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The Autism Dad Podcast

87 EpisodesProduced by Rob GorskiWebsite

Welcome to The Autism Dad podcast. Every Friday I bring you a new episode with an amazing guest and we take on topics that are relevant to your life. You will hear conversations about various parenting topics, mental health, autism, ADHD, technology, current events, and yes, sometimes even politics.… read more

87 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

The First 3 Things You Need To Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with Autism

January 27th, 2019

In this introductory episode, I share a bit about who I am, what I do, and why I do it. I also answer one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from parents across the globe. That question is "my child …

My Son Had His Wish Granted

February 8th, 2019

In this episode, I share a very emotional interview I gave last year during the annual Wish-A-Thon. We were helping raise awareness and money for an amazing organization called Wishes Can Happen. They grant wishes to …

What You Need To Know About Meltdowns

February 14th, 2019

Sensory Processing Disorder and Meltdowns are two of the most commonly misunderstood things that an Autistic person can experience. Even more confusing is how to know the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. …

Why Are Autism Parents Judged So Harshly?

February 22nd, 2019

Please Subscribe  In this latest episode of The Autism Dad Podcast, I talk about judgment. Autism families often find themselves on the receiving end of judgment because people just don't get it or don't care. I talk …

An Assault of Verbiage

March 9th, 2019

My listeners have been asking for me to try doing episodes where I talk freely about my personal struggles with being an Autism Dad. I thought I'd give it a try. In this bonus episode, I talk about some of those …

Supporting Autistic Artists with Harish Bikmal

March 15th, 2019

In this episode, I interview Harish Bikmal, Autism Dad and founder of Zenaviv. Zenaviv is a Social Benefit Enterprise that works with and promotes Autistic artists, as well as artists with special needs. We talk about …

Bittersweet Victories

March 21st, 2019

In this episode, I talk about what many of us face from time to time. Bittersweet Victories are the kind of victory that comes after a loss. In the case of my family, Gavin is losing significant skills and while we are …

The 800 Pound Gorilla

April 1st, 2019

In this very brief, last minute-episode, I share my thoughts on Autism Speaks "Light It Up Blue" campaign. I talk about how Autism Awareness month has lost its meaning and I give you some ideas on how you can help raise …

Untethered From Reality

April 13th, 2019

We are currently experiencing a crisis with our 19 year old, Autistic and Schizophrenic son. "Untethered From Reality" is all about Gavin's struggle …

Emergency Hospitalization

April 20th, 2019

This is an unplanned follow-up to last weeks "Untethered From Reality". Shortly after recording and publishing last weeks episode, Gavin was rushed …

Dr. Jason Kahn on managing meltdowns with Mightier

May 30th, 2019

In today's episode, I have a conversation with Dr. Jason Kahn, PhD. Dr. Kahn is a researcher from Boston Children's Hospital, an instructor at Harvard, co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Mightier. Mightier is a …

Season 2 Update

September 6th, 2019

In this short snippet of goodness, I update you on some personal tragedy, as well as how Season 2 is shaping up. If you want to sponsor an episode or be on the show as a parent to share your story or perhaps as an …

Navigating Divorce with Autistic Kids S2E1

October 12th, 2019

In this Season 2 premiere, I talk about divorce. More specifically, I talk about navigating divorce when Autistic kids are involved. Divorce is …

Autisable (feat. Joel Manzer) S2E2

October 18th, 2019

In this week's episode, I speak with my good friend and fellow Autism dad Joel Manzer. We discuss the work he's doing in the Autism community and then talk about some things that impacting the community.  

Living with Rare Disease (feat. Lindsay Fogarty) S2E3

October 25th, 2019

I speak with my good friend and fellow Autism parent, Lindsay Fogarty. She's an Autism, Rare Disease and patient advocate, as well as, a blogger and …

Recognizing Adult ADHD (feat. Dr. John Kruse) S2E4

November 1st, 2019

(S2E4) In this episode, I have a conversation with Dr. John Kruse, MD, PhD about all things ADHD, including his brand new book titled "Recognizing …

Adopt A (feat. Melissa Hruza) S2E5

November 8th, 2019

(S2E5) This week Melissa Hruza, Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships at stopped by to discuss how they are helping teachers and students all over the country, find the funding they need. …

LifeTown (feat. Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum) S2E6

November 15th, 2019

(S2E6)  I speak with Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum and Jonah Zimilies from LifeTown. LifeTown is a 53,000 sq foot facility built to service the special needs community in Livingston, New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest rate …

