Episode 89 | Autism Ambassadors

Shannon and I talk with Max and Zak of Autism Ambassadors These two fine young man (along with others) have developed– and are developing — programs in schools around the world designed to help students with autism. Their program encourages autism awareness and promotes relationships between typical students and those with autism.

Zak and Max hope to have well over 100 Autism Ambassador programs up and running before the end of 2010

Contact information:

For more information about songs for autism, check out singsos.org

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Episode 88 | Beth Maloney, Author of Saving Sammy

Shannon Johnson and I speak with Beth Maloney, author of Saving Sammy.

We discuss the relationship between strep infections and OCD.

In Beth’s words:

“When my middle son was twelve, he was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and then Tourette Syndrome. Confined to our home by the horror of his illness, a lifelong placement seemed his likely fate — until I learned that a strep infection might be the cause (a disorder known as PANDAS). Most doctors said I was wrong; but I was right, and two doctors helped me cure him. He is now fully recovered.

Episode 86 | iPrompts Visual Communication App For The iPhone/iPod Touch

I talk with Dan Tedesco of HandHold Adaptive about iPrompts, their new iPod Touch/iPhone application for people with special needs. In their own words “iPrompts: [is] the portable, customizable, visual prompting tool for those with special needs.

Basically the app lets me put together a visual schedule (think Teacch )for my son on my iPod Touch. I can import pictures and customize it as needed. Great product. We also discuss HandHold Adaptive’s other products they have in the pipeline.

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Episode 85 | Parent and activist, Polly Tommey

Shannon Johnson (Foggyrock.com ) and I talk with Polly Tommey about her successful billboard campaign to meet with British Prime Minister, Gordan Brown. Polly is scheduled to meet with him soon.

Polly also runs the Autism Trust which is a foundation committed to putting together regional centers for people with autism.

Lastly, Polly is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine, Autism File

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Shannon Johnson (foggyrock.com) and I talk with Erik Linthorst, father to a child on the spectrum and creator of the film Autistic Like. We have a very interesting conversation about his son, Graham, who was initially diagnosed with autism at an early age. After much research and discussion with various therapists, Erik has come to the conclusion that his son’s behaviors and learning patterns are driven primarliy by a sensory processing disorder. He describes his son as autistic-like rather than autistic. For more information check out his website.

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Episode 81 | iPhone App, ProLoQuo2Go

Shannon (FoggyRock.com ) and I talk with Samuel Sennott about his iPhone App, ProLoQuo2Go . It is an AWESOME application for those looking for an AAC device. If you know PECS , you may find this app is for you. (Our PECS interview can be found here .)

Here is some more information from their website:

Proloquo2Go™ is a new product from AssistiveWare

that provides a full-featured communication solution for people who
have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech
voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default
vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of
use to the iPhone and iPod touch.

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Episode 80 | Nancy Wiseman, Author of First Signs

Shannon Johnson of Foggyrock.com and I talk with Nancy Wiseman author of Could It Be Autism?: A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps and, her latest book, The First Year: Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed Child

Here is more about Nancy from her website, Firstsigns.org:

Nancy D. Wiseman

As the founder and president of First Signs , Nancy Wiseman is dedicating her life to improving the lives of children and families affected by developmental disorders. Since 1999, Nancy has made a significant contribution to changing policy, improving awareness, and changing pediatric practice in how we screen, refer, and detect young children today. Before devoting herself to First Signs , Nancy worked in corporate communications for over 20 years building brand awareness, educating the public, and generating qualified leads for international companies in the financial, travel, office products, computer, and software industries. She now utilizes her skills in fundraising and development, staff and financial management, film and video production, as well as public relations and education, to direct First Signs, Inc . She has counseled parents worldwide and she has appeared in interviews with USA Today, Parents, and NBC’s Today Show. She is the author of Could It Be Autism? A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps and The First Year®: Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed Child . Nancy serves as president and treasurer and she is the mother of Sarah, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Today—at age 13—Sarah stands as a powerful example of the impact that early identification and intensive intervention can have on young children with developmental delays and disorders. Nancy is the 2006 recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Dale Richmond/Justin Coleman Award for her outstanding achievement in the field of child development.

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