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Happy International Podcast Day!!! Please enjoy this special podcast episode of Autism Live! Leave us a review and let us know what you think!

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Category:education -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders  answering viewer questions again about decision making, dealing with death, social skills and more! Check it out!

 

 4:06 My friend and I both have autistic sons. Both have problems when faced with making a decision or a choice. They cannot select any of the options. Do you know what could cause this & how to resolve it?
 11:41 Hi Shannon, I’m so excited I get to watch Dr. Doreen live today! I have a question. My baby boy is 8 ½ yrs old now. Has been doing ABA since 5yrs old. Was diagnosed at the age of 3.5 and I learned ABA techniques from I behavioral training while we waited for ABA by a BCBA. His preschool was supported by early childhood development. He only received 20 hrs a week, once we were accepted by a BCBA and we had to fight for that. He was minorly effected by autism but lost all language by the time he was diagnosed. Fast forward to now, he’s doing great, and his BCBA continues to cut his hours back. We are looking for out of center events to expose him to, but don’t really know what direction to go towards. His additional speech and OT are also trying to reduce hours. We are users of skills for living, and have been using that to continue to move the goal post and establish more goals that seem to be overlooked. Lots of executive function, conversation enders, savers, etc. Am I crazy to think they should be worked on by both speech and ABA? I’m worried that things are being cut back too early. Am I just being a control freak, or are those categories in Skills supposed to all be completed? If so by what age. I’ll add a photo. Thanks for all that you do and always sending love and support!
 20:20 How can I help my 11yr old son about death, he mentions a lot that he wants all his family and himself to be alive for ever, that he doesn’t want the world to explode. That he wants the world to be ok. This has been going on for years. He says he wants to stay a small boy; I once try to explain to him about death and it was not good, he was very upset. Since then, I don’t know how to address the death situation, but he asks me every few days if the world and he’s family are going to be alive, please help.
 26:13 How do I make friends as an autistic adult in college?
 I (18F) am autistic and have recently started college. I have moved to a different state, effectively leaving all of my “safe things” behind (my home, my family and pets, my childhood friends, favorite museums, restaurants, etc.). I have registered with the school’s disability services to get the proper accommodations. My sister (19F, NT*) attends the same school. Things I am struggling with: I am entering the second month of the semester, and have made no real friends. The only meaningful conversations I have are with my sister, with every other interaction being no more than greetings and goodbyes (yes, that includes my roommate, whom I simply coexist with). I am not worried about not having friends, but my parents and psychiatrist have their reservations. I struggle on weekends due to the lack of structure. It is when I feel most overwhelmed by work and other duties and seemingly when my executive functioning deficits are the most prominent. I have been experiencing meltdowns and despite doing my best to implement structure into my weekend, without the incentive to complete a task from another person, I have no motivation to stay focused or even start tasks. There have been a few times where I was able to be productive, but I had been FaceTiming my father for several hours at a time while he continuously reminded me of and talked me through tasks. My parents are busy people and cannot afford to be on video chat for hours at a time. TL;DR: Since starting college, I have made no friends, have experienced meltdowns on weekends due to lack of structure, and consistently struggle to complete tasks independently. Questions: How do I make friends as an autistic person in college? Do I even need to make friends to have a successful college career? How can I implement structure into my weekends? How do I become more independent when managing my schedule and tasks? What are some suggestions that would help my further my success in college as an autistic person?
 35:48  Hey everyone! So, this will be a bit longer, but I still hope to fit everything in as shortly as possible. I was made aware I may have ADHD and Autism around 2 years ago by my now ex-girlfriend. ADHD didn't seem too farfetched, since my brother has a diagnosis 8-9 years ago. With Autism I rejected the idea, well because of ableism. I am 27 and live in Germany. It's quite complicated to get a diagnosis as an adult here and also have the insurance pay for it. I fortunately found a University Clinic which did exactly that, but even though I called there in early January, the earliest appointment was today. The complete year of 2020 I was informing myself, reading books, diagnosis manuals I gobbled down everything I could find. After a while I accepted that I may have Autism also. The amount of hurdles to get appointments for both diagnosis did seem insurmountable, but somehow I managed and I was excited for both at last. In May my newfound psychiatrist did diagnose me with ADHD and I am on medication since then, which helps a lot. But there is this percentage of my perception differences, the way I take specific hurdles and how I cope with this neurotypical world which does not align with ADHD. Or so I thought. The appointment wasn't really short (2 hours total talking time), she even called in a colleague for 10-15 min. In the end she said I don't have Autism, but emotional problems, yadayada, I should do therapy (which I am searching for since January independently, because yes I do have fucking emotional problems). I was taken aback and tried to argue to get why she has this opinion. Then she started retelling some details of our talk, but in a manner I felt weren't really what I wanted to tell her. Like she asked me if my family was rational, and I told her yes very much, but she construed it that my family is cold and that there is pressure to be something (because my father is an orthopedic doctor) but this is not what I meant. My family is very emotional, loving and caring; too much for my liking or everyones good. One of the reasons I do get checked out at that late age is, because my parents never saw a bad thing in being different, they saw it as a badge of honor! So they dismissed all the teachers and acquaintances who said I am not normal. I purposefully didn't check what the diagnostic criteria for Autism are in the last few months to not prime myself to get that diagnosis. I thought the doctor will ask the right and precise questions to get the answers which are relevant. After coming home and being disappointed, furious and very very confused, I researched the diagnostic criteria again and found that she never even asked my about my perception or even those very specific questions my psychiatrist asked my in my ADHD diagnosis back in May. I am questioning so much at the moment and would really like to hear your stories. If you had similar situations. I would also like to know if I should get a second opinion, because it seems like the same fucking hurdles again, with an unending waiting game A-fucking-GAIN. A small part in me is thinking maybe you hoped too much, maybe I developed too much attachment to this diagnosis and I really don't have it. Any advice is welcome! Thank you for reading my ramblings! Love to you all!
