We are a community of advocates that are linked by autism, but bound by strength.
Our mission is to spread autism awareness and acceptance in communities with communication platforms and educational resources. Our goal is to create a future where all individuals, regardless of how they think, feel and socialize, will be recognized for their gifts.
Simply put: We educate, support and empower.
WE ARE ONE VOICE MADE STRONGER.
Remarriage with a Child on the Spectrum
EPISODE 67: Remarriage with a Child on the Spectrum
With husband, Cameron Mills
Hi, everyone! Welcome back to My Autism Tribe. It’s been awhile since my last podcast. Many of you have been following my family’s journey for a while, so you know many of the struggles, as well as the celebrations, we have experienced over the last couple of years. This episode will feature a very special guest, my husband. From dating, to engagement, to marriage, to homeschooling during the pandemic, we talk about it all. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode, as much as we did recording it. Thanks so much for tuning in!
My husband and I met for the first time over a year ago. We started out as friends, hanging out in group settings, and started dating last October of 2019. Dating after divorce took a bit of time for me, and with me being a super protective mama, I had my standards set pretty high…some might say unreasonably high. But this man, my husband, still leaves me in awe. He’s amazing, and I’m excited to introduce him to you. Please give a warm to my husband, Cameron!
I admit that I was skeptical about ever finding someone after my divorce. I truly never thought there would be anyone that would be a teammate with me, and would love my son as I do. No one would ever be good enough…but I was wrong. So very wrong. Cameron is my person, and I’m so thankful to have him at my side, helping me to navigate this crazy journey of parenthood. Thank you for being a part of My Autism Tribe, and for embracing my husband. Cameron, I love you. Thank you for choosing to share your life with Alex and me.
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Behavioral Health Therapy for ASD
EPISODE 66: Behavioral Health Therapy for ASD
With Sean Inderbitzen
Hi, everyone! Welcome back to My Autism Tribe. We’ll be speaking with Sean Inderbitzen on today’s show. He’s a mental health clinician who is on the autism spectrum, and reached out a couple of weeks ago because he wanted to share his voice. It makes me so happy when people reach out to me – it truly does. I want to make sure that everyone is able to share their voice, because that’s how we learn, how we expand and stretch ourselves, and at the end of the day – accept one another regardless if our views and opinions may sometimes vary from others. Thanks so much for listening!
Sean was diagnosed with autism at the age of 18, and is now a practicing behavioral health therapist. He’s so passionate about helping his clients, and letting others know about the importance of having counseling services available to people who have autism. He notes, however, that in a study 43 out of 44 clinicians are not comfortable in counseling patients on the spectrum. It’s pretty special that Sean has this personal experience as a way to relate and empathize with those lives that he touches. Please welcome Sean to our show!
“The process of therapy for clinicians who work with individuals on the spectrum requires a unique subset of therapeutic skill that is not always taught in graduate training. While it’s important to utilize all of the common microskills (like showing empathy, active listening, open-ended questioning) with the ASD population, it’s also important to recognize these individuals may have an additional set of needs for the therapy room. For example, they may not have the cognitive capacity to follow metaphors and/or analogies that are often used in therapy.” Providing continuing professional development for clinicians will help increase the number of competent professionals in providing these appropriate services, and I’m so happy that individuals like Sean Inderbitzen are advocating. Thanks so much for being a part of My Autism Tribe, and I’ll see ya soon!
Neurodiversity in the Workplace
EPISODE 65: NEURODIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE
With Joseph Riddle
There are really important skills that people with autism have, that make them, in some cases, the best employees you could have. This is something that small businesses could benefit from, and is already something that many large corporations are already using to their advantage. Today, we’re speaking with Joseph Riddle, the Director of The Neurodiversity in the Workplace team, a dedicated group of talented individuals who work tirelessly for the people they serve. Thanks so much for listening!
Because of certain traits of autism, individuals with autism often have trouble getting past the interview stage for a job or maintaining a position once they are hired. Joseph Riddle has led a team to design and partner in implementing hiring programs for neurodiverse individuals. Companies such as SAP and their Autism at Work program, Dell, and Bank of America have participated in hiring programs allowing the creation of a network of employers and talented individuals on the spectrum. These companies, with support from Joe and his team, are leading the way in demonstrating to the American workforce that neurodiverse talent is both valuable and productive.