Online Streaming Safety (feat. Brenda Bisner) S2E7

November 22nd, 2019

(S2S7) In this episode, I talk with Brenda Bisner. She's the SVP of A Parent Media Co Inc. the creators of the SAFE STREAMING Platform, Kidoodle.TV. We talk about online streaming and the many dangers that parents are …

Triumph and Tragedy (feat. Ethan Fisher) S2E8

November 29th, 2019

S2E8 In this week's episode, I have the chance to talk with Ethan Fisher about depression, mental illness, addiction and suicide. Ethan is a keynote speaker who has turned tragedy into something positive. He helps …

Autism Healthcare Collaborative (feat. Sheri Marino) S2E9

December 6th, 2019

I had the opportunity to speak with Sheri A. Marino, MA, CCC-SLP this past week. She's the Executive Director of the Autism Healthcare Collaborative. …

All About ADHD (feat. Hazel McAdam) S2E10

December 15th, 2019

S2E10 In this week's episode, I have a very open and honest conversation with my good friend Hazel McAdam. She one of my favorite people and you …

Autism and Wandering (feat. Sidra Collins) S2E11

December 20th, 2019

S2E11 Wandering is a huge problem in the Autism community and it's reached epidemic levels. Sidra Collins is an Autism Mom and Community Manager at …

The Facts About Vaccines (feat. Dr. Ryan Marino) S3E1

January 3rd, 2020

S3E1 I have a very honest conversation about vaccines with Dr. Ryan Marino, an ER Physician and Medical Toxicologist at University Hospitals in …

Vaccine Preventable Diseases (feat. Dr. Tara Smith) S3E2

January 11th, 2020

S3E2 My guest today is Dr. Tara Smith. She's an expert in vaccine-preventable and infectious diseases. We discuss the facts and dangers of VPD's like Measles, Whooping Cough and Flu. These are very serious conditions …

The Science Behind Autism (feat. Alison Singer) S3E3

January 24th, 2020

(S3E3) My guest this week is Alison Singer, President of the Autism Science Foundation. Alison is an amazing human being and I'm honored to have her on the pod today. She shares some personal stories about Autism in her …

Autism when You're a Military Family (feat. Josh Gibbs) S3E4

January 31st, 2020

S3E4 This weeks episode broaches the subject of what it's like to be an Autism parent, while in the US Military. I had the honor to speaking with Josh Gibbs and learning about the unique challenges that our Military …

Protecting the Affordable Care Act (feat. Peter Morley) S3E5

February 14th, 2020

In this week's episode, I have the honor of speaking with one of my personal hero's Peter Morley. Peter is an amazing human being and someone I'm …

Autism Certified (feat. DoubleTree Orlando at SeaWorld) S3E6

February 22nd, 2020

As you know, or maybe you don't, my boys and I were invited to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld recently. They are one of the very first hotels in the country to become Autism Certified. Our mission …

Shifting the Focus on Autism and Grief (feat. Taylor Linloff) S3E7

February 28th, 2020

In this week's episode, I speak with Taylor Linloff. Taylor is 25 years old and was diagnosed with Autism and severe anxiety in 2018. Taylor became …

Changing the lives of kids with critical illness (feat. Kate Mazelin of GKTW) S3E8

March 6th, 2020

This is a very special episode and one that's very near and dear to my heart. While on our recent trip to Orlando, I had a chance to sit down for a face to face with Kate Mazelin, Marketing Director of Give Kids The …

Why Genetic Testing is Vital for Kids with Autism (feat. Lukas Lange of Probably Genetic) S3E9

March 13th, 2020

In this week's episode, I speak with Lukas Lange, the CEO and co-founder of Probably Genetic. Probably Genetic is working very hard to make genetic testing more accessible to families who need it. Families like mine. …

COVID19 Update March 14, 2020

March 15th, 2020

I've been getting a lot of questions in regards to how I'm managing my household as the COVID19 pandemic worsens. I thought it would be better to do …

COVID19 Update March 16, 2020

March 16th, 2020

Here's an update on how my Autism and Special Needs family is managing on lockdown during the COVID19 pandemic. I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science …

My 11 Year Old Talks About Life On Lockdown (feat. Emmett Gorski) S3E10

March 20th, 2020

In this weeks (albeit late) episode, I talk about life on lockdown and what it's like to manage this COVID19 health crisis as a single Dad to 3 …

The Line Between Preparedness and Paranoia S3E11

March 25th, 2020

In this episode, I update you on a major decision I had to make in order to keep my immunocompromised son safe during the COVID19 pandemic. Very few things are simple with it comes to Special Needs parenting and I share …

