Puberty: How an Autistic Girl Grows Up - Episode 14 of the "Special Needs Kids Are People Too!" Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 14: Puberty – How an Autistic Girl Grows Up Welcome to episode #14 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! It’s tough being a teenager, period! There are so many changes to go through, and if you add sensory processing issues to that, it can be even more difficult! Join me today as we talk about how we can show up as the adults and support our children through these changes!! Listen Here: Show Notes: Book: The Wonder of Becoming You by Miriam Grossman, M.D. Book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler Submit a question for a “Dear Amy” episode here: DearRead More →

Love on the Spectrum - Episode 13 of the Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 13: Love on the Spectrum Welcome to episode #13 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! Join me today as we talk about LOVE on the Spectrum! I will be sharing my perspective and my daughter’s perspective on the first season of the TV show, “Love on the Spectrum.” And I will be sharing some of the things I have learned along the way about dating and relationships from an Autistic perspective!  Listen Here: Show Notes: Episode #13 “Love on the Spectrum” TV Show: Netflix page “Love on the Spectrum” TV Show: IMDb page I hope you enjoyed listening to today’s episode and gainedRead More →

Blue vs Teal Pumpkins - Episode 12 of the Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode#12: Blue vs Teal It is that time of year again when kids are beginning to get excited about Halloween! But, before we get too carried away with the excitement of costumes and Trick-or-Treating, I would like to offer a word of caution. Caution Ahead! We love our children and are so proud of them that we often want to share that with the rest of the world so they too can see how wonderful they are! But, it is so important for us to remember to be careful with the kind of identifying information we provide to strangers! This comes up every fall asRead More →

IEPs – Individualized Education Plans – Our Guarantee to Children - Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 11: Individualized Education Plans: Our Guarantee to Children Welcome to episode #11 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! I have had the privilege of knowing some pretty fantastic teachers!! But for all of us who are part of an IEP team – whether we are a teacher, parent, administrator, advocate, etc. – it is essential that we make certain that each child’s IEP does what it was intended to do: guarantee children that we are prepared to provide them the support they need to grow and learn!!  Let’s start taking IEP writing seriously and not just selecting from drop down menus… because SpecialRead More →

Words are Power - Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 9: Words are Power The Importance of Examining the Language We Use Welcome to episode #10 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! Have you ever wondered why I titled my podcast “Special Needs Kids are People Too” when there is a push to stop using terms like “Special Needs”? There is a reason!!  Words are power. Autism vs Aspergers Handicapped vs Accessible Our language reveals what we value and what we don’t value – disability, functioning labels, gifted, dyslexic, hyperlexic, special education… And it IS hard. But the conversations are worthwhile. So, why did I call the podcast “Special Needs Kids are PeopleRead More →

The Cost of Dehumanizing Others - Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 9: The Cost of Dehumanizing Others Welcome to episode #9 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! Who gets to decide which people have value and which don’t? Who gets to decide what kinds of diversity are acceptable and what kinds aren’t? What would happen to our creativity and ingenuity as a society if we prevent the existence of certain types of diversity? What happens to our well-being as a society when we choose to exclude people in our lives who are different from us? What happens in our families and our social groups when we choose to exclude members who make different choices?Read More →

Diagnosis: Harmful or Helpful? - Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 8: Diagnoses – Harmful or Helpful? Welcome to episode #8 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! Is a special needs diagnosis harmful or helpful? The answer is they can be both! Join me this week as we discuss how, like so many topics in life, the answer is often both “yes” and “no!” Listen Here: I hope you enjoyed listening to today’s episode and gained some new insights into the wonderful variety of people in our world!  And remember, Special Needs Kids are People Too! Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on email Email Share onRead More →

Diversity and Neurodiversity: Loving Ourselves So We Can Appreciate Others - Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 7: Diversity and Neurodiversity Loving Ourselves So We Can Appreciate Others Welcome to episode #7 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! I had the opportunity to talk this week with Amber O’Neal Johnston from Heritage Mom about diversity and neurodiversity!! This is a topic that is very important to me, and I love Amber’s story and her message! We need mirrors in our lives to reflect what is beautiful about who we are, but we also need windows into the lives of others who are different from ourselves! Learning to love and appreciate our own culture – whether that is a neurodiverse culture, a racialRead More →

Episode #6: What It Means to "Do No Harm" - Toward ABA Reform

Episode #6: What It Means to “Do No Harm”Toward ABA Reform Welcome to episode #6 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! I am planting my flag on the side of ABA Reform with this episode. It’s the release of the highlights reel from our ABAI symposium, Toward Applied Behavior Analysis Reform: What It Means to “Do No Harm.”  ABAI 2021 Convention Symposium“Toward Applied Behavior Analysis: What It Means to “Do No Harm” Generally speaking, people don’t go into a service profession hoping to hurt other people, but we do need to constantly be checking ourselves. When we look back over the long history ofRead More →

Healing Trauma Through Yoga - Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 5: Healing Trauma Through Yoga Welcome to episode #5 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! This episode is an extension of the topic “How Do We Help Chidren Recover From a Pandemic (and other childhood trauma)” from episodes 3 & 4. You can listen to Episode #3 here and Episode #4 here. Episode #5 is all about healing trauma through yoga and how it was helpful in my own healing journey. I also discuss common misconceptions about yoga, it’s history, and it’s underlying philosophy and connection to world religions and philosophies. Listen Here: Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Childhood Disrupted by Donna JacksonRead More →