The Autism Dad

Rob Gorski

Welcome to "The Autism Dad" podcast, hosted by Rob Gorski — a single father to three remarkable autistic children and the voice behind a widely-read blog that has been a lifeline for parents since 2010. With over a decade of firsthand experience, Rob's insights have not only impacted families worldwide but have also been featured on platforms like The Tamron Hall Show, ABC News, BBC Worldwide, CNN, and Entrepreneur Magazine. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for fresh episodes that delve into the complex world of autism and special needs parenting. This podcast serves as a safe haven, offering a blend of personal stories, expert interviews, and actionable advice. Whether you're a parent navigating the nuanced challenges of raising a neurodivergent child or simply someone looking to better understand the realm of autism, "The Autism Dad" podcast provides understanding, support, and education for all. Don't go this journey alone; tune in and become part of a community committed to awareness, acceptance, and growth. read less
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Episodes

Understanding Comorbid Diagnoses in Autism (S7E26)
Jul 3 2024
Understanding Comorbid Diagnoses in Autism (S7E26)
Introduction:In this insightful episode, we welcome Dr. Suzanne Goh, a pediatric neurologist and behavior analyst, to discuss the complexities of comorbid diagnoses in children with autism. Dr. Goh shares her expertise on the role of pediatric neurology, the importance of a holistic approach, and how parents can better advocate for their children.Guest: Dr. Suzanne GohDr. Suzanne Goh is a renowned pediatric neurologist and behavior analyst based in San Diego, California. Specializing in autism, Dr. Goh leads a comprehensive practice that integrates medical, behavioral, and developmental care. As the founder of Cordica, a network of 24 centers providing autism care services nationwide, she is dedicated to improving the lives of neurodivergent children and their families. Dr. Goh is also an author, with her latest book, "Magnificent Minds," offering a holistic approach to autism care.Key Points and Takeaways:Dr. Suzanne Goh’s Background: Pediatric neurologist and behavior analyst specializing in autism.Shortage in the Field: There is a significant shortage of professionals specializing in pediatric neurology and autism care.Role of Pediatric Neurologists: Diagnosis, genetic testing, metabolic testing, and epilepsy management.Neurobehavioral Framework: Combining neurology and behavior analysis for a customized approach to autism care.Common Comorbid Diagnoses:Medical Conditions: Genetic, metabolic disorders, epilepsy, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal issues, immune disorders, and autonomic nervous system dysfunction.Impact of Comorbid Conditions: These can significantly affect a child’s health, quality of life, learning, and well-being.Advocating for Your Child: The importance of looking deeper than just the autism diagnosis and finding the right medical team.Relevant Links:Cordica CareDr. Suzanne Goh’s WebsiteMagnificent Minds Book on AmazonQuotes and Highlights:"The source of behavior is the brain. So it's a natural connection. And how can we really understand behavior if we're not thinking about the brain?""About 90% of autistic individuals have at least one co-occurring condition and 50% have four or more."About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.comIf you found this episode helpful, please subscribe to our podcast, leave a review, and visit our website for more resources. Connect with us on social media to stay updated on future episodes.Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines,...
