carried the rest of the way. There are tons of contraptions for carrying babies while on the trails, but what about those in between, toddler years? You don’t want to bring a big bulky carrier for a kid who’s only going to use it some of the time. The Trail Magik Kid Carrier solves that problem and does so brilliantly. Invented by a Dad who wanted to take his 3-year-old backpacking. It’s for kiddos 12 months up to 43 pounds. The carrier attaches onto hiking backpacks and durable daypacks that have a waist strap & upper loaders. Weighing less than 10oz, it’s so portable, you can stuff it into the side of your backpack when not in use. It’s a game-changer for the "outdoor adventure family" community. For more information, visit TrailMagik.com. Use the code "theautismdad" at check out and save 10% of your order. https://listen.theautismdad.com/trailmagik (Learn More About Trail Magik)
My guest today is the Administrator of https://springbrookbehavioral.com/ (Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health), Mike Rowley. I recorded this while on-site at The Converge Autism Summit in Greenville, South Carolina. Mike and I have a conversation all about the Springbrook facility. We talk about why a child may need acute residential care, and what happens when they do. We talked about the unimaginable struggles facing families when a child's behavior cannot be managed safely in the home. I've been there, and I wouldn't wish that on any child or parent. If you're looking for this type of help for your family, or maybe know someone who is, there's a lot of valuable information in this episode. About https://springbrookbehavioral.com/ (Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health). About Mike Rowley: CEO at Springbrook Behavioral Health. Springbrook is a 112-bed facility offering short-term acute psychiatric services for adults (44 beds) and a residential treatment center for children with autism and behavioral challenges(68 beds) Mentioned in this episode: Just two Dads Podcast Shawn Francis and Brian Altounian host "Just two Dads." A weekly conversation with two dads about raising children with special needs. Listen, every Wednesday at 12PM PST. Find them on Facebook and anywhere you get your podcasts. https://listen.theautismdad.com/justtwodads (Just two Dads Podcast) Learn More About Travelling Different If you'd like to travel this summer, but fears over your child's triggers and sensory meltdowns are holding you back help is on the way traveling different vacation strategies for parents of the anxious, the inflexible, and the neurodiverse by Dawn M Barclay contains hundreds of tips for traveling with kids with invisible disabilities, from mental health experts, parents and certified autism travel professionals. Learn how to start small, create predictability design child-centric, vacations that keep your children safe on the road and how to deal with insensitive onlookers, discover autism-friendly resorts cruises, therapeutic sports, vacations, and so much more traveling, different vacation strategies for parents of the anxious, the inflexible and the neurodiverse will be released on August 15th. Preorder your copy today and learn more by visiting travelingdifferent.com.  https://listen.theautismdad.com/travelingdifferent (Learn More About Traveling Different)
Join my new community and discuss this and other episodes of The Autism Dad Podcast with others. It's totally free, and I'd love your feedback. https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (Join Now.) My guest today is Dawn Barclay, and she's here to share tips and tricks to make traveling with our autistic kids safe, fun, and enjoyable. She wrote a new book called Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse (will release Aug 15th). Dawn and I have a conversation about some common challenges families face when trying to travel with their autistic, anxious, or otherwise neurodiverse child. She provides no-nonsense solutions, ideas, and advice to help make travel a rewarding experience for the whole family. She also talks about how to evaluate hotels, theme parks, and other places prior to arrival. This is a great episode, especially as we get into the summer months. Check out Dawn's information below to learn more and pre-order the book. Dawn M. Barclay Dawn M. Barclay is an award-winning author who has spent a 30+ year career working in different aspects of the travel industry. After attending Tufts University, she worked in sales, marketing, and management for her parents' firms, Barclay Travel Ltd. and Barclay International Group Short Term Apartment and Villa Rentals. Next, she branched out into travel trade reporting, with senior or contributing editor positions at Travel Agent Magazine, Travel Life, Travel Market Report, and most recently, Insider Travel Report. Dawn holds degrees in psychology and marketing, is a mother of two, and lives in New York's scenic Hudson Valley. She also writes fiction as D.M. Barr and holds leadership roles in several writer organizations. http://www.dawnbarclayink.com/ (http://www.dawnbarclayink.com)   Pre-Order her book on https://amzn.to/3sEl1o1 (Amazon). Find me at theautismdad.com Join my new community and discuss this and