Managing Depression on Lockdown S3E12

March 29th, 2020


In this episode, I open up about how I’m managing my depression while I’m on total lockdown with my 3 Autistic kids. Those of us who live with mental health issues may find ourselves struggling more because of all …

Tech to Help Your Autistic Kid (feat. Aaron Shute of Brain Power) S3E13

April 2nd, 2020


In this episode, I talk with Aaron Shute from Brain Power. We discuss how they are using highly specialized software and Google Glass to improve the …

30 Days On Lockdown S3E14

April 6th, 2020


In this shorter episode, I discuss a major milestone we’ve reached, 30 days on total lockdown. I share how I’m managing a seriously delicate …

Autism COVID19 and Homework Oh My (feat. Alycia Halladay) S3E15

April 11th, 2020


In this weeks episode, I speak with Alycia Halladay. Alycia is the Chief Science Officer at the Autism Science Foundation. We recently had a discussion about many things Autism related. We talked about the new Autism …

Parent to Parent (feat. Melissa Winchell) S3E16

April 17th, 2020


This is a very special episode. I speak parent to parent with Melissa Winchell about the struggles our families are facing on COVID19 lockdown. Melissa’s family was featured on ABC News recently, along with mine and few …

ADHD, Anxiety, COVID19 and Trump (feat. Hazel McAdam) S3E17

April 24th, 2020


In this week’s episode, (recorded on 4/8/2020) I talk with my friend Hazel McAdam. Hazel and I decided to have a conversation about everything from …

Meltdowns Managed (feat. Dr. Jason Kahn of Mightier) S3E18

April 25th, 2020


In today’s episode, I have a conversation with Dr. Jason Kahn, PhD. Jason, as he prefers to be called, is a developmental psychologist and co-creator …

Helping Our Kids Survive COVID19 Lockdown (feat. Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D) S3E19

May 1st, 2020


This week’s episode is all about helping our kids survive the COVID19 lockdown. Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D, joins me to discuss ways we can help our kids better maintain, both emotionally and physically in a situation in …

Stronger In The Broken Places (feat. Laurie Nadel, Ph.D.) S3E20

May 8th, 2020


We have never experienced anything like COVID-19 in our lifetime and people are scared, myself included. Many of us are dealing with high levels of acute stress, irritability, and sleep disruption.

My guest today is …

Talking to Your Kids About COVID19 (feat. Kristin Canavera from St. Jude) S3E21

May 16th, 2020


If you’re a parent who’s trying to discuss COVID19 with your children, this show is definitely for you. Kristin Canavera is a child psychologist at …

The Struggle Is Real (feat. Amy Kelly) S3E22

July 3rd, 2020


Amy Kelly is the mother of Danny, Annie, and Ryan. Her daughter Annie is diagnosed with moderate to severe autism, verbal apraxia, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and general anxiety disorder.

Amy Kelly is …

When Schools Are Closed (feat. Matthew Boulay) S3E23

July 10th, 2020


In this episode, I speak with Matthew Boulay about education in the advent of COVID19, as well as the importance of summer learning. We talk about …

Caring For The Caregivers (feat. Eileen Silverberg) S3E24

July 16th, 2020


My guest is Eileen Silverberg. She’s a Life Coach in Emotional Management and author of “A Warrior of Light: A Guide of Inner Wisdom For Challenging Times”.

We have a very important conversation about the physical and …

Welcome to The Autism Dad Podcast

July 22nd, 2020

Welcome to The Autism Dad podcast. Every Friday I bring you a new episode with an amazing guest and we take on topics that are relevant to your life. You will hear conversations about various parenting topics, mental …

Co-Parenting Through Divorce (feat. David Hill, MD, FAAP) S3E25

July 24th, 2020


I’ve been wanting to take on the topic of co-parenting through divorce for a while now. It’s relevant to so many families out there, including mine. David Hill, MD, FAAP literally co-wrote the book on Co-parenting …

How COVID19 Impacts the Autism Community (feat. Alycia Halladay) S3E26

July 31st, 2020


In this week’s episode, I speak with Alycia Halladay again. The previous episode can be found here. Alycia is the Chief Science Officer at the Autism Science Foundation. We recently had a discussion about how COVID19 …

A Basket of Impossibles (feat. Carew Papritz) S3E27

August 13th, 2020


Let’s get honest here for a minute. We all want our kids to return to school. No one is saying that’s a bad idea. It’s important that our kids get …

Homeschooling vs Online Learning: What You NEED to Know (feat. Annette Hines) S3E28

