Adventures in Autism

Adventures in Autism

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Welcome to Adventures in Autism! This podcast was created as a safe place to come together and share our journeys with autism. Host, Megan Carranza, shares her family’s experience with her son, Logan, and speaks with a variety of incredible guests. From fellow autism parents, to siblings, to experts in the field and individuals on the spectrum themselves! It’s all about support and finding a sense of community. These are people who just “get it”. If you’re familiar with autism, then you know everyday is an adventure, you’ll hear all about those adventures here! Thanks for listening!


110: Advocating for his son, right from the start. With autism dad & podcaster, Fred Marvel
Oct 14 • 41 min
Today I’m chatting with autism dad and podcaster, Fred Marvel, all about his journey with his son Aleks. Their story starts out very differently from any I’ve ever heard before. When Aleks was just an infant, he suffered brain trauma caused by shaken baby…
109: Chatting with returning guest, Kelly (@growingupsteven) & listener questions!
Oct 7 • 59 min
Today I’m chatting with past guest, Kelly of @growingupsteven. Kelly was on the pod way back on episode 38 and I’m thrilled to bring her back on today. Kelly and I catch up on everything that’s been going on with her, Steven and their family. Kelly is…
108- Catching up! School, AAC & med updates. Plus Adventures in Autism is TWO!
Sep 30 • 46 min
Today I’m flying solo and catching you guys up on what’s been going on with us! To start I’m sharing how Logan’s first few weeks of school are going. Although Logan is able to go in person, this year (so far) has still been very different due to covid-…
107- Becoming her cousin’s caregiver & learning to love more, with Lindsay Schuster
Sep 23 • 49 min
Today I’m chatting with my guest Lindsay Schuster. Lindsay and I connected in an autism Facebook group where she had posted about recently becoming a caregiver to her 53 year old cousin, John, who is on the spectrum. After John’s mother (Lindsay’s aunt)…
106- Know your child’s rights. With Special Education Attorney (& father) Lloyd Donders
Sep 16 • 47 min
Today I’m chatting with autism dad and special education attorney, Lloyd Donders. Lloyd became interested in special education law when he was navigating the school system for his own son, who is on the spectrum. Even though Lloyd was a lawyer himself, he…
105- Life Updates: Logan’s hospital stay, school starting & Mel finishing treatment!
Sep 9 • 83 min
Today I’m once again chatting with my sister, Melissa. We’re giving some updates and talking about everything that’s been going on with our family lately. First we’re discussing Mel’s brain cancer journey and more importantly, finishing treatment! These…
104- Sharing her greatest treasure for the first time, with Whitney Gainer (of Shanty2Chic)
Aug 26 • 59 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and DIY queen, Whitney Gainer. Whitney is bravely sharing her journey with her 3 year old son, Jed, for the first time ever. As a mother of six, Whitney definitely had her fair share of parenting experience! But as she…
103- Back to school: Thoughts, concerns & plans for this year. With SPED teacher, Ann Hall
Aug 19 • 77 min
Today I’m chatting with special education teacher, Ann Hall. Ann holds a very special place in my heart because she was actually Logan’s preschool teacher the year he was diagnosed with autism. We have maintained a friendship ever since and I’m thrilled…
102- Progress has no age limit, with SLP Kennedy Richardson
Aug 12 • 48 min
Today I’m chatting with speech and language pathologist, Kennedy Richardson. Kennedy and I talk all about her journey and how she is now working as an SLP in a high school. Kennedy originally set out to work with young children in early intervention, but…
101- Waiting for the Lightbulb, with Dr. Lisa Peña
Aug 5 • 52 min
Today I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and author, Dr. Lisa Peña. Lisa shares her journey with her beautiful daughter, Isla. After several years and pursuing many different doctors and treatments, Isla was diagnosed with autism. Through all the ups and…
100- What I’ve learned from 100 episodes! (Plus listener Q&A)
Jul 29 • 60 min
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and sharing what I’ve learned after doing 100 episodes of this podcast. This show really started from my own desire to have conversations with other people who were on a similar path. I was desperately craving connection…
99- A “strong willed” child with an even stronger mama! With Desiree Goode
Jul 22 • 44 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom, Desiree Goode. Desiree shares her journey with her adorable daughter, Ellie. Desiree explains how despite her early concerns about her daughter, doctors dismissed her and instead just labeled Ellie…
