The Autism Dad Podcast

The Autism Dad Podcast

Welcome to The Autism Dad podcast. After writing my multiple award-winning blog for over 13 years, I created this podcast to reach parents in a new, engaging way. If you're a parent or caregiver raising an autistic child, a child with ADHD, or a child with a disability, this podcast is absolutely for you. You will hear from amazing guests, including Dr. Temple Grandin, Kate Swenson (Finding Cooper's Voice), Eileen Lamb (The Autism Cafe), Cody Singer, and over 100 more. I highlight both parents and autistic voices on this show because there's so much we can learn from each other. I take on important topics that apply to your life, with the help of experts, parents, and autistic voices. New episodes release every Monday, and I hope you'll tune in.

Episodes

June 27, 2022 41 min
Sometimes we need a little help to accept a diagnosis, be it for our child or ourselves. In this episode, Dennis Procopio helps me to accept my recent diagnosis. I think his advice transcends my singular experience and can apply to so many situations, including the one in your life. This was a very personal episode and I hope it helps you as much as it helped me. Guest Bio: Dennis Procopio is a husband, father, and male life coac...
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Are you a parent to an autistic child, a child with ADHD, or a child with a disability? If so, this show is for you. Learn everything you need to know about IEPs, from an IEP expert, and go into your next IEP meeting empowered with the knowledge needed to better navigate the system. This episode with help you ensure your child has access to the support and accommodations needed for them to succeed in their educational journey. Gue...
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My guest today is for the first episode of my new Autistic Voices Series is none other than Cory Singer. Cory is an accomplished singer/songwriter and Tiktok sensation, who just happens to be autistic. He uses his massive platform to talk about autism. Cory uses his personal experience as an autistic person to create about autism that is humorous, engaging, educational, honest, and inspirational. Guest Bio: NJ Native Cory Singer i...
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Eileen Lamb (The Autism Cafe) is an autistic mother of two autistic kids. She's here for a parent-to-parent discussion about the reality of regressive autism and ABA therapy, based on first-hand, personal experience. Guest Bio: Eileen Lamb, author of "All Across The Spectrum" and “Be The One,” is the founder of The Autism Cafe. She’s also a writer, photographer, and podcast host. Born in France, Eileen now lives in Aus...
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I have a great parent-to-parent conversation with my friend Kate Swenson (Finding Cooper's Voice). We share some of our best autism parenting stories that inspire hope and healing. Connect with Kate Swenson: https://findingcoopersvoice.com (Finding Cooper's Voice) Check out https://www.amazon.com/dp/0778311996/ref=cm_sw_r_as_gl_apa_gl_i_dl_0ADF4RCRRMWQT2FQ9A62?linkCode=ml2&tag=robgorski-20 (Forever Boy) Ab...
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My guest today is the Administrator of https://springbrookbehavioral.com/ (Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health), Mike Rowley. I recorded this while on-site at The Converge Autism Summit in Greenville, South Carolina. Mike and I have a conversation all about the Springbrook facility. We talk about why a child may need acute residential care, and what happens when they do. We talked about the unimaginable struggles facing families w...
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Join my new community and discuss this and other episodes of The Autism Dad Podcast with others. It's totally free, and I'd love your feedback. https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (Join Now.) My guest today is Dawn Barclay, and she's here to share tips and tricks to make traveling with our autistic kids safe, fun, and enjoyable. She wrote a new book called Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of...
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*** Join my free online community to discuss this episode: click https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (here) *** Dr. Temple Grandin is here today to help parents prepare their autistic kids for the workforce. This is so important as our kids get older. Temple has a ton of very specific advice, insight, and experience that she will share over the next 30 minutes. We also talk about helping to manage our kid’s sensory needs....
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My guest today is Dr. Searcy-Pate and we're having a very important discussion about parental burnout. In this episode, we're going to discuss the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of burnout. As well as what to do if you're experiencing it, and how you can do to reduce your risk. Please share this episode with your friends and loved ones. Background: Dr. Searcy-Pate earned both her graduate degrees in Clinical Psycho...
