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Join The Arc of Luzerne County for a conversation with Savannah Nicole Logsdon-Breakstone. Savannah began advocating at the age of 12, when her mother asked her to sit on a panel for a a state level conference presentation. Advocacy became a true passion for Savannah once she became an adult. Co-morbidly diagnosed GAD, PTSD, and ASD (Asperger’s), she worked in Mental Health advocacy before she connected with the ASD and DD communities.
Other advocacy as well as community involvements have included national and state level organizations and advisories, various county level advisories, and Freelance Advocacy efforts. Savannah is an active member of ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network) and SAU1 (Self Advocates United as 1).
Savannah is also a Freelance Writer and Social Media Specialist. She blogs at Cracked Mirror in Shalott and you can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
In continuing observance of April, Autism Awareness Month, today Dr. Annie Abram will interview Alina Rodescu-Pitchon, a mother of 26 old Ben about the challenges and rewords of raising a child with ASD.
Alina Rodescu-Pitchon was born in Bucharest, Romania and emigrated to the US with her family as a child in 1964. She graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning to go on to work in NYC. After working at I.M.Pei & Partners, Costas Kondylis, and Gal Nauer Architects, she now heads her own design practice, Pitchon Design Group. She is the proud mom of Ben, 26, and lives in Wilton, CT.
For anyone dealing with ADHD or ASD (Autism) or anyone having trouble focusing and bringing things to fruition, this show with Nicky Van Valkenberg, who wrote the book, "Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life" is truly a Godsend! Nicky has developed a method and a device that will eliminate ADHA and ASD without Ritalin, Adderal or Zenadrine and without the expense and dangerous side effects that are part of these medications. The first part of this episode covers Dr. Newton's book, "A Map to Healing and Your Essential Divinity Through Theta Consciousness" as Nicky had difficulty connecting with the broadcast., Nicky can be reached at Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life - Home Dr. Newton can be reached at Dr. Robert Newton
We are excited to welcome back V. Mark Durand to discuss the important topic of educating our medical professionals outside of the specialized field of autism. Dr. Durand's book Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practititioners is aimed at helping clinicians screen for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), treat higher functioning individuals with ASD, and assist family members.
V. Mark Durand is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Durand is currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America and is on the board of directors of the International Association of Positive Behavioral Support. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and serves on a number of editorial boards. His books include Severe Behavior Problems: A Functional Communication Training Approach, Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs, and most recently, When Children Don't Sleep Well: Interventions for Pediatric Sleep Disorders.
Dr. Durand developed a unique treatment for severe behavior problems that is currently mandated by states across the country and is used worldwide. He also developed an assessment tool that is used internationally and has been translated into more than 15 languages. He has been consulted by the departments of education in numerous states and by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education. His current research program includes the study of prevention models and treatments for such serious problems as self-injurious behavior.
Today we welcome Dr. Amy Donaldson to Autism Empowerment Radio to talk about the SocialsibS project, a Social Communication Intervention offered through the Portland State University Autism and Child Language Disorders Research Lab and the Speech & Language Clinic. The SocialsibS project is funded by a Treatment Grant from Autism Speaks.
Social and communicative competence is central to success in school and fundamental to development of peer relationships. Social communication deficits are well documented in children with ASD. Improving these skills is often a key focus of intervention, but generalization can be challenging. Two social communication intervention methods that have been found effective in recent years include:
* Training peers, or in this case, siblings, to use strategies to facilitate the social communication of children with ASD (sibling-mediated intervention)
* Use of video-modeling to directly teach social communication skills to the child with ASD.
To increase generalization of skills, the SocialsibS project combines both of these methods in one intervention.
The program is currently inviting children with autism spectrum disorder (ages 4 - 7) and their sibling (ages 5 - 10) for participation in the SocialsibS project at PSU.
Contact Amy: (503) 725-3224 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy L. Donaldson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University (PSU) and Director of PSU Autism and Child Language Disorders Laboratory. Her research focuses on the assessment and intervention of social communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) within the natural environment, as well as intervention efficacy.
Lisa Sieben is the mother of three children, including her 22 year old son, Ian, whose diagnosis of Autism, other wise known as ASD or Austism Spectrum Disorder, led her to advocacy for others with the same diagnosis. She is a past president and former board member of the Autism Society of Minnesota. She is currently an events coordinator for AuSM, planning the upcoming Steps of Hope community walk and other awareness creating events for the Minnesota autism community. In addition to her involvement with AuSM, she is also the Head of Delegation for the Special Olympics Minnesota Hastings Sharks.
AuSM is an affiliate of the Autism Society which improves the lives of all affected by autism through education, advocacy, services, research and support. The Autism Society of Minnesota was founded in 1971.
In The Flow Host, Tracy Liebmann welcomes autism pioneer Suzy Miller M. Ed. to discuss the most cutting edge remote healing techniques for both children and parents affected by ASD.
