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Welcome to "The Autism Dad" podcast, hosted by Rob Gorski — a single father to three remarkable autistic children and the voice behind a widely-read blog that has been a lifeline for parents since 2010. With over a decade of firsthand experience, Rob's insights have not only impacted families worldwide but have also been featured on platforms like The Tamron Hall Show, ABC News, BBC Worldwide, CNN, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Join us every Monday and Wednesday for fresh episodes that delve into the complex world of autism and special needs parenting. This podcast serves as a safe haven, offering a blend of personal stories, expert interviews, and actionable advice. Whether you're a parent navigating the nuanced challenges of raising a neurodivergent child or simply someone looking to better understand the realm of autism, "The Autism Dad" podcast provides understanding, support, and education for all.

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Episode Summary:In this episode, Rob sits down with Kimberly Hauck, the Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). They discuss the crucial role the DODD plays in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families across Ohio. Kimberly details her journey from starting as a direct support professional to leading the department, emphasizing the department's commitment to advocacy and resource provision.Contacting The Autism Dad: For more information, to be a guest, or to become a sponsor, please visit theautismdad.link.Introduction:- Host: Rob Gorski- Guest: Kimberly Hauck, Director, Ohio Department of Developmental DisabilitiesKey Points Discussed:1. Kimberly Hauck's Background: - Over 30 years in the field of developmental disabilities, starting as a direct support professional and special education teacher, before moving into administrative roles. - Committed advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.2. Role of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities: - Oversees local county boards, serves as a regulator for service providers, and ensures accessibility to funds and resources for developmental support.3. Transitioning from Youth to Adult Services: - Importance of early intervention and support as individuals with disabilities transition from school to adult life.4. County Board of Developmental Disabilities' Role: - Help families navigate complex systems, manage eligibility for services, and support transitions. - Provide various supports, including respite services and accessibility improvements in local communities.5. Impact of Accessible Infrastructure: - Recent initiatives to enhance accessibility, such as universal changing tables and accessible playgrounds, under Kimberly’s leadership.6. Advice for Parents and Caregivers: - Encouragement to connect with local resources early to maximize support and prepare for future independence of their children.Resources Mentioned:- NASDDDS website for national disability resources- Early intervention programs for children from birth until age threeConclusion:Kimberly and Rob emphasize the importance of seeking help and utilizing available services, aiming to inspire and inform families about the support structures in place to foster independence and a better quality of life for individuals with disabilities.Calls to Action:- Visit DODD’s website for more information and resources.- Reach out to your local board of DD to explore services and support available in your area.Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit MightierLearn More: GoallyThe...
Episode Summary:In this insightful episode, Rob Gorski sits down with his eldest son, Gavin, who is autistic, to discuss the important and nerve-wracking journey of transitioning to adulthood. They delve into Gavin's experiences with job training, his first job, and the process of touring group homes as he plans his future.Key Points Discussed:- Transition to Adulthood: Gavin shares his progress and challenges as he navigates through important milestones like job training and exploring living arrangements.- Touring Group Homes: Gavin talks about his criteria for a suitable group home and his feelings about touring such homes for the first time.- Future Plans and Aspirations: Gavin discusses his aspirations to start a YouTube channel focused on gaming, aiming to build it as both a passion project and a safety net.- Managing Health and Personal Interests: As someone who is immunocompromised, Gavin emphasizes the importance of living in a clean and healthy environment. He also shares how he wishes to include his future roommates in his YouTube gaming sessions.Contacting The Autism Dad: For more information, to be a guest, or to become a sponsor, please visit theautismdad.link.Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
