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Author: Megan Carranza

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Welcome to Adventures in Autism! This podcast was created as a safe place to come together and share our journeys with autism.

Host, Megan Carranza, shares her family’s experience with her son, Logan, and speaks with a variety of incredible guests. From fellow autism parents, to siblings, to experts in the field and individuals on the spectrum themselves! It’s all about support and finding a sense of community. These are people who just “get it”.

If you’re familiar with autism, then you know everyday is an adventure, you’ll hear all about those adventures here! Thanks for listening!
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Today I’m chatting with mom and fellow podcaster, Megan Champion. Megan shares her journey with raising a neurodiverse child. From the time her son was a baby, Megan had noticed differences between him and his twin sister. It wasn’t until toddlerhood that those differences became concerning. Megan sought out therapy for him and many of her concerns were addressed and he excelled. However his behavior, particularly with meltdowns was becoming problematic. Megan shares how typical parenting strategies did nothing to help matters. From there she had him evaluated for autism but he was not diagnosed and simply got the label of “quirky”. In the following years he’s been evaluated again and while he is gifted, he has never gotten a diagnosis of autism. Megan talks about the challenges of raising a child that is out of the box and doesn’t fit in the world typical. I found their story so interesting and I know many of you can relate. I loved chatting with Megan (both here and on her podcast!) and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Megan: Podcast: On The Hard Days Instagram: on.the.hard.days Website: https://www.ontheharddays.com Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m chatting with professional golfer, Billy Mayfair. Billy shares his journey of getting an autism diagnosis as an adult. After his wife encouraged him to be evaluated, Billy received his diagnosis of ASD in November of 2019. Billy explains how hearing that he had autism was initially very surprising to him. However after reading his doctors report, he felt it made a lot of sense and could see how all his life, autism had been a part of him. Billy talks about how he enjoyed golf as a kid because it was something he could do on his own, for and hours. Billy has had a very successful career as a pro golfer and still plays on the PGA Masters tour. Billy and his wife Tammy are now working on a foundation to help provide support and resources to individuals on the spectrum and their families. Billy was a delight to chat with and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Billy: Twitter: BMayfairGolf Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’ve got my sister, Melissa, back on the pod with an update! Mel hasn’t done an episode with me since May so we had a lot to cover. Fair warning, this is definitely an emotional one. We’re discussing her most recent MRI and finding out that her cancer is growing. As always Mel and I keep real, which means lots of laughs and tears. We’re talking about the reality of this situation and how difficult it’s been. Later, we’re getting a little more lighthearted and answering some listener questions. I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to this community for the outpouring of love and support for Melissa and our entire family. It truly means so much to us! Keep the prayers coming and I hope you enjoy this episode! Connect with Mel: Instagram: @thezill Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m chatting with clinical psychologist, Dr. Kat Lewitzke. Dr. Kat is the clinic director of Bright Pine Behavioral Health, a private mental health facility located in metro-Detroit (established in 2017). She specializes in pediatric neuropsychology and working with individuals diagnosed with autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, behavioral concerns, and emotional dysregulation from youth through adulthood. Dr. Kat especially focuses on early childhood in the assessment and diagnosis of autism in toddlers as young as 12 months. She has been presented with a Metro Detroit  Mom-Approved Doc Award (2019), and values a strong patient-clinician relationship. Dr. Kat is a mother herself of two young children, and is a compassionate clinician who understands the importance of finding eminent care. Dr. Kat and I talk about everything from seeking a diagnosis to finding good resources for adults on the spectrum. I throughly enjoy our conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Dr. Kat: Facebook, IG, Twitter & Tik Tok: drkat_psyd Website: https://www.brightpinepsychology.com/ Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m chatting with autism dad, Brad Sader, all about his son, Jack. Jack is 10 years old now and Brad shares their journey up until this point. Brad talks about the early days of Jack’s ASD diagnosis and how it initially came as surprise for him and his wife. Brad explains how he struggled with feelings of grief and how difficult that time was. He also talks about how finding support and community helped him get to a better, more accepting place. Today Jack is thriving and Brad is a very proud dad. I loved this conversation with Brad and I especially appreciated his vulnerability. I think for so many of us, it feels “safer” not to open up and share our true feelings. While I totally understand where that comes from, I truly believe talking about those feelings is part of processing them which leads to healing. Thanks again to Brad for coming on the pod and being so open. I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Brad: Instagram: @bradsader Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m flying solo with a mini episode all about dealing with separation anxiety. This topic was suggested to me by a listener and after I mentioned it on a previous episode, I got several more inquiries for this topic specifically. So ask and you shall receive! I’m sharing our experience with separation anxiety through the years and explaining how it was once a major issue we dealt with. As Logan has gotten older, his separation anxiety has gotten soooo much better. To the point where he is not only is ok with us leaving, but he’s actually having sleepovers without us! That may not sound like a big deal but trust me, it is! I know so many of you can relate to this topic and I hope it’s helpful to hear from someone who definitely knows what it’s like to walk in those shoes. Enjoy listening! Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Nicole Studt. Nicole is sharing her unique journey with her son, Nathan, who is now 14. The really interesting thing about their story is that while Nathan was diagnosed with ADHD at 5 years old, it was only recently (in August of 2020) that he received an autism diagnosis. Nicole talks about how she had noticed differences in her son, but could never quite figure out why. She explains what led to his ASD diagnosis and how despite the fact that it came later, autism had been there all along. I loved chatting with Nicole and hearing her perspective on all this. So often as parents, we feel we have an overwhelming amount of things to learn to when our children are diagnosed. Nicole definitely felt that especially with having an older child- but she has been SO open and eager to learn. It’s really refreshing! We had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m chatting with Tiffany Joseph, who many of you might know better as @nigh.functioning.autism. Tiffany and I connected on Instagram right after I started the podcast. I am SO glad we did because over the years I’ve learned so much from her. Tiffany has a very unique perspective as both an individual on the spectrum, and as a parent to autistic children. She is also an AAC user and she uses her device during the episode. This was an awesome first for AIA! Tiffany and I talk about her individual journey and what led to her diagnosis. We also discuss what it’s like having multiple children on the spectrum. I am truly so honored to have Tiffany on the podcast. I’ve wanted to have her on for a long time and I’m thrilled we were able to make it happen. She has taught me so much and really opened my eyes to things that I don’t know if I would have seen otherwise. I’m so grateful for her. I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Tiffany: Instagram: @nigh.functioning.autism Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m sharing a very scary and unfortunate incident that happened last week. I’m honestly still processing all my feelings and emotions around this but I felt it was important to share in case it could help another parent. On Wednesday last week, Logan eloped from our home. It took us around 15 minutes to find him (he was actually just a couple blocks from our house) which may not sound long, but it felt like an eternity. We are beyond grateful that he was safe and sound when we found him. On this episode I’m sharing the details around this event and what led up to it happening. I’m feeling pretty apprehensive about sharing this- I am definitely opening myself to criticism and judgement. I hope that you’ll listen to get all facts and above anything, I hope this episode shows you that you can NEVER be too careful. Thank you all for your love and support, it truly means the world to me! Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Lisa Vaillancourt. Lisa and I chat all about her adult son, Alex, who is now 26. Lisa is another listener turned guest and I loved hearing all about their journey! Lisa talks about Alex’s early days as well as what he’s up to now. She explains how during his school years, they really had to adapt and think outside the box to find ways to best serve Alex in regards to his education. Lisa shares how living in a small town has its up and down sides, but for Alex it was great because the district was really willing to work with them. Their community was also super supportive because Alex grew up with a small group of kids who were with him throughout his school career. I love talking with parents like Lisa who are much further into their journey than I am. I learned so much from her! Overall we had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m flying solo and sharing some life updates! These past few weeks have been BUSY with school starting and adjusting to our new schedule. I’m talking about the transitions and how we’re all fairing. (Spoiler: mom is having just as hard of a time as the kids!) I’m also talking about some recent highs and lows we’ve been experiencing. The lows being anxiety, sleep issues and some tough emotional moments. And the highs like Logan’s first sleepover! Overall, we’re definitely taking the good with the bad right now but it seems like we’re (slowly) getting to the other side. I wanted to share all this because my goal is always to keep real…and this is our real life right now! As always thank you so much for listening and supporting the show! I hope you enjoy this episode. Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m chatting with autism mom Laura, who is a listener turned guest! Laura and shares her journey with son, Owen. When Laura initially reached out to me, one of the things she really wanted to talk about was the importance of support. Laura works for a local nonprofit that provides many awesome resources for special needs families, one of which is a monthly support group. Laura explains how after Owen was diagnosed with ASD, she decided to attend the support group herself. Laura describes herself as introverted so while it was a bit out of her comfort zone, she wanted to give it a try. The group quickly proved to beneficial for her and today she’s close friends with several members! I often talk about the importance of support on this podcast, and I truly believe it makes ALL the difference on this journey. I loved hearing Laura’s perspective on finding support (and the different forms it comes in) and I know you will too. I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Laura: laura.baginski@gmail.com Neighborhood Parent Network https://www.npnparents.org/ Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m chatting with autism mom Jenn, who you might know as @divergentroots on Instagram. Jenn and I connected years ago and it was so great to get her on the pod! Jenn and I talked all about her beautiful family and especially her son Julian, who is on the spectrum. Jenn shares their journey and talks about their life in Maine. Our conversation covered just about every topic you can think of! From marriage to self care to Tik Tok, we cover it all. I can relate to so much of what Jenn shares on this episode and I know others will too. I had the best time chatting with her and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsored by: Simple Spectrum Supplement https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/ Use code AIA at check out for free shipping! Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m finishing up the summer series with a recap of our summer break and talking about what’s to come for the 2021-22 school year. I’ve shared previously that this was our BEST summer in years and on this episode I’m giving more context on what that really means. In short, Logan is just in a great place and watching him flourish this summer has been such a joy. I’m really excited to see how this school year goes because I feel like he’s starting off with a major leg up! Later, I’m answering listener questions which was really fun because there was no set topic- these questions are all over the map! I want to say thank you so much to everyone for listening and sticking around for all the solo shows this summer. I’ve had fun recording them (although I am VERY excited to get back to more interviews!) and I hope you’ve enjoyed listening! Sponsored by: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m flying solo and coming at you with another installment of the summer series! I’m talking about a topic that’s been highly requested and is very close to my heart: expanding your family after an autism diagnosis. Today I’m sharing our family’s journey and all the details on how we came to have our three incredible kids. This is a very personal topic for me and I know so many of you can relate. This is not something I’d ever want to “give advice” on, because it is so personal to every family. But I’m always happy to share our story in hopes that it can help someone. I really enjoyed taking this trip down memory lane and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsored by: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today’s episode is another installment of Hot Topics and this one is all about ABA therapy! This was a highly requested topic and I understand why, there’s a lot to talk about with ABA! I’m sharing our entire experience with ABA from the very beginning of what it was like getting started, to our decision to take a pause from ABA in October 2020. Obviously there are a lot of thoughts and opinions regarding ABA therapy. This episode is not meant to sway you one or another, it really is just me talking about our experience with ABA from my perspective as the parent. I will say we were very lucky to have had an overwhelmingly positive experience and I’m very grateful for that. I’m also answering some listener questions about ABA. As always I want to say thank you so much for listening and supporting the show. I hope you enjoy this episode! Sponsored by: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m flying solo and giving an update on my health/weight loss journey. Once again getting very personal! Over these past few months I’ve lost over 50lbs and I continue to get LOTS of questions. On this episode I’m answering those questions and giving my perspective on losing the weight. I hit my weight goal back in April and now I’m in “maintenance” mode. I’m sharing (very honestly!) how I felt about hitting my goal and how body image issues run deep. Overall, I’ve learned A LOT over these past few months. Opening up about this journey definitely makes me feel vulnerable but I’m always happy to share if it’ll help someone else. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported me through all this and I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsored by: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m chatting with fellow autism mom, Erica Tenlen. Erica shares her journey with her son Finn, who was diagnosed with ASD last year. Erica was a listener of the podcast and after we connected on Instagram, I convinced her to come on the show! After sharing with me that she really enjoyed listening, but had yet to her a story that reminded her of their own, I knew she had to be guest. It’s always my goal to share a variety of stories on AIA, I wanted Erica to share hers for that reason. I’m so glad she stepped out of her comfort zone to do so! Erica gives all the details on the unique circumstances around Finn’s diagnosis and why they are still having a hard time with others understanding and knowing the best path for Finn. I appreciated Erica’s honesty so much and I loved our conversation. I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Erica: Instagram: @ericatenlen Facebook: Erica Tenlen Sponsored by: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m coming at you with another Hot Topic! This episode is all about navigating personal relationships after your child is diagnosed with autism. I’m sharing my own experiences within my marriage, and with family and friends. This topic is one that comes up A LOT in my DMs and was highly requested for the Hot Topics series. In addition to sharing my own background, I also got many responses from listeners that I’m discussing as well. Navigating (and nurturing) close relationships can be a challenge even when autism isn’t a factor- so a diagnosis of ASD can definitely add another layer of difficulty. Today I’m really digging into my own personal accounts of my relationships. I also want to thank everyone that gave their input for this episode. I hope you enjoy listening! Sponsored by: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
Today I’m flying solo with another installment of the Summer Series! On this episode I’m talking all about milestones. Milestones are something every child experiences. As parents, these milestones often come with pressure and a “timeline”. However when you have a child on the spectrum, that timeline kind of goes out the window…and that’s ok! Today I’m sharing some of Logan’s important milestones and when they happened for him. Some of these might not seem like your typical milestones, but these are the ones that stick out to me. I think it’s important as parents to remove that pressure (as best as we can!) from our children and ourselves. Once you throw away the timeline, you’re free to celebrate these amazing milestones and skills no matter when they happen. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode! Sponsored by: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Great episode! It really resonated with me in many points!

Nov 17th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Logan's Run... Happened similar and for only 60 seconds but it looked like forever...

Nov 10th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Well, our first is on the spectrum, and also de next, the next seems NT, the next is also on the spectrum and our baby also shows traits. Super genetics! 😉

Sep 11th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Great episode! ❤

Jul 21st
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Loved this one! ❤

May 5th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Great episode 👏

Dec 17th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Go Manny!

Dec 11th
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Ricardo da Cruz de Carvalho

Perfect episode! ❤

Nov 19th
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