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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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Canton, OH

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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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English

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Episodes
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Autism Parenting Perspectives (S7E20)

5/21/2024
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 If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to "The Autism Dad" podcast for more inspiring stories and practical advice. Don't forget to leave a review and share this episode with other parents who might find it helpful. Mentioned in this episode: 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. Visit Wishes and Co Travel Planning 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

Duration:00:34:33

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Empowering Neurodivergent Learners: Inclusive Tools and Free Resources (S7E19)

5/14/2024
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: superduperinc.comUse code THEAUTISMDAD10 for 10% off your ordersuperduperlibrary.comhearbuilder.comhandyhandouts.com Mentioned in this episode: 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: 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

Duration:00:20:11

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Travel Planning for Special Needs Families (S7E18)

5/9/2024
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: Shelby Knopp: 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 l0Dg2XDAsY2ifci2yWVg 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. ABLEnow

Duration:00:26:03

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Expert Tips For Navigating Dental Care for Kids with Autism (S7E17)

5/7/2024
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 ClinicFacebook 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

Duration:00:42:31

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A Day in the Life of an Intervention Specialist (S7E16)

5/2/2024
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 Mentioned in this episode: 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 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

Duration:00:39:43

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Supporting Dads in the Autism Community (S7E15)

4/30/2024
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

Duration:00:34:04

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Ohio’s Blueprint for Developmental Disabilities (S7E14)

4/17/2024
Episode Summary: In this episode, Rob sits down with Kimberly Hauck, the Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). They discuss the crucial role the DODD plays in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families across Ohio. Kimberly details her journey from starting as a direct support professional to leading the department, emphasizing the department's commitment to advocacy and resource provision. Contacting The Autism Dad: For more information, to be a guest, or to become a sponsor, please visit theautismdad.link. Introduction: - Host: Rob Gorski - Guest: Kimberly Hauck, Director, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Key Points Discussed: 1. Kimberly Hauck's Background: - Over 30 years in the field of developmental disabilities, starting as a direct support professional and special education teacher, before moving into administrative roles. - Committed advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. 2. Role of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities: - Oversees local county boards, serves as a regulator for service providers, and ensures accessibility to funds and resources for developmental support. 3. Transitioning from Youth to Adult Services: - Importance of early intervention and support as individuals with disabilities transition from school to adult life. 4. County Board of Developmental Disabilities' Role: - Help families navigate complex systems, manage eligibility for services, and support transitions. - Provide various supports, including respite services and accessibility improvements in local communities. 5. Impact of Accessible Infrastructure: - Recent initiatives to enhance accessibility, such as universal changing tables and accessible playgrounds, under Kimberly’s leadership. 6. Advice for Parents and Caregivers: - Encouragement to connect with local resources early to maximize support and prepare for future independence of their children. Resources Mentioned: - NASDDDS website for national disability resources - Early intervention programs for children from birth until age three Conclusion: Kimberly and Rob emphasize the importance of seeking help and utilizing available services, aiming to inspire and inform families about the support structures in place to foster independence and a better quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Calls to Action: - Visit DODD’s website for more information and resources. - Reach out to your local board of DD to explore services and support available in your area. Mentioned in this episode: 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: Goally The...

Duration:00:26:21

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Group Homes and Shenanigans (S7E13)

4/16/2024
Episode Summary: In this insightful episode, Rob Gorski sits down with his eldest son, Gavin, who is autistic, to discuss the important and nerve-wracking journey of transitioning to adulthood. They delve into Gavin's experiences with job training, his first job, and the process of touring group homes as he plans his future. Key Points Discussed: - Transition to Adulthood: Gavin shares his progress and challenges as he navigates through important milestones like job training and exploring living arrangements. - Touring Group Homes: Gavin talks about his criteria for a suitable group home and his feelings about touring such homes for the first time. - Future Plans and Aspirations: Gavin discusses his aspirations to start a YouTube channel focused on gaming, aiming to build it as both a passion project and a safety net. - Managing Health and Personal Interests: As someone who is immunocompromised, Gavin emphasizes the importance of living in a clean and healthy environment. He also shares how he wishes to include his future roommates in his YouTube gaming sessions. Contacting The Autism Dad: For more information, to be a guest, or to become a sponsor, please visit theautismdad.link. Mentioned in this episode: 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

