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Join me as we have difficult and often times uncomfortable conversations about autism. We are going places that many don’t ever go. These are important conversations to be had. Parents and caregivers shouldn’t feel isolated at home with no support. It’s my greatest hope to also help provide tools to find light in this difficult journey. Together we can do it.
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Honey Rinicella is the Executive Director of the Medical Academy of Pediatrics and Special needs (MAPS), and proud parent of 23 year old twins with autism. Prior to her onboarding with MAPS, Honey spent nearly two decades working leadership roles for Non-Profits, supporting families and parents in the Autism/Special needs community. She has seen th…
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Hi, I’m TJ, or Tiffany, creator of the social media platforms, Nigh Functioning Autism. I am a single mother of three neurodivergent teens. I live and work in and around Maryland and Virginia, in the Washington DC area. I am Autistic, diagnosed in my late teens. However, I was diagnosed with other conditions when I was in elementary school, like ce…
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This is the other half of my discussion about our trip to Myrtle Beach. Please listen to part one first if you haven’t already. The spectrum of highs and lows in any single event for our community is real! Book Recommendations Discussed: The Body Keeps the Score Atlas of the Heart Danny With Words Follow me at The MD Autism Project for more content…
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Holy freaking cannoli… the last month has been a mixed bag of all things emotions. The lows: betrayal, defensiveness, anger, resentment, failure, and forlorn to name a few. The highs: gratitude, happiness, peace, amusement, pride, enjoyment and love. Then slipping into the black hole our families with complex needs tend to slide back into. Accompan…
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A new podcast released bi-monthly. I am having honest, raw and authentic conversations with caregivers, family members, friends, service providers, practitioners, legislatures and people with a diagnosis of autism. There are no boundaries, no shame, no judgement... just a safe place for our community to support one another and create collective, po…
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Justin Valenti is an artist and author who currently lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He graduated from the Project SEARCH internship program and now works as an Office Clerk at the National Institutes of Health. Justin graduated from Partners in Policymaking in 2019 and he is a strong advocate. Justin also does a lot of fluid painting and digital …
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Meet Jen, Claudia, Peyton and Max. We all know that you don't have to be related to be family. They are my extended family whom I love to do life with. Thank you for allowing me to record this lovely discussion and for being the beautiful humans you are. I loved our time together. My heart is full. Time and actively listening without judgement is o…
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Sara is originally from Kansas City and has lived in the Baltimore area for 19 years. She is a nurse practitioner and currently teaches nursing school. She lives with her husband, 15 year old son and her dog. Sara enjoys riding her Peloton every morning. Follow me at The MD Autism Project for more content. Instagram Facebook YouTube…
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Kelly lives in Maryland with her husband of 25 years and two teenagers. She has been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant for 27 years and currently works in home health. She also works for Baltimore County Health Department as a Community Navigator for families that have children with special health care needs. Kelly is a Reiki Master and anima…
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Pam Villeneuve is a Somatic Coach & Intimacy Practitioner who founded The Heart of Pleasure Project to help individuals and couples connect to themselves and each other through their heart and body. Her nurturing enthusiasm guides clients to gain somatic awareness, listening to the wisdom of the body and connecting through intuitive energy to heal …
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Josselyn Ensor is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Special Educator with over 20 years of experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. She has worked in various settings and held leadership roles in healthcare companies as well as nonpublic and public school sectors. Josselyn has trained and supported countless profess…
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Neal Lichter, Program Director, joined Pathfinders for Autism in October of 2013. As a trainer, Neal has provided an Understanding of ASD training since 2014. Audiences include students from Kindergarten-college, educators, police, first responders, medical personnel, and many others across the state of Maryland. Neal is also responsible for helpin…
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It’s been 23 days since my sons last seizure. It was awful. It was traumatizing. You never get use to epilepsy. This one was by far the worst one yet. I felt deep in my soul that I needed to share this experience. Very thankful to my dear friend Juliet Gilden for talking with me so I could tell this part of our story. Resources from our discussion:…
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Dr. Shayna Stoogenke is a pediatric Occupational Therapist with over 18 years of experience in evaluating and treating children with varying needs. She has extensive training in sensory integration and has spent the last 10 years supporting families by conducting evaluations and making recommendations for children entering school for the first time…
