Author: isaac-autism-in-the-wild

Episode #8 | IEP Accommodations

Episode #8 | IEP Accommodations

We all want what’s best for our kids, especially when it comes to education. In this podcast we talk in depth about IEP accommodations and whether it’s possible to ask for too much of our teachers and schools.  In this podcast, a group of parents joined me to discuss:

  • Strategies for “how to ask” for what we need for our special needs kids.
  • Whether schools are “reactive” instead of “proactive”.
  • What an “appropriate” education looks like for kids with more needs.
  • How to step back and respect feedback from schools.
  • Differences between an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and a BIP (Behavior Intervention Plan).
  • Differences between educational IEP goals and IEP accommodations.
  • Parent’s responsibility in the IEP process.
  • Power of connecting with other parents within your district and creating/participating in a special needs PTG/PTO.
Episode #7 | Sharing the Autism Diagnosis

Episode #7 | Sharing the Autism Diagnosis

A fantastic group of parents joined me for this emotional podcast on sharing the autism diagnosis.  This is one of my favorite episodes as we conversed on a variety of aspects of sharing the autism diagnosis. Here’s some of what you’ll hear this week:

  • Heartwarming stories of acceptance and understanding when parents have shared their child’s diagnosis.
  • Why sharing the diagnosis is easier today.
  • Misunderstandings and unforeseen consequences of not sharing the diagnosis.
  • Sharing from a dad’s perspective.
  • Why parents hesitate to share.
  • When it becomes your child’s choice whether to share this information.
  • Conversation around the difference between a diagnosis and a label.
Episode #6 | Making it Fair Among Your Children

Episode #6 | Making it Fair Among Your Children

In this episode, a group of parents joined me to debate whether its possible to make it “fair” when raising both neuro-typical and neuro-diverse kids.   Join us for:

  • Deeper discussion on how to treat each child equal, which may not seem fair.
  • What constitutes fair?
  • The benefits of one-on-one time with each child separately.
  • Fairness between the sexes (boys vs. girls).
  • Fairness meter among siblings.
Episode #5 | Parent Isolation

Episode #5 | Parent Isolation

The feeling of isolation is real for many parents who have a loved one touched by autism.  In this episode of ISAAC’s Autism in the Wild a group of parents joined me to discuss:

  • Types of isolation parents feel;
  • Strategies, both series and funny, for reducing the feeling of isolation;
  • How the age of your child often affects the feeling of isolation
  • Social media impact, both positive and negative, on the feeling of isolation

*We apologize for the poor audio quality of this podcast.  Thank you for bearing with us as we upgrade our equipment for future recording sessions.

Episode #4 | Changing Therapists

Episode #4 | Changing Therapists

A therapist is a pivotal part of a child’s development.  In this episode, a group of parents join me to discuss the circumstances of when changing therapists becomes appropriate.  We cover in this podcast:

  • Changing therapists when it is not by your choice;
  • When therapy creates trauma;
  • What happens when a therapist’s skills don’t pace with your child’s development;
  • Parent vs therapist personality conflicts;
  • Emotional attachments to a provider vs. the quality of therapy for the needs of the child.

*We apologize for the poor audio quality of this podcast.  Thank you for bearing with us as we upgrade our audio recording equipment.

Episode #3 | Pros and Cons of Pharmaceuticals

Episode #3 | Pros and Cons of Pharmaceuticals

Parents are often faced with making very difficult decisions when it comes to the welfare of their children.  Choosing to explore the world of pharmaceuticals for their child is often one of them. In this podcast I was joined by a large group of parents who shared with us:

  • Why they chose to try pharmaceuticals with their child affected by autism;
  • Side effects  and negative experiences they encountered prescription medications;
  • Strategies for onboarding new medications;
  • What happens when your child is resistant to taking the medications;
  • Why some parents have chosen to avoid the use of prescription medications.

 

Episode #2 | How Much Therapy is Enough?

Episode #2 | How Much Therapy is Enough?

Have you ever wondered if you are accessing enough therapy for your child? A group of diverse parents joined me to discuss:

  • Traditional and non-traditional options and why they chose that modality
  • When parents have stopped therapy and why?
  • What constitutes therapy?
  • Timing and finding your therapy season
Episode #1 | Dirty Looks in Public

Episode #1 | Dirty Looks in Public

If you’re an autism parent, then you know what I’m talking about.  Public scenes or outburst happen from time-to-time, and I have a fun group of autism parents join me in episode #1 of ISAAC’s Autism in the Wild to:

  • Share personal stories, both serious as well as outrageously funny
  • Experiences at church and during worship
  • Ways parents made their needs known to people in the community
  • Some feelings on what parents wish the community would do to help support autism parents during these unfortunate situations.