Welcome to another insightful episode of "The Autism Dad" podcast. In this episode, Rob Gorski, your host, sits down with Kevin Miller, an autism dad and the Executive Director of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), a state agency dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment.In This Episode, You'll Discover:- Kevin's Personal Journey: Kevin shares his personal story as an autism dad, discussing the challenges and revelations he and his family faced from early diagnosis to adulthood.- Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD): Kevin provides an in-depth look at OOD, detailing how the agency supports individuals with disabilities across Ohio, helping them achieve independence through employment.- The Power of Employment: Discover how Rob's son, Gavin, benefited from OOD's programs, gaining not just a job but a sense of purpose and autonomy.- Navigating the Transition to Adulthood: Kevin and Rob discuss the often-daunting transition to adulthood for young people with autism and how programs like OOD can provide crucial support.- Resources and Advice for Parents: Kevin offers resources and advice for parents navigating the journey of raising children with disabilities, emphasizing the importance of fostering independence and finding purpose.- A Father's Perspective: Both Kevin and Rob share their experiences and insights as fathers of autistic children, offering a candid look at the challenges, joys, and personal growth that comes with their unique parenting roles.Resources Mentioned in This Episode:- Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities: Explore the services and support offered by OOD by visiting OODWorks.com or calling 800-282-4536.- Contacting The Autism Dad: For more information, to be a guest, or to become a sponsor, please visit theautismdad.link.Connect with Us:- Subscribe to our Podcast: Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you listen to your podcasts.- Follow The Autism Dad on Social Media: Stay up to date with the latest episodes and join our growing community.Special Thanks:A heartfelt thank you to Kevin Miller for sharing his story and expertise. His insights into the world of disabilities and the power of employment have the potential to change lives.And, as always, thank you to our listeners for joining us on this journey. Your support and engagement make this podcast possible. If you found this episode helpful, please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify and sharing it with someone who might benefit from our discussions.Don't miss our next episode, where we'll explore another important topic in the autism community. Subscribe now to stay updated!Mentioned in this episode:Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial PlanningLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to...
Summary In this conversation, Rob Gorski and Amber Arrington discuss the challenges and decisions involved in parenting adult children with autism. They address sensitive topics such as transitioning to adulthood, the need for independence, and the consideration of group homes. They also explore the emotional impact of making decisions like pursuing guardianship and the stigma attached to these choices. Amber shares her personal experience with her son living in a group home and highlights the importance of open conversations and support for parents navigating the complexities of autism parenting.About GuestAmber Arrington is a mother to 6 children, 3 of whom are autistic.Autism was once a word she feared and has become a word she loves. Now she helps parents navigate an autism diagnosis and the autism landscape as a whole. She educates moms about available services and connects them with appropriate services and professionals.Amber helps parents become "autism savvy" so they can know the best next steps to take for their child.Connect with Amber:http://www.autismsavvy.com/FacebookInstagramHosted by Rob Gorski:Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit GoallyLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
In this week’s episode, Emmett, my 15 year old autistic son, and I answer a bunch of your autism related questions. Emmett dug through a huge list of questions you folks submitted via Facebook and create a list of 10 he wanted us to talk about this week. This was a lot of fun. :-) Resources and Links:Episode mentioned for future reference: "The Parent's Guide to Navigating Autism and Puberty" with Dr. Whitney Casares: theautismdad.link.Guest Expert:Emmett Gorski is a 15-year-old autistic advocate and the son of Rob Gorski, the influential blogger and podcast host behind "The Autism Dad." Passionate about raising awareness and understanding of autism, Emmett brings a unique, firsthand perspective to the conversation. Articulate and insightful, he has been featured on "The Autism Dad" podcast, where he discusses topics ranging from identity-first language to the daily challenges and triumphs of being autistic. With a keen interest in technology and a natural ability to connect with people, Emmett is not only a voice for autistic teens but also an inspiration for families navigating the complexities of autism.Hosted by Rob Gorski:Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit GoallyLearn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning
Make'm Smile Ohio 2024

Make'm Smile Ohio 2024

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SummaryLena Hartman from Make'm Smile Ohio discusses the organization's annual event that celebrates individuals with disabilities and their families. The event offers a party-like atmosphere with various activities, entertainment, and resource exhibitors. Lena emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and acceptance, ensuring that families feel comfortable and supported. Siblings are also included in the event to ensure they feel valued and celebrated. The event is free of charge and takes place on the second Saturday of July each year. Lena encourages people to get involved by volunteering or making donations to support the event. makemsmileohio.orgSAVE THE DATE: Nathaniel’s Hope6th Annual Make ’m Smile OhioFree For EveryoneSaturday, July 13, 202411:00 am – 3:00 pmThe Biggest Party Celebrating kids of all ages with Special NeedsHarvestime Apostolic Temple is so excited to invite you to attend.Contact Lena if you have any questions – 330-704-7896See you at: Hartville Memorial Park, Hartville OH 44632Mentioned in this episode:Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning
In this week’s episode, I sit down with Gavin, my 24 year old autistic son. We talk about a situation that occurred recently where Gavin was very, very upset at work and had to call me for help. I wanted to discuss this after some time passed because I’m very interested in what Gavin learned from this experience and I wanted to better understand what he was going through in the moment. We both feel like this is a great teaching moment. About Gavin GorskiGavin is 24 years old, autistic and smack dab in the middle of his transition into his adult life. He’s currently working at his first job, going to day services, and getting ready to move out in the very near future. Gavin loves video games and is a huge fan of anime. He enjoys sharing about his life on the podcast so others can learn from his experiences. About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial PlanningLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
Episode SummaryIn this conversation, Rob Gorski speaks with Samantha Fox, a speech language pathologist and founder of Beyond Speech Therapy Center. They discuss non-speaking autism and the challenges related to communication. Samantha shares her journey into speech pathology and how she discovered the importance of motor control in communication. They delve into the concept of apraxia and when parents should be concerned about their non-speaking child. Hosted by Rob Gorski:Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.linkGuest Expert: Samantha Fox, MA, CCC-SLP, S2C PractitionerSamantha is a Kent State University alumnus with a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She's dedicated her career to working with non-speaking, minimally speaking, and unreliably speaking individuals on the autism spectrum. As a registered Spelling to Communicate (S2C) Practitioner, she pioneers in tailoring therapy to each individual's needs. Samantha founded Beyond Speech Therapy Center in Munroe Falls, Ohio, envisioning a practice that wholeheartedly presumes competence in all patients, irrespective of their diagnosis or test scores.Connect with Samantha Fox:Learn more about S2C and Samantha’s practice Beyond Speech Therapy Center: https://beyondspeechtherapycenter.comLike our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beyondspeechInternational Association for Spelling as Communication (IASc): https://www.i-asc.orgTakeawaysMotor control plays a crucial role in communication for non-speaking individuals with autism.Apraxia is a disconnect between the brain and the body, resulting in difficulty in coordinating speech movements.Parents should seek early intervention and consult with speech therapists to determine the best approach for their non-speaking child.Presuming competence is essential in supporting non-speaking individuals and recognizing their capabilities beyond their outward appearance.Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit MightierLearn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path...
