This is a wrap for season 1 of the Empathy, Joy & Autism podcast. I am joy-filled and grateful for what I learned the guests that courageously took a step with me. Of course, I am also grateful to you, my listeners, for tuning in and sharing these episodes with your own tribe.
In this episode, I dig a bit deeper into both empathy and joy, specifically the synergy that occurs when they are combined. Referenced in this episode is the book “Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It” by Roman Krznaric.
Two like-minded individuals, Dr. Stephen Shore and Mary Nixonhahn, speak for the first time in this episode. Listen to the conversation that taps into the Four As of Autism: Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation, and Action. Hear about how to spread inspiration and positive information about autism, rather than focusing on the deficit-based definition that is so widely known. And, of course, my favorite words in the conversation are simple, and also so powerful: with, we and include.
To learn more about Dr. Stephen Shore:
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To learn more about Mary Nixonhahn:
FB@Awesome Angels and Awareness
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Dr. Alisha “Ali” Griffith believes that all children should realize that their uniqueness is what makes them special. In this episode, you will hear Dr. Ali share how to overcome limiting beliefs about an autism diagnosis in your child’s life. Dr. Ali paints a picture for us about how the world would truly be a better place if we could all tap into unique gifts and understand that “different” is not bad.
Here is a little more about Dr. Alisha Griffith: Not-so-simply put, Dr. Alisha “Ali” Griffith is a powerhouse. A published #1 best selling author, global transformational speaker and a startup brand and business coach for moms, she has dedicated her career to helping moms to launch their own profitable personal brands online and create wealth on their own time and terms. Whether we’re talking about her hit podcast, The Dr. Ali Griffith Show, or leading the sales teams for personal development and media titans such as Lisa Nichols, Steve Harvey or Susie Carder, Dr. Ali is the rock star in every room she enters, including being an inspirational speaker at the World Summit 2020, held by Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi, to almost 9,000 attendees. But what sets her apart from many, is that she’s not one to rise alone. With an incomparable blend of business strategy and personal development, there is a depth to Dr. Ali’s coaching that is unmatched. Her proven path to profitability— laser clarity, systems and sales.
Below are the links Dr. Ali’s book and websites:
AU-MAZING GIFT: A Journey into Autism Acceptance
I Am Reliable, Responsible, and Really Useful: Affirmation Coloring Book for Kids
Laura McGaughey is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, which is a nationally recognized certification. She has trained hundreds of dogs of all types with behavioral issues and placed six service dogs and one therapy dog while working with Freedom Service Dogs of America. This interview is very special to me because Laura trained our service dog, Aussie, prior to her joining our family. Prior to Aussie’s arrival, I knew very little about service dogs, especially dogs that could be supportive to kids on the autism spectrum. In this episode, you will hear about the differences between a service and emotional support dog, some of the do’s and don’ts in the service dog world, and how Aussie transformed my family’s lives for the better.
To learn more about Freedom Service Dogs of America, please visit their website at https://freedomservicedogs.org/. Laura McGaughey can be reached through Facebook @LauraMcGaughey.
Jeff Snyder is the proud native of Seekonk, MA. He was diagnosed with autism in 1990 and since then has achieved multiple successes in his life in areas of education, long-term employment, independent living, and speaking engagements. Jeff Snyder believes that when an individual has awareness of their own autism then they are in turn able to inspire others to chase their own dreams.
You can be in touch with Jeff through these social media handles: