Autism Rocks and Rolls

Autism Rocks and Rolls

Sam Mitchell, a teenager living with autism, brings you Autism Rocks and Rolls. Although Sam has had obstacles in the past and still has daily struggles, he is using this platform to take away the stigma off of autism and other conditions that many think are disabilities. He often brings guests into the conversation, whether it be family members, friends, celebrities or others involved in the world of autism. He wants to prove that he is not broken and does not need to be fixed. Sam has a lot of fun along the way and really loves to entertain his audience. Listen to this podcast and go into the mind of Sam.


January 31, 2023 54 min

In this episode, I discuss the silent aspects of communication and the reasons why people with autism find them challenging. I also talk about the idea of "reading the room" and why some people with autism aren't able to do it cognitively, but I also talk to people who can (mostly high functioning). I do, however, offer recommendations and fixes. Additionally, when nonverbal clues like eye contact and body language are ...

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Ben Waites, a competitor from America's Got Talent Season 17 (2022), is our guest today. Ben was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which required him to use a wheelchair. Despite this, he has never encountered a challenge he couldn't overcome. Jim Waites, Ben's grandfather, led him to faith at a young age, introduced him to the sounds of Southern gospel. Since then, Ben's music has been described as "...

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January 7, 2023 57 min

This episode is absolutely fantastic since Rich Beddoe is in it. Beddoe is presently performing with the band No Resolve after formerly playing drums for the bands Finger Eleven and Saint Asonia. Rich visits my program to talk about his struggles with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. According to Mr. Beddoe, the man allegedly said, "I have been an alcoholic my entire life." His roles as a husband and friend are the most sig...

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December 26, 2022 46 min

In this episode, I talk about the arcade and why it's a fantastic location to "test the waters out." Additionally, I attempt to communicate with the parents, informing them when to let the child be free and when they should intercede. I also mention the incentives in the arcade that capture autistic people's attention. Not only that, but I also make connections between autism and a few vintage and modern arcade game...

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December 2, 2022 42 min

"When I arrived in Hell's Kitchen, my goal was to create some passion and some art." The whole time I was here, I tried to stay true to myself. This is what the amazing executive chef, Tommy Stevens, said. This is relevant because today I interview former Hell's Kitchen competitor and Cutthroat Kitchen champion Tommy Stevens. Mr. Stevens was not only born in Connecticut, but he was also born into the cooking busines...

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Come along as we chat with the wonderful Grandma Alice. I now better understand who I am thanks to this woman. She has accepted my autism and given me what I wanted—to be treated equally with everyone else. Grandma Alice has studied autism and is also quite knowledgeable about it. This grandma is also highly "gifting," as she enjoys giving gifts to people in need, whether they are members of her family or the community at l...

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This episode is a celebration and those who accept the autism spectrum are invited. At this party we have a special guest his name is Adam Wheeler. Adam Wheeler has resided in Bloomington his entire life and is a B.S. in Recreational Therapy and M.A. in Speech and Language Sciences graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington. Currently, he works as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) at Clear Creek Elementary School and works as ...

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October 27, 2022 115 min

In this episode, we have many elderly tribes or parents on Autism Rocks And Rolls. All these parents either have a child who is on the spectrum or has a child with a physical defect. However these parents tell how their child has overcame their issues and how they are being successful today. Who does the list entail? I will be telling you all with bullet points. 

  • Samuel Hutchins-Samuel Hutchins is the founder and the president of ...

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    "I want to help these children create a legacy." That is what the stunning and sweet Tamika Lamison said, and she is because, in 2006, she created The Make A Film Foundation. The Make A Film Foundation helps children with life-threatening conditions and illnesses create movies by connecting famous actors such as JK Simmons and Johnny Depp with producers and directors. Tamika started this because of her inspiration from the ...