other episodes of The Autism Dad Podcast with others. It's totally free, and I'd love your feedback. https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (Join Now.) Mentioned in this episode: Learn More About Tracto Tracto is a free app that is all about empowering parents to better understand and meet the unique needs of their kids with autism, ADHD or anxiety. Tracto does this by easily allowing for the collaborative tracking of behaviors over time. Parents can invite teachers or anyone else they want to help document behavioral changes. Not everyone sees the same things because every environment is different. Being able to document behaviors in realtime, prevents having to pull from memory later on, making it more accurate, and reliable information. Tracking things like sleep patterns, medication-related behavioral changes, behaviors in the classroom, or anything else that parents of these amazing kiddos need to keep an eye on, can be challenging. Simply put, Tracto makes it easy. All tracking and collaboration functions to this app are completely free. They also offer affordable online courses, taught by leading experts if you’re interested in learning some new parenting skills yourself. They’re short videos that will teach you new parenting approaches and help you gain more insight into your child. You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app. Or check out the Google Play or Apple app store. Use the code “theautismdad” at checkout and save 40% off your online course order. https://listen.theautismdad.com/tracto (Learn More About Tracto) Just two Dads Podcast Shawn Francis and Brian Altounian host "Just two Dads." A weekly conversation with two dads about raising children with special needs. Listen, every Wednesday at 12PM PST. Find them on Facebook and anywhere you get your podcasts. https://listen.theautismdad.com/justtwodads (Just two Dads Podcast)
*** Join my free online community to discuss this episode: click https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (here) *** Dr. Temple Grandin is here today to help parents prepare their autistic kids for the workforce. This is so important as our kids get older. Temple has a ton of very specific advice, insight, and experience that she will share over the next 30 minutes. We also talk about helping to manage our kid’s sensory needs. Temple is an amazing human being, and I was lucky enough to sit down with her at The National Converge Autism Summit by https://springbrookbehavioral.com/ (Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health) in Greenville, South Carolina. It was such an honor to meet her, and I learned so much from our time together. You can find more information about Temple Grandin by clicking https://www.templegrandin.com/ (here) As mentioned, you can find Kate Swenson’s book Forever Boy https://amzn.to/3Pac3IL (here). You can find me here. This episode is sponsored by: Mentioned in this episode: Learn More About zPods zPods is the first U.S.-based company to provide kids with a customizable, sensory-friendly sleeping pod. These regenerative spaces come jam-packed with features such as intelligent lighting control, white noise generation, Bluetooth speakers, and more. With these tools, we believe that children can find better sleep, which means parents can sleep better as well. https://listen.theautismdad.com/zpods (Learn More About zPods) Learn More About Mightier Mightier is a clinically proven mobile gaming app that was developed at Boston Children’s Hospital. It’s already helped more than 100,000 kids, including my crew here at home. Kids play on a tablet or a phone while wearing a heart rate monitor. And Mightier incorporates breathing exercises and other calming techniques as part of the game. Kids get to see when it’s time to cool down and learn how to do it themselves. And parents get to track their progress. https://listen.theautismdad.com/mightier (Learn More About Mightier) Learn More About Tracto Tracto is a free app that is all about empowering parents to better understand and meet the unique needs of their kids with autism, ADHD or anxiety. Tracto does this by easily allowing for the collaborative tracking of behaviors over time. Parents can invite teachers or anyone else they want to help document behavioral changes. Not everyone sees the same things because every environment is different. Being able to document behaviors in realtime, prevents having to pull from memory later on, making it more accurate, and reliable information. Tracking things like sleep patterns, medication-related behavioral changes, behaviors in the classroom, or anything else that parents of these amazing kiddos need to keep an eye on, can be challenging. Simply put, Tracto makes it easy. All tracking and collaboration functions to this app are completely free. They also offer affordable online courses, taught by leading experts if you’re interested in learning some new parenting skills yourself. They’re short videos that will teach you new parenting approaches and help you gain more insight into your child. You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app. Or check out the Google Play or Apple app store. Use the code “theautismdad” at checkout and save 