 41:58 Hello. I am 24 with autism. I also have a neurodegenerative condition that causes me near-constant migraines and also seizures sometimes. I deal with mystery body issues too like weakness and pain. You can imagine this life has made me very resilient, but I am not able to be independent. I can't work, I make a little money here and there selling art or nudes and stuff lol, and it's enough to take some weight off of my partner. I also do most of the house work and stuff, which I feel is fair and I don't mind it...I do prefer it to be done my way anyways. More comfy that way. But some days I'm much more sick than other days, and I'm having a meltdown inside my head and want to scream and cry for help but my Masking Level is Way Too High and so I just carry on. On the inside, I'm wailing, crying, wanting to die but my mask filters it out and so trying to express this pain to my partner or family or friends but I don't think they get it. They don't realize that if I'm "saying" I'm not okay and if it reads like a not-okay lvl 3/10 that I'm already at a 9/10 and just don't seem like it. I'm highly independent of spirit, and I don't like asking for help, and I especially have a hard time asking for help because it never seems like there's a "good time." I try very hard to respect my partners stress (he's ADHD and bipolar and I admire his resilience) because he supports both of us and I don't want to pile more on top of him. Do y'all ever feel like this mask you've made to maintain function is actually detrimental? Do you ever want to just have a full-blown autistic meltdown, panic attack level, rocking back and forth, expressing thoughts of suicide just to get those inner thoughts and feelings your mask usually filters away, out there? Sometimes I feel like that would be the only way to express truly what's going on inside of me, and how severely I need help. Asking both for advice and solidarity.
 49:06 I told her that I've suspected for a long time that I have autism, but I'm 33 years old and have never been diagnosed. When I was a child, I was diagnosed with ADHD, however. She asked me why I thought I had autism, and I expressed a number of my issues: Hyperfixations/Obsessions, difficulty reading body language and tone of voice, hard time making friends and difficulty flourishing in social settings, being too blunt, taking things literally or being unable to read the underlying context of someone's words or actions, sensory processing issues, overstimulation, and burnout etc. After I expressed this to her, I told her I'd like to get a diagnosis but I wasn't sure where to start. She immediately told me that there was absolutely no world in which I would get a diagnosis at 33 years old, and that she didn't personally think that I'm on the spectrum because I'm 'very verbal' and able to express myself. I'm DFAB (born female) and I thought that was exactly why we have a harder time being diagnosed on the spectrum than DMAB people? We're tend to (but aren't always) better at masking. It actually kind of made me pretty angry that she dismissed me out of hand so readily, when this is something I've struggled with my entire life. It also runs in my family, I am not the only person with these tendencies in my family. TBH she has done this with things I've actually been diagnosed with before seeing her. She has dismissed the idea that I have schizoaffective disorder, even though I have been on an antipsychotic for 8 years and was initially hospitalized in 2014 due to a psychotic break. She's also dismissed the idea that I have C-PTSD, even though again, I've been diagnosed with it. It always seems vaguely petty when she disagrees with me about this stuff, maybe she just feels like I'm talking down to her, I'm not sure.
 54:30 Help dealing with food texture sensitivity
 Hi, so, for all my life I’ve had food texture sensitivity, specifically with a LOT of vegetables and seafood. Even if I love the taste, I hate the texture. Honestly, I’m so sick of it. It has negatively impacted my diet so much, and the only advice I’ve ever been given is to “just get over it,” and to force myself to eat things till I like it. I’ve tried eating things prepared differently, and in small quantities in food, but I react so poorly that I’ll almost puke at the table, or it will bring me to the verge of tears. It’s so embarrassing having to order something without any vegetables, or just basically eliminating entire sections of menus because of it. I want so badly to eat healthy, but it’s so hard, and living on a college campus meal plan, I practically live off the grill items, and have gained so much weight. Is food sensitivity really just something I have to force my way through and be miserable with? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Edit: I would like to add, I’m on a college meal plan, so if I try something, and don’t like it, I really can’t get something else, and end up not having that meal. I also do not have a kitchen in my dorm.
 I only eat milk and biscuits (sometimes cereals) and I gained weight. I don't know how to stop this! I don't even see other foods as foods anymore, but rather items that are not supposed to be eaten, like a jar of body lotion or a bag of pencils. I live with my parents and I have food but I open the fridge and my brain sees no food... I don't understand why! It's been more than 2 months since I slowly started to replace every meal with milk and biscuits and even though I know it's not ok, I can't stop. Do you have any idea that might help or know any food that by itself is a meal, but it's healthier than milk with biscuits that I could eat everyday and slowly get rid of this biscuits addiction?
Direct download: Ask_Dr._Doreen_9-29-2021_Podcast.mp4
Category:education -- posted at: 5:26pm PST