We will be discussing Suzy's ideas regarding this "epidemic". Here is an excerpt from her website to give you a feel for the information we will be discussing...
Regardless of diagnosis (Autism, ASD, A.D.D. or A.D.H.D) or your current perception, these children are beyond our experience of different. Collectively and individually they have a plan. From a soul/spirit vantage point, I am constantly amazed at what the children diagnosed on the autism spectrum are capable of, the direction they are attempting to take us and the multi-layered impact they are having on us all. At a physical, emotional and mental level, children diagnosed with autism and other conditions related to energetic sensitivities present with the significant challenge of being here in their physical bodies while attempting to maintain the truth of who they are.
Join us at 12pm EDT for a conversation with Phil Gehman, Coordinator of Disability Services at Susquehanna University, to discuss the challenges young adults with disabilities experience transitioning to college, accommodations, trends and the future of higher education for people with disabilities.
Phil is a college administrator with expertise in the area of disability related legislation and services who specializes in disability as a form of diversity. His passion for the social model of disability energizes his work in creating equal access to university programs and drives his interest in disability related policy and initiatives.
He is an active member of the Association on Higher Eductaion And Disability, ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program, and serves on the Advisory Board for an ICCD-certified psychiatric rehabilitation program in Sunbury, PA. His programmatic experience includes training faculty and professional staff in supporting students with disabilities, developing support groups for students with ASD, and establishing best practice models for students with disabilities transitioning to higher ed.
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Join Howard Glasser and Catherine Stafford with guests, Nancy Kling, Dema Stout and Micki O'Brien as they share how NHA can make a difference in the lives of families and individuals who are impacted by Autism.
Nancy Kling, MA, is a certified Advanced Trainer of the Nurtured Heart Approach and has been teaching the approach to teachers and parents for the past 10 years. She has worked with children with challenging behaviors for over 20 years. She is the author and illustrators of The Cup Kid: Parenting a Child with Meltdowns and I'm a Cup Kid: The Workbook. She also has a busy presentation schdule providig consultations, workshops and parenting classes. She also presents at conferences on Autsim and behavioral issues.
Dema Stout, MA, PCC, CPCC, established her private coaching and consuting practice in 2004 to provide individuals (and their families) with neuro-developmental disabilities such as AD/HD and Autism Spectrum Disorders the best possible support to achieve the quality of life they want and deserve. Dema is a professional certified Coach and a Certified Advanced Trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach. The Approach is the foundation of everything she does.
Micki O'Brien, MA is a Seattle based Autism, Special Needs and Education Consultant. She is also a Certified Trainer of the Nurtured Heart Approach. Her work in special education has focused on students on the Autism Spectrum and she has beocme passionately involved and has co-founded AutismPalooza, focused on creating fun spaces that are inclusive of all people and to raise the awareness of the unique perspective and insights of people on the spectrum. Micki has incorporated NHA into her work with parents, schools and other orangization wanting to better understand, support and be inclusive of people on the spectrum.
Dr. Sarita Freedman is a clinical psychologist, who had a successful career as a special education teacher and trained future teachers, working with a diverse range of populations, including children with Autism, Emotional Disturbance, Mental Retardation, Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder, Language Disorders, and Developmental Delay. Her practice consists of conventional psychotherapy services for adults and children, and she carries a specialty in developmental disabilities, and specifically, in children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She is the founder of College on the Spectrum™, whose mission it is to help students with autism spectrum disorders succeed in college and in life.
Karen with Autism Empowerment Radio goes on location at Intel to interview Karla Fisher, an adult autistic who educates and supports autistics, parents and those who seek to learn more about autism spectrum disorder through her Facebook community, Karla's ASD page.
Karla's ASD page is a perspective page from an adult autistic who in her words is "Not Fighting Autism, working with it." As a Senior Program Manager / Engineering Manager at Intel, Karla has worked in the high tech field for over 20 years and is very passionate about her job.
This is the 1st of a series of 2 interviews initially recorded on April 6th, 2013. Although this particular broadcast was recorded second, we are playing it first as it gives a strong introduction of Karla and her back story.
Karla covers a variety of topics including a bit about what it was like for Karla growing up and how things changed for her after her father passed away and she received an autism diagnosis. She discusses her conceding phase where she tried to "fix" her autism.
Other topics include being accepted in the high tech industry and being accepted online. We talk about the importance of autistics supporting other autistics and how that isn't always the case in some Facebook parent support groups.
In our 2nd interview we discuss Token Theory and Autistic Burnout, two topics which Karla talks about regularly and extensively at Karla's ASD page.
Karla Fisher has a very impressive bio. She is a 2012 GRASP Distinguished Spectrumite Medal honoree. Important parts of her life story are published as chapter 4 in Temple Grandin's book, "Different, Not Less". Karla founded Portland's first ASD Adult/Teen Mentor program and regularly teaches doctors, teachers, professionals and parents about ASD.