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EPISODE 60: AUTISM ISN’T BLACK AND WHITE

With Erin Clemens

 

INTRO:

Hi, everyone! As you know, April is Autism Awareness month, as we continue to raise autism awareness, and promote autism acceptance and inclusion in our communities (although it may look a bit different now), I wanted to feature yet another autism advocate. This week’s episode features guest Erin Clemens. Erin is an awesome young woman on the autism spectrum. When she’s not working, she’s volunteering and helping others. She graduated from college last year, and is interested in pursuing a career in dog training. She’s an absolute pleasure to speak with, and full of so much knowledge and insight. Stay tuned to hear her story.

 

SEGMENT:

Today, we’re providing a stronger voice to another powerful autism advocate, Erin Clemens. She’s a public speaker, and author of a book called “I Have Asperger’s”. Let’s give a warm welcome to this delightful young woman.

 

CONCLUSION:

It’s important that we listen to those voices that can provide personal experiences. There are varying opinions, and often times, these opinions may not align with another person’s opinions. That’s ok, because autism isn’t black and white…it’s a spectrum…and we are all on different journeys, and I’m so glad that Erin was able to share her’s. Thanks so much for being a part of my army…My Autism Tribe. Stay healthy, stay safe, keep your chin up, and I’ll see you here next week!

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ERIN:

Website: https://erinclemens.wixsite.com/erin-clemens

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erin.clemens.58

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AspergerSadie

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aspergersadie/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/erinclem

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EPISODE 59: A CONVERSATION WITH MY SON

 

INTRO:

Hi everyone! Welcome to this week’s podcast. Hope you guys are hanging in there and staying healthy. I’ve definitely had small moments of anxiety these last several weeks, but am trying to stay positive and trying to keep a routine as much as possible. As many of you, I’m working my 9-5 job from home, while homeschooling my son, and producing this podcast. The last couple of episodes, you might have even heard my son in the background as I’ve been recording from my kitchen table instead of my makeshift and more sound-proof studio off of my bedroom, otherwise known as a closet. Lots of glamour here folks. Try to remain calm. So, as I’ve recorded these podcasts out in the open, my son has become more and more curious as to what in the world I’ve been doing. We’ve had our own little recording sessions with the microphone where he sings his favorite song, talks in different cartoon voices. It’s super cute, and so I thought I might try to actually interview him, and I use the word “interview” extremely loosely. So, bear with us, and thanks for listening!

SEGMENT:

There was a point in time where I didn’t know if I would ever truly know my son’s voice. I remember actually walking through a store one time and hearing a parent tell their child to shut up, and it took every ounce of mama bear energy in me to not go over to them and tell them our family’s story. And maybe I should, but I didn’t. Instead, my heart broke knowing that I would do absolutely anything to hear my son say anything, and here was this parent telling their child they didn’t want to hear what they had to say. Anyway, as I’ve said before, the My Autism Tribe platform was started because I made a promise to my son that I would be his voice and that voice I wanted to become stronger. Fast forward several years later, and my son is speaking, and there hasn’t been one time…I don’t exaggerate, not ONE time where I wished that he would not speak. His voice is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard, and so without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my son, Alex.

Hi, honey. I thought that maybe everyone would like to get to know you better, so I’m going to ask you some questions, ok?

  • What’s your name? Alex
  • What’s your favorite color? Red
  • What’s your favorite food? Bacon
  • Do you have a favorite dinosaur? Brachiosaurus
  • Who’s my favorite boy in the whole world? Me
  • Would you like to sing a song? What about that song that you made up the other day? The Scoop song? (sings)

CONCLUSION:

Thank you for sharing this experience with me. I know this isn’t the lengthy podcast that I’m used to doing, but I thought, “Why not? Why not take advantage of this quarantine to do something that is new?” Thank you for sharing this special moment with me, and for listening to the sweet sound of my son’s voice. A sound that I will never once take for granted, but will do my best to make stronger. I hope everyone out there is staying healthy at home. Thanks for listening, and I’ll see you next week!

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EPISODE 58: Autism as a Stress Adaptation

With Lori Hogenkamp

 

INTRO:

Hi there, everyone! Welcome to this week’s podcast episode featuring autism advocate and consultant Lori Hogenkamp. Lori is on the autism spectrum, and has studied neuroscience and stress-related behaviors for over 20 years. Her love of science drives her passion for understanding the complex patterns of abilities and disabilities of those on the autism spectrum. Stay tuned to listen to her incredible story, and so much great information from her research.

 

If you’re enjoying this podcast, can I ask you of a favor? Could you rate and review My Autism Tribe wherever you listen to podcasts. It allows us to make our voices stronger by extending our reach. Send me a message if you want, and let me know if there is a subject that you’d like to hear about. Don’t forget to check us out on all of the My Autism Tribe social platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

SEGMENT:

Lori Hogenkamp explores the idea “Autism as a Stress Adaptation” and publicly speaks to parents, adults, teachers and healthcare professionals about using advanced physics to develop Stress Models to help understand and create innovative solutions for autistics, their environment and their families. She uses her knowledge to develop innovative Stress Management programs and seminars for professional, education and health organizations.

 

CONCLUSION:

I hope that everyone out there is staying safe and healthy. If you need someone to listen, if you have a question or concern, we’re here for you. Let us know how we can help…how I can help. I know that everyone is doing a great job, even though we may not feel like it sometimes. Keep up the great work, and I’ll see you next week! Be well.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peripheralminds?lang=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-hogenkamp-44205410

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeripheralMindsofAutism/   

Blog: https://peripheralmindsofautism.com/presentation/  

 

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