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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
Parent and award winning author Elizabeth Verdick, Joins us to discuss her wonderful new book The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. With an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance. Elizabeth’s book addre
Our sister station, Autism and Scouting Radio recently hosted an inspirational interview with Joey Schadler, a new Eagle Scout from Mississippi who self-identifies on the autism spectrum with Asperger Syndrome. Karen at Autism Empowerment Radio has invited Joey on air today to share with our listeners about his journey on the road to Eagle Scout. Joey overcame a lot of challenges within his scout troop as well as within himself in order to advance through the Cub Scout and Boy Scout rank
Maripat Robison is the author of the blogspot I married a geek, and has many interesting blogposts about her life and interests. She posts about what its like to be married to someone on the spectrum. She also writes poetry and we'll get to hear some today. We'll be asking her a variety of questions and learning more abut married life in relation to the spectrum.
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.
Sandi Anderson has been an active Autism Tree Project Foundation volunteer since its inception 9 years ago. She and her husband, Jeff have two adult sons on the autism spectrum. Her many years of experience advocating, homeschooling, and special needs trainings in academics; health and life skills enable her to encourage others in their journey with a vast resource of connections and creative solutions. Sandi is a founding member/chairman for Jeremiah's Ranch, a group home community being established in Fallbrook, CA.
Together with her son Joel, Sandi enjoys many ATPF projects including resource fairs, public speaking at schools, art shows, golf tournaments, television and radio shows, fundraising, and Parent Mentor programs.
Their all time favorite accomplishment has been founding the ATPF & University of San Diego Football Mentor Program in 2009, where football players volunteer to be matched up with a child of any age with autism to have fun throughout the football season and special events. All these experiences have provided Sandi and Joel to now travel internationally sharing autism awareness and acceptance.
Monica Meyer from Monica Meyer Consulting joins Autism Empowerment Radio today to talk about a new collaborative autism community venture in Southwest Washington, the Community Autism Network.
Community Autism Network: Yes we C.A.N. is a network comprised of professionals and parent / professionals across the lifespan who serve and support individuals in Southwest Washington who live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The efforts of the network are to reach out to professionals who can affect change within their work environment, work on a state level to ensure change and build community sustainable autism resources.
C.A.N. is introducing its network to the community through the upcoming training event: Focus on Family: Autism Support for Individuals and Families at Tukes Valley School, Battleground School District on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013.
Monica has extensive history supporting the Washington autism community. She is a tireless advocate for individuals with autism across the lifespan with a special interest for adults with classic autism.
Her adult son Michael is the reason and passion for her work and advocacy on a local and state level for individuals with autism.
In 2007, Monica was recognized as the Autism Society of America's National Conference, Parent of the Year and locally received the "Caring Hearts Award" for her dedicated service to Individuals with Autism in Clark County, WA.
She can be reached at:
Monica Meyer Consulting or through
Community Autism Network
Today we are delighted to welcome well-known and respected autism expert, Dr. Stephen Shore to Autism Empowerment Radio.
We will be talking about his personal journey with autism and will also be discussing autism advocacy for youth and adults, disclosure, education and employment.
Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Stephen Shore was recommended for institutionalization back in the 1960s. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies., and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.
President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, United States Autism and Asperger Association, and other autism related organizations.
Autism and Scouting Radio and the Autism and Scouting Program are both part of Autism Empowerment -- a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to providing Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment within the autism and Asperger communities locally, regionally and worldwide.
Today Autism and Scouting Radio talks with Autism Empowerment co-founders John and Karen Krejcha to get an update on all the excitement behind the scenes at Autism Empowerment over the past few months.
We'll talk about:
The unveiling of the new Autism Empowerment website
How to plug into new Autism and Scouting training and support resources.
Updates on the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit being released in November 2013.
The new Autism and Scouting Unit Locator.
Reported stories of scouting success over the past few months.
We are very excited about the positive momentum Autism Empowerment and Autism and Scouting are achieving and look forward to sharing this with you.
Join Host Claudia Julien Whisper n Thunder Ambassador who will be discussing the topic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders with our guests, Brian Philcox, Bonnie Buxton, Renae Sanford, Jodee Kulp.
Our first guests Brian & Bonnie are advocates in the campaign to raise awareness and prevention of FASD.
Renae Sanford is a native person from BC, who is an advocate and support worker in the field for nearly 4 decades.
Jodee Kulp is an award-winning author and publisher. Her publishing company, Better Endings New Beginnings, has published numerous titles about FAS. ope for children, teens, and adults living, laughing, learning and loving through the challenges of alcohol exposure before birth
Exuberant, effervescent Ryan is returning to Autism Empowerment Radio to put us in the holiday mood and share some spirited fun. Ryan, a 6 1/2 year old Tiger Cub scout in first grade shares what he loves best about the holidays and what these special days mean to him. He'll be sharing fun family traditions, personal observations and a great deal of random musings. Ryan is a joy! He'll likely also be sharing that he wants a hippopotamus for Christmas because only a hippopotamus wi