"Be open to adapting your playbook to help people on the struggle bus."
In this episode Chris and Noah interview Angela Wittmer, junior high school counselor. Angela shares some of her experiences working with kids and families with autism (and special needs), offers some insights into her world as a school counselor, and shares some great advice for parents and teachers.
"Connect with your kid. Build a relationship. Join in with what they like to do."
In this episode Chris and Noah interview Carrie, mother of two children with special needs. Carrie shares some of her experiences raising two kids with different abilities, offers some insights into her world, and shares some advice for parents and teachers.
In this episode, Chris and Noah interview Dr. Kevin Droe, Associate Professor of Music in Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Our family met Kevin through his wife, Shelley, who was Noah's music teacher in elementary school. In the interview we discuss the origins of Spectrum Project, how it has evolved over the past several years, insights from Kevin, and advice to educators, parents, and students regarding this type of project.
In this episode Chris and Noah interview Kelli, who has a lot of experience with autism. She is a sibling to a younger brother, Ben, who was diagnosed with autism when she was 13. She was also a caregiver to our guys for two summers. In addition to all of that, she worked with autistic kids as a behavioral specialist. Kelli offers some great insights, fun stories, and tips that could apply to everyone.
As a bonus, we got some video of feeding applesauce to Isaac. As you can see, he thinks it is hilarious.
"Everyone is doing the best they can with the tools they have".
In this episode Chris and Noah interview Andrew Voss, a teacher at River Hills School in Cedar Falls. Andrew talks about his path into teaching in special education, shares some insights from his experience as a teacher, and tells a few fun "Isaac" stories. Be prepared to be educated and entertained!
"Give us a chance. If we have everything we need, we'll do a great job for you."
In this episode Chris and Noah interview Mike Dierdorff, an autism advocate and adult with autism. Mike talks about his experience being an advocate for people with autism in the community and the workplace. Mike offers some great insights and tips that could apply to everyone.
To contact Mike, reach out to him via his email address: email@example.com
In this episode Chris and Noah interview Tyann (Wife and Mother) to get her answers to the same questions answered by Chris in episode 5. The discussion covers several topics, including the diagnosis, challenges as a parent, opportunities because of autism, and some fun stories as well. Tyann's Blog Post about Hy-Vee can be found here.
In this episode, we talk with our friend, Kaleb. The discussion covers several topics, including challenges in school, Kaleb's experiences in theater, and some fun stories as well. Enjoy!
In this episode, we switch it up a bit as Chris is interviewed by Noah and Henry. The discussion covers several topics, including the diagnosis, challenges as a parent, opportunities because of autism, and some fun stories as well.
In this episode, Chris and Noah interview Gretta Berghammer, a professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Our family met Gretta through our experiences with Sturgis Youth Theatre and Spectrum Theatre programs at UNI. In the interview we discuss the origins of Spectrum Theatre, how autism has changed Gretta's approach to teaching, and some insights from Noah's experiences with Gretta and the theatre.