Autism Grown Up Podcast

Autism Grown Up Podcast

In this show, we share autism resources, tips, and opportunities to connect with others in the autism community. Autism Grown Up is all about beginning with adulthood in mind.... Show More

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In today's episode, I sit with members from A Special Blend a non-profit business and coffee shop located in Greensboro, NC. DeeDee Ungetheim (President of the Board) and Terri Ramsey (Board Member + Volunteer Coordinator) join us as they share about the inception of the idea, to raising over $300,000 in their local community, to where they are today in training employees with disabilities for employment.

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It's the last Thursday of October, and you know what that means! It's the October Q+A episode! This week, we recorded live in the Autism Grown Up Community and briefly answered a couple of questions there.

Resources & References Mentioned:

  • Habitica 
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  • At the start of this episode, we get into some personal and family updates as well as some Autism Grown Up at-large updates - and we've got some great ones! I'm so excited that Autism Grown Up is now a non-profit! More info to come on how you can help support our mission and get the word out about our Resource Center + Community (which this podcast is an arm of) and our services.

    And then, we get to wrap u... Read more

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    A common challenge that many autistic individuals face as well as their families is staying active, more especially, staying physically active. A few years ago, the CDC reported that adolescents on the autism spectrum have a higher likelihood of obesity in comparison to their peers. In fact, about 32% of autistic teens are over... Read more

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    Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month? To mark the month, for our solo podcast episodes I'll be diving deeper into some of the latest findings when it comes to the autism @ the workplace movement.

    This includes sharing findings around employers' experiences in hiring and working with autistic employees. We'll also pull in from my professional experience to shape an... Read more

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    Today, I invited Kenzie Clark from Able Transition Consulting, LLC to share her work in helping families and individuals with disabilities transition to adulthood here in the Triangle in North Carolina.

    Through her services, she helps pave a path forward through providing concrete skill-building support, a person-centered plan, resources, trusted advisors and an overview of what the transition process entails, what it... Read more

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    This month's super Q: What Should We Focus on for Success in Adulthood?

    I realized we have this information stored in our AGU community - under workshop tabs.

    For more information, check out NTACT's resources and our free workshop in the AGU community, where we go more in-depth about what areas to focus on at each stage of life with videos, workbooks, and more.

    14 factors/areas pulled fro... Read more

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    Bill Dusch, Ph.D. is #ActuallyAutistic, a Physics Ph.D., and a data scientist. He's also a really great friend of mine whom I really appreciate stopping by to have this conversation with me to share with you.

    We discuss his path to his chosen career through special interests, figuring out what's the deal with social communication and breakthroughs he's had along the way, grad school (of course, right? Get ... Read more

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    September 13, 2019 14 min

    Let's get into the big picture of ASD employment.

    I'm hoping for this episode to be the beginning of a discussion here on the podcast and in our Autism Grown Up community. 

    As you listen to this episode and what I share, I want you to think about questions you have when it comes to employment (whether that's employment with your autistic child that's now or soon will be an adult, for you as an autisti... Read more

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    Elisabeth Rubin is a NC-based Occupational Therapist or OT. She currently works in early intervention with little ones referred to her through the organization she works in.

    She began her autism training at Camp Royall (a summer and year round camp for individuals on the autism spectrum here in NC and a place neither of us can get enough of), worked at the TEACCH center in Chapel Hill, NC, and then pursued her Master's... Read more

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    August 29, 2019 22 min

    It's the last Thursday of the month, which means that we're doing a Q&A! This is our first one ever, so thank you very much to those who submitted questions.

    We've received a few questions and today I'm picking one from one of our members in the Autism Grown Up community online. You can join us in the community at community.autismgrownup.com

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    My sister Tasha Regan is on the podcast today!

    In this episode, we give you a glimpse of another autism sibling's life. Which is also very different than my experience, and also goes to show that no two autism siblings are the same as well.

    I love that she is so honest in sharing her experiences, even the not always the glorious and #blessed experiences. Sibling relationships are complicated, nuanced, very s... Read more

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    August 15, 2019 6 min

    Resources & References Mentioned:

    Submit a Q+A question: http://bit.ly/aguquestion

    AGU website: https://www.autismgrownup.com/

    AGU Podcast home: http://autismgrownup.buzzsprout.com/

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    August 7, 2019 23 min

    We’re quickly approaching the back-to-school season!  

    It’s a big change for everyone, and returning to school every fall is one of the biggest annual transitions for autistic children and teens. 

    There’s a lot up ahead to adjust to, such as new routines, teachers, classes, classmates, bus schedules, and even perhaps a new school.

    Today we'll be chatting about how can families ease the back to school transi... Read more

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    In today’s episode, I’ll recommend a few ways you can avoid the summer slide, keep your child on track, and get them ready for the upcoming school year by the end of the summer.

    Resources & References Mentioned:

    Visual schedule: https://www.autismgrownup.com/visual-schedule-signup

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    Let's get into another major question parents have during the summer: How can I get my child to try something new?


    Links mentioned:

  • Autism Grown Up Podcast Episode 21
  • Autism Grown Up
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  • Summer is here and so is the heat! 

    I get a lot of questions from parents when it comes to things they should do this summer with their child on the spectrum. So here is that post!

    Here are some tips to help you figure out what you can do this summer with your child on the spectrum and your family. 

    These are some family-based activities and 1:1 or smaller group ones too.

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    Looking for ways to support your teen on the autism spectrum with independent living skills, self-advocacy, vocational skills, and more? This post will share easy to use strategies you can put into place to teach, support, and practice all these skills and more with your autistic teen.


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    As your child with autism reaches adulthood, there are a few things to consider before they graduate from high school. These topics include the transition to adult services, college, job, or living situation - all covered in this episode! 


    About Autism Grown Up:

  • AGU website: https://www.autismgrownup.com/
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