Don't miss the founder of the  @Center for Autism and Related Disorders  answering viewer questions LIVE! Write in and leave comment with your question for a chance to get it answered LIVE in real time! Or Check us out Later wherever you get your podcast!

 4:06 My friend and I both have autistic sons. Both have problems when faced with making a decision or a choice. They cannot select any of the options. Do you know what could cause this & how to resolve it?
 11:41 Hi Shannon, I’m so excited I get to watch Dr. Doreen live today! I have a question. My baby boy is 8 ½ yrs old now. Has been doing ABA since 5yrs old. Was diagnosed at the age of 3.5 and I learned ABA techniques from I behavioral training while we waited for ABA by a BCBA. His preschool was supported by early childhood development. He only received 20 hrs a week, once we were accepted by a BCBA and we had to fight for that. He was minorly effected by autism but lost all language by the time he was diagnosed. Fast forward to now, he’s doing great, and his BCBA continues to cut his hours back. We are looking for out of center events to expose him to, but don’t really know what direction to go towards. His additional speech and OT are also trying to reduce hours. We are users of skills for living, and have been using that to continue to move the goal post and establish more goals that seem to be overlooked. Lots of executive function, conversation enders, savers, etc. Am I crazy to think they should be worked on by both speech and ABA? I’m worried that things are being cut back too early. Am I just being a control freak, or are those categories in Skills supposed to all be completed? If so by what age. I’ll add a photo. Thanks for all that you do and always sending love and support!
 20:20 How can I help my 11yr old son about death, he mentions a lot that he wants all his family and himself to be alive for ever, that he doesn’t want the world to explode. That he wants the world to be ok. This has been going on for years. He says he wants to stay a small boy; I once try to explain to him about death and it was not good, he was very upset. Since then, I don’t know how to address the death situation, but he asks me every few days if the world and he’s family are going to be alive, please help.
 26:13 How do I make friends as an autistic adult in college?
 I (18F) am autistic and have recently started college. I have moved to a different state, effectively leaving all of my “safe things” behind (my home, my family and pets, my childhood friends, favorite museums, restaurants, etc.). I have registered with the school’s disability services to get the proper accommodations. My sister (19F, NT*) attends the same school. Things I am struggling with: I am entering the second month of the semester, and have made no real friends. The only meaningful conversations I have are with my sister, with every other interaction being no more than greetings and goodbyes (yes, that includes my roommate, whom I simply coexist with). I am not worried about not having friends, but my parents and psychiatrist have their reservations. I struggle on weekends due to the lack of structure. It is when I feel most overwhelmed by work and other duties and seemingly when my executive functioning deficits are the most prominent. I have been experiencing meltdowns and despite doing my best to implement structure into my weekend, without the incentive to complete a task from another person, I have no motivation to stay focused or even start tasks. There have been a few times where I was able to be productive, but I had been FaceTiming my father for several hours at a time while he continuously reminded me of and talked me through tasks. My parents are busy people and cannot afford to be on video chat for hours at a time. TL;DR: Since starting college, I have made no friends, have experienced meltdowns on weekends due to lack of structure, and consistently struggle to complete tasks independently. Questions: How do I make friends as an autistic person in college? Do I even need to make friends to have a successful college career? How can I implement structure into my weekends? How do I become more independent when managing my schedule and tasks? What are some suggestions that would help my further my success in college as an autistic person?
 35:48  Hey everyone! So, this will be a bit longer, but I still hope to fit everything in as shortly as possible. I was made aware I may have ADHD and Autism around 2 years ago by my now ex-girlfriend. ADHD didn't seem too farfetched, since my brother has a diagnosis 8-9 years ago. With Autism I rejected the idea, well because of ableism. I am 27 and live in Germany. It's quite complicated to get a diagnosis as an adult here and also have the insurance pay for it. I fortunately found a University Clinic which did exactly that, but even though I called there in early January, the earliest appointment was today. The complete year of 2020 I was informing myself, reading books, diagnosis manuals I gobbled down everything I could find. After a while I accepted that I may have Autism also. The amount of hurdles to get appointments for both diagnosis did seem insurmountable, but somehow I managed and I was excited for both at last. In May my newfound psychiatrist did diagnose me with ADHD and I am on medication since then, which helps a lot. But there is this percentage of my perception differences, the way I take specific hurdles and how I cope with this neurotypical world which does not align with ADHD. Or so I thought. The appointment wasn't really short (2 hours total talking time), she even called in a colleague for 10-15 min. In the end she said I don't have Autism, but emotional problems, yadayada, I should do therapy (which I am searching for since January independently, because yes I do have fucking emotional problems). I was taken aback and tried to argue to get why she has this opinion. Then she started retelling some details of our talk, but in a manner I felt weren't really what I wanted to tell her. Like she asked me if my family was rational, and I told her yes very much, but she construed it that my family is cold and that there is pressure to be something (because my father is an orthopedic doctor) but this is not what I meant. My family is very emotional, loving and caring; too much for my liking or everyones good. One of the reasons I do get checked out at that late age is, because my parents never saw a bad thing in being different, they saw it as a badge of honor! So they dismissed all the teachers and acquaintances who said I am not normal. I purposefully didn't check what the diagnostic criteria for Autism are in the last few months to not prime myself to get that diagnosis. I thought the doctor will ask the right and precise questions to get the answers which are relevant. After coming home and being disappointed, furious and very very confused, I researched the diagnostic criteria again and found that she never even asked my about my perception or even those very specific questions my psychiatrist asked my in my ADHD diagnosis back in May. I am questioning so much at the moment and would really like to hear your stories. If you had similar situations. I would also like to know if I should get a second opinion, because it seems like the same fucking hurdles again, with an unending waiting game A-fucking-GAIN. A small part in me is thinking maybe you hoped too much, maybe I developed too much attachment to this diagnosis and I really don't have it. Any advice is welcome! Thank you for reading my ramblings! Love to you all!
 41:58 Hello. I am 24 with autism. I also have a neurodegenerative condition that causes me near-constant migraines and also seizures sometimes. I deal with mystery body issues too like weakness and pain. You can imagine this life has made me very resilient, but I am not able to be independent. I can't work, I make a little money here and there selling art or nudes and stuff lol, and it's enough to take some weight off of my partner. I also do most of the house work and stuff, which I feel is fair and I don't mind it...I do prefer it to be done my way anyways. More comfy that way. But some days I'm much more sick than other days, and I'm having a meltdown inside my head and want to scream and cry for help but my Masking Level is Way Too High and so I just carry on. On the inside, I'm wailing, crying, wanting to die but my mask filters it out and so trying to express this pain to my partner or family or friends but I don't think they get it. They don't realize that if I'm "saying" I'm not okay and if it reads like a not-okay lvl 3/10 that I'm already at a 9/10 and just don't seem like it. I'm highly independent of spirit, and I don't like asking for help, and I especially have a hard time asking for help because it never seems like there's a "good time." I try very hard to respect my partners stress (he's ADHD and bipolar and I admire his resilience) because he supports both of us and I don't want to pile more on top of him. Do y'all ever feel like this mask you've made to maintain function is actually detrimental? Do you ever want to just have a full-blown autistic meltdown, panic attack level, rocking back and forth, expressing thoughts of suicide just to get those inner thoughts and feelings your mask usually filters away, out there? Sometimes I feel like that would be the only way to express truly what's going on inside of me, and how severely I need help. Asking both for advice and solidarity.
 49:06 I told her that I've suspected for a long time that I have autism, but I'm 33 years old and have never been diagnosed. When I was a child, I was diagnosed with ADHD, however. She asked me why I thought I had autism, and I expressed a number of my issues: Hyperfixations/Obsessions, difficulty reading body language and tone of voice, hard time making friends and difficulty flourishing in social settings, being too blunt, taking things literally or being unable to read the underlying context of someone's words or actions, sensory processing issues, overstimulation, and burnout etc. After I expressed this to her, I told her I'd like to get a diagnosis but I wasn't sure where to start. She immediately told me that there was absolutely no world in which I would get a diagnosis at 33 years old, and that she didn't personally think that I'm on the spectrum because I'm 'very verbal' and able to express myself. I'm DFAB (born female) and I thought that was exactly why we have a harder time being diagnosed on the spectrum than DMAB people? We're tend to (but aren't always) better at masking. It actually kind of made me pretty angry that she dismissed me out of hand so readily, when this is something I've struggled with my entire life. It also runs in my family, I am not the only person with these tendencies in my family. TBH she has done this with things I've actually been diagnosed with before seeing her. She has dismissed the idea that I have schizoaffective disorder, even though I have been on an antipsychotic for 8 years and was initially hospitalized in 2014 due to a psychotic break. She's also dismissed the idea that I have C-PTSD, even though again, I've been diagnosed with it. It always seems vaguely petty when she disagrees with me about this stuff, maybe she just feels like I'm talking down to her, I'm not sure.
 54:30 Help dealing with food texture sensitivity
 Hi, so, for all my life I’ve had food texture sensitivity, specifically with a LOT of vegetables and seafood. Even if I love the taste, I hate the texture. Honestly, I’m so sick of it. It has negatively impacted my diet so much, and the only advice I’ve ever been given is to “just get over it,” and to force myself to eat things till I like it. I’ve tried eating things prepared differently, and in small quantities in food, but I react so poorly that I’ll almost puke at the table, or it will bring me to the verge of tears. It’s so embarrassing having to order something without any vegetables, or just basically eliminating entire sections of menus because of it. I want so badly to eat healthy, but it’s so hard, and living on a college campus meal plan, I practically live off the grill items, and have gained so much weight. Is food sensitivity really just something I have to force my way through and be miserable with? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Edit: I would like to add, I’m on a college meal plan, so if I try something, and don’t like it, I really can’t get something else, and end up not having that meal. I also do not have a kitchen in my dorm.
 I only eat milk and biscuits (sometimes cereals) and I gained weight. I don't know how to stop this! I don't even see other foods as foods anymore, but rather items that are not supposed to be eaten, like a jar of body lotion or a bag of pencils. I live with my parents and I have food but I open the fridge and my brain sees no food... I don't understand why! It's been more than 2 months since I slowly started to replace every meal with milk and biscuits and even though I know it's not ok, I can't stop. Do you have any idea that might help or know any food that by itself is a meal, but it's healthier than milk with biscuits that I could eat everyday and slowly get rid of this biscuits addiction?
Direct download: Ask_Dr._Doreen_9-29-2021_Podcast.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 5:26pm PST

This time on Let's Talk Autism with Shannon and Nancy, our host discusses autism news about a The annual emergency preparedness checkup for autism and special needs families, Ruth Christ Sullivan passing away and a New screen assesses suicidality in autistic adults before being joined by the Director of Research for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders to talk about Gemma recruiting info, and then an article about GI and ASD.

 

Autism News

The annual emergency preparedness checkup for autism and special needs families

https://www.september26.org

Autism Advocate Ruth Christ Sullivan Passed Away at 97

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/ruth-christ-sullivan-dead/2021/09/21/6b49a2e6-1a1e-11ec-a99a-5fea2b2da34b_story.html

New Screen Assesses Suicidality in Autistic Adults

https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/toolbox/new-screen-assesses-suicidality-in-autistic-adults/

 

Autism Research with Karen Nohelty - Gemma Recruiting Info + an article about GI and ASD

Shannon & Nancy discuss what is new in their children's lives

mghgemma@mgh.harvard.edu

Direct download: Lets_Talk_Autism_9-24-2021_Podcast_Audio.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 12:00am PST

This time on Let's Talk Autism with Shannon and Nancy, our host discusses autism news about a The annual emergency preparedness checkup for autism and special needs families, Ruth Christ Sullivan passing away and a New screen assesses suicidality in autistic adults before being joined by the Director of Research for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders to talk about Gemma recruiting info, and then an article about GI and ASD.

 

Autism News

The annual emergency preparedness checkup for autism and special needs families

https://www.september26.org

Autism Advocate Ruth Christ Sullivan Passed Away at 97

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/ruth-christ-sullivan-dead/2021/09/21/6b49a2e6-1a1e-11ec-a99a-5fea2b2da34b_story.html

New Screen Assesses Suicidality in Autistic Adults

https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/toolbox/new-screen-assesses-suicidality-in-autistic-adults/

 

Autism Research with Karen Nohelty - Gemma Recruiting Info + an article about GI and ASD

Shannon & Nancy discuss what is new in their children's lives

mghgemma@mgh.harvard.edu

Direct download: Lets_Talk_Autism_9-24-2021_Podcast.mp4
Category:education -- posted at: 12:00am PST

In this one, our host Shannon covers Deprivation for the jargon of the day before discussing the question of the day with the live viewers! After that, Shannon talks about the topic of the week while taking viewer questions! Then, Shannon is joined by Special Education Attorney Bonnie Yates!

