99 episodes

Welcome to The Autism Dad podcast. Every Friday I bring you a new episode with an amazing guest and we take on topics that are relevant to your life. You will hear conversations about various parenting topics, mental health, autism, ADHD, technology, current events, and yes, sometimes even politics. It’s important to me that I approach these topics in a no-nonsense way and I don’t hide my views and opinions.

I’m not afraid to take on sensitive topics and I talk about things, even when they are uncomfortable to talk about. I hope that everyone takes away something positive from each episode.

I’ve been writing daily for over a decade and have found that podcasting is a great new way to reach my audience. You can listen on every major podcasting platform. Just download your favorite app and search for “The Autism Dad Podcast”. Don’t forget to smash that subscribe button so you get notified when new episodes drop. Also, please remember to rate my podcast because that really helps me grow.

I’m also always looking for guests and sponsors. If you’d like to be a guest or sponsor an episode, send me a message at theautismdad.com/contact.

The Autism Dad Podcast Rob Gorski

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 25 Ratings

Welcome to The Autism Dad podcast. Every Friday I bring you a new episode with an amazing guest and we take on topics that are relevant to your life. You will hear conversations about various parenting topics, mental health, autism, ADHD, technology, current events, and yes, sometimes even politics. It’s important to me that I approach these topics in a no-nonsense way and I don’t hide my views and opinions.

I’m not afraid to take on sensitive topics and I talk about things, even when they are uncomfortable to talk about. I hope that everyone takes away something positive from each episode.

I’ve been writing daily for over a decade and have found that podcasting is a great new way to reach my audience. You can listen on every major podcasting platform. Just download your favorite app and search for “The Autism Dad Podcast”. Don’t forget to smash that subscribe button so you get notified when new episodes drop. Also, please remember to rate my podcast because that really helps me grow.

I’m also always looking for guests and sponsors. If you’d like to be a guest or sponsor an episode, send me a message at theautismdad.com/contact.

    When your child needs acute residential care (feat Mike Rowley) S5E12

    When your child needs acute residential care (feat Mike Rowley) S5E12

    My guest today is the Administrator of https://springbrookbehavioral.com/ (Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health), Mike Rowley. I recorded this while on-site at The Converge Autism Summit in Greenville, South Carolina. Mike and I have a conversation all about the Springbrook facility. We talk about why a child may need acute residential care, and what happens when they do. We talked about the unimaginable struggles facing families when a child's behavior cannot be managed safely in the home.
    I've been there, and I wouldn't wish that on any child or parent.
    If you're looking for this type of help for your family, or maybe know someone who is, there's a lot of valuable information in this episode.
    About https://springbrookbehavioral.com/ (Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health).
    About Mike Rowley: CEO at Springbrook Behavioral Health. Springbrook is a 112-bed facility offering short-term acute psychiatric services for adults (44 beds) and a residential treatment center for children with autism and behavioral challenges(68 beds)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Just two Dads Podcast
    Shawn Francis and Brian Altounian host "Just two Dads." A weekly conversation with two dads about raising children with special needs. Listen, every Wednesday at 12PM PST. Find them on Facebook and anywhere you get your podcasts.
    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/justtwodads (Just two Dads Podcast)
    Learn More About Tracto
    Tracto is a free app that is all about empowering parents to better understand and meet the unique needs of their kids with autism, ADHD or anxiety. Tracto does this by easily allowing for the collaborative tracking of behaviors over time.
    Parents can invite teachers or anyone else they want to help document behavioral changes. Not everyone sees the same things because every environment is different. Being able to document behaviors in realtime, prevents having to pull from memory later on, making it more accurate, and reliable information.

    Tracking things like sleep patterns, medication-related behavioral changes, behaviors in the classroom, or anything else that parents of these amazing kiddos need to keep an eye on, can be challenging. Simply put, Tracto makes it easy.
    All tracking and collaboration functions to this app are completely free.
    They also offer affordable online courses, taught by leading experts if you’re interested in learning some new parenting skills yourself. They’re short videos that will teach you new parenting approaches and help you gain more insight into your child.

    You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app. Or check out the Google Play or Apple app store. Use the code “theautismdad” at checkout and save 40% off your online course order.

