Why You Don't Need a Special Needs Math Curriculum

Episode 23: Why You Don’t Need a Special Needs Math Curriculum Does your child hate math? Is it the subject they struggle with most? Are you searching for the Special Needs Math Curriculum that will solve all of your woes? If you want to see real progress with math, the key is not a curriculum targeting a specific learning disability.. the key is helping your child see the beauty in math and to find a curriculum that teaches the way your child learns best. A curriculum designed for a specific disability isn’t going to work because we aren’t a diagnosis. We are people, which meansRead More →

Internet Safety for Teens - Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast

Episode 22: Internet Safety for Teens Join me today as my daughter, Jessica, and I talk about the importance of internet safety, including some of the measures we have put in place over the years to protect them. Spoiler! It has not included software or guardian tech! It has mostly depended on building and maintaining a trusting relationship with our children and using that as a place to build online relationship skills. Like so many things in life, learning to communicate safely online is something that you learn as you go with the support of people who love you most! Listen Here: Show Notes: SpecialRead More →

Profiles in Personhood - Meet Austin!

Episode 21: Profiles in Personhood Meet Austin! Join me for another episode of our series: Profiles in Personhood! Today you will get to meet my son, Austin, and learn a little more about what is important to him! Get ready to laugh along with us as we talk about Hyperlexia, NonVerbal Learning Disability, classic video games, music, and humor! And we get to hear Austin do some of his voice impressions for us!! Listen Here: Show Notes: Special Needs Homeschooling Membership with Amy Bodkin, EdS When Babies Read by Audra Jensen Building Narration Skills One Picture at a Time: Online Course by  Lynne Moore NonVerbalRead More →

Sex Education, ABA, and Autism – How We Can Do Better

Episode 20: Sex Education, ABA, and Autism How We Can Do Better My guest today is Madison Holcomb, an Autistic adult whose work focuses on offering an Autistic perspective to families and professionals. Madison was a recent guest speaker at SEXABA, a conference focused on the importance of thinking ahead to the needs of not only the child but also the adult the child will become! This must include giving thought to sex education. Oftentimes we think of sex education as this “big thing.” But in reality, sex education is often just taking ideas experienced in other platonic relationships and generalizing those ideas to aRead More →

Episode 16: What About ABA? of the Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 16: WHat About ABA? Welcome to episode #16 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! ABA has been under fire from Autistic adults because the bodies that govern the field of ABA are not living up to their sacred responsibility to protect children from unethical treatment. So what do we do with ABA? Do we advocate that every child receive ABA? Or do we say ABA is evil and should be banned? Or is there a more nuanced approach? I believe there is!! Join me today as we dive into what the REAL root issue is and how the educational philosophy of Charlotte MasonRead More →

Episode 15: What Inclusion Really Means - Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS

Episode 15: What Inclusion Really Means Welcome to episode #15 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! Real inclusion is all about connection! It’s not about having everyone in the classroom doing the exact same work. It’s about helping everyone find the way that they can connect with the topic of the day best! In this episode, I talk about how I manage this in my online classes where I teach Woodworking and Family Yoga through The Charlotte Mason Co-op (see all my online classes here)! But really, it just comes down to treating kids with respect as persons (just like you) and “minding yourRead More →

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 →

Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast with Amy Bodkin, EdS - Episode #2: Welcome to Club 299 - My Autistic Diagnosis

Episode 2: Welcome to Club 299 – My Autism Diagnosis I did not receive my Autism diagnosis until my children were being diagnosed, and it took me a while to be ready to receive those diagnoses. When we did finally receive those diagnoses, we had a lot of challenges to work through—from finding the right supports for my youngest, who was also Hyperlexic, to addressing the health challenges that resulted from chronic masking and unaddressed mental health issues. Be sure to listen to the previous episode in which I talk about my autistic childhood. You can listen to that episode here: Episode #1: My AutisticRead More →