by Shannon Penrod
Everyday Autism Miracles is moving to Mondays at 7pm EST starting on Monday Feb 7th on Toginet Radio! Recorded podcasts of the live show will still be available for free, both on the showpage and on iTunes. The Monday February 7th show will be the fifth in a six part series titled, “My Child Was Just Diagnosed with Autism; What do I do Now?” Previous episodes have featured the topics Diagnosis, Dietary Interventions, BioMedical Interventions and ABA Therapy. This weeks show will center on other forms of therapy like HBOT, AIT, Horse Therapy, Sensory Integration, OT etc… On Feb 14th, the final show in the series will focus on funding Autism. It’s great to talk about the therapies and interventions that can help with Autism but if you can’t afford them what’s the point? We are going to talk about all of the ways to fund your journey through Autism. You won’t want to miss it!
You might be asking yourself why we are moving time slots? Ahhhhh, well there is a BIG announcement that will explain all of that. Tune in to Monday’s show to hear the big news!
By Shannon Penrod
This week, which already seems 3 weeks long, started with a visit to YNN in Albany to do a piece on Autism Symptoms in young children. You can see the finished piece here http://mohawkvalley.ynn.com/content/512850/parents-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders-remain-hopeful/?ap=1&MP4 I loved doing the piece, it is a subject near and dear to my heart. If I had known that any loss of any skill at and age was a cause for concern I wouldn’t have listened to our pediatrician and my child would have started therapy 6 months earlier than he did. If I can spare one parent that pain, I will sleep better at night. On a much lighter note, after taping the piece we got a tour of the YNN Studio. This was more fun that Disneyland! I’m not kidding. My son had so much fun doing the weather in front of the green screen! There were four adults there and our faces hurt from smiling. I seriously think Disneyland needs to incorporate an interactive news studio into their theme parks. It was soooooo much fun. Thank you to the folks at YNN and Tammy Palmer for making it such a gas!
On Monday we flew home. We were on one plane from NY to LAX for over 5 hours. Right as we stood to deplane my son had his one and only meltdown and started to whine loudly. Everyone turned around and looked at him. It was such an interesting moment because I wanted to say to them, “Seriously, isn’t this what we’re all feeling?” But then I realized they had turned around in shock because they didn’t realize they had been flying all these hours with a relatively young child! It was a small victory.
On Tuesday we heard that one of our heroes, Dr. Ivar Lovaas had died. I never got to meet the man, but his work lives on in the superheroes and superheroes in training who come to our home every week to do ABA therapy with our child. God Bless Ivar Lovaas and all who study him in order to give us back our children.
On Friday we will finish out the week by having the lovely Monica Holloway on Everyday Autism Miracles. She is the author of Cowboy and Wills, a loving memoir of her son’s relationship with his dog Cowboy. It is a journey through Autism that is poignant and beautifully written.
I can’t wait to talk to Monica.
On today’s special episode of Everyday Autism Miracles we will be celebrating the many voices of last week’s Walk Now for Autism in Los Angeles. Listen to interviews with the Celebrity Apprentice’s Holly Robinson Peete, NFL Superstar Rodney Peete and The Shield’s Michael Chiklis along with parents, vendors, kids and care givers. 20,000 people visited The Rose Bowl last Saturday to spread the message that there is indeed much to celebrate on the Autism Spectrum listen in and hear if you won a year’s supply of ReVitaPop lollipops!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. To the parent of a child with Autism nothing could be truer. Our son was a beautiful, happy baby. Something happened and a light went out of his eyes. I see it clearly in pictures now. The good news is that we got help. We put our son on a strict GFCF diet and we saw improvement, we started working with CARD and doing ABA therapy and he got better. When we hit a wall we would tweak his diet and dabble in Biomedical intervention. The light came back. It is clear in the pictures. There is hope. This is our story in pictures.