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Autism Radio™ is a Non Profit Organization that is committed to making a difference in the Autism Community. Our Mission is to improve the lives of the individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their friends and families, who struggle to understand, treat, care for, and get the help necessary for their loved ones.

Monday
Apr212014

Show#212 Interview With Brian Sullivan Creator Of Kid Sport GPS

 Monday night at 8pm, be sure to tune in for our newest episode of Hope Saves the Day on Autism Radio Tonight's Show is with Host Paul Cimins Who Sits down and Speaks with Brian Sullivan Creator of Kid Sport kidsport GPS Some of Topics Discussed On Tonight's Show

To Help Keep Your Kids Safe

www.kidsportgps.com) http://www.take25.org/) that provides free tools such as safety tips, conversation starters, and mini-lessons to help trusted adults begin conversations with children about safety.www.kidsportGPS.com. (Bands are currently on sale now as pre-orders and will be available this fall.)www.missingkids.com) has a lot of excellent information on child safety and what you can do as a parent or guardian. www.kidsportgps.com.

About Eric Long

– Eric Long is a dad and co-founder of Precise Innovation, a creative idea company that developed the kidsport GPS tracking band for kids. Our company is based on one word...FUN. We believe the best ideas come from simple, everyday need and that we are most creative and innovative when we are having fun. Our goal is to create products that make sense; make consumers’ lives better; and make a positive impact. To learn more or to pre-order your kidsport GPS, go to

By Eric Long of kidsport GPS (

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year. That's over 2,000 a day. Shocking, isn’t it?

When I was a kid, my friends and I spent our hours after school meandering the neighborhood. Mom and Dad had no idea where I was or what I was doing. In summer…sun up; I’m gone. I was a racecar pulling in for a PB&J pit stop around noon, and dinner was just a distraction. I was gone for hours upon hours. No big deal. Today? Different world!

My daughter is almost 10. If she is three minutes late from a bike ride, her mom and I are freaking out. We lose sight of her at the park and we panic. On vacation? When I am not playing with her, I am a CIA agent scanning the crowd for suspicious characters.

So how can we keep our kids safe in today’s modern world? No tool or device will keep your kids safe 100% of the time, but here are five things you can do to mitigate the risks:

1. Family Talk

2. ID Card

3. Child ID Kit

4. Emergency Hot Spots

5. kidsport GPS Tracking Device

– The kidsport GPS band is a GPS tracking device developed specifically for kids that allows parents to locate their kids on their cell phones, iPads or computers. It features an alert button that sends you an immediate text if your child needs you; a secure latch to prevent unintended removal; a removal alert that texts you when the band is taken off; and a Geo-Fence Boundary Alert that sends you a text if the boundary you set is crossed. To find out more about kidsport GPS, visit
– Whether you are at a playground, amusement park, ski slope, vacation resort, or any crowded location, always identify the nearest help and information centers, emergency stations, and police posts. Inform your children where to go and what to do in case of an emergency or if they get lost.
– Prepare an ID kit for each child in the event that he or she is missing. The kit should include a physical description (nickname, date of birth, height, weight, gender, fingerprints, hair and eye colors, etc.), any identifying features (glasses, braces, scars, birthmarks, piercings, etc.), any medical information (conditions, disorders, diseases, medications, etc.), and, most importantly, an up-to-date, good quality digital photo. Be sure to take your kits with you on trips and vacations.
– Create and give each child a laminated ID card with his or her name, date of birth, address, phone numbers, etc. If your child is too young or otherwise unable to speak for him or herself, consider writing the information somewhere on his or her clothing in permanent marker.
– Take time to talk to your children about safety and abduction prevention. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has an excellent campaign called Take 25 (

No parent I know can imagine what it is like to have a child go missing. It is our greatest fear. But by educating a children and taking safety precautions, we can help reduce the chances of that ever happening. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (

 
 
not only looks cool, but the technology inside is truly amazing.

  • Wireless Module: World's smallest cell phone module with extremely low power consumption.
  • GPS Module: Ability to track location as accurately as 3 meters.
  • Custom Antennas: Highly sensitive cell and GPS antennas, custom designed for maximum performance.
  • Rechargeable Battery: High-powered Lithium polymer battery insures long life throughout an active day of fun!


