65 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 here on The Autism Dad podcast. Therefore, 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

    • Parenting
    • 4.5 • 19 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 here on The Autism Dad podcast. Therefore, 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.

    Meet the Parents (feat. Bernadette Woldt) S3E38

    Meet the Parents (feat. Bernadette Woldt) S3E38

    In this second to last episode of the season, I had the pleasure of meeting Bernadette Woldt. Bernadette is a single Mom of twin girls, one being autistic and the other not. She lives in Wisconsin, where at the time of recording, COVID was and still is out of control.
    We talk about parenting stuff, how her daughter was diagnosed, how school is going and some interesting things about having twins.
    This was a great conversation and I'm really excited for you folks to meet her.
    Please listen and share with anyone that could benefit.
    All my information and relevant links are https://linktr.ee/theautismdad (here)
    Sponsors
    This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit https://www.theautismdad.com/2018/08/28/kids-learn-self-regulation-through-gaming-with-mightier-review/ (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial.
    This episode is also brought to you by Hero Health. HERO is a smart automatic pill dispenser that dramatically improves medication management and compliance. Learn more at https://theautismdad.com/hero (theautismdad.com/hero) and use code "theautismdad50" to save $50.
    https://www.theautismdad.com/contact/ (CONTACT ME)

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Parent to Parent (feat. Tammy Seguin) S3E37

    Parent to Parent (feat. Tammy Seguin) S3E37

    This week I had the pleasure of meeting Tammy Seguin. She's a single Mom of 2 kids, her oldest being autistic. She's on the show today to share a bit about her life and journey as an autism Mom. She's in Canada and we talk about some of the differences between how autism is handled in Canada vs the US. We discuss how school is going and how COVID has impacted their lives.
    We all have our struggles and we all have our own unique stories. Taking the time to learn from each others experiences can help us feel more connected and less alone. :-)
    About Tammy Seguin:
    Tammy lives in Ontario, Canada. She is a stay at home mother one son and one daughter. Her oldest is Cameron, who is 16, and on the spectrum with strong anxiety and OCD. Her youngest is Sarah, who is 11, and she has CAPS and has shown some traits of being on the spectrum but no diagnosis.
    Tammy was past president of the Upper Canada chapter for Autism Ontario for 3 year years and is involved with Special Olympics and other causes as time permits.
    Find her blog at http://www.tammyandhercrazyhouse.com/ (www.tammyandhercrazyhouse.com), has you tube channel (Tammy and Crazy House) among other social media presences.
    Tammy also has a small home business that can be found at http://www.calmyourmonster.ca/ (www.calmyourmonster.ca) which focused on sensory products built around scented playdough.
    About her awesome kids:
    Cameron:
    Cameron's condition was complicated by issues with lack of oxygen at birth that resulted in some brain injury.
    Originally diagnosed with non-verbal autism at age 4
    Has been on may medications over years, primarily focusing on ADHD and OCD. During this time he had constant issues with aggression and anxiety. And it seemed the medication left him unable to focus.
    At 15.5 years a working medical cocktail was finally found after convincing our family doctor to treat for his anxiety. He is now far happier, more energetic, and has his own https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1h1eKsUzSV4xkez-0JP1fw (youtube channel) and has made great strides in speaking, and other life skills.
    Sarah:
    Grew up being the sibling of a high needs brother and has a variety of sensory issue including food, sound and touch. She has been diagnosed as beign "quirky" (this is on a medical document.
    Sarah has long had anger management and anxiety issues though she is also making strides in controlling these things.
    Sarah was officially diagnosed with CAPS in 2018 after years of knowing there was something wrong with her hearing but her passing standard hearing tests without issue.
    Sarah's schools long felt she had ADHD (she was tested twice) but it turned out to be CAPS.
    Sarah food sensory were so severe when young that there was deep concern about it having severe medical consequences. Then it was discovered she loved Chocolate.
    In some ways Sarah shows more classic spectrum issues than Cameron (change or spaces, or change of routine, change of brand of food) and after covid is over we may attempt to explore further.
    Currently doing remotely learning for both children. They actually have thrived on this type of learning versus standard school classrooms where it was fight every day to get them to go.
    Please listen and share with anyone that could benefit.
    All my information and relevant links are https://linktr.ee/theautismdad (here)
    Sponsors
    This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit https://www.theautismdad.com/2018/08/28/kids-learn-self-regulation-through-gaming-with-mightier-review/ (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial.
    This episode is also brought to you by Hero Health. HERO is a smart automatic pill dispenser that dramatically improves medication management and compliance. L

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Parent to Parent (feat. Amy Nielsen) S3E36

