Sharing the Spectrum: An Autism Canada Podcast
Sue Simmons: The Benefits of Looking at Autism from a Developmental Perspective

Sue Simmons: The Benefits of Looking at Autism from a Developmental Perspective

February 17, 2021

"How you view your child's behaviour is going to inform how you address it". - Sue Simmons

Sue Simmons is a mom, autism advocate, Certified Professional Coach and Certified EFT practitioner who, while exploring ways to help her son, discovered that looking at autism from a developmental perspective and working on adjusting the way she responded to her son's behaviour, helped both of them to decrease frustration and feel more successful every day.

Sue talks about her personal story and shares how she helps other families explore and initiate this new perspective in their lives.

To connect with Sue: https://equinoxfamilyconsulting.com

*NOTE: Autism Canada does not endorse any specific treatments, therapies or medical interventions. Our goal is simply to provide resources and information for family's and individuals.* Read the rest of this entry »

Kara Dymond: The Autism Lens - Teaching and Supporting Kids on the Spectrum

Kara Dymond: The Autism Lens - Teaching and Supporting Kids on the Spectrum

January 13, 2021

Kara Dymond is an elementary school teacher, a teacher instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and an autism consultant with a Canadian school board.

Her new book, The Autism Lens is a resource for teachers to help them confidently connect with and support students on the autism spectrum. Offering practical solutions that foster inclusion, prevent challenging moments, motivate, develop strengths, boost resilience and help teachers respond proactively to student needs, this book is a resource for every classroom.

Primarily meant for teachers, this book is also an excellent resource for parents who are looking for tips and ideas to help their student succeed and for engaging with teachers to ensure this success.

To connect with Kara and for more resources, visit her website: https://www.karadymond.com

The music from today's podcast was composed and performed by Bruce Petherick, a neurodiverse musician and friend of Autism Canada. To hear more, visit Bruce's website at www.brucepetherick.com

Kevin Chapman on Boundaries (fromAu-Some Conference 2019)

Kevin Chapman on Boundaries (fromAu-Some Conference 2019)

November 12, 2020

This episode of Sharing the Spectrum is a repost from the 2019 Au-Some Conference. This years conference is on Saturday, November 28 from 1 PM EST to 4 PM EST.

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Hello, my name is Kevin Chapman and I am diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, which has enabled me to do other things that I would not have expected.  For example, I have fine memory skills, I’m good at numbers, and I am able to focus on tasks I love. 

 

I am an accounting major, but I knew I was in trouble when I realized that the last section 

I wanted to read in the newspaper was the Business Section. So instead, I presently work in the hotel industry. I am employed at Les Suites Hotel, in Ottawa, as a Senior Night Auditor. I am an avid sports enthusiast and ran marathons about 50 pounds ago.  I am also obsessed with watching movies and television. My love is my cat, Howard. I call him Handful Howard.  He is a very mischievous cat. 

 

I also love public speaking at Toastmasters. I am the president of CMHC Toastmasters. 
I love public speaking because I love to motivate people and more importantly, to make 
people laugh and brighten up their day.  In my video presentation, I will have a goal: to inspire people with Autism and Asperger's syndrome. 

Questions or comments can be sent to info@autismcanada.org.

Resources and other information can be found at www.autismcanada.org.

The music from today's podcast was composed and performed by Bruce Petherick, a neurodiverse musician and friend of Autism Canada. To hear more, visit Bruce's website at www.brucepetherick.com

Shanyn Silinski and Search & Rescue for Autism

Shanyn Silinski and Search & Rescue for Autism

September 30, 2020

Shanyn Silinski is the Program Manager for Search & Rescue for Autism (SARA), a first of its kind program to train families, caregivers and the Responder community around preparedness and safety for people on the autism spectrum.

Shanyn joins us to discuss the importance of this program, who it is for and how it will help ensure better outcomes in emergency situations involving autistics.

To learn more about Search & Rescue for Autism or register for the launch and learn, click HERE.

