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Welcome to Adventures in Autism! This podcast was created as a safe place to come together and share our journeys with autism.

Host, Megan Carranza, shares her family’s experience with her son, Logan, and speaks with a variety of incredible guests. From fellow autism parents, to siblings, to experts in the field and individuals on the spectrum themselves! It’s all about support and finding a sense of community. These are people who just “get it”.

If you’re familiar with autism, then you know everyday is an adventure, you’ll hear all about those adventures here! Thanks for listening!

Adventures in Autism Megan Carranza

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 205 Ratings

Welcome to Adventures in Autism! This podcast was created as a safe place to come together and share our journeys with autism.

Host, Megan Carranza, shares her family’s experience with her son, Logan, and speaks with a variety of incredible guests. From fellow autism parents, to siblings, to experts in the field and individuals on the spectrum themselves! It’s all about support and finding a sense of community. These are people who just “get it”.

If you’re familiar with autism, then you know everyday is an adventure, you’ll hear all about those adventures here! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 166- Throwing out the parenting manual, with mom & podcaster Megan Champion

    Episode 166- Throwing out the parenting manual, with mom & podcaster Megan Champion

    Today I’m chatting with mom and fellow podcaster, Megan Champion. Megan shares her journey with raising a neurodiverse child. From the time her son was a baby, Megan had noticed differences between him and his twin sister. It wasn’t until toddlerhood that those differences became concerning. Megan sought out therapy for him and many of her concerns were addressed and he excelled. However his behavior, particularly with meltdowns was becoming problematic. Megan shares how typical parenting strategies did nothing to help matters. From there she had him evaluated for autism but he was not diagnosed and simply got the label of “quirky”. In the following years he’s been evaluated again and while he is gifted, he has never gotten a diagnosis of autism. Megan talks about the challenges of raising a child that is out of the box and doesn’t fit in the world typical. I found their story so interesting and I know many of you can relate. I loved chatting with Megan (both here and on her podcast!) and I hope you enjoy listening!

    Connect with Megan:
    Podcast: On The Hard Days
    Instagram: on.the.hard.days
    Website: https://www.ontheharddays.com

    Sponsored by:

    Simple Spectrum Supplement
    https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/
    Use code AIA at check out for free shipping!

    Connect with Megan:
    IG: @adventuresinautismpod
    FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast
    Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com

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    • 46 min
    Episode 165- Getting diagnosed with ASD as an adult. With Pro Golfer, Billy Mayfair.

    Episode 165- Getting diagnosed with ASD as an adult. With Pro Golfer, Billy Mayfair.

    Today I’m chatting with professional golfer, Billy Mayfair. Billy shares his journey of getting an autism diagnosis as an adult. After his wife encouraged him to be evaluated, Billy received his diagnosis of ASD in November of 2019. Billy explains how hearing that he had autism was initially very surprising to him. However after reading his doctors report, he felt it made a lot of sense and could see how all his life, autism had been a part of him. Billy talks about how he enjoyed golf as a kid because it was something he could do on his own, for and hours. Billy has had a very successful career as a pro golfer and still plays on the PGA Masters tour. Billy and his wife Tammy are now working on a foundation to help provide support and resources to individuals on the spectrum and their families. Billy was a delight to chat with and I hope you enjoy listening!


    Connect with Billy:
    Twitter: BMayfairGolf

    Sponsored by:

    Simple Spectrum Supplement
    https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/
    Use code AIA at check out for free shipping!

    Connect with Megan:
    IG: @adventuresinautismpod
    FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast
    Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com

    Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!

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    • 33 min
    Episode 164: Sister Chats- Updates and more with Mel

    Episode 164: Sister Chats- Updates and more with Mel

    Today I’ve got my sister, Melissa, back on the pod with an update! Mel hasn’t done an episode with me since May so we had a lot to cover. Fair warning, this is definitely an emotional one. We’re discussing her most recent MRI and finding out that her cancer is growing. As always Mel and I keep real, which means lots of laughs and tears. We’re talking about the reality of this situation and how difficult it’s been. Later, we’re getting a little more lighthearted and answering some listener questions. I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to this community for the outpouring of love and support for Melissa and our entire family. It truly means so much to us! Keep the prayers coming and I hope you enjoy this episode!

    Connect with Mel:
    Instagram: @thezill


    Sponsored by:

    Simple Spectrum Supplement
    https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/
    Use code AIA at check out for free shipping!

