Monthly Archives: May 2015

Podcast: Temple Grandin on Parenting Kids with Autism

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We are thrilled to welcome Temple Grandin back to our show to discuss the parenting methods that supported her success in life and to hear what advice she has for parents of children with autism today.


Arguably the most famous person in the autism community, Dr. Grandin has been advocating for individuals with autism for more than 30 years. In 2010, Grandin delivered the TED talk “The world needs all kinds of minds.” Grandin’s own experience with autism has informed her numerous books on the subject including My Life in Pictures which was adapted for the award-winning HBO film.

Born on August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to pursue work in psychology and animal science. She has become a leading advocate for autistic communities and has also written books and provided consultation on the humane treatment of animals.

Grandin has been recognized by the academic community and the general public for her work. In 2009, she was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. She is the recipient of several honorary degrees, and has been featured on a range of television and radio programs.

In 2010, HBO released an Emmy Award winning film on Grandin’s life which continues to strike a chord with audiences. Temple’s willingness to honestly share her challenges as well as share her passionate perspective with depth and resonance has made her a very popular (and busy) speaker and presenter.

All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com).

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A Mother’s Day Card to Special Needs Moms

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This Mother’s Day we are not offering any strategies, there will be no advice or checklists. On this day, we honor the best possible expert on what your child needs…YOU.

We feel truly privileged to partner with you moms (and dads and grandparents and caregivers)every day to support your family’s success. In many cases, you welcome us into your home several times a week as we share in the joys, challenges and triumphant moments of daily life with a special needs child.

Much like your children, every mom is also unique. Still, we have noticed a prevalence of common traits we want to acknowledge.

You are strong
Even in your most vulnerable and trying moments, you find the strength to get up, move forward and ask “What’s next?”

You are perceptive and intuitive
You communicate with your child in ways that often transcend language, and you make hundreds of decisions each day about activities, food and environments that help steady the course for your child’s day.

You are brave
You own your authority and are your child’s champion, advocating for their needs and rights.

You are present
Not only do you work hard every day to support your child, you know the magic of accomplishing a goal that at one time seemed so distant. You celebrate these wins with a joy that may never truly be experienced by other moms.

You are hero
Though you may not like this title, you are admired and respected by friends and family. You inspire us.

For these reasons and many more, we celebrate you. We hope you will take some time this weekend to receive the love and gratitude of those around you, and know that who you are makes a difference in the world every day.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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