Understanding ARFID: Insights from Michelle of My ARFID Life (S7E25)
Jun 25 2024
Understanding ARFID: Insights from Michelle of My ARFID Life (S7E25)
In this enlightening episode, we dive deep into Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) with Michelle from "My ARFID Life." Michelle shares her personal journey of parenting a child with ARFID, the challenges they face, and the incredible support they receive from their online community. This episode is packed with valuable insights, practical advice, and inspiring stories for parents, caregivers, and anyone interested in understanding ARFID better.Key Topics Discussed:Introduction to ARFID: What is ARFID, and how does it differ from picky eating?Michelle’s Story: The journey of discovering Hannah’s ARFID and the impact on their family.Diagnosis and Therapy: Steps to diagnose ARFID and the types of therapies that have helped Hannah.Social Media and Support: How their Instagram account, "My ARFID Life," has provided support and community for Hannah.Challenges and Triumphs: Real-life challenges faced by those with ARFID and the small victories that make a big difference.Advice for Parents: Tips and advice for parents navigating ARFID with their children.Quotes from the Episode:"ARFID stands for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, and it’s so much more than just picky eating." - Michelle"The support from our followers on 'My ARFID Life' has been incredible and a crucial part of Hannah’s journey." - Michelle"Therapy and understanding the root causes of ARFID have been game-changers for us." - MichelleBios:About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkGuest Bio:Michelle is a dedicated mom of three, including her 8-year-old daughter Hannah, who has ARFID. After years of struggling with various therapies and witnessing Hannah's severe malnourishment, Michelle found a specialist who introduced a nutritional supplement to help fill Hannah's nutritional gaps. Despite Hannah's sensory sensitivities making it a challenge, Michelle noticed that Hannah thrived on praise and loved being on camera. To motivate Hannah, Michelle started an Instagram page called "My ARFID Life" to encourage her to try new foods. The account quickly gained attention, helping many people relate to ARFID and find support. This journey has not only boosted Hannah’s confidence but also empowered Michelle to spread awareness about ARFID, helping others feel seen and heard.Connect with Michelle: https://www.instagram.com/myarfidlife/Resources Mentioned:DSM-5 ARFID Diagnostic CriteriaA Parents Guide to ARFID (S7E02)Connect with Us:Follow us on InstagramJoin our Facebook GroupVisit...
Autism Parenting Challenges and Strategies (S7E24)
Jun 18 2024
Autism Parenting Challenges and Strategies (S7E24)
In this episode of "The Autism Dad" podcast, Rob Gorski welcomes Lisa Candera, also known as The Autism Mom Coach. Lisa, a solo mother of a teenage son with severe autism and OCD, is a practicing attorney and certified life and grief coach. She shares valuable insights and practical strategies to help parents navigate challenges such as meltdowns, sleepless nights, and sensory issues. Join us for actionable advice and heartfelt encouragement on creating a supportive environment that fosters growth and resilience for you and your child.About Lisa Candera:Lisa Candera, The Autism Mom Coach, is a solo mother of a teenage son with severe autism and OCD, a practicing attorney, and a certified life and grief coach. Over the past four years, she has faced intense challenges, including her child's severe aggression and hospitalizations. These experiences inspired her to pursue certifications in life and grief coaching and create a program for autism parents. Through her coaching program and weekly podcast, Lisa shares her wisdom and practical strategies, offering guidance and support to families navigating autism parenting. Her insights have helped countless families manage the complexities of raising a child with autism.To learn more about Lisa:- Website: http://www.theautismmomcoach.com- Facebook and Instagram: @theautismmomcoach- Podcast: The Autism Mom Coach PodcastAbout Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit MightierLearn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit Goally
Accessible Meditation for Neurodivergent Kids (S7E23)
Jun 11 2024
Accessible Meditation for Neurodivergent Kids (S7E23)
