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Thoughts, insight and advice from award winning blogger Rob Gorski, an Autism/Special Needs parent with almost 2 decades of experience. Become a supporter of this podcast:
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Thoughts, insight and advice from award winning blogger Rob Gorski, an Autism/Special Needs parent with almost 2 decades of experience. Become a supporter of this podcast:






LifeTown is a gift to the special needs community

(S2E6) I speak with Rabbi Zalman Grossbaun and Jonah Zimilies from LifeTown. LifeTown is a 53,000 sq foot facility built to service the special needs community in Livingston, New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest rate of children with autism in the United States, and the largest population of children on the spectrum live in Essex County. LifeTown is designed to provide desperately needed services for those in the special needs community, as well as help bridge the gaps with the general...


Melissa Hruza on and funding teachers

(S2E5) This week Melissa Hruza, Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships at stopped by to discuss how they are helping teachers and students all over the country, find the funding they need. So many teachers have to pay for classroom necessities out of their own pocket and that's simply unacceptable. is a national, award-winning nonprofit that provides the most flexible and accountable funding for K-12 teachers and schools throughout the...


Dr. John Kruse on what Donald Trump can teach us about adult ADHD

(S2E4) In this episode, I have a conversation with Dr. John Kruse, MD, PhD about all things ADHD, including his brand new book titled "Recognizing Adult ADHD: What Donald Trump Can Teach Us About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." Dr. Kruse has 25 years of psychiatric experience and specializes in treating adults with ADHD, that's right, adults. I talk with him about his new book and he debunks some of the most common myths surrounding ADHD. Learn the facts about what ADHD is and how...


Lindsay Fogarty on living with rare disease

I speak with my good friend and fellow Autism parent, Lindsay Fogarty. She's an Autism, Rare Disease and patient advocate, as well as, a blogger and volunteer lobbyist. We talk about why she's called "The Rare Disease Mom", what her daily life is like, what she's doing to raise awareness and help others. This is a very powerful, uplifting and inspirational conversation. Go grab a snack and enjoy the great conversation. ☺ Lindsay can be found at twitter...


Joel Manzer: Founder of Autisable

In this week's episode, I speak with my good friend Jand fellow Autism dad Joel Manzer. We discuss the work he's doing in the Autism community and then talk about some things that impacting the community. You can find Joel at and his podcast. This episode is sponsored by --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:...


Navigating Divorce with Autistic Kids

In this Season 2 premiere, I talk about divorce. More specifically, I talk about navigating divorce when Autistic kids are involved. Divorce is difficult for any child but Autistic children can be more profoundly impacted. There are a few simple things we can do to help them survive and eventually adapt to this massive change in their lives. This episode is sponsored by Lakikid. Visit and use the code “theautismdad” to save 15% on their amazing sensory products. --- This...


Season 2 Update

In this short snippet of goodness, I update you on some personal tragedy, as well as how Season 2 is shaping up. If you want to sponsor an episode or be on the show as a parent to share your story or perhaps as an organization working to make a positive impact in the Autism or Special Needs communities, please visit and send me a message. ☺ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. --- Send in a...


Dr. Jason Kahn on managing meltdowns with Mightier

In today's episode, I have a conversation with Dr. Jason Kahn, PhD. Dr. Kahn is a researcher from Boston Children's Hospital, an instructor at Harvard, co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Mightier. Mightier is a program that helps kids learn to self-regulate their emotions by playing video games. That means fewer emotional outbursts or meltdowns, and a reduction of parental stress. This program is absolutely amazing and works for pretty much anyone. I speak with Dr. Kahn about how...


Emergency Hospitalization

This is an unplanned follow-up to last weeks "Untethered From Reality". Shortly after recording and publishing last weeks episode, Gavin was rushed to the hospital via ambulance. I'll talk about what happened, why Gavin was hospitalized, where we stand right now, and what we learned. This was a really scary experience and it sorta completes last week's story. It's a teachable moment and provides some insight into what families like mine can often find ourselves confronting. You can find me:...