Direct download: Autism_Live_Podcast_9-23-2021.mp4
Category:education -- posted at: 12:00am PST

In this one, our host Shannon covers Deprivation for the jargon of the day before discussing the question of the day with the live viewers! After that, Shannon talks about the topic of the week while taking viewer questions! Then, Shannon is joined by Special Education Attorney Bonnie Yates!

Direct download: Autism_Live_Podcast_9-23-2021_audio.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders joins our host Shannon Penrod to answer autism questions written in by the viewers! Tune in for the valuable autism information about grief, anxiety, gluten free casein free diet advice and more! 

 7:13 My 9 year old who has ASD and DMDD has been out of control for the last 3 weeks
 My 9 year old who has ASD and DMDD has been out of control for the last 3 weeks. We lost my husband (his dad and absolute favorite person) to a motorcycle accident exactly 4 months ago and my sons grief had been beyond words. Between us (his psychiatrist and I) trying to keep him from falling into a scary depression and him acting up, I think we may have messed up his meds and given him mania. He became hyper aggressive in the last two weeks and extremely difficult to handle. I am DEVASTATED that it had to come to this. I’ve cried like a baby, prayed to my husband to help me get through this, since I have two more little ones at home, and prayed to God to heal my sweet boy’s heart. Seeing him be restrained and taken was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to experience aside from the trauma of my husband’s death. I am feeling guilty, sad, ashamed (of myself and my parenting, not him), lonely, and absolutely desperate for a solution. I’m not really sure what I came here for, but I just know how terrible it is now to have to put your baby into inpatient care at a psychiatric facility. This is heartbreaking.
16:39 What do you recommend for anxiety related disorders?
24:37 What do you think about stem cell research?
31:43 What are your thoughts on the treatment of autism and other diseases with mms/chlorine dioxide?
 32:12  Shannon & Dr. Granpeesheh, Thank you both so much! I am wondering if there is a way to obtain 1-on-1 personal assist. for using the SKILLS program for my 17 year-old (High Functioning/Asp.) daughter. I have contacted SKILLS and CARD, in VA, regarding this. My daughter is high functioning (Asperger's) and so social / stimuli overwhelm is where is struggles. Thank you both for your tireless help!
36:26 Problem with a supervisor, is it ok to go to higher up imma little OCD and Policies that are not being communicated well
39:07 I want to know about does Gluten free casein free diet help?
 I want to know about does Gluten free casein free diet help? Vit D from sun and gut healing really matters on recovery of autism.
47:00 I think my 5-year-old son may be on the spectrum
 I think my 5-year-old son may be on the spectrum He takes things very literally (and this leads to frustration) He is highly sensitive to loud situations (he found a recent trip to a stadium sports match really overwhelming) If we shout he can't handle it and reacts violently back He focusses obsessively on things like colouring (but it does calm him down) BUT While he is shy awkward with adults unless he knows them well and trusts them, he's actually very popular with his peer group and loves socialising with other children. He can also be beautifully affectionate with us (on a good day) and can hold eye contact very well. In fact, he loves looking in our eyes. But would barely look at an adult he doesn't know. Does this fit with Autism? Thank you so much.
53:20 Our 6-year-old grandson, who has autism and is nonverbal, has run out of the house naked twice
 Our 6-year-old grandson, who has autism and is nonverbal, has run out of the house naked twice in the last week and was found in a retail store parking lot. Police were involved both times. They live in the city and I'm worried DCFS may get called. Does anyone have any insight/advice so we can try and help the situation? Thank you so much, this is really hard
Direct download: Ask_Dr._Doreen_9-22-2021_Podcast.mp4
Category:education -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders joins our host Shannon Penrod to answer autism questions written in by the viewers! Tune in for the valuable autism information about grief, anxiety, gluten free casein free diet advice and more! 

 7:13 My 9 year old who has ASD and DMDD has been out of control for the last 3 weeks
 My 9 year old who has ASD and DMDD has been out of control for the last 3 weeks. We lost my husband (his dad and absolute favorite person) to a motorcycle accident exactly 4 months ago and my sons grief had been beyond words. Between us (his psychiatrist and I) trying to keep him from falling into a scary depression and him acting up, I think we may have messed up his meds and given him mania. He became hyper aggressive in the last two weeks and extremely difficult to handle. I am DEVASTATED that it had to come to this. I’ve cried like a baby, prayed to my husband to help me get through this, since I have two more little ones at home, and prayed to God to heal my sweet boy’s heart. Seeing him be restrained and taken was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to experience aside from the trauma of my husband’s death. I am feeling guilty, sad, ashamed (of myself and my parenting, not him), lonely, and absolutely desperate for a solution. I’m not really sure what I came here for, but I just know how terrible it is now to have to put your baby into inpatient care at a psychiatric facility. This is heartbreaking.
16:39 What do you recommend for anxiety related disorders?
24:37 What do you think about stem cell research?
31:43 What are your thoughts on the treatment of autism and other diseases with mms/chlorine dioxide?
 32:12  Shannon & Dr. Granpeesheh, Thank you both so much! I am wondering if there is a way to obtain 1-on-1 personal assist. for using the SKILLS program for my 17 year-old (High Functioning/Asp.) daughter. I have contacted SKILLS and CARD, in VA, regarding this. My daughter is high functioning (Asperger's) and so social / stimuli overwhelm is where is struggles. Thank you both for your tireless help!
36:26 Problem with a supervisor, is it ok to go to higher up imma little OCD and Policies that are not being communicated well
39:07 I want to know about does Gluten free casein free diet help?
 I want to know about does Gluten free casein free diet help? Vit D from sun and gut healing really matters on recovery of autism.
47:00 I think my 5-year-old son may be on the spectrum
 I think my 5-year-old son may be on the spectrum He takes things very literally (and this leads to frustration) He is highly sensitive to loud situations (he found a recent trip to a stadium sports match really overwhelming) If we shout he can't handle it and reacts violently back He focusses obsessively on things like colouring (but it does calm him down) BUT While he is shy awkward with adults unless he knows them well and trusts them, he's actually very popular with his peer group and loves socialising with other children. He can also be beautifully affectionate with us (on a good day) and can hold eye contact very well. In fact, he loves looking in our eyes. But would barely look at an adult he doesn't know. Does this fit with Autism? Thank you so much.
53:20 Our 6-year-old grandson, who has autism and is nonverbal, has run out of the house naked twice
 Our 6-year-old grandson, who has autism and is nonverbal, has run out of the house naked twice in the last week and was found in a retail store parking lot. Police were involved both times. They live in the city and I'm worried DCFS may get called. Does anyone have any insight/advice so we can try and help the situation? Thank you so much, this is really hard
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In this one, our host Shannon covers Preference Assessment for the jargon of the day before discussing the question of the day with the live viewers! After that, Shannon talks about the topic of the week while taking viewer questions! Then, Shannon is joined by Special Education Attorney Bonnie Yates!