In this enlightening episode, Rob Gorski sits down with Jan Gioia, a dedicated meditation teacher and the founder of WeeMeditate. With a background in special education and extensive experience teaching meditation to children of all abilities, Jan shares her insights on how meditation can benefit neurodivergent kids. She discusses the misconceptions around meditation, practical tips for introducing it to children, and the unique features of her inclusive meditation platform, WeeMeditate.Key Topics Discussed:- Common challenges parents face in helping their neurodivergent children self-regulate- The benefits of meditation for children, including emotional regulation, reduced anxiety, and improved concentration- Practical tips for introducing meditation to children who are fidgety or have difficulty sitting still- The importance of making meditation accessible and representative for all children- Overview of WeeMeditate, a meditation platform designed for children of all abilities, featuring guided story meditations and character inclusivity- How parents can incorporate meditation into their children's daily routinesResources Mentioned:- WeeMeditate: https://weemeditate.com- Dragon's Meditation Club Newsletter: Free monthly meditations for parents and children available at https://weeMeditate.comGuest Bio:Jan Gioia is a dedicated meditation teacher with a master's degree in special education. She has extensive experience teaching meditation to children from preschool to high school, including those with autism and various disabilities. Jan is the creator of WeeMeditate, an inclusive meditation platform designed to be accessible and representative of all children. Through her work, Jan aims to make meditation a practical and beneficial practice for neurodivergent kids and their families.About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
Zaneta Barton’s Autism Parenting Story (S7E22)
Jun 4 2024
Zaneta Barton’s Autism Parenting Story (S7E22)
Zaneta Barton, a mother of six, shares her journey as a parent of a child with autism and her pursuit of a degree in deaf communication. She discusses the challenges of accepting the diagnosis and the impact on her family. The conversation also touches on the dynamics of a large family and the importance of self-care. The conversation covers the challenges of burnout, self-care, and the transition to adulthood for children with special needs. Zaneta and Rob share their experiences and insights, emphasizing the importance of self-care and the complexities of parenting children with special needs as they transition into adulthood.About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit GoallyLearn More About Super Duper PublicationsHello, parents and educators! Enhance your child's learning with Super Duper Publications! Our tools, designed by experts in speech-language and occupational therapy, include engaging games, books, and card decks perfect for any time, anywhere learning. With options for hands-on and digital learning, plus hundreds of free resources, we cater to all children, including those with diverse needs. Dive into fun and effective education at superduperinc.com and use the code "theautismdad10" to save 10%.Visit Super Duper Publications
Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) S7E21
May 28 2024
Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) S7E21
In this episode, Rob Gorski is joined by Amber Arrington from Autism Savvy. They delve into the topic of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), an often misunderstood profile within the autism spectrum. Amber shares her personal experiences as a mother of three autistic children, including a daughter who exhibits PDA traits. The discussion covers the challenges of navigating PDA, strategies for support, and the importance of educating both parents and educators.TakeawaysPathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a profile of autism that is not officially recognized in the United States but is more widely recognized in the UK and Australia.Children with PDA exhibit a persistent drive for autonomy and have strong reactions to perceived demands, often responding with resistance or refusal.Parents of children with PDA face challenges in navigating educational settings and advocating for accommodations.Learning and understanding PDA can help parents develop strategies to support their children and create a more inclusive environment.Guest Bio:Amber Arrington is the founder of Autism Savvy, where she supports parents navigating new autism diagnoses for their children. With over 20 years of experience and as a mother of three autistic children, Amber offers a unique perspective on the challenges and strategies involved in raising autistic kids. Her work focuses on empowering parents with knowledge and resources, especially in the critical early stages of diagnosis.Connect with Amber at https://autismsavvy.comAbout Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More About Wishes and Co Travel PlanningStephanie Peters and Shelby Knopp co-own Wishes and Co Travel Planning, specializing in special needs travel. They provide resources and support for families with special needs children, including social stories, visual schedules, and personalized accommodation and activity recommendations. Their goal is to make travel accessible and enjoyable for all families. They work with various budgets, plan vacations year-round, and offer complimentary services, dedicated to creating lasting memories for families.Visit Wishes and Co Travel PlanningLearn more about ABLEnowABLEnow – tax-advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities. Learn if you, or someone you know, is eligible to open an ABLEnow account at ABLEnow.com. ABLEnowLearn More About Super Duper PublicationsHello, parents and educators! Enhance your child's learning with Super Duper Publications! Our tools, designed by experts in speech-language and occupational therapy, include engaging games, books, and card decks perfect for any time, anywhere learning. With options for hands-on and digital learning, plus hundreds of free resources, we cater to all children, including those with diverse needs. Dive into fun and effective education at superduperinc.com and use the code "theautismdad10" to save 10%.Visit Super Duper Publications