Duration:00:21:14

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Bridging Autism and Employment (S7E12)

4/11/2024
Welcome to another insightful episode of "The Autism Dad" podcast. In this episode, Rob Gorski, your host, sits down with Kevin Miller, an autism dad and the Executive Director of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), a state agency dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment. In This Episode, You'll Discover: - Kevin's Personal Journey: Kevin shares his personal story as an autism dad, discussing the challenges and revelations he and his family faced from early diagnosis to adulthood. - Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD): Kevin provides an in-depth look at OOD, detailing how the agency supports individuals with disabilities across Ohio, helping them achieve independence through employment. - The Power of Employment: Discover how Rob's son, Gavin, benefited from OOD's programs, gaining not just a job but a sense of purpose and autonomy. - Navigating the Transition to Adulthood: Kevin and Rob discuss the often-daunting transition to adulthood for young people with autism and how programs like OOD can provide crucial support. - Resources and Advice for Parents: Kevin offers resources and advice for parents navigating the journey of raising children with disabilities, emphasizing the importance of fostering independence and finding purpose. - A Father's Perspective: Both Kevin and Rob share their experiences and insights as fathers of autistic children, offering a candid look at the challenges, joys, and personal growth that comes with their unique parenting roles. Resources Mentioned in This Episode: - Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities: Explore the services and support offered by OOD by visiting OODWorks.com or calling 800-282-4536. - Contacting The Autism Dad: For more information, to be a guest, or to become a sponsor, please visit theautismdad.link. Connect with Us: - Subscribe to our Podcast: Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you listen to your podcasts. - Follow The Autism Dad on Social Media: Stay up to date with the latest episodes and join our growing community. Special Thanks: A heartfelt thank you to Kevin Miller for sharing his story and expertise. His insights into the world of disabilities and the power of employment have the potential to change lives. And, as always, thank you to our listeners for joining us on this journey. Your support and engagement make this podcast possible. If you found this episode helpful, please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify and sharing it with someone who might benefit from our discussions. Don't miss our next episode, where we'll explore another important topic in the autism community. Subscribe now to stay updated! Mentioned in this episode: Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com. Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning Learn More: Mightier Mightier is a biofeedback-based video game platform that teaches kids to...

Duration:00:53:12

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Talking About Tough Stuff (S7E11)

4/4/2024
Summary In this conversation, Rob Gorski and Amber Arrington discuss the challenges and decisions involved in parenting adult children with autism. They address sensitive topics such as transitioning to adulthood, the need for independence, and the consideration of group homes. They also explore the emotional impact of making decisions like pursuing guardianship and the stigma attached to these choices. Amber shares her personal experience with her son living in a group home and highlights the importance of open conversations and support for parents navigating the complexities of autism parenting. About Guest Amber Arrington is a mother to 6 children, 3 of whom are autistic. Autism was once a word she feared and has become a word she loves. Now she helps parents navigate an autism diagnosis and the autism landscape as a whole. She educates moms about available services and connects them with appropriate services and professionals. Amber helps parents become "autism savvy" so they can know the best next steps to take for their child. Connect with Amber: http://www.autismsavvy.com/ Facebook Instagram Hosted by Rob Gorski: Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community. Connect with Rob by visiting 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

Duration:00:38:26

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Autism Parenting Q&A with Emmett (S7E10)