Untethered From Reality

We are currently experiencing a crisis with our 19 year old, Autistic and Schizophrenic son. "Untethered From Reality" is all about Gavin's struggle and what we are doing to help him. I want to use our current struggle as a teaching moment for my listeners, raise awareness and talk about crisis management. Recorded on 4/12/2019 Twitter: @the_autism_dad --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. --- Send in a...


The 800 Pound Gorilla

In this very brief, last minute-episode, I share my thoughts on Autism Speaks "Light It Up Blue" campaign. I talk about how Autism Awareness month has lost its meaning and I give you some ideas on how you can help raise awareness in ways that make a difference in peoples lives. Autism Awareness Month should be about people and not money. I also talk about the importance of supporting local, community-based organizations that make a difference in the lives of Autistic people and their...


Bittersweet Victories

In this episode, I talk about what many of us face from time to time. Bittersweet Victories are the kind of victory that comes after a loss. In the case of my family, Gavin is losing significant skills and while we are heartbroken to see this loss, he still managed to do something for the first time. While the loss is a negative thing, any progress is worth celebrating. Hence, Bittersweet Victories. You can find me at Twitter: --- This...


Supporting Autistic Artists with Harish Bikmal

In this episode, I interview Harish Bikmal, Autism Dad and founder of Zenaviv. Zenaviv is a Social Benefit Enterprise that works with and promotes Autistic artists, as well as artists with special needs. We talk about how they are helping to secure the future of these very talented people and provide hope for their families. Find out how Zenaviv is positively impacting the lives of Autistic artists and how to go about submitting artwork for promotion. This is very cool. You don't want to...


An Assault of Verbiage

My listeners have been asking for me to try doing episodes where I talk freely about my personal struggles with being an Autism Dad. I thought I'd give it a try. In this bonus episode, I talk about some of those personal struggles, as well as my struggle with Depression, what it feels like to be a Dad to 3 with Autism and the impact it has on my life. This is very open, honest and raw. If you find this useful, please give it a share and help me reach more people. ☺ You can find me at...


Why Are Autism Parents Judged So Harshly?

Please Subscribe In this latest episode of The Autism Dad Podcast, I talk about judgment. Autism families often find themselves on the receiving end of judgment because people just don't get it or don't care. I talk about common situations in which judgment occurs and how cruel, thoughtless words can have a very real impact. If you have ever felt judged at any point in your Autism parenting journey, this episode was created with you in mind. I encourage you to share this with anyone who...


What You Need To Know About Meltdowns

Sensory Processing Disorder and Meltdowns are two of the most commonly misunderstood things that an Autistic person can experience. Even more confusing is how to know the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. Those words are used interchangeably and that’s a major problem, leading to a great deal of misinformation. This episode will help to explain how these things can impact people and how to tell the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. You’ll also hear from Emmett, my...


My Son Had His Wish Granted

In this episode, I share a very emotional interview I gave last year during the annual Wish-A-Thon. We were helping raise awareness and money for an amazing organization called Wishes Can Happen. They grant wishes to local children with life-threatening or terminal health conditions, like my oldest. It's very difficult to talk about but it's so important to raise awareness for organizations like Wishes Can Happen. They do amazing work and what they provide children like my son, as well as...


Meet My Autism Family

In this latest episode of The Autism Dad #podcast is live. I interview some very special #Autistic kids and their amazing mother. It's pretty awesome. (UPDATE: Since this was published, I've become a single Dad and I'm raising my kids alone.) Subscribe and be inspired. :-) I hope you enjoy this latest episode of The Autism Dad Podcast. ☺ You can find me: @the_autism_dad You can also find Elliott's YouTube channel here. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor:...


The First 3 Things You Need To Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with Autism

In this introductory episode, I share a bit about who I am, what I do, and why I do it. I also answer one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from parents across the globe. That question is "my child has been diagnosed with Autism, what should I do?". An Autism diagnosis can be scary for any parent but there are 3 things you can do that will give you direction, help get you started on the right foot and maintain your sanity at the same time. I appreciate you listening, I...



Welcome to my brand new podcast. I invite you to join me every week as we talk about things that matter to the Autism and Special Needs community. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: