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
If someone had told me ten years ago that in the future I would be hosting a talk radio show called “Everyday Autism Miracles” I would have assured them were off their nut. Ten years ago what I knew about Autism couldn’t have filled a Dixie cup and I wasn’t interested in changing the situation. Autism scared the crap out of me. As the saying goes time changes everything. Autism doesn’t scare me anymore. What scares me now are people who think like I used to and are too afraid to even learn about Autism.
As we get ready to lauch the second season of Everyday Autism Miracles this week I am excited about all of the new information there is to share about Autism, all of the hope, grants, research, funding, biomeds, therapies and programs that are turning the tide.
There is still a lot to be done but there is much to celebrate! This season on Everyday Autism Miracles we are going to be talking about help for military families affected by Autism, the current status of insurance coverage for Autism treatments, how to get funding for Autism therapies and a program that is going to level the playing field and make it possible for all children with Autism to receive treatment. We’re going to continue talking to experts and parents who are “getting it done.”
We are going to keep talking about Autism, so that in ten years time there will be no need to host a radio show about Autism. If know a child with Autism join in the conversation on Fridays at 2pm Eastern Standard Time and 11am Pacific time by visiting www.toginet.com. You can listen to all of the episodes from season 1 by visiting www.togninet.com/shows/everydayautismmiracles and you can download the free podcast on iTunes by visiting: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/everyday-autism-miracles/id356451530
by Shannon Penrod
Are you ever felt overwhelmed by too much noise? The other day we came in the house and both my husband and my son were talking, on top of that my son turned the TV on while I was trying to listen to the answering machine tell me who had called while we were out. I couldn’t hear anything because there was just too much noise, on so many different levels. I got really cranky. Really cranky. I couldn’t help but imagine what it is like to have an auditory processing disorder. Imagine if every noise was at a decibel that made you uncomfortable. It would be hard to learn, hard to listen, hard to focus, maybe even hard to speak. Auditory Integration Therapy helps to normalize your brain’s reaction to sound so you can hear more, with less anxiety. It can be very useful with children on the Autism pectrum.
Interested in finding out more about this exciting therapy? Tune in this morning when Kimberleigh Herwil-Levin joins us to talk about her experience as a parent of a child on the spectrum and the her practice of AIT. You won’t want to miss this exciting show.
By Shannon Penrod
This week’s show is on the topic, “Stupid Things People Have Said To Me About Autism!” The entire purpose of the show is to have a laugh about the really ridiculous things that people say about Autism and to hopefully shed some light on the ignorance that still surrounds the subject. If we can’t laugh about these things, then who will?
Do you have a really funny or outrageous story about something stupid someone has said to you about Autism? Call the show this morning to share your story! We could all use the laugh. The live show will air at 11am Pacific Time (that’s 2pm Eastern time, 1pm Central and Noon Mountain time) on www.toginet.com. The number to call in to tell your stories is 877-864-4869. If you miss the live show make sure to download the free podcast at www.toginet.com/shows/everydayautismmiracles or on iTunes!
I love talking to Moms who have been where I am and survived. I especially love it if they are still happily married. I’ve heard the statistics and so has my husband. When we got married some one told us that half of all marriages end in divorce. Nice odds! A 50/50 chance of keeping it together. Then when our son was diagnosed with Autism some other well-meaning soul told us some silly number like 76% of all marriages with a special needs child end in divorce. Nice! Who thinks to actually quote these dismal numbers. Then a couple of years ago we heard that 87% of all marriages with a child diagnosed with Autism end in divorce. I am sure that it is wrong, and we are probably going to hell, but when we heard that we started laughing hysterically. Come on at that point it’s time to either laugh or cry and laughing is every so much more fun. Seriously, why don’t they just tell all of us to give up! It’s hard that’s for sure. Marriage is one of toughest jobs I’ve ever loved, kind of like motherhood. And while I can’t compare my marriage to a marriage without a special needs child – I’ve never been in a marriage without a special needs child – I certainly see where there is plenty of room for added stress. So my question has always been, “Where’s the tool box? How can my husband and I keep our marriage strong despite these statistics?” And I have been looking ever since for a couple who has “been there and done that!”
That is why this week I am thrilled to have Moira Giametteo on Everyday Autism Miracles. She is a mom of two boys, one of whom is on the spectrum. She is heavily involved in TACA and even heads her local chapter, she is a biomed mom mentor and she is happily married to her husband Michael. Together they have begun doing workshops about surviving Autism as a couple.
I can’t wait to hear what she has to say! I hope you will tune in to hear her story, to hear about all of the resources available at TACA and to hear some great advice about keeping a marriage strong through this journey.
This week we are also going to have another Biomed Mom Question – have you read Joanne’s blog on keeping the flu away? Boy do I wish I had read it two months ago! And we are going to be talking about GFCF recipes and a possible contest coming up! Don’t miss it!
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.