40% off your online course order. https://listen.theautismdad.com/tracto (Learn More About Tracto)
My guest today is Dr. Searcy-Pate and we're having a very important discussion about parental burnout. In this episode, we're going to discuss the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of burnout. As well as what to do if you're experiencing it, and how you can do to reduce your risk. Please share this episode with your friends and loved ones. Background: Dr. Searcy-Pate earned both her graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and Jackson State University. In addition, she completed specialized training in child/pediatric psychology at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota as well as the Department of Defense. As a Child/Pediatric Health Psychologist and credentialed diabetes mental health provider by the American Diabetes Association, she collaborates with parents, schools, primary care providers, and specialty providers to provide assessment, therapy, and consultation services. Get more information and connect with Dr. Searcy-Pate at the link below. searcypediatrics.org Find me at listen.theautismdad.com Mentioned in this episode: The Calm Compass Check out these courses: CONNECT: https://courses.asdparentingjourney.com/courses/calm-compass-connect?ref=d36cd5 ARTICULATE: https://courses.asdparentingjourney.com/courses/the-calm-compass-articulate?ref=d36cd5 https://listen.theautismdad.com/thecalmcompass (Learn More About The Calm Compass) BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct) Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders)
My guest today is Sam Mitchell. Sam is a 19-year-old young man who is college bound, majoring in media and entrepreneurship. He found his niche and love in podcasting in high school when he joined his high school's media club. Podcasting became his passion and he started his own, Autism Rocks and Rolls. Sam and I have a great conversation about all of the amazing things he's doing with Autism Rocks and Rolls. You can find Sam at: https://autismrocksandrolls.com Mentioned in this episode: Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders) Tracto You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app or check out the Google Play or Apple app store. https://listen.theautismdad.com/tracto (Learn More About Tracto)
My guest today is Dennis Procopio. Dennis is a life coach for men and an autism Dad. He's been on the show a few times and he's here today to talk about Dad stuff and share some autism parenting stories. This is a great conversation and ends up going to a place I hadn't seen coming. Dennis opens up about his personal journey raising his son and learning more about himself. ☺ Find Dennis: MAN-UP! Life Coaching About Rob Gorski: All my information and relevant links are https://www.liinks.co/theautismdad (here) Support this podcast: venmo.com/theautismdad Mentioned in this episode: BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct)
I'm excited to bring you another episode about empowering parents to better help their autistic children. My guest today is Mitch Leppicello. Mitch is a social worker who's spent decades working with autistic kids and their families. Mitch has used his experience to create a program called The Calm Compass. The Calm Compass is an online resource for parents of autistic children, helping them to better navigate difficult situations, as well as gain insight, and outside-of-the-box solutions for everyday challenges. I'm a huge fan of empowering parents and unfortunately, many of these things weren't available to me when I was first starting out. The Calm Compass is a fantastic resource for parents and I hope you enjoy the show. Learn more about Mitch and The Calm Compass by clicking https://courses.asdparentingjourney.com/courses/calm-compass-connect?ref=d36cd5 (here). Find me at theautismdad.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://megaphone.fm/adchoices (megaphone.fm/adchoices) Mentioned in this episode: Tracto You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app or check out the Google Play or Apple app store. https://listen.theautismdad.com/tracto (Learn More About Tracto) BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct)
My guest today is Dolly Lowery. Dolly is the CEO and Founder of a company called Kinuu. She's here to talk about their program called BrainyAct and how it's literally changing the lives of autistic kiddos and adults. This is a perfect example of technology being used to improve quality of life. This is so cool and I can't wait for you to hear this. I love bringing information to you that can help or at least inform you as to things that are currently available to help your family. ☺ ♥ About Dolly: As an entrepreneur and hard worker, my underlying passion is to look for ways to make the world a better place. I had a successful 20+ career selling software and services in the US and Europe. After losing two siblings to brain cancer, I co-founded and launched Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, a place for families living with Cancer. As a Mom of three kids, I became familiar with the growing epidemic of neurological based learning challenges, such as ADHD and