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Adults on the Spectrum and the Issues They Face

Listen in with Stephanie Holmes as she speaks with Professor Tony Attwood as they discuss issues that adults who are on the Autism spectrum face.

Professor Tony Attwood 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, and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 400,000 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. He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc., and Guilford Press. 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 worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with Asperger’s syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Journey of an Autistic Woman

Join Stephanie as she speaks with a fellow podcaster, Madonna Kilpatrick, from Off the Spectrum podcast here on MHNR Network.  Madonna is from Seattle, WA and her I.Q. is off the charts.  She is an author, a blogger, a podcaster, a docent for the Museum of Arts in Seattle, and an artist.  She is also autistic. Listen in as Madonna allows us to hear her journey through school and life, both personally and professionally.  She shares her experiences feeling vulnerable and insecure while possessing unique abilities that can be attributed to her diagnoses.  Listen to this peek into her very rich and incredible life of a woman on the spectrum.

Madonna Kilpatrick is a comedian, anthropologist, and explorer. She is also autistic and lives with a non-verbal learning disorder, which can affect speech processing and motor skill coordination. These are not disabilities, however, but rather lenses through which Madonna observes the world, offering angles and viewpoints otherwise unseen by neurotypical audiences.

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140:Under The Weather

On this episode, I elaborate on why someone with any disability has to fight ten times harder to get over a sickness and I talk about the actual definition of physical and mental health. This episode will mention how we can become creative with the ways in which we handle a simple cold or flu symptom. The reason why we struggle is because we have an overload of neurological sensory issues. People that are on the spectrum will understand that this is something else that is added to our plate.”

Encouragement for Your Journey

Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews Lisa Jamieson from Walk Right In Ministries…

Lisa shares an opportunity mindset, encouraging parents and family caregivers in ways to thrive despite their limitations and complicated situations. She will provide insight into how every family member is uniquely designed with valued strengths as well as vulnerabilities that present opportunities to grow. The tips and strategies Lisa offers will help complex families learn to live cooperatively and care for each other well.

Lisa Jamieson is an author, caregiver consultant, and pastoral counselor as well as co-founder of Walk Right In Ministries, a non-profit organization building faith and community with special needs families. Her popular books and studies include Finding Glory in the Thorns and a children’s book on prayer. Lisa facilitates a weekly online peer discussion group for caregivers and hosts monthly Real Talk Livestream conversations covering meaningful topics for families impacted by disability. She is passionate about connecting caregivers for practical, emotional, and spiritual encouragement. She and her husband, Larry, live in Minnesota with the youngest of their three grown daughters, Carly, who has Angelman Syndrome.

You can find her and learn more about Walk Right In Ministries at

Extreme States of Mental Health

This week listen in to Kristin Sunanta Walker host an episode with Dr. Dan Edmunds as he speaks about extreme states of mental health and mental health reform.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is an existential psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in Northeastern Pennsylvania. His work has focused on drug-free, relational approaches for those undergoing extreme states of mind as well as autism and developmental differences. Dr. Edmunds is the founder of the Center for Humane Psychiatry, an emancipatory movement for human rights in the mental health system. Dr. Edmunds has advocated for psycho-social approaches for those in distress that are affordable and accessible. Dr. Edmunds developed a therapeutic community project and is involved with autism acceptance and the autistic rights movement. Dr. Edmunds is the author of BEING AUTISTIC: AN APPROACH TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE; THEY SAY MY CHILD HAS ADHD: DEBUNKING THE BIO-PSYCHIATRIC PARADIGM; THE MEETING OF TWO PERSONS; and MYSTICAL METAPHORS. Dr. Edmunds is a frequent speaker on critical psychology issues. 

139:Meet Gutterfire

Join me as we interview a new and fresh band from Australia named Gutterfire. Their lead singer, Jon, has autism but nevertheless, I can tell you, his autism does not stop him from rocking an audience and having an excellent life. Gutterfire will definitely bring the outsider vibe for anyone who listens to this episode. Listen for fun, lots of laughs, and a conversation with very inspiring people. 

Autism Acceptance is not just for April

Join Dr. Holmes as she wraps up Autism Acceptance month discussing myths she has heard about autism and things clients wish people would stop saying about autism.

