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Welcome to "The Autism Dad" podcast, hosted by Rob Gorski — a single father to three remarkable autistic children and the voice behind a widely-read blog that has been a lifeline for parents since 2010. With over a decade of firsthand experience, Rob's insights have not only impacted families worldwide but have also been featured on platforms like The Tamron Hall Show, ABC News, BBC Worldwide, CNN, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for fresh episodes that delve into the complex world of autism and special needs parenting. This podcast serves as a safe haven, offering a blend of personal stories, expert interviews, and actionable advice. Whether you're a parent navigating the nuanced challenges of raising a neurodivergent child or simply someone looking to better understand the realm of autism, "The Autism Dad" podcast provides understanding, support, and education for all.

Don't go this journey alone; tune in and become part of a community committed to awareness, acceptance, and growth.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.4 • 94 Ratings

Welcome to "The Autism Dad" podcast, hosted by Rob Gorski — a single father to three remarkable autistic children and the voice behind a widely-read blog that has been a lifeline for parents since 2010. With over a decade of firsthand experience, Rob's insights have not only impacted families worldwide but have also been featured on platforms like The Tamron Hall Show, ABC News, BBC Worldwide, CNN, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday for fresh episodes that delve into the complex world of autism and special needs parenting. This podcast serves as a safe haven, offering a blend of personal stories, expert interviews, and actionable advice. Whether you're a parent navigating the nuanced challenges of raising a neurodivergent child or simply someone looking to better understand the realm of autism, "The Autism Dad" podcast provides understanding, support, and education for all.

Don't go this journey alone; tune in and become part of a community committed to awareness, acceptance, and growth.

    Autism Parenting Perspectives

    Autism Parenting Perspectives

    In this episode, Rob Gorski speaks with Susie Liberator, an entrepreneur and dedicated mother who shares her journey of balancing a thriving business career with raising a son diagnosed with autism. Susie opens up about the challenges and triumphs of leaving the corporate world to support her son's needs and offers valuable insights and advice for other parents on similar paths.
    About Susie Liberatore:
    Susie Liberatore is an entrepreneur and devoted mother, who left the corporate world to support her son after his autism diagnosis. She built a successful marketing agency and a software company, balancing work with her son's therapy and education. Based in Ohio, Susie advocates for autism awareness and support, encouraging parents to ask questions and trust their instincts. Connect with her at SusieLiberatore.com.
    About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:
    Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years.
    Connect with Rob: theautismdad.link
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    Learn More About Wishes and Co Travel Planning
    Stephanie Peters and Shelby Knopp co-own Wishes and Co Travel Planning, specializing in special needs travel. They provide resources and support for families with special needs children, including social stories, visual schedules, and personalized accommodation and activity recommendations. Their goal is to make travel accessible and enjoyable for all families. They work with various budgets, plan vacations year-round, and offer complimentary services, dedicated to creating lasting memories for families.
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    Learn More About Super Duper Publications
    Hello, parents and educators! Enhance your child's learning with Super Duper Publications! Our tools, designed by experts in speech-language and occupational therapy, include engaging games, books, and card decks perfect for any time, anywhere learning.

    With options for hands-on and digital learning, plus hundreds of free resources, we cater to all children, including those with diverse needs. Dive into fun and effective education at superduperinc.com and use the code "theautismdad10" to save 10%.
    Visit Super Duper Publications

    • 34 min
    Empowering Neurodivergent Learners: Inclusive Tools and Free Resources

    Empowering Neurodivergent Learners: Inclusive Tools and Free Resources

    Summary
    In this episode, Rob Gorski interviews Dani Kinsley, an occupational therapist and product developer at Super Duper Publications. Dani shares how Super Duper creates a variety of educational tools, including card decks, books, games, and software, designed to support skills like speech articulation, problem-solving, and daily living activities. These user-friendly resources are crafted for both clinicians and parents, making them ideal for home use. Dani emphasizes the enduring value of analog learning tools, despite the digital trend, and notes Super Duper’s commitment to developing evidence-based products for neurodivergent learners. Listeners can explore their wide range of educational products on Super Duper’s website to support their children’s learning at home.
    About Guest:Dani Kinsley is an occupational therapist and product developer at Super Duper Publications. With a background in clinical practice and a passion for creating inclusive educational tools, she collaborates with speech language pathologists to design engaging resources for neurodivergent learners. Joining Super Duper in 2021, Danni brings both professional expertise and personal experience as a neurodivergent learner to her role, ensuring the products she develops are evidence-based and user-friendly. Dedicated to empowering parents and educators, Danni continues to advocate for accessible and enjoyable learning experiences for all children.
    Here are the links mentioned in this episode:
    Super Duper Publications Main Website: superduperinc.com Use code THEAUTISMDAD10 for 10% off your orderSuper Duper Digital Library: superduperlibrary.com (free trial available)HearBuilder: hearbuilder.com (free trial available)Handy Handouts: handyhandouts.com (free resources)
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    Learn More: Goally
    The Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence.