98- The surprise of a lifetime, with autism mom, Tiffany Klett
Jul 15 • 47 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom, Tiffany Klett. Tiffany and I connected several months back when she became a listener of the podcast. I’m thrilled to welcome her on the show today as a guest! Tiffany shares her unique journey with…
97- Updates, mindfulness & gratitude, with my sister, Melissa
Jul 8 • 86 min
Today I am once again chatting with my sister, Melissa. We’re discussing some recent updates on her journey with brain cancer and next steps for her treatment. Per usual, Mel is as candid and honest as ever! We talk about her new challenges while…
96- Summertime happenings: Med update, processing grief & listener questions
Jul 1 • 61 min
Today I’m flying solo and talking about some things that have been happening in our world lately. First, I’m sharing an update on our journey with medication for Logan. It feels like we’re finally on the right track and I’m explaining why that is. We are…
95- Welcome to My Life: with autism mom, podcaster & author, Laurie Hellmann
Jun 24 • 47 min
Today I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and podcaster, Laurie Hellmann. Laurie shares her journey with her son, Skyler, who is now 17. Laurie takes us back to the early days of Skyler’s diagnosis, and also talks about what life looks like now. Laurie…
94- Ain’t No Mountain You Can’t Climb. With my sister, Melissa Mitchell
Jun 17 • 101 min
In today’s episode I’m talking to my sister Melissa Mitchell about her recent brain cancer diagnosis. On May 26th Melissa suffered a massive seizure. After rushing her to the hospital, doctors found she had a very large tumor on the right side of her…
93- Life Updates: Our entire family got Coronavirus. Here’s what happened…
Jun 10 • 37 min
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and sharing what happened when our entire family recently got sick with Coronavirus. I wanted to share this because even though every case is different, I think it’s helpful to hear everyone’s experiences with the virus.…
92- Addressing Injustice & Controversy: A conversation about George Floyd & Myka Stauffer
Jun 3 • 64 min
This episode is different from any I’ve ever done before. Today I’m having a conversation with my friend, Jody Warshawsky. Jody is a fellow mom and podcaster, she’s also someone I truly admire and respect. Jody and I decided to come together for this…
91- Fiercely advocating for his son & others, with autism dad, John Felageller
May 27 • 49 min
Today I’m chatting with autism dad and advocate, John Felageller. John shares his journey with his son who was diagnosed with ASD as a toddler. John talks about how because of his son, he developed a real passion for advocacy work and made it his career.…
90- Taking on the school board & fighting for her son , with Jean Mayer
May 20 • 73 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and advocate, Jean Mayer. Jean shares her journey with her son Rory and how his diagnosis of ASD lit a fire in her to become his greatest supporter. Jean talks about the impact ABA had on Rory and how she began fighting…
89- Potty training, IEPs & AAC oh my! Catching up with Jaime Clark
May 13 • 58 min
Today I’m chatting with my friend, Jaime Clark. You might remember Jaime from episode 11, where she shared her journey with her son Blake. Since we recorded that episode Jaime and I have been able to form a real bond and friendship! It was so fun to bring…
88- Quarantine life goes on! Sharing our recent triumphs & defeats
May 6 • 45 min
Today I’m flying solo and talking about what we’ve been up to in #qaurantinelife. First I’m sharing some our recent struggles with Logan’s ADHD becoming more of concern. I talk about ways we’re trying to fulfill his sensory diet and an update on our…
87- One dads journey to accepting a different path, with Dean Trottier
Apr 29 • 54 min
Today I’m chatting with autism dad, Dean Trottier, all about his journey with his son, Charlie. Charlie was diagnosed with autism just after his second birthday. Dean shares his experience as a single dad going through the process of getting a diagnosis…
86- Advocating for her son & finding her life’s work, with Kate Cortelyou
Apr 22 • 60 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and advocate, Kate Cortelyou. Kate shares her journey with her son James and how their struggle with the school system led her to becoming an advocate and helping other families in her area. Kate and I talk all about the…
85- Five things that are ACTUALLY really helping us right now
Apr 15 • 31 min
I’m back on my own today and breaking down the five things that are actually helping us right now. From finding a new trail to walk (getting fresh air!) to scheduling virtual dates with friends- these are things that are keeping me (and my crew!) sane…
84- Life updates: How our family is getting by (& staying positive!) during this crisis
