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"Connecting the Autism Community One Podcast at a Time" Our podcast offers a friendly conversation with inspiring individuals in the autism community. Our aim is to provide valuable insights and information as well as access to support in communities throughout the United States. Join us! Know an inspiring group or individual we should talk to? We would love to hear from you at moreinfo@autismtherapies.com

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Early Identification of Developmental Delays in Children - Dr. Sharief Taraman
00:47:00
*In this episode we mention a Free Development Screening - details listed below. Date/Time: Saturday, Feb 9th, 9am to 12pm Location: AST Learning Center - West Loop, 670 W. Hubbard St., suite 200, Chicago, IL 60654 RSVP or get more information at 312.635.8989 or email angelina.guzman@autismtherapies.com Sharief Taraman, M.D. is Chief of General Neurology and of the CHOC Children’s Specialists Pediatric Subspecialty Faculty Pediatric Neurology Division. Dr. Taraman is also Chief Medical Officer at Cognoa, Inc., a digital behavioral health company and Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine. He is board certified in Neurology with special qualifications in child neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Clinical Informatics from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Taraman is a graduate of University of Michigan and Wayne State University. As one of CHOC Children’s Medical Informaticists, he develops and implements technology to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes and is actively involved in CHOC Children’s Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN Provider Network.
Feb 06, 2019
Medical Insurance for Autism Treatment - Understanding the Changing Landscape
00:48:00
Amy Weinstock is offering a free parent workshop on January 31, 2019 in partnership with Advances Learning Center in Wilmington, MA. More information here or email: information@advancesonline.com  Amy Weinstock is the Director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, and an instructor in the medical school’s Department of Psychiatry. She has an extensive background on insurance issues related to autism and has played a key role in passing several significant pieces of autism insurance legislation in Massachusetts, including the groundbreaking 2010 law requiring health insurance to cover medically necessary treatment for autism. Following a successful career in real estate and banking, Amy, the parent of a young adult on the autism spectrum, decided to merge her personal passions and professional experience. She completed a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in 2005, where she developed her Capstone project that served as the Blueprint for the 2010 law known as ARICA. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN Provider Network.
Jan 17, 2019
Global Autism Project: Training Staff at Autism Centers Around the World
01:04:00
Molly Ola Pinney is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Autism Project, a nonprofit organization that increases the capacity of local individuals working with children with autism worldwide. The Global Autism Project has grown to an organization that has served ten countries so far and is well on its way to achieving its goal of establishing centers of excellence in 20 countries by year 2020. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her work, including the Comcast NBC Universal award, the Autism Light Foundation award as well as given the opportunity to ring the NASDAQ bell alongside her staff in 2012. Her recent TEDx talk “Doing things for others doesn’t help” discusses the importance of doing things with people, rather than for them. As a leader in the nonprofit community and international service delivery, Molly has collaborated with multiple organizations to increase their ability to provide quality services to those with autism. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN Provider Network.
Dec 20, 2018
Multidisciplinary Care for Autism with Dr. Hanna Rue
00:40:00
We are proud to welcome Dr. Hanna Rue to AllAutismTalk for a monthly, in-depth conversation about the latest research and treatment options for individuals on the autism spectrum. Dr. Hanna C. Rue is Head of Clinical Development for AST. She oversees clinical standards and assists in the design and implementation of numerous research projects and staff training protocols. Dr. Rue is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Massachusetts and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota and completed her pre-doctoral training at May Institute. Prior to joining AST she played a leadership role at the National Autism Center and also served as a clinical director for the May Institute’s largest special education school. Dr. Rue also served as Chairperson on the National Standards Project, phase 2. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN Provider Network.
Dec 04, 2018
Successfully Employing Individuals With Autism - With David Friedman
00:41:00
David is the founder and CEO of AutonomyWorks. AutonomyWorks is a for-profit, social enterprise that employs people with autism. The company provides outsourced marketing operations support for large marketing organizations, including Reddit, Morningstar, and MediaCom. AutonomyWorks taps into the unique talents of people with autism to deliver exceptional quality and productivity. Prior to this compnany, David had a 25-year career as a marketing executive, including serving as President, Marketing for Sears Holdings and President-Americas at Razorfish. He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and four kids. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN Provider Network.
Nov 02, 2018
Autism Resource Mom - Autism Support and Information from the Best Expert, A Mom
00:56:00
Debora L. Smith spent more than two decades in marketing and communications before she merged that expertise with the experience she gained raising a son with autism spectrum disorder. Nearly six years ago she founded Autism Resource Mom—a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance and hope to families of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Debora has been actively involved with the autism community in Orange County, CA, for two decades, serving in various positions.  If she’s not at a conference picking up new skills, she’s sharing what she’s learned through speaking engagements and her own instructive workshops. Passionate about helping individuals with challenging behaviors, she has studied and received Tier 1 Training in the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach—and is in the process of becoming a “Certified THINK:KIDS Mentor.” Debora lives in Orange County, California, with her husband, Mike, and together they are learning to come to grips with being empty-nesters. Their son Drew, lives in nearby Costa Mesa and is a film student at Orange Coast College. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN Provider Network.
Oct 03, 2018
Where Can Autism Services Take Place and What are the Ideal Environments?
00:41:00
We are proud to welcome Dr. Hanna Rue to AllAutismTalk for a monthly, in-depth conversation about the latest research and treatment options for individuals on the autism spectrum. Dr. Hanna C. Rue is Head of Clinical Development for AST. She oversees clinical standards and assists in the design and implementation of numerous research projects and staff training protocols. Dr. Rue is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Massachusetts and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota and completed her pre-doctoral training at May Institute. Prior to joining AST she played a leadership role at the National Autism Center and also served as a clinical director for the May Institute’s largest special education school. Dr. Rue also served as Chairperson on the National Standards Project, phase 2. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN Provider Network.
Aug 27, 2018
Making Social Skills (and Minecraft) More Accessible for Kids with Autism
00:41:00
Stuart Duncan is the creator of AutCraft, the first Minecraft server for children with autism and their families. In 2013, Stuart "AutismFather" Duncan created AutCraft, a virtual community that empowers young autistic people around the world to feel self-confident and proud of who they are. Duncan is the single father of two boys, one with autism and one without, and he has Aspergers himself. Duncan is the author of the autism parenting blog "Autism From a Father's Point of View" and the author of several autism e-books. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN | AST Provider Network.
Jul 27, 2018
What to Expect from ABA Service Providers - with Dr. Hanna Rue
00:57:00
We are proud to welcome Dr. Hanna Rue to AllAutismTalk for a monthly, in-depth conversation about the latest research and treatment options for individuals on the autism spectrum. Dr. Hanna C. Rue is Head of Clinical Development for AST. She oversees clinical standards and assists in the design and implementation of numerous research projects and staff training protocols. Dr. Rue is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Massachusetts and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota and completed her pre-doctoral training at May Institute. Prior to joining AST she played a leadership role at the National Autism Center and also served as a clinical director for the May Institute’s largest special education school. Dr. Rue also served as Chairperson on the National Standards Project, phase 2. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN | AST Provider Network.
Apr 12, 2018
Art and Employment - The Making of a Romantic Comedy with Actors on the Spectrum
00:37:00
When aspiring filmmaker David is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn't belong there. But when he's assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah, sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah's romantic past, David's judgmental mother, and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like.  For dates and show times, visit: www.kinolorber.com/film/view/id/3084. Rachel Israel (Writer/Director) received her B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Rachel lives in NYC and is an adjunct professor of film at Rhode Island School of Design. She has directed short films that have screened at festivals around the world. Based on her award winning short, Rachel’s feature directorial debut, Keep the Change, has received support from The Sundance Institute, Rooftop Film Festival, and the Princess Grace Foundation. Keep the Change world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017, where it was awarded several prizes including Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Feature Director. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN | AST Provider Network.
Mar 12, 2018
Finding Love on the Autism Spectrum
00:36:00
Matt Fuller (Director) began his career in the film business at Sony assisting on feature films and later transitioned to story development at MBST Entertainment, as a Creative Executive. While there, Fuller quickly became the Director of Film and Television Development, supervising the development and production of Warner Bros.’s ARTHUR (Russell Brand) and Relativities’ LIMITLESS (Bradley Cooper). Fuller then returned to his roots, seeking compelling narrative and documentary films that challenge him professionally while supporting the betterment of his community. *Note: This podcast originally aired April 6, 2013 All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com), LEARN Behavioral (learnbehavioral.com) and the LEARN | AST Provider Network.    
Feb 08, 2018
Implementing Research Results in Clinical Practice
00:51:00
Helen Tager-Flusberg received her Bachelors in Science in Psychology from University College London, and her doctorate from Harvard University. Since 2001, Dr. Tager-Flusberg has been at Boston University, and currently holds the position of Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Director of the Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE). Dr. Tager-Flusberg has conducted research on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, investigating developmental changes in language and social cognition in these populations using behavioral and brain imaging methodologies. She has edited seven books and written over 200 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Tager-Flusberg is the Past President of the International Society for Autism Research, serves on the editorial board of several professional journals and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.  All Autism Talk is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies, Trellis Services and Learn It Systems.
Jan 26, 2018
The Role of Genetics in Autism, Explained
00:52:00
Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D. is a clinical and molecular geneticist who is the Director of Clinical Research at SFARI at the Simons Foundation and is the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine. She received her B.A. in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in genetics. Chung also leads the Simons VIP study characterizing genetic forms of autism (https://simonsvipconnect.org/) and the SPARK study of autism (SPARKforAutism.org) and has a TED talk entitled Autism— what we know (and what we don't know yet) that has over 2 million views. Additionally, she was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award and the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam. Additionally, Dr. Chung was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes and is a member of the the Institute of Medicine Committee on Genetic Testing.   All Autism Talk is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies, Trellis Services and Learn It Systems.
Jan 09, 2018
The Importance of Procedural Fidelity and Treatment Integrity
00:46:00
We are proud to welcome Dr. Hanna Rue to AllAutismTalk for a monthly, in-depth conversation about the latest research and treatment options for individuals on the autism spectrum. Resources from this episode: Dr. Gawande’s TED TalkThe Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com), Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com).
Dec 09, 2017
Autism, Aggression and Self Injury - Exploring a Mother's Journey with ECT
00:53:00
Amy S.F. Lutz has written about issues relating to severe autism for many platforms, including The Atlantic, Slate, Psychology Today, and Spectrum. Her book, Each Day I Like It Better: Autism, ECT, and the Treatment of Our Most Impaired Children, was published in 2014. She is also the co-founder and president of EASI Foundation: Ending Aggression and Self-Injury in the Developmentally Disabled. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and five children, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) , Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com).
Nov 09, 2017
Providing the Best Care and Treatment Options for Teens With Autism
00:52:00
We are proud to welcome Dr. Hanna Rue to AllAutismTalk for a monthly, in-depth conversation about the latest research and treatment options for individuals on the autism spectrum. Resources from this episode: Meta analysis cited:  Roth, M.E., Gillis, J.M., DiGennaro Reed, F.D.(2014). A Meta-Analysis of Behavioral Interventions for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Behavioral Education, 23, 258-286.  The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum DisordersSpotlight: 10 Colleges with Programs for ASD StudentsLegal Requirements for Transition Components of the IEPOrganization for Autism Research: Hire Autism Business Partners All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) , Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com).
Sep 29, 2017
Social Media/Tech Entrepreneur with Autism is Encouraging Creativity for Others
00:35:00
Craig Doriot has worked hard to overcome the challenges of autism and believes his latest venture, dodl.es will be a tool that helps those on the spectrum build effective outlets for their incredible gifts. Craig is no stranger to the ups and downs that come with technology start-ups. He co-founded Yupi Internet, a major international player in the Hispanic search engine market that raised more than $150 million in capital from companies like Sony and Comcast in 1996 while working on his computer science degree at Florida Atlantic University. He went on to start several other lucrative tech companies including mortgage search engine, LoanSifter.  Doriot’s leadership with LoanSifter earned him recognition as one of the 40 most influential leaders in the mortgage industry under the age of 40 by National Mortgage Professional Magazine in 2010.All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) , Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com).
Sep 06, 2017
Identifying Effective Treatments and Quality Programs for Kids with Autism
00:54:00
We are proud to welcome Dr. Hanna Rue to AllAutismTalk for a monthly, in-depth conversation about the latest research and treatment options for individuals on the autism spectrum. Dr. Hanna C. Rue is a Director of Research and Development for AST.  She assists in the design and implementation of numerous research projects and staff training protocols.  Dr. Rue is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts and a board certified behavior analyst.  She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota and completed her pre-doctoral training at May Institute. Prior to joining AST she played a leadership role at the National Autism Center and also served as a clinical director for the May Institute’s largest special education school  Dr. Rue also served as Chairperson on the National Standards Project, phase 2.  Her current research interests include identification of evidence-based practice for treatment of ASD, investigation of behavior reduction procedures, and skill acquisition procedures. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) , Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com).
