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Autism in Relationships

Join Dr. Stephanie Holmes and her husband Dan Holmes, hosts of the Neurodiverse Christian Couple podcast, to talk about their own neurodiverse relationship and interview world-renowned autism expert, Dr. Tony Attwood. Dr. Attwood will discuss autism in relationships and give some practical advice and tips from decades of working with individuals on the autism spectrum.

Professor Tony Attwood Bio
Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in Autism Spectrum Disorders since he
qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He currently works in his own
private practice and is also an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. His book
Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 500,000 copies
and has been translated into 27 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to
Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006 has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1. He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc., and Guilford Press on emotion management, relationships and sexuality, and general advice for autistic children and adults. He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with many expressions of autism.

Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International
Conferences. He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals, and, individuals with Asperger’s syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject. He has presented several live webinars with his colleague, Dr. Michelle Garnett, which have been recorded and can be accessed via their website at

Autism Translated with Toni Boucher

Join Dr. Stephanie Holmes for a discussion with Toni Boucher about relationships!

About Toni: On graduating from The University of Kansas with her BSW she became the administrator for a residential and day service program for adults where she ensured residents were safe and achieving their personal goals.

Toni received training from the University of Utah through their addictions program and subsequently developed culturally relevant interventions for both addictions and autism utilizing innovative approaches and community collaboration.

Toni worked for the Autism Division through the State of South Carolina first as a consultant and then as Director of the CARE Clinic where she utilized the gold standard tools to provide autism evaluations, as well as training and consultation for families and professionals. In this capacity she learned how the system works and had the opportunity to provide South Carolina teachers and administrators with behavioral training and autism friendly teaching strategies including ABBIS, the state’s graduate level applied behavior analysis course.

Her book Autism Translated is the result of the wisdom and insights her clients have shared with her throughout these years.

Today Toni is a speaker, writer and consultant. Her articles on sensory integration are referenced worldwide by families, psychologists, teachers and therapists. She is often referred to as “The Autism Translator”.


One Kid at a Time

In today’s show, join Reid Miles, from Inside the Asperger’s Studio, as he chats with Dillen Hartley, owner of Advanced Therapy Solutions, a physical and occupational therapy center. We learn a little bit about Dillen and why he does what he does. We learn a little bit about his life and his upbringing and then he talks more about his business and his help with those with ASD.

Dillen is a graduate of the University of Pretoria with a degree in occupational therapy. Dillen was born and raised in a gold mining town in South Africa. He moved to the United States in April of 1996. Dillen and his business partner, Niel Visser, started Advanced Therapy Solutions in 2003. Dillen and Niel manage and own five therapy clinics; two adult clinics and three pediatric clinics in Spartanburg and Greenville. Dillen enjoys teaching and mentoring students and other therapists and has a passion to help those with ASD.

Three Bachelor's Degrees Later

Join Reid Miles as he speaks with Madonna Kilpatrick, who has two bachelor’s degrees and is on her way to her third. What do you get when you cross someone with her education x a sense of humor and x an amazing storyteller. Madonna Kilpatrick is absolutely the result. Madonna was also diagnosed late with ASD.

Reid and Madonna talk about everything from what she is doing, to her views on puzzle pieces vs the infinity symbol for use with Asperger’s symbolism to her varying stories of how she got to where she is.

Autism: Dispelling Myths

Join Dr. Matthew Fisher, MD here to help professionals, parents, and educators better understand typical health, environmental, and behavioral myths that are common in the Autism population. Information challenging these myths along with tools on how to effectively deal with a person on the Autism spectrum will be presented from a psychiatrist’s perspective.

 Dr. Fisher completed his General Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Galveston and a Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of South Carolina. He serves as Medical leader of Springbrook Autism’s Residential and Outpatient Treatment Program (specializing in treating Autism Spectrum Disorders) and is an authority in minimal medical management of ASD and ASD with comorbidities. Dr. Fisher speaks at Autism Conferences on Medical Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Medication Management for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Myths and Misconceptions in Autism, Autism and Co-Morbid Conditions, and Helping Siblings and Other Children Understand Autism.  

Abilities Workshop

Join Dr. Stephanie Holmes as she talks to Jeanetta Bryant.

