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  • 00:48

    We Rock The Spectrum: Exercise, Social Skills & Sensory Experiences for All Kids

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    Dina Kimmel studied Business at CSUN, but it is her mother's intuition combined with her entrepreneurial spirit that led to the creation of We Rock The Spectrum Kid's Gym. After her second child Gabriel was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dina began to research ways to facilitate her son's development. Dina found that with early intervention many children were making significant improvements. This led her to create a sensory gym in her own home. Gabriel thrived and at the same time her older daughter Sophia enjoyed playing on the equipment. This provided the family joy and relief at the same time. "One of the biggest challenges when you have a child with any disability is that often all of your focus lands on them and the other siblings feel neglected or deprived". The fact that both of her children were being entertained at the same time was a fantastic outcome.This was the beginning of We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym, "Finally a place where you never have to say I'm sorry".

  • 00:53

    Becoming Unique (Autism Spectrum Disorder) with James Charles

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    Becoming Unique (Autism Spectrum Disorder) with James Charles


    Each year, one in sixty-eight children in the United States are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder - a range of neurodevelopmental challenges which can include cognitive, sensory and communicative delays. The majority of these children are diagnosed before the age of three, as modern parents have become increasingly aware of the signs to look out for and can take advantage of the strong support network now available for families effected by autism.


    Becoming Unique is a moving and informative account of one man’s journey towards Autism Spectrum Disorder.  While delivering practical and constructive advice for those living with autism, Charles also examines the positive attributes of the disorder, which he calls a diffability. It is a rare and valuable first-person narrative about living with autism.  


    James Charles grew up in Aughavas, County Leitrim, Ireland, but has lived in England for much of his life. Having trained and worked as a mental health nurse, he now manages his own Complementary Therapy and Coaching practice.


    For more information visit: http://www.jamesfrancisjourney.com/

  • 00:33

    Autism Spectrum Disorder: Collaborative Care for Varied Needs

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    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.

  • 01:08

    Understanding the Autism Spectrum Disorder Grief Cycle

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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
    Denial
    Anger or Rage
    Confusion and powerlessness
    Depression
    Guilt
    Shame or embarrassment
    Fear and panic
    Bargaining
    Hope
    Isolation
    Acceptance
    We will also do our best to answer questions that people have sent into Autism Empowerment in advance. You can reach us at info@autismempowerment.org
    http://www.autismempowerment.org

  • 00:51

    Teaching Kids (and Teachers) About Autism

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    Mindee Pinto currently teaches early childhood special education, specializing with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, in Palatine Illinois. Mrs. Pinto holds a bachelors degree in speech/language pathology and masters degree in early childhood special education. She lives with her husband Michael in Deerfield Illinois, with a their beautiful daughter Jillian.


    Judy Cohen has been employed by the Milwaukee Public School system in special education for over 25 years. She began her career as a special education classroom teacher and for the last 17 years has been a diagnostic teacher in the school system. Mrs. Cohen also owns Lakeside Educational Services in Milwaukee. LES specializes in academic coaching/tutoring, as well as teaching and reinforcing organizational/study skills. Mrs. Cohen lives with her husband Jeff of 37 years and has two grown children.


    The book, Mikey explains how a young child with autism sees, hears, and feels the world around him in his school environment. Mikey is not just intended for educators; although, all teachers should read it to their classes. It is intended to educate adults as well as young children to increase their awareness and understanding of the child with autism. This book, and others to follow, was inspired by my vast experiences as a teacher working with children with autism.

  • 00:54

    Thinking Person's Guide To Autism

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    This week on Autism Spectrum Radio we are are talking with some of the best experts when it comes to life with autism...parents and self advocates. Our host Rob Haupt is excited to welcome three of the authors of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. Join us for a lively and informative discussion about the importance of good treatment and how to choose it, as well as valuable insights on advocacy.


    Shannon Des Roches Rosa writes about autism, parenting, evidence-based approaches, iPads, vaccines, and geekery at www.Squidalicious.com, as BlogHer.com's contributing editor for parenting kids with special needs, and as a co-founder and editor of TPGA.


    Jennifer Byde Myers is an editor and co-founder of TPGA. She writes at www.jennyalice.com, chronicling her family’s journey from diagnosis to daily living with her son’s special needs.


    Carol Greenburg, executive director of Brooklyn Special Needs Consulting, is a special education consultant and lay advocate in private practice. Her unique perspective as an adult with Aspergers Syndrome and as the mother of a severely language-delayed autistic child, informs all of her work. • http://www.thinkingautism.com • twitter @thinkingautism • Facebook www.facebook.com/thinkingpersonsguidetoautism

  • 00:55

    What is Causing Autism? What Science is Telling Us

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    Dr. Bernier joins Autism Spectrum Radio to discuss the latest research about autism and what it means to the 1 in 68 now being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.


    Dr. Bernier is a licensed clinical psychologist, the Clinical Director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, and an Associate Professor at the University of Washington. He received his PhD at the University of Washington, his clinical training at UCLA, and also holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Tufts University. Dr. Bernier’s clinical and research interests span many aspects of autism--from genetics and neuroscience to diagnostic characterization and cognitive-behaviorally based interventions. As a clinician, author of over 50 publications, author of the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Reference Handbook, and as the principle investigator on a number of NIH- and foundation-funded research studies, Dr. Bernier is interested in bridging the gap in our understanding of the relationship between etiology, neurological underpinnings of deficits in social cognition, and the behavioral presentation of autism spectrum disorder.

  • 00:30

    All About Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    Do you have a child with autism? How about a husband with Asperger's? Maybe you have an autism spectrum disorder. In any event, Mark Hutten will answer your questions through the course of this show....

  • 00:54

    Areva Martin - Equitable Autism Services and Resources for Family's

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    Today on Autism Spectrum Radio we continue to explore the significance of the new CDC statistics for autism diagnosis.  We are happy to welcome back Areva Martin, Media Expert and Host, Author and Award Winning Attorney and Autism Advocate.  Areva Is Founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., one of CA’s leading autism nonprofit organizations.


    Areva Martin is known to audiences around the country for her regular appearances on Dr. Phil, Nancy Grace, Anderson Cooper AC 360 and a host of other national news and talk shows. She is a Harvard-trained attorney, author and nationally recognized autism spokesperson. Her 2nd book, The Everyday Advocate, is a must read for parents and professionals. Founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., Areva is often referred to as America’s Everyday Advocate for her passionate and relentless work on behalf of women and children. 

  • 00:48

    The Importance of Autism Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders

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    Trish Kane, Director of Programs, provides support and resources through research, field work and personal experience. Trish develops the PFA workshop series by identifying and coordinating partners, topics and speakers. She also organizes family fun events throughout Maryland to bring enjoyment and social opportunities for families. In addition to her work with Pathfinders, Trish is on the Board of Directors for The Abilities Network, a local Maryland community and vocational support organization.


    Shelly McLaughlin is responsible for the research and management of information on Autism across the lifespan, including the creation of an Autism By Age navigation tool. Shelly uses her collaborations with experts, research, or personal experiences to pen a monthly Parent Tips article that offers practical solutions to everyday autism challenges. Shelly also serves as an appointed member on the Governor's Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities.

  • 00:54

    Areva Martin - Advocating for Equitable Autism Resources in Your Community

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    Today on Autism Spectrum Radio we continue to explore the significance of the new CDC statistics for the prevalence of autism.  We are happy to welcome back Areva Martin, Media Expert and Host, Author and Award Winning Attorney and Autism Advocate.  Areva Is Founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., one of CA’s leading autism nonprofit organizations.


    Areva Martin is known to audiences around the country for her regular appearances on Dr. Phil, Nancy Grace, Anderson Cooper AC 360 and a host of other national news and talk shows. She is a Harvard-trained attorney, author and nationally recognized autism spokesperson. Her 2nd book, The Everyday Advocate, is a must read for parents and professionals. Founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., Areva is often referred to as America’s Everyday Advocate for her passionate and relentless work on behalf of women and children. 

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