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38: The Calm Passion of Adam Wilson, founder of Calmer Con, and Father of a son on the Spectrum

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Adam Wilson is the creator of Calmer Con.  An event he developed to help kids with sensory needs experience the thrill of a comic book convention, without the overwhelm.  Adam’s son is on the spectrum, so at it’s core, Calmer Con is a mission of love for him.  And Calmer Con's first convention was g
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Adam Wilson is the creator of Calmer Con.  An event he developed to help kids with sensory needs experience the thrill of a comic book convention, without the overwhelm.  Adam’s son is on the spectrum, so at it’s core, Calmer Con is a mission of love for him.  And Calmer Con's first convention was great.  I know, becasue I was there!

(And yes, I realize this show is supposed to be about ADHD, but I tend to think of autism as sort of a cousin to ADHD, and many of the challenges are similar.  Not to mention, Adam’s story is so good that I just had to have him on.)

In this episode we’ll look at the struggles of parents who’s kids can be overwhelmed by sensory input, discuss the importance of acceptance, and maybe, just maybe, find the inspiration to do something big!

 

9thAnnual Online ADHD Awareness Expo Plug:

The 9thAnnual Online ADHD Awareness Expo will take place throughout the month of October.  And I’ll be a part of it.  My topic is 3 Ways to Communicate with Your ADHD Child Besides Talking. 

Register at https://www.adhdexpo.com/adhdessentialsto let them know I sent you.

 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

Adam’s goals for Calmer Con

How Adam created Calmer Con

Connecting to a child with autism

Sensory challenges and the movies

The value of talking to experts

Why paraprofessional educators / teacher aides are amazing!

The Overstimulation/Anxiety Spiral

Different types of meltdowns

The Tale of Logan and the Ocelot

Sacrificing things you love to make something more important

How Adam workshopped elements of the convention

Star Wars Skill Drills you can do at home!

Evolving Calmer Con to better serve parents

The importance of opportunities for social interaction

The power of acceptance


 

Guest Links:

Learn more about Calm Passion and Calmer Con

Check out the Calm Passion Facebook Page


 

ADHD Essentials Links:

Learn about & Register for The ADHD Essentials Online Parent Coaching Groups 

ADHD Essentials Homepage

Contact Brendan at brendan@ADHDessentials.com

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