BE KIND TO EVERYONE

By tentwentytwo / Summer Shirt Project

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There is comfort in having friends that have been on the same path you're on. We are those friends! Our names are Jackie and Ben, and we have a daughter (Jordyn) and a son (Hudson.) You might know us from the SUMMER SHIRT PROJECT on Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok, and maybe you own one of our shirts. (If so ... THANK YOU!) At age two, Jordyn was diagnosed with autism. We started looking for as much input as we could gather so we could be the best possible parents and advocates for her. Over the past two decades we've learned a lot and we are using this podcast to share those lessons, experiences, and resources. Whether you are new to a diagnosis, been on the journey for many years, or simply want to help make the world a better place for individuals with disabilities, this podcast is for you. When you encounter autism (or any disability), the feelings and questions you have are perfectly normal. It's important to talk about these, and we will address them in this podcast. We'll also share what we've done right, what we've done wrong, and what we wish we did differently. We're going to be here for everyone because we need everyone to make the world a kinder place for individuals with disabilities. Welcome to the BE KIND TO EVERYONE podcast. - Jackie, Ben, Jordyn, and Hudson

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BACK TO SCHOOL
1948
It's back-to-school season and this week we are joined by a very special guest Stephanie from Mrs. D's Corner to talk about back-to-school nerves. We discuss strategies for alleviating those first day jitters for yourself and your child, best ways to communicate with your child's teacher and, of course, the IEP!  "You put your kid on that bus or drop them off that first day and it's scary!"  For more from Stephanie visit https://www.mrsdscorner.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
LIFE BEYOND GRADUATION NIGHT
1936
The original purpose of the shirt shop was to create a place for Jordyn to go and work once high school is over. This May she finally graduated and is now working there full time! How has she handled that change? This week we talk about the challenges and successes of that transition and how well she has adapted to her new day-to-day. "When she's in the shirt shop, we never expect her to be anything other than who she is. Everyone loves and accepts her 100%!"  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
MODIFICATIONS FOR EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES
2033
Doing little things like counting pens, folding shirts or drying off your hair might seem simple, but to a person with Autism can be challenging. This week we share some of the modifications we've made in the t-shirt shop and at home to help Jordyn succeed. "Things don't always have to be done the exact same way to accomplish it and accomplish it well." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
AUTISM THROUGH THE EYES OF THE GRANDPARENT
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How do you connect with a grandchild who has autism? In this episode, Jordyn’s grandma joins the show to talk about the autism journey through the eyes of a grandparent and shares how she created a special connection with Jordyn. “You’ve always been Jordyn’s biggest cheerleader and you’ve always been mine” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
PROM!
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In April, Jordyn went to her senior prom. It was such a special night that we wanted to share what it was like, directly from Jordyn herself. We share the journey to get to her prom and how this year was her favorite night yet! Plus, we chat with our friends from the t-shirt shop Bella Kate and Payton about helping Jordyn get ready for her big night.  "I would see all of my friends posting pictures of their daughter or son all dressed up, it was just a very visual reminder of what wasn't there. I never thought that was something she would be able to do."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
THE SIBLINGS EPISODE
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When Jordyn was 13 years old, we discovered that we would soon be welcoming another child into the family. This week we talk about the challenges of having siblings when one is autistic and the other is neurotypical. Plus, we chat with 8 year old Hudson to learn what he likes to do with his sister and get the rundown on his first at the St. Louis Cardinals game! "Like any other family we parent our kids based on what they need."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
THE SHIRT SHOP: CREATING OUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES
2030
How 40 shirts turned into a life-changing opportunity and career for Jordyn. "We knew we were doing this for Jordyn but we wanted there to be a greater message in it" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
JORDYN’S AUTISM DIAGNOSIS
2074
Jordyn was diagnosed with Autism at 24 months old. In this episode we share what the first few years of her diagnosis looked like for us including the day we found out we had a child with autism and the ways we took matters into our own hands to pave the road for Jordyn’s future.   “I want to surround myself with the very best professionals but I need to learn it as well because we are going to be the ones who are there for the rest of her life” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
DON'T LIMIT WHERE FRIENDSHIP CAN GO WITH IZZY AND SARAH
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This episode is all about friendship! We're answering the most asked questions about how Jordyn has made and sustained her friendships and our role as parents supporting those.    Jordyn's friends Izzy and Sarah join the show to have an open discussion making friends with someone who has a disability.   "Don't limit where friendship can go" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
SUMMER ROBE SEASON
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If you're new Be Kind to Everyone, start here! In this episode you'll learn about the Summer Shirt project that started it all and what we hope you'll take away from this show.   "Thinking outside the box helped us reframe everything and projected us from fear to hope" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
BE KIND TO EVERYONE - THE PODCAST
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Who we are and what you'll hear on Season One of the Be Kind to Everyone Podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022