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Whether you're a parent, raising a child with autism, a caregiver for an adult on the spectrum, or a professional assisting those with autism spectrum disorder, the Autism Blueprint Podcast is here to help. Each week, we'll focus on how you can live with autism more effectively and more peacefully. Host, Janeen Herskovitz shares her own insights as a therapist and autism mom to help your home become more peaceful, one room at a time.
Whether you're a parent, raising a child with autism, a caregiver for an adult on the spectrum, or a professional assisting those with autism spectrum disorder, the Autism Blueprint Podcast is here to help. Each week, we'll focus on how you can live with autism more effectively and more peacefully. Host, Janeen Herskovitz shares her own insights as a therapist and autism mom to help your home become more peaceful, one room at a time. << Show Less
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What Parents Say Makes the Biggest Difference When Interacting With Their Autistic Child We&#8217;re in the family room today with host Janeen Herskovitz, talking about the number one thing her coaching clients have reported makes the biggest difference in their interactions with their children. It&#8217;s not a specific therapy, secret supplement or special diet&#8230;it&#8217;s presuming their competence!



In this episode you will discover:



What it means to presume your child&#8217;s competence.How to make these changes in your home today.Personal anecdotes from Janeen&#8217;s own parenting journey.What can happen if you don&#8217;t presume competence in your child.



Mentioned on the podcast:



Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page If you&#8217;d like to schedule one-on-one coaching sessions with Janeen, contact her here.







Notes:







8 Tips for Presuming Competence

Your child’s outsides probably don’t match their insides. How someone walks, looks or talks does not tell you how they think and feel.
Support the child’s communication style and use where they are to build upon greater skills.
Eye contact, or even facial proximity is not necessarily an indication of how well they are listening.
Speak as if your child understands you at the appropriate age level. Don’t use “baby talk” when speaking to your child.
Never speak about your child in front of them, as if they are not present.
Get your child’s permission before sharing information & include them as much as possible in the conversation, even if they cannot respond verbally.
Look for evidence of understanding and become familiar with your child’s indication of understanding.
Always allow your child to “speak” for themselves, and do not speak for them unless the listener needs clarification and you have the child’s permission to do so.








 







The Autism Blueprint Classroom is LIVE



Check us out here!







Our First Course: Finding You Again: Managing stress while raising a child with autism



Use the coupon code, PODCAST21 to get 20% off at checkout!











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What Parents Say Makes the Biggest Difference When Interacting With Their Autistic Child We&#8217;re in the family room today with host Janeen Herskovitz, talking about the number one thing her coaching clients have reported makes the biggest difference in their interactions with their children. It&#8217;s not a specific therapy, secret supplement or special diet&#8230;it&#8217;s presuming their competence!



In this episode you will discover:



What it means to presume your child&#8217;s competence.How to make these changes in your home today.Personal anecdotes from Janeen&#8217;s own parenting journey.What can happen if you don&#8217;t presume competence in your child.



Mentioned on the podcast:



Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page If you&#8217;d like to schedule one-on-one coaching sessions with Janeen, contact her here.







Notes:







8 Tips for Presuming Competence

Your child’s outsides probably don’t match their insides. How someone walks, looks or talks does not tell you how they think and feel.
Support the child’s communication style and use where they are to build upon greater skills.
Eye contact, or even facial proximity is not necessarily an indication of how well they are listening.
Speak as if your child understands you at the appropriate age level. Don’t use “baby talk” when speaking to your child.
Never speak about your child in front of them, as if they are not present.
Get your child’s permission before sharing information & include them as much as possible in the conversation, even if they cannot respond verbally.
Look for evidence of understanding and become familiar with your child’s indication of understanding.
Always allow your child to “speak” for themselves, and do not speak for them unless the listener needs clarification and you have the child’s permission to do so.








 







The Autism Blueprint Classroom is LIVE



Check us out here!







Our First Course: Finding You Again: Managing stress while raising a child with autism



Use the coupon code, PODCAST21 to get 20% off at checkout!