    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/tracto (Learn More About Tracto)

    • 31 min
    Tips for traveling with your autistic kids (feat. Dawn M. Barclay) S5E11

    Tips for traveling with your autistic kids (feat. Dawn M. Barclay) S5E11

    Join my new community and discuss this and other episodes of The Autism Dad Podcast with others. It's totally free, and I'd love your feedback. https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (Join Now.)
    My guest today is Dawn Barclay, and she's here to share tips and tricks to make traveling with our autistic kids safe, fun, and enjoyable. She wrote a new book called Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse (will release Aug 15th).
    Dawn and I have a conversation about some common challenges families face when trying to travel with their autistic, anxious, or otherwise neurodiverse child. She provides no-nonsense solutions, ideas, and advice to help make travel a rewarding experience for the whole family. She also talks about how to evaluate hotels, theme parks, and other places prior to arrival. This is a great episode, especially as we get into the summer months.
    Check out Dawn's information below to learn more and pre-order the book.
    Dawn M. Barclay
    Dawn M. Barclay is an award-winning author who has spent a 30+ year career working in different aspects of the travel industry. After attending Tufts University, she worked in sales, marketing, and management for her parents' firms, Barclay Travel Ltd. and Barclay International Group Short Term Apartment and Villa Rentals. Next, she branched out into travel trade reporting, with senior or contributing editor positions at Travel Agent Magazine, Travel Life, Travel Market Report, and most recently, Insider Travel Report. Dawn holds degrees in psychology and marketing, is a mother of two, and lives in New York's scenic Hudson Valley. She also writes fiction as D.M. Barr and holds leadership roles in several writer organizations.
    http://www.dawnbarclayink.com/ (http://www.dawnbarclayink.com)
    Pre-Order her book on https://amzn.to/3sEl1o1 (Amazon).
    Find me at theautismdad.com
    Join my new community and discuss this and other episodes of The Autism Dad Podcast with others. It's totally free, and I'd love your feedback. https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (Join Now.)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Learn More About Tracto
    Tracto is a free app that is all about empowering parents to better understand and meet the unique needs of their kids with autism, ADHD or anxiety. Tracto does this by easily allowing for the collaborative tracking of behaviors over time.
    Parents can invite teachers or anyone else they want to help document behavioral changes. Not everyone sees the same things because every environment is different. Being able to document behaviors in realtime, prevents having to pull from memory later on, making it more accurate, and reliable information.

    Tracking things like sleep patterns, medication-related behavioral changes, behaviors in the classroom, or anything else that parents of these amazing kiddos need to keep an eye on, can be challenging. Simply put, Tracto makes it easy.
    All tracking and collaboration functions to this app are completely free.
    They also offer affordable online courses, taught by leading experts if you’re interested in learning some new parenting skills yourself. They’re short videos that will teach you new parenting approaches and help you gain more insight into your child.

    You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app. Or check out the Google Play or Apple app store. Use the code “theautismdad” at checkout and save 40% off your online course order.

    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/tracto (Learn More About Tracto)
    Just two Dads Podcast
    Shawn Francis and Brian Altounian host "Just two Dads." A weekly conversation with two dads about raising children with special needs. Listen, every Wednesday at 12PM PST. Find them on Facebook and anywhere you get your podcasts.
    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/justtwodads (Just two Dads Podcast)

    • 35 min
    My Conversation with Temple Grandin (feat. Dr. Temple Grandin) S5E10

    My Conversation with Temple Grandin (feat. Dr. Temple Grandin) S5E10

    *** Join my free online community to discuss this episode: click https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Autism_Dad_Pod/ (here) ***
    Dr. Temple Grandin is here today to help parents prepare their autistic kids for the workforce. This is so important as our kids get older. Temple has a ton of very specific advice, insight, and experience that she will share over the next 30 minutes.
    We also talk about helping to manage our kid’s sensory needs.
    Temple is an amazing human being, and I was lucky enough to sit down with her at The National Converge Autism Summit by https://springbrookbehavioral.com/ (Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health) in Greenville, South Carolina. It was such an honor to meet her, and I learned so much from our time together.
    You can find more information about Temple Grandin by clicking https://www.templegrandin.com/ (here)
    As mentioned, you can find Kate Swenson’s book Forever Boy https://amzn.to/3Pac3IL (here).
    You can find me here.
    This episode is sponsored by:
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Learn More About Mightier
    Mightier is a clinically proven mobile gaming app that was developed at Boston Children’s Hospital.
    It’s already helped more than 100,000 kids, including my crew here at home. Kids play on a tablet or a phone while wearing a heart rate monitor. And Mightier incorporates breathing exercises and other calming techniques as part of the game. Kids get to see when it’s time to cool down and learn how to do it themselves. And parents get to track their progress.