Autism Parenting Perspectives (S7E20)
May 21 2024
Autism Parenting Perspectives (S7E20)
In this episode, Rob Gorski speaks with Susie Liberator, an entrepreneur and dedicated mother who shares her journey of balancing a thriving business career with raising a son diagnosed with autism. Susie opens up about the challenges and triumphs of leaving the corporate world to support her son's needs and offers valuable insights and advice for other parents on similar paths.About Susie Liberatore:Susie Liberatore is an entrepreneur and devoted mother, who left the corporate world to support her son after his autism diagnosis. She built a successful marketing agency and a software company, balancing work with her son's therapy and education. Based in Ohio, Susie advocates for autism awareness and support, encouraging parents to ask questions and trust their instincts. Connect with her at SusieLiberatore.com.About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkIf you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to "The Autism Dad" podcast for more inspiring stories and practical advice. Don't forget to leave a review and share this episode with other parents who might find it helpful.Mentioned in this episode:Learn More About Wishes and Co Travel PlanningStephanie Peters and Shelby Knopp co-own Wishes and Co Travel Planning, specializing in special needs travel. They provide resources and support for families with special needs children, including social stories, visual schedules, and personalized accommodation and activity recommendations. Their goal is to make travel accessible and enjoyable for all families. They work with various budgets, plan vacations year-round, and offer complimentary services, dedicated to creating lasting memories for families.Visit Wishes and Co Travel PlanningLearn more about ABLEnowABLEnow – tax-advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities. Learn if you, or someone you know, is eligible to open an ABLEnow account at ABLEnow.com. ABLEnowLearn More About Super Duper PublicationsHello, parents and educators! Enhance your child's learning with Super Duper Publications! Our tools, designed by experts in speech-language and occupational therapy, include engaging games, books, and card decks perfect for any time, anywhere learning. With options for hands-on and digital learning, plus hundreds of free resources, we cater to all children, including those with diverse needs. Dive into fun and effective education at superduperinc.com and use the code "theautismdad10" to save 10%.Visit Super Duper Publications
Empowering Neurodivergent Learners: Inclusive Tools and Free Resources (S7E19)
May 14 2024
Empowering Neurodivergent Learners: Inclusive Tools and Free Resources (S7E19)
SummaryIn this episode, Rob Gorski interviews Dani Kinsley, an occupational therapist and product developer at Super Duper Publications. Dani shares how Super Duper creates a variety of educational tools, including card decks, books, games, and software, designed to support skills like speech articulation, problem-solving, and daily living activities. These user-friendly resources are crafted for both clinicians and parents, making them ideal for home use. Dani emphasizes the enduring value of analog learning tools, despite the digital trend, and notes Super Duper’s commitment to developing evidence-based products for neurodivergent learners. Listeners can explore their wide range of educational products on Super Duper’s website to support their children’s learning at home.About Guest:Dani Kinsley is an occupational therapist and product developer at Super Duper Publications. With a background in clinical practice and a passion for creating inclusive educational tools, she collaborates with speech language pathologists to design engaging resources for neurodivergent learners. Joining Super Duper in 2021, Danni brings both professional expertise and personal experience as a neurodivergent learner to her role, ensuring the products she develops are evidence-based and user-friendly. Dedicated to empowering parents and educators, Danni continues to advocate for accessible and enjoyable learning experiences for all children.Here are the links mentioned in this episode:Super Duper Publications Main Website: superduperinc.com Use code THEAUTISMDAD10 for 10% off your orderSuper Duper Digital Library: superduperlibrary.com (free trial available)HearBuilder: hearbuilder.com (free trial available)Handy Handouts: handyhandouts.com (free resources)Mentioned in this episode:Learn more about ABLEnowABLEnow – tax-advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities. Learn if you, or someone you know, is eligible to open an ABLEnow account at ABLEnow.com. ABLEnowLearn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit Goally