Dyslexia. With over 1200 clinic visits, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to juggle demanding schedules and I was determined to find a way for families to have a program that was effective, affordable and convenient. After years of research combined with my background in technology, I assembled a team with the perfect combination of heart and experience to launch Kinuu. Together we will restore hope for families so that every child can achieve beyond what they dreamed possible and to truly believe in themselves. Learn more about BrainyAct and get information to provide your school or local community center: Kinuu.com Check out these short videos: https://vimeo.com/kinuu/brainyact3moms (https://vimeo.com/kinuu/brainyact3moms) https://vimeo.com/kinuu/sciencebehindbrainyact (https://vimeo.com/kinuu/sciencebehindbrainyact) You can find me at theautismdad.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://megaphone.fm/adchoices (megaphone.fm/adchoices) Mentioned in this episode: Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders) BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct)
I'm so excited about this week's episode. I was recently able to screen the upcoming film Tyson's Run. It's an inspirational family film about an autistic boy named Tyson, who decided he wants to run a marathon in order to repair his family. It's such a good, family film and it releases in theaters nationwide on March 11th. My guests today are Major Dodson, who plays Tyson, and Kim Bass. who wrote and directed the film. They stopped by the pod to talk about the inspiration behind Tyson's Run, what it was like filming it, and what lessons they learned along the way. This was such a fun experience for me and I can't wait for you to listen. Tyson's Run is rated PG and will release in theaters nationwide on March 11th. Learn more about the film Tyson's Run and view the trailer by clicking https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3580748/ (here). Check out Major Dodson on IMDb by clicking https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4161282/%20 (here). Check out Kim Bass on IMDb by clicking https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0060076/ (here). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://megaphone.fm/adchoices (megaphone.fm/adchoices) Mentioned in this episode: Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders) BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct)
My guests today are Herman Lintvelt and Michael (Fox) van der Linde of Augmental Technologies (Pty) Ltd. They created a FREE app called Tracto that is empowering parents to better support their autistic kids. I love bringing you resources that can help improve your families the quality of life. It's even more satisfying for me when something is as affordable as free. Check out this episode and let me know if you have any questions.. You can find more information about Tracto at tracto.app Guest bios and contact info: Herman Lintvelt Role: Founder, CEO, CTO LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hermanlintvelt/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/hermanlintvelt/) Herman Lintvelt has more than 20 years experience in creating software products, and in growing productive software teams. He has been involved in various startups over the last number of years. He specializes in initiating projects; growing the software architecture and team structure so both can start lean, and scale when it needs to. He is passionate about using technology to develop products that empowers people. Michael (Fox) van der Linde Role: Founder, Chief Product Officer LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelfoxsa/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelfoxsa/) Michael has 11 years of technology product management and entrepreneurship experience. During this period he has managed various local and international technology product portfolios ranging from digital health and telematics. He also has extensive experience in managing technology product roadmaps within various company maturity levels, from start-up, scale-up and NYSE listed company environments. Michael is passionate about addressing meaningful problems by leveraging software, hardware, data science, design and business model innovation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://megaphone.fm/adchoices (megaphone.fm/adchoices) Mentioned in this episode: Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders) BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct)
My guest this week is Amy Jacobs Schroeder, mom of five, and Founder of Happy Ladders. Happy Ladders is a play-based skills curriculum, community, and coaching platform created to empower parents of children with developmental needs, including autism. Amy spent the last two decades providing in-home autism services to families, the latter half focused solely on a parent-led model through her own agency before creating Happy Ladders. Amy and I have a conversation about the benefits of the parent-led approach to ABA therapy. About Amy: She’s also the author of the Parent-Led Revolution (https://www.parent-led.com/ (parent-led.com)). To learn more about Amy and Happy Ladders, visit https://www.happyladders.com/offers/5oAyLw6G?coupon_code=THEAUTISMDAD (happyladders.com). Find me at theautismdad.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://megaphone.fm/adchoices (megaphone.fm/adchoices) Mentioned in this episode: Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders) BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct)
