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Is it possible to Unite the Autism Community? Can Autistic and Aspie adults, teens and children respectfully come together with parents, educators, service professionals and nonprofit autism organizations to discuss challenges and work toward the common good?
If so, what would that look like? Who would be seated at the table? Who would facilitate the conversation?
How do we calm the chaos, reduce the infighting and begin to work together for a stronger, more united, autism community that focuses on acceptance, empowerment, optimal outcomes and positive life trajectories? How do we provide individuals and families with support, opportunity and connection?
Join Autism Empowerment Radio as Karen Krejcha discusses these challenges. Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in her 40s, Karen is mom to two sons (8 and 15) also diagnosed on the autism spectrum. As Executive Director and co-founder of the nonprofit, Autism Empowerment, Karen regularly engages in conversation with autistic teens and adults as well as parents and other family members. She sees and hears the frustration from those on the spectrum who want to be respected and accepted and not seen as a burden upon society. She sees and hears from parents who want to do the best for their children but struggle navigating convoluted and conflicting systems of service that sometimes hurt more than they help.
Is it possible to strengthen the Autism Community? We think so!
Let's talk about it.
Ladies, listen in! Karen with Autism Empowerment Radio talks about one of her recent blog entries written specifically for females with autism and Asperger's and the loved ones who support them.
Karen doesn't want listeners to get hung up on labels. So whether you consider yourself a gal with Asperger's or Autism, an Aspergirl, autistic, Aspie, autie or whatever term you find most applicable or personally appealing, be sure to tune in. This radio show episode is meant to be loving and inspirational and to let you know that you are not alone in navigating the road less traveled on the autism spectrum.
Karen is the Executive Director of Autism Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. She is also an Aspie, a mom to two sons who have been diagnosed with autism and Asperger's respectively and she was recently honored in New York City in May with the 2012 GRASP (Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership) Distingued Spectrumite Medal.
Karen is a former touring professional bowler with the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour, having been nominated for both the Robby Sportsmanship award as well as the Rookie of the Year Awards. She is also an online retail businesswoman with over 13 years experience in sales and marketing and an eBay PowerSeller with over 20,000 positive feedbacks.
She co-founded Autism Empowerment in June of 2011 with her husband John and shortly thereafter coined the four foundational pillars of the organization, Accept, Enrich, Inspire and Empower.
She appreciates neurodiversity and believes in promoting Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment for all those within the Autism and Asperger communities.
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It's the Eve of Christmas Eve - Join Us for a pre holiday celebration with all of your favorite Naked Girls Radio musicians this afternoon! We will be playing Christmas music from one of our very own NGR singer/ songwriter Kyle Young. The song is called I'ts Christmas Time by Kyle Young featuring Nathan Cheney. Want to learn more about Kyle Young aka thekyleyoung check out his profile page at nakedgirlsradio.com/members/profile/98 (adults only please! He does have explicit lyrics in a lot of his songs) Wishing you a wonderful and happy holiday season :) Thank you for listening to Naked Girls Radio!
All kinds of hot new music in this evening's live show! Coming to you for the first time you will hear songs by American Dub Mafia, Space Z and Fembot One, and Archaic Noise. We will also have a Naked Girls Radio favorite: Mongrel with a song from other their new album.
Here is the starting lineup for tonight's broadcast:
American Dub Mafia - Let's Get Naked
Por*ophonic Inc - Organasm
Peteie Green ft King Beyez - Sexy Woman
Pablo Iranzo - Eye of the Storm
Ditchwater - It's Over
Mongrel - Over and Over
Maxim Senin - Chains of Love
RoGizz ft Tree - 100 Chips
Space Z and Fembot One - I Am Your God
The Devine Experience - Scratche Bas
Mr Frizo - Saturday Night
Sono Vero - End of Forever
Jus' J - An Addiction
Collabo - Licorice
Mission 16 - Mind is Gone
Maya Miko - Rock On
Archaic Noise - Terrible Feeling
Auditory Hallucination - No Cryin'
Tommy Roumanas - Hard Rain
Fearse Kreatures - Black Metal Rose
Glen Neff - Snitches Permeating Every Object
Caleb - Rich
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
Autism is a major issue which is developing and increasing in the USParents may feel that their is no hope or they cannot understand their child in many ways Having had experienced this development ourselves with our youngest child, we had to work hard for results and we will share some tips and tools in whcih you can utilize for Autism in oyur homeAutism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group. Experts estimate that 1 out of 88 children age 8 will have an ASD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 30, 2012). Males are four times more likely to have an ASD than female
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.