Adventures in Autism

Adventures in Autism

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Hi! I’m Megan and this is my podcast Adventures in Autism :) this podcast is all about support and sharing our journeys with autism. Enjoy!


58- Turn autism around, with my guest Dr. Mary Barbera
Oct 9 • 35 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with Dr. Mary Barbera. Mary is an autism mom, a behavioral analyst, an author and a fellow podcaster! Mary and I talk all about her journey with her son Lucas, who is on the spectrum and in his twenties now. Mary shares how…
57- Parenting autism and maintaining a strong marriage, with Sandy & Chris Colter
Oct 2 • 52 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with not one, but two guests! Sandy and Chris Colter are parents to their adorable son Bryce who is on the spectrum. They are also fellow podcast hosts of their show “Parenting Autism”. Together we discuss some of the…
56- Adventures in Autism is ONE! Q&A with my co-host, Melissa Mitchell (my sister!)
Sep 25 • 81 min
It’s the ONE YEAR anniversary of Adventures in Autism! On today’s episode I’m welcoming my first co-host…my sister Melissa! Melissa is the best aunt to Logan and a huge part of my support system. If you’ve been listening to the show for awhile then you’ve…
55- Thriving in Chaos, with autism dad, Kyle Jetsel
Sep 18 • 50 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism dad, Kyle Jetsel. Kyle is a father of six children and he has two sons on the spectrum. Kyle shares very openly about his journey and especially how it affected his family and marriage. After struggling for…
54- You are in the drivers seat, with autism mom and podcast host, Jody Warshawsky
Sep 11 • 70 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom and fellow podcaster, Jody Warshawsky. Jody and I connected through Instagram several months back and at this point she feels like an old friend! Jody and I talk all about her adorable daughter Remy, who has…
53- United in Autism, with autism mom & author, Julie Hornok
Sep 4 • 37 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom and author, Julie Hornok. Julie shares her journey with her daughter, who is now 16 and completely flourishing. Their story is so hopeful and inspiring! Julie also talks about how her daughter inspired her…
52- Life updates: how we spent summer, dealing with anxiety & back to school
Aug 28 • 53 min
Today I’m flying solo and sharing some life updates! I’m giving a breakdown of how our summer went- the good and the bad! Summer definitely brought us some new challenges and I discuss all of it. One of those challenges was Logan dealing with anxiety,…
51- Paving a path for his son, with autism dad, James Branaum
Aug 21 • 50 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism dad, James Branaum. James shares his journey with his son Alex, who was just recently diagnosed this past spring. We talk all about the process of getting the diagnosis and the emotions that surround it. We also…
50- The Autism Cafe is always open, with autism mom & author, Eileen Lamb
Aug 14 • 42 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom and author, Eileen Lamb. Eileen is also on the spectrum herself and she shares her unique perspective as an autistic adult raising a child with autism. Eileen and I discuss her childhood and the challenges…
49- An EVOLution of Love, with autism mom Wendy Garafalo
Aug 7 • 68 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom Wendy Garafalo. Wendy and I talk all about her journey with her adorable son, Luca, who was diagnosed with ASD at 4 years old. Wendy shares how Luca’s fascination with letters (and particularly spelling in…
48- We are all Supermoms, with my guest (founder of @autismsupermoms) Anne G. Bragg
Jul 31 • 81 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom & @autismsupermoms founder, Anne G. Bragg. Anne is a mother of five (all girls!) and her 15 year old daughter Rebecca was diagnosed with ASD as a young toddler. Anne shares her story with Rebecca and how…
47- This is a movement! With BCBA & Simple Spectrum creator, Heather Grimaldi
Jul 24 • 36 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with BCBA Heather Grimaldi. Heather talks about what initially drew her to the field of autism and how her passion led her to becoming a BCBA. Heather eventually started her own ABA company, Proof Positive ABA. After…
46- The (floor) time is now! With autism mom & floortime therapist, Rebecca
Jul 17 • 61 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom (x2!) and floortime therapist, Rebecca Higby. Rebecca’s autism journey started with her son, Theodore. She shares how initially some of his symptoms went under the radar until he was diagnosed at age 3. When…
45- Spreading positivity like confetti, with BCBA Shelby Dorsey
Jul 10 • 62 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with BCBA, Shelby Dorsey. Shelby and I connected on social media and I was instantly drawn to her positivity and passion for what she does. Little did I know, Shelby had an amazing journey that got her to where she is…
44- Autism Grown Up, with autism sibling & professional, Tara
Jul 3 • 49 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism sibling and professional, Tara. Tara has two adult brothers on the spectrum, Tanner and Tyler. She shares how growing up with them really shaped her into who she is today and led her to her profession in…
43- The OG of Autism Dads, with my guest Tim
Jun 26 • 61 min
Today I’m chatting with autism dad, Tim, all about his journey with his son, Rafa. Tim and I connected on Instagram through his account @autismdads. Tim started the account as a way to connect with and educate the autism community (himself included!) from…
42- Life Updates: potty training, Logan’s IEP meeting and our summer plans!
