An Informative Podcast For:
Who Are Living Life On the Spectrum So Grab a Cup, Sit Down, and spend some time Listening to Autism
Listening to Autism is a podcast dedicated to bringing research, resources and interviews in the field of autism to the listener. Robert Cox is a therapist in the Liberty, MO area who has been working with individuals on the spectrum in one capacity or another for over 24 years and now brings his experience to this podcast meant to inform and encourage those living and working through life on the spectrum.
In the first episode of Listening To Autism we get right down to the nuts and bolts and start looking at how autism creates trauma in the lives of individuals on the spectrum. Both through sensory assault and through social exclusion, trauma becomes a very real event. But there is hope and growth to be had.
Mindfulness is an evidence based approach to rewiring the brain. It is known to reduce anxiety producing chemicals, increase good chemicals and assist in quieting the anxious, overstimulated brain. For this reason, I began using it in the treatment of autism some years ago. In this episode, we cover techniques for individuals who are high functioning and those who are more challenged on the spectrum and look at the research and what it says about how mindfulness can help. Finally, I provide the listener with two examples of powerfully effective mindfulness techniques they can begin using tomorrow to help calm melt downs and begin teaching emotional regulation.
Mom, Advocate, Professional: An interview with Vonda Powell
In this episode, we chat with Vonda Powell, a rock star autism mom who I have known as an invaluable resource in the KC area for years. Vonda talks to us about how she got into the work, the struggles she sees parents trying to manage every day and what she is doing about it. Vonda has also been working with Major League Baseball to make the stadium experience more user-friendly for families living life on the spectrum. She shares with us her experience training the staff of the Kansas City Royals in the art of Listening To Autism.