#119 | Sibling Independence with guest Maria Jennings

#119 | Sibling Independence with guest Maria Jennings

On this week’s episode, Maria Jennings joins me to discuss the dynamic that having a child with a disability has made on our neurotypical children and how we have each noticed a higher level of independence and self-advocacy skills.

Show resources

Holly shares her experience using combination door knobs in her home which increases safety and provides a means for neurotypical siblings to have their own secure space. https://www.amazon.com/Signstek-Keyless-Digital-Electronic-Security/dp/B00KS3JC30?pd_rd_w=c3bUq&pf_rd_p=07da9b2f-52f3-4fa6-b605-4458a1e54cf1&pf_rd_r=6R7D68GAYSBMFW69TFMK&pd_rd_r=6e8a228e-37d3-478b-833f-4e7d1cf0cd97&pd_rd_wg=7uwUR&pd_rd_i=B00KS3JC30&psc=1&ref_=pd_bap_d_rp_36_i

Holly also explains the benefit of registering an ISAAC Alert (911 dispatch note linked to your home address) if you have locking interior doors and window at your home: https://theisaacfoundation.configio.com/page/programsisaacalert

Families who are interested in accessing ISAAC Foundation’s Sibling Spotlight program can find the registration link here: https://theisaacfoundation.configio.com/page/siblingspotlight

#118 | Lilac Learning Center | Non Public Agency School for Students with ASD

#118 | Lilac Learning Center | Non Public Agency School for Students with ASD

In this episode Holly connects with the owner of Lilac City Behavioral Services to learn about their new school, Lilac Learning Center, which opened this past October. Lilac Learning Center is a non public agency option that is a good fit for students ages 14 to 21 who require a high level of support that is not able to be met by the student’s home district. Listen in to find out if Lilac Learning Center might be a good fit for your loved one touched by autism.

Resources from this podcast

Lilac Learning Center

Current Nonpublic Agencies

Public schools are required to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities ages 3-21 who are eligible for special education. If a student’s special education needs cannot be met by their resident district, the district may contract with an approved NonPublic Agency (NPA). The NPA provides the student’s special education and related services that are determined through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.

 

Washington Administrative Code related to Non Public Agencies

https://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=392-172A-04090

 

#117 | Ascend Academy Private School for Children with Autism

#117 | Ascend Academy Private School for Children with Autism

This week, Jim Matthews that many of you know as the Director of Soar Behavioral Services, shared exciting news! He is opening the first of its kind private K-5 school for children on the autism spectrum in Spokane, Washington. Ascend Academy is accepting applications through December 10th for priority placing. The school will be opening this January and is an excellent fit for students who are struggling with emotional regulation and have behaviors that make school challenging.

Listen to our podcast to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Resources:

Visit the AscendAcademy.org for more information.

For more specific questions, please reach out to Ascend Academy at Hello@AscendAcademy.org

#116 | Self-Advocate John Lemus

#116 | Self-Advocate John Lemus

In this episode, Holly sits with well known Spokane self-advocate, John Lemus to learn more about his childhood, teen years, and adult life on the autism spectrum. He shares about profound lessons he has learned, and even opens up about his experiences dating.

References within podcast:

Anger Management at Fulcrum Institute: www.fulcrumdispute.com/angermanagement.jsp

Dating Apps to consider:

Hinge

Hiki for individuals on the autism spectrum

#115 | The Arc of Spokane

#115 | The Arc of Spokane

In this episode of ISAAC’S Autism in the Wild Holly is joined by the Executive Director of the Arc of Spokane, Sima Thorpe. Sima is here to tell us all about The Arc of Spokane and introduces us to two of her most recent hires, Jennifer and Maria. Together this group discusses the different programs available to families in our area and how we plan to work together to help meet the needs of the developmentally disabled populations in Spokane and extending into our rural areas.

The Arc of Spokane:

Questions on resources and services:

advocacy@arc-spokane.org

 

For Spokane Parent to Parent Resources:

Maria Jennings

mjennings@arc-spokane.org

509-789-8797

Facebook:  Parent to Parent of Spokane County | Facebook

 

For Pend Orielle and Stevens County Parent to Parent Resources:

Micaela Herman

mherman@arc-spokane.org

509-789-8782

Parent to Parent of Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties | Facebook

 

Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Jim Lane

jlane@arc-spokane.org

509-789-8325

#114 Self-Advocate & Son, Caleb

#114 Self-Advocate & Son, Caleb

In this special episode of ISAAC’S Autism in the Wild, Holly is joined by her very own son, Caleb. Caleb is 13 years old and was diagnosed with autism when he was very young, in fact during this episode he reveals that he does not remember a time when he was not in therapy. Listen is as Holly discusses with Caleb; what autism means to him, what he notices in his day to day life as a child with autism, his likes/dislikes and specifically where some of them stem from, and so much more!

#113 Self-Advocate RoundTable–LIVE!

#113 Self-Advocate RoundTable–LIVE!

On this very special episode of ISAAC’S Autism in the Wild Podcast we are joined by two of our favorite self-advocates, Tracey Cohen & John Lemus.  Tracey is an author of three books, two about autism and one about her passion for running.  We had featured Tracey in an episode earlier this year and were so excited to meet her in person when she came to Spokane to visit at the end of the summer.  While Tracey was visiting we introduced her to John Lemus, a Spokane based disabilities professional who advocates for the disability community through his various positions in local and state leadership.

Please take a listen and excuse the background noise as we are recording LIVE on the stage at Pitotti Coffee  as we discuss several topics regarding advocacy.

References:

Full Spectrum Agency for Autistic Adults
Author, Autism Advocate
Episode #112 | Remote Support with SafeinHome

Episode #112 | Remote Support with SafeinHome

Today we are joined by Erin Holthaus with SafeinHome Remote Support Services. SafeinHome is a new service available in Washington state to help keep our loved ones with autism or other special needs safe while allowing some independence. This on-call remote support assistance is made possible using technology assisted communication devices (ie a walkie talkie or tablet/phone communication) that your loved one would use to either contact, or be contacted by, the support agency. By utilizing these technology methods SafeinHome is able to provide one-on-one care to the individual in the exact moment they need support-any time of the day.  Each family that utilizes the services can determine the type of care they would like to receive and only need to use the technology they are comfortable with (cameras are NOT required). Take a listen and learn all about the services they provide and how you can help expand these services in Washington state.

SafeinHome

Support: 855-476-6665

Web: www.safeinhome.com

Episode #111 Soar Behavioral

Episode #111 Soar Behavioral

In this episode of ISAAC’S Autism in the Wild Podcast Holly was joined by Jim Matthews, Executive Director of SOAR Behavior Services. SOAR is a prominent ABA provider in Spokane with locations across the state of Washington, in Idaho, and Nevada.  We discuss how SOAR was founded and the services they provide. We also delve into issues concerning wait lists, staff turnover, and the politics involved in home vs school ABA settings.

About Jim Matthews

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Jim Matthews holds four Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Irvine and two Masters degrees in Educational Psychology and School Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Jim is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Throughout his two decades of working in ABA, he has worked with thousands of children and families both in schools and in private practice. Jim lives in Spokane WA. Professionally, Jim has dedicated his life to helping all people with disabilities. He is deeply passionate about helping people who are most in need during the time when they most need it. He feels strongly that ABA can confer meaningful lifelong skills that both enrich and enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode #110 | Gender Identity & the LGBTQIA+ Community

Episode #110 | Gender Identity & the LGBTQIA+ Community

In this episode of ISAAC’S Autism in the Wild we talk to parents that all are raising both children on the spectrum and children that identify with the LGBTQIA+ community in some way.  We have seen a large number of our kiddos with autism questioning their own identity or genders as well as several of the neuro-typical siblings exploring their identities as well. We discuss this connection and determine if we feel these are attention seeking behaviors or simply valid self exploration. We also discuss the challenges of parenting these children-the process of switching pronouns/names, and dealing with the critical views of extended family or communities that are less accepting.