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    October 3, 2022 78 min

    In this episode, I discuss the hard work of punishing someone on the autism spectrum or anyone with a condition. It is hard to do, but it has to be done because no one is excused from consequences. Although someone might be lost, do not worry because I want to help by stating the types of methods and tricks everyone can use. I also share the steps of discipling someone with a condition while sharing my personal discipline beliefs. ...

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    September 21, 2022 110 min

    In this episode, we have three people together, each  of whom has a business in the autism field. First, Isabella Johnston. Isabella is a serial entrepreneur specializing in diversity, equality and inclusion, multidimensional learning, peer and reverse mentoring, and organizational improvement. She leads Employers 4 Change. Employers 4 Change is software that provides recruitment DEI skills  and cognitive skills development to empl...

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    Join me as we talk to not one, not two, not three, but four people who I met at The 1 in 44 Tour and a local pro wrestling show that I commented on. First we have Jeff Snyder Mr. Snyder was born on March 27, 1989, in Rhode Island, but has lived most of his life in Massachusetts. In 1990, Jeff was diagnosed with autism and has since achieved numerous successes in independent living as well as speaking engagements and panels. Second,...

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    August 28, 2022 87 min

    Join me as I discuss the elements of autism and mental health in the video games Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Redemption. This is not for the faint of heart because, like John Marston and Arthur Morgan, we need to be ready to be brave and have the courage to hear about the black and white thinking and the amazing employability skills for those on the autism spectrum. While you may have to hear our host talk about "not hav...

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    In this episode, we talk to the stunning and amazing 20-year old musician Maia Zakay. After finding her on Facebook and learning about her work, I knew she had to be on. Maia is an R&B pop singer who also happens to be a mental health advocate. As she has stated, "My purpose is to help my listeners feel less alone in the difficult times we go through in life." She is also a model and a future movie actress who will act ...

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    Just because you have a diagnosis doesn’t mean you aren’t smart, talented, and capable of great things; it does mean you are unique, different, and cool! Those are the words of the amazing Jacob Velazquez, who I talked to today. This amazing 14-year old lives with PDDNOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Specified), which is a form of autism, but it does not bring him down because he performed on the 15th (2020) Season of Amer...

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    July 23, 2022 58 min

    In this episode I talk about why those on the spectrum have a shorter temper than others. It might be worse than ordinary anger issues because I might as well mention the violent and destructive outbursts that autistic people can possibly have. While it is hard to manage, from personal experience, I will say it is manageable and that is what I also talk about. Finally, I even go further in depth and talk about what we are thinking ...

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    In this episode, I talked to retired MMA fighter and pro wrestler Daniel Puder. Daniel has a record of 8 wins to 0 losses. Although he shares his accomplishments with us on Autism Rocks And Rolls, he shares how he got there because throughout his life he got bullied. As he said himself, "I was the kid that would get picked last to join a team and was picked on and bullied daily by other kids in my class because I had a learning...

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    How do you sell yourself as a person or as a businessman or woman? That question will be answered because I interviewed Forbes Riley, AKA The Pitching Queen. I met her virtually at a virtual summit and in person at a podcast convention in Orlando, Florida. The reason why I had to have her on the show is that she is a motivational speaker and I was moved by not only her business tips but I was also moved by her life. The woman you w...

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    June 17, 2022 50 min

    In this episode, I talk about the feeling of not just burnout when you get exhausted with a hobby but autistic burnout. The basic definition is that those who have autism are burnt out as they feel like they are missing out on basic life skills such as cooking and driving. However, I am here to spread some courage and inspiration because while they might miss those chances, aspies can show vindication by having advanced skills that...

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    In this episode, we talk to famous comedian Judy Gold. Judy started comedy in 1986 and has not stopped people from laughing. She has made appearances on shows such as The Late Night Show With Stephen Colbert and TruTV's World's Dumbest. Although she is funny, there is a serious side to her because she has anxiety and depression along with ADHD. Plus, Judy has even been bullied for her height. Despite all of this, she is one...

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