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In this one, our host Shannon covers Preference Assessment for the jargon of the day before discussing the question of the day with the live viewers! After that, Shannon talks about the topic of the week while taking viewer questions! Then, Shannon is joined by Special Education Attorney Bonnie Yates!

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In this one our host Shannon covers Reinforcement Schedule for the jargon of the day before discussing the question of the day with the live viewers! After that, Shannon talks about the topic of the week while taking viewer questions! Then, Shannon is joined by the founder and Executive Director of The Autism Community in Action (TACA) and plans to give away FREE tickets to the annual 36thTACA conference! Tune in to see how you could win! Check it out!

https://tacanow.org/conferences/2021-conference/

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In this one our host Shannon covers Reinforcement Schedule for the jargon of the day before discussing the question of the day with the live viewers! After that, Shannon talks about the topic of the week while taking viewer questions! Then, Shannon is joined by the founder and Executive Director of The Autism Community in Action (TACA) and plans to give away FREE tickets to the annual 36thTACA conference! Tune in to see how you could win! Check it out!

https://tacanow.org/conferences/2021-conference/

 

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This time on Let's Talk Autism with Shannon and Nancy, our host discusses autism news about a disturbing video involving a teenager on the autism spectrum, why some autistic people are hesitant about the new autism study and more before being joined by the research coordinator for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders to talk about battling healthcare access barriers. Don't miss this useful information!

 

Tory Ridgeway GoFundMe

Disturbing Video of Students Beating a Classmate of the Autism Spectrum

Why Some Autistic People are Against the Spectrum 10k Study

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/16/books/eric-garcia-were-not-broken-changing-autism-conversation.html

Convicted Felon with Fake Credentials Runs Autism Programs

https://aaspire.org

https://echoautism.org

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This time on Let's Talk Autism with Shannon and Nancy, our host discusses autism news about a disturbing video involving a teenager on the autism spectrum, why some autistic people are hesitant about the new autism study and more before being joined by the research coordinator for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders to talk about battling healthcare access barriers. Don't miss this useful information!

 

Tory Ridgeway GoFundMe

Disturbing Video of Students Beating a Classmate of the Autism Spectrum

Why Some Autistic People are Against the Spectrum 10k Study

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/16/books/eric-garcia-were-not-broken-changing-autism-conversation.html

Convicted Felon with Fake Credentials Runs Autism Programs

https://aaspire.org

https://echoautism.org

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In this episode, Shannon covers FAPE for the jargon of the before discussing the question of the day with the live viewers! After that, Shannon talks about the topic of the week while taking viewer questions!

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In this episode, Shannon covers FAPE for the jargon of the before discussing the question of the day with the live viewers! After that, Shannon talks about the topic of the week while taking viewer questions!

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Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, the founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders is back to answer viewer questions about dealing with change, automatic function vs sensory function and more! Check it out!
 
6:36 Dealing with Change
 here is a question, hope its a good one. one of my favorite restaurants is closing soon permanently. i am handling the change well. but how can i handle it better. and I want this to help everyone.
 15:35 Screaming & Automatic Functions Vs. Sensory Function
  Hello, I’m behavior therapists, can you talk about screaming? Can be sensory or automatic reinforcement because no reason for that.
 23:13 My daughter is currently in class for Autism and dyslexia formality and her professor is playing videos on how this works. His suggestion is a sensory room. What if you only have one room and an Autistic student main streamed with 30 other students. What can a teacher do to help that one?
 25:56 How do we know when its time for aba to be over over?
 How do we know when its time for aba to be over over? My 6 year old has mastered almost all of the vb-mapp testing and we are talking about graduating her from aba but I am afraid of that change, as you just discussed. Our BCBA has told us to continue parent training for remaining behaviors and look into social skills classes or other group activities because those would help more than 1-1 adult therapy.
 37:08 My 4-yo is doing well w language but he still sometimes zones out. Bc of Covid we haven't had an in-person eval. Could this be ADHD or is it autism making shifting attention tough? How to work on this?
 45:25 My son was diagnosed with mild autism at the age of four. He is nine but he does not talk . Is there any chance he will ever talk, if yes what advice you can give.
 48:11 I think I might be autistic but idk for sure
 I am so exhausted and tired, and I don’t wanna hurt myself, but it seems like the only thing. The way I stim is by skinpicking my scalp and it sounds bad I don’t know, and I am in a horrible situation and I try to cope by eating. Also, I asked this on another post but are there any autistic advocacy groups that aren’t ravist? I am so scared, and I don’t even know if I will. Am I weak? It feels wrong to be this vulnerable online cause I am scared someone will use it against me but why is the world so horrible to autistics like the fact that stuff like (tw aba therapy mention) aba therapy is legal and doctors you can’t even trust doctors and the thing is diagnosis is so biased, so it is so hard to find others locally. People are just so, and I am so. I feel like everything I say will be taken the wrong way and even when I trust myself in a situation and I handle it in the moment it still replays in my mind and I don’t know what to do. Can you even be yourself when you’re in hell? I have a nonspeaking autistic sibling and it’s so much worse for him and I don’t know what to do. Also, I hate it when people ask me how I am then asking why all these terrible things are happening as if there is a reason justifiable enough. When someone asks me why my heart breaks because it means I have lost another person I could trust. And I don’t hate being autistic, but my mind is so messy I don’t even know how I am. It seems so normal to me but the fact that it’s not to others is just so. I mean listen I don’t get it. One time I did something i thought was normal (I knocked and asked if her water was working because she lives close by and my water does not work) and this lady I barely knew messaged my neighbor and called me “crazy” also I told her how old I was I am like a teen and she is a grown woman. I know I should trust but I have so much to lose if I trust the wrong person. If I hear another blame, I do not deserve I don’t think my mind will cope. I will have to forget everything though it feels like I already have. I mean I will endure but how much will that matter if the pain swallows itself with other parts of my brain I need.
 55:32
 Greetings doctor. My 10 year old son has high functioning autism. He's starting to realize that he is in a special day class and that he is different from the other kids. I'm worried about how this will affect his psyche and how he see's himself. Any advice would be helpful.
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Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, the founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders is back to answer viewer questions about dealing with change, automatic function vs sensory function and more! Check it out!
 
