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The Shadow Listener, A Voice for Autism

Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews Laura Nadine Dooley. Our show today covers Laura’s identification on the spectrum later in life, navigating the school system with a son on the spectrum, challenges autistic entrepreneurs face in creating businesses, and her many works and contributions to advocacy and music.

Laura Nadine understands first hand the struggles and triumphs of living with autism. She has spent nearly 15 years advocating for a neurodiverse educational model after she and her son were diagnosed with ASD in 2006. She developed an approach for teaching music to students with various learning profiles and recently invented a MusicBoard, inspired by facilitated communication, to make composition and music theory accessible to non-speaking students.

Laura runs Enlightened Audio, an online and in-person hybrid music school with a mission to make music education accessible. In March of 2020, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, she moved to Canada and utilized the time of isolation to develop an eco-friendly product line of string instruments, non-toxic violin conditioner, and a violin case that is fully compostable. As she works to launch her innovative, eco-friendly product line, she continues a 28-year long career as a music educator.

She has self-published two books, recorded various albums, and was the main subject of the biographical documentary, The Shadow Listener: A Voice for Autism directed by John Schaefer. She also composes music for film including the Astoria Zuker Award winning documentary LISTEN. Laura continues to post on her blog The Shadow Listener at where she provides the layered perspective of someone living with autism, teaching autistic students, and raising a son with autism––what she calls a ”3 Shoes Perspective”.

Laura lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband Brian and her two geriatric cats. Her now grown children, Allana and Chey, are navigating young adult life in New York City and Toronto respectively.

The Gifts and Strengths of Autism

Join Dr. Stephanie Holmes and Dr. Edwards as they discuss the gift of autism and strengths of those on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Edwards is a mother and physician in Charleston, SC. She attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her residency in psychiatry at Stanford Medical Center. As a child of medical missionaries, Melinda grew up in a Mayan Indian village in Guatemala, Central America. Early in life she experienced an inner pull to a deeper truth. Her journey included various spiritual practices including meditation and inquiry, guidance from spiritual teachers, travel to India and living in spiritual communities. Her quest led to the ongoing discovery of the divinity in all. She currently works with underserved adults and individuals on the autism spectrum in South Carolina and is completing a book, Psyche & Spirit: How a Psychiatrist Found Divinity Through Her Lifelong Search for Truth and Her Daughter’s Autism.

Melinda’s daughter Saachi is the source of her greatest joy and her deepest spiritual unfolding. The visions for the 501c3 nonprofit organization Darshan and the annual Awaken Through Autism Conference were born out of their journey together.

Let's Talk About Autism and Education

Join Reid Myles from The Asperger’s Studio with Kristen Eccleston, Ed. D for a discussion about where education has dropped the ball in many ways when it comes to Autism.

About Kristen: Dr. Kristen C. Eccleston (The NeuroDiverse Teacher) is an Education Consultant currently living and working in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. Her areas of focus as an education consultant are K-12 and Corporate mental health and neurodiversity engagement.

As an education consultant, she has worked with thousands of students and families in addition to some of the major global management consulting firms. After more than 15 years in the school setting, Dr. Eccleston left classroom teaching to significantly amplify her impact on mental health and neurodiversity approaches in schools and workplace settings.

In 2022, Dr. Eccleston was selected as one of WomLEAD Magazine’s Leaders Shaping Women’s Entrepreneurships Future. In August 2022, she participated in season 5 of The Blox- The Largest Competition TV Show on The Planet for Startups.

Dr. Eccleston’s education history includes a Doctor of Education in Mind, Brain, & Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University, and a Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from Hood College. She is an Adjunct Professor at Towson University in their Secondary and Special Education Graduate Programs. Additionally, she is a National Board-Certified Teacher, Exceptional Needs Specialist and holds an Advanced Professional Educator Certificate.

When she isn’t working to advance mental health and neurodiversity in the education and corporate setting, Dr. Eccleston loves spending time with her family and taking on new and exciting adventures.

Autism and Media

This week, join Reid from Inside the Asperger’s Studio and Danielle Sullivan about all things media with Autism. From the mediums of television to movies to journalism, she and Reid have a lively discussion around how the media portrays Autism.

About Danielle: From my neurodivergent family to yours. I’m Danielle Sullivan, a neurodiversity life coach and autistic parent with autistic and ADHD children. I’m here to help us all explore the world of neurodivergence. Neurodiverging episodes include stories and lessons from my life, deep dives into the traits and histories of ADHD and autism, and guest experts who talk about issues pertinent to ADHD and autistic folks in society. Welcome to Neurodiverging! Learn more on or Support this podcast:

One Kid at a Time

On this episode, Reid Miles from Inside the Asperger’s Studio, Reid talks to Dillen Hartley, owner of Advanced Therapy Solutions. ATS is a physical and occupational therapy center. We learn a little bit about Dillen and why he does what he does.

Dillen is a very interesting man with a passion to help those with ASD. He shares some success stories and talks about his practice. He also works as an Occupational Therapist at his organization.


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