Apr 8 • 55 min
Today I’m flying solo and sharing our family’s experience dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re going on week 4 of quarantine, which has certainly had its ups as downs! As it has for everyone. I’m sharing how we’re adjusting to our new normal and what…
83- Catching up with past guest, Malinda Cooke (Autism Mastermind)
Apr 1 • 58 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and fellow podcaster, Malinda Cooke. You might remember Malinda from episode 40 where she was my guest and shared her journey with her beautiful 18 year old daughter, Paige. I’m excited to bring her back on the pod and…
82- From autism sibling to autism parent, with Lainey Skiver
Mar 25 • 48 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and sibling, Lainey Skiver. Lainey shares her journey with autism which actually started with her brother. Lainey talks about how having a sibling on the spectrum impacted her life, and ultimately helped her to parent…
81- Coronavirus: thoughts, concerns and listener suggestions to get through
Mar 17 • 61 min
Today I’m chatting with my sister, Melissa (once again!) all about the pandemic that is Coronavirus. During this very uncertain time I think it’s so important to remember that we’re all in this together- this is uncharted territory for everyone. Today I’m…
80- Talking all things self care with my co-host (and sister!) Melissa
Mar 11 • 77 min
Today I’m bringing back a very special co-host…my sister Melissa! We’re discussing all things self care and what that looks like for us personally. I’m sharing how I’ve been trying to up my self care game and what has been actually working for me.…
79- Leaking the truth, with autism mom & blogger, Stephanie Hanrahan (Tinkles her Pants)
Mar 4 • 42 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and blogger, Stephanie Hanrahan. Stephanie’s journey into autism started with her daughter, Campbell. Though Campbell seemed to be developing just fine to everyone else, and was even ahead of the curve, Stephanie sensed…
78- Catching up with returning guest, Leasa (Cody Speaks) and listener Q&A!
Feb 26 • 58 min
Today I’m chatting with my first returning guest, Leasa Hoogerwerf of Cody Speaks. You might remember Leasa from episode 25, where she opened up about the early days of her journey with her incredible son, Cody, who is now 19. I’m so excited to be…
77- Embracing the chaos, with autism mom, Leah Behrens
Feb 19 • 50 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and blogger, Leah Behrens. Leah is the proud mama to three beautiful kids- two of which are on the autism spectrum. Leah shares her journey with both children, and how her sons early diagnosis led her to seek a diagnosis…
76- Chatting with Chubuddy founders & autism parents, Chris & Jane Chu
Feb 12 • 41 min
Today I’m chatting with autism parents and the founders of Chubuddy, Chris and Jane Chu. Chris and Jane share their journey with their son Christian, who has medically complex autism. They talk all about their early days with Christian and how he was…
75- Life Updates: AAC progress, starting medication & recent revelations
Feb 5 • 49 min
Today I’m flying solo and sharing some life updates. First, I’m talking about Logan’s AAC device and all the progress he’s making! I’m also sharing some new goals for him that we’ve been working on at home and in ABA. We are really trying to focus on…
74- Diving into diet & nutrition with Foods Four Thought founder, Crystal Jordan
Jan 29 • 41 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and diet expert, Crystal Jordan. Crystal shares her journey with her son, who is on the autism spectrum. Crystal explains how her sons sleep, skin and gastrointestinal issues became a real challenge in their lives. While…
73- Mama bears unite! With special needs mom & podcast host, Mary Susan McConnell
Jan 22 • 40 min
Today I’m chatting with special needs mom and fellow podcaster, Mary Susan McConnell. Mary Susan shares her journey with her beautiful daughter Abi, who has cerebral palsy and microcephaly. Mary Susan is the host of ‘Mama Bear Podcast’ where she shares…
72- Living this exceptional life, with my guest Katie
Jan 15 • 71 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Katie, all about her adorable son, Jamie. Katie shares their journey and the road to getting a diagnosis. Jamie is an extremely gifted child and Katie talks about how his diagnosis of autism initially came as a shock.…
71- Autism Moms Are Beautiful, with Nichole Wilson
Jan 8 • 42 min
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Nichole Wilson. Nichole shares very openly about her journey with her daughter, who is on the spectrum. We talk about everything from how she handles difficult behaviors to the challenges of puberty. Nichole is a wealth…
70- Reflecting back on 2019 with my “top 9” and goals for the New Year!
