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This week on Autism Spectrum Radio we discuss a topic that is extremely important to many parents of young kids with autism, social skills and ability. Most parents are familiar with the social challenges faced by our kids on the spectrum but not everyone knows helpful strategies that will support better social function. This week, host Rob Haupt is pleased to welcome Dr. Ann Densmore, Ed.D. CCC SLP/A, certified speech pathologist and audiologist and author of Helping Children with Autism Become More Social: 76 Ways to Use Narrative Play and author of Your Successful Preschooler: Ten Skills Children Need to Become Confident and Socially Engaged.
Dr. Ann Densmore, Ed.D. CCC SLP/A, certified speech pathologist and audiologist and author of Helping Children with Autism Become More Social: 76 Ways to Use Narrative Play and author of Your Successful Preschooler: Ten Skills Children Need to Become Confident and Socially Engaged (Harvard Medical School and Jossey-Bass, 2011). Director of Child Talk in Lexington, MA. Ann Densmore has been a speech and language consultant at public and private schools or more than 30 years. In addition to running a private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts she also consults internationally and has taught seminars for professionals and students at Harvard Medical School. Ann holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Ed.D. in Education with a specialization in child discourse from Clark University. She is board-certified in speech and language pathology and audiology. Ann swims Walden Pond every morning (when it’s not iced over) and enjoys long bike rides with her friends. She also loves photography, swimming with Cambridge New England Masters at Harvard University, and taking walks with her Portuguese Water Dog, Map. http://www.child-talk.com/ Twitter: @AnnDensmore
All parents face daily obstacles, but parents of children with autism experience increased challenges that can result in overwhelming anxiety, depression, self-doubt and sadness. Ultimately, these parents are husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, family and friends who simply wish to experience more fulfilling and satisfying lives with their children.
Dr. Darren Sush is a clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst, specializing in therapy for parents of children with autism. Throughout his career, Dr. Sush has recognized that parents of children with autism can significantly benefit from the guidance, comfort and empathy of therapeutic services that support their unique experiences and struggles.
Over the past decade, Dr. Sush has had the privilege of working within agencies that provide intervention and support for children diagnosed with autism. Through his work developing treatment programs, meeting with families and helping children, he has gained exceptional knowledge and understanding of the unique experiences of parents of children with autism.
He offers direct knowledge and guidance to the various questions that arise regarding children with autism’s behavior, skill building, treatment, funding and school placement, and helps families live their best lives possible.
This week on Autism Spectrum Radio we will discuss a question that concerns all parents and caregiver at some point: What are the challenges and opportunities as children with autism become adolescents and adults? The specific nature of how to manage these changes and the best way to prepare for the future will be the focus of this episode. Join us as we explore the different facets of how families and society need to prepare for a maturing community of individuals with autism. We are extremely excited to welcome a special guest to the show, Dr. Peter Gerhardt. Dr. Gerhardt is an expert on the use of ABA therapy in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. He serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards, including the Autism Society of America. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.
My name is Miyah Sundermeyer and I would like to welcome you to the latest episode of my blog series "Hello World." In today's episode I would like to talk about my experiences of encountering people who believe that Autism comes with gifts while other do not.
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Mindee Pinto currently teaches early childhood special education, specializing with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, in Palatine Illinois. Mrs. Pinto holds a bachelors degree in speech/language pathology and masters degree in early childhood special education. She lives with her husband Michael in Deerfield Illinois, with a their beautiful daughter Jillian.
Judy Cohen has been employed by the Milwaukee Public School system in special education for over 25 years. She began her career as a special education classroom teacher and for the last 17 years has been a diagnostic teacher in the school system. Mrs. Cohen also owns Lakeside Educational Services in Milwaukee. LES specializes in academic coaching/tutoring, as well as teaching and reinforcing organizational/study skills. Mrs. Cohen lives with her husband Jeff of 37 years and has two grown children.
The book, Mikey explains how a young child with autism sees, hears, and feels the world around him in his school environment. Mikey is not just intended for educators; although, all teachers should read it to their classes. It is intended to educate adults as well as young children to increase their awareness and understanding of the child with autism. This book, and others to follow, was inspired by my vast experiences as a teacher working with children with autism.
Cynthia Kim is the author of two books, "Nerdy, Shy and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life" and "I Think I Might be Autistic: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults". She blogs about autism at musingsofanaspie.com.
"I'm most passionate about anything related to living a full, authentic life as an adult on the spectrum--especially in a way that contributes to better understanding ourselves, finding community and improving our quality of life."
Cynthia Kim is the proud owner of many labels including woman, wife, mother, writer, editor, entrepreneur and, most recently, autistic. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in her early forties, she began blogging about life on the spectrum at MusingsofanAspie.com. She is the author of two books on her experiences, "Nerdy, Shy and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life" and "I Think I Might Be Autistic: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults." When she isn't writing, she can often be found running or hiking backwoods trails somewhere on the east coast of the US.
This week on Autism Spectrum Radio we are are talking with some of the best experts when it comes to life with autism...parents and self advocates. Our host Rob Haupt is excited to welcome three of the authors of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. Join us for a lively and informative discussion about the importance of good treatment and how to choose it, as well as valuable insights on advocacy.
Shannon Des Roches Rosa writes about autism, parenting, evidence-based approaches, iPads, vaccines, and geekery at www.Squidalicious.com, as BlogHer.com's contributing editor for parenting kids with special needs, and as a co-founder and editor of TPGA.
Jennifer Byde Myers is an editor and co-founder of TPGA. She writes at www.jennyalice.com, chronicling her family’s journey from diagnosis to daily living with her son’s special needs.
Carol Greenburg, executive director of Brooklyn Special Needs Consulting, is a special education consultant and lay advocate in private practice. Her unique perspective as an adult with Aspergers Syndrome and as the mother of a severely language-delayed autistic child, informs all of her work. • http://www.thinkingautism.com • twitter @thinkingautism • Facebook www.facebook.com/thinkingpersonsguidetoautism
On today's episode, Dana's husband is her special guest! He is going to share with us what it's like to be an adult with Aspergers (self-diagnosis), the challenges he has, and the blessings that came with learning about the condition.
Dana is the owner of AngelArts, a Creative Arts Agency and Publishing House. Seven years ago, she discovered that her son and husband both have Aspergers. It's opened up a whole new world for her and her family. Yes, there are incredible challenges, but she chooses to see how God has blessed her family through it.
Her son created a painting that became an inspiration for her Autism Awareness product line, Autism: God's Bright Kids. She also is publishing a book called "Angels in the Midst: Rising Above Autism and Aspergers," a collection of stories, poetry, videos, and artwork about how God uses ordinary people in the challenge of living with Autism and how He works in the midst of it. She is looking for submissions, sponsors, and nonprofits to give a portion of the revenue to. The book is due out in April 2015.
We conttnue our special series on the Brain and our re-release of the Dana Sourcebook of Brain Science.
I'm Dave Balog, CIO of A Thousand Moms, Building Community Support for LGBT/Q Youth in Foster/Adoptive Care.
Dr. Ray, Fred Elia and wlll resume our regular shows shortly.
Please lsten to the words of world expert neuroscient Barry Gordon, who speak on the important topic of autism. Dr. Gordon is a contrbutor to the Sourcebook of Brain Scence.
Two points, whch we'll repeat,
1)We recommend the Trevor Project, the safe space for LGBT/Q Youth Feeling troubling thoughs, sucicdal thoughts. Please call the Trevor Projecdt at 1866 4 U Trevor. Repeat.
2) Order your copy of the Sourcebook of Brain Scence, an incredbly valuable resource for everyone: parents, teachers, students, all professionals, all concerned communty members. Order with a donaton of just $10 to A Thousand Moms. Go to www.athousandmoms.org, that's all spelled out, www.athousandmoms.org
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Please join us for the third parent installment of The Hidden Side of Autism.
We will meet Brendan's mom, Garlyn, who will share her experiences and challenges of being a mom of a teenage autisic son. Brendan is a teenager with violent tendencies. Garlyn has suffered numerous concussions in caring for her son. Garlyn is concerned about the future of her son and how, where, etc., he will live. They will be losing some of their aides as they return to school, etc., and is concerned about who will be helping them in the near future. Presently Brendan can have up to 3 aides at one time due to his violent outbursts.
Welcome to this week's show, on this week's show we have Anna Kennedy joining us, to give us a feedback on the Wear it for Autism Event.
As well as this, Sarah will also will be updating us on the Autism Partnership Board meeting, and what was discussed and what is being implemented in our area.
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