Episode Summary:In this heartfelt episode of "The Autism Dad" podcast, host Rob Gorski sits down with his 15-year-old son, Emmett, to reflect on the remarkable journey from Emmett's early years as a non-verbal child to his present as a confident young man. Rob and Emmett delve into the changes and challenges they've navigated together, including sensory issues, communication barriers, and personal growth. Through a candid and sometimes humorous conversation, they explore Emmett's evolution, the unique experiences of each of Rob's autistic sons, and the profound ways in which their family dynamics have shifted over the years. This episode offers listeners a window into the resilience, adaptability, and love that defines the Gorski family.Guest Expert:Emmett Gorski is a 15-year-old autistic advocate and the son of Rob Gorski, the influential blogger and podcast host behind "The Autism Dad." Passionate about raising awareness and understanding of autism, Emmett brings a unique, firsthand perspective to the conversation. Articulate and insightful, he has been featured on "The Autism Dad" podcast, where he discusses topics ranging from identity-first language to the daily challenges and triumphs of being autistic. With a keen interest in technology and a natural ability to connect with people, Emmett is not only a voice for autistic teens but also an inspiration for families navigating the complexities of autism.Hosted by Rob Gorski:Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial PlanningLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit MightierLearn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit Goally
Episode Summary:In this captivating episode of the Autism Dad podcast, host Rob Gorski is joined by Britta Koepf, a distinguished special needs financial planner. Their conversation delves into the essential yet often overlooked realm of special needs financial planning, offering insight and guidance to families navigating the financial complexities associated with caring for individuals with disabilities.This discussion breaks down the multi-faceted aspects of financial planning that go beyond the typical bounds of investments and retirement preparations. Britta emphasizes the significance of incorporating tax strategies, estate planning, understanding government benefits like SSI and Medicaid, and ensuring suitable insurance coverage, all whilst keeping the unique needs of disabled individuals in mind. She shares valuable advice on starting the financial planning process, no matter at what life stage one finds oneself, underscoring the philosophy that it's never too late to plan.Key Takeaways:Financial planning for families with special needs members involves more than just investments and retirement; it includes estate planning, tax strategies, government benefits, and insurance considerations.It is crucial to work with financial advisors who understand and can navigate the complexities related to government benefits like SSI and Medicaid.Britta Koepf practices a fee-only financial planning approach, which aligns with her values of integrity and reducing conflicts of interest.Families should consider financial planning at all life stages, and it's never too late to start the process.Britta assists families by providing direction and connecting them with the appropriate resources, even if full financial planning isn't immediately feasible.Notable Quotes:"We want to make sure that we're passing money to those heirs in a way that is tax-efficient.""I want to make sure that I'm doing a helping profession. I want to do good in the world. I don't just want to make rich people richer.""I'm a second set of ears with a lot of different specialists for my clients.""I know special needs trusts. I work with my clients' lawyers with my clients to make sure that their estate plan, their special needs legal plan, and their special needs financial plan work together.""Even if starting late means you still don't get to retire with your peers, that doesn't mean you never get to retire."About the Guest(s):Britta Koepf is a certified financial planner and the owner of Tranquil Path Financial Planning based in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated with a degree in biomedical humanities before turning her sights to financial planning at the University of Akron, achieving her Certified Financial Planner designation. Since 2015, she has served as a fee-only financial advisor and, in 2020, secured her Chartered Special Needs Consultant designation, placing her focus on working with individuals with disabilities and their families. Britta's approach ensures integrity and reduces conflicts of interest by not depending on commissions from financial products. Her passion lies in making a genuine difference in people's lives by offering financial advice and assistance, especially within the disability community.Tranquil Path Financial Planning website: tranquilfp.comAbout Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob:
Episode Summary:In this moving and insightful episode of the Autism Dad podcast, host Rob Gorski sits down with Dr. Whitney Casares to discuss navigating medication for children with autism and ADHD. The conversation revolves around common concerns parents have about medications, the various remedies used, and the overarching emotional hurdles that accompany these decisions. The episode opens the floor to parents and caregivers seeking education and hope on this journey.Initially, Dr. Casares emphasizes the importance of balancing a child's health and comfort while acknowledging parental self-care. The dialog covers common medications, approaches to pediatric care for autism and ADHD, and the prevalent sense of guilt parents might experience when turning to prescriptions. Providing key insights and a sense of camaraderie, Dr. Casares offers reassurance with her expertise merged with her personal