    For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.
    Visit Goally

    • 20 min
    Travel Planning for Special Needs Families

    Travel Planning for Special Needs Families

    Summary
    Stephanie Peters and Shelby Knopp are the co-owners of Wishes and Co Travel Planning, a travel agency that specializes in special needs travel. They provide resources and support for families with special needs children to plan successful vacations. They offer services such as social stories, visual schedules, and personalized recommendations for accommodations and activities. Their goal is to make travel accessible and enjoyable for families with special needs. They work with various budgets and can plan vacations all year round. Their services are complimentary and they are dedicated to creating lasting memories for families.
    Guest Bios:Stephanie Peters:
    Co-owner of Wishes and Co Travel Planning.Former kindergarten teacher with 10 years of experience and endorsements in special education and English language learning.Resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two cats.
    Shelby Knopp:
    Co-owner and senior travel advisor at Wishes and Co Travel Planning.Background in nursing, bringing a unique healthcare perspective to travel planning.Mother of three, with two children having special needs, providing personal insight into the challenges and needs of traveling families.
    Wishes and Co Travel Planning
    About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:
    Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years.
    Connect with Rob: theautismdad.link
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    Mentioned in this episode:
    Learn More About Super Duper Publications
    Hello, parents and educators! Enhance your child's learning with Super Duper Publications! Our tools, designed by experts in speech-language and occupational therapy, include engaging games, books, and card decks perfect for any time, anywhere learning.

    With options for hands-on and digital learning, plus hundreds of free resources, we cater to all children, including those with diverse needs. Dive into fun and effective education at superduperinc.com and use the code "theautismdad10" to save 10%.
    Visit Super Duper Publications
    Learn more about ABLEnow
    ABLEnow – tax-advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities. Learn if you, or someone you know, is eligible to open an ABLEnow account at ABLEnow.com.


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    • 26 min
    Expert Tips For Navigating Dental Care for Kids with Autism

    Expert Tips For Navigating Dental Care for Kids with Autism

    Episode Summary:
    In this episode, Rob Gorski sits down with Dr. Usman Ali to discuss the nuances of pediatric dentistry, especially in relation to children with special needs such as autism and sensory processing disorders. Dr. Ali shares his insights on preventive care, strategies for reducing dental anxiety, and the options available for sedation and general anesthesia in a pediatric setting.
    About the Guest:
    Dr. Usman Ali is a dedicated pediatric dentist who has been practicing for over seven years. After completing his residency at the University of Rochester, he joined Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio. Dr. Ali specializes in treating pediatric patients, including those with special needs, and is deeply committed to making dental care accessible and comfortable for children facing various challenges.
    Resources Mentioned:
    Akron Children's Hospital Dental Clinic Website: Akron Children's Hospital Dental ClinicSocial Media: Links to follow Akron Children's Hospital on Facebook for updates and support.
    About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:
    Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years.
    Connect with Rob: theautismdad.link
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Learn More: Goally
    The Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence.

    For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.
    Visit Goally
    Learn more about ABLEnow
    ABLEnow – tax-advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities. Learn if you, or someone you know, is eligible to open an ABLEnow account at ABLEnow.com.


    ABLEnow
    Learn More About Super Duper Publications
    Hello, parents and educators! Enhance your child's learning with Super Duper Publications! Our tools, designed by experts in speech-language and occupational therapy, include engaging games, books, and card decks perfect for any time, anywhere learning.

