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The Autism Dadvocate Podcast

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In this podcast, Paul Carroll, Creator & Founder of AutismDadvocate.org, discusses topics that truly matter to fathers of autistic children. Continue Reading >>
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What Dads need to know about developing social skills for their autistic children In this podcast, Paul interviews Jeremy Hamburgh, Founder of “My Best Social Life” – an organization dedicated to providing strategies that give young adults with autism the confidence and skill to meet new people and attract them into their life.   They discuss how adolescents with autism can develop friendships and even romantic relationships.   Paul and Jeremy discuss the following: Jeremy’s unique personal connection to the autism community Jeremy’s journey to becoming an autism friendship and dating coach Common social challenges young autistic adults encounter How Dads can coach their ASD kids to more comfortably navigate social settings
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What Dads need to know about developing social skills for their autistic children In this podcast, Paul interviews Jeremy Hamburgh, Founder of “My Best Social Life” – an organization dedicated to providing strategies that give young adults with autism the confidence and skill to meet new people and attract them into their life.   They discuss how adolescents with autism can develop friendships and even romantic relationships.   Paul and Jeremy discuss the following: Jeremy’s unique personal connection to the autism community Jeremy’s journey to becoming an autism friendship and dating coach Common social challenges young autistic adults encounter How Dads can coach their ASD kids to more comfortably navigate social settings
What do Dads of ASD kids need to know about ABA…? ABA.........t’s such a highly charged topic in the autism community.  ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) is a type of therapy that teaches skills and proper behavior to ASD children through reinforcement and practice.   In this podcast, Paul interviews Shannon Penrod of the web TV series “Autism Live”.  She is not only the parent of an ASD son, but she also has first-hand experience with ABA.   Paul and Shannon discuss the following: Shannon’s own journey as the parent of an autistic child Common questions Dads have when they first learn about ABA Pro’s and con’s to ABA and why some see it as a controversial therapy Where and how Dads can learn more about ABA for their kids
What can Dads Learn from Moms of Autistic Kids? Just in time for Mother’s Day!  In this podcast, Paul interviews Holly Robinson Peete, actress and Founder of HollyRod Inc.  - an organization dedicated to raising autism awareness through education and kindness.  Holly and Paul discuss the unique (and diverse) roles Moms and Dads play in raising an ASD child. Paul and Holly discuss the following    Holly’s son’s (RJ’s) diagnosis Is there a difference in the experience of Moms raising ASD kids, versus Dads? What was Holly’s own experience, vs Rodney? What does Holly and her team observe about Moms and Dads at HollyRod? What can Dads learn from Moms of ASD Kids?
The Journey of a Father......with Rodney Peete Each journey of the father of an ASD child is unique.  Yet, there are so many valuable lessons to be learned from other Dads - the struggles, the confusion, the everyday miracles, and most importantly - the precious insights learned along that journey.   In this podcast, Paul interviews Rodney Peete, NFL star and co-founder of the HollyRod Foundation with his wife, Holly.   They share their unique (and common) experiences raising an autistic son.   Rodney and Paul discuss the following: Some early indicators that showed that their child was “different” Hurdles that Dads (and Moms) face getting a successful diagnosis Unique challenges fathers face raising a child on the spectrum Rodney's son's new gig with the Los Angeles Dodgers
The "Cliff"….and what can Dads do about it? The “Cliff”….it’s what every father of an autistic child dreads.  The cliff is when ASD children age out of support and services, typically between 18-21- and are left alone and unsupported to navigate young adulthood.   In this podcast, Paul interviews Eric Jorgensen, Founder of Special Needs Navigator – an organization dedicated to help parents navigate the maze of benefits, resources, and services available to those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.   Paul and Eric discuss the following: Eric’s own journey as the father of an ASD son   Common struggles Dads encounter when it comes to autism-related benefits and services    How Dads can prepare in advance for “the cliff”…………..   Financial and estate planning questions Dads must answer for the benefit of their kids
What Does the Future Hold for our Autistic Kids? What does the future hold for our autistic children?  What advances or developments can we as Dads expect to see that impact our community?   In this podcast, Paul interviews Christopher Male, Founding Partner of the Autism Impact Fund – the first venture fund dedicated to investing in autism.   In this episode, Paul and Christopher discuss the following    Christopher’s own amazing journey as the father of an ASD son The in-the-middle of the night spiritual epiphany that led to his creation of the Autism Impact Fund How the autism industry is large, growing, and poised to benefit from innovation The future of autism enabled services and life sciences
What Dads need to know about their ASD teenagers learning how to drive So, will my autistic teenager be able to get a driver's license?.....   Paul and Andrew Arboe, Founder & Creator of Driving with Autism, discuss the following: Andrew’s own journey as a young adult with ASD Common challenges for ASD teenagers when learning to drive What Dads can do to prepare their ASD kids for driving How Dads can connect with “Driving for Autism” to help their ASD kids
Looking Ahead to 2022 - Balancing Gratitude with the Reality of Raising an ASD Child In this short solo episode, Paul discusses the duality of raising an ASD child.  On the one hand, the enormous gratitude for the miracles that these amazing children teach us.  And on the other hand, acknowledging the sharp reality of the many challenges Dads face when raising a child on the spectrum.
What Dads of ASD kids should know about sports and physical activity for their kids How can Dads keep an eye on the physical activity of their autistic kids?  This is a challenge given that many ASD kids have issues with gross and fine motor skills. In this episode, Paul interviews Shaun Danhouser, President and current Chair of TOPSoccer.  They discuss the following:   The role of sports for ASD kids The benefits of solo and team sports for ASD kids How Dads can prepare their kids for physical activity How and where Dads can connect with leagues in their community that support ASD kids
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