 

About Shanyn Silinski:

As Program Manager for the SARA Project, Shanyn is responsible for the development and deployment of the education resources and accompanying training. Shanyn is no stranger to emergency planning and response as a former Captain of a local volunteer fire department and Training Officer.
 
She spent several years working on a joint research and development project between the Department of Defense and Public Safety as a Senior Advisor heading an international working group with a focus on emergency planning and vulnerable populations.
 
When she isn’t working Shanyn spends time with her family enjoying the farming and ag tech life (where AI, robotics and other technology meets agriculture). She is known for her photography, art, writing and being an advocate for important issues such as neurodiversity, agriculture, gifted education and rural technology access. 
 
On a personal note, Shanyn has autistic and neurodiverse family members, including her husband and son. This has given her a unique perspective on her work and the SARA program.
 
 
Questions or comments can be sent to info@autismcanada.org.

Resources and other information can be found at www.autismcanada.org.

 

The music from today's podcast was composed and performed by Bruce Petherick, a neurodiverse musician and friend of Autism Canada. To hear more, visit Bruce's website at www.brucepetherick.com

 

 

Paul Finch on Strategies for Success at Work

Paul Finch on Strategies for Success at Work

September 4, 2020

Paul Finch is the treasurer and chief financial officer of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU). He is also on the autism spectrum.

Paul discusses the advantages and disadvantages of being on the spectrum as well as the importance of social engagement, developing and connecting with your skills, the value of having routines and why understanding etiquette is critical to success.

Paul is a vocal advocate for people on the spectrum and we are grateful that he a part of our community.

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Questions or comments can be sent to info@autismcanada.org.

Resources and other information can be found at www.autismcanada.org.

 

The music from today's podcast was composed and performed by Bruce Petherick, a neurodiverse musician and friend of Autism Canada. To hear more, visit Bruce's website at www.brucepetherick.com

 

Parenting on the Spectrum with Bruce and Kayleigh Petherick

Parenting on the Spectrum with Bruce and Kayleigh Petherick

July 28, 2020

Bruce Petherick, neurodiverse musician and adult-diagnosed autistic, shares his thoughts on being a parent on the spectrum. As well, he introduces us to his daughter Kayleigh and they openly discuss her neurodiversity (ADHD) and their relationship as neurodiverse parent and child.

 

This engaging conversation between a father and daughter is not only heart-warming but is also funny, sweet and full of great information for autistics and their families.

 

Thanks to Bruce and Kayleigh for sharing such intimate and personal parts of their lives with us!

 

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Bruce Petherick is a neurodiverse (ASD) musician and a creator of acoustic spaces living in Calgary, Canada. He has performed music around the world, playing various styles from classical to jazz and musical theatre. He is married to Meredith, an artist and a social worker, and is a parent to 3 children, 2 of whom are also neurodiverse (ADHD). As well as being an active performer and composer, he has taught at tertiary institutions in both his home country of Australia and in his new home of Canada. Bruce has presented at many musicological conferences around the world and is an infrequent speaker at churches where he performs. 

 

Website: http://www.brucepetherick.com/ 

 

Questions or comments can be sent to info@autismcanada.org.

Resources and other information can be found at www.autismcanada.org.

 

The music from today's podcast was composed and performed by Bruce Petherick, a neurodiverse musician and friend of Autism Canada. To hear more, visit Bruce's website at www.brucepetherick.com

Rebecca Campol on Social Challenges & ASD

Rebecca Campol on Social Challenges & ASD

June 29, 2020

Warm and intimate, join blogger Rebecca Campol and her son Jacob as they discuss life with autism and the social challenges that Jacob has experienced living with ASD.

A conversation for everyone, have a listen!

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Rebecca Campol is a Canadian Parent Blogger, from the Okanagan, BC.  Her blog, meohmy.ca is a place where she provides readers an intimate and honest look at her family’s life with autism.  Rebecca’s husband and 2 children are all on the autism spectrum. 

 
“I am navigating this family adventure in all its glory.  Our lives are filled with love, hilarity, and stressful chaos, which I would not change for the world.
 
