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Springbrook's Converge Autism Radio

  • A Mother’s Candid Perspective on Raising an Autistic Child

    22 MAY 2024 · Get ready to dive into the world of parenting a child with autism, as we follow Adrienne John’s journey and the challenges she faces. From sensory issues to energy regulation, Adrienne’s son’s unique interests and struggles will keep you on the edge of your seat. Just when she thought she had found a solution, a new challenge arose, leaving her questioning what to do next. Adrienne John, a dedicated zookeeper and mother, shares her heartfelt journey of raising her energetic and hyperactive son, Xander, who has been diagnosed with autism. From the early signs of regression in language development to sensory challenges and hyperactivity, Adrienne vividly describes the struggles and emotional toll of parenting a child with autism. Her openness about the impact on family dynamics and the overwhelming nature of daily routines creates a relatable narrative. Adrienne’s touching account of her son’s journey, from early diagnosis to ongoing cognitive and behavioral studies, offers a raw insight into the complexities of raising a child with autism. Despite the challenges, Adrienne’s determination and commitment to seeking support for Xander’s development shine through, providing a beacon of hope for other parents navigating similar paths. Her story resonates with the emotional highs and lows of parenting a child with autism, fostering a sense of understanding and unity among those facing similar experiences. 
    42m 3s
  • The Power of Joint Attention

    13 MAY 2024 · Dr. Stephanie interviews Rosemarie Griffin about her workshop on joint attention. Joint attention is an essential skill for clinicians, teachers, and parents to address for the autistic child/student. Joint attention involves shared attention between at least 2 people on an object or even with both people knowing they are attending to the same entity. More about Rose Griffin:
    42m 9s
  • ASD Evaluations and Diagnosis

    11 MAY 2024 · Join Dr. Stephanie Holmes and Dr. Donna Berghauser as they discuss the different types of autism evaluations across the lifespan of individuals. - When do you need a full psychological evaluation? - When might you only need an autism assessment? Tune in as they chat during the annual conference!
    42m 6s
  • De-escalation Fascination

    29 APR 2024 · Dr. Holmes discusses key points to de-escalation with Jonas Cooper, MSW. De-escalating challenging behaviors or big emotions is a critical skill for both the student/child and adults! Becoming confident and regulated with these skills is helpful.
    34m 52s
  • Just the Guys: Spring, Summer, & Sensory. Oh My!

    25 APR 2024 · Dan Holmes and "Just the Guys" talk about spring and summer sensory issues as adults on the autism spectrum. It can be very helpful to understand sensory issues by hearing what adults on the spectrum have found to work around sensory issues for themselves or children as the season changes.
    47m 53s
  • Implicit Bias in the World of Autism

    11 APR 2024 · Dr. Mary Jones joins Dr. Stephanie Holmes to discuss her topic as a speaker for Springbrook's Converge Autism Conference. The topic was on Implicit Bias and How it Contributes to Delayed Diagnoses of Autism in Black and Other Minority Youths. Today Dr. Stephanie discusses some of the key points of Dr. Mary's workshop. Dr. Mary shares how the clinician's bias may keep children of color from proper diagnosis and access to resources. Dr. Mary is passionate about this topic from both a professional and lived experience.
    47m 19s
  • New Awareness About My Later in Life Autism 1 Diagnosis

    3 APR 2024 · Join the CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network, Kristin Walker, (where the Converge Autism podcast started) as she shares her newly received Autism 1 diagnosis. Dr. Stephanie Holmes sits down for a very personal and raw interview with Kristin. This is a behind the scenes of what so many women are discovering and often later in life about their Neurodivergence.
    46m 8s
  • Video-gaming, Autism & Identity