Travel Planning for Special Needs Families (S7E18)
May 9 2024
Travel Planning for Special Needs Families (S7E18)
SummaryStephanie Peters and Shelby Knopp are the co-owners of Wishes and Co Travel Planning, a travel agency that specializes in special needs travel. They provide resources and support for families with special needs children to plan successful vacations. They offer services such as social stories, visual schedules, and personalized recommendations for accommodations and activities. Their goal is to make travel accessible and enjoyable for families with special needs. They work with various budgets and can plan vacations all year round. Their services are complimentary and they are dedicated to creating lasting memories for families.Guest Bios:Stephanie Peters:Co-owner of Wishes and Co Travel Planning.Former kindergarten teacher with 10 years of experience and endorsements in special education and English language learning.Resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two cats.Shelby Knopp:Co-owner and senior travel advisor at Wishes and Co Travel Planning.Background in nursing, bringing a unique healthcare perspective to travel planning.Mother of three, with two children having special needs, providing personal insight into the challenges and needs of traveling families.Wishes and Co Travel PlanningAbout Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkl0Dg2XDAsY2ifci2yWVgMentioned in this episode:Learn More About Super Duper PublicationsHello, parents and educators! Enhance your child's learning with Super Duper Publications! Our tools, designed by experts in speech-language and occupational therapy, include engaging games, books, and card decks perfect for any time, anywhere learning. With options for hands-on and digital learning, plus hundreds of free resources, we cater to all children, including those with diverse needs. Dive into fun and effective education at superduperinc.com and use the code "theautismdad10" to save 10%.Visit Super Duper PublicationsLearn more about ABLEnowABLEnow – tax-advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities. Learn if you, or someone you know, is eligible to open an ABLEnow account at ABLEnow.com. ABLEnow
Expert Tips For Navigating Dental Care for Kids with Autism (S7E17)
May 7 2024
Expert Tips For Navigating Dental Care for Kids with Autism (S7E17)
Episode Summary:In this episode, Rob Gorski sits down with Dr. Usman Ali to discuss the nuances of pediatric dentistry, especially in relation to children with special needs such as autism and sensory processing disorders. Dr. Ali shares his insights on preventive care, strategies for reducing dental anxiety, and the options available for sedation and general anesthesia in a pediatric setting.About the Guest:Dr. Usman Ali is a dedicated pediatric dentist who has been practicing for over seven years. After completing his residency at the University of Rochester, he joined Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio. Dr. Ali specializes in treating pediatric patients, including those with special needs, and is deeply committed to making dental care accessible and comfortable for children facing various challenges.Resources Mentioned:Akron Children's Hospital Dental Clinic Website: Akron Children's Hospital Dental ClinicSocial Media: Links to follow Akron Children's Hospital on Facebook for updates and support.About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit GoallyLearn more about ABLEnowABLEnow – tax-advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities. Learn if you, or someone you know, is eligible to open an ABLEnow account at ABLEnow.com. ABLEnowLearn More About Super Duper PublicationsHello, parents and educators! Enhance your child's learning with Super Duper Publications! Our tools, designed by experts in speech-language and occupational therapy, include engaging games, books, and card decks perfect for any time, anywhere learning. With options for hands-on and digital learning, plus hundreds of free resources, we cater to all children, including those with diverse needs. Dive into fun and effective education at superduperinc.com and use the code "theautismdad10" to save 10%.Visit Super Duper Publications
A Day in the Life of an Intervention Specialist (S7E16)
May 2 2024
A Day in the Life of an Intervention Specialist (S7E16)
SummaryIn this conversation, Stacy Brookover, an intervention specialist, discusses her role in the school system and the importance of true inclusion for students with special needs. She explains the process of identifying students' needs and creating Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 plans. Stacy emphasizes the value of teacher training and the need for effective communication between parents and educators. She also provides insights on handling routine changes and addressing meltdowns in the classroom.About Stacey Brookover:Stacy is an Intervention Specialist driven by her son's autism diagnosis at age three. After earning her Master’s in Education Administration, she became a staunch advocate for true inclusion in schools. Stacy has developed specialized programs in public schools to foster the holistic growth of all students—socially, emotionally, and academically. Her mission is to enhance special education practices and help educators fully understand and implement effective inclusion models.About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit MightierLearn more about ABLEnowABLEnow – tax-advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities. Learn if you, or someone you know, is eligible to open an ABLEnow account at ABLEnow.com. ABLEnow