Few resources have been allocated to understanding autistic adults. According to a 2017 report from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, only 2 percent of autism research funding goes into understanding the developmental disorder for the adult population. Autism isn’t just something for young individuals, and more needs to be done to propel and prepare this population. With organizations like Neurodiversity in the Workplace, we can not only become inspired, but also determined to make the workforce a better and more welcoming environment for our loved ones. Thanks so much for being a part of My Autism Tribe, and I’ll see you soon.
Enhancing Lives for Families of Autism
EPISODE 64: ENHANCING LIVES FOR FAMILIES OF AUTISM
With Rachelle Vartanian
Hi, everyone! Thanks for connecting with this week’s podcast featuring Rachelle Vartanian. She’s the founder and president of the Living and Learning Enrichment Center, a former special education teacher, and mother of a teenager on the autism spectrum.
If this is your first time here, welcome! If you are a returning listener, thanks for coming back! We truly do appreciate it. Be sure to check us out on your social platforms, and if you’re enjoying this podcast, we’d love your rating and review wherever you listen to podcasts – it helps make our voices stronger. Let’s get started!
The Living and Learning Enrichment Center is based in Northville, Michigan and their mission is to help individuals with autism and related challenges reach their full potential in work, relationships and in the community. They have summer camps, art and music classes, clubs, social and professional skills groups. It’s really impressive what they’re doing, and I’m excited to speak with the founder today – Rachelle. Let’s give her a warm welcome.
The unemployment rate for individuals with autism is upwards of 90%. With training like that provided by the Living and Learning Enrichment Center, job training, real world job experiences can be achieved for those individuals with autism and other special needs. It’s truly special what these organizations are doing, and it’s my hope that more organizations will begin doing the same. Thanks for being a part of My Autism Tribe, and I’ll see ya soon!
Co-occurring Conditions in Autism
EPISODE 63: Co-occurring Conditions in Autism
With Brad Ferguson of Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri
Hi, everyone! Welcome back to My Autism Tribe. I hope everyone is hanging in there. School is out, so no more of the Non-Traditional Instruction in our home, however, we are going a little crazier as the days go on. Regardless, thanks for checking back in, and if this is your first time, welcome. I hope you find a piece of your autism advocacy here.
Today’s guest is Dr. Brad Ferguson, an Assistant Research Professor in the Departments of Health Psychology, and Radiology at the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri. I wonder if he has all of this on a business card (laugh). I’m really pumped about the information that he’s going to share today, so please stay tuned.
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Dr. Ferguson has been conducting research in autism for over 12 years, and his main research focus over that period of time has been the study of co-occurring conditions in autism, mainly gastrointestinal problems and problem behaviors. His goal is to find out why many autistic individuals have co-occurring conditions so that they can be addressed, which will ultimately lead to increased quality of life. Let’s welcome Dr. Ferguson to our show.
There are so many organizations out there that are doing amazing research on autism-related topics – many of them that I’m just discovering. These people are devoting their lives to make sure we are making positive strides, gaining more information than we had yesterday, in order to make improvements in the lives of those we love so much. Thanks for being a part of My Autism Tribe, and I’ll talk to you soon!
Exceptional Minds on the Autism Spectrum
EPISODE 62: EXCEPTIONAL MINDS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
With guest Corinne Levitt
Hello, and welcome back! Today we’re speaking with Corinne Levitt, a special educator and author of a new book called “Exceptional Minds Across the Autism Spectrum”. Her background in learning disability psycholinguistics, and the arts has enabled her to “teach to the talent” while encouraging her students to discover and explore their potential. She’s a fascinating woman, and I’m excited for her to share her story. Stay tuned and follow us on our social media platforms to engage or ask questions. Thanks for listening!
Corinne Levitt wrote her latest book in recognition of the need to promote the important role an enriched educational experience can have on the lives of students who stand to benefit the most from best educational practices. Let’s welcome Corinne to our show today.
As Corinne has stated, “more than money, resources, or even teaching methods, it is our attitude toward those who seem different that influences our expectations and limits learning opportunities for growth and development. It’s our attitude and understanding that shape our vision. But attitudes and mindsets can change, and when that happens, we can move closer to understanding the struggles and learning challenges of individuals with exceptionalities.” I hope this podcast finds you and your family safe and healthy. Keep up the great work, and I’ll talk with you soon!
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!