Jul 13, 2017
Autism in Love - The Story of Adults with Autism and the Pursuit of Romance
00:36:00
In this episode, we reconnect with our previous guest,  Matt Fuller as we discuss the reception of his documentary about romance and autism as well as his recent partnership with MTV to produce a series on the same subject. In the fall of 2012, Matt began his career as an independent filmmaker by directing and producing AUTISM IN LOVE, a feature length documentary that explores the lives of four autistic adults as they pursue and manage romantic relationships. Matt recently launched The InSight Picture Company where he continues to inspire individuals and communities with compelling, cinematic stories.  All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) , Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Mar 04, 2017
Michelle Smith - Coming of Age on the Autism Spectrum
00:50:00
In this episode, we speak to the young women who is the focus of the award-winning documentary, Best and Most Beautiful Things.   In rural Maine, a bright and magnetic 20-year-old woman named Michelle Smith lives with her mother Julie. Legally blind and on the autism spectrum, Michelle defies labels as she chases big dreams with humor and bold curiosity. After graduating from Helen Keller’s alma mater, she finds herself unemployed and isolated. Searching for community, Michelle explores an uncensored world online and experiences a provocative sexual awakening. Her joyful story of self-discovery celebrates outcasts everywhere. From New York Times Review: What happens to children with serious disabilities when they reach adulthood? They disappear, at least as far as most of society is concerned. “Best and Most Beautiful Things” is a remarkably forthright documentary about a young woman in Maine, Michelle Smith, who rebels at the idea of becoming invisible and wants desperately to find a place in the grown-up world and to find herself in the process. Ms. Smith is legally blind and has Asperger’s syndrome. The filmmaker, Garrett Zevgetis, followed her over several years but focuses on the pivotal time when she is entering her 20s. It’s a difficult transition for someone with disabilities — the end of the schooling years, with their structure and relative safety. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) , Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Dec 21, 2016
College Internship Program for Individuals with Autism - Dan McManmon
00:52:00
Dan McManmon College Internship Program (CIP). Dan’s father, Michael McManmon, founded CIP in 1984 and was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in his late 50’s. The experience and relationship growing up with his father have had a profound affect on his understanding and compassion of Autism, ADHD and related learning differences. Dan is a member of the Autism Asperger’s Network (AANE), Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), Autism Society of America (ASA), and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). His co-authored work on Reframing was published in the Autism File Magazine and he is currently working on Autism & LD: An Active Learning Teaching Toolkit to be released by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2015. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Oct 25, 2016
Interdisciplinary Care and Preparing for Transition to Adulthood
00:50:00
Gail Singer-Chang holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, MA in Clinical Psychology, MS in Counseling, BA in Journalism, and is a credentialed School Counselor. She serves as the Sr. Executive Director of the Office of Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration & Chair of the Dept. of Social Medicine & Healthcare Leadership at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences. She spent several years working with populations ranging from elementary school students to U.S. Marines. Prior to coming to WesternU, she taught at Concordia University & Cal State Fullerton. She has spent nearly the last 2 decades teaching behavioral medicine & various topics such as physician-patient communication to osteopathic medical students. She leads a large scale study on health profession student emotional intelligence (EQ). She is the Founding Chair of FACE: Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education. This diverse group promotes inter-professional perspectives on autism. FACE’s show “Autism Intersection” can be found streaming on The Autism Channel.   All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Oct 03, 2016
ASLA's Camp Navin - Summer Camp for Adults with Autism
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ASLA is partnering with Leaps n Boundz, leaders in providing adaptive sports, recreation and social programming for individuals with special needs to present Camp NAVIN a Residential Camp for young adults, age 18-30 with developmental disabilities. To encourage individual independence and friendship building. Kim Sinclair - Kim brings more than 20 years of experience in both corporate and non-profit environments to ASLA. Her career includes Fortune 100 experience in business and information technology, and most recently, contributions to a number of local non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area.  Her non-profit experience includes leadership roles at Golden Heart Ranch, FRED Conference, and South West SELPA. With a 13-year-old son with special needs, Kim is no stranger to the special needs community.  This involvement opened the door to non-profit organizations with a focus on processes, fundraising, and program administration and development. Heather Hallam - With over 14 years of camp experience including overnight and day camps, there's nowhere Heather would rather be than outdoors with a group of campers! Heather started working with campers with special needs at Camp Courageous of Iowa and was excited to take on the challenge of Camp Director at Leaps n Boundz upon moving to Los Angeles. This is her 4th summer with Leaps n Boundz and she is excited to be partnering with ASLA to bring the camp experience to our young adults this summer!  All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Jul 28, 2016
ABA and Licensing: An Important Discussion for Autism Professionals and Parents
01:13:00
Kristin is the Founder, Board Chair and Executive Director of Autism Deserves Equal Coverage, an organization that helps families and providers access health care treatment through private insurance. As part of a more than 20-year career in health care marketing and reimbursement, Kristin has advocated for autism related causes since 2006.  She led a multi-year statewide effort to pass autism insurance reform in California and was a principal drafter of SB 946, signed into California law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. Subsequent to the passage of SB 946, Kristin was appointed to the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC)’s Autism Advisory Task Force to help draft recommendations regarding medically-necessary behavioral health treatment. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Mar 31, 2016
Growing Up (and Thriving) with Autism - with Self Advocate Ron Sandison
00:43:00
Ron Sandison works full time in the medical field and is a professor of theology at Destiny School of Ministry. He is an advisory board member of Autism Society Faith Initiative of Autism Society of American. Sandison has a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University and Charisma House is publishing his book on 4/5/16, A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom. He has over 10,000 Scriptures memorized including 22 complete books of the New Testament. Ron and his wife, Kristen, reside in Rochester Hills, MI, with their pet rabbit, Babs, and cat, Frishma. You can contact Ron at www.spectruminclusion.com or email him at sandison456@hotmail.com All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Feb 05, 2016
A Mother's Story of Encouragement, Support & Hope with Autism
00:45:00
LeeAndra M. Chergey was born in the Midwest, but grew up in a pastoral area south of Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and currently runs her own home staging business. When LeeAndra isn’t writing, she enjoys running, knitting, and reading. She lives in Simi Valley, California with her husband of twenty years, Dan, her two children, Jenna and Ryan, and a black lab, Ranger. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Dec 15, 2015
Supporting Conversation Skills for Kids with Autism - with Karen Kabaki-Sisto
00:47:00
Karen Kabaki-Sisto, is a certified speech-language pathologist helping children with autism all over the world. Her passion is to equip kids with the power to communicate confidently and grow closer bonds with others. She is the founder of Autism Breakthrough Solutions and inventor of “I Can Have Conversations With You!™”, an interactive app that is available on the App Store for the iPad. She regularly posts empowering articles and YouTube videos at her website www.iCanForAutism.com and is a frequent guest contributor to popular autism publications. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)  
Nov 12, 2015
Securing Autism Treatment With Medi-Cal & Medicaid
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Kristin Jacobson, Founder, Board Chair, President & Executive Director ADEC Foundation As part of a more than 20-year career in health care marketing and reimbursement, Kristin has advocated for autism related causes since 2006. She led a multi-year statewide effort to pass autism insurance reform in California and was a principal drafter of SB 946, signed into California law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. Subsequent to the passage of SB 946, Kristin was appointed to the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC)’s Autism Advisory Task Force to help draft recommendations regarding medically-necessary behavioral health treatment. In 2009, Kristin co-founded Autism Deserves Equal Coverage to help families and providers access health care treatment through private insurance and in 2013 founded Autism Deserves Equal Coverage Foundation as a companion non-profit organization. She also is a member of the Consumer Advisory Panel to the California Department of Insurance under Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. She has been featured as an autism insurance expert by many news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, KQED, KGO, ABC, NBC and Fox News. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Oct 28, 2015