    Parent to Parent (feat. Amy Nielsen) S3E36

    In this weeks episode, my friend Amy Nielsen is back on the show. Amy is an autism Mom and was on a few months back. We were talking about her journey as an autism parent. We discussed how COVID had impacted their lives. We also talked about what her and her husband were going to do for the upcoming school year.
    Since that episode, her youngest tested positive for COVID. Her husband tested positive for COVID as well. She's back to share their story, raise awareness, and talk about her family's experience with COVID. Can you imagine trying to isolate a very young autistic child?
    We also talk about some other issues impacting the autism community. This is a very important episode and I ask that you please listen and share.
    About Amy:
    Amy is a former educator with seventeen years experience. Her educational background includes teaching second grade, elementary media specialist, middle school television production teacher and middle school media specialist.
    After her fourth child was diagnosed with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, she left her full-time teaching career so she would have the flexibility to meet the demands of this special parenting role.
    Amy runs thehttps://bigabilities.com/blog/ ( Big Abilities) Blog and https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/big-abilities-autism-adhd-other-developmental-disabilities/id1447690458 (Podcast). I am also a freelance writer for https://playgroundmagazine.com/author/authoramyn/ (Playground Magazine) , contributing author at https://themighty.com/u/bigabilities/ (The Mighty). author of the book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YMX2P5V/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1 (It Takes a Village: Get Your Hands Dirty and Build Yours From the Ground Up ) and https://www.collaborativecorner.org/ (Parent Advocate and Early Intervention Specialist at Collaborative Corner for Exceptional Children.)
    About Me:
    Please remember that self-care is more important than ever. It's not easy but we have to do our best to look after ourselves, especially during these turbulent and uncertain times.
    Please listen and share with anyone that could benefit.
    All my information and relevant links are https://linktr.ee/theautismdad (here)
    Sponsors
    This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit https://www.theautismdad.com/2018/08/28/kids-learn-self-regulation-through-gaming-with-mightier-review/ (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial.
    This episode is also brought to you by Hero Health. HERO is a smart automatic pill dispenser that dramatically improves medication management and compliance. Learn more at https://theautismdad.com/hero (theautismdad.com/hero) and use code "theautismdad50" to save $50.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Parent to Parent (feat. Lynn Esparo) S3E35

    Parent to Parent (feat. Lynn Esparo) S3E35

    In this weeks Parent to Parent episode, I introduce you to Lynn Esparo. Lynn is a single Mom to an amazing little boy with autism. Lynn has an amazing story and she takes us through her journey with the foster system as well as the adoption process. This is a colorful conversation about all things autism parenting and it's both hilarious and inspirational. I can't wait for you to meet Lynn and hear her amazing story. :-)
    About Lynn:
    Lynn Esparo (Lynn sent me this bio and I thought it was hilarious so I copy and pasted it here.)
    I am a single mom, who works full time as the publicity coordinator for The CW Network. A foster and now adoptive mother, my five-year old son was diagnosed with level 3 Autism at the age of three (though I knew way before that). Currently a stay at home-working mother/kindergarten teacher/speech therapist/occupational therapist/entertainer/chef/researcher/DJ/nurse/etc…
    Lover of Major League Baseball, puppy cuddles and complete silence.
    Currently in a long-term relationship with sarcasm.
    Social Media –
    Twitter @Lynnsy2
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lynnesparo (LynnEsparo)
    Podcast on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/whatdoesntkillyou.podcast/ (WhatDoesntKillYou.podcast)
    https://linktr.ee/Whatdoesntkillyou (Listen to What Doesn't Kill You)
    About Me:
    All my information and relevant links are https://linktr.ee/theautismdad (here)
    Sponsors
    This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit theautismdad.com/mightier and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial.
    This episode is also brought to you by Hero Health. HERO is a smart automatic pill dispenser that dramatically improves medication management and compliance. Learn more at theautismdad.com/hero and use code "theautismdad50" to save $50.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Goally is tech that helps kids manage their routine (feat. Sasha Shtern) S3E34

    Goally is tech that helps kids manage their routine (feat. Sasha Shtern) S3E34

    In this weeks episode I interview Sasha Shtern, CEO of Goally. Goally is really cool tech that helps kids with autism and ADHD manage their own routines or schedules independently. I've had this in my house for a few months and I'm super impressed with it.
    Sasha is here to talk about how Goally works and how it's helping so many kids to gain independence.
    You can check out Goally at goally.co. They've provided my listeners with a coupon code. Use the code "theautismdad" at check out for free shipping.
    About Sasha Shtern:
    Sasha Shtern is CEO of Denver based Goally. Goally helps parents implement the most effective protocols at home without complicated jargon or training. Sasha is a lifelong tech lover and entrepreneur.
    About Me:
    All my information and relevant links are https://linktr.ee/theautismdad (here)
    Sponsors
    This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit theautismdad.com/mightier and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial.
    This episode is also brought to you by Hero Health. HERO is a smart automatic pill dispenser that dramatically improves medication management and compliance. Learn more at theautismdad.com/hero and use code "theautismdad50" to save $50.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Parent to Parent (feat. Wendy Valente) S3E33