You can find out more about her at

She is offering a 25% discount on her DVD series Moving Beyond Surviving to Thriving and Teens on the Spectrum if you mention this podcast and reach out to her at

Dr. Holmes is a professional counselor and educator and advocate, but her real credentials come from being a mother of an exceptional young lady on the spectrum who is also interviewed on Converge Autism Radio, Sydney.

She is developing a training course for clinicians to work with NeuroDiverse couples who are also faith-based coming in 2021.

138:Saying A Rhyme

In this episode, we talk about rap music and how autism can connect to this genre of music. If you guess a song correctly that a certain rapper raps, then you should email me at and you will get a $5 gift card of wherever you want to go. Check this out and listen to the stories of rappers and how each resembles autism. Happy rapping! 

Passions Can Be Careers

What the DSM calls “restrictive interests” can actually be passions and foundations for future career possibilities. Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews Autism Advocate and Aspie, Sydney Homes, on her finding her future career and pairing her passions for her future career.

Sydney has spoken at various autism conferences as the voice of someone on the spectrum from personal experience and eager to educate others. She has been published in Autism Parent Magazine, Autism/Asperger’s Digest, and the new magazine Exceptional Needs Today. Sydney has also been published academically as a student for a peer-reviewed journal.

Photo credit: Pictures were also featured in Exceptional Needs Today, Issue 2.

Sydney resides in Georgia. She is passionate about ending human sex trafficking and makes handmade soaps to raise money for Project Rescue. If you live near Carrollton, GA her soaps are available at a local store, Re-Thread Thrift Store by Simple Suds by Syd.

Sydney is a proud Aspie and advocate for Autism acceptance. Having navigated through homeschool, Christian school, public school, and college as a person on the Autism Spectrum, she loves to educate the educators on how to best include students on the autism spectrum in both education and the church setting.

She is pursuing her Master’s in her passion, Public History with Museum Certification and serves as a graduate research assistant. Sydney is available to speak to colleges, churches, public school educators about autism acceptance and action for best inclusion practices sharing her personal experiences of those who mentored and empowered her and practices by well-intentioned professionals that were harmful and left a negative impact. She co-speaks with Dr. Holmes and serves on panels upon request.

It's Simple, yet SO, complicated

Join Dr, Holmes as she discussed autism acceptance and breaking stigmas about autism with podcaster, Sam Mitchell. Sam’s mother Gina joins the discussion and provides insight into their autism journey sharing insight about the importance of moving beyond autism awareness to autism acceptance.

Sam runs his own podcast/ business called, Autism Rocks and Rolls. It has grown over the last year and has become very, very successful. He now has over 4K downloads. He has had some big names on his show: Armani Williams, the first NASCAR driver open about having autism, and Simon Majumbar, chef and judge on Cutthroat Kitchen who plays for autism charities. He has also had American Idol Rocker James Durbin who has autism and Tourette’s and his upcoming AGT 4th runner-up in 2017, Mandy Harvey. His biggest guest of all was Dr. Temple Grandin, professor in Animal Science at Colorado State University and autism activist. Sam also made it into the Top 10 of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards. He has also had lots of news coverage about his adventure. Sam is a regular on lots of podcasts regarding positivity, mental health, and other subject matters. Lastly, Sam has launched his own merchandise line, selling t-shirts, autism awareness bracelets, masks, and car decals.

Sam has created, hosts, and runs his own podcast, Autism Rocks and Rolls. His official website is
You can follow his story on Sam’s Stories on Facebook, Facebook, TIK TOK, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Sam has a mission: To take the stigma off of autism and show people that he is not broken, therefore, embracing autism. Sam is not ashamed and wants to be the voice of those with autism or other disabilities. His podcast is helping him change the world just a little bit at a time.

Sam has become a natural entrepreneur. He is offering the following services:

He is looking to get his podcast out there in magazines and publications to help families or promote it in other ways, shown interest in doing autism consulting, is creating merchandise with his podcast, offering ad space on his podcast, guest blogging, exploring public speaking, encouraging teachers to use his podcast for curriculum in their classrooms, looking into doing one on one coaching with beginner podcasters, and is always looking for guests for his podcast or always willing to be a guest.


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