The Autism Dad Podcast

The Autism Dad Podcast

Welcome to The Autism Dad podcast. Every Friday I bring you a new episode with an amazing guest and we take on topics that are relevant to your life. You will hear conversations about various parenting topics, mental health, autism, ADHD, technology, current events, and yes, sometimes even politics. It’s important to me that I approach these topics in a no-nonsense way and I don’t hide my views and opinions. I’m not afraid to take on sensitive topics here on The Autism Dad podcast. Therefore, I talk about things, even when they are uncomfortable to talk about. I hope that everyone takes away something positive from each episode. I’ve been writing daily for over a decade and have found that podcasting is a great new way to reach my audience. You can listen on every major podcasting platform. Just download your favorite app and search for “The Autism Dad Podcast”. Don’t forget to smash that subscribe button so you get notified when new episodes drop. Also, please remember to rate my podcast because that really helps me grow. I’m also always looking for guests and sponsors. If you’d like to be a guest or sponsor an episode, send me a message at theautismdad.com/contact.... Show More

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January 26, 2019 12 min
In this introductory episode, I share a bit about who I am, what I do, and why I do it. I also answer one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from parents across the globe. That question is "my child has been diagnosed with Autism, what should I do?". An Autism diagnosis can be scary for any parent but there are 3 things you can do that will give you direction, help get you started on the right foot and ma...
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February 1, 2019 36 min
In this latest episode of The Autism Dad https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/podcast?source=feed_text&epa=HASHTAG&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAiwVcG9GXjv3PdrR8Dr7wZi-NjSrM0DQOXUeqPhyq2ShqScnfB7zwmvWT5JXzDmChKrOsjH-PvZma5mzb7SnFfTj5b7s-dC80lN1YD9RRM8fxMWnccWwGEyZpj3IPPNHxwbWPbmprN7xIA7MVmRf3JjwnU6fu_QnT0thAGBhWiV2ntez1xqw5Sy40tCApmS3q0tckTM_LWiMsm5q8HXolJTvyDCCpyn7xFYF1BnA4ari_TPChU-mrKN9NnOyFB8rQeEOMqkoL0kfrN9P1oXK01_HvoCa...
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February 8, 2019 22 min
In this episode, I share a very emotional interview I gave last year during the annual Wish-A-Thon. We were helping raise awareness and money for an amazing organization called Wishes Can Happen. They grant wishes to local children with life-threatening or terminal health conditions, like my oldest. It's very difficult to talk about but it's so important to raise awareness for organizations like Wishes Can Happen. They do a...
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February 13, 2019 35 min
Sensory Processing Disorder and Meltdowns are two of the most commonly misunderstood things that an Autistic person can experience. Even more confusing is how to know the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. Those words are used interchangeably and that’s a major problem, leading to a great deal of misinformation. This episode will help to explain how these things can impact people and how to tell the difference between a m...
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February 22, 2019 29 min
Please Subscribe  In this latest episode of The Autism Dad Podcast, I talk about judgment. Autism families often find themselves on the receiving end of judgment because people just don't get it or don't care. I talk about common situations in which judgment occurs and how cruel, thoughtless words can have a very real impact. If you have ever felt judged at any point in your Autism parenting journey, this episode was create...
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March 9, 2019 23 min
My listeners have been asking for me to try doing episodes where I talk freely about my personal struggles with being an Autism Dad. I thought I'd give it a try. In this bonus episode, I talk about some of those personal struggles, as well as my struggle with Depression, what it feels like to be a Dad to 3 with Autism and the impact it has on my life. This is very open, honest and raw. If you find this useful, please give it a ...
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In this episode, I interview Harish Bikmal, Autism Dad and founder of Zenaviv. Zenaviv is a Social Benefit Enterprise that works with and promotes Autistic artists, as well as artists with special needs. We talk about how they are helping to secure the future of these very talented people and provide hope for their families. Find out how Zenaviv is positively impacting the lives of Autistic artists and how to go about submitting ar...
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March 21, 2019 28 min
In this episode, I talk about what many of us face from time to time. Bittersweet Victories are the kind of victory that comes after a loss. In the case of my family, Gavin is losing significant skills and while we are heartbroken to see this loss, he still managed to do something for the first time. While the loss is a negative thing, any progress is worth celebrating. Hence, Bittersweet Victories.  http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support ...
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April 1, 2019 11 min