ABA in a School Setting with Suzanne Heid
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Suzanne leads educational and clinical programming at Trellis Services, a progressive and innovative agency that provides comprehensive services for children with autism.  Our defining goal is to teach children that learning is a fun, playful, and interactive experience. Suzanne holds a master’s degree in school counseling psychology from Western Maryland College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Suzanne began her career at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s LEAP program and ultimately moved to become a classroom teacher. She has over 15 years of professional experience designing and implementing highly successful treatment programs that meet the academic and behavioral needs of children with autism.  She recently completed her coursework for her BCBA. Suzanne is also trained in the implementation of the ADOS, a tool used in diagnosing children with autism. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Oct 05, 2015
BE SAFE, Safety and Rights Education for Individuals with Autism
00:48:00
Emily Iland, M.A. is an award-winning author, advocate, film-maker, researcher and leader in the autism field. She’s the Past President of the Autism Society of Los Angeles and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge. Emily is the mother of a young man with ASD (Tom Iland), and brings personal experience and insight to her professional roles. Learn more about BE SAFE The Movie and BE SAFE Teaching Edition at www.BeSafeTheMovie.com All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Sep 17, 2015
Emerging Technology for Kids with Autism - Chrisopher Flint
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Christopher Flint began his career as a special education teacher. Since leaving the classroom, Christopher has had the opportunity to work on many exciting and impactful autism projects. He has trained over 10,000 professionals and parents and has led the creation of autism accessibility kits for public institutions across the US. Christopher is also the founder and president of AACTION Autism, a humanitarian organization dedicated to supporting autism in developing countries. Most recently, Christopher is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Infiniteach, a company that develops innovative digital tools for the autism community.  All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Aug 28, 2015
Dance/Movement Therapist - Lori Baudino
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Dr. Lori M. Baudino, BC-DMT has been a practicing clinician for over 10 years, providing services in Los Angeles, California and abroad. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (DMT).  Dr. Baudino has specialized in supervising, facilitating, and providing treatment for children with special needs, and their families. She has worked as coordinator for BI Programs within the home/school and private practice for emotional/psychological needs. She has worked extensively with both adult and adolescent populations within psychiatric, addiction, and pain rehabilitation centers. She provides mentorship, supervision, and seminars to students, parents, professionals and academic audiences.  In collaboration & Funding from The Andrea Rizzo Foundation, she brought DMT Programs to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital & CHLA; providing therapy at bedside for children with cancer & special needs.  All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com).
Jun 24, 2015
Making My Way To Independence - Nick Brode
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We are delighted to welcome Nick back to the show to share his latest successes on his road to independence.  At the age of 21, Nick enthusiastically shares his recent adventures which include performing with the Miracle Project,  acting in a short film and traveling with a care giver.  Along with studying to be an entertainer, he has also successfully gained employment and was recently promoted in his job with Trader Joe’s.  Nick shares openly about his future dreams for even greater independence and the work he is doing to accomplish his goals.  Don't miss this inspiring conversation. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com).
Jun 06, 2015
My Autism Success Story with Tom Iland - Insights from a Self Advocate
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Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in elementary school, Tom speaks from personal experience and educates others on how to identify the signs of ASD, offers advice for overcoming obstacles associated with ASD, and provides proof of the benefits of seeing the ability in disability! Tom has educated a number of parents, students, teachers, school district representatives, and even law enforcement officers and first responders about ASD. Tom is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with expert knowledge in financial services and experience in a Big 4 public accounting firm as well as entertainment, education, and not-for-profit organizations. He is a natural leader and cross-functional team player with excellent problem-solving skills and works well with all levels of management. Find out more at Thomasiland.com All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com).
May 19, 2015
Temple Grandin - Parenting Kids with Autism
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We are thrilled to welcome Temple Grandin back to our show. Our conversation will focus on what she feels best supported her success in life and the advice she has to offer for parents of children with autism. Arguably the most famous person in the autism community, Dr. Grandin has been advocating for individuals with autism for more than 30 years. In 2010, Grandin delivered the TED talk “The world needs all kinds of minds.” Grandin’s own experience with autism has informed her numerous books on the subject including My Life in Pictures which was adapted for the award-winning HBO film.  Born on August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to pursue work in psychology and animal science. She has become a leading advocate for autistic communities and has also written books and provided consultation on the humane treatment of animals.  Grandin has been recognized by the academic community and the general public for her work. In 2009, she was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. She is the recipient of several honorary degrees, and has been featured on a range of television and radio programs. In 2010, HBO released an Emmy Award winning film on Grandin’s life which continues to strike a chord with audiences.  Temple’s willingness to honestly share her challenges as well as share her passionate perspective with depth and resonance has made her a very popular (and busy) speaker and presenter. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Apr 22, 2015
Coaches Powering Forward for Autism with Pat Skerry
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This year, a total of 238 teams (15 women’s), as many as 150 officials and lots of broadcasters showed up to support Autism Awareness Weekend in college basketball. Throughout the weekend, coaches, officials and broadcasters raised autism awareness by donning the blue Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin during college basketball games. In all, more than 3,000 coaches, staff, administrators, and officials were wearing pins and spreading the word. Spearheaded by NCAA basketball coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion, the program provides coaches, their teams, schools and fans with opportunities to raise awareness, fundraise and advocate for the needs of people affected by autism.   Pat Skerry has completely revitalized the Towson men's basketball program and brought the Tigers back into the national spotlight. Skerry, who took over a program that had endured 15 straight losing seasons, wasted little time in righting the ship. Skerry, a 21-year coaching veteran, has succeeded in changing the culture of the Towson men's basketball program. During his first semester as head coach, his players posted the highest GPA for a Towson men's basketball team in over a decade. A native of Medford, Mass., Skerry played collegiately at Tufts from 1989-92 where he was a two-time team captain and garnered All-New England honors. As a point guard, he recorded a school-record 650 assists during his career - a mark that still ranks as the 17th best in NCAA Division III history. His 198 assists in 1990-91 is a Tufts single-season record. He also is fifth on the school's career steals list with 95.  Pat and his wife, Kristen, have two sons, Ryan and Owen. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Apr 15, 2015
Cynthia Maclusky - Parent Advocacy Success Story
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Cynthia is an active member of the autism community. She has a son who, through biomedical and therapeutic means, lost his diagnosis of autism and is a typical 16 years old.  Cynthia was one of the seven mom’s who lobbied successfully for Steven’s Law that requires insurance companies to cover autism in the state of Arizona. She has written articles for Autism File, spoken nationally, produced a documentary on co morbid medical conditions, been interviewed by local news, Lifetime TV, Good Morning America and appeared with her son in The New York Times Magazine this last summer. She is the Vice President of Autism Society of Greater Phoenix. Currently, she is helping to run legislation on restrain and seclusion in this legislative session.  She is also working with a group of lawyers to help parents with children with autism access good medical care with private insurance companies and using EPSDT to access appropriate care through Medicaid. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Apr 07, 2015
Autism Employment in The Corporate World
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Marcia Scheiner is the founder and President of Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership. Prior to founding ASTEP, Ms. Scheiner spent 25 years in the financial services industry, most recently as CEO of Centrally Managed Businesses for Zurich Financial Services. She has also held management positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Ms. Scheiner is a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. She is the parent of a young adult son with Asperger Syndrome. ASTEP creates and supports programs that promote long-term employment for individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and similar autism spectrum profiles through: Educating employers about the benefits of hiring individuals with AS or similar autism spectrum profiles and the accommodations they may require.Developing partnerships between Employers and Vocational Rehabilitation professionals to create a successful workplace environment.Providing Managers and colleagues of AS/similar autism spectrum profiles employees with an understanding of the behavioral differences perhaps seen in their autism spectrum co-workers. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Mar 24, 2015
Anna Bullard on Eva's Law - Autism Insurance for Georgia
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Anna Bullard's advocacy for her daughter and other children with autism is a true inspiration. Many people will be familiar with her fight for autism insurance coverage in Georgia from her youtube video (Ava's Story, Autism Insurance for Georgia). Anna Bullard is the Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy for the Early Autism Project (EAP). She is on the board for the Autism Society of Georgia and the Autism Advisory Council Center for Leadership in Disability,GSU. She has been working as a parent advocate for Ava’s Law since 2009. Anna is an advocate for services and other needed resources for families with autism throughout the southeast including Ga, FL, SC, KY and TN. She has made it her personal mission to see that these families have equal access to services no matter where they live. Anna is married and has three girls. Her 10 year old daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with autism in 2007 and has been the inspiration for her passion to see every child with autism have the resources and services they need to meet their full potential. Anna recently received the national “Speak Out” award. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Mar 11, 2015
Technology and Autism with Christopher J. Smith
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We talk with Christopher J. Smith of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) about emerging technology and research to support individuals with autism. Christopher J. Smith, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of Research at SARRC, is an experimental psychologist with expertise in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and measurement of associated traits. Before joining SARRC, Dr. Smith was an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and still maintains a faculty position. His background is in phenotyping complex psychiatric disorders for the purposes of genetic studies. Under the direction of Dr. Smith, SARRC’s research team focuses on improving the early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and expediting accurate diagnostic methods; advancing research on effective treatments for autism, both pharmaceutical and behavioral, that lead to an improved quality of life for individuals with the disorder and their families; and educating all kinds of professionals in the community to improve detection, diagnosis and services for individuals with autism. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Feb 28, 2015
Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate - A User Guide to an Asperger Life
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Cynthia Kim is the author of two books, "Nerdy, Shy and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life" and "I Think I Might be Autistic: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults". She blogs about autism at musingsofanaspie.com.   "I'm most passionate about anything related to living a full, authentic life as an adult on the spectrum--especially in a way that contributes to better understanding ourselves, finding community and improving our quality of life." Cynthia Kim is the proud owner of many labels including woman, wife, mother, writer, editor, entrepreneur and, most recently, autistic. Diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in her early forties, she began blogging about life on the spectrum at MusingsofanAspie.com. She is the author of two books on her experiences, "Nerdy, Shy and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life" and "I Think I Might Be Autistic: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults." When she isn't writing, she can often be found running or hiking backwoods trails somewhere on the east coast of the US. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Oct 03, 2014
Recreational Programs for Kids with Special Needs & Medi-Cal Update
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In this episode we are joined by Coach Alex Sachs of the KEEN program in Phoenix.  As a former professional soccer player and Olympic medal winner, Alex brings her great passion for sports to serving the special needs community.   KEEN Phoenix (Kids Enjoying Exercise Now) is a national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals. We have three sites that we service kids from Escalante Community Center, Gompers, and Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale. Alessandra “Coach Alex” Sachs played on the Brazilian Women’s National Soccer Team for 11 years and has a silver medal from the 2004 Olympic Games, a gold medal 2007 Pan American Games and was inducted in the Brazilian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005. Today, she is the Program Director of KEEN Phoenix and Program Manager of Playworks Arizona. In this episode, Rob Haupt also offers an update on recent news about Medi-Cal and Medicaid coverage for autism services. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Aug 23, 2014
Jennifer O’Toole: Award-Winner. Aspie. Author. Mom.
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Jennifer O’Toole is the winner of the 2014 Autism Society of America’s Temple Grandin Outstanding Book of the Year Award, the 2012 Temple Grandin Award for global contributions, a recipient of GRASP’s 2012 Distinguished Spectrumite Medal for excellence in parenting, 2012 AuKids Speaker of the Year, and Godiva’s Woman of the Year. She is one of North Carolina’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2014 and Autism Daily Newscast’s “Inspiring Women with Autism,” called “piercingly astute” by Headstuff Magazine. She keynotes internationally, including for the Autism Society of America’s National Conference, the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association, The National Inclusion Project, the UK’s National Autistic Society, Ireland’s SHINE, and at mega conferences alongside Drs. Grandin and Attwood.  She is a mentor for Yale’s Child Study Center where her books serve as foundational texts, and a member of The Global Montessori Alliance. Her Facebook Fan Page and Asperkids blog have both been chosen by Disney/Babble to the Top 30 Autism Sites in the World. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Aug 07, 2014
Helping Children with Autism Become More Social
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This week we discuss a topic that is extremely important to many parents of young kids with autism, social skills and ability. Most parents are familiar with the social challenges faced by our kids on the spectrum but not everyone knows helpful strategies that will support better social function. This week, host Rob Haupt is pleased to welcome Dr. Ann Densmore, Ed.D. CCC SLP/A, certified speech pathologist and audiologist and author of Helping Children with Autism Become More Social: 76 Ways to Use Narrative Play and author of Your Successful Preschooler: Ten Skills Children Need to Become Confident and Socially Engaged. Dr. Ann Densmore, Ed.D. CCC SLP/A, certified speech pathologist and audiologist and author of Helping Children with Autism Become More Social: 76 Ways to Use Narrative Play and author of Your Successful Preschooler: Ten Skills Children Need to Become Confident and Socially Engaged (Harvard Medical School and Jossey-Bass, 2011). Director of Child Talk in Lexington, MA. Ann Densmore has been a speech and language consultant at public and private schools or more than 30 years. Ann holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Ed.D. in Education with a specialization in child discourse from Clark University. She is board-certified in speech and language pathology and audiology. Ann swims Walden Pond every morning (when it’s not iced over) and enjoys long bike rides with her friends. She also loves photography, swimming with Cambridge New England Masters at Harvard University, and taking walks with her Portuguese Water Dog, Map. http://www.child-talk.com/ Twitter: @AnnDensmore All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Aug 01, 2014
Therapy, Self Care and Other Support for Parents of Kids with Autism
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All parents face daily obstacles, but parents of children with autism experience increased challenges that can result in overwhelming anxiety, depression, self-doubt and sadness. Ultimately, these parents are husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, family and friends who simply wish to experience more fulfilling and satisfying lives with their children. Dr. Darren Sush is a clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst, specializing in therapy for parents of children with autism. Throughout his career, Dr. Sush has recognized that parents of children with autism can significantly benefit from the guidance, comfort and empathy of therapeutic services that support their unique experiences and struggles. Over the past decade, Dr. Sush has had the privilege of working within agencies that provide intervention and support for children diagnosed with autism. Through his work developing treatment programs, meeting with families and helping children, he has gained exceptional knowledge and understanding of the unique experiences of parents of children with autism. He offers direct knowledge and guidance to the various questions that arise regarding children with autism’s behavior, skill building, treatment, funding and school placement, and helps families live their best lives possible. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Jul 25, 2014
Speech Therapy: Who Can Benefit From It and What Can It Do?