Supporting Dads in the Autism Community (S7E15)
Apr 30 2024
Supporting Dads in the Autism Community (S7E15)
Harry Psaros, author of the book 'From Struggle to Strength: A Father's Journey with Autism and the Power of Hope and Positivity,' shares his personal journey as an autism dad and the inspiration behind his book. He emphasizes the importance of mindset, resilience, and positivity in navigating the challenges of raising a child with autism. Psaros encourages parents to focus on continuous improvement, no matter where their child is on the spectrum, and to embrace their role as leaders in their child's journey. He also highlights the need for more voices and support for fathers in the autism community.About Harry Psaros:Harry Psaros is a passionate advocate and speaker on autism, residing near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a father with a deep personal connection to autism through his son, Harry has turned his journey into a powerful narrative to help other parents navigate similar challenges. He is a board member of the Autism Caring Center and one of the founding families of North Fayette Pals, an organization dedicated to providing acceptance, love, and support for special needs children. Harry's extensive community involvement includes roles such as the president of the local Parks and Rec Board and vice president of the Greek Orthodox Church in Weirton, West Virginia. His commitment extends beyond his local engagements, as he is also an author and a proactive voice for fathers grappling with autism diagnoses. His book and public speaking engagements focus on themes of hope, positivity, grit, and resilience, aiming to empower parents with a warrior mindset derived from his background in martial arts and personal experience.Get the book by clicking here.About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit GoallyLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
Ohio’s Blueprint for Developmental Disabilities (S7E14)
Apr 17 2024
Ohio’s Blueprint for Developmental Disabilities (S7E14)
Episode Summary:In this episode, Rob sits down with Kimberly Hauck, the Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). They discuss the crucial role the DODD plays in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families across Ohio. Kimberly details her journey from starting as a direct support professional to leading the department, emphasizing the department's commitment to advocacy and resource provision.Contacting The Autism Dad: For more information, to be a guest, or to become a sponsor, please visit theautismdad.link.Introduction:- Host: Rob Gorski- Guest: Kimberly Hauck, Director, Ohio Department of Developmental DisabilitiesKey Points Discussed:1. Kimberly Hauck's Background: - Over 30 years in the field of developmental disabilities, starting as a direct support professional and special education teacher, before moving into administrative roles. - Committed advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.2. Role of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities: - Oversees local county boards, serves as a regulator for service providers, and ensures accessibility to funds and resources for developmental support.3. Transitioning from Youth to Adult Services: - Importance of early intervention and support as individuals with disabilities transition from school to adult life.4. County Board of Developmental Disabilities' Role: - Help families navigate complex systems, manage eligibility for services, and support transitions. - Provide various supports, including respite services and accessibility improvements in local communities.5. Impact of Accessible Infrastructure: - Recent initiatives to enhance accessibility, such as universal changing tables and accessible playgrounds, under Kimberly’s leadership.6. Advice for Parents and Caregivers: - Encouragement to connect with local resources early to maximize support and prepare for future independence of their children.Resources Mentioned:- NASDDDS website for national disability resources- Early intervention programs for children from birth until age threeConclusion:Kimberly and Rob emphasize the importance of seeking help and utilizing available services, aiming to inspire and inform families about the support structures in place to foster independence and a better quality of life for individuals with disabilities.Calls to Action:- Visit DODD’s website for more information and resources.- Reach out to your local board of DD to explore services and support available in your area.Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit MightierLearn More: GoallyThe...
