36 episodes

Launched by parents of an infectiously funny and *mostly* happy boy on the spectrum, the Joyriding in Autismland podcast chats with ASD parents, kiddos, therapists, writers, and artists about the unexpected, charming, and funny moments with autism. Because laughing? Is the best vacation. Find the show notes online at http://www.joyridinginautismland.com/podcast

Joyriding In Autismland: Autism Podcast with Kid Gigawatt Kelley Fitch: Kid Gigawatt's Autism Therapy Microfundin' Mama

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Launched by parents of an infectiously funny and *mostly* happy boy on the spectrum, the Joyriding in Autismland podcast chats with ASD parents, kiddos, therapists, writers, and artists about the unexpected, charming, and funny moments with autism. Because laughing? Is the best vacation. Find the show notes online at http://www.joyridinginautismland.com/podcast

    36 Jessica Kupferman | On ADHD, autism, and comb-overs.

    36 Jessica Kupferman | On ADHD, autism, and comb-overs.

    Hold onto your comb-overs, people! Today we're chatting with entrepreneur, business coach, and fellow podcaster Jessica Kupferman. Jessica has a teenaged son with high functioning autism, and she is VERY funny.

     



     

    Jessica talks about having ADHD, Nate's late autism diagnosis, and what it's changed for them.

     

    Here are Jessica's deets:

     

    Website: Lady Business

     

    Podcast: Lady Business Radio

     

    Facebook: Lady Business Central

     

    Twitter: Jessica Kupferman

     

    Kelley

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    • 28 min
    35 Jen Turrell | On ABA, staffing up, and first plane rides

    35 Jen Turrell | On ABA, staffing up, and first plane rides

    Jen Turrell is mom to two daughters on the spectrum, and is the author of the new book Help! My Child Has Autism: A Parent's Guide to Start, Fund, and Maintain an Evidence Based Intervention.



    We chat about ABA, staffing up, and first plane rides.

    The particulars:

    Autism Website: Able Interventions 

    Book: Help! My Child Has Autism 

    Personal Website: Jen and Stew

    Kelley

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    • 19 min
    34 Officer Matt Brown | On why registering our kids saves lives, and on summertime safety on the spectrum

    34 Officer Matt Brown | On why registering our kids saves lives, and on summertime safety on the spectrum

    Hey guys! So summer is coming, even though you wouldn't really be feeling it yet if you are up in Maine with us, and I wanted to do an  episode about safety issues and autism. This is super important because statistically, most accidents involving people on the spectrum happen in the warmer months. I'm excited to be speaking today with Federal Law Enforcement Officer, autism parent, and autism first responder trainer Matt Brown.




    We talk about why it is sooooo important to register kids with autism with the local and state police departments.

    Check out Officer Brown's website at http://www.aset911.com, and print out the registration form here: http://aset911.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/autism-registration-form-shortened.pdf

    You can find our show notes at http://www.joyridinginautismland.com/34

    Kelley

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    • 23 min
    33 Kid Gigawatt | On 3 things that made us better autism parents, plus 5 coping tools for bumpy days

    33 Kid Gigawatt | On 3 things that made us better autism parents, plus 5 coping tools for bumpy days

    Thrilled to be joined by my husband to discuss three things we feel have made us better autism parents people. I hope listening to these will get you thinking about how your past experiences relate to the spectrum.

    Don't skip the last bit, where I list out our five favorite coping tools (spoiler alert: one of these may involve Jon Stewart, but I can neither confirm nor deny.) Here is the link-o-rama mentioned on the episode:

    Kid Gigawatt website: http://www.kidgigawatt.com

    Kid Gigawatt blog, called Thread & Wing: Navigating Autismland: http://kidgigawatt.com/blogs/news

    Kid Gigawatt movie teaser: http://www.bitly.com/kgfilm

    And... why are we doing this? http://kidgigawatt.com/blogs/news/10835741-romans-holiday

    DSM 5: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx My Autism Team: http://www.myautismteam.com 

    Jon Stewart: http://thedailyshow.cc.com

    Email me at kelley@kidgigawatt.com with any suggestions, comments or additions to my lists- I already like you for being here! :)

    Kelley

     

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    • 20 min
    32 Patty Pacelli | On preparing younger kiddos for the workforce, what makes some people with autism fantastic hires, some of the best and worst jobs for people with autism, and about helpful work accommodations.

