1/21/2012 – Autism Spectrum Disorder


Autism Symptoms

Today we had a great discussion with clinical social worker/author John Merges about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We touched briefly on what it is, but the main focus was on how to break down the communication barriers when it comes to working with kids and teens with ASD and John’s use of Social Enjoyment Groups as a way to help prepare them for various social situations such as school and with an eventual goal of them being able to get jobs as young adults and become more self-sufficient.

Be sure to stay tuned as we’ll be having John back on again next month to talk more about ASD along with some parents of children he has worked with to share their perspectives. You can find out more about John on his website at johnmerges.com

Today’s show was sponsored by Positively Healthy.

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Rob is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, certified by the ISSA and is currently pursing a nutritional sciences degree with plans on becoming a Registered Dietitian. He is also a member of the Obesity Action Coalition and a volunteer for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America. As a personal nutritional coach with Positively Healthy, Rob helps his clients make small, realistic changes to their eating and exercise habits that add up to positively healthy results.

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  1. February 6, 2012

    […] a follow up to our talk last month with John Merges, he chatted a bit more about his “social enjoyment” with Rob. They got in to how it is […]

  2. February 25, 2012

    […] some things with children with ASD, but in the mean time be sure to check out the podcast of our previous show as well as a web-only podcast we did with John. […]

  3. April 1, 2013

    […] had John on before – first to talk about Autism Spectrum Disorder and his work with social enjoyment groups, then later to talk with parents of kids he’s […]

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