Global autism expert Lynette Louise aka The Brain Broad raised eight children. Six of her children were adopted and four of those were on the autism spectrum. Lynette prioritized raising her children into functional adults and succeeded despite her five broken marriages. According to Lynette “I would get married in the hopes that someone would save me. That doesn’t work by the way. In the end I focused on saving my kids and saved myself in the process.” Lynette was able to guide all but one off the spectrum and into lives of independence.
When asked about her secret Lynette says, “Well, I laugh a lot. I see autism as adorable and quirky and since laughter is just joy percolating it heals. After all when you percolate joy you can’t help but save a few lives. Isn’t the very definition of saving a life taking it from misery to joyfulness?”
Lynette travels internationally performing and speaking on the subject of autism and the efficacy of neurofeedback (biofeedback for the brain) administered with joyfulness. Offering a playful therapy of fun, family dynamics counseling and neurofeedback– she effectively helps parents become confident experts in their family’s healing. She is the author of three books, all inspiring and refreshingly honest, some at times hilarious. The WingMaker, MIRACLES ARE MADE: A Real Life Guide to Autism and JEFF: A sexually realized spiritual odyssey of stepping into love.
Presently Lynette is host of our popular podcast: A New Spin On Autism: ANSWERS! and the web series FIX IT IN FIVE with The Brain Broad on The Autism Channel! She is also is working on her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Psychophysiology at Saybrook University. Lynette holds a computer degree and is doubly board certified in Neurofeedback.
A New Spin On Autism Answers – How Did RDI Get It’s Name, What is It And How Does It Help Autism?
RDI stands for Relationship Development Intervention.
For the past fifteen years Dr. Rachelle Sheely has been a leader in the development and logistical implementation of programs for both families and professionals working with children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. She serves as the President of RDIconnect as well as the head of professional training and supervision.
Dr. Sheely shares the back story of how RDI came to exist and the fundamental purpose behind prioritizing Relationship when intervening in the developmental path of autism. Dr. Sheely and her husband Stephen Gustein Ph.D., author of The RDI Book, have forged a new path. Lynette and Rachelle joke about a possible husband and wife interview at some point in the future and if that happens YOU WANT TO HEAR IT!
With clear explanations and great empathy for the struggling parent Dr. Sheely shares techniques and concepts that can empower the at home relationship. Lynette and Rachelle have been trying to bring you this podcasted interview for some time but their schedules were never mutually conducive. Finally this extremely informative episode is available.
Don’t miss Dr. Sheely and Lynette as they share the gift of moving from observation to intuitive precision effectively empowering the everyday moments in your lives and in your home.
A concept driven episode this interview is life enhancing.
THE GREAT GUEST GIVEAWAY was foregone in order to make more room for Dr. Sheely’s wisdom.
Today’s question “Is Autism a relationship issue?”
Today’s answer: “YES...and more.”
In Stories From The Road Lynette shares the story of a sensory challenged child and how that effects the natural order of development.
A New Spin on Autism: Answers! – When You Look Within the Autism You Find A Person, A Beautiful, Amazing, Courageous Person.
Shelley Pack is a comedic actress, writer and producer. One of her life passions is working with children who have a diagnosis of autism as well as other special needs. She uses her talents to bring attention to the possibilities and beauty of difference. Her short movie about Dash Chandler came to Lynette’s attention and impressed her with its simplicity and message. Together Shelley and Lynette discuss the joy of helping and producing film in an effort to share the beauty and possibility of the child within, any diagnosis.
Shelley and Lynette discuss at length the importance of imrpovisation and the attitude of ‘yes and’. This is a fundamental belief of theater groups using imrpovisation. Yes and means “accept the reality and add to it”. For example if the child says the blocks need to line up you can say “Yes and the chairs like it too.” Then follow that statement with the action of lining up chairs. Of course the next step is to create varied patterns and fun together but step on is always ‘yes and.’ And when the child adds a new thought like “No chairs are better in a circle.” You restate a new ‘Yes and shoes are best in a square.’ Etcetera.
THE GREAT GUEST GIVEAWAY guest is Ange Anderson with her new book Seren’s Christmas Encounter With Autism. As an author she uses the pseudonym Angela Morgan. The book is the third one in a series and perfect for families who want other’s to understand what family life is like when a member has autism.
Today’s question “Why show people autism?”
Today’s answer: “If you don’t show they don’t know.”
In Stories From The Road Lynette shares a story of the gift given through peer interaction, when a young girl, by virtue of her envy over a friend with autism, signals her own emotional challenges.
A New Spin On Autism Answers – OT’s What Do They Do Anyway? And How Does What They Do Help Autism?
Trina Rice, is an OT which means is an Occupational Therapist. She works with autism and is the owner of Harmony Therapeutics, LLC. As a Facilitator & Coach, International Speaker & Best Selling Author, Trina has the capacity to create a space of no judgment, allowing what you may have thought of as your broken pieces to be re-experienced as your hidden jewels. Trina, like Lynette Louise our Brain Broad, has the ability to look beyond labels, limitations, disabilities, diagnoses or definitions.
These two ladies mesh and share advice, stories and truths on how discover the magic that is hidden by the illusions.
Additionally Trina explains the very varied role of the Occupational therapist in the healing and helping of a variety of challenges.
