61 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
    • 4.4 • 18 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.

    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 (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 here (https://linktr.ee/theautismdad)
    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 (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 (theautismdad.com/hero) and use code "theautismdad50" to save $50.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Parent 2 Parent (feat. Wendy Valente) S3E33

    Parent 2 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 (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)
    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 (https://www.theautismdad.com/2018/08/28/kids-learn-self-regulation-through-gaming-with-mightier-review/) 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 (http://theautismdad.com/hero) and use code "theautismdad50" to save $50. 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Sensory Processing Disorder 101 (feat. Varleisha Gibbs) S3E32

    Sensory Processing Disorder 101 (feat. Varleisha Gibbs) S3E32

    In this weeks episode, my guest is Varleisha Gibbs and we are going to talk about sensory processing disorder. Varleisha is a Mother, wife, and author. Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L is the Vice President of Practice Engagement and Capacity Building At the American Occupational Therapy Association.
    In other words, she knows her stuff and is the perfect person to help us better understand what sensory processing disorder is and how we can help our loved ones living with it. We're going to answer frequently asked questions and help dispel the misinformation and clear up any confusion.
    About Varleisha Gibbs
    Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L
    Vice President, Practice Engagement and Capacity Building
    American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
    Back to School Guide:
    https://www.aota.org/Practice/Health-Wellness/COVID19/back-to-school.aspx (https://www.aota.org/Practice/Health-Wellness/COVID19/back-to-school.aspx)
    AOTA: Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth:
    https://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy/Patients-Clients/ChildrenAndYouth.aspx (https://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy/Patients-Clients/ChildrenAndYouth.aspx)
    Twitter (https://twitter.com/DrVarleisha)
    Website: http://drvgibbs.com/ (http://drvgibbs.com/)
    Check out her books:
    (https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Sensory-Processing-Disorders-Week/dp/1646320662/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2H5KFUB5TKRHS&dchild=1&keywords=varleisha+gibbs&qid=1601832938&s=books&sprefix=varleis%2Caps%2C237&sr=1-2)
    (https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Sensory-Processing-Disorders-Week/dp/1618210858/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2H5KFUB5TKRHS&dchild=1&keywords=varleisha+gibbs&qid=1601832938&s=books&sprefix=varleis%2Caps%2C237&sr=1-3)
    (https://www.amazon.com/Self-Regulation-Mindfulness-Exercises-Worksheets-Processing/dp/1683730623/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2H5KFUB5TKRHS&dchild=1&keywords=varleisha+gibbs&qid=1601832938&s=books&sprefix=varleis%2Caps%2C237&sr=1-1)
    About Me:
    All my information and relevant links are (https://linktr.ee/theautismdad)
    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 (https://www.theautismdad.com/2018/08/28/kids-learn-self-regulation-through-gaming-with-mightier-review/) 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 (http://theautismdad.com/hero) and use code "theautismdad50" to save $50. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    MAMAS Talkin' LOUD (feat. Cara Cooper and Jessica Rush) S3E31