Group Homes and Shenanigans (S7E13)
Apr 16 2024
Group Homes and Shenanigans (S7E13)
Episode Summary:In this insightful episode, Rob Gorski sits down with his eldest son, Gavin, who is autistic, to discuss the important and nerve-wracking journey of transitioning to adulthood. They delve into Gavin's experiences with job training, his first job, and the process of touring group homes as he plans his future.Key Points Discussed:- Transition to Adulthood: Gavin shares his progress and challenges as he navigates through important milestones like job training and exploring living arrangements.- Touring Group Homes: Gavin talks about his criteria for a suitable group home and his feelings about touring such homes for the first time.- Future Plans and Aspirations: Gavin discusses his aspirations to start a YouTube channel focused on gaming, aiming to build it as both a passion project and a safety net.- Managing Health and Personal Interests: As someone who is immunocompromised, Gavin emphasizes the importance of living in a clean and healthy environment. He also shares how he wishes to include his future roommates in his YouTube gaming sessions.Contacting The Autism Dad: For more information, to be a guest, or to become a sponsor, please visit theautismdad.link.Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
Bridging Autism and Employment (S7E12)
Apr 11 2024
Bridging Autism and Employment (S7E12)
Welcome to another insightful episode of "The Autism Dad" podcast. In this episode, Rob Gorski, your host, sits down with Kevin Miller, an autism dad and the Executive Director of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), a state agency dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment.In This Episode, You'll Discover:- Kevin's Personal Journey: Kevin shares his personal story as an autism dad, discussing the challenges and revelations he and his family faced from early diagnosis to adulthood.- Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD): Kevin provides an in-depth look at OOD, detailing how the agency supports individuals with disabilities across Ohio, helping them achieve independence through employment.- The Power of Employment: Discover how Rob's son, Gavin, benefited from OOD's programs, gaining not just a job but a sense of purpose and autonomy.- Navigating the Transition to Adulthood: Kevin and Rob discuss the often-daunting transition to adulthood for young people with autism and how programs like OOD can provide crucial support.- Resources and Advice for Parents: Kevin offers resources and advice for parents navigating the journey of raising children with disabilities, emphasizing the importance of fostering independence and finding purpose.- A Father's Perspective: Both Kevin and Rob share their experiences and insights as fathers of autistic children, offering a candid look at the challenges, joys, and personal growth that comes with their unique parenting roles.Resources Mentioned in This Episode:- Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities: Explore the services and support offered by OOD by visiting OODWorks.com or calling 800-282-4536.- Contacting The Autism Dad: For more information, to be a guest, or to become a sponsor, please visit theautismdad.link.Connect with Us:- Subscribe to our Podcast: Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you listen to your podcasts.- Follow The Autism Dad on Social Media: Stay up to date with the latest episodes and join our growing community.Special Thanks:A heartfelt thank you to Kevin Miller for sharing his story and expertise. His insights into the world of disabilities and the power of employment have the potential to change lives.And, as always, thank you to our listeners for joining us on this journey. Your support and engagement make this podcast possible. If you found this episode helpful, please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify and sharing it with someone who might benefit from our discussions.Don't miss our next episode, where we'll explore another important topic in the autism community. Subscribe now to stay updated!Mentioned in this episode:Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial PlanningLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to...
Talking About Tough Stuff (S7E11)
Apr 4 2024
Talking About Tough Stuff (S7E11)
Summary In this conversation, Rob Gorski and Amber Arrington discuss the challenges and decisions involved in parenting adult children with autism. They address sensitive topics such as transitioning to adulthood, the need for independence, and the consideration of group homes. They also explore the emotional impact of making decisions like pursuing guardianship and the stigma attached to these choices. Amber shares her personal experience with her son living in a group home and highlights the importance of open conversations and support for parents navigating the complexities of autism parenting.About GuestAmber Arrington is a mother to 6 children, 3 of whom are autistic.Autism was once a word she feared and has become a word she loves. Now she helps parents navigate an autism diagnosis and the autism landscape as a whole. She educates moms about available services and connects them with appropriate services and professionals.Amber helps parents become "autism savvy" so they can know the best next steps to take for their child.Connect with Amber:http://www.autismsavvy.com/FacebookInstagramHosted by Rob Gorski:Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit GoallyLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
Autism Parenting Q&A with Emmett (S7E10)
Apr 2 2024
