A Place to Belong with Amber O'Neal Johnston - Special Needs Kids Are People Too! Podcast

A Place to Belong with Amber O’Neal Johnston Join me today as I talk to Amber O’Neal Johnston about her new book, A Place to Belong: Celebrating Diversity and Kinship in Our Homes and Beyond. I absolutely LOVE her message about learning to love who we are and where we come from and how that opens us up to being able to see what is beautiful in other people! This is SUCH an important message for our Special Needs Families where children often struggle with appreciating themselves when they are surrounded by people who aren’t like them! AND Amber will be joining my Special NeedsRead More →

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 19: Getting Through the Holidays

Episode 19: Getting Through the Holidays Welcome to episode #19 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! The Holidays can be a very difficult time for Special Needs Families, and one of the big reasons The Holidays can be so difficult is: traditions. Holiday Traditions are made up by a democracy of the dead. They are not designed to meet the needs of the people in your home today. The were designed for an earlier time. Join me as we discuss ideas for “Marie Kondo-ing” your Holiday Traditions! Listen Here: Show Notes: Profiles in Personhood submission page I hope you enjoyed listening to today’s episodeRead More →

Episode 18: Profiles in Personhood - Meet Jess!

Episode 18: Profiles in Personhood Meet Jess! Welcome to episode #18 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! Today I am starting our new series: Profiles in Personhood! It’s about seeing others as FULL people worthy of respect – especially those with varying diagnoses (especially children). And it’s a fun way to introduce you to all these wonderfully neurodivergent individuals and let you see how cool they are! Today, in our inaugural episode, you will get to meet my daughter Jessica (completely unedited!) and learn a little more about what is important to her! In the episode, we decided that if we were going toRead More →

Episode 17: The Importance of Perspective Welcome to episode #17 of Special Needs Kids are People Too! Often the perspectives of Autistic individuals (or individuals with other types of diagnoses) are not taken into consideration because their perspective is not well known. This time of year there are many holidays that expose us to a perspective that also may not be well known to us. With Thanksgiving being last week, Hanukkah being this week, and Christmas coming in a few weeks, I thought it was a great opportunity to have a conversation about the importance of continuing to participate in the great adventure of learningRead 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 →