Listen to this episode:
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Managing Your Energy As An Autism Parent | A conversation with Stephanie Weiderstrand of Beyond Special | ABP episode 103 We&#8217;re having a cup of tea with Stephanie Weiderstrand today, talking about autism parenting. Join us for Stephanie&#8217;s story and how she manages special needs parenting as well as helping other families grow and thrive.



In this episode you will discover:



Stephanie&#8217;s story and what she has learned through her daughter with ASD.How to manage your energy as an autism parent and why it&#8217;s so important.Why trusting your instinct is so important.Why therapies are just one piece of the whole family picture.How Stephanie&#8217;s upcoming autism summit can help empower you.







Meet Stephanie



Stephanie Weiderstrand



Stephanie Weiderstrand is the founder of Beyond Special. She inspires families raising children on the autism spectrum to find hope, purpose and clarity even amid the stress and chaos atypical parenting brings.







From living a life of reactive chaos at the homefront as a norm, it is time to get proactive and create the harmony and best possible life for our family by leverage today to support a better future for you and your family. Our transformation begins with one purposeful step every day.











Mentioned on the podcast:



Learn more about The Empowering Autism SummitOur own, Janeen Herskovitz, LMHC will be speaking at the summit about keeping your marriage strong.



















































Connect with Stephanie:



Her website: Beyond SpecialFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.weiderstrandInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/beyondspeciall/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephieweiderstrand/







Get more autism parenting support at the Autism Blueprint Classroom.



Use coupon code PODCAST21 to get 20% off our courses.















































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Honoring Your Child’s Personhood | A conversation with Raffi | ABP Episode 102 We&#8217;re in the music room today with renowned child advocate and musician, Raffi! Not only is he a gifted musician, songwriter, producer and child advocate that you may remember from your own childhood, he&#8217;s helping to educate the world about the importance of honoring our children and how this concept can make our world a more peaceful place.
In this episode you will discover:

Why Raffi is so important to Janeen and her family- especially her son, Ben.
How your child&#8217;s special interests can be an effective way to connect with your child.
Raffi&#8217;s vision for making the world a better place and why he created the Raffi Foundation For Child Honouring
What Child Honoring is and how we can implement the concepts into your own parenting journey.
What&#8217;s conscious parenting and why it&#8217;s an important concept for autism parents.
How to view your child as a whole person, despite their struggles and disability.
How a trauma-informed perspective can make our world a better place.

Meet Raffi

Raffi Cavoukian, CM, OBC
A renowned singer known by his first name alone, Raffi was a pioneer in quality recordings for children on his independent label, Troubadour. For millions of fans, Raffi’s music was the soundtrack of their childhoods, and they took his signature song “Baby Beluga” to heart. These “beluga grads” now share his music with their own children. Raffi has been described by the Washington Post and the Toronto Star as “the most popular children’s entertainer in the English-speaking world” and “Canada’s all-time children’s champion.” In 2010, he founded the Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia – a global movement that views honouring children as the best way to create sustainable, peacemaking cultures.







Mentioned on the podcast:

Raffi’s Foundation for Child Honouring – https://raffifoundation.org
Child Honouring online course – https://raffifoundation.org/take-the-course/
For All You Do – Raffi’s song of gratitude for essential workers, with Lindsay Munroe, featuring Yo-Yo Ma –
Black Lives Matter To Me – Raffi’s song acknowledging the importance of the current moment for education and awareness, and expressing a universal longing for justice and freedom.

Music:

In early 2020, Raffi produced and sang on the first album by new children’s artist, Lindsay Munroe, called I Am Kind: Songs for Unique Kids.
In August 2021 Lindsay released her second album, Frogs and Birds, which Raffi also produced and sang on.
Here&#8217;s the Frogs and Birds puppet video (Lindsay Munroe duet with her Daughter, Mem)
Raffi’s recent single and video, “Song For Healing”

Ben&#8217;s chosen song that Janeen mentions in the intro: Will I Ever Grow Up

Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page


Get more autism parenting support at the <a href="https://www.autismbl
Sensory Superheroes | Understanding your child’s sensory system through stories | A conversation with Dr. Reema Naim We&#8217;re in the library today speaking with Dr. Reema Naim about the sensory system and how it impacts your child. Dr. Naim&#8217;s book series, Adventures of the Sensokids, help kids understand their sensory needs and how to regulate it.
 In this episode you will discover:

Why Dr. Naim became an occupational therapist and how she uses her own superpower to teach kids about their&#8217;s.
The inspiration for the book series and her goal for creating it.
What she wants professionals to know about kids with sensory needs.
Learn about your SEVEN senses you may not even know you have.
How your child&#8217;s sensory system affects their behavior, their moods and even their school work.