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My guest today is Sam Mitchell. Sam is a 19-year-old young man who is college bound, majoring in media and entrepreneurship. He found his niche and love in podcasting in high school when he joined his high school's media club. Podcasting became his passion and he started his own, Autism Rocks and Rolls. Sam and I have a great conversation about all of the amazing things he's doing with Autism Rocks and Rolls. You can find...
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My guest today is Dennis Procopio. Dennis is a life coach for men and an autism Dad. He's been on the show a few times and he's here today to talk about Dad stuff and share some autism parenting stories. This is a great conversation and ends up going to a place I hadn't seen coming. Dennis opens up about his personal journey raising his son and learning more about himself. ☺ Find Dennis: MAN-UP! Life Coaching About Rob ...
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I'm excited to bring you another episode about empowering parents to better help their autistic children. My guest today is Mitch Leppicello. Mitch is a social worker who's spent decades working with autistic kids and their families. Mitch has used his experience to create a program called The Calm Compass. The Calm Compass is an online resource for parents of autistic children, helping them to better navigate difficult sit...
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My guest today is Dolly Lowery. Dolly is the CEO and Founder of a company called Kinuu. She's here to talk about their program called BrainyAct and how it's literally changing the lives of autistic kiddos and adults. This is a perfect example of technology being used to improve quality of life. This is so cool and I can't wait for you to hear this. I love bringing information to you that can help or at least inform you ...
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I'm so excited about this week's episode. I was recently able to screen the upcoming film Tyson's Run. It's an inspirational family film about an autistic boy named Tyson, who decided he wants to run a marathon in order to repair his family. It's such a good, family film and it releases in theaters nationwide on March 11th. My guests today are Major Dodson, who plays Tyson, and Kim Bass. who wrote and directed t...
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My guests today are Herman Lintvelt and Michael (Fox) van der Linde of Augmental Technologies (Pty) Ltd. They created a FREE app called Tracto that is empowering parents to better support their autistic kids. I love bringing you resources that can help improve your families the quality of life. It's even more satisfying for me when something is as affordable as free. Check out this episode and let me know if you have any questi...
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My guest this week is Amy Jacobs Schroeder, mom of five, and Founder of Happy Ladders. Happy Ladders is a play-based skills curriculum, community, and coaching platform created to empower parents of children with developmental needs, including autism. Amy spent the last two decades providing in-home autism services to families, the latter half focused solely on a parent-led model through her own agency before creating Happy Ladders...
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I recently discovered my autistic kids are having to do active shooter and lockdown drills at school. I was caught off guard because my kids are in a school for autistic kids and kids with other learning disabilities. I had no idea this was happening and I wanted to learn more. I found so many stories about how traumatizing these drills are for kids in general. Concerned, I wanted to speak to someone who has experienced these first...
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IEP or individualized education plan are oftentimes considered a four-letter word in the autism and special needs community. In this episode, I briefly explain what an IEP is and why they're important, before hearing from my guest today. Dennis Procopio is back and this time he's sharing stories from the recent IEP meeting for his son. Sometimes it's helpful to listen to people's real-life experiences because there&...
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How many special needs parents worry about their child having interactions with first responders (police/EMS) and being misunderstood, or worse, seriously injured. The answer is far too many. Far too many parents worry about their autistic kids having encounters with police, EMS, or other first responders, that don't go well. My guest this week is Janeé Harteau, President and CEO of Vital Aware Services. She has over 30 years o...
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My guest today is Emily Bruce. Mother, as well as, Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst (BCBA, LBA) in the State of Tennessee with an M.S., in Psychology. She’s also the CEO and Founder of Determinism, LLC, and the creator of PeerKnect. Emily has seen firsthand the struggles special needs families face when trying to find playdates and other social activities for our kids. I cannot stress how important this is for our kids...
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