August 22nd, 2020


In this week’s episode, my friend Annette Hines stops by talk to about homeschooling vs online learning. We discuss the differences between …

Parent to Parent (feat. Amy Nielsen) S3E29

September 11th, 2020


In this weeks episode, I have a parent to parent conversation with Amy Nielsen. She’s an autism mom, author, educator, blogger, podcaster, and early intervention specialist. We talk about her amazing family, life as an …

Fitness At Home (feat Celebrity Trainer Oscar Smith) S3E30

September 21st, 2020


My guest today is a legendary supermodel and celebrity fitness trainer Oscar Smith. He’s devoted his life to fitness and has successfully trained …

MAMAS Talkin' LOUD (feat. Cara Cooper and Jessica Rush) S3E31

September 26th, 2020


I’m so excited to bring you this episode. My guests today are Cara Cooper and Jessica Rush. They’re both Broadway Moms and they’re here to talk about motherhood, parenting, their podcast (MAMAS Talkin’ LOUD), balancing …

Sensory Processing Disorder 101 (feat. Varleisha Gibbs) S3E32

October 4th, 2020


In this week’s episode, my guest is Varleisha Gibbs and we are going to talk about sensory processing disorder. Varleisha is a Mother, wife, and author.

Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L is the Vice President of …

Parent to Parent (feat. Wendy Valente) S3E33

October 16th, 2020


I’m so excited about this week’s episode because I just launched The Parent to Parent Series. Aside from briefly vetting my guests, I go into these interviews blind. The idea is to meet another special needs parent for …

Goally is tech that helps kids manage their routine (feat. Sasha Shtern) S3E34

October 23rd, 2020


In this weeks episode, I interview Sasha Shtern, CEO of Goally. Goally is really cool tech that I’ve been testing with my oldest. Goally helps kids …

Parent to Parent (feat. Lynn Esparo) S3E35

October 30th, 2020


In this week’s Parent to Parent episode, I have the pleasure of meeting Lynn Esparo. Lynn is a single Mom to a little boy with autism. She has an amazing story and she takes us through her journey with the foster care …

Parent to Parent (feat. Amy Nielsen) S3E36

November 6th, 2020


In this week’s episode, my friend Amy Nielsen is back on the show. Amy is an autism Mom and was on a few months back. We were talking about her journey as an autism parent. We discussed how COVID was impacting their …

Parent to Parent (feat. Tammy Seguin) S3E37

November 13th, 2020


his week I had the pleasure of meeting Tammy Seguin. Tammy’s a single Mom of 2 kids, her oldest being autistic. She’s on the show today to share a …

Parent to Parent (feat. Bernadette Woldt) S3E38

November 20th, 2020


In this second to the last episode of the season, I had the pleasure of meeting Bernadette Woldt. Bernadette is a single Mom of twin girls, one being …

I Wish More Dads Spoke Up Like This (feat. Ray Bracht) S3E39

December 5th, 2020


I'm super stoked about this 2nd to last episode of the season because I snagged an autism dad. I talk to tons of autism moms and that's awesome because I learn so much from them. I don't hear from or speak with many …

Parent to Parent (feat. Nikki Saunders) S3E40

December 13th, 2020


In this final episode of season 3, I meet Nikki Saunders. I go into these episodes not knowing anything about these parents. I know that Nikki is an autism Mom and lives in the UK. I encourage you to join me once more …

Surviving COVID and Getting Divorced S3E41

December 30th, 2020


This was an unplanned bonus episode that I did in one take. That’s always impressive. I wanted to share an end-of-the-year roundup and talk about some of the things my family has been dealing with in 2020. I also open …

Talking to Dads (feat. Sacha Muller) S4E1

February 5th, 2021


Welcome back!!!! My guest today is Sacha Muller and he’s an autism Dad. Sacha is here to talk to me about his parenting journey and what being a …

Accessibility for Those with Disabilities (feat. Meegan Winters) S4E2

February 12th, 2021


My guest today is Meegan Winters. She has a background in special education and is the founder of Able Eyes. Able Eyes is a state of the art platform …

Dad's Talking Autism and Parenting (feat. Eric Rittenhouse) S4E3

February 19th, 2021


My guest today is Eric Rittenhouse. He’s the father of 2 amazing autistic kids and he’s here to talk about his journey as a special needs parent. Eric has a fantastic outlook on life and an inspiring approach to …

Diagnosis Delayed (feat. Dr. Jeff Selman) S4E4

February 26th, 2021


My guest today is Dr. Jeff Selman. He’s VP of Clinical Services over at First Children Services. He’s here to talk about how COVID is creating additional delays in kids getting evaluated for autism. This is a huge …

