Episode #31 | Coffee Chat with Tanya Holmes

Episode #31 | Coffee Chat with Tanya Holmes

Tanya Holmes has been a regular guest on ISAAC’s Autism in the Wild podcast since it’s launch in 2019.  Each time she joins me, she brings her unique experience as not just a mother, but also a primary school counselor and teacher. While Tanya’s demeanor is soft and more reserved, she is not afraid to challenge her school district when it comes to advocating for the needs of her child in the classroom and fighting for the IEP she knows her child is legally entitled to have.  Tanya has taken more IEP workshops of any parent I know – which is why I refer so many of my struggling families her direction.  I call her my IEP legal eagle.

Episode #30 | Self-Advocate Taylor Crisp

Episode #30 | Self-Advocate Taylor Crisp

I have had the pleasure of getting to know self-advocate Taylor Crisp since the summer of 2019. Don’t let Taylor’s quiet demeanor fool you.  While timid at first, Taylor is not afraid to open up about her experiences growing up in a time where fitting in with her peers meant hiding her autism diagnosis from her friends.  Taylor is also a mother and shares some of her experiences raising her young daughter.

In this episode, Taylor and I talk more about:

  • labels and the struggles of wanting to be liked by others
  • how she came out of her shell in high school
  • fears and things she wishes she could do differently
  • recommendations for parents who are raising children with autism.
Episode #29 | Pepping Kids with ASD for College

Episode #29 | Pepping Kids with ASD for College

15 years ago, college opportunities for individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders was practically unheard of.  In the few cases I came across, the opportunity was made possible by a dedicated parent who attended each class with their loved one to help provide the one-on-one support their child needed.  Thankfully, this is no longer the case.  There are many universities within Washington and throughout the United States that are either specifically for students with special needs or universities who have added programs that support these individuals.

In this podcast episode Doug Piehl, retired national director of college planning for Thrivent Financial, joined me to discuss the options he saw in his position with Thrivent and things parents can be doing to help prepare not just their child with ASD but also their neuro-typical child for post secondary education.  Believe it or not – you can start planning as early as 8th GRADE!

Doug Piehl, while retired, may be reached at Piehldouglas@gmail.com for specific college planning questions.

Episode #28 | Creating Sensory Friendly Spaces

Episode #28 | Creating Sensory Friendly Spaces

Carter Crandall of Blythe Interiors, is not just an Interior Designer, she is an autism mom.  Carter joins us this week to discuss elements within our environment (both at home and in classrooms) that should be considered when working to make spaces MORE sensory friendly.  Carter tells us that ALL spaces can be made to be sensory friendly for all people (at the same time) and these interior adjustments don’t have to break the bank!

As promised, you can learn more about Carter and Blythe Interiors at: https://www.blytheinteriors.com/carter-crandall

Email: Carter@blytheinteriors.com

Episode #27 | Parent Strife

Episode #27 | Parent Strife

As parents, it is difficult to agree on every single decision when raising children. It becomes even more difficult when you raise children with special needs.  In this episode, we discuss:

  • Root causes that seem to cause the most parent strife;
  • How parents have found compromise;
  • When divorce is a factor; and
  • What happens when compromise cannot be reached.
Episode #26 | Long-Term Care Estate Planning Discussion

Episode #26 | Long-Term Care Estate Planning Discussion

I believe that one of the most difficult conversations that a parent must have is on the topic of planning for a life-long special needs dependent upon your death. In this episode of ISAAC’s Autism in the Wild, a group of parents joined me with our special guest Randi Johnson, Attorney at Law, to discuss a variety of issues such as:

  • Structuring special needs trusts for life-long dependents
  • Protecting assets for your special needs child so that they do not compromise edibility with social security.
  • The benefits of choosing an outside representative to oversee the special needs trust rather than a sibling or other family member.
  • Differences between guardianship and limited guardianship
  • Age when guardianship process should be initiated
  • When a special needs trust should be created

As promised, our guest Randi Johnson of Lilac City Law may be reached for further questions or to schedule a consultation at (509) 624-1610.

Episode #25 | Adulting with ASD – a self-advocate’s perspective

Episode #25 | Adulting with ASD – a self-advocate’s perspective

In this episode of ISAAC’s Autism in the wild, I had the pleasure to sit down and interview Clara’s (episode 23, Perspectives Over Time) daughter, Sophie Strom, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder as a young girl. Sophie, now in her twenties, tells us what it was like growing up in a time when very little was understood about ASD.  Sophie shares her experiences overcoming sensory processing challenges and insights that parents raising young children will not want to miss.  There is no way that you will walk away from this podcast NOT feeling absolutely inspired.

Episode #24 | What advice would you give a new parent or your younger self?

Episode #24 | What advice would you give a new parent or your younger self?

Two common sayings you might here me say are: hindsight is 20/20 and wisdom is wasted on the old.  There are so many times that I have looked back at a moment or phase in my life wishing that I could change my response to a situation or that I could somehow share some of my current wisdom with my younger self. In this podcast a group of parents joined me to share some advice and words of wisdom that they hope might help other parents along their autism journey.

Episode #23 | Perspectives Over Time

Episode #23 | Perspectives Over Time

In this weeks podcast, I was very fortunate to have an autism mom veteran join me.  Clara’s daughter Sophie, now in he early twenties, was diagnosed in a time when there were very little knowledge and resources available to families.  It’s moms like Clara that helped pave the way for better services and inclusion for the younger generation of children diagnosed with ASD.   In this podcast you will learn about her journey and advice she wish she would have had when Sophie was younger.

Episode #22 | Having another child after the autism diagnosis

Episode #22 | Having another child after the autism diagnosis

While the decision to have more children may be easy for some families, it can become complicated for others – especially when you have a child touched by autism.  Statistics tell us that parents who have a child with autism only have a 2-18% chance of having a second child affected, this information does weigh into some family’s decision as to whether they want to add more biological children to their family. In this podcast, a group of us shared our experiences and thoughts when we made the decision to have more children.