Meet Dr. Reema Naim, OTD, OTR/L 





Dr. Reema Naim moved to the US from the UK and attended USC where she pursued a career in health care and pediatrics. She graduated with her MA, OTR/L and OTD and started her own private practice, OT Studios, in West Hollywood, California. She received her SIPT (Sensory integration and praxis test) certification and created the SensoKids characters, whom she uses to educate clients, families and students about sensory integration and the major role it plays in daily life.




Mentioned on the podcast:



Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page  
Get more autism parenting support at the Autism Blueprint Classroom. Use coupon code PODCAST21 to get 20% off
Check out Dr. Reema&#8217;s OT Studio
Connect with her on social media:

Instagram: @OTstudiosLA 
Facebook: @OTstudiosLA


Find the Adventures of the Sensokids here, or click the amazon links below:






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If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Reflections on 20 years of autism parenting and 100 podcast episodes In honor of our 100th episode, we&#8217;re in the family room today with host Janeen Herskovitz, talking about what she&#8217;s learned during her 20 plus years of parenting a child with autism.
 In this episode you will discover:

The things Janeen would do differently if she knew then what she knows now.
What it means to take better care of yourself.
The most important thing that will make all the difference in parenting your child.
Why presuming competence is so important.






Mentioned on the podcast:

Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page  
If you&#8217;d like to schedule one-on-one coaching sessions with Janeen, contact her here. 
Additional episodes that might help:

Developing boundaries
The importance of Self-Care



The Autism Blueprint Classroom is LIVE
Check us out here!

Our First Course: Finding You Again: Managing stress while raising a child with autism
Use the coupon code, PODCAST21 to  get 20% off at checkout!  (offer good thru the end of 2021) 

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Connecting With Your Child | A conversation with Susan Sherkow | ABP Episode 99 We&#8217;re in the therapy room today speaking with Dr. Susan Sherkow of The Sherkow Center. In this episode we talk about making meaningful connections with your child and how to best understand their needs.
 In this episode you will discover:

Dr. Sherkow&#8217;s autism journey as a professional and how she has seen this landscape change over many years.
The Sherkow Center approach and what they offer autism families.
The mistakes she sees parents make with their children.
How you can connect with your child in meaningful ways, despite their level of functioning.

Meet Dr. Susan P. Sherkow





Susan P. Sherkow, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at BPI, a Supervising Child and Adolescent Analyst at NYPSI, and on the faculties of Mt. Sinai and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Founder of the not-for- profit Sherkow Center for Child Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder, she has presented and published extensively on the application of psychoanalytic developmental theory to the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ASD, including a TEDx Talk and co-authorship of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience.











Mentioned on the podcast:

Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page  
See Dr. Sherkow&#8217;s TEDx Talk here
Learn more about The Sherkow Center
Sherkow Center&#8217;s YouTube Page


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Sleep Is Possible | How an autism dad used ingenuity to help our kids get better sleep | ABP Episode 98 We&#8217;re in the bedroom today speaking with George Bailey of ZPods. We discuss autism fatherhood, his company that created a bed designed just for kids with autism and related health issues, and so much more.
 In this episode you will discover:

What is a Zpod and how it can help your child sleep.
The issues autism parents face in trying to get their kids to sleep.
Some of the most common sleep issues in autism and what you can do about it.
How stimming is related to your child&#8217;s anxiety levels.
What&#8217;s different and most difficult for dads of autistic children.

