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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October 15, 2020 72 min
I'm so excited about this week's episode because I just launched The Parent to Parent Series. Aside from briefly vetting my guests, I go into these interviews blind. The idea is to meet another special needs parent for the first time. Get to know them. Have a raw, unfiltered conversation. Learn about their life and family. Share experiences and insights with the overall goal of reminding everyone listening just how beautifu...
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In this weeks episode, my guest is Varleisha Gibbs and we are going to talk about sensory processing disorder. Varleisha is a Mother, wife, and author. Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L is the Vice President of Practice Engagement and Capacity Building At the American Occupational Therapy Association. In other words, she knows her stuff and is the perfect person to help us better understand what sensory processing disorder is and ...
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I'm so excited to bring you this episode. My guests today are Cara Cooper and Jessica Rush. They're both Broadway Moms and they're here to talk about motherhood, parenting, their podcast (MAMAS Talkin' LOUD), balancing careers on Broadway and family, as well as how their lives have been impacted by COVID-19. Cara is a special needs mom and we talk about that journey as well. Cara and Jessica are absolutely hilarious...
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My guest today is legendary supermodel and celebrity fitness trainer Oscar Smith. He's devoted his life to fitness and has successfully trained clients with every type of fitness goal. Oscar Smith owns and operates his own fitness studio called O-Diesel Studios, located in Tribeca. COVID-19 has caused many gyms to be closed and even if they're open, people aren't comfortable taking the risk. Oscar shares things we can d...
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September 12, 2020 67 min
In this weeks episode, I have a parent to parent conversation with Amy Nielsen. She's an autism mom, author, educator, blogger, podcaster and early intervention specialist. We talk about her amazing family, life as an autism parent and how COVID has made things more challenging. We also talk about how her and her husband are navigating the new school year. It's a great conversation and one you can definitely relate to. :-) ...
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In this week's episode, my friend Annette Hines stops by to help us understand the differences between homeschooling, distance learning and remote learning. We even talk about unschooling as well. As parents, we need to know that we have rights when it comes to our children's education, as do our children. With COVID interfering with the reopening of schools this Fall, it's more important than ever that we know what our...
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Let's get honest here for a minute. We all want our kids to return to school. No one is saying that's a bad idea. It's important that our kids get back into the classroom. The issue is whether or not it can be done safely and the answer in most cases is a resounding no. As of 8/14/2020, a few schools have begun to open in the United States, and already, there are well over 2,100 students/teachers in quarantine due to CO...
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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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August 14, 2020 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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August 14, 2020 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. Support This Podcast (http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx) You can find me: theautismdad.com (https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com) Twitter:...
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August 14, 2020 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.   Support This Podcast (http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx) You can find me: theautismdad.com (https://my.captivate.fm/theautismdad.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/theautismdad (https://twitter.com/theautismdad) This episode is sponso...
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August 14, 2020 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 Support This Podcast (http://bit.ly/2ZPjjAx) You can find me: theautismdad.com (https://my.ca...
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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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August 14, 2020 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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August 14, 2020 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.  Support This Podcast (http://bi...
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August 14, 2020 36 min
In this latest episode of The Autism Dad #Autistic (https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/autistic?source=feed_text&epa=HASHTAG&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAiwVcG9GXjv3PdrR8Dr7wZi-NjSrM0DQOXUeqPhyq2ShqScnfB7zwmvWT5JXzDmChKrOsjH-PvZma5mzb7SnFfTj5b7s-dC80lN1YD9RRM8fxMWnccWwGEyZpj3IPPNHxwbWPbmprN7xIA7MVmRf3JjwnU6fu_QnT0thAGBhWiV2ntez1xqw5Sy40tCApmS3q0tckTM_LWiMsm5q8HXolJTvyDCCpyn7xFYF1BnA4ari_TPChU-mrKN9NnOyFB8rQeEOMqkoL0kfrN9P...
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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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August 14, 2020 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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August 14, 2020 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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August 14, 2020 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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