Jan 1 • 46 min
Happy New Year! Today I’m ringing in 2020 by going through my “top 9” posts on social media. This was a fun way to reflect back on 2019 and the posts that resonated most with all of you. I’m also sharing a couple more of my favorite moments for the year…
69- Celebrating the holidays our way & gearing up for 2020!
Dec 24, 2019 • 36 min
Special episode! I’m coming at you on a Tuesday today (Christmas eve) to talk all about the holidays. When you have a child with autism, the holidays might look a little different for you and your family. Today I’m sharing our family traditions and how…
68- From autism professional to autism parent, with my guest Erin
Dec 18, 2019 • 62 min
In today’s episode I’m talking to autism mom, Erin Cranston. Erin shares her journey with her 6 year old daughter, Courtney. Erin is also a special education teacher (working mainly with autistic children) so she definitely has a unique perspective to…
67- Life updates and Q&A with my husband, Manny!
Dec 11, 2019 • 76 min
In today’s episode I’m talking to my first returning guest…my husband, Manny! First, Manny and I check in with some life updates. We talk about Logan’s recent neuropsychological evaluation and how that went. We also discuss Logan’s birthday and him…
66- Pixar’s Float writer/director (& autism dad!) Bobby Rubio
Dec 4, 2019 • 35 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism dad, Bobby Rubio. Bobby is the writer/director of the incredible Pixar short film, ‘Float’, which is available on Disney +. After I saw Float, I knew I had to reach out to Bobby to hear more of his story. Bobby…
65- Shifting perspective as your child grows, with autism mom Jacqui Folks
Nov 27, 2019 • 37 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism mom Jacqui Folks. Jacqui shares her journey with her son Ethan, who is now 18. We talk about the early days after Ethan’s diagnosis 16 years ago and how different things were back then. Jacqui was determined in…
64- Mans best friend, with Laura Sylvester of Good Dog! Autism Companions
Nov 20, 2019 • 51 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with Laura Sylvester of Good Dog! Autism Companions. Good Dog! is an amazing organization that is dedicated to helping families affected by ASD through autism service dog companions. Laura is a fellow autism mom and we talk…
63- Sounds Like Autism, with Josh Mirsky and Dave Thompson
Nov 13, 2019 • 39 min
Today I’m chatting with Josh Mirsky and Dave Thompson of the podcast ‘Sounds like Autism’. Josh and Dave share their personal journeys that led them to work together and eventually start their podcast. Josh, who is on the spectrum, talks about his past…
62- From Real Housewife to Real Advocate, with my guest Jacqueline Laurita
Nov 6, 2019 • 68 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and advocate, Jacqueline Laurita. You may be familiar with Jacqueline from her time on the Real Housewives of New Jersey! Jacqueline very bravely and honestly shared their family’s journey with her…
61- One voice made stronger, with autism mom & podcast host, Susan Scott
Oct 30, 2019 • 54 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and podcaster, Susan Scott. Susan and I connected several months back when I was guest on her show, My Autism Tribe. Susan is such a kind and genuine person, I’m so excited to bring her on Adventures…
60- Life Updates: Dealing with regression, making self care a priority & Logan’s AAC!
Oct 23, 2019 • 51 min
In today’s episode I’m flying solo and keeping it very real about what we’ve had going on lately. First, I’m discussing Logan’s recent regression with potty training. I’m not gonna lie, it’s been tough! But we are doing everything we can to get through…
59- Pieces of Inspiration, with autism sibling, Natalie Castro
Oct 16, 2019 • 53 min
In today’s episode I’m chatting with autism sibling, Natalie Castro. Natalie opens up about her journey with adult sister, Angie, who is on the spectrum. Natalie shares how she recently became Angie’s legal guardian along with their mother, and what led…
58- Turn autism around, with my guest Dr. Mary Barbera
Oct 9, 2019 • 34 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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! :) —- Send in a voice message:…
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! —- Send in a voice…
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 :) —- Send in a voice…
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! —- Send in a voice message:…
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! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
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! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
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”! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message
1- Welcome to Adventures in Autism!
Sep 18, 2018 • 44 min
My very first episode! All about our journey with autism so far. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/megan-carranza/message