    32 Patty Pacelli | On preparing younger kiddos for the workforce, what makes some people with autism fantastic hires, some of the best and worst jobs for people with autism, and about helpful work accommodations.

    Today I'm excited to speak to author Patty Pacelli, whose young adult son has autism. She advocates for people on the spectrum to achieve their career dreams and contribute their exceptional talents to the workforce, and has just written a book entitled Six Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces.

    We chat about preparing younger kiddos for the workforce, what makes some people with autism fantastic hires, some of the best and worst jobs for people with autism, and about helpful work accommodations.



    In case you're thinking about picking up the book here's a chapter summary
    1.  The Need for Autism Friendly Workplaces
    2.  Career Preparation for Parents and Children
    3.  How to Find the Best Jobs
    4.  ADA Laws and Rules for Work
    5.  Best Interview Practices for the Employer
    6.  Interview Tips for People with Autism
    7.  Reasonable Accommodations for Employers to Offer
    8.  Accommodations that can Help Autistic Employees
    9.  Benefits of Hiring People with Autism
    10. Be Aware of Unique Autistic Traits
    11. Social Expectations for Workers with Autism

    And here are Patty's deets:

    Website: http://www.growingupautistic.com
    Book: http://www.growingupautistic.com/six-word-lessons-for-autism-friendly-workplaces.html
    Fast Company article: http://www.fastcompany.com/3028536/leadership-now/how-to-build-an-autism-friendly-workplace
    Entrepreneur article: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233281

    Kelley

    • 18 min
    31 Kyle Crawford | On his new autism book, customized education, inclusion, laughing, and magical moments. (--dolphins included!)

    31 Kyle Crawford | On his new autism book, customized education, inclusion, laughing, and magical moments. (--dolphins included!)

    Kyle's work in autism spans direct services, research, and administration. He worked one-on-one with adults on the spectrum in Santa Barbara, CA, focusing on improvements in quality of life, employment, health, and social networks. For two years, while pursuing his Master's of Social Work, he worked for a multi-million dollar state and federally funded psychosocial intervention research project at the University of Pittsburgh for adults with autism that aims to be a new standard in adult autism services. And he's author to the recent book, Connect: Findings for a New Era of Autism.

    Here are all the deets on Kyle:

     


    Website: http://www.autismstat.org
    Book: https://gumroad.com/l/connect/beta
    New Venture: http://spot.launchrock.com
    Twitter: @autismstat

     

    Kelley

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

Gisele_Oliveira ,

Cool podcast

This podcast is really interesting and helps a lot to understand more about autism. I'm glad that Kid is doing this great job.

StefMMandC ,

Offensive language

I listened today for the first time to your podcast w/ jessica Kupferberg.

My son has autism, ADHD and anxiety disorder. His twin has ADHD and an anxiety disorder have ADHD.

Please stop saying normal
Our kids are normal.
They are THEIR normal.
Perhaps her son doesn't like the autism label because she constantly uses the word normal as in normal vs autistic.
Autistic IS his normal. Neurotypical is ours.

She's also REALLY clueless about her son's ADHD ( breaking pencils and not doing homework is a VERY typical ADHD stumbling block for which parents or therapists can set up coping strategies) and his autism.

she would do well to stop saying her son is high functioning. Is he? He's failing school. It sounds like he has a lot of behaviors that my sister no longer had when she was in high school, because she had received services.

I am not a fan of the high functioning/low functioning labels. They really don't tell the story.

My son did sixth grade math in first grade and tested off the charts in reading and language. But he had a lot of behaviors and needed an enormous amount of classroom support. Friends who learn of my son's cognitive gifts and how well he does in school ( he's a grade ahead) they call him high functioning, but on his ADOS he is HIGHLY AUTIsTIC. Aspergers kids can be low functioning. Maybe you and your son don't see everything his classmates are capable of. Unless you spend real, extended time in that classroom I would not judge those kids by their freak outs.

I was really really disappointed to hear how you guys talk and wondered what autistic adults would think listening to this if I was as off put as I was.
And believe me, I'm not precious, but I do try to be respectful. And learn how autistic people prefer we speak so that I can NOT go in the world acting like this is my tragedy - but show people how typical an atypical life really is and can be.

Sweeneymcman ,

A GPS for a land that knows only surprises

Love this podcast. A terrific mix and yet balanced with great lessons learned!

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