6:36 Dealing with Change
 here is a question, hope its a good one. one of my favorite restaurants is closing soon permanently. i am handling the change well. but how can i handle it better. and I want this to help everyone.
 15:35 Screaming & Automatic Functions Vs. Sensory Function
  Hello, I’m behavior therapists, can you talk about screaming? Can be sensory or automatic reinforcement because no reason for that.
 23:13 My daughter is currently in class for Autism and dyslexia formality and her professor is playing videos on how this works. His suggestion is a sensory room. What if you only have one room and an Autistic student main streamed with 30 other students. What can a teacher do to help that one?
 25:56 How do we know when its time for aba to be over over?
 How do we know when its time for aba to be over over? My 6 year old has mastered almost all of the vb-mapp testing and we are talking about graduating her from aba but I am afraid of that change, as you just discussed. Our BCBA has told us to continue parent training for remaining behaviors and look into social skills classes or other group activities because those would help more than 1-1 adult therapy.
 37:08 My 4-yo is doing well w language but he still sometimes zones out. Bc of Covid we haven't had an in-person eval. Could this be ADHD or is it autism making shifting attention tough? How to work on this?
 45:25 My son was diagnosed with mild autism at the age of four. He is nine but he does not talk . Is there any chance he will ever talk, if yes what advice you can give.
 48:11 I think I might be autistic but idk for sure
 I am so exhausted and tired, and I don’t wanna hurt myself, but it seems like the only thing. The way I stim is by skinpicking my scalp and it sounds bad I don’t know, and I am in a horrible situation and I try to cope by eating. Also, I asked this on another post but are there any autistic advocacy groups that aren’t ravist? I am so scared, and I don’t even know if I will. Am I weak? It feels wrong to be this vulnerable online cause I am scared someone will use it against me but why is the world so horrible to autistics like the fact that stuff like (tw aba therapy mention) aba therapy is legal and doctors you can’t even trust doctors and the thing is diagnosis is so biased, so it is so hard to find others locally. People are just so, and I am so. I feel like everything I say will be taken the wrong way and even when I trust myself in a situation and I handle it in the moment it still replays in my mind and I don’t know what to do. Can you even be yourself when you’re in hell? I have a nonspeaking autistic sibling and it’s so much worse for him and I don’t know what to do. Also, I hate it when people ask me how I am then asking why all these terrible things are happening as if there is a reason justifiable enough. When someone asks me why my heart breaks because it means I have lost another person I could trust. And I don’t hate being autistic, but my mind is so messy I don’t even know how I am. It seems so normal to me but the fact that it’s not to others is just so. I mean listen I don’t get it. One time I did something i thought was normal (I knocked and asked if her water was working because she lives close by and my water does not work) and this lady I barely knew messaged my neighbor and called me “crazy” also I told her how old I was I am like a teen and she is a grown woman. I know I should trust but I have so much to lose if I trust the wrong person. If I hear another blame, I do not deserve I don’t think my mind will cope. I will have to forget everything though it feels like I already have. I mean I will endure but how much will that matter if the pain swallows itself with other parts of my brain I need.
 55:32
 Greetings doctor. My 10 year old son has high functioning autism. He's starting to realize that he is in a special day class and that he is different from the other kids. I'm worried about how this will affect his psyche and how he see's himself. Any advice would be helpful.
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Nancy Aslpaugh, Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, Let’s Talk Autism, Autism News, Autism mother, Autism parents, news, parents of children on the autism spectrum, autistic children, children with autism, parents, parenting

Validating autism subtypes: A Crucial but Often Overlooked Step in Research https://www.spectrumnews.org/opinion/validating-autism-subtypes-a-crucial-but-often-overlooked-step-in-research/

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Nancy Aslpaugh, Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, Let’s Talk Autism, Autism News, Autism mother, Autism parents, news, parents of children on the autism spectrum, autistic children, children with autism, parents, parenting

Validating autism subtypes: A Crucial but Often Overlooked Step in Research https://www.spectrumnews.org/opinion/validating-autism-subtypes-a-crucial-but-often-overlooked-step-in-research/

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Our host Shannon Penrod explains what Random Rotation is in autism jargon terms before being joined by Special Education Attorney Bonnie Yates for another episode of Your Rights! This time Shannon and Bonnie discuss several topics pertaining to students going back to school during COVID-19. You won’t want to miss these valuable insights from two professionals that have not only dealt with this on their own from a parent’s perspective but from a professional one as well.

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Our host Shannon Penrod explains what Random Rotation is in autism jargon terms before being joined by Special Education Attorney Bonnie Yates for another episode of Your Rights! This time Shannon and Bonnie discuss several topics pertaining to students going back to school during COVID-19. You won’t want to miss these valuable insights from two professionals that have not only dealt with this on their own from a parent’s perspective but from a professional one as well.