Jun 19 • 51 min
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and checking in with some updates of what’s been going on with Logan and our family. First, I’m discussing Logan’s whole potty training journey. I’m giving details about Logan’s “intensive potty training program” he…
41- There’s no such thing as knowing too much, with autism mom Whitney
Jun 12 • 80 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Whitney Sarnowski. Whitney shares her story with her son Kyson, who was just very recently diagnosed with ASD. Whitney is a former special education teacher and is currently studying for her boards to become a BCBA.…
40- Sans the Sugarcoat (but still sweet!) with Malinda Cook
Jun 5 • 59 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and podcaster, Malinda Cook. Malinda shares her journey with her daughter Paige, who is now 17 and beginning to plan for transitioning out of high school. Malinda gives a lot of important insight into…
39- It’s Going to Be AUlright! With autism mom and author, Holly Teegarden
May 29 • 39 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and author, Holly Teegarden. Holly shares her journey with her daughter and how hard work and determination lead to lots of progress. Holly’s daughter is in middle school now so we discussed the new…
38- Growing up and never giving up, with my guest Kelly Davis
May 22 • 54 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom Kelly Davis. Kelly shares her journey with her adult son, Steven, who is 28 years old. Steven was diagnosed with ASD at age 2 and has proved many doctors and professionals wrong with everything he has…
37- Florida’s first openly autistic lawyer (and total dynamo!) Haley Moss
May 15 • 53 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with Haley Moss, Florida’s first openly autistic lawyer. Haley is also an author, an artist, and amazing activist in the autism community. Haley is truly remarkable and I learned SO MUCH from our conversation. Haley talks…
36- Foraging a path through all the hurdles, with my guest Sara Lex
May 8 • 48 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mama, Sara Lex. Sara shares her journey with her son Owen, and how early concerns led her to seek a diagnosis for him at just 16 months old. Sara went on to get a second and third opinion which confirmed…
35- What really goes into getting a diagnosis? With school psychologist, Kathryn Cooley
May 1 • 48 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with school psychologist, Kathryn Cooley. Kathryn currently works as a consultant for several schools, primarily doing diagnostic assessments and specializing in autism. Kathryn talks about what first drew her to the field…
34- Facilitating friendships and raising awareness, with autism sibling, Juliana Fetherman
Apr 24 • 36 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism sibling, Juliana Fetherman. Juliana shares her family’s journey with her brother, Michael, and also talks about developing her app ‘Making Authentic Friendships’, which is designed as a way to facilitate…
33- Turning a corner and following her passion, with Stephanie DeLussey (Mrs. D’s Corner)
Apr 17 • 49 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with special education teacher, Stephanie DeLussey, AKA Mrs. D from Mrs. D’s corner! Stephanie is a wealth of knowledge on all things regarding special education, from lesson planning to IEP meetings- she is truly an expert…
32- Writing the book on inclusion, with author (and autism mom) Kathryn Jenkins
Apr 10 • 48 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom and author, Kathryn Jenkins. Kathryn shares her journey with her son Logen, and how he inspired her to write her book, The Inclusion Alphabet. The book is a beautiful story of what it means to be inclusive,…
31- ABA from A-Z, with my guest, BCBA (and 8 the plate creator) Anesa Doyle
Apr 3 • 38 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with Anesa, who is a BCBA and creator of “8 the plate”. Anesa and I get in depth about all things ABA therapy! We discuss why it is so effective and also shed some light on the misconceptions surrounding ABA. She shares…
BONUS EPISODE- World Autism Awareness Day 2019. It all starts with awareness!