I recently discovered my autistic kids are having to do active shooter and lockdown drills at school. I was caught off guard because my kids are in a school for autistic kids and kids with other learning disabilities. I had no idea this was happening and I wanted to learn more. I found so many stories about how traumatizing these drills are for kids in general. Concerned, I wanted to speak to someone who has experienced these first hand. As parents we need to be aware of what our kids are experiencing and how they are being impacted. In honor of National Gun Violence Survivors Week, I wanted to have a conversation about this. I'm connected with Shannon Watts on Twitter. Shannon is the founder of Mom's Demand Action and is leading the fight for gun safety. I asked if I could speak with someone about this and she delivered. My guest today is Avery Hamill. Avery is a senior in high school, a Student Demands Action volunteer and Students Demand Action National Advisory Board member. Avery literally took time out of his school day to talk about what it's like to experience active shooter and lockdown drills first hand. He also shares why they're so traumatizing to kids and what can be done to help reduce the impact. As a parent, this interview really hit me hard and I'm so grateful to have connected with Avery. Some heros don't wear capes and some are still in high school.. You can follow and support Avery on Twitter by clicking here. You can find more information about Students Demand Action, Mom's Demand Action, and Everytown below: Research report on the https://everytownresearch.org/report/the-impact-of-active-shooter-drills-in-schools/?_gl=1*rqfdg7*_ga*MTI2NTczNDk3Mi4xNjQxOTM0OTU4*_ga_LT0FWV3EK3*MTY0Mjc4NDQyNC4xMS4xLjE2NDI3ODQ5NTYuMA.. (Impact of Active Shooter Drills in Schools) https://studentsdemandaction.org/ (Students Demand Action) https://momsdemandaction.org/%20 (Mom's Demand Action) Everytown Text "READY: to 644-33 to join the movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities." More information about https://momentsthatsurvive.org/ ( National Gun Violence Survivors Week) Find me at listen.theautismdad.com All my information can be found https://www.liinks.co/theautismdad (here) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://megaphone.fm/adchoices (megaphone.fm/adchoices) Mentioned in this episode: BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct) Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders)
IEP or individualized education plan are oftentimes considered a four-letter word in the autism and special needs community. In this episode, I briefly explain what an IEP is and why they're important, before hearing from my guest today. Dennis Procopio is back and this time he's sharing stories from the recent IEP meeting for his son. Sometimes it's helpful to listen to people's real-life experiences because there's much that can be learned. Dennis talks about how he used his experience as a life coach to better navigate what can be a very emotionally charged, and contentious situation. Check out his story and let me know if you'd like to share yours. ☺ I have learned so much from my conversations with Dennis and he’s helping me become a better version of myself. If you would like to talk to Dennis, you can connect with him and schedule a FREE strategy session at manuplifecoaching.com Submit your topic suggestions for Dennis and me to rob@theautismdad.com Find Dennis: MAN-UP! Life Coaching About Rob Gorski: All my information and relevant links are https://www.liinks.co/theautismdad (here) Support this podcast: venmo.com/theautismdad Sponsors This episode is brought to you by Vitals. The Vitals app automatically provides police, EMS, and other first responders with information on how to better help or interact with our autistic loved ones. Vitals is saving lives by preventing misunderstandings during interactions with police. Download the Vitals app and sign up today by clicking https://bit.ly/getvitals (here). 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 https://megaphone.fm/adchoices (megaphone.fm/adchoices) Mentioned in this episode: Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders) BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct)
