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Episode 15: Autism and Always Advocating for Your Children with Melissa Hammerle
Have you ever had a gut feeling that something was concerning about your child’s development, behavior, or health? This is what Melissa Hammerle experienced when she knew something was going on with her son and suspected he had autism. Melissa is on the podcast to share her story of all the heartbreaking challenges her family went through to get an official diagnosis for her son, Parker. She reminds us how important it is to fight for your children and continue to ask questions, even when you feel like no one is in your corner.
Melissa is the ultimate queen of chaos. As an army wife and a momma to four, life is anything but boring. She is a former teacher and postpartum depression survivor. She currently spends her days playing chauffeur and advocating for women to love themselves in all their stages and serve as a reminder that it’s ok that life is completely messy.
In this episode we discuss:
- Misconceptions about autism
- Resources for parents who are trying to get their child an official diagnosis
- Early signs that intervention is needed
- What research says about the cause of autism
- How we can best support family and friends who have a child with autism
Questions answered in this episode:
- What would you say to a parent who is trying to get an official diagnosis for their child?
- How do you find a developmental pediatrician?
- What is the biggest misconception about Autism?
- What are some resources for parents who have a child with autism?
- What is ECI?
- What is something you wish someone would have told you regarding having a child on the Autism Spectrum?
- What are the earliest signs that you need to intervene?
- What is your latest research saying regarding the cause of autism?
- How can we be sensitive and supportive to family or friends who have a child with autism or severe ADHD?
- How do you know when to medicate your child?
- Does nutrition play a role in the behavior of a child with autism?
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