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What Do I Do Now: Middle School Ep. 2

Gina Mitchell, teacher of 8th graders for 17 years and mom to Sam Mitchell, Autism Rocks and Rolls podcaster, talks to Ms. Karen White, a middle school special education teacher for over 25 years. This is the second episode in the trio of “What Do I Do Know: Middle School.” The conversation goes in a different direction because this information pertains to the middle school parent whose child has been diagnosed with autism. Mrs. White talks about what to do if a child is diagnosed late in the game, what questions to ask, how to work as a team, and that help is truly out there in the public education school system.

What Do I Do Now: Elementary Ep. 1

Gina Mitchell, teacher of 8th graders for 17 years and mom to Sam Mitchell, Autism Rocks and Rolls podcaster, talks to Ms. Keisha Blais, an elementary special education teacher for 20 years. The educators jump into the topics of, when an elementary school child is diagnosed with autism or other PDD disorders, what should be done now? The conversation turns to steps to take within the school system, who to talk to, what an IEP meeting looks like, and what kinds of questions might be asked.

Mother, Teacher, Advocate: Answering Questions about Autism

Join in and listen to an amazing conversation between Kristin and Gina Mitchell, the mother of Sam Mitchell who is the host of Autism Rocks and Rolls. Kristin and Gina discuss the various differences between raising a child who is on the spectrum, while at the same time appreciating all the wonderful things that come from those same differences. Gina’s history as a teacher has given her an upper hand when dealing with the red tape that comes from having a child on the spectrum at times. At the same time, it’s also allowed her to become Sam’s biggest advocate. Here she shares what she is an expert in…their own personal story.

Gina Mitchell is Sam Mitchell’s mom. Sam Mitchell is the creator and host of the podcast Autism Rocks and Rolls and the CEO of the Non-Profit Autism Rocks and Rolls. Gina has been Sam’s #1 fan well, really since birth, but especially since Sam has spread his wings and shown the world what he’s got. She is currently a teacher of 8th-grade students and has a bachelor’s degree in English/Social Studies Education, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Gifted and Talented Education degree. Gina has been a teacher for 17-years and still is. However, her second job is working at Autism Rocks and Rolls with Sam. Here, she works in marketing, networking, writing, editing, producing, and really, just doing a lot behind the scenes. When Sam’s life mission became helping others, it became hers too. Her favorite pastimes are listening to crime and detective podcasts, music and crazy dancing with her family and students, leisurely swimming, reading books, building Websites, traveling, meeting new people, playing with her dogs, and shopping for bargains.

My Sister is Autistic and I Have Questions!

Join Reid Miles of The Asbergers Studio and his guest Cesi who has a sister on the spectrum. Reid does his best to answer her questions so she can improve their relationship and better understand her sister!

You can hear more of Reid Miles on Inside the Aspergers Studio here:
Reid’s blog is available on his website here:

Connecting with People and Pets

Listen in to Kristin as she speaks with Reid Miles who shares his own experiences with Aspergers and ADHD and about his podcast ‘Inside the Aspergers Studio’ also on Mental Health News Radio Network that includes several different segments. Reid talks about how his podcast helps him connect to others and later how pets can help some on the spectrum.

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H.O.P.E. Wins! with Leisa Williams

Join Dr. Holmes as she hosts Converge Autism Radio with special guest, author, mother, speaker, educator, administrator Leisa Williams of Australia. Leisa will share her journey with autism and special needs and how her faith journey was an important part of her journey.

Leisa was born in 1971 and brought up in Queensland, Australia. She lives in Canberra with her husband, her three children and her daughter-in-law. She writes from her heart about her life experiences that have come from the school of hard knocks. Her views are tried and tested from many years of working to overcome adversity in her life as well as being founded on her Christian biblical faith, the wise counsel and support from healthcare professionals, and her educational background, which includes a Master of Education degree.

Her book H.O.P.E. wins is newly released and you can find more about Leisa or her book at her website

Her author’s page on Amazon pre-orders are now open. The first week there is a big discount on the e-book.

Caring for An Adult Child on the Spectrum

Listen in as Kristin Walker speaks with Donald and Carolyn Bailey about how they planned out the care for their son on the autism spectrum.

A lifelong South Carolinian, Donald began his career in the insurance industry with a focus on financial planning. After working as a financial planner for E. F. Hutton, he founded Donald Bailey & Associates in order to offer independent advice and holistic planning to his clients. Donald is committed to community involvement, having served on the Board of Trustees at the University of South Carolina (USC) and most recently founding The College Transition Connection, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to help South Carolina colleges create post-secondary programs for young adults who may have an intellectual disability. Donald’s son is on the autism spectrum. Donald holds a degree in Marketing from USC. He and his wife Caroline have two children and three grandchildren and reside in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

TWS Sports Podcast: One School's Journey to Boost Communication and Confidence

Listen in as Kristin speaks with Adam Millichip about how he assists his autistic students navigate podcasting as a way to increase their research & communication skills and gain confidence in the process.

Adam Millichip, a primary school teacher, at the Tettenhall Wood Special School. Tettenhall Wood Special School is a school in Wolverhampton, England. He has taught in special needs schools for over 8 years. Licensed by the National Autistic Society, he assists in their Teen Life Parent programme, and is on the journey to become a qualified Makaton tutor. He is also the physical education and sport instructor at Tettenhall Wood Special School as he is passionate about giving children the opportunity to participate in regular sport and physical activity. His parents work with special needs children, and he has a family member with Autism.

Neurodiverse Couples

Listen in as Kristin Sunanta Walker speaks with Dr. Stephanie Holmes and her husband Dan Holmes about neurodiversity within relationships.

Dr. Holmes seeks to bring restoration and spiritual renewal to individuals and couples facing challenging situations. By combining affordable rates with a desire to glorify God in all that transpires through the counseling/coaching process, she offers life-changing hope to troubled lives. Through the International Association of NeuroDiverse Christian Marriages, LLC she wants to educate and equip others to build effective strategies for NeuroDiverse Christian Marriages.

Dan Holmes believes there is no greater office one can hold than that of a husband and father. Since both roles require complicated interplay on many levels, Dan also believes God has provided help through the leading of the Holy Spirit, the counsel of others, and the work of life coaches.

Neurodiversity Acceptance & Advocacy

Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews autism advocate Jeffrey Snyder on various topics today. Jeff has as his mission to educate and advocate for neurodiversity and inclusion and wants to share his insights from first person autistic experience with you as educators, professionals, or others with neurodiversity.

Jeff was born on March 27, 1989 in Providence, RI and has lived his entire life in Seekonk, MA. He was diagnosed with Autism in 1990 and ever since then, he has achieved multiple successes in his life in areas of education, long-term employment, independent living, and speaking/panel engagements.

Jeff is available for speaking at conferences and topics he has spoken on include but not limited to: Autism, Education, Mental Health, Safety Drills and Skills, Autism and Disney Characters, and Autism in Organizations.

Jeff’s website includes his vitae on where he has spoken and additional topics that may be of interest to your event or organization. You can contact him through his website at:


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