How many special needs parents worry about their child having interactions with first responders (police/EMS) and being misunderstood, or worse, seriously injured. The answer is far too many. Far too many parents worry about their autistic kids having encounters with police, EMS, or other first responders, that don't go well. My guest this week is Janeé Harteau, President and CEO of Vital Aware Services. She has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and is very aware of the potential safety issues that can arise due to police or EMS misunderstanding the behaviors of our loved ones with disabilities. The Vitals app automatically provides police, EMS, and other first responders with information on how to better help or interact with our autistic loved ones. Vitals is saving lives and we should talk about what it is, why we need it, and how it works. About Janeé Harteau: Chief Janeé Harteau (retired) was Minneapolis’ 52nd Police Chief and the first female chief in the city’s history. She initiated MPD 2.0 immediately after becoming chief, systematically changing accountability and transparency within the Department, while maximizing officer performance and advancement opportunities within the organization. This is one of the reasons Fortune Magazine named her one of the world’s top 50 leaders in April 2017. For more information and to download the Vitals app, click https://vitals.onelink.me/XH79/25fe1c60 (here). Find me at theautismdad.com or listen.theautismdad.com Sponsors This episode is brought to you by PeerKnect. PeerKnect is a free to download app that helps parents of special needs kids find playdates, social activities, and sensory friendly outings. Click https://bit.ly/PeerKnect (here) to download the FREE app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://megaphone.fm/adchoices (megaphone.fm/adchoices) Mentioned in this episode: BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct) Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders)
My guest today is Emily Bruce. Mother, as well as, Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst (BCBA, LBA) in the State of Tennessee with an M.S., in Psychology. She’s also the CEO and Founder of Determinism, LLC, and the creator of PeerKnect. Emily has seen firsthand the struggles special needs families face when trying to find playdates and other social activities for our kids. I cannot stress how important this is for our kids. I speak with Emily about the PeerKnect app. She shares how it works, how they protect your privacy and the many usage cases for this android and iOS. Most importantly, we talk about how PeerKnect is helping special needs kids make friends and engage in social activities. Please listen, share, and check out the PeerKnect app by clicking the link below from your mobile device. Download the FREE app:Click https://bit.ly/PeerKnect (here) from your mobile device to download the app for free and get more information. Sponsorship/Show Ideas/Communications:If you have a show idea, want to be a guest, or would like to sponsor an episode, contact me http://listen.theautismdad.com/contact/ (here), I’d love to hear from you. As always, you can find my award-winning blog at https://cms.megaphone.fm/organizations/6d46729e-3676-11ec-91cf-ff52eb069a45/podcasts/96667cee-3696-11ec-95ab-8fd38b0450a3/episodes/8e9a1ae8-4267-11ec-a608-7393b9fe1d08/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com). All my social links are at the top of the page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://megaphone.fm/adchoices (megaphone.fm/adchoices) Mentioned in this episode: Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders) BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct)
Slight format change beginning today because I’m moving to a different server. My good friend Dennis Procopio is here today. Dennis is the founder of Man-UP! Life Coaching (MULC) and has been on the show a few times to talk about various topics. Dennis is also a special needs Dad and he’s here today to share a situation he recently had to deal with in regards to his son being seriously injured while at school. This could happen to anyone but it can be more complicated when it comes to our special needs kiddos. There are a lot of emotions parents experience when something like this happens. Dennis talks about how he navigated this difficult and scary situation. He also dives into his experience as a life coach to help us better navigate these emotional situations in a positive and productive way. I have learned so much from my conversations with Dennis and he’s helping me become a better version of myself. If you would like to talk to Dennis, you can connect with him and schedule a FREE strategy session at http://manuplifecoaching.com/ (manuplifecoaching.com) Submit your topic suggestions for Dennis and me to rob@theautismdad.com Find Dennis: MAN-UP! Life Coaching About Rob Gorski: All my information and relevant links are https://linktr.ee/theautismdad (here) Support this podcast: venmo.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 https://www.theautismdad.com/2018/08/28/kids-learn-self-regulation-through-gaming-with-mightier-review/ (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 https://theautismdad.com/hero (theautismdad.com/hero) and use code “theautismdad50” to save $50.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://megaphone.fm/adchoices (megaphone.fm/adchoices) Mentioned in this episode: Happy Ladders To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now. https://listen.theautismdad.com/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders) BrainyAct BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer. https://listen.theautismdad.com/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct)
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