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Join us for this fascinating conversation about the benefits of speech therapy and who could benefit from it.  In this episode, Odelia Mirzadeh breaks down typical child development as well as some of the red flags that could indicate you may want explore speech therapy.   Odelia Mirzadeh is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.  She began her career working in an Early Intervention Program, at CSUN, completed her internship at Santa Monica and Malibu School Districts, and externship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  She has also worked with the Beverly Hills School District, Northridge Hospital, The Help Group and UCLA Lab School. In her practice, Odelia works with children and adults to evaluate and treat: autism spectrum disorders, cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, auditory processing disorder, oral motor speech disorders, voice disorders, apraxia of speech, stuttering/fluency, voice disorders, social communication disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders/delays, speech disorders/distortions, memory and listening skill difficulties, as well as reading and writing comprehension deficits.  With her background in music and training in music therapy, Odelia is also able to serve her client’s needs in an innovative way to ensure better results. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Jul 16, 2014
Educating Pediatricians and General Practitioners to Better Screen and Treat ASD
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We are excited to welcome back V. Mark Durand to discuss the important topic of educating our medical professionals outside of the specialized field of autism.   Dr. Durand's book Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practititioners is aimed at helping clinicians screen for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), treat higher functioning individuals with ASD, and assist family members.  V. Mark Durand is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Durand is currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America and is on the board of directors of the International Association of Positive Behavioral Support. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and serves on a number of editorial boards. His books include Severe Behavior Problems: A Functional Communication Training Approach, Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs, and most recently, When Children Don't Sleep Well: Interventions for Pediatric Sleep Disorders. Dr. Durand developed a unique treatment for severe behavior problems that is currently mandated by states across the country and is used worldwide. He also developed an assessment tool that is used internationally and has been translated into more than 15 languages. He has been consulted by the departments of education in numerous states and by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education. His current research program includes the study of prevention models and treatments for such serious problems as self-injurious behavior. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Jun 26, 2014
Looking for Abilities: The Perception of People with Disabilities
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In this episode we explore some of the perceptions of individuals with disabilities.  Our guest, Mary Jacob is the Executive Director of Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center and Families Helping Families of Jefferson.  She is the mother of two daughters with disabilities and spent the past 25 years advocating for inclusive education opportunities and services for her daughters as well as all children with disabilities.  Ms. Jacob has spoken nationally about her experience raising two children with disabilities.  She is a relentless advocate for children with special needs. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Jun 19, 2014
The Important Work of Parent Advocates for Special Needs Families
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This week on Autism Spectrum Radio we are looking at some of the remarkable efforts by parents for parents.  Parent advocates in communities all over the country are creating offerings that help facilitate education and access to much needed resources. Sarah Paulson is the founder and Executive Director of Connecting for Kids. She has an MBA from University of Chicago in Finance and Strategic Management. She was a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group and a Product Manager for Progressive Insurance Company before becoming a stay-at-home mother of two adorable boys. She loves reading and is passionate about exercising, ice cream and outwitting her husband at board games. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Jun 13, 2014
We Rock The Spectrum: Exercise, Social Skills & Sensory Experiences for All Kids
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Dina Kimmel studied Business at CSUN, but it is her mother's intuition combined with her entrepreneurial spirit that led to the creation of We Rock The Spectrum Kid's Gym. After her second child Gabriel was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dina began to research ways to facilitate her son's development. Dina found that with early intervention many children were making significant improvements. This led her to create a sensory gym in her own home. Gabriel thrived and at the same time her older daughter Sophia enjoyed playing on the equipment. This provided the family joy and relief at the same time. "One of the biggest challenges when you have a child with any disability is that often all of your focus lands on them and the other siblings feel neglected or deprived". The fact that both of her children were being entertained at the same time was a fantastic outcome.This was the beginning of We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym, "Finally a place where you never have to say I'm sorry".
May 30, 2014
Transitions to Adolescence and Adulthood with Autism - with Dr. Peter Gerhardt
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This week on Autism Spectrum Radio we will discuss a question that concerns all parents and caregiver at some point: What are the challenges and opportunities as children with autism become adolescents and adults? The specific nature of how to manage these changes and the best way to prepare for the future will be the focus of this episode. Join us as we explore the different facets of how families and society need to prepare for a maturing community of individuals with autism. We are extremely excited to welcome a special guest to the show, Dr. Peter Gerhardt. Dr. Gerhardt is an expert on the use of ABA therapy in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders.  Dr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. He serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards, including the Autism Society of America. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.
May 22, 2014
The Importance of Autism Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders
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Trish Kane, Director of Programs, provides support and resources through research, field work and personal experience. Trish develops the PFA workshop series by identifying and coordinating partners, topics and speakers. She also organizes family fun events throughout Maryland to bring enjoyment and social opportunities for families. In addition to her work with Pathfinders, Trish is on the Board of Directors for The Abilities Network, a local Maryland community and vocational support organization. Shelly McLaughlin is responsible for the research and management of information on Autism across the lifespan, including the creation of an Autism By Age navigation tool. Shelly uses her collaborations with experts, research, or personal experiences to pen a monthly Parent Tips article that offers practical solutions to everyday autism challenges. Shelly also serves as an appointed member on the Governor's Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities.