4/2/2024
In this week’s episode, Emmett, my 15 year old autistic son, and I answer a bunch of your autism related questions. Emmett dug through a huge list of questions you folks submitted via Facebook and create a list of 10 he wanted us to talk about this week. This was a lot of fun. :-) Resources and Links: theautismdad.link Guest Expert: Emmett Gorski is a 15-year-old autistic advocate and the son of Rob Gorski, the influential blogger and podcast host behind "The Autism Dad." Passionate about raising awareness and understanding of autism, Emmett brings a unique, firsthand perspective to the conversation. Articulate and insightful, he has been featured on "The Autism Dad" podcast, where he discusses topics ranging from identity-first language to the daily challenges and triumphs of being autistic. With a keen interest in technology and a natural ability to connect with people, Emmett is not only a voice for autistic teens but also an inspiration for families navigating the complexities of autism. Hosted by Rob Gorski: Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community. Connect with Rob by visiting 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 Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com. Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning

Duration:00:33:39

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Make'm Smile Ohio 2024

3/28/2024
Summary Lena Hartman from Make'm Smile Ohio discusses the organization's annual event that celebrates individuals with disabilities and their families. The event offers a party-like atmosphere with various activities, entertainment, and resource exhibitors. Lena emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and acceptance, ensuring that families feel comfortable and supported. Siblings are also included in the event to ensure they feel valued and celebrated. The event is free of charge and takes place on the second Saturday of July each year. Lena encourages people to get involved by volunteering or making donations to support the event. makemsmileohio.org SAVE THE DATE: Nathaniel’s Hope 6th Annual Make ’m Smile Ohio Free For Everyone Saturday, July 13, 2024 11:00 am – 3:00 pm The Biggest Party Celebrating kids of all ages with Special Needs Harvestime Apostolic Temple is so excited to invite you to attend. Contact Lena if you have any questions – 330-704-7896 See you at: Hartville Memorial Park, Hartville OH 44632 Mentioned in this episode: Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com. Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning

Duration:00:14:38

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Adulting with Autism (S7E08)

3/26/2024
In this week’s episode, I sit down with Gavin, my 24 year old autistic son. We talk about a situation that occurred recently where Gavin was very, very upset at work and had to call me for help. I wanted to discuss this after some time passed because I’m very interested in what Gavin learned from this experience and I wanted to better understand what he was going through in the moment. We both feel like this is a great teaching moment. About Gavin Gorski Gavin is 24 years old, autistic and smack dab in the middle of his transition into his adult life. He’s currently working at his first job, going to day services, and getting ready to move out in the very near future. Gavin loves video games and is a huge fan of anime. He enjoys sharing about his life on the podcast so others can learn from his experiences. 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 About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com. Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning 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

Duration:00:29:34

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Understanding Apraxia and Non-Speaking Autism (S7E07)

3/21/2024
Episode Summary In this conversation, Rob Gorski speaks with Samantha Fox, a speech language pathologist and founder of Beyond Speech Therapy Center. They discuss non-speaking autism and the challenges related to communication. Samantha shares her journey into speech pathology and how she discovered the importance of motor control in communication. They delve into the concept of apraxia and when parents should be concerned about their non-speaking child. Hosted by Rob Gorski: Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community. Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.link Guest Expert: Samantha Fox, MA, CCC-SLP, S2C Practitioner Samantha is a Kent State University alumnus with a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She's dedicated her career to working with non-speaking, minimally speaking, and unreliably speaking individuals on the autism spectrum. As a registered Spelling to Communicate (S2C) Practitioner, she pioneers in tailoring therapy to each individual's needs. Samantha founded Beyond Speech Therapy Center in Munroe Falls, Ohio, envisioning a practice that wholeheartedly presumes competence in all patients, irrespective of their diagnosis or test scores. Connect with Samantha Fox: https://beyondspeechtherapycenter.comhttps://www.facebook.com/beyondspeechhttps://www.i-asc.org Takeaways Mentioned in this episode: 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 Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com. Visit Tranquil Path...