Jeanetta Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Abilities Workshop, Inc. She is dedicated to helping special needs families find answers and children impacted by a special needs diagnosis be their best. Jeanetta is an author, developer, and advocate. As a mom of two children, one with ASD, she finds no greater joy than watching them develop and achieve their dreams. Her interests include family time at home or at a theme park, college football, and making memories.


Autism and Happiness: From Neurodiversity to Neuroharmony

Happiness has received little attention in the field of autism spectrum disorders. Outcome and effect studies, for instance, rarely take emotional well-being as a desired outcome. And when the focus is on well-being, it is often from a negative perspective, namely the lack of well-being and quality of life in autism. It is time to take a U-turn in our approach and change from an exclusive focus on what makes autism so different and from a negative, clinical and medical approach to happiness in people with autism

Dr. Vermeulen has an MSc and Ph.D. in Psychology and Educational Sciences and has worked with people with ASD and their families for more than 30 years. He is the founder of “Autism in Context”, where autism is understood in context and has written more than 15 books and many articles on autism that have been published in several countries around the world. Dr. Vermeulen is also the Senior lecturer at Autisme Centraal, a training and education center for autism spectrum disorders, and is an internationally respected lecturer/trainer, presenting all over Europe and beyond.

Language Building

Dr. Holmes and Frankie of Aris Language Builder will be discussing language building. Frankie will share personal and professional insight as to how autism and deafness may affect language acquisition and learning.

Frankie Kietzman grew up in a neurodiverse family with a brother who is deaf and has severe autism. She became a teacher, originally gen-ed, but later taught self-contained autism students at an elementary level, eventually teaching secondary levels. Eventually, she went on to consult for autism and behavior classrooms. She later found herself working for Stages, initially writing articles she was passionate about like peer-mediated interventions, developing life skills, and explaining family dynamics in neurodiverse families. From there she took on projects such as writing IEP goals to align with the ARIS curriculum and later a “blog expert” on the ARIS kit. This led to a full-time position at ARIS because of her love of the product. Her Mission: Help teachers to have everything they need (scripted aba lessons and all the materials) and help students (regardless of zip code) to have success which in turn has a ripple effect on families (which of course is where her heart is).

You Can’t Make Me: Proactive Strategies for Positive Behavioral Change

This show with Dr. James Ball will discuss the 7 evidence-based strategies, described in his book, “Early Intervention: Real-Life Questions; Real Life Answers,” proven to be the most effective in teaching students and adults with an autism spectrum disorder. It will focus on the teaching of specific skills, reducing challenging behaviors, and building an effective program as outlined in the book, “You Can’t Make Me: Proactive Strategies for Positive Behavioral Change.” It will guide the participant, step by step, through the process of implementing these 7 evidence-based strategies in a school-based or adult services program. Real life examples will be used. Modifications will be explored that allow this particular program to be effective with students significantly challenged with autism, as well as those students with Aspergers Syndrome. Because of the nature of the presentation, a question-and-answer period will be provided.

Dr. James Ball, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, is the President/Chief Executive Officer of JB Autism Consulting. He has been in the field of autism for over thirty years providing behavioral, educational, residential, and employment services to children and adults affected by autism. He provides private consultation to organizations, schools, and families regarding staff training, parent training, home support services, classroom design/support, functional behavior assessment, and behavior management.

Communication Device Selection and Implementation

Many children with autism begin speaking late, very little, or not at all. One of the issues that children who are nonverbal face is the frustration of having a lot to communicate and no way to verbally express it. Identifying and acquiring an appropriate communication device is just the start. Even with communication systems, children who are nonverbal miss a lot of language opportunities compared to their verbal peers. What can adults do to bridge the gap? It does require learning new skills, but it doesn’t require additional therapy time. A child’s success depends a lot on what happens outside of the therapy room during natural, everyday routines.

Carol A. Page, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ATP is the Director of the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) at the USC School of Medicine, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Center for Disability Resources, Department of Pediatrics. She received her Ph.D. degree in speech-language pathology from the University of South Carolina and her assistive technology professional certification from RESNA. Carol provides training at a local, state, national and international level on assistive technology for persons with disabilities of all ages, their caregivers, and professionals who serve them. Training topics include augmentative and alternative communication, software for reading comprehension and writing, computer access, and various other resources.


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