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  • 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.
      

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 00:44

    My Autism Success Story with Tom Iland - Insights from a Self Advocate

    in Family

    Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in elementary school, Tom speaks from personal experience and educates others on how to identify the signs of ASD, offers advice for overcoming obstacles associated with ASD, and provides proof of the benefits of seeing the ability in disability! Tom has educated a number of parents, students, teachers, school district representatives, and even law enforcement officers and first responders about ASD.


    Tom is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with expert knowledge in financial services and experience in a Big 4 public accounting firm as well as entertainment, education, and not-for-profit organizations. He is a natural leader and cross-functional team player with excellent problem-solving skills and works well with all levels of management. Find out more at Thomasiland.com


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

  • 01:01

    Family Groups and Coalitions

    in Culture

    Join us for a conversation on groups and coalitions for family members of individuals with disabilities. Well discuss why they are important, and the types of activities, resources, advocacy, information, services and support they coordinate and provide. We'll also talk about how to organize a vibrant group in your community that gains support and members, and makes a positive impact! 


    Our guests are from the southeastern region of Pennsylvania. Joining us will be:


    Sara Crimm of Families CCAN, a group of families of adults with disabilities who are working to find innovative solutions for employment, housing and community living for their adult family members.


    Tara Horowitz of AutismGuards, a parent and guardian resource/networking group facilitating educational information and recreational resources for adolescents with ASD.


    Jim Wurster of New Avenue Foundation, whose mission is is to create more meaningful lives for people with disabilities and autism, and to reduce dependence on the government programs that now support these individuals.


    PA Independent Living Radio Show is brought to you Fridays at 12:00 pm EST by The Arc of Luzerne County. Please consider a donation in support of our work to help improve the quality of life for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families.


    Visit PA Disability News to stay up to date on news and events of interest to the PA disability community. Thanks for listening!

  • 01:13

    Autism, Seeing the World From a Different Angle

    in Family

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. 


    ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.


    Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Autism Speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes. Increasing autism awareness is a key aspect of this work and one in which our families and volunteers play an invaluable role.


    Please Welcome our special guests who have taken the time out to tell their stories.

  • 02:08

    50. The FX of Autism Awareness

    in Lifestyle

    Autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.


    About 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a report from 2014. This represents a 30% increase from the 1 in 88 reports of children reported to have autism in 2012. White children are more likely than Black or Hispanic children to receive an autism diagnosis. And Black children and girls are more likely to have intellectual disability along with their autism. The most notable shift is the growing proportion of those who have average or above-average intelligence, rising from 30 percent in 2002 to nearly 50 percent in 2010. 


    Monday evening, the 50th episode of The GreenHouse FX Radio Show, we will increase our knowledge of autism... Supporting those who are deal with this diagnoses everyday... Celebrating their struggles and triumphs. There has been an increase in early diagnosis, this is a reflection of successful public awareness efforts... this Monday, join us to continue those efforts.

  • 01:26

    Why Won't I Heal? Is it OXALATES???

    in Health

    Have you and your doctor tried everythnig but you still won't get better?


    Is your doctor getting ready to give up on you? Are you getting ready to give up on yourself??


    WAIT!!!!  There might be an answer.....OXALATES!


    On Monday, April 13, 2015, at 8 PM Eastern Dr. Jess Armine will lecture on oxalates. Join us and learn what oxalates are, how they can affect all your biochemical pathways, how they prevent healing, how they create pathology in your body and, most of all, when to suspect these oxalates are an issue and how to treat them.


    Did you know that oxalates have been associated with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, vulvodynia, kidney stones, autism, methylation issues, and many other conditions?


    This is one of those "not to be missed" podcasts because the healthcare practitioners who are "in the know" are healing those who otherwise will not get better by understanding all about oxalates.


    There will be a PDF associated with the podcast so you can follow along visually and, as always, it will be plenty of time for questions and answers.


    Join us for this most important podcast! See you then :-)

  • 01:06

    Amy Donaldson - Autism / ASD SocialsibS Project at Portland State University

    in Family

    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: adonald@pdx.edu


    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.

  • 00:33

    Autism Spectrum Disorder: Collaborative Care for Varied Needs

    in Health

    April 9, 2015: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children in the United States have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. Boys are five times more likely than girls to have ASD. And even though ASD can be diagnosed by age 2, many children aren’t diagnosed until after age 4.


    One thing children with ASD have in common is that their disorder can be treated by a range of therapists who have individual specialties but overlapping goals.


    In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Christine Baksi talks about her 4-year-old son Sam who was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 2, and is currently benefitting from a wide range of therapies.  Her son's physical therapist joins her to discuss the collaborative team approach to help children with ASD grow physically and emotionally.


    Subscribe to Move Forward Radio podcasts on iTunes.


    To learn more about autism spectrum disorder, visit MoveForwardPT.com.

  • 01:00

    You Can Control ADHD OR ASD without Ritalin!!!

    in Lifestyle

    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