With a lack of verbal filters and a surplus of sensory irritants, there is never a dull moment in my comical household.  I have surrendered and conformed to a very structured lifestyle.  I am the family coach, advocate, referee, and scorekeeper.  In the words of my family, I am a thoughtful, caring person with obsessive tendencies and a love for everything cozy.  It is true- I am a track-pant-wearing, bra-less preferring, medicated warrior.
 
This is my life, my typical life in a very untypical world.”
 
Follow and join Rebecca for a dash-cam view of some of her best (and worst) moments with some tips, tricks, experience, and products along the way.
 
Are you with an online media platform, print publication or community organization? Rebecca would love to work with you! She is available for: Writing, Podcasts, Interviews, Speaking Engagements and Product Reviews.
 

Questions or comments can be sent to info@autismcanada.org.

Resources and other information can be found at www.autismcanada.org.

The music from today's podcast was composed and performed by Bruce Petherick, a neurodiverse musician and friend of Autism Canada. To hear more, visit Bruce's website at www.brucepetherick.com

Dr. Temple Grandin on Autism, Life during COVID and Teaching our Children.

Dr. Temple Grandin on Autism, Life during COVID and Teaching our Children.

June 8, 2020

"People are getting too locked into the label. They're not looking enough at what the kid can do."

Join Autism Canada in conversation with Dr. Temple Grandin as she discusses COVID isolation including how to manage the days, the different needs of people on the spectrum and what we can do to help our children learn during these times and beyond.

From her website:
Dr. Grandin is a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behaviour. She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare.  She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio in the U.S.), and a BBC special called The Woman Who Thinks Like A Cow. She has also appeared on national TV shows such as Larry King Live, 20/20, Sixty Minutes and she has a 2010 Ted Talk.

Articles about Dr. Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2016.

Dr. Grandin also has an honorary degree from Dalhousie University and has appeared on CBC and CTV in Canada.

Some resources:
Temple Grandin Website
Dr. Grandin's Ted Talk: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds 

Books:
Calling All Minds
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
The Way I See It
Different Not Less

What is Autism and How to Recognize the Signs from a Mom’s Perspective

What is Autism and How to Recognize the Signs from a Mom’s Perspective

May 13, 2020

In this episode, we welcome Dominique Payment to the podcast.

Dominique is the mother of 2 boys on the autism spectrum and she is also the Family Support Representative at Autism Canada. If you have ever called for support, she is the happy and reassuring voice on the other end of the call.

In this episode, Dominique shares personal stories and experiences from a mother's perspective including how she and her husband discovered her eldest son was autistic and some of the signs that led them to the diagnosis.

Dominique also explains what autism is, describes some of the signs of autism and discusses strategies and steps to getting a diagnosis including how to find resources and support that may be helpful as you navigate this journey.

Questions or comments can be sent to info@autismcanada.org.

Resources and other information can be found at www.autismcanada.org.

The music from today's podcast was composed and performed by Bruce Petherick, a neurodiverse musician and friend of Autism Canada. To hear more, visit Bruce's website at www.brucepetherick.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Bron Johnson introduces Autism Canada and discusses autism awareness.

Kelly Bron Johnson introduces Autism Canada and discusses autism awareness.

April 15, 2020

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Autism Canada’s new podcast, Sharing the Spectrum. Today we welcome Kelly Bron Johnson to the table.

Kelly is an Autism Canada board member as well as a late diagnosed autistic person and parent with a child on the spectrum. During the podcast, she is joined by her 10 year old son as she shares some of their stories and experiences with autism.

Kelly believes that autism awareness is the key to the acceptance that will lead to appreciation of the diversity and strength of the autistic community.

Many thanks to Kelly for sharing with us!

Autism Canada relies on the generosity of donors like you. Every dollar goes towards helping the autism community in Canada. To donate, click HERE.

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The music from today's podcast was composed and performed by Bruce Petherick, a neurodiverse musician and friend of Autism Canada. To hear more, visit Bruce's website at www.brucepetherick.com

 

 

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