The Many Different Paths to Fatherhood (feat. Harma Hartouni) S4E5

March 12th, 2021


My guest today is Harma Hartouni. Harma just happens to be an absolutely amazing human being with one of the most inspiring stories, I’ve ever heard. …

Let's Talk About COVID and the Vaccines (feat. Dr. Webby of St Jude Children's Research Hospital and the WHO) S4E7

April 3rd, 2021


I’ve been wanting to do this episode for a while. Dr. Richard Webby is on the show today to discuss all things COVID and vaccine-related. Dr. Webby is a Member of the Department of Infectious diseases at St Jude …

What to do when you suspect autism (feat. Dr. Emilee Valler) S4E7

April 23rd, 2021


I’ve been wanting to do this episode FOREVER and it finally happened. My guest today is Dr. Emilee Valler. She’s a pediatric psychologist with the …

Insanely Affordable Financial Planning for ALL Families (feat. Caleb Frankel of EarlyBird) S4E8

May 7th, 2021


In this week’s episode, I speak with Caleb Frankel, COO, and co-founder of the financial technology and gifting platform called EarlyBird. EarlyBird

Autism Dad and Author of "Not Sleeping" (feat. Alan Winnikoff)

May 21st, 2021


My guest today is Alan Winnikoff. Alan is not only an autism Dad but also the author of the new book called “Not Sleeping”. Learn about Alan’s journey while parenting 2 autistic kids, as well as the inspiration behind …

Helping Men Become Better Versions of Themselves (feat. Dennis Procopio) S4E10

June 6th, 2021


This was a really challenging episode for me to edit for a couple of reasons and I’ll explain in a minute. My guest is Dennis Procopio, founder of Man-Up! Life Coaching, and fellow autism Dad. He’s here as a resource …

Help with Meltdowns and Emotional Outbursts (Feat. Angela Gotz and Jessie Ragnio) S4E11

June 25th, 2021


I get so many questions about Mightier and today I’m talking to Angela Gotz, a Mom to 2 autistic kiddos, who’s been using Mightier for a couple of years. I talk about her life and experience as an autism parent and how …

The Working Mom Blueprint (feat. Dr. Whitney Casares) S4E12

September 2nd, 2021


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My guest today is Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP, pediatrician, special needs Mom, and author of The Working Mom Blueprint: …

Why are men so hard on themselves? (Feat. Dennis Procopio) S4E13

September 10th, 2021


This was a really challenging episode for me to edit for a couple of reasons and I’ll explain in a minute. My guest is Dennis Procopio, founder of Man-Up! Life Coaching, and fellow autism Dad. He’s here as a resource …

Autism, Language Arts, and Women in Film (Feat. Corrie Duryee) S4E14

September 19th, 2021


My guest today is Corrie Duryee. Corrie is an autism mom, an amazing human being, and a filmmaker. Corrie is here to talk about her latest film, Language Arts, as well as women and representation in film. The topic of …

Relationships and Communication (Feat. Dennis Procopio of MAN-UP! Life Coaching) S4E15

September 25th, 2021


My good friend and male life coach, Dennis Procopio is back. Dennis is the man behind MAN-UP! Life Coaching and over the last decade, he's helped hundreds and hundreds of guys get unstuck and become better versions of …

The Truth About Vaccines (Feat. Heather Brandt, Ph.D, St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center) S4E16

September 30th, 2021


My guest today is Heather Brandt, Ph.D. Heather is the Director, HPV Cancer Prevention Program, Co-associate Director for Outreach, St. Jude …

When your child is seriously injured at school (Feat. Dennis Procopio) S4E17

October 29th, 2021


Slight format change beginning today because I’m moving to a different server. My good friend Dennis Procopio is here today. Dennis is the founder of Man-UP! Life Coaching (MULC) and has been on the show a few times to …

Helping Special Needs Kids Make Friends (feat. Emily Bruce from PeerKnect) S4E18

November 12th, 2021


My guest today is Emily Bruce. Mother, as well as, Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst (BCBA, LBA) in the State of Tennessee with an M.S., …

Making Interactions Between First Responders and Autistic People Safer (feat Janeé Harteau) S4E19

November 20th, 2021


How many special needs parents worry about their child having interactions with first responders (police/EMS) and being misunderstood, or worse, …

Stories from an IEP Meeting (feat. Dennis Procopio) S4E20

December 3rd, 2021


IEP or individualized education plan are oftentimes considered a four-letter word in the autism and special needs community. In this episode, I briefly explain what an IEP is and why they're important, before hearing …

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