Autism Parenting Q&A with Emmett (S7E10)
In this week’s episode, Emmett, my 15 year old autistic son, and I answer a bunch of your autism related questions. Emmett dug through a huge list of questions you folks submitted via Facebook and create a list of 10 he wanted us to talk about this week. This was a lot of fun. :-) Resources and Links:Episode mentioned for future reference: "The Parent's Guide to Navigating Autism and Puberty" with Dr. Whitney Casares: theautismdad.link.Guest Expert:Emmett Gorski is a 15-year-old autistic advocate and the son of Rob Gorski, the influential blogger and podcast host behind "The Autism Dad." Passionate about raising awareness and understanding of autism, Emmett brings a unique, firsthand perspective to the conversation. Articulate and insightful, he has been featured on "The Autism Dad" podcast, where he discusses topics ranging from identity-first language to the daily challenges and triumphs of being autistic. With a keen interest in technology and a natural ability to connect with people, Emmett is not only a voice for autistic teens but also an inspiration for families navigating the complexities of autism.Hosted by Rob Gorski:Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit GoallyLearn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning
Make'm Smile Ohio 2024
Mar 28 2024
Make'm Smile Ohio 2024
SummaryLena Hartman from Make'm Smile Ohio discusses the organization's annual event that celebrates individuals with disabilities and their families. The event offers a party-like atmosphere with various activities, entertainment, and resource exhibitors. Lena emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and acceptance, ensuring that families feel comfortable and supported. Siblings are also included in the event to ensure they feel valued and celebrated. The event is free of charge and takes place on the second Saturday of July each year. Lena encourages people to get involved by volunteering or making donations to support the event. makemsmileohio.orgSAVE THE DATE: Nathaniel’s Hope6th Annual Make ’m Smile OhioFree For EveryoneSaturday, July 13, 202411:00 am – 3:00 pmThe Biggest Party Celebrating kids of all ages with Special NeedsHarvestime Apostolic Temple is so excited to invite you to attend.Contact Lena if you have any questions – 330-704-7896See you at: Hartville Memorial Park, Hartville OH 44632Mentioned in this episode:Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning
Adulting with Autism (S7E08)
Mar 26 2024
Adulting with Autism (S7E08)
In this week’s episode, I sit down with Gavin, my 24 year old autistic son. We talk about a situation that occurred recently where Gavin was very, very upset at work and had to call me for help. I wanted to discuss this after some time passed because I’m very interested in what Gavin learned from this experience and I wanted to better understand what he was going through in the moment. We both feel like this is a great teaching moment. About Gavin GorskiGavin is 24 years old, autistic and smack dab in the middle of his transition into his adult life. He’s currently working at his first job, going to day services, and getting ready to move out in the very near future. Gavin loves video games and is a huge fan of anime. He enjoys sharing about his life on the podcast so others can learn from his experiences. About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial PlanningLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
Understanding Apraxia and Non-Speaking Autism (S7E07)
Mar 21 2024
Understanding Apraxia and Non-Speaking Autism (S7E07)
Episode SummaryIn this conversation, Rob Gorski speaks with Samantha Fox, a speech language pathologist and founder of Beyond Speech Therapy Center. They discuss non-speaking autism and the challenges related to communication. Samantha shares her journey into speech pathology and how she discovered the importance of motor control in communication. They delve into the concept of apraxia and when parents should be concerned about their non-speaking child. Hosted by Rob Gorski:Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.linkGuest Expert: Samantha Fox, MA, CCC-SLP, S2C PractitionerSamantha is a Kent State University alumnus with a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She's dedicated her career to working with non-speaking, minimally speaking, and unreliably speaking individuals on the autism spectrum. As a registered Spelling to Communicate (S2C) Practitioner, she pioneers in tailoring therapy to each individual's needs. Samantha founded Beyond Speech Therapy Center in Munroe Falls, Ohio, envisioning a practice that wholeheartedly presumes competence in all patients, irrespective of their diagnosis or test scores.Connect with Samantha Fox:Learn more about S2C and Samantha’s practice Beyond Speech Therapy Center: https://beyondspeechtherapycenter.comLike our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beyondspeechInternational Association for Spelling as Communication (IASc): https://www.i-asc.orgTakeawaysMotor control plays a crucial role in communication for non-speaking individuals with autism.Apraxia is a disconnect between the brain and the body, resulting in difficulty in coordinating speech movements.Parents should seek early intervention and consult with speech therapists to determine the best approach for their non-speaking child.Presuming competence is essential in supporting non-speaking individuals and recognizing their capabilities beyond their outward appearance.Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit MightierLearn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path...