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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
Jul212014

Show#224 Interview With Susan Berardi who is a Playwright, Producer of The The Violinist

 On Monday night at 8pm, be sure to tune in for our newest episode of Hope Saves the Day on Autism Radio.Tonight's Interview with SUSAN BERARDI, (Playwright, Producer) This is Susan's third original script and production for Action for Autism. She has been published in The New York Times and won the St. Louis Writers' Guild Short Story award. When she's not writing, she works as an independent leadership and strategy consultant and runs a charity, Soul Potential, which provides enrichment opportunities for inner city youth. Susan lives in St. Louis with her husband Alan and three amazing boys, one of whom has autism.

The Violinist August 8-10 Gaslight Theatre, St. Louis 100% of proceeds benefit Action for Autism Original play By popular demand, The Violinist returns to St. Louis with an all new plot, cast and crew. Written by the mother of a child with autism, the story of Thomas, a 13-year-old boy with autism, takes audiences on a thrill ride of deception and murder, as a young boy must overcome all the odds to bring down the dangerous villains pursuing him. From award-winning director, Kirsten Wilder, The Violinist combines inspiration, humor and intrigue to shine new light on the face of autism. A live string quartet will play an all new musical score with a cool new song written by Hollywood composer, Bryan Arata (Spiderman 3, Live Free or Die Hard and Shooter) (attached). Famed sculptor Harry Weber (Chuck Berry statue, Cardinals Plaza of Champions Series) donated original artwork for the event (attached). http://www.thevioliniststl.org/


To Purchase Tickets Go To http://www.thevioliniststl.org/

 

By popular demand, The Violinist returns to St. Louis. The story of Thomas, a 13-year-old boy with autism, takes audiences on a thrill ride of deception and murder, as a young boy must overcome all the odds to bring down the dangerous villains pursuing him.

The tale begins with the mysterious death of Dr. Neal Asher, famed neurobiologist on the verge of a medical breakthrough for autism. With his keen sense of observation and annoying persistence, Thomas uncovers the clues Dr. Asher left behind. As he gets closer to finding the killer, powerful forces at the hospital and in politics form unlikely alliances to stop him. In the end, Thomas must bury his fears and muster the courage he never knew he had to save himself and his family.

Directed by Kirsten Wilder, with an all new plot, cast and crew, The Violinist combines inspiration, humor and intrigue to shine new light on the face of autism. A live string quartet will play an all new musical score with a cool new song written by L.A. composer, Brian Arata (credits include Spiderman 3, Live Free or Die Hard and Shooter). Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this wondrous experience.

All proceeds go directly to local charity, Action for Autism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday
Jul142014

Show#223 Autistic traits seen in parents of kids with autism 

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 talks about a Study by Dr Constantino, director of the William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Washington University and psychiatrist-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, said the traits related to autism tend to be natural variations in social skills.

Studying children with autism and their parents, researchers have found that when a child has autism, his or her parents are more likely to have autistic traits than parents who don’t have a child with an autism spectrum disorder, as measured by a survey used to identify such characteristics.

 Past studies have found that the siblings of children with autism also tended to have more autistic traits than the siblings of kids without autism. But this study is the first to connect significant numbers of autistic traits in parents to diagnoses of autism in their children.

This study was funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Autism Speaks and the US Army Medical Research and Material Command.

NIH grant numbers CA50385, HD062171 and HD042541.

Lyall K, Constantino JN, Weisskopf MG, Roberts AL, Ascherio A, Santangelo SL, Parental social responsiveness and risk of autism spectrum disorder in offspring. JAMA Psychiatry, published online June 18, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.476

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.

 

Monday
Jun302014

Show#222 Interview With Brian Wong Who Created a Pratical Guide To Support Inviduals On The Spectrum Through Bereavement!!!!

 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 sits down with Brian Wong.

Who Discusses his newest Paper that he Created called A Practical Guide To Supporting Individuals on The Autism Spectrum Through Bereavement!!!

About Our Guest:

Brian A. Wong, a Washington, DC native, is a Support Counselor at Jubilee Association of Maryland located in Kensington, MD, an agency that provides residential services to adults with developmental and intellectual challenges. Having overcome his challenges with Asperger’s has helped him a great deal in his job.

 In May 2013, he received his B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Counseling from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia where he was a student in the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During college, Brian volunteered in hospice and at bereavement camps for families and children.  He has presented on the topic of bereavement at the Autism Society National Conference in July 2013. He has been published by the Autism Society of America, ExpertBeacon.com, and twice by Autism Now (a national initiative of The Arc of the United States). After graduation and prior to working with adults with developmental challenges, Brian interned in psychiatric rehabilitation in the Washington, DC area; he led classes in a day program, including two workshops on bereavement and a class on grieving mental illness, and interned in supported employment for individuals with mental health and co-occurring substance use issues.

 

Brian plans to eventually pursue his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and start an agency with a mission of helping people with developmental and intellectual challenges and their families who are either anticipating or grieving the death of a loved one, using evidence-based practices.

 

His papers and presentations on bereavement may be read at

http://autismnow.org/blog/grief-and-bereavement/

 http://marshall.academia.edu/BrianWong

http://mhpss.net/members/brianw89/profile/

 

 

 

 

 

Monday
Jun232014

Show#221 Interview With Victoria Marin Founder of Online Adirondack Learning Academy 

 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 sits down with Victoria Marin Founder of Online Learning Academy Adirondack Center.

About Our Guests Victoria Marin is not only a teacher and cofounder of Adirondack Learning Academy; an online homeschool which provides comprehensive, individualized programs of study to suit all students and learning styles - she is also a single mother of five children. Victoria knows all too well the challenges a parent faces with a child within the Autism spectrum; as her own son was having great difficulties in the public school system. With the new data just released indicating Autism is more prevalent than once thought, schools are being challenged to provide increased services for a growing number of children. Upon experiencing several concerns regarding her son’s education within the public school system, Victoria was faced with making a difficult decision. Despite his IEP (Individualized Education Plan), his educational needs were not being met. Direct instruction within the classroom was lackluster. His behaviors were not being properly assessed and opportunities for learning within his environment were not being provided. A trial period in a self-contained classroom led to regression. Despite the public school’s "zero tolerance" policy, bullying also became an issue. While Victoria felt she did not have the confidence to believe she could effectively educate him at home given his diagnosis on the Autism spectrum, she knew she had to take action.

As a parent who knows her child best, she knew the first changes to make were within his working environment. Lighting, noise, colors within the room and external stimulation were factors which needed to be controlled for optimal performance. In a traditional classroom with an average of 20-30 students, it is understandable that such changes could not be easily accommodated. In addition, his teacher was not properly trained in teaching a child on the Autism spectrum; therefore, she became frustrated as well. Along with changes within his environment came modifications to assignments and lessons. Victoria found that working with flash cards for learning multiplication tables was more effective than asking him to write the tables.

With her hands-on knowledge along with being a teacher and Occupational Therapist, Victoria launched Adirondack Learning Academy for the sole purpose of helping children to enjoy learning, to feel safe and to build their confidence in preparation for their bright future in this world.

For More Information Please Visit https://www.adirondacklearningacademy.com/index.php