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Angie Noppenberger is just a person trying to get by day by day and navigating what life brings to her. She is a mother of two special needs children who light up the world, a mental health therapist with 20 years of experience, and a wife married for 20 years to a wonderful and supportive husband. She is also a sister, a niece, an aunt, a daughter…
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Join us for a discussion about early intervention, the battle to secure services, nutrition and affirmations. Lemlem Kentiba-Paige was born to Eritrean parents in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, went to high school in Dallas, Texas, and attended undergrad and graduate school in Maryland. A cyber security engineer with a master’s degree in information techno…
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Katie Eschleman is a music therapist serving primarily kids who have differing needs. She holds a Masters Degree from Drexel University and has been in the field for 20 years. Katie brings a great source of fun and creativeness to her therapy sessions. She is loved so much by all of her students (and their families). In her spare time Katie enjoys …
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Dave is the father of two special needs teens. He has spent his career in the engineering field, analyzing difficult technical problems. Recently, he has focused a lifelong passion for numbers and personal finance into becoming a financial coach. As a coach, he helps analyze individuals’ and families’ budgets, spending and income to move towards th…
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Susan is back and something's been eating at her. We have another wonderful conversation about breaking patterns, unschooling, Spell2Communicate, belief systems and her Get Moving Challenge. Sign up for free: Rise Up with Susan May Resources: Underestimated - J.B. and Jamison Handley I-ASC (International Association for Spelling as Communication Bi…
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Mr. Mike Z. Benoit graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2002. He also received a Master’s Degree in 2005 and a School Leadership and Improvement certificate in 2007 from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. Mr. Benoit has served in progressively responsible positions in Baltimore City Schools, Baltimore City’s most accom…
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This episode that was recorded in early July is dedicated to Avery Berman. He is the sweet child in the photo. Last week our community mourned and honored this beautiful young man with his family. It’s his parents greatest mission to ensure their son will never be forgotten. He will not; we will always honor and celebrate Avery. Avery and his famil…
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Meet Conner the COO and Co-Founder of Mentra. He is an engineer, athlete and musician. Conner's story is so interesting and inspiring. Every parent and young adult with an autism diagnosis should have a listen. As a recently-diagnosed neurodivergent, I've witnessed the extraordinary talents of the neurodiverse community firsthand. Behind the layers…
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Join me as I talk with the wonderful Delegate Michele Guyton about her journey as an autism mom and what ultimately led her to fight for autism families throughout the state of Maryland. Facing the challenge of parenting three wonderful and complicated boys, forced Michele to become a fierce champion for her own family and their education. She co-f…
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Lisa Manuel is a graduate of the Baltimore International Culinary College. She worked with caterers and pastry chefs for several years prior to founding her own business in 2001. She worked until 2006 shortly after her son was diagnosed with autism. Lisa enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her friends. She is a very creative person wh…
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Laura is spearheading education of medical cannabis. From CBD and hemp oil to terpenes and cannabinoids she explains it all for parents and caregivers. We had a fantastic, educational discussion that will hopefully empower families to explore CBD and cannabis further as an avenue for their child’s healing. www.asknurselaura.com (for consultation) L…
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In this episode I talk with Kelly and her son Nick about his journey, hardships and ultimate success throughout school. This is an important conversation that they have been brave enough to share. Please note it’s a highly sensitive subject matter. It may be a trigger for some. Kelly Lyons has over 25 years experience as an Accounting Manager at Jo…
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Susan May is the Founder of RiseUP with Susan May and the RiseUP Community. The RiseUP mission is to help medical freedom advocates and "new normal" skeptics overcome their fears by creating like-minded virtual communities, and energizing individuals to take empowered action in their lives. Susan's life uniquely prepared her for this moment in time…
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How do you take care of yourself while in crisis? Nikki takes us on her journey giving us a lot of wisdom along the way. Nikki is a mother of two sons and an advocate in the Maryland community. HGE Designs Co. was created to answer a need for financial support to cover respite care, swim lessons and therapy after her son’s autism diagnosis. She is …
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Oh yes we did... we dove head first into one of the most taboo topics. No one talks about this outside of their home and often outside of their head. Lover of scones and her family. Angie is a wife, and mother of three children who have a number of different diagnoses, including autism, epilepsy, ADHD, PANDAS, and a number of other medical complica…
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