    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/mightier (Learn More About Mightier)
    Learn More About zPods
    zPods is the first U.S.-based company to provide kids with a customizable, sensory-friendly sleeping pod. These regenerative spaces come jam-packed with features such as intelligent lighting control, white noise generation, Bluetooth speakers, and more. With these tools, we believe that children can find better sleep, which means parents can sleep better as well.
    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/zpods (Learn More About zPods)
    Learn More About Tracto
    Tracto is a free app that is all about empowering parents to better understand and meet the unique needs of their kids with autism, ADHD or anxiety. Tracto does this by easily allowing for the collaborative tracking of behaviors over time.
    Parents can invite teachers or anyone else they want to help document behavioral changes. Not everyone sees the same things because every environment is different. Being able to document behaviors in realtime, prevents having to pull from memory later on, making it more accurate, and reliable information.

    Tracking things like sleep patterns, medication-related behavioral changes, behaviors in the classroom, or anything else that parents of these amazing kiddos need to keep an eye on, can be challenging. Simply put, Tracto makes it easy.
    All tracking and collaboration functions to this app are completely free.
    They also offer affordable online courses, taught by leading experts if you’re interested in learning some new parenting skills yourself. They’re short videos that will teach you new parenting approaches and help you gain more insight into your child.

    You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app. Or check out the Google Play or Apple app store. Use the code “theautismdad” at checkout and save 40% off your online course order.

    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/tracto (Learn More About Tracto)

    • 30 min
    The Ultimate Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Parental Burnout (feat. Dr. Searcy-Pate) S5E9

    The Ultimate Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Parental Burnout (feat. Dr. Searcy-Pate) S5E9

    My guest today is Dr. Searcy-Pate and we're having a very important discussion about parental burnout. In this episode, we're going to discuss the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of burnout. As well as what to do if you're experiencing it, and how you can do to reduce your risk.
    Please share this episode with your friends and loved ones.
    Background:
    Dr. Searcy-Pate earned both her graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and Jackson State University. In addition, she completed specialized training in child/pediatric psychology at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota as well as the Department of Defense. As a Child/Pediatric Health Psychologist and credentialed diabetes mental health provider by the American Diabetes Association, she collaborates with parents, schools, primary care providers, and specialty providers to provide assessment, therapy, and consultation services.
    Get more information and connect with Dr. Searcy-Pate at the link below.
    searcypediatrics.org
    Find me at listen.theautismdad.com
    Mentioned in this episode:
    The Calm Compass
    Check out these courses:

    CONNECT: https://courses.asdparentingjourney.com/courses/calm-compass-connect?ref=d36cd5

    ARTICULATE: https://courses.asdparentingjourney.com/courses/the-calm-compass-articulate?ref=d36cd5
    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/thecalmcompass (Learn More About The Calm Compass)
    BrainyAct
    BrainyAct is for homes and schools. Visit Kinuu.com. Use promo code THEAUTISMDAD and save $500. This is a limited time offer.
    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/brainyact (Learn More About BrainyAct)
    Happy Ladders
    To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now.
    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders)

    • 33 min
    Autistic Voices (feat. Sam Mitchell of Autism Rocks and Rolls) S5E8

    Autistic Voices (feat. Sam Mitchell of Autism Rocks and Rolls) S5E8

    My guest today is Sam Mitchell. Sam is a 19-year-old young man who is college bound, majoring in media and entrepreneurship. He found his niche and love in podcasting in high school when he joined his high school's media club. Podcasting became his passion and he started his own, Autism Rocks and Rolls.
    Sam and I have a great conversation about all of the amazing things he's doing with Autism Rocks and Rolls.
    You can find Sam at:
    https://autismrocksandrolls.com
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Happy Ladders
    To learn more, get a free trial, and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer for my listeners, visit happyladders.com. Use the code theautismdad at checkout to save 50% off the monthly membership. Plus get a free one-on-one session and access to the Tantrums and Meltdowns mini-course. This is a limited-time offer so act now.
    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/happyladders (Learn More About Happy Ladders)
    Tracto
    You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app or check out the Google Play or Apple app store.
    https://theautismdad.captivate.fm/tracto (Learn More About Tracto)

    • 23 min
    Listening to Autistic Adults (feat. Dennis Procopio)

    Listening to Autistic Adults (feat. Dennis Procopio)

    My guest today is Dennis Procopio. Dennis is a life coach for men and an autism Dad. He's been on the show a few times and he's here today to talk about Dad stuff and share some autism parenting stories. This is a great conversation and ends up going to a place I hadn't seen coming. Dennis opens up about his personal journey raising his son and learning more about himself. ☺

    Find Dennis:
    MAN-UP! Life Coaching

    About Rob Gorski:

    All my information and relevant links are here
    Support this podcast: venmo.com/theautismdad



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    • 30 min

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