May 02, 2014
What is Causing Autism? What Science is Telling Us
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Dr. Bernier joins Autism Spectrum Radio to discuss the latest research about autism and what it means to the 1 in 68 now being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Bernier is a licensed clinical psychologist, the Clinical Director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, and an Associate Professor at the University of Washington. He received his PhD at the University of Washington, his clinical training at UCLA, and also holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Tufts University. Dr. Bernier’s clinical and research interests span many aspects of autism--from genetics and neuroscience to diagnostic characterization and cognitive-behaviorally based interventions. As a clinician, author of over 50 publications, author of the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Reference Handbook, and as the principle investigator on a number of NIH- and foundation-funded research studies, Dr. Bernier is interested in bridging the gap in our understanding of the relationship between etiology, neurological underpinnings of deficits in social cognition, and the behavioral presentation of autism spectrum disorder.
Apr 24, 2014
Teaching Kids (and Teachers) About Autism
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Mindee Pinto currently teaches early childhood special education, specializing with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, in Palatine Illinois. Mrs. Pinto holds a bachelors degree in speech/language pathology and masters degree in early childhood special education. She lives with her husband Michael in Deerfield Illinois, with a their beautiful daughter Jillian. Judy Cohen has been employed by the Milwaukee Public School system in special education for over 25 years. She began her career as a special education classroom teacher and for the last 17 years has been a diagnostic teacher in the school system. Mrs. Cohen also owns Lakeside Educational Services in Milwaukee. LES specializes in academic coaching/tutoring, as well as teaching and reinforcing organizational/study skills. Mrs. Cohen lives with her husband Jeff of 37 years and has two grown children. The book, Mikey explains how a young child with autism sees, hears, and feels the world around him in his school environment. Mikey is not just intended for educators; although, all teachers should read it to their classes. It is intended to educate adults as well as young children to increase their awareness and understanding of the child with autism. This book, and others to follow, was inspired by my vast experiences as a teacher working with children with autism.
Apr 16, 2014
Areva Martin - Equitable Autism Services and Resources for Family's
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Today on Autism Spectrum Radio we continue to explore the significance of the new CDC statistics for autism diagnosis.  We are happy to welcome back Areva Martin, Media Expert and Host, Author and Award Winning Attorney and Autism Advocate.  Areva Is Founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., one of CA’s leading autism nonprofit organizations. Areva Martin is known to audiences around the country for her regular appearances on Dr. Phil, Nancy Grace, Anderson Cooper AC 360 and a host of other national news and talk shows. She is a Harvard-trained attorney, author and nationally recognized autism spokesperson. Her 2nd book, The Everyday Advocate, is a must read for parents and professionals. Founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., Areva is often referred to as America’s Everyday Advocate for her passionate and relentless work on behalf of women and children. 
Apr 07, 2014
Autism in April: Is Awareness Enough? with Guest Sara Gershfeld
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Sara Gershfeld is a blog contributor for the Huffington Post, and the author of this wee's blog entitled  “April in Autism, is Awareness Enough?” Sara works as Behavior Analysis & Performance Improvement Consultant and is also the founder of Love My Provider. LoveMyProvider emerged in 2011 with a mission to help passionate parents find meaningful providers for their special needs child. They aimed to channel their energy into highlighting innovative organizations that are changing the way children receive services for the better.  Sara has also served as a Board Member for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment as well as an Adjunct Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Join in our conversatin as we discuss awareness, appropriate services and what more is needed for the autism community.  
Apr 03, 2014
Thinking Person's Guide To Autism
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This week on Autism Spectrum Radio we are are talking with some of the best experts when it comes to life with autism...parents and self advocates. Our host Rob Haupt is excited to welcome three of the authors of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. Join us for a lively and informative discussion about the importance of good treatment and how to choose it, as well as valuable insights on advocacy. Shannon Des Roches Rosa writes about autism, parenting, evidence-based approaches, iPads, vaccines, and geekery at www.Squidalicious.com, as BlogHer.com's contributing editor for parenting kids with special needs, and as a co-founder and editor of TPGA. Jennifer Byde Myers is an editor and co-founder of TPGA. She writes at www.jennyalice.com, chronicling her family’s journey from diagnosis to daily living with her son’s special needs. Carol Greenburg, executive director of Brooklyn Special Needs Consulting, is a special education consultant and lay advocate in private practice. Her unique perspective as an adult with Aspergers Syndrome and as the mother of a severely language-delayed autistic child, informs all of her work. • http://www.thinkingautism.com • twitter @thinkingautism • Facebook www.facebook.com/thinkingpersonsguidetoautism
Mar 28, 2014
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum - with Nancy Burrows
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We continue our discussion of a wide range of topics that relate to the autism community. One thing that every family touched by autism needs is hope. Encouraging words and stories of another’s success can go a long way in helping a parent ready themselves for new challenge and another day. This week, Rob is excited to welcome author Nancy Burrows to our show to share stories from the latest edition of the Chicken Soup series which was written for the autism community. Nancy Burrows is a freelance writer who lives in Baltimore, MD.  She has an 11 year old son, James who is on the spectrum. Nancy is co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum", published in April, 2013. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Mar 20, 2014
Supporting Kids and Teens with Autism Through the Grieving Process
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This week we explore a sensitive and perhaps under addressed topic, the experience of grief and loss for children and teens with autism. In the course of life, it is inevitable that we are all touched by the loss of a loved one and yet it is not a topic we may think to prepare for. Families with a child who has autism can easily be caught at a loss for what to do or how to best support their child’s natural but painful experience of grief. This week, host Rob Haupt looks at the complexities of supporting children and teens during this vulnerable time. Rob is happy to welcome author Karla Helbert to share her insights as psychotherapist and bereavement counselor who specializes in serving the autism community. Karla Helbert is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and has been working as a therapist since 2000. She operates a private psychotherapy practice with a focus on loss, grief and bereavement and specializes in therapy for people with autism spectrum disorders. Prior to opening her private practice, Karla worked for 13 years for a private non-profit organisation serving children, adolescents and adults with autism. She also facilitates bereavement support groups for local hospices and for the MISS Foundation, an international non-profit helping families grieving the death of a child. As a bereaved mother and a trained therapist, she has a deep personal, as well as clinical, understanding of the difficult issues facing those grieving the deaths of loved ones. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Mar 13, 2014
Rodney Peete: A Father's Perspective on Autism
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This week, we we explore the important role of our autism dads. Host Rob Haupt is excited to welcome Author, advocate and TV Personality Rodney Peete to the show. NFL veteran quarterback Rodney Peete, best known for his leadership and a winning attitude. Winner of the 1988 “Johnny Unitas Award” for Best Senior Quarterback, and the 1988 Pac-10 Player of the Year. He spent 16 successful years in the NFL. During those 16 seasons, Peete was named to various All-Rookie teams, led two different franchises to the playoffs and had a winning record as a starting QB. Peete went right from the gridiron to co-hosting “the Best Damn Sports Show Period” on Fox. Peete can also be seen hosting a variety of NFL and College preview and recap shows for Fox, Fox.com and currently ABC’s Sports Zone. He is co-founder of the HollyRod Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization established to generate funds to fight Parkinson’s disease, children suffering from Autism, and improve the quality of life for those in need. In March 2010, Peete Authored his first book titled “Not My Boy” A Father, a son and a Families Journey with Autism. Peete is a member of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, The USC Hall of Fame and he serves on the Board of Governors at his alma mater.  Peete made a smart acquisition of his own on June 10, 1995, when he married the lovely television star Holly Robinson (21 Jump Street, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, For Your Love.).  The Peetes are proud parents of four beautiful children, twins Ryan Elizabeth and Rodney Jackson, Robinson James and the youngest, Roman Matthew.  The family resides in Los Angeles. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Mar 06, 2014
Raising Autism Awareness in Minority Communities
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Our guest Julie Diep :  I am the founder and Executive Director of OC Autism.  Our mission is "to ensure the highest standard of care in our community."  We believe in empowering parents and professions with the necessary tools to succeed. I have a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Loma Linda University (LLU) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from National University (NU).  I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), a Credential in Clinical or Rehabilitative Services and a California State license.  I have over 17 years of experience in the field as a Bilingual Vietnamese SLP and a currently a BCBA Candidate.  I am the owner of New Hope Therapy Center in Orange County, specializing in ASD, Medical Speech Pathology (serving adults and children) and Special Education Rights (working as an expert witness and IEE assessor).  All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Feb 27, 2014
Ido Kedar: Climbing Out of Autism's Silent Prison
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This week we examine the misconceptions and challenges for non-verbal individuals with autism.  Technology continues to expand the options of communication for non-verbal individuals but there is still a need for more advocacy and opportunity to share their voice. We are excited to welcome author Ido Kedar to the show to discuss (through voice output) his book Ido in Autismland, Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Prison.   Ido Kedar is a 16 year old boy with severe autism. He communicates by typing without tactile support on an iPad or letterboard. He is a general education student in the 10th grade taking a full, unmodified class load.  He is the recent author of Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Prison, which is available on Amazon. He blogs on autism at www.idoinautismland.com and can be followed on twitter and facebook. Ido presents frequently on autism at conferences  and classes. My goal is to help people to better understand non-verbal autism in terms of symptoms, treatment, education, communication and research. I try to explain autism from the inside out . In my book, blog and speeches I strive to help people see that the potential to communicate exists in so many other people with non-verbal autism. It is my hope that they too can be liberated from their silence and isolation and get a true education. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Feb 20, 2014
Why Parents of Kids with Autism Should Attend CalABA Conference
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Are you attending the 32nd annual Western CalABA Conference? Dr. Daniel Shabani, President of the California Association of Behavior Analysis visits Autism Spectrum Radio to tell us why the experience is valuable for parents. The California Association for Behavior Analysis will host the 32nd Annual Western Regional Conference on Behavior Analysis February 28 – March 2, 2014. The conference offers information, resources, and professional development opportunities for Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, regular and special educators, students in those and related fields, and consumers of behavior analysis services.  Daniel Shabani received his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University following an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree from the University of the Pacific. Currently, Dr. Shabani is the president of the California Association for Behavior Analysis and runs a private practice in Southern California. He has authored a number of publications on assessment and treatment of behavior problems, as well as reviewed trends within the field of behavior analysis. Dr. Shabani’s current research interests include radical behaviorism, the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders, verbal behavior, and instructional designs. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Feb 13, 2014
Temple Grandin Talks About The Autistic Brain
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This week we are thrilled to welcome arguably the most famous person in the autism community, Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Dr. Grandin has been advocating for individuals with autism for more than 30 years. In 2010, Grandin delivered the TED talk “The world needs all kinds of minds.” Grandin’s own experience with autism has informed her numerous books on the subject including My Life in Pictures which was adapted for the award-winning HBO film. Her most recent book, The Autistic Brain, focuses on the latest autism research and new diagnosis and treatments.    Born on August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to pursue work in psychology and animal science. She has become a leading advocate for autistic communities and has also written books and provided consultation on the humane treatment of animals.  Grandin has been recognized by the academic community and the general public for her work. In 2009, she was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. She is the recipient of several honorary degrees, and has been featured on a range of television and radio programs. In 2010, HBO released an Emmy Award winning film on Grandin’s life which continues to strike a chord with audiences.  Temple’s willingness to honestly share her challenges as well as share her passionate perspective with depth and resonance has made her a very popular (and busy) speaker and presenter. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Feb 06, 2014
Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs with V. Mark Durand
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From bedtime tantrums to bedwetting, sleep problems can be one of the biggest sources of worry and frustration for parents of children with special needs. V. Mark Durand joins our show to share insights from his updated book, Sleep Better! Dr. Durand will discuss widely tested, easy-to-use techniques that work for all children, with and without disabilities. Psychologist and father Mark Durand helps families tackle sleep issues with optimism and proven strategies drawn from clinical and personal experience.  V. Mark Durand, Ph.D., is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders. He is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he was the founding Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Durand is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Durand is currently Co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America, and is on the Board of Directors of the international Association of Positive Behavioral Support. His books include several best-selling textbooks on abnormal psychology, Severe Behavior Problems: A Functional Communication Training Approach (Guilford Press, 1990), Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1998), and When Children Don't Sleep Well: Interventions for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Therapist Guide (Oxford University Press, 2008).  All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Jan 30, 2014
Autism Society of Los Angeles's Executive Director Caroline Wilson
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Caroline Wilson, RN, BSN, Nurse, Special Needs Advocate & Executive Director Caroline and her husband Dean are the parents of two adults on the autism spectrum, Merritt, age 25 and Eliza, age 23. Born and raised in Southern California, Caroline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at California State University, Long Beach and worked as a Medical, Surgical, Oncology, and Labor and Delivery nurse for more than 15 years. She became a School Nurse for the Long Beach Unified School District in 1997, and earned a credential in school nursing from California State University, Los Angeles in 2000.  In 2004 Caroline left nursing to become an advocate for families with autism. She also became the president of the Autism Society of Los Angeles that same year. Caroline served as President from 2004 to 2009, when she became the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Los Angeles. All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Jan 23, 2014
Autism Self Advocate Arman Khodaei
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Arman Khodaei is working towards positively shifting the perception of what autism is on a worldwide level through his blog, YouTube videos, empowerment groups, documentaries, and speaking engagements. His desire is for everyone involved in the autism community to accept, understand, and communicate effectively with each other. Arman has spent the past five years helping adults with autism by facilitating weekly group meetings in Southern California. He is also one of the subjects in the documentary Autism in Love which is slated to be released in 2014.  All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)
Jan 16, 2014