In this very brief, last minute-episode, I share my thoughts on Autism Speaks "Light It Up Blue" campaign. I talk about how Autism Awareness month has lost its meaning and I give you some ideas on how you can help raise awareness in ways that make a difference in peoples lives. Autism Awareness Month should be about people and not money. I also talk about the importance of supporting local, community-based organizations tha...
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April 13, 2019 27 min
We are currently experiencing a crisis with our 19 year old, Autistic and Schizophrenic son. "Untethered From Reality" is all about Gavin's struggle and what we are doing to help him. I want to use our current struggle as a teaching moment for my listeners, raise awareness and talk about crisis management. Recorded on 4/12/2019 http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theauti...
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April 20, 2019 19 min
This is an unplanned follow-up to last weeks "Untethered From Reality". Shortly after recording and publishing last weeks episode, Gavin was rushed to the hospital via ambulance. I'll talk about what happened, why Gavin was hospitalized, where we stand right now, and what we learned. This was a really scary experience and it sorta completes last week's story. It's a teachable moment and provides some insight int...
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In today's episode, I have a conversation with Dr. Jason Kahn, PhD. Dr. Kahn is a researcher from Boston Children's Hospital, an instructor at Harvard, co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Mightier. Mightier is a program that helps kids learn to self-regulate their emotions by playing video games. That means fewer emotional outbursts or meltdowns, and a reduction of parental stress. This program is absolutely amazing and...
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September 6, 2019 6 min
In this short snippet of goodness, I update you on some personal tragedy, as well as how Season 2 is shaping up. If you want to sponsor an episode or be on the show as a parent to share your story or perhaps as an organization working to make a positive impact in the Autism or Special Needs communities. http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter:...
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In this Season 2 premiere, I talk about divorce. More specifically, I talk about navigating divorce when Autistic kids are involved. Divorce is difficult for any child but Autistic children can be more profoundly impacted. There are a few simple things we can do to help them survive and eventually adapt to this massive change in their lives.  http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/thea...
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October 18, 2019 50 min
In this week's episode, I speak with my good friend and fellow Autism dad Joel Manzer. We discuss the work he's doing in the Autism community and then talk about some things that impacting the community.   http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx (Support This Podcast) You can find me: https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com (theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponso...
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I speak with my good friend and fellow Autism parent, Lindsay Fogarty. She's an Autism, Rare Disease and patient advocate, as well as, a blogger and volunteer lobbyist. We talk about why she's called "The Rare Disease Mom", what her daily life is like, what she's doing to raise awareness and help others. This is a very powerful, uplifting and inspirational conversation. Go grab a snack and enjoy the great conver...
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(S2E4) In this episode, I have a conversation with Dr. John Kruse, MD, PhD about all things ADHD, including his brand new book titled "Recognizing Adult ADHD: What Donald Trump Can Teach Us About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." Dr. Kruse has 25 years of psychiatric experience and specializes in treating adults with ADHD, that's right, adults. I talk with him about his new book and he debunks some of the most ...
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(S2E5) This week Melissa Hruza, Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships at adoptaclassroom.org stopped by to discuss how they are helping teachers and students all over the country, find the funding they need. So many teachers have to pay for classroom necessities out of their own pocket and that's simply unacceptable. Adoptaclassroom.org is a national, award-winning nonprofit that provides the most flexible and accoun...
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(S2E6)  I speak with Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum and Jonah Zimilies from LifeTown. LifeTown is a 53,000 sq foot facility built to service the special needs community in Livingston, New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest rate of children with autism in the United States, and the largest population of children on the spectrum live in Essex County.  LifeTown is designed to provide desperately needed services for those in the special needs ...
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(S2S7) In this episode, I talk with Brenda Bisner. She's the SVP of A Parent Media Co Inc. the creators of the SAFE STREAMING Platform, Kidoodle.TV. We talk about online streaming and the many dangers that parents are sometimes unaware of. We also discuss ways that parents can better manage what their kids are watching. This is a very important conversation and I walked away from this understanding that I need to make some chan...
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