Apr 2 • 33 min
I wanted to put together this special bonus episode as way to honor World Autism Awareness Day 2019. Today I’m talking about what autism awareness means to me personally and why it is SO important. I also discuss my favorite ways to advocate for autism…
30- Letting go of fear and embracing the journey, with my guest Deidra Darst
Mar 27 • 51 min
On today’s episode I’m chatting with speech and language pathologist and autism mom, Deidra Darst. Deidra shares her journey with her son Colin, and talks about how his diagnosis lead her to not only start a blog, but also write two books! We also discuss…
29- Autism with a side of fries (and much more!) with my guest Eileen “Mama Fry” Shaklee
Mar 20 • 53 min
On today’s episode I’m chatting with Eileen “Mama Fry” Shaklee, of the blog ‘Autism with a side of fries’. Eileen was really at the forefront of blogging- especially when it comes to autism! I personally have followed her for years and it was such a treat…
28- Unapologetic and completely awesome, with my guest Brittney (The Unapologetic Autistic)
Mar 13 • 43 min
On today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mama Brittney, who you might know as The Unapologetic Autistic. Brittney is not only a mother to two little ones with ASD but she herself is also on the spectrum. I connected with Brittney through her…
27- Adventures in Autism down under! With my (first international) guest, Kristin
Mar 6 • 60 min
Today’s episode includes a lot of firsts! My guest Kristin was the first listener to ever reach out to me after I started the podcast. She’s also my first guest with a daughter on the spectrum and she details her journey with her little girl, Mikayla.…
26- The heart of a champion, with my guest, Phillip Dallmann
Feb 27 • 61 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow podcaster, Philip Dallmann. Phil’s podcast ‘Access Champions’ is all about accessibility, inclusion and diversity. Phil has an extensive background in the field of inclusion- we get into all that and discuss…
25- Speaking from the heart, with autism mom and Cody Speaks blogger, Leasa
Feb 20 • 49 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with Leasa, who is not only a fellow autism mom but is also the author behind the blog Cody Speaks. Leasa shares openly about her journey with her son, Cody, and what it’s like for them now that he’s getting older. We have…
24- Life updates, dealing with sleep troubles and picky eating habits
Feb 13 • 37 min
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and talking about a few different topics that seem to come up continually. First, I’m giving a few updates on what’s been going on with Logan and our family lately. Then I’m talking about something I know many of us are…
23- Adult autism in real life, with my guest Dana
Feb 6 • 60 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism sibling and BCBA, Dana. Dana shares her experiences with her brother Rob, who is an adult with autism. She very openly shares the difficult parts of their story as well as the joyful moments. Dana and Rob are…
22- Unexpected outcomes and overcoming the odds, with my guest Sarah
Jan 30 • 65 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom, Sarah, all about her family’s unique journey with ASD. Sarah has not just one, but two children that are on the spectrum. Sarah explains how even though both her sons were diagnosed with autism, they…
21- Speechy keen! With ‘Open Door Autism Project’ founder, Sarah Treharne
Jan 23 • 56 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with speech and language pathologist, Sarah Treharne. Sarah is the founder of the Open Door Autism Project, which provides speech therapy to children and individuals on the spectrum. Sarah and I talk all about her journey…
20- Climbing the mountain, one step at a time, with my guest Colleen
Jan 16 • 68 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mama, Colleen all about her journey with son, Matthew. Colleen and I get into the nitty gritty of what goes into getting a diagnosis (phone calls, and paperwork, and assessments, oh my!) and talk about…
19- The power of music, with music therapist “Jammin Jenn”!