 Meet George Bailey
George Bailey, President of ZPods











George Bailey is the president of zPods, a Saint Louis startup that is developing sensory-friendly beds for children with autism and other disorders that interfere with sleep. George is a father of five, two of which have autism, and he wants to work with them to make the world a better place.




Mentioned on the podcast:

Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page  
To get more info about ZPods, or to order one,: zpodsforsleep.com
DISCOUNT CODE: Enter the code BLUEPRINT when you place an order for 25% off.
We mentioned a PDF download for sleep tips, but thought this article was even better: https://www.zpodsforsleep.com/post/thinking-of-ways-to-support-healthy-sleep 

The ZPod bed
View from inside a Zpod bed

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What Your Autistic Child Wants You To Know | A conversation with Emily Paige Ballou and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu |ABP episode 97 We&#8217;re in the library today speaking with two editors of the book, Sincerely Your Autistic Child ; What people on the autism spectrum wish their parents knew about growing up, acceptance and identity. We discuss how the book came about, and why your child&#8217;s point of view and needs should be at the forefront of how we parent and treat them.
 In this episode you will discover:

Emily and Morénike&#8217;s  personal stories about their own autism journeys as women.
Why the Autistic Women&#8217;s Network adjusted their name to reflect more inclusivity.
What parents are getting wrong&#8230;and right.
Which therapies and supports are most respectful and helpful.
What&#8217;s autistic inertia and how it affects your child.
Why everything your child does should NOT have a therapeutic purpose.

 Meet Emily and Morénike

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu







Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, MA, is a global self-advocate, educator, parent and disabled person of color in a neurodiverse, multicultural, serodifferent family. A prolific writer, public speaker, and social scientist/activist whose work focuses on meaningful community involvement, human rights, justice, and inclusion, Morénike is a Humanities Scholar at Rice University’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and a member of several executive boards. Publications include: Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism, All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism, and various peer-reviewed articles. Learn more at: morenikeGO.com.
Emily Paige Ballou








Emily Paige Ballou is an old Millennial from the Midwest who currently lives and works in NYC, where she primarily stage manages off-Broadway new plays and new musicals, including works such as the Hello Girls with Prospect Theater Company, Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat at the Adirondack Theatre Festival, and Rose with Nora’s Playhouse. She graduated from the University of Georgia, where she was also a member of the Demosthenian Literary Society. Previous publications include pieces in the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, The Real Experts: Readings for Parents of Autistic Children, NeuroQueer, Barking Sycamores, and Fuckit: A Zine.













 
Mentioned on the podcast:

Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page  
Autistic Women’s Network, renamed Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, (AWN), was founded as the first organization that focused on Autistic women, girls, and nonbinary people. They are an essential resource for autistic people, parents, and allies for dispelling stereotypes and misinformation around autism. More information can be found awnnetwork.org.
Get the Book:  Sincerely Your Autistic Child
Mel (Amanda) Baggs video, In My Language
Jim Sinclair&#8217;s Article, Don&#8217;t Mourn For Us


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When Your Partner Has Autism | A conversation with Kate McNulty about navigating romantic relationships We&#8217;re in the master bedroom today speaking with psychotherapist, Kate McNulty, about navigating romantic relationships when one partner has autism. Her book, Love and Aspergers, discusses the topic in detail. Her perspective as a woman on the autism spectrum who was diagnosed late in life, informs her experience as a therapist.
 In this episode you will discover:

Kate&#8217;s personal story about her own journey to get diagnosed and how it helped her.
How autism differs for women vs. men.
The most common complaints of the each partner in a love relationship where one person is neurodivergent and one is neurotypical.
The terminology we use when discussing autism (person with autism vs. Autistic) and why it&#8217;s important.

 Meet Kate McNulty  




Kate is a therapist who is autistic. She works with many couples in relationships where one person is neurotypical and their partner is autistic. Her book Love and Asperger&#8217;s includes strategies for handling and embracing differences in relationships.
Kate can be contacted through her website: AutisticTherapist.com



 Mentioned on the podcast:

Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page  
Kate&#8217;s Book:  Love and Aspergers: Practical Strategies To Help Couples Understand Each Other and Strengthen Their Connection 


Get the book on Amazon

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