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Adventures in Autism

158 EpisodesProduced by Megan Carranza Website

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… read more


Episode 146- A Life Suspended. With autism mom & author, Nicole Hendrick Donovan

Today I’m chatting with autism mom and author, Nicole Hendrick Donovan. Nicole shares her journey with her son Jack, who is now 16. Jack is the youngest of four boys and Nicole explains how around his third birthday, she could no longer ignore the signs that Jack was developing in a different way from his brothers. Eventually, Jack was diagnosed with autism but it was a long road to get there. Nicole shares how despite getting services, there was a lack of understanding on how to deal with Jack’s behaviors, especially in a school setting. All this came to a head when in 2012, Jack escaped from his elementary school leaving a trail of injured and weary staff behind. Due to his elopement and the behaviors leading up to it, he was consequently expelled. It was this incident (as well as their journey leading up to and following) that led Nicole to write her memoir, A LIFE SUSPENDED: A Mother and Son's Story of Autism, Extinction Bursts, and Living a Resilient Life. Nicole and I talk more on this episode about their story, and the difficulty of navigating the educational system with an autistic child. I loved chatting with Nicole and I know you will enjoy listening to this episode!

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