experience of parenting neurodivergent children.The podcast offers a profound dive into the emotional and practical aspects of medicating neurodivergent children, guided by an expert pediatrician well-acquainted with the subject matter.Dr. Casares shares her wisdom on distinguishing life-altering opportunities provided by medication from the initial reluctance and guilt often associated with it.The conversation pivots to Dr. Casares's new book, "Doing It All," serving as a beacon for overwhelmed parents seeking to navigate the complexities of modern parenthood.Key Takeaways:Medications for autism and ADHD, like Adderall, are safe and extensively studied, forming part of a broader treatment plan.Parents often face guilt and internal conflict when deciding to medicate their children, a feeling Dr. Casares addresses with empathy and validation.Dr. Casares highlights the necessity of distinguishing sustainable parenting practices from the struggles that necessitate medication.The podcast addresses the global shortage of developmental pediatricians and behavioral health experts, emphasizing the role pediatricians are playing in compensating for this gap.Dr. Whitney Casares introduces her new book, relating its themes to the challenges discussed during the podcast.Notable Quotes:"Sometimes if life is easier for you as a parent…that actually is better for your kids.""These kids are so intelligent, sometimes hyper-intelligent…but if they're unable to focus, they have to just fight against themselves over and over and over again.""When you have behavioral issues that are associated with ADHD, that often needs even more wraparound support than just the medication.""It's life-changing. Not just for the parents, oh, yeah, for the kids.""That's my feeling on CBD. I think uncharted waters. We don't know yet."About the Guest(s):Dr. Whitney Casares is a Stanford-trained pediatrician with over a decade of experience, holding a master's degree in maternal and child health from Berkeley. As an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a recognized public health expert, Dr. Casares is also a published author who has dedicated her career to children's health and wellness. In addition to her professional pedigree, she is an autism mom herself, giving her a personal connection to the topics discussed in the podcast.Resources:Dr. Whitney Casares's podcast and blog can be found at modernmommydoc.comFollow Dr. Casares on Instagram @modernmommydocHer new book, "Doing It All: Stop Over Functioning and Become the Mom and Person You Were Meant to Be," is available on Amazon,...
On today’s episode, I speak with my 24 year old autistic son, Gavin, talks about his transition into adulthood. We talk about everything for employment, independent living, and dating. Gavin is amazing and he’s so honest about what this journey is like for him and how it makes him feel. You don’t want to miss this. About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More About Wee MeditateWee Meditate—the meditation platform for kids of all abilities. Meet characters like Weasel with autism and Fox who helps with anxiety, in meditations that make bedtime a breeze. Subscribe for $49.99/year and use code "theautismdad" for 10% off.Visit Wee MeditateLearn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial PlanningLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
SummaryIn the conversation, Rob Gorski and Brittyn Coleman address the challenges of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) in autistic children. They differentiate ARFID from sensory eating issues and discuss the nutritional difficulties these children face. Brittyn advises on supplement introduction and stresses the need for professional support. The importance of community among parents of autistic children is also highlighted.Additionally, Brittyn Coleman, an autism dietitian, speaks on the specific protein requirements for autistic children, noting that protein powders are often unnecessary and potentially harmful to their kidneys. She suggests using a food journal to assess a child’s dietary needs and underscores the role of fiber. Strategies for incorporating vegetables and fostering a trusting relationship with food are discussed, emphasizing a sustainable approach and community support.About Brittyn ColemanBrittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD, is a distinguished Registered Dietitian and Autism Nutrition Expert, known for her innovative, sensory-friendly feeding approach to nutrition for children on the autism spectrum. As the founder of the Nourishing autism Collective, and as an autism sibling herself, Brittyn brings both professional expertise and personal understanding to her work. She empowers families with her expert guidance, helping children receive essential nutrients for optimal health and development. Her strategies are tailored to the unique dietary needs and sensory preferences of each child.Brittyn's influence extends beyond her membership site through her active social media presence and her popular podcast, 'Nourishing Autism'. Her educational content on Instagram, YouTube, and other platforms has established her as a leading voice in autism nutrition, providing valuable resources, practical advice, and a supportive community for parents and professionals.Connect with Brittyn ColemanInstagramFacebookWebsiteAbout Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years. Connect with Rob: theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More About Wee MeditateWee Meditate—the meditation platform for kids of all abilities. Meet characters like Weasel with autism and Fox who helps with anxiety, in meditations that make bedtime a breeze. Subscribe for $49.99/year and use code "theautismdad" for 10% off.Visit Wee MeditateLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit MightierLearn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased,...