Duration:00:41:37

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The Evolving Journey of 3 Autistic Brothers (S7E06)

3/19/2024
Episode Summary: In this heartfelt episode of "The Autism Dad" podcast, host Rob Gorski sits down with his 15-year-old son, Emmett, to reflect on the remarkable journey from Emmett's early years as a non-verbal child to his present as a confident young man. Rob and Emmett delve into the changes and challenges they've navigated together, including sensory issues, communication barriers, and personal growth. Through a candid and sometimes humorous conversation, they explore Emmett's evolution, the unique experiences of each of Rob's autistic sons, and the profound ways in which their family dynamics have shifted over the years. This episode offers listeners a window into the resilience, adaptability, and love that defines the Gorski family. Guest Expert: Emmett Gorski is a 15-year-old autistic advocate and the son of Rob Gorski, the influential blogger and podcast host behind "The Autism Dad." Passionate about raising awareness and understanding of autism, Emmett brings a unique, firsthand perspective to the conversation. Articulate and insightful, he has been featured on "The Autism Dad" podcast, where he discusses topics ranging from identity-first language to the daily challenges and triumphs of being autistic. With a keen interest in technology and a natural ability to connect with people, Emmett is not only a voice for autistic teens but also an inspiration for families navigating the complexities of autism. Hosted by Rob Gorski: Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community. Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.link Mentioned in this episode: Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com. Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning 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: 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

Duration:00:29:16

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Special Needs Financial Planning (S7E05)

3/14/2024
Episode Summary: In this captivating episode of the Autism Dad podcast, host Rob Gorski is joined by Britta Koepf, a distinguished special needs financial planner. Their conversation delves into the essential yet often overlooked realm of special needs financial planning, offering insight and guidance to families navigating the financial complexities associated with caring for individuals with disabilities. This discussion breaks down the multi-faceted aspects of financial planning that go beyond the typical bounds of investments and retirement preparations. Britta emphasizes the significance of incorporating tax strategies, estate planning, understanding government benefits like SSI and Medicaid, and ensuring suitable insurance coverage, all whilst keeping the unique needs of disabled individuals in mind. She shares valuable advice on starting the financial planning process, no matter at what life stage one finds oneself, underscoring the philosophy that it's never too late to plan. Key Takeaways: Notable Quotes: About the Guest(s): Britta Koepf is a certified financial planner and the owner of Tranquil Path Financial Planning based in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated with a degree in biomedical humanities before turning her sights to financial planning at the University of Akron, achieving her Certified Financial Planner designation. Since 2015, she has served as a fee-only financial advisor and, in 2020, secured her Chartered Special Needs Consultant designation, placing her focus on working with individuals with disabilities and their families. Britta's approach ensures integrity and reduces conflicts of interest by not depending on commissions from financial products. Her passion lies in making a genuine difference in people's lives by offering financial advice and assistance, especially within the disability community. Tranquil Path Financial Planning website: tranquilfp.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:

Duration:00:28:56

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Navigating Medication for Autism and ADHD: A Comprehensive Parent's Guide (S7E04)

3/12/2024
Episode Summary: In this moving and insightful episode of the Autism Dad podcast, host Rob Gorski sits down with Dr. Whitney Casares to discuss navigating medication for children with autism and ADHD. The conversation revolves around common concerns parents have about medications, the various remedies used, and the overarching emotional hurdles that accompany these decisions. The episode opens the floor to parents and caregivers seeking education and hope on this journey. Initially, Dr. Casares emphasizes the importance of balancing a child's health and comfort while acknowledging parental self-care. The dialog covers common medications, approaches to pediatric care for autism and ADHD, and the prevalent sense of guilt parents might experience when turning to prescriptions. Providing key insights and a sense of camaraderie, Dr. Casares offers reassurance with her expertise merged with her personal experience of parenting neurodivergent children. Key Takeaways: Notable Quotes: About the Guest(s): Dr. Whitney Casares is a Stanford-trained pediatrician with over a decade of experience, holding a master's degree in maternal and child health from Berkeley. As an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a recognized public health expert, Dr. Casares is also a published author who has dedicated her career to children's health and wellness. In addition to her professional pedigree, she is an autism mom herself, giving her a personal connection to the topics discussed in the podcast. Resources: Dr. Whitney Casares's podcast and blog can be found at modernmommydoc.com Follow Dr. Casares on Instagram @modernmommydoc Her new book, "Doing It All: Stop Over Functioning and Become the Mom and Person You Were Meant to Be," is available on Amazon,...