    22 MAR 2024 · Today we talk about a few topics: Autobiographical memory, developing a sense of self, motivation, and neuroplasticity in the autistic brain. Dr. Hull's research on video gaming is part of his strategies with his clients on the spectrum. Dr. Kevin Hull owns and operates Hull and Associates, P.A. a private practice in Lakeland, Florida. Dr. Hull is a licensed counselor who has worked with children and adolescents and their families on the Autism spectrum since 2001. He conducts weekly individual and group therapy sessions with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Dr. Hull has been a professor for 18 years and is currently an Associate Faculty with Liberty University. Dr. Hull has published Play Therapy and Asperger’s Syndrome: Helping Children and Adolescents Grow, Connect, and Heal through the Art of Play (2011, Jason Aronson); Bridge Building: Creating Connection and Relationship between Parents and Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum (2012, Liberty Press); Group Therapy Techniques with Children, Adolescents, and Adults on the Autism Spectrum (2014, Jason Aronson); and Where There is Despair, Hope (2015, Liberty Mountain Publishing), a novel about play therapy. He has also published several chapters for textbooks and journal articles. Dr. Hull specializes in using electronic devices in group and individual play therapy and his dissertation work examined the use of video/computer games as a play therapy tool with children with emotional difficulties. Dr. Hull enjoys open water swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, playing golf, long walks, biking, and spending time with his wife, Wendy and their four children.
    1h 6m 15s
  • Autistic Burnout: Spotting the Signs

    20 MAR 2024 · Uncover the unexpected truth about autistic burnout and its impact on individuals in a revealing conversation with Larissa Minner. Learn how societal changes and individual strategies can prevent burnout and lead to a more inclusive world. Stay tuned to discover the eye-opening insights that challenge what you thought you knew about autism and burnout. Growing up as a neurodivergent individual, Larissa Minner's journey to understanding autistic burnout was a rollercoaster of misdiagnoses and challenges. From being misunderstood and mistreated due to misdiagnoses such as intellectual disability and bipolar disorder, to finally finding clarity with a dual diagnosis of autism and ADHD, her story paints a picture of resilience and self-discovery. Through her own experiences and delving into extensive research, Larissa not only identified the signs of autistic burnout in herself but also recognized its pervasive impact on the neurodivergent community. Her compelling narrative sheds light on the importance of recognizing the individual nature of autistic burnout and the critical role of societal changes in prevention and management. Larissa's journey is a testament to the transformative power of self-discovery and the urgency for inclusive environments that support the diverse needs of neurodivergent individuals.,Larissa Minner's path to understanding autistic burnout is a poignant narrative of perseverance and self-discovery. From grappling with misdiagnoses of intellectual disability and bipolar disorder to finally receiving a dual diagnosis of autism and ADHD, Larissa's journey is a testament to the transformative power of accurate identification. Her personal experiences and deep dive into research not only enabled her to recognize the signs of autistic burnout within herself but also fueled her passion for advocating societal changes to prevent and manage it effectively. Larissa's compelling story underscores the individual nature of autistic burnout and the crucial role of inclusive environments in supporting neurodivergent individuals. Her unwavering resilience and commitment to fostering understanding and change serve as an inspiring call to action for creating environments that honor the diverse needs of the neurodivergent community. - Larissa Minner's LinkedIn page for more information on her work and advocacy efforts. - Larissa Minner's website,, for access to infographics and video content related to autism and neurodiversity. - Consider exploring resources on universal design and sensory-friendly environments to prevent and manage autistic burnout. - Look into early education on disability and autism to foster understanding and inclusion from a young age. - Explore self-advocacy strategies and tools for managing autistic burnout, such as visual schedules, apps for sensory support, and remote work options for inclusive environments.
    34m 46s
  • A Comedian on the Spectrum Talks Later in Life Autism Diagnosis

    13 MAR 2024 · Join Jeremy Rochford and host, Kristin Walker, as they discuss his new podcast, his coaching, his comedy, and both their journey's on the Autism Spectrum. Jeremy Rochford is a later in life diagnosed Autistic/ADHD’r who is raising two Neurodivergent Children with his “NT” wife Charity. Through guest interviews and “Team Rochford,” you’ll hear firsthand the challenges and benefits of being on the spectrum as well as practical advice for those who are Neurodivergent or love someone who is. Join us and experience why “NeuroFm” is called the least depressing Neurodivergent podcast in the world.
    54m 15s

Welcome to Springbrook's Converge Autism Radio, featuring viewpoints and insights about autism for parents and professionals who support children with autism every day. We select our speakers and guests based...

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Welcome to Springbrook's Converge Autism Radio, featuring viewpoints and insights about autism for parents and professionals who support children with autism every day. We select our speakers and guests based on their expertise and experience in the field of autism, and we want this program to bring you fresh ideas, practical tips and renewed hope. The ideas and opinions expressed on this program are not necessarily the viewpoint of Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health.
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