Featuring autistic individuals speaking about their experiences and their identities — including and beyond autism. We will also speak to family members, support providers, experts, and others interested in joining an autistic-centered conversation.
Life on Edge: Cycling as My Metaphor for Life
In this episode, I use cycling as a metaphor for and reflection of my daily anxieties and frustrations. I’ll also discuss why autistic anxieties, fears, and frustrations are sometimes interpreted as anger or even rage by some people, especially those people unfamiliar with the Neurodiverse need for control and predictability.
Autistic Me: Season Five Promo
This podcast is about real life. I’m an exhausted parent, an imperfect husband, a freelance writer, a former educator, and an authentic diagnosed autistic struggling to hold things together day after day.
Season Four Wrap: Pandemic Podcasting
Please let this end! Yes, it's yet another year of pandemic podcasting if we don't start enforcing mask mandates, social distancing, and vaccination. The Autistic Me loves the isolation, but I'm tired of the anxiety. Let's take responsibility for ourselves and our communities to end the COVID-19 experience.
Laura Reber Founder of Progress Parade
School psychologist Laura Reber has worked with students from the neurodiverse community for more than a decade. Parents and families have to navigate the IEP and 504 Plan processes, advocating for appropriate supports. Many of us find additional supports outside school foster success. Laura founded Progress Parade to help students with ADHD, autism, and cognitive differences succeed. Progress Parade offers one-on-one tutoring and homework mentoring.
Gary Martinez on Fitness and Calming Meltdowns
Gary Martinez is a fitness trainer and father of Monica, a 15-year-old autistic young woman. He describes his choice to leave a “Big Box” fitness center for independent fitness training as becoming “an athlete for life” focused on Monica. Gary integrates sensory activities into Monica’s daily routine, balancing her mind and body to help her succeed. His experiences with exercise and overall fitness have led Gary to help others prevent or reduce autistic meltdowns with natural strategies.
Pandemic Parenting and Hope for Normal
Throughout the experience of pandemic parenting, I held onto the hope for productivity. However, my focus quickly shifted from my creative works to educating my daughters and their needs have remained my primary concern. As the pandemic seems to be waning, Susan and I now wonder if we might finally have some time for our interests.