    MAMAS Talkin' LOUD (feat. Cara Cooper and Jessica Rush) S3E31

    I'm so excited to bring you this episode. My guests today are Cara Cooper and Jessica Rush. They're both Broadway Moms and they're here to talk about motherhood, parenting, their podcast (MAMAS Talkin' LOUD), balancing careers on Broadway and family, as well as how their lives have been impacted by COVID-19. Cara is a special needs mom and we talk about that journey as well.
    Cara and Jessica are absolutely hilarious and I encourage you all to check out their podcast, MAMAS Talkin' LOUD. It's a trip. :-)
    This is a fantastic conversation and I'm thrilled to bring it to you all.
    About Cara Cooper:
    CARA COOPER is an actress most recently on Broadway in the critically acclaimed musical The Prom. Prior to that, she was the longest running Mary Delgado in the Broadway company of Jersey Boys. During her run in JB, she had not one, but two babies. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Graham Bowen, and the aforementioned babies, Elin and Finn (who are no longer babies). Before kids, her Broadway career included the original companies of Elf, The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up, Urban Cowboy, replacing in Legally Blonde, and waking up for a matinee at 10am… She has appeared on Showtime’s "City on a Hill" and in the films Adult Beginners and The Great Gilly Hopkins (both of which she shot while pumping in the trailer). As the mother of a child with special needs (her daughter is autistic) she is keenly aware of the specific challenges of raising children of different ‘abilities’ and fights for this community of warrior parents to feel seen and supported. She is the co-founder of Broadway Baby Mamas and keeps her sanity with equal parts exercise, wine and tortilla chips.
    About Jessica Rush:
    JESSICA RUSH is a mom, wife and award-winning actress currently seen as Rhonda in the original Broadway company of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. She most recently completed a successful run in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen, where she stood by for both Cynthia Murphy and Heidi Hansen. Last season she originated the role of Joyce Bogart in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Jessica had the honor of closing the Broadway run of Jersey Boys as the longest running Lorraine, and prior to that, appeared in Guys and Dolls and was the stand by for Laura Benanti in Gypsy with Patti LuPone. Television credits include appearances on "Billions", "White Collar" and the award-winning web series “Then We Got Help”. She was the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award for her portrayal of Louise in Gypsy at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and is co-founder of the Broadway Baby Mamas. Ms. Rush enjoys a charcuterie board, rosé, pumpkin spice, and all things basic, while raising her voice in the fight for awareness and equality. She is married to actor Eric Anderson, and mom to their daughter, Elliot.
    About MAMAS Talkin' LOUD:
    Website: https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/podcast/mamas-talkin-loud/ (https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/podcast/mamas-talkin-loud/)
    Instagram @mamastalkinloud  (https://www.instagram.com/mamastalkinloud/)
    Twitter: @mamastalkinpod   (https://twitter.com/mamastalkinpod)
    Link to the season finale episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rachel-tucker-on-both-sides-of-the-pond/id1483884105?i=1000486769299 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rachel-tucker-on-both-sides-of-the-pond/id1483884105?i=1000486769299)
    The Podcast Is Available on Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM (http://player.fm/), Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.
    https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/ (https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/)
    About Me:
    All my information and relevant links are (https://linktr.ee/theautismdad)
    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-re

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Fitness At Home (feat Celebrity Trainer Oscar Smith) S3E30

    Fitness At Home (feat Celebrity Trainer Oscar Smith) S3E30

    My guest today is legendary supermodel and celebrity fitness trainer Oscar Smith. He's devoted his life to fitness and has successfully trained clients with every type of fitness goal. Oscar Smith owns and operates his own fitness studio called O-Diesel Studios, located in Tribeca.
    COVID-19 has caused many gyms to be closed and even if they're open, people aren't comfortable taking the risk. Oscar shares things we can do from home to work on our fitness, including things we can do with our kids. He even shares how we can start a home gym for under $100. Life is so stressful right now and taking care of ourselves is incredibly important. Just because you can't hit the gym, doesn't mean you can workout.
    Oscar is very down to earth, super easy to talk to, inspirational and encouraging. He focuses on building people up and I'm so grateful for his time. Please listen, share and remember, self-care matters. ☺
    About Oscar Smith
    In addition to running his own Manhattan-based facility, O-Diesel Studio, he's a former NYPD Detective, rescue diver, author and too many other things to list here.
    The bottom-line, Oscar is an amazing human being, who's accomplished a mind blowing number of things and he's not done yet.
    Natural Strength (https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Strength-Oscar-Smith/dp/1483599639)
    O-Diesel Studios (https://o-dstudiogroup.com/)
    Twitter (https://twitter.com/O_diesel)
    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/oscar_odstudio/)
    Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/odstudiogroup/)
    About Me:
    All my information and relevant links are (https://linktr.ee/theautismdad)
    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 (https://www.theautismdad.com/2018/08/28/kids-learn-self-regulation-through-gaming-with-mightier-review/) 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 (http://theautismdad.com/hero) and use code "theautismdad50" to save $50. 

    • 58 min
    Parent to Parent (feat. Amy Nielsen) S3E29

    Parent to Parent (feat. Amy Nielsen) S3E29

    In this weeks episode, I have a parent to parent conversation with Amy Nielsen. She's an autism mom, author, educator, blogger, podcaster and early intervention specialist. We talk about her amazing family, life as an autism parent and how COVID has made things more challenging. We also talk about how her and her husband are navigating the new school year.
    It's a great conversation and one you can definitely relate to. :-)
    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 theParent Advocate and Early Intervention Specialist at Collaborative Corner for Exceptional Children. (https://www.collaborativecorner.org/)
    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)
    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 (https://www.theautismdad.com/2018/08/28/kids-learn-self-regulation-through-gaming-with-mightier-review/) 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 (http://theautismdad.com/hero) and use code "theautismdad50" to save $50. 

    • 1 hr 7 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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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.

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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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