You won't believe what happened on New Year's Eve. Emmett, my 15 year old autistic son, and I have a fun chat about some things that happened over the holidays that we've not shared yet. Guest Expert:Emmett Gorski is a 15-year-old autistic advocate and the son of Rob Gorski, the influential blogger and podcast host behind "The Autism Dad." Passionate about raising awareness and understanding of autism, Emmett brings a unique, firsthand perspective to the conversation. Articulate and insightful, he has been featured on "The Autism Dad" podcast, where he discusses topics ranging from identity-first language to the daily challenges and triumphs of being autistic. With a keen interest in technology and a natural ability to connect with people, Emmett is not only a voice for autistic teens but also an inspiration for families navigating the complexities of autism.Hosted by Rob Gorski:Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com.Visit Tranquil Path Financial PlanningLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
Season 7 Trailer

Season 7 Trailer

2024-01-2300:40

 Welcome to The Autism Dad Podcast, I'm Rob Gorski. As a single dad to three amazing autistic kids, I've been the go to global resource for autism parenting since 2010. For the past seven seasons, this podcast has provided parents with education, community resources, and validation. This season, you'll hear from parents just like you, as well as my own kids who will offer their unique perspectives on what it's like for them to navigate the world as young autistic people.I'll feature experts from across many fields from parenting and education to therapies, nutrition, self care, and more. So, make us part of your weekly self care routine. You can subscribe on any one of your favorite podcast, listening apps, and for more information to be a guest or a sponsor, please visit theautismdad.link
Because there’s so many new listeners and this was such an inspiring episode, I’m rereleasing it so more people can connect with it. :-)In today's very special episode, I'm sitting down with my 15-year-old autistic son, Emmett, for a truly unique conversation. For the first time, Emmett opens up about his experience of being non-verbal for the first 4.5 years of his life. This intimate discussion gives us a rare insight into the world of non-verbal autism, helping to challenge stereotypes and deepen understanding. You won't want to miss this emotional and enlightening episode that aims to inspire and educate.About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and Found and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for well over a decade.Connect with Rob Gorski: https://theautismdad.linkMentioned in this episode:Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit Goally
In this week's episode, I take on the controversial subject of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy with his guest, Ashley Gibson-Stewart, a seasoned and board-certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). We talk about what ABA therapy was like in the past and how it's changed over the years. Acknowledging the Past: Rob and Ashley discuss the painful experiences our autistic adult friends endured during the early days of ABA therapy, recognizing the trauma it caused.Embracing Change: The episode highlights the significant changes in ABA practices over the years, focusing on the positive developments and lessons learned.Healing and Moving Forward: A critical look at how parents and therapists today use ABA therapy in a way that supports and does not harm children. This part of the discussion emphasizes the importance of healing from past mistakes and working together for the betterment of children needing support today.About Ashley Gibson-Stewart:Ashley Gibson-Stewart brings over a decade of experience in the ABA field to this conversation. Her extensive work ranges from young children to older adults, across various environments. Ashley's dedication lies in working closely with clients and their families to enact meaningful changes and enhance their quality of life.About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad Podcast:Rob Gorski, a single father to three autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and social media influencer, Rob has been a respected public figure and advocate in the autism community for over a decade.Connect with Rob Gorski: The Autism Dad PodcastMentioned in this episode:Learn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit GoallyLearn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit Mightier