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The technology in the band is much like a cell phone and sends location data in two ways: on a set time schedule (for example, every 10 minutes) and ON-DEMAND. When you hit the location refresh button on the app, it sends a signal through the cell chip in the band, which tells us we need the most up to date location. The band then sends the location back through the cell chip and back to the app. A lot gets done in a very short period of time. It's easy! Just download the kidsport GPS app to your smartphone. Create a password. Snap photos of your kids. And let them go.
Monday
Apr142014

Show#211 Interview with Meghan Mulvenna who is the founder of Special Travelers

Monday night at 8pm, be sure to tune in for our newest episode of Hope Saves the Day on Autism Radio Tonight's Show is with Host Paul Cimins Who Sits down and Speaks with  

 

Meghan Mulvenna who is the founder of Special Travelers, an organization based on the need for children with autism and other developmental disabilities to be supported in everyday life experiences. This is what she feels is the purpose of Special Education, to impart skills to children who will then be able to use them within their homes and communities. Their goal is to bridge the gap between learning and living.

The role of Special Travelers is truly unique. They pick up where education leaves off. Some of their services include accompanying individuals on family vacations, events and day trips; facilitating common community-based scenarios such as shopping at grocery stores or eating in restaurants; and creating effective home-based systems for improving routines, leisure activities and basic responsibilities.

 

Meghan holds a BA in Special Education, Teacher of the Handicapped certification, and MA in Organizational Behavior. She has served the population with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities, including as Williams, Fragile X, and Angelman syndromes. Having served as an in-home provider, teacher, consultant, Coordinator and Educational Director, Meghan is most passionate about improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

She can be reached at specialtravelers@gmail.com, or by phone at (443) 228-6436. Visit www.special-travelers.org for more information about their services.

Monday
Apr072014

Show#210 Interview with Dr. Liz Matheis who is a licensed Clinical Psychologist  

Monday night at 8pm, be sure to tune in for our newest episode of Hope Saves the Day on Autism Radio Tonight's Show is with Host Paul Cimins Who Sits down and Speaks with Dr. Liz Matheis who is licensed Clinical Psychologist  and certified School Psychologist who specializes in assisting children and their families with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety and  learning/behavioral disorders in Parsippany NJ. She focuses on well-aligned parenting styles via parent coaching, consistent home environment, and the establishment of boundaries and behavioral expectations in helping children and families to realize their fullest potential.  

She also provides psycho-educational assessment that can be used for Child Study Team evaluations, diagnosis of ADHD, Autism and learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia.

As a certified School Psychologist, she has served within the public and private school setting for over 8 years. She is well versed with the New Jersey Special Education Administrative Code and understands the contents of your child's IEP, services and programs that your child is entitled to and deserves.

At present, she is a contributor to a number of popular press magazines and blogs, where she is able to provide real-world, pragmatic solutions to complex problems. Visit her at

Monday
Mar312014

Show#209 Interview with Jill Harris Director of Program Development at Children’s Specialized Hospital in NJ 

Jill Harris is the Director of Program Development at Children’s Specialized Hospital in NJ where I also direct autism services. Children’s is the largest pediatric medical rehabilitation system in the US. Children’s is also one of the largest providers of autism services in NJ.

I am a licensed psychologist and also a school psychologist. I have been involved in autism research related to improving access to early diagnosis for underserved communities. Clinically, I oversee autism services which include diagnostic services, ABA, social skills groups and other therapies, developmental screening and a wide variety of community outreach programs. I also am the parent of an adult son with autism.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of pediatric rehabilitation services and the largest pediatric rehabilitation health system in the United States.

Our hospital is dedicated to improving the lives of patients through delivering superior medical services, in a safe and caring environment. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord dysfunction and injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Renowned therapeutic programs include physical, speech, and occupational therapy; psychology services; neurodevelopmental physician services; recreational therapy and child life, and a full complement of support services.

Children's Specialized has twelve sites in New Jersey and will treat over 20,000 children with special needs this year. Through a blend of innovative therapies, personalized attention and compassionate support, our award-winning doctors and skilled pediatric therapists strive to make a difference for children and their families each and every day.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of pediatric rehabilitation services and the largest pediatric rehabilitation health system in the United States.

Our hospital is dedicated to improving the lives of patients through delivering superior medical services, in a safe and caring environment. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord dysfunction and injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Renowned therapeutic programs include physical, speech, and occupational therapy; psychology services; neurodevelopmental physician services; recreational therapy and child life, and a full complement of support services.

Here is The Hub Site For Parents of Children With Autism

http://www.childrens-specialized.org/kohlsautismawareness

 

Make Friends With Autism - Community Awareness (10 minute video)

Children's Specialized Hospital