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Autism Annex: The STAR Autism Support Podcast

Author: STAR Autism Support

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The Autism Annex podcast explores current trends and issues in autism and other developmental disabilities. We bring stories and resources to teachers, administrators, parents, and families, presenting data and research as well as helpful and practical insights.
26 Episodes
Jessica Smith has a passion for cats, Legos, and assistive technology (AT).  A decade after being diagnosed with autism in second grade, she has now completed high school and strives to use AT to improve the lives of others.
Part 1 of a two-part series on international special education and support for children with autism.  Fernando Barbosa—parent, educator, and founder of the non-profit FOCUS CRL in Porto and Vale de Cambra—tells the story from Portugal. 
Adria Nassim was diagnosed with autism in her mid-teens, and is now a prolific author, speaker, and advocate for children and adults with disabilities. She reflects on her writing and advocacy, her diagnosis, and the gifts of self-knowledge and self-acceptance.
Amid the summer months we check in with John, a fifth-grader with autism. John shares his summer plans with us, along with what he wishes his classmates knew about autism.
Michael Jacques is an author and an advocate for people with disabilities regionally and nationally throughout Canada. He wrote his first book, Can’t Read, Can’t Write, Here’s My Book, entirely through speech-to-text technology. In this episode Michael shares his journey with autism and disability, his personal challenges and successes, and the power of perseverance. Michael is a popular guest speaker with over 400 presentations; visit for more information.
Dr. Daniel Geschwind is a distinguished professor of neurology, psychiatry, and human genetics at UCLA, and one of the world’s leading experts in autism science.  In this episode he explains what we can learn about autism and the brain through cutting-edge neuroscience and genetic research. 
Generalization is the ability to use skills in a variety of situations—a tricky proposition for children on the autism spectrum.  Misten Daniels is an educator, a contributor to the SOLER curriculum, and a proud parent of neurodiverse children; she brings all three perspectives into focus in a conversation with Johnandrew Slominski.
This month we revisit a favorite episode from last season.  Licensed psychologist Dr. Matt Lundeberg discusses autism diagnoses, mental health, and the connections that matter for life.
Author Dawn M. Barclay discusses her new book, "Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse."  Tune in for valuable insights, travel tips, and stories from the road. 
Brooke Ingersoll and Anna Dvortcsak, co-authors of Project imPACT, discuss their comprehensive social skills training curriculum for families of young children with autism.
Amy Gravino is a specialist in dating, relationships, and sexuality on the autism spectrum.
Hear Stephanie Archibald and her son Josh’s remarkable story of transition, trial and error, and the important role of parents and caregivers in advocacy roles.
Licensed psychologist Matt Lundeberg returns to speak on social skills and autism, and the profound impact that social skills can have on our mental and emotional health.  
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness about communication challenges.  This month's episode highlights the role of speech-language pathology in the classroom--tune in to hear from experts in the field!
Join Adria Nassim for a second episode, focusing on questions from Autism Annex podcast listeners!  Adria is an author, educator, speaker, and advocate for people with disabilities, based in Bloomington, Indiana.  She writes the blog Adria's Notebook for Indiana University and is a regular columnist for the Bloomington Herald-Times.
Learn about the connections between autism and mental health on this month’s episode!  Dr. Matt Lundeberg, licensed psychologist with Oregon Autism Evaluations, speaks about autism diagnoses for adolescents and adults, mental health concerns for people with autism, and challenges that face the autism and LGBTQ+ community.  
Extraordinary Routines

Extraordinary Routines


How do routines function in our everyday lives, and how can we harness the power of routines to better serve students with autism and other disabilities?  Guests Mark Howard (Training Specialist at STAR Autism Support), Doriliz Vila (Board President, Centro de Estimulación Integral) and Tiffany Goire (Program Coordinator, CEI) join host Johnandrew Slominski to discuss the extraordinary power of routines.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) intersect in powerful ways to shape our human experience.  Guest David Adams, CEO of The Urban Assembly, unpacks these ideas in philosophy and practice.
Ruth Eyres, who has enjoyed a decades-long career in special education, has completed cutting-edge research on sexuality education for students with autism and other developmental disabilities.  On this episode, Dr. Eyres joins host Johnandrew Slominski in a conversation about the current state of sexuality education in the United States and some evidence-based practices for moving forward.
Frank Conversations

Frank Conversations


Join host Johnandrew Slominski and guests Rob Foster and Peter Krug as they discuss growing up and entering adulthood with autism.
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