Autism mom, Susan Mills, interviews guests both on and off the autism spectrum.
A Medical-grade Probiotic That is Working
THIS IS NOT A PAID ADVERTISEMENT OR SPONSORSHIP. THIS IS A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
Susan Mills and her husband Cameron Mills have a candid conversation about a new medical-grade probiotic their son (and occasionally Cameron) is taking with amazingly positive results. www.BenedLife.com has a probiotic Neuralli that is being used by many for neurological disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Parkinson's Disease, and ADHD. Listen to how it is helping to improve certain qualities of life.
FROM BENED LIFE:
"The trillions of microorganisms inside your gut play a crucial role in healthy gastrointestinal function and in your overall health. Scientists have long known about the link between the microbiome, inflammation and the immune system. Now we know that a healthy microbiome can also lead to a healthier brain. L. plantarum PS128 in Neuralli can have neurological health benefits without ever leaving the inside of your intestine - bringing the body into balance, naturally. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which can overpower the body's natural functions, Neuralli works WITH your body and your microbiome to gently adjust imbalances."
Celebrating Certain Behaviors
Have you ever had a private celebration when discovering something about your child, but then had to discipline them? Susan Mills and her husband Cameron Mills lovingly share a funny story about a time when their son disobeyed his teacher.
Why Standardized School Tests Fail our Children on the Spectrum
Is there such a thing as a "standardized student"? What happens when your child on the spectrum takes a standardized test, but fails to understand questions that are more "gray" in nature? Listen as Susan Mills and her husband Cameron discuss why changes need to be made at state levels for neurodiverse students.
Police Training and Book Series
Hi, friends! Thanks so much for joining me on this podcast! I feel like each time I do a podcast now, I’m apologizing for not being consistent in the recordings. I was doing so well before COVID, and even early on during the pandemic. Then what happened? Well, virtual school happened, my work life was thrown upside down on its head, and I started experiencing extreme anxiety. I’ve battled with anxiety for nearly all of my life, but everything really just imploded. I had to take a step back to focus on getting healthy, being there for my family, and keeping my business afloat. It was a lot, but I feel like we’re on the other side and I’ve been able to start getting back into the swing of things…and have even added a few more projects to my plate. Not sure my mother agrees with this, but these projects are ones that feed my soul, and give me energy…so that’s good, right? So, I wanted to take some time to do a reintroduction and an update on what has actually been going on. There are so many exciting things happening, and I really do feel like there has been a shift in mindset.
I live in Kentucky with my amazing husband Cameron, and the beat of my heart, my son, Alex. He’s NINE years old now and in the third grade. That sounds so unreal. I’m not sure where all the time is going!
Several months ago, My Autism Tribe hosted an event at one of our local hotels in the community. It was just a fun event, but while having fun, we also educated our community about the autism spectrum, and Alex even took the microphone, introduced himself, and we shared some back-and-forth Q&A. I had absolutely no expectations on how the evening would go, but there were so many great questions asked, relationships that were developed, and Alex was amazing! So that kinda kicked off our reintroduction with the nonprofit. Then, another amazing thing happened!
We were connected with a local sheriff's department wanting to provide autism training to their officers. So, after a few meetings and several months later, My Autism Tribe partnered with them to create a video series that can be uploaded into their system so that officers can watch them in their spare time. Why is this important? Well, you can’t take all the officers off the road at the same time to conduct in-person training, so with the videos, all of them can still participate in the training…which is absolutely critical in the education and awareness of how first responders need to provide service in emergency situations with those on the spectrum. And because of this partnership, we have also now been contacted with other surrounding counties to provide the same. And if any of you listening know of someone that would like more information on how we created the video segments, reach out and let us know!
On a slightly different path, but with the passion coming from the same place and the inspiration being my son, I’ve also been working on creating a children’s book series. It all started about four years ago, when I wrote a couple of stories for my son to help explain differences and challenges he was experiencing. I was told by several people that I should write more, so I did. Well, this eventually led to the creation of this series called DinoSprout, and is published by Rainbow Sparrow Books. Through the DinoSprout book series, the overall mission is to provide children, parents AND teachers/therapists with resources that cultivate healthy conversations. I really wanted a way to provide children with a mirror and a window into the special needs world. A mirror would provide children with special needs to see and learn about themselves, and a window would provide children without certain special needs to learn about others. And it’s an A-Z collection of dinosaurs! So you have the first two books, “Stella, the Sweet and Spunky Stegosaurus”, and Toby, the Terrific and Talented T-Rex”. Stella is nonverbal, Toby has sensory processing challenges, and other din
Focused ABA Therapy with the Building Blocks Program
Focused ABA refers to treatment provided directly to the client for a limited number of behavioral targets. It is not restricted by age, cognitive level, or co-occurring conditions. Focused ABA generally ranges from 8-25 hours per week of direct treatment (plus direct and indirect supervision and caregiver training). However, certain programs for severe destructive behavior may require more than 25 hours per week of direct therapy (for example, day treatment or inpatient program for severe self-injurious behavior). Even when reduction of problem behavior is the primary goal, it is critical to also target increases in appropriate alternative behavior, because the absence of appropriate behavior is often the precursor to serious behavior disorders.
Therefore, individuals who need to acquire skills (for example, communication, tolerating change in environments and activities, self-help, and social skills) are also appropriate for Focused ABA.
Rain, Rain Go Away
EPISODE 69: Thanks so much for joining us today! My husband, Cameron Mills, will be co-hosting with me as we discuss the most recent big four-letter word in our home this year. It's not what you think. It's R-A-I-N, and all the challenges it brings to us personally.
A trip to an amusement park, how my son is "stretching" himself to grow stronger in dealing with his challenges - we give examples and tell stories.
Be sure to check out the My Autism Tribe website at www.MyAutismTribe.org in addition to our social platforms with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Susan is a thoughtful and resourceful warrior mom who has made it her mission to promote acceptance, compassion and inclusion for all individuals with special needs. She’s an excellent host with inspirational guests!
Susan is such an amazing advocate and is doing so much for the community and this podcast let’s it show. She is so passionate and inspiring and is always providing great information. Highly recommend
This is a great podcast! Susan offers a great community/tribe for parents of children with autism to find their support network and to gain resources to survive! She has great and informative guests and has lots of tips to help you cope with burnout and stress!