Join us in this enlightening episode as we sit down with Dr. Whitney Casares, a renowned pediatrician, accomplished author/spokesperson with the American Academy of Pediatrics, and mother to an autistic child. She brings to the table not only her professional expertise but also her personal experience navigating the world of autism. Dr. Casares tackles your most pressing questions about sleep hygiene, revealing practical strategies to improve your child's sleep routine. Plus, she delves into the subject of melatonin, demystifying its role, benefits, and considerations. Whether you're a parent, caregiver, or educator, this episode is packed with insights that could transform bedtime from a struggle to a breeze. Don't miss it!About Dr. Whitney Casares:Dr. Whitney Casares is the Founder and CEO of Modern Mommy Doc, a board-certified pediatrician, author, speaker, and advocate for women's success in work and home life. Based in Portland, Oregon, she's also an autism mom, a two-time American Academy of Pediatrics author and spokesperson. While she considers her children her greatest teachers, she also boasts an extensive academic background. She completed her undergraduate studies in journalism, followed by medical training at the University of Vermont and pediatrics residency at Stanford University, in addition to holding a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Berkeley.Pre-order her new book (Out January 23, 2024): Doing It All: Stop Over-Functioning and Become the Mom and Person You're Meant to Be (Click Here)Buy her book: The Working Mom Blueprint: Winning at Parenting without Losing Yourself (American Academy of Pediatrics; May 11, 2021).Check out her website: https://modernmommydoc.com/Mentioned in this episode:Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit MightierLearn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit Goally
This is the final episode of Season 6. Kelly and I reflect back on 2023 and what our autism parenting journey’s have been like this year. Kelly talks about her daughter being diagnosed with autism earlier this year and how she’s navigated some of the challenges associated with that. We some of the things 2023 brought into our lives and what we’re looking forward to in 2024. Also, Kelly’s daughter Aria, pops in for short but incredibly adorable interview at the end. Prepare to smile. :-)Hosted by Rob Gorski:Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.Connect with Rob: https://theautismdad.comYou can find all past episodes anywhere you get your podcasts.Here are a few options.Apple PodcastSpotifyHow to listen on your favorite app:Download your favorite app and search for “ The Autism Dad”. Hit the subscribe button to be notified of all new releases. This prevents you from always having to search.Alternatively, you can visit the official website at https://listen.theautismdad.com. Everything is there as well.Today’s Sponsors:Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: MightierMightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier. Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.Visit MightierLearn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit GoallyLearn More: Aceing AutismACEing Autism provides tennis programs for children on the autism spectrum aged 5 to 18, focusing on growth, social skills, and physical fitness. Tailored to individual needs with one-on-one volunteer support, the program includes weekend sessions and offers scholarships for accessibility. It aims to build confidence and social connections, with extended support available beyond age 18. More information can be found at https://aceingautism.org.Visit Aceing Autism
Summary:In this episode of The Autism Dad Podcast, I sat down with my 17-year-old autistic son, Elliott as we reflected on some of the highlights in 2023. We also talk about what he wants to do with his life and where he wants to be in 2024. Elliott is absolutely amazing and you'll be hearing more from him in season 7.Guest Expert:Elliott GorskiElliott Gorski, the middle son of Rob Gorski, has become an inspiring figure in his own right within the autism community. Growing up with autism, Elliott's journey has been shared through his father's blog, "The Autism Dad", providing a unique and personal perspective on life with autism. His story, chronicled by his father, has touched the hearts of many, offering insights into the challenges and triumphs faced by individuals on the autism spectrum. Elliott's experiences have not only contributed to raising awareness about autism but have also served as a beacon of hope and understanding for families navigating similar paths. As he matures, Elliott continues to embody resilience and adaptability, traits that make him a role model for many.Hosted by Rob Gorski:Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community.Connect with Rob: https://theautismdad.comYou can find all past episodes anywhere you get your podcasts.Here are a few options.Apple PodcastSpotifyHow to listen on your favorite app:Download your favorite app and search for “ The Autism Dad”. Hit the subscribe button to be notified of all new releases. This prevents you from always having to search.Alternatively, you can visit the official website at https://listen.theautismdad.com. Everything is there as well.Today’s Sponsors:Mentioned in this episode:Learn More: Aceing AutismACEing Autism provides tennis programs for children on the autism spectrum aged 5 to 18, focusing on growth, social skills, and physical fitness. Tailored to individual needs with one-on-one volunteer support, the program includes weekend sessions and offers scholarships for accessibility. It aims to build confidence and social connections, with extended support available beyond age 18. More information can be found at https://aceingautism.org.Visit Aceing AutismLearn More: GoallyThe Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence. For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.Visit...
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Zoe Collings

hi do you have a podcast on how to handle anger or aggressive behaviour in a child with autism?

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