Most importantly Trina and Lynette raise the level of belief in any person with autism by pointing out their innate knowledge as well as their ability to comprehend way beyond the expected level when judged in accordance with their behavior. The solution to the confusion is right in front of you. The child knows why they act the way they do. Ask them, by whatever means possible.
Autism is only a prison if we refuse to look inside.
THE GREAT GUEST GIVEAWAY guest is Tsara Shelton author of Spinning in Circles and Learning From Myself: A Collection Of Stories the Slowly Grow up. Tsara is the oldest of eight children, she discusses in detail her childhood in Toronto, Ontario, and how she learned to live thanks to her brothers and her mother--all on the autism spectrum. Tsara is Lynette’s daughter. She happily offers a signed copy of her book.
Today’s question “What Do You Know?”
Today’s answer: “More then you think.”
In Stories From The Road Lynette shares personal stories of loosing her own skills while learning new ones.
A New Spin On Autism Answers – Dating for Autism and Other Differentabilities?
Christy Goldstein, is a life, relationship, & sex coach from Columbus, Ohio. Her new book Dating While Disabled, is just as it sounds: a self help dating book focused on assisting people with an illness achieve or improve their dating lives. It will be released February 14, 2017.
Christy herself has an illness which is her term for disability. Christy has the inherited disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos, which is a connective tissue disorder that has led to many surgeries and dislocations. Learning how to have a healthy dating and sexually active life has been a challenge and she wishes to share her tips and tricks for overcoming diversity in the face of dating.
Given the numbers of people who are molested and/or raped in the disabled community simply because they have not learned how to read signals and avoid triggers this is an important area that needs to be talked about.
Together Christy and Lynette try to break down some of the barriers to just such a discussion.
THE GREAT GUEST GIVEAWAY guest is Lynette who offers 5 musical comedy DVD/CD packages from her one woman show Crazy To Sane, for the Holiday Season.
Today’s question “Should Autistic People Date?”
Today’s answer: “Duh! YES!!”
In Stories From The Road Lynette shares the story of a young boy who was so wrought with puberty he became sexually aggressive.
A New Spin on Autism: Answers – The documentarian of Aspergers Are Us shares his Learnings?
Alex Lehmann was writing a movie with a character on the autism spectrum. He was uninformed and looking for a real connection when he saw a newspaper clipping about a comedy troupe composed of four members with Asperger’s. They called themselves, Asperger’s Are Us. Intrigued he decided to meet them. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Lynette and Alex discuss the myths that were made evident during the making of this documentary and the very real talent of these four men with unusual perspectives. Alex shares his behind the scenes experience with many other comedians and states that the social challenges of being able to cooperate, as a team for the members of Asperger’s Are Us is equal to any troupe he has videoed.
Lynette is a long time fan of Jon Lajoie of The League with whom Alex Lehmann has worked and Alex is a long time fan of the late Mitch Hedberg, someone Lynette used to date. As a result the show is a little fiesty and loaded with fun.
More importantly the movie Alex made with the troupe Asperger’s Are Us is fiesty, fun and very very real. To raise awareness and just have a good time, buy it for a friend.
THE GREAT GUEST GIVEAWAY Alex gives a free copy of, Asperger’s Are Us, and just to raise the bar, Lynette throws in a copy of, The Seven Senses of Leadership!
Today’s question “Are Autistic People Funny?”
Today’s answer: “If you get their jokes they are!”
In Stories From The Road Lynette shares the story of a child in Canada who learned his social skills by joining an improve troupe.
A New Spin On Autism: Answers! – Did Tragedy Strike Twice or is Autism NOT a Tragedy?
Sandi Johnson has been on the show before. Sandi, a children’s author and songwriter, has been friends with Lynette since 1994. When she first met Lynette autism was a foreign word and she had no idea her life would also one day revolve around the spectrum of autism.
Sandi’s son was murdered several years ago, leaving Sandi to raise his autistic son. Sandi’s daughter also has an autistic child. Life is different now.
The last time Sandi was on the show Lynette offered to give Sandi and her grandchildren, neurofeedback as a gift. On this episode Sandi and Lynette discuss the benefits of that therapeutic visit and the particulars of raising a grandchild with the diagnosis of autism while still grieving your murdered son.
This is the first of several revisits as Lynette plans to go back and check in with a handful of past interviewees. Learning how things evolve in a home populated by spectrum personalities is a blessing for parents just beginning to walk the path.
Sandi and Lynette discuss the evolution of becoming an author for children and how that has become easier in recent years. Sandi has authored over 40 books for children and easily as many songs.
THE GREAT GUEST GIVEAWAY is a free copy of, Steve the Cowboy, a book dedicated to Sandi’s son Hank.
Today’s question “Is getting a diagnosis of autism a tragedy?”
Today’s answer: “Nope!”
In Stories From The Road Lynette shares the story of a child in India who couldn’t generalize because he was being taught in isolation.
I love this podcast so much! I wish I would have found it sooner. The information is so helpful and encouraging. The host is smart and supportive--I always feel better after listening. Thank you, Lynette!
Helpful and Hopeful
Lynette Louise's A New Spin on Autism: Answers is a valuable resource for parents of autistic children, for adults who are autistic (me!), and beyond! I love it!
Awesome and informative!
A must hear. Great diverse topics. Glad to have found these audios.