    Parent to Parent (feat. Wendy Valente) S3E33

    I'm so excited about this week's episode because I just launched The Parent to Parent Series. Aside from briefly vetting my guests, I go into these interviews blind. The idea is to meet another special needs parent for the first time. Get to know them. Have a raw, unfiltered conversation. Learn about their life and family. Share experiences and insights with the overall goal of reminding everyone listening just how beautiful and unique every special needs family is.
    You will likely hear some colorful language and that's okay. You will also find things that you can relate to and that can serve as a reminder that you aren't alone. We can all learn from each other and the more connections we can make, the more connected to this amazing community we will find ourselves. :-)
    My guest is Wendy Valente.
    About Wendy:
    Wendy's had a lifelong love of Interior Design, went to college and started a career in the design industry.
    Fast forward, she's a wife and mother of 3 girls. Her oldest is Autistic and has ADHD. Her youngest are twins.
    After realizing the traditional way of working was not working for her and her family, she started her own business. This has allowed her to work around the school calendar, and be there for her family. After her oldest was diagnosed with Autism, she started to dive deep on ways to help her and understand her. This led her to Designing Interiors for Autism.
    www.livewelldesigns.net
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/designinginteriorsforautism/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/designinginteriorsforautism/)
    About Me:
    All my information and relevant links are https://linktr.ee/theautismdad (here)
    Sponsors
    This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit https://www.theautismdad.com/2018/08/28/kids-learn-self-regulation-through-gaming-with-mightier-review/ (theautismdad.com/mightier) and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial.
    This episode is also brought to you by Hero Health. HERO is a smart automatic pill dispenser that dramatically improves medication management and compliance. Learn more at http://theautismdad.com/hero (theautismdad.com/hero) and use code "theautismdad50" to save $50.

    • 1 hr 12 min

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Annie Hines ,

So Real! So Grateful!

So honored to be on Rob’s show and talk about this important issue of distance learning versus homeschooling. Most importantly, Rob is the real deal and his honestly and bravery in sharing his journey with all of us helps us all make it through the day.

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RE THE G-NIFFER REVIEW

I’m happy to hear you decided against your drinking game. It would be a great loss for humanity if you were to experience liver failure and die leaving us without your signature hard-hitting insightful and constructive reviews.

I really appreciated your tone in this review; the way you don’t hold anything back or concern yourself manners shows a lot of integrity. I think it’s important that people like you are out there to demoralize people who think that just because they are providing content for free out of the goodness of their hearts during their meager spare time that they will be excused from producing anything less than professional level content.

If your Neanderthal brain managed to catch on to that sarcasm then perhaps you will be capable of using the wisdom from a great review I once read to revise your own review into something that doesn’t read like it was written by a sociopath. To paraphrase the aforementioned review, read your own review and read the mistakes and then come back.

PODCAST REVIEW

Thanks for making this podcast.

Hearing your kids is especially helpful to get some insight as to what might be going on under the surface since my son is only three and doesn’t speak well (he mainly repeats a catalogue of phrases and it often doesn’t make sense to me).

Also, I appreciated that you opened up about struggling to juggle everyday things while raising kids with autism. It feels like every day is a struggle just to get him to eat something and get him dressed and change his diaper and we are just fighting to make it to bedtime with the least meltdowns possible.

I can really relate when you talked about having no energy at the end of the day to get anything done while piles of laundry and dishes grow higher and the constant flow medical bills go unpaid for several notices because we don’t have the money to pay right away and then they get lost in the clutter because our son scatters them all over house like he eventually does with everything in the house.

Your episode on meltdowns and sensory issues was particularly helpful. I was always frustrated with my wife’s approach of giving him new meals if he wouldn’t eat what we gave him. I thought if he was hungry enough he would eat and it’s painful for me when so much food goes to waste while I’m struggling to make enough money to get by. It’s good to know that my wife is making the right decision by persistently trying to find something that is palatable for him given that it is a sensory issue.

My son is an inscrutable little boy. He often tells me to go away when I get home from work for some reason. However, I was relieved to hear that your sons don’t like to be touched or verbally comforted during meltdowns either as it is has been quite difficult to have all of my heartfelt attempts to comfort him be so sharply rebuked by him in these traumatic moments when I want to care for him so badly.

Hopefully one day my son will be able to communicate with me like your sons do with you. I know my son has a lot of potential and I have actually found his autism diagnosis last month to be a great blessing because it is helping me to understand him but God help me, I have been so lost for so long.

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