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The Journey to Adulthood (S7E03)

3/7/2024
On today’s episode, I speak with my 24 year old autistic son, Gavin, talks about his transition into adulthood. We talk about everything for employment, independent living, and dating. Gavin is amazing and he’s so honest about what this journey is like for him and how it makes him feel. You don’t want to miss this. 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 About Wee Meditate Wee Meditate—the meditation platform for kids of all abilities. Meet characters like Weasel with autism and Fox who helps with anxiety, in meditations that make bedtime a breeze. Subscribe for $49.99/year and use code "theautismdad" for 10% off. Visit Wee Meditate Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com. Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning 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

Duration:00:28:30

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A Parents Guide to ARFID (S7E02)

3/3/2024
Summary In the conversation, Rob Gorski and Brittyn Coleman address the challenges of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) in autistic children. They differentiate ARFID from sensory eating issues and discuss the nutritional difficulties these children face. Brittyn advises on supplement introduction and stresses the need for professional support. The importance of community among parents of autistic children is also highlighted. Additionally, Brittyn Coleman, an autism dietitian, speaks on the specific protein requirements for autistic children, noting that protein powders are often unnecessary and potentially harmful to their kidneys. She suggests using a food journal to assess a child’s dietary needs and underscores the role of fiber. Strategies for incorporating vegetables and fostering a trusting relationship with food are discussed, emphasizing a sustainable approach and community support. About Brittyn Coleman Brittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD, is a distinguished Registered Dietitian and Autism Nutrition Expert, known for her innovative, sensory-friendly feeding approach to nutrition for children on the autism spectrum. As the founder of the Nourishing autism Collective, and as an autism sibling herself, Brittyn brings both professional expertise and personal understanding to her work. She empowers families with her expert guidance, helping children receive essential nutrients for optimal health and development. Her strategies are tailored to the unique dietary needs and sensory preferences of each child. Brittyn's influence extends beyond her membership site through her active social media presence and her popular podcast, 'Nourishing Autism'. Her educational content on Instagram, YouTube, and other platforms has established her as a leading voice in autism nutrition, providing valuable resources, practical advice, and a supportive community for parents and professionals. Connect with Brittyn Coleman Instagram Facebook Website 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 About Wee Meditate Wee Meditate—the meditation platform for kids of all abilities. Meet characters like Weasel with autism and Fox who helps with anxiety, in meditations that make bedtime a breeze. Subscribe for $49.99/year and use code "theautismdad" for 10% off. Visit Wee Meditate 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 Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased,...

Duration:00:52:45

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Welcome to Season 7 (S7E01)

2/29/2024
You won't believe what happened on New Year's Eve. Emmett, my 15 year old autistic son, and I have a fun chat about some things that happened over the holidays that we've not shared yet. Guest Expert: Emmett Gorski is a 15-year-old autistic advocate and the son of Rob Gorski, the influential blogger and podcast host behind "The Autism Dad." Passionate about raising awareness and understanding of autism, Emmett brings a unique, firsthand perspective to the conversation. Articulate and insightful, he has been featured on "The Autism Dad" podcast, where he discusses topics ranging from identity-first language to the daily challenges and triumphs of being autistic. With a keen interest in technology and a natural ability to connect with people, Emmett is not only a voice for autistic teens but also an inspiration for families navigating the complexities of autism. Hosted by Rob Gorski: Rob Gorski, a devoted single father to three incredible autistic sons, is the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. As a multi-award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, and influential social media figure for over a decade, Rob continues to share his family's journey, providing insights, resources, and support to the autism community. Connect with Rob by visiting theautismdad.link Mentioned in this episode: Learn More About Tranquil Path Financial Planning Britta Kepf is a dedicated special needs financial planner at Tranquil Path Financial Planning, offering unbiased, tailored advice for families across the U.S. She specializes in retirement and special needs financial planning, helping families navigate government benefits and long-term needs with clarity and peace of mind. For compassionate, personalized financial guidance, contact Britta Kepf at tranquilfp.com. Visit Tranquil Path Financial Planning 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

Duration:00:16:52