    With options for hands-on and digital learning, plus hundreds of free resources, we cater to all children, including those with diverse needs. Dive into fun and effective education at superduperinc.com and use the code "theautismdad10" to save 10%.
    Visit Super Duper Publications

    • 42 min
    A Day in the Life of an Intervention Specialist

    A Day in the Life of an Intervention Specialist

    Summary
    In this conversation, Stacy Brookover, an intervention specialist, discusses her role in the school system and the importance of true inclusion for students with special needs. She explains the process of identifying students' needs and creating Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 plans. Stacy emphasizes the value of teacher training and the need for effective communication between parents and educators. She also provides insights on handling routine changes and addressing meltdowns in the classroom.
    About Stacey Brookover:Stacy is an Intervention Specialist driven by her son's autism diagnosis at age three. After earning her Master’s in Education Administration, she became a staunch advocate for true inclusion in schools. Stacy has developed specialized programs in public schools to foster the holistic growth of all students—socially, emotionally, and academically. Her mission is to enhance special education practices and help educators fully understand and implement effective inclusion models.
    About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years.
    Connect with Rob: theautismdad.link
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    Learn More: Mightier
    Mightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier.

    Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.
    Visit Mightier
    Learn more about ABLEnow
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    • 39 min
    Supporting Dads in the Autism Community

    Supporting Dads in the Autism Community

    Harry Psaros, author of the book 'From Struggle to Strength: A Father's Journey with Autism and the Power of Hope and Positivity,' shares his personal journey as an autism dad and the inspiration behind his book. He emphasizes the importance of mindset, resilience, and positivity in navigating the challenges of raising a child with autism. Psaros encourages parents to focus on continuous improvement, no matter where their child is on the spectrum, and to embrace their role as leaders in their child's journey. He also highlights the need for more voices and support for fathers in the autism community.
    About Harry Psaros:Harry Psaros is a passionate advocate and speaker on autism, residing near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a father with a deep personal connection to autism through his son, Harry has turned his journey into a powerful narrative to help other parents navigate similar challenges. He is a board member of the Autism Caring Center and one of the founding families of North Fayette Pals, an organization dedicated to providing acceptance, love, and support for special needs children. Harry's extensive community involvement includes roles such as the president of the local Parks and Rec Board and vice president of the Greek Orthodox Church in Weirton, West Virginia. His commitment extends beyond his local engagements, as he is also an author and a proactive voice for fathers grappling with autism diagnoses. His book and public speaking engagements focus on themes of hope, positivity, grit, and resilience, aiming to empower parents with a warrior mindset derived from his background in martial arts and personal experience.
    Get the book by clicking here.
    About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for the last 15 years.
    Connect with Rob: theautismdad.link
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Learn More: Goally
    The Goally tablet is focused on fostering independence in kids without the distractions of ads, social media, or potentially harmful content. Unlike Kindle and iPad tablets, Goally's Tablet exclusively features educational apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo ABC, and Starfall, and is entirely controlled by parents. Goally's Kids Calendar helps kids with things like task management. Kids also learn life skills through video classes and pre-made routines, enhancing their independence.

    For more information, you can visit getgoally.com and use the code “theautismdad” to save 10% off your order.
    Visit Goally
    Learn More: Mightier
    Mightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to self-regulate emotionally. This leads to a significant reduction in meltdowns and parental stress. It's backed by science and has helped over 100,000 kids learn to regulate their emotions. For more information, the latest reviews/updates as well as current discount codes, visit theautismdad.com/mightier.

    Read My Mightier Review and the code “theautismdad22” to save 10% off your order.
    Visit Mightier

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

peablossomfairy ,

Great support

I stumbled across The Autism Dad blog first a few years ago when we were in the beginnings of my son’s ASD diagnosis. At the time I felt very lost and raw because I really had no clue. I fell in love with his blog for being a real snap shot in what it is like to be a special needs parent. The podcast has so many episodes with wonderful view points (I especially love hearing from his kids because they are speaking directly from their own personal experiences having ASD) and he also tries to present as many resources possible to parents (like myself) who are in the early years. Thank you for this! You have given me strength and insight as a fellow special needs parent.

spodgirlruns ,

Informative

The Autism Dad shares tons of useful information. In addition, he educates us as to the theories/opinions he supports as well as the nature of opposing theories/opinions.

Kokke123 ,

Informative and helpful

Various topics, balanced opinions. You can tell rob really puts thought into his questions and also gives his human side and emotions. Good. I listen frequently.

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