This time on The Children’s Hour we learn about autism from a father and son who literally wrote the book about it for kids. Justin and David Flood wrote the book A Kid’s Book About Autism to help kids understand what autism is, how it impacts people, and how kids without autism can befriend kids with autism.

We also hear from renowned scientist with autism, Temple Grandin who has a list of things she wish parents would know about raising a child with autism, and challenges she believes autistic children should take on. Oliver Sacks wrote in the forward of Thinking in Pictures that her first book Emergence: Labeled Autistic was “unprecedented because there had never before been an inside narrative of autism.”  

Lorenzo Manuel started impersonating Michael Jackson after the singer’s death. At the time he found impersonating Michael helped him to cope with the social pressures of middle school. Now, a senior in High School, Lorenzo finds that the time he spent studying Michael has helped him find a way to be himself. RadioActive Youth Media reporter Meghan O’Kelly talked with Lorenzo. This piece used courtesy of KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media

This episode is mixed with great music celebrating autism, and all kinds of minds.  

Autism was recorded on Zoom, and was produced by Katie Stone. Original broadcast April 2021.

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Playlist: Autism

We're All FriendsFormidable VegetableGarbage Guts - EP2021 8 POUND GORILLA RECORDS
Happy FamiliesThe Cuddly KoalasHappy Families - Single2021 The Cuddly Koalas
Love Me for Who I Am (Party Mix)Brady Rymer and the Little Band That CouldLove Me for Who I Am (Party Mix) - Single2018 Bumblin' Bee Records
I Am Kind (feat. Raffi)Lindsay MunroeI Am Kind2020 Troubadour Music Inc., Under exclusive license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord.
CompassionJonathan SproutAmerican Heroes #32009 Sprout Recordings
No One Exactly Like You (feat. Nnenna Freelon)Pierce FreelonBlack to the FutureBlackspace
Children of LemuelBlue Dot SessionsLemuelBlue Dot Sessions
Emerging SpaceSpunticOut of Step - EP2011 Spuntic
Insatiable ToadBlue Dot SessionsOrigami - EP2015 Blue Dot Sessions
ChicaneBio UnitAerostatBio Unit
Beautiful EndKetsaFlight of the Dragonfly2011 Ketsa Reiki Music
InclusionTurtle Dance MusicIt's Gonna Be a Good Day 2.02020 Autism Friendly Records
Sun HopeKetsasingle2011 Ketsa Reiki Music
Bein DifferentKaren K and the JitterbugsBlue Bike Chronicles2020 Karen Kalafatas
Reservoir SunsetAxeltreesingleAxeltree
I Sit and Think (Bilbo's Song)Daniel the BraveForest Frolic2010 Daniel the Brave
Stars Dreaming of Stars (Instrumental)Claudia Robin GunnStars Dreaming of Stars - Single2020 Claudia Robin Gunn
Stop da Bullying (feat. Father Goose Music)Irie GooseStop da Bullying2020 Carol Rhoden
Everyone's a Little Bit DifferentBill HarleyOne More Time2005 Round River Records
I Am a Lonely T-RexNoodle LoafEcho Songs, Vol. 22022 Fribble Frabble
Follow Your Heart (feat. Sian)Kath Bee & Doug StenhouseFollow Your Heart (feat. Sian) - Single2021 Kath Bee
Oopsy DaisyForget the WhaleYou. Me. Talk. Now.2021 Forget the Whale

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