28 episodes

Frasercast is a podcast of Fraser, Minnesota's largest and most experienced provider of autism and early childhood mental health services. Each episode, we talk with Fraser staff, partners, and experts about our services and the experiences of community members who have autism, mental health challenges, and other diverse needs.

FraserCast Fraser Minnesota

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Frasercast is a podcast of Fraser, Minnesota's largest and most experienced provider of autism and early childhood mental health services. Each episode, we talk with Fraser staff, partners, and experts about our services and the experiences of community members who have autism, mental health challenges, and other diverse needs.

    FraserCast E28 - Silent Discos

    FraserCast E28 - Silent Discos

    On today's episode of FraserCast, we do a quick dive into silent discos, an inclusive and sensory-friendly way to get onto the dance floor. We go through a brief history of silent discos and even get into its heightened popularity in recent years.
     
    Special thanks to Meristem | Cresset, the presenting sponsor of the 2023 Fraser Gala. We'd also love to thank our 2023 Gala Entertainment Sponsor, the James A. Levine Trust.

    • 11 min
    FraserCast E27 - Having Age-Appropriate Conversations on Autism

    FraserCast E27 - Having Age-Appropriate Conversations on Autism

    This week on FraserCast, we talk with Fraser Mental Health Professional Carrie Sporer on how we can talk to our kids about their autism diagnosis. We also dive into how we can teach our neurotypical children about their classmates and peers who may have autism, disabilities, and different health needs with empathy, kindness, and respect.

    • 21 min
    FraserCast E26 - Self-Advocacy and Life Skills After Leaving Home

    FraserCast E26 - Self-Advocacy and Life Skills After Leaving Home

    Julie McKibbins, Assistant Program Manager of Vocational Rehab and Program Development and Hong Vong, Program Coordinator join FraserCast again to talk more about the life skills that Fraser's Career Planning and Employment program can teach individuals for their lives after leaving a parent or caregiver's home. This week, they dive into how individuals can seek accommodations for their job or classroom, coaching parents to help their children achieve independence, and some success stories within the program.

    • 14 min
    FraserCast E25 - Perspectives on Autism Advocacy, Allyship, and Disclosure

    FraserCast E25 - Perspectives on Autism Advocacy, Allyship, and Disclosure

    Philadelphia-based actor, director, and playwright Robert Smythe joins FraserCast again to talk more about his experiences as someone who received an autism diagnosis as an adult. On this extra-long episode of FraserCast, Robert dives deep into navigating a world designed for neurotypical individuals, from disclosing your own autism diagnosis with neurotypical peers to finding workplace accommodations. 
     
    A couple of other topics we discuss this week include disclosing an autism diagnosis to old friends, dispelling stereotypes and assumptions, and being open about the different levels of supports you may or may not need from others as an individual with autism. We also get some advice on how neurotypical individuals can adjust their environments and ways of thinking to better support their autistic family members, friends, and coworkers. One of his other projects in autism advocacy is his own podcast called A TEAM, where he and co-host Rael Mantesso have extended conversations on being neuro-atypical in a neurotypical world.

    • 1 hr
    FraserCast E24 - Hearts for Josh

    FraserCast E24 - Hearts for Josh

    If you've been to a Fraser event such as the Fraser Festival for Autism–known in previous years as the Fraser Walk for Autism–you may have seen a little booth full of wool hearts to purchase as trinkets and gifts. These hearts are handcrafted by Laine Ciaramitaro in memory of her cousin Josh, who had committed suicide in 2018. Her project, Hearts for Josh, hopes to raise awareness of depression and mental health challenges, exchange stories and support with the community, and help benefit Fraser's mental health programs.
    In this week's episode of FraserCast, we speak with Laine and her uncle Bill Olson about Josh's life, her family's relationship with Fraser, and the importance of recognizing and dealing with depression among young adults with autism.
    Content advisory: This episode of FraserCast features detailed discussions on depression and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

    • 24 min
    FraserCast E23 - Adventures in Getting an Autism Diagnosis as an Adult

    FraserCast E23 - Adventures in Getting an Autism Diagnosis as an Adult

    Robert Smythe is an actor, director, and playwright in Philadelphia's theater scene. At age 50, Robert received a diagnosis of autism and has since become an advocate for neurodiverse individuals in the community. On this episode of FraserCast, we invite Robert to talk about his experiences as an adult who received a diagnosis later in life, how that has helped him and his family have a greater understanding of his day-to-day journeys, and his approach to being an advocate for people on the autism spectrum.

    • 26 min

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