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  • 00:30

    Invisibly Autistic: The Surprising Truth About "Seeming Normal"

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    In this episode of AspieFriendly, Lorin Neikirk explores a phenomenon that isn't often addressed: Invisible Autism.


    When someone knowing very little about autsim thinks about ASD, they usually think of children who spin and hand flap and either talk incessantly about trains (or dinosaurs or the weather) or who don't speak at all. All of these things may be true for some, but there is a whole group of people with autism who don't "seem" very autistic at all. Are they any less so? Not exactly, They simply present in a different way. Those with Aspergers often fall squarely in this category. Women with Aspergers even more so. It may surprise NTs to learn that some on the spectrum can seem so "normal" that others on the spectrum may not initially realize they are autistic. Women with autism quite often "fly under the radar" regarding detection. 


    Prompted by a conversation between Neikirk and her young-adult son (both of whom have Aspergers) this episode of AspieFriendly takes a closer look at what it's like to be Invisibly Autistic. Why does it happen, what are the pros and cons, and what do we do when we're faced with a difficult situation because of it? 


    Join us as we talk about these things and more, in Invisibly Autistic: The Surprising Truth About "Seeming Normal".

  • 00:31

    Raising a child with ASD/Autism

    in Parents

       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.
      

  • Women's Power Hour: Dealing with An Autistic Person

    in Family

    What is Autism?


    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological disorder that typically appears in the first three years of life. Though every case is unique, ASD typically impacts the ability of a person to socially interact with others, and can (though not always) bring with it a variety of learning difficulties.


    Like many other neurological disorders, cases of ASD vary widely in severity. Some people with ASD develop significant language and communication difficulties before the age of three. Others do not have these challenges but still experience significant problems with social skills and nonverbal communication. The scope and severity of these symptoms can change over time, with an individual experiencing leaps of progress or serious regression at different stages of his or her development.


    Quest: Debi.  She is a stay at home mom of 2.  For years she was told her younger son had ADD but she instinctually felt that it wasn't accurate.  Finally he was identified as having autism after years,.  Since then, she and her family worked through many challenges.  She will be sharing how they overcame the daily struggles of having an autistic child. 

  • 00:30

    Shifting Gears: Autism, Science, and the Homework Debate

    in Parents

    Homework. Ever since public schools have been in existance it has probably been a source of contention between kids, parents and teachers. Unfortunately, for students with autism, the problem reaches much farther than the "I don't wanna"s. And now, a recent study says what Lorin Neikirk has been voicing for over a decade: lots of homework has issues. Big ones.


    Denise Pope, senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and co-author of the study, says "We found a clear connection between the students' stress and physical impacts -- migraines, ulcers and other stomach problems, sleep deprivation and exhaustion, and weight loss." (Full study was published in the Journal of Experimental Education.) 


    But what about the student on the spectrum? They love to learn... Seem so bright... Surely THEY just love homework, right? Not necessarily. The needs of autistic students are somewhat unique, even in light of the study.


     


    Join Lorin Neikirk as we delve into what homework works, what doesn't, and what should be avoided entirely in this episode of Aspie Friendly on BlogTalkRadio.


     

  • 01:00

    Savannah Nicole Logsdon-Breakstone - MH, DD, ASD & Disability Advocacy

    in Culture

    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.

  • 00:48

    The LNP Show S1E36 #Pretenders

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    Join Ted Hicks (Dad, Husband & Son) as he moderates the #LNPShow that discusses the latest trends and game changers in parenting, technology, education, sports & product reviews.


    805p Trabian Shorters is founder and CEO of BMe, a growing network of all races and genders committed to building better communities across the U.S. They are co-editors of the 2015 bestseller, “REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading & Succeeding.” (www.reachwithus.com)


    830p Dr. Harold Reitman's latest book, Aspertools, offers easy, effective tools to understand and manage life with children affected by what is now the world's fastest growing developmental disability. autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 


    845p Rosalyn Ross - Media Personality & our favorite Yoga / Fitness instructor provides us with some healthy lifestyle tips.  We'll try to squeeze in an NBA question or two! 


    Tune in LIVE every WEDNESDAY at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT. To call in and be a part of the experience or listen via your mobile phone - Dial 347-857-1947.  Stream us 24/7 at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/happyhournetwork to listen!

  • 00:58

    Through the Eye's of a Sibling; Autism Spectrum Disorder

    in Health

    The Two Trees is a poignant story that gives a glimpse into the difficulties of having a high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) child in the family. As told from a sibling perspective, it is both an exploration and celebration of brotherly love despite challenging circumstances, metaphorically reflected in the growth of two trees planted at the beginning of the story. The Two Trees is a must-read for all parents and kids, ASD families, educators, and anyone who has witnessed or felt the sting of being left out, bullied, or misunderstood. 


    Join me on The Keep It Moving Blog Talk Radio Show with special guest Sally Meadows, singer, song writer, author and more importantly a mother. Hear her experiences raising 2 boys and the story behind her new childrens book The Two Trees. 

  • 00:28

    Making My Way To Independence - Nick Brode

    in Family

    We are delighted to welcome Nick back to the show to share his latest successes on his road to independence.  At the age of 21, Nick enthusiastically shares his recent adventures which include performing with the Miracle Project,  acting in a short film and traveling with a care giver.  Along with studying to be an entertainer, he has also successfully gained employment and was recently promoted in his job with Trader Joe’s.  Nick shares openly about his future dreams for even greater independence and the work he is doing to accomplish his goals.  Don't miss this inspiring conversation.


    All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com).

  • 01:02

    The Terrible Truth About Autism

    in Current Events

    Autism has become an epidemic and part of the reason is because the powers that be are hiding the truth about autism.


    Jon Mica, author of "The Autistic Holocaust: The Reason Our Children Keep Getting Sick" blows the lid off on the REAL causes of Autism.  Jon E. Mica was born in 1959 in Mt. Clements, Michigan, and has lived most all his life in upstate New York. He graduated from Liverpool High School in 1977, and since then has been married twice. Jon has one child who was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in 2000. Currently living in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, Jon enjoys writing, cycling, and playing chess.

  • 01:04

    #262 "Will She Ever Talk?" Conversation with a mom about her twins

    in Parents

    Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of www.teachmetotalk.com as she speaks with a mom with questions about her twin girls with autism. This mom shared her story from having no concerns about her girls, to wondering if something was wrong, to being defensive in hearing the doctor suggest autism, to searching for other answers to explain the delays, to hearing a final diagnosis. Her girls, fraternal twins, also have very different strengths and weaknesses, but have both been diagnosed with ASD, and this mom talks about coming to grips with that. We also discussed one of her twins' new diagnosis of "dyspraxia" from the OT, what that means for speech, and for what I recommended she do next for her to address her needs at home. It's a fantastic episode for parents who are grappling with an autism diagnosis and for therapists to help them understand EXACTLY what a parent experiences during this process. 


    This great mom originally emailed me months ago asking the question, "Will she ever talk?" You can read the beginnings of this dialogue here and join us today for her other questions. 


    Will She Ever Talk?