Welcome to Springbrook's Converge Autism Radio, featuring viewpoints and insights about autism for parents and professionals who support children with autism every day. We select our speakers and guests based on their expertise and experience in the field of autism, and we want this program to bring you fresh ideas, practical tips and renewed hope. The ideas and opinions expressed on this program are not necessarily the viewpoint of Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health.
Gender Identity and Autism
Join Stephanie and Elizabeth as they discuss Elizabeth's research on gender identity and the autism spectrum.
As a Licensed Master Social Worker and Clinical Therapist, Elizabeth Arauz has had opportunities to work in a variety of settings and with all different groups of people. Her professional journey has led her to work in the college setting at KSU as a Case Manager, at Mercy Care, where she focused her time working with the homeless and insured populations with depression and severe trauma, and even as a Hospice Social Worker, where she spent some very hard but beautiful days because of the amazing people in her care and their fascinating narratives.
Elizabeth typically connects well with children (8+), adolescents, and adults struggling with a range of difficulties -depression, anxiety, neurological disorders, gender dysphoria, and those experiencing divorce (parent and/or child). Moreover, one of her passions in this field is to help clients with symptoms of Gender Dysphoria (i.e. social anxiety, depression, gender, and sexual identity confusion/curiosity). She spent 2 years at KSU researching the multitude of possible symptoms, causes, and treatments available to those experiencing gender dysphoria.
For additional information below is a link of Dr. Tony Attwood on gender identity and the autism spectrum.
Autism in Relationships
Join Dr. Stephanie Holmes and her husband Dan Holmes, hosts of the Neurodiverse Christian Couple podcast, to talk about their own neurodiverse relationship and interview world-renowned autism expert, Dr. Tony Attwood. Dr. Attwood will discuss autism in relationships and give some practical advice and tips from decades of working with individuals on the autism spectrum.
Professor Tony Attwood Bio
Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in Autism Spectrum Disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He currently works in his own private practice and is also an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into 27 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006 has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1. He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc., and Guilford Press on emotion management, relationships and sexuality, and general advice for autistic children and adults. Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences. He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals, and individuals with Asperger's syndrome worldwide and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject. He has presented several live webinars with his colleague, Dr. Michelle Garnett, which have been recorded and can be accessed via their website at www.attwoodandgarnettevents.com. He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with many expressions of
Autism Translated with Toni Boucher
Join Dr. Stephanie Holmes for a discussion with Toni Boucher about relationships!
About Toni: On graduating from The University of Kansas with her BSW she became the administrator for a residential and day service program for adults where she ensured residents were safe and achieving their personal goals.
Toni received training from the University of Utah through their addictions program and subsequently developed culturally relevant interventions for both addictions and autism utilizing innovative approaches and community collaboration.
Toni worked for the Autism Division through the State of South Carolina first as a consultant and then as Director of the CARE Clinic where she utilized the gold standard tools to provide autism evaluations, as well as training and consultation for families and professionals. In this capacity she learned how the system works and had the opportunity to provide South Carolina teachers and administrators with behavioral training and autism friendly teaching strategies including ABBIS, the state's graduate level applied behavior analysis course.
Her book Autism Translated is the result of the wisdom and insights her clients have shared with her throughout these years.
Today Toni is a speaker, writer and consultant. Her articles on sensory integration are referenced worldwide by families, psychologists, teachers and therapists. She is often referred to as "The Autism Translator".
One Kid at a Time
In today's show, join Reid Miles, from Inside the Asperger's Studio, as he chats with Dillen Hartley, owner of Advanced Therapy Solutions, a physical and occupational therapy center. We learn a little bit about Dillen and why he does what he does. We learn a little bit about his life and his upbringing and then he talks more about his business and his help with those with ASD.
Dillen is a graduate of the University of Pretoria with a degree in occupational therapy. Dillen was born and raised in a gold mining town in South Africa. He moved to the United States in April of 1996. Dillen and his business partner, Niel Visser, started Advanced Therapy Solutions in 2003. Dillen and Niel manage and own five therapy clinics; two adult clinics and three pediatric clinics in Spartanburg and Greenville. Dillen enjoys teaching and mentoring students and other therapists and has a passion to help those with ASD.
Three Bachelor's Degrees Later
Join Reid Miles as he speaks with Madonna Kilpatrick, who has two bachelor's degrees and is on her way to her third. What do you get when you cross someone with her education x a sense of humor and x an amazing storyteller. Madonna Kilpatrick is absolutely the result. Madonna was also diagnosed late with ASD.
Reid and Madonna talk about everything from what she is doing, to her views on puzzle pieces vs the infinity symbol for use with Asperger's symbolism to her varying stories of how she got to where she is.
Autism: Dispelling Myths
Join Dr. Matthew Fisher, MD here to help professionals, parents, and educators better understand typical health, environmental, and behavioral myths that are common in the Autism population. Information challenging these myths along with tools on how to effectively deal with a person on the Autism spectrum will be presented from a psychiatrist’s perspective.
Dr. Fisher completed his General Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Galveston and a Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of South Carolina. He serves as Medical leader of Springbrook Autism’s Residential and Outpatient Treatment Program (specializing in treating Autism Spectrum Disorders) and is an authority in minimal medical management of ASD and ASD with comorbidities. Dr. Fisher speaks at Autism Conferences on Medical Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Medication Management for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Myths and Misconceptions in Autism, Autism and Co-Morbid Conditions, and Helping Siblings and Other Children Understand Autism.