Jan 9 • 39 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with music therapist, Jammin Jenn! (Jenn Goodman) Jenn tells me all about her journey to becoming a music therapist and how this career path became her passion. I first became familiar with Jenn when I saw her on one of my…
18- Ups and downs and everything in between, with my guest Lindsay
Jan 2 • 69 min
In today’s episode I chat with fellow autism mom, Lindsay, all about her journey with her son, Jack. Lindsay and I talk a lot about how this journey is definitely a roller coaster- with lots of ups and downs! We also talk about changes in friendship and…
17- Finding joy in the journey, with my guest Rebecca
Dec 26, 2018 • 64 min
In today’s episode I chat with fellow autism mom, Rebecca, all about her journey with her son, Jack. Rebecca is an amazing mom who advocated for her son right from the start, and pushed for him to get the services he needs. We also talk about family life…
16- Life updates, holiday plans and hopes for 2019
Dec 19, 2018 • 42 min
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and talking about some of the fun things our family has been up to, including celebrating Logan’s birthday! I’m also getting real about the emotions that come along with that. Then I’m chatting about holiday plans and…
15- Twists and turns on the road to adventure, with my guest Sarah
Dec 12, 2018 • 61 min
In this episode I chat with fellow autism mom, Sarah, all about her journey with her son, Aidan. Sarah shares how early medical struggles impacted Aidan’s development and made getting a concrete diagnosis a challenge. She also talks about her latest…
14- “Why is he doing that?” with author (and autism sibling!) Rachael M. Cuellar
Dec 5, 2018 • 66 min
In this episode I chat with children’s book author, Rachael M. Cuellar, all about her book, “Why is he doing that?” which does a beautiful job explaining autism to a young audience. Rachael also shares her experience as an autism sibling and growing up…
13- Getting through the early days of an autism diagnosis
Nov 28, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode I’m chatting all about the time leading up to Logan’s diagnosis and the early days of our journey. This is something that I get asked about a lot and I’m hoping to shed some light on that time, especially for those who are currently going…
12- Autism Mom and Soothing Stitches founder, Nicole Struse
Nov 21, 2018 • 55 min
In today’s episode I chat with Nicole, fellow Autism Mom and the founder of The Soothing Stitches Project. Nicole talks all about her personal journey with her son, and how that lead her to starting Soothing Stitches, which is a nonprofit that makes…
11- Good vibes only, with my guest Jaime
Nov 14, 2018 • 54 min
In this episode I chat with fellow autism Mom, Jaime, all about her journey with her son, Blake. Jaime has such a great positive attitude and her and I really bonded over that. I hope you enjoy listening! :)
10- The five biggest challenges (from my personal POV!)
Nov 7, 2018 • 31 min
In today’s episode I chat about the five biggest challenges we have faced in dealing with Logan’s autism diagnosis. Discussing “challenges” is a challenge in itself for me- I always want to stay positive! But I wanted to keep it real because there…
9- Activism, inclusion and inspiration with my guest, Tamika
Oct 31, 2018 • 74 min
In today’s episode I chat with fellow autism mama and activist, Tamika, all about her son and their journey with autism. We also talk about her incredible work running The Autism Hero Project, the book she co wrote, and so much more! Tamika is a true…
8- Riding the autism roller coaster, with my guest Ava
Oct 24, 2018 • 57 min
In today’s episode I chat with fellow autism mom, Ava, about her journey with her son, Blake. Ava and I discuss the ups and downs of Autism and how it really is a roller coaster! Ava also shares her experiences as an African American mother in the autism…
7- OT talk! With occupational therapist Lindsay
Oct 17, 2018 • 61 min
In today’s episode I chat with occupational therapist, Lindsay, about her work with kids on the spectrum in a school setting. Lindsay had so much great info to share and I really enjoyed talking with her. I hope you enjoy listening!
6- The five biggest lessons I’ve learned (so far)
Oct 10, 2018 • 31 min
Today’s episode is a solo show with me talking about the five biggest lessons I have learned so far on this Autism journey. I really have learned so much, it was hard to narrow it down to just five! I hope you enjoy listening :)
5- Keeping it real, with my guest Christie
Oct 2, 2018 • 48 min
On today’s episode I talk with fellow autism mama Christie about the highs and lows of having a child on the spectrum. Christie was so open and honest, I loved hearing her perspective! Enjoy!
4- Autism from a dads perspective, with my husband!
Sep 25, 2018 • 39 min
I’m so excited to have my husband, Manny, join me for this episode! We chat about our journey so far and get his “dad take” on everything. Enjoy!
3- Family dynamics and navigating Autism together
Sep 21, 2018 • 29 min
Today I talk about navigating Autism together as a family and how are our family dynamic has changed through the years. I also discuss the many ways Autism is popping up in the media!
2- See the able, not the label!
Sep 19, 2018 • 57 min
Chatting with my first guest Natasha! We talk about her sons journey thus far and get into diagnosis “labels”!
1- Welcome to Adventures in Autism!
Sep 18, 2018 • 44 min
My very first episode! All about our journey with autism so far.