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Don't miss the founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders answering viewer questions again for Ask Dr. Doreen! Dr. Doreen and Shannon discuss Anxiety, ADHD, ABA therapy and more in this episode!

12:17 Will my Child Benefit from ABA Therapy?

Hi Dr. Doreen, My kid is Diagnosed with high functioning autism, will she benefit from ABA therapy, play therapy. Thanks for suggestion/advice.

14:09 How do you differentiate between a "loss" and a tragedy"?

15:41 HSP & Social Anxiety

So I'm 18yo female and I have been months searching about autism and I'm pretty sure that I am autistic myself, and I feel so validated and relieved always that I hear experiences from other autistic people, but since March I had a depressive episode (which probably was caused by a burnout because I just finished high school and started University immediately) and started therapy with a psychologist, I reunited all of my efforts and asked her if I could be on the spectrum and she told me to reunite all of the traits I think make me part of the spectrum, when she read the list, she only said I was a HSP with social anxiety... This is what she told me when we just met, and she said that she doesn't like diagnosis because she believes it can make people restrict themselves to their diagnosis, I don't know how to feel, I can't stop crying while I write all of this, what should I do? Maybe I'm not autistic and just believe it to make myself feel better?

27:54 Is it Natural Behavior for Children to Throw Tantrums & Cry with ABA Therapy?

Follow up: From various forum I read that ABA therapy involve placing instructions and some kids get very upset and tend to tantrum, cry. Is that a natural behavior any advice for parents?

37:30

I have been told I have HFA, I have worked in a laboratory as a Metrologist (scientist) and I have gotten bored. I have decided to become a lawyer. I am in process of doing this. I am finding this boring as well. My therapist told me that career change is typical however, I am having trouble sticking to it. is this HFA or my autism. I find it easy... just like school when I was younger 😴 (also I feel too embarrassed to tell my therapist because I don't want her to think she isn't helpful to me. because she is helpful) (Sometimes I don't tell her I have had a bad day because I feel like she would be upset.) ✅ ok I'm done. (36/f) Is this talk about low functioning autism? Are there cultural queues noted for nonverbal autism children or adolescent girls in particular?

40:55 What programs should I tell my supervisor to look into?

Hello gorgeous ladies. Had a question I don’t think that my child 11 sees the difference between adults and kids. For example when he talks to little kids the expectation is for them to talk back to him 🤦🏻‍♀‍how do we know how he perceives himself. What programs should I tell my supervisor to look into?

46:17 Autism & ADHD

I have an extremely bright, but stubborn 8-year old boy with a new diagnosis of ASD level 2. One of our struggles is his hyperactivity (fast moving, loud talking, acting silly, not listening). We see it a lot at home and school was reporting issues with it at the end of last year. He gets a lot of exercise during the summer, but school is starting soon, and I know that it will be more difficult. Should we wait or be proactive and have him take movement breaks during his day? Also, he refuses to do any calming activity or swinging in his special swing. How do we convince him it will help regulate him? I 'm grateful for your show.

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Don't miss the founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders answering viewer questions again for Ask Dr. Doreen! Dr. Doreen and Shannon discuss Anxiety, ADHD, ABA therapy and more in this episode!

12:17 Will my Child Benefit from ABA Therapy?

Hi Dr. Doreen, My kid is Diagnosed with high functioning autism, will she benefit from ABA therapy, play therapy. Thanks for suggestion/advice.

14:09 How do you differentiate between a "loss" and a tragedy"?

15:41 HSP & Social Anxiety

So I'm 18yo female and I have been months searching about autism and I'm pretty sure that I am autistic myself, and I feel so validated and relieved always that I hear experiences from other autistic people, but since March I had a depressive episode (which probably was caused by a burnout because I just finished high school and started University immediately) and started therapy with a psychologist, I reunited all of my efforts and asked her if I could be on the spectrum and she told me to reunite all of the traits I think make me part of the spectrum, when she read the list, she only said I was a HSP with social anxiety... This is what she told me when we just met, and she said that she doesn't like diagnosis because she believes it can make people restrict themselves to their diagnosis, I don't know how to feel, I can't stop crying while I write all of this, what should I do? Maybe I'm not autistic and just believe it to make myself feel better?

27:54 Is it Natural Behavior for Children to Throw Tantrums & Cry with ABA Therapy?

Follow up: From various forum I read that ABA therapy involve placing instructions and some kids get very upset and tend to tantrum, cry. Is that a natural behavior any advice for parents?

37:30

I have been told I have HFA, I have worked in a laboratory as a Metrologist (scientist) and I have gotten bored. I have decided to become a lawyer. I am in process of doing this. I am finding this boring as well. My therapist told me that career change is typical however, I am having trouble sticking to it. is this HFA or my autism. I find it easy... just like school when I was younger 😴 (also I feel too embarrassed to tell my therapist because I don't want her to think she isn't helpful to me. because she is helpful) (Sometimes I don't tell her I have had a bad day because I feel like she would be upset.) ✅ ok I'm done. (36/f) Is this talk about low functioning autism? Are there cultural queues noted for nonverbal autism children or adolescent girls in particular?

40:55 What programs should I tell my supervisor to look into?

Hello gorgeous ladies. Had a question I don’t think that my child 11 sees the difference between adults and kids. For example when he talks to little kids the expectation is for them to talk back to him 🤦🏻‍♀‍how do we know how he perceives himself. What programs should I tell my supervisor to look into?

46:17 Autism & ADHD

I have an extremely bright, but stubborn 8-year old boy with a new diagnosis of ASD level 2. One of our struggles is his hyperactivity (fast moving, loud talking, acting silly, not listening). We see it a lot at home and school was reporting issues with it at the end of last year. He gets a lot of exercise during the summer, but school is starting soon, and I know that it will be more difficult. Should we wait or be proactive and have him take movement breaks during his day? Also, he refuses to do any calming activity or swinging in his special swing. How do we convince him it will help regulate him? I 'm grateful for your show.

 

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