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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.
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.
Biweekly Updates! Looking for current Autism / Asperger / ASD resources within the Southwest Washington or Portland Metro, OR communities? For Kids? Teens? Adults? Listen in every other week as Karen & John with Autism Empowerment Radio share local upcoming events from Autism Empowerment and a variety of local agencies, support groups, clubs and care providers. Also learn how to download your free Autism Empowerment local service providers guide. Some workshops, classes and special events
Looking for Autism / Asperger / ASD resources within the Southwest Washington or Portland, Oregon Metro communities? For kids? Teens? Adults? Listen in as Karen & John with Autism Empowerment Radio share upcoming local Fall 2012 events from Autism Empowerment and a variety of agencies, support groups and local clubs. We will also be sharing a variety of resources from Autism Empowerment's free local service providers guide. Some workshops, classes and special events are specific
From our special guest on the podcast:"Hey there I'm the founder of Beards For Autism. I was wanting to figure out how I could go about call in to the podcast. I want to do a session on BFA and reach out to all the males out there affected by ASD, may it be dads, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, or friend. As men we don't always have the instinct and intuition of a mother so I want to reach out to the guys who don't know what they can do to support the person in their life on the spectrum." ~ Harley Stringerhttps://www.facebook.com/beardsforautismhttp://beardsforautism.org/
When parents receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for their child, life as they knew it before is never the same.
Although a parent may not realize it or understand the complexities, there is a grief process that often occurs when a child is diagnosed with autism, Asperger's or other special needs. This differs from the process that one might experience with the death of a close family member or friend.
Today we are going to talk about the Autism Grief Cycle and Tips for Parents and Grandparents while working through each stage.
Karen and John from Autism Empowerment will explain some of what they went through when their two sons were diagnosed with autism and Asperger syndrome respectfully. Karen will also talk about how she felt after she received her own autism spectrum diagnosis. (Yes, parents on the autism spectrum can still go through the grief cycle for their own children on the spectrum!)
Here are some of the topics we'll cover with tips for working through each:
Shock and disbelief
Anger or Rage
Confusion and powerlessness
Shame or embarrassment
Fear and panic
We will also do our best to answer questions that people have sent into Autism Empowerment in advance. You can reach us at email@example.com
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