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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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
Welcome to another segment of Women Entrepreneurs Making a Difference, (WEMD) the live radio show that focuses on Women who with their businesses are making a difference in the lives of others.
Todays Guest is Andrea Anderson, Owner of IHealedMySons.com who is going to speak to us about Helping your kids focus and relax more.
Andrea is an author, speaker + coach to parents with kids with ADD, ADHD or autism. Andrea has dedicated the last 9 years of her life to healing her sons and she now brings the gifts of her experiences to other families, helping them set up practices that support improving their children’s symptoms and making life feel easier + better.
She's also written a book about how she healed her sons + how you can improve your kids ADD, ADHD or autism symptoms.
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Carla O'Brien is a Powerful Coach and Productivity Expert who specializes in helping those who chronically struggle with getting things done. This includes people living with ADD, Aspergers, Procrastinators, Worriers, Control Freaks, Mind Spinners, Drama and Stuck in the Story'ers, Struggling Heartfelt Entrepreneurs, Overwhelms, Exhausted Can't Say No'ers, Unfulfilled Overachievers,Overbusy Execs, or anyone who is finally really ready to commit to making changes.
For the past 19 years she has been raising her 4 quirky kids with as she describes it, “all the D’s”. Cumulatively they have: ADD, Aspergers (ASD), LD, SID, Dyslexia, and Chronic Disease. She homeschooled them for 10 years, allowing them to learn, thrive, and accomplish their way. Her oldest son with Aspergers just received a scholarship to college in his exact area of interest. His amazing and beautiful story will be available in Carla’s first book “Luke and Mud” A Story of the Unconditional Love of an Extraordinary Dog for an Extraordinary Boy With Autism, will be out this Spring. She has written it as an inspiration and acknowledgement to all who might struggle somewhere in their life that anything is possible, and you can learn to create it!
Carla says, "I am the coach for those who feel different, who function differently, including those with Aspergers, ADD, Sensitive Beings, and Brilliant but Different thinkers and doers."
If you look up the definition of the word radical, it means "of the root". Carla translates that to one's uniqueness and coaching and coaching with horses helps you succeed as who you truly are and how you truly do things. That's where Radical Productivity and Energy of Accomplishment was born.
Her work with horses is as unique as her approach to life, and herself!
Join us for another live session with our healthy detox expert, Neill Moroney, President at A Major Difference! We will be chatting about the importance of detox and benefits of using an IonCleanse system.
About Neill Moroney:
Neill Moroney is Co-owner and President of AMD. In 2003, Neill took over managing the business from his father, Dr. Robert Moroney. Under his guidance, AMD's entire effort is devoted to footbath therapy, to manufacturing the safest, best and most up-to-date machine. Beyond the quality of our central product is the focus on the customer – to give them the most for their money with continuing education and support. Neill and AMD are committed to helping those on the spectrum recover.
Learn more at: www.amajordifference.com/autism