    Connect with Megan:
    IG: @adventuresinautismpod
    FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast
    Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com

    Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 163- Understanding the nuance of autism, with Dr. Kat Lewitzke

    Episode 163- Understanding the nuance of autism, with Dr. Kat Lewitzke

    Today I’m chatting with clinical psychologist, Dr. Kat Lewitzke. Dr. Kat is the clinic director of Bright Pine Behavioral Health, a private mental health facility located in metro-Detroit (established in 2017). She specializes in pediatric neuropsychology and working with individuals diagnosed with autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, behavioral concerns, and emotional dysregulation from youth through adulthood. Dr. Kat especially focuses on early childhood in the assessment and diagnosis of autism in toddlers as young as 12 months.
    She has been presented with a Metro Detroit  Mom-Approved Doc Award (2019), and values a strong patient-clinician relationship. Dr. Kat is a mother herself of two young children, and is a compassionate clinician who understands the importance of finding eminent care. Dr. Kat and I talk about everything from seeking a diagnosis to finding good resources for adults on the spectrum. I throughly enjoy our conversation and I hope you enjoy listening!

    Connect with Dr. Kat:
    Facebook, IG, Twitter & Tik Tok: drkat_psyd

    Website: https://www.brightpinepsychology.com/

    Sponsored by:

    Simple Spectrum Supplement
    https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/
    Use code AIA at check out for free shipping!

    Connect with Megan:
    IG: @adventuresinautismpod
    FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast
    Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com

    Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!

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    • 46 min
    Episode 162- Getting past grief and finding acceptance, with autism dad, Brad Sader

    Episode 162- Getting past grief and finding acceptance, with autism dad, Brad Sader

    Today I’m chatting with autism dad, Brad Sader, all about his son, Jack. Jack is 10 years old now and Brad shares their journey up until this point. Brad talks about the early days of Jack’s ASD diagnosis and how it initially came as surprise for him and his wife. Brad explains how he struggled with feelings of grief and how difficult that time was. He also talks about how finding support and community helped him get to a better, more accepting place. Today Jack is thriving and Brad is a very proud dad. I loved this conversation with Brad and I especially appreciated his vulnerability. I think for so many of us, it feels “safer” not to open up and share our true feelings. While I totally understand where that comes from, I truly believe talking about those feelings is part of processing them which leads to healing. Thanks again to Brad for coming on the pod and being so open. I hope you enjoy listening!

    Connect with Brad:
    Instagram: @bradsader


    Sponsored by:

    Simple Spectrum Supplement
    https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/
    Use code AIA at check out for free shipping!

    Connect with Megan:
    IG: @adventuresinautismpod
    FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast
    Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com

    Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!

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    • 52 min
    Episode 161- Dealing with Separation Anxiety (Mini Episode)

    Episode 161- Dealing with Separation Anxiety (Mini Episode)

    Today I’m flying solo with a mini episode all about dealing with separation anxiety. This topic was suggested to me by a listener and after I mentioned it on a previous episode, I got several more inquiries for this topic specifically. So ask and you shall receive! I’m sharing our experience with separation anxiety through the years and explaining how it was once a major issue we dealt with. As Logan has gotten older, his separation anxiety has gotten soooo much better. To the point where he is not only is ok with us leaving, but he’s actually having sleepovers without us! That may not sound like a big deal but trust me, it is! I know so many of you can relate to this topic and I hope it’s helpful to hear from someone who definitely knows what it’s like to walk in those shoes. Enjoy listening!


    Sponsored by:

    Simple Spectrum Supplement
    https://simplespectrumsupplement.com/
    Use code AIA at check out for free shipping!

    Connect with Megan:
    IG: @adventuresinautismpod
    FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast
    Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com

    Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
205 Ratings

205 Ratings

pulm/cc fellow ,

Megan is so relatable.

I am so grateful to have found this podcast. Megan reminds me that we are not alone. I get so many great ideas from her guests. Listening to this podcast has helped me learn how to be a better parent to our son with autism. Thank you for all that you do to shed light on this world.

LIeastmom ,

Sliver lining when I need it

Newly diagnosed Autism mom here. Megan has been a bright light in this overwhelming time for our family. I don’t have anyone in my life right now that knows what it is like to be a parent to young child with ASD. This podcast feels like my support group.

BrunsFam ,

Love this podcast!

I’ve been listening for about 6 months and absolutely love this! As a momma to an undiagnosed nonverbal three year old boy I find myself relating to this podcast! I recommend this for anyone who has found themself on the autism journey!

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