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FraserCast E16 - Creating Sensory-Friendly Holiday Experiences

FraserCast E16 - Creating Sensory-Friendly Holiday Experiences

October 20, 2020

Holidays and family gatherings can be overwhelming for individuals with autism and special needs due to large crowds of people, eating new foods away from the comfort of home, and an abundance of other stimuli in an unfamiliar environment.

Gina Gibson, Fraser Sensory Inclusion Specialist, is here to offer tips on how to make the holidays and cultural gatherings more inclusive to children and family members with sensory needs. With the COVID-19 pandemic still present, Gina also provides extra advice on making virtual family gatherings more accommodating and as well as tips for when large in-person gatherings can resume. Whether it's finding a sensory-friendly Halloween costume or easing your family member into trying new foods, you'll be sure to learn a thing or two about how to create an inclusive holiday environment in this episode of FraserCast

 

Our sponsor for this episode is U.S. Bank, who is also our presenting sponsor for this year's Fraser Annual Benefit. Join us for a magical night on Saturday, October 24 for a virtual benefit helping families and individuals with autism, special needs, and mental health challenges. Learn more at www.fraser.org/benefit. Thanks for supporting the podcast!

FraserCast E15 - Minnesota DHS Autism Resources

FraserCast E15 - Minnesota DHS Autism Resources

October 7, 2020

Through a collaboration of several state agencies, the Minnesota Department of Human Services put together a valuable website for parents and caregivers who have children with autism: the Minnesota Autism Resource Portal. This resource helps families and individuals with autism throughout their lifespan, and was created with the needs and concerns of Minnesota families at the forefront. This week, we sit down with Minnesota DHS staff Nicole Berning and Kim Hicks to learn more about how this came to be and how families can make use of this portal.

 

Our sponsor for this episode is U.S. Bank, who is also our presenting sponsor for this year's Fraser Annual Benefit. Join us for a magical night on Saturday, October 24 for a virtual benefit helping families and individuals with autism, special needs, and mental health challenges. Learn more at www.fraser.org/benefit. Thanks for supporting the podcast!

FraserCast E14 - The Increased Demand for Early Intervention Services

FraserCast E14 - The Increased Demand for Early Intervention Services

September 22, 2020

Early intervention services aim to help children birth to age 3, focusing on areas such as physical skills and social skills. Such services have also been in higher demand as awareness increases. Sarah Elrashidi, Fraser Assistant Director of Preschool Center-based Day Treatment walks us through the kinds of early intervention services there are at Fraser, why the demand continues to increase, and how such services have been adapting to telehealth during the pandemic.

FraserCast E13 - Whole Person Healthcare

FraserCast E13 - Whole Person Healthcare

August 4, 2020

Pat Pulice, Fraser VP of Integrated Healthcare joins FraserCast again, this time to discuss Whole Person Healthcare. This week, we walk through the many different factors affecting several different dimensions of our health beyond physical and mental health including Adverse Childhood Experiences, anxiety, financial or emotional stress, and access to services. If you'd like to learn more about the bigger picture about our health and mindful activities, tune in to this week's episode to learn more or contact the Fraser Hope Line.

FraserCast E12 - A Father’s Journey

FraserCast E12 - A Father’s Journey

June 25, 2020

In the spirit of Fathers Day, we spoke with Fraser father and board member, Randy Pattee. Randy's son Emmett was diagnosed with autism. As Emmett grew, so did his needs. This week, Randy walks us through his experiences of parenting a child with special needs as well as navigating group homes and services at Fraser.

 

Our sponsor for this episode is Fox Rothschild LLP. Thanks for supporting the podcast!

FraserCast E11 - Fraser, Public Policy, and Programming During COVID

FraserCast E11 - Fraser, Public Policy, and Programming During COVID

June 15, 2020

In this week's episode of FraserCast, we meet with Abby Vavra, Fraser Public Policy and Compliance Counsel. Abby provides updates to Fraser programming and provides insight into how Fraser and other nonprofits work with the legislature to represent individuals with special needs in public policy.

FraserCast E10 - Managing Mental Health and Stress in Kids and Caregivers

FraserCast E10 - Managing Mental Health and Stress in Kids and Caregivers

May 12, 2020

This week, we meet with Aric Jensen, Director of Mental Health at Fraser, to learn more about how parents can manage mental health challenges and stress in themselves as well as children in their care. As we continue to social distance and remain in our homes during this stressful times, Aric also shares a few coping tips as well as some Fraser community resources such as the Fraser Hope Line.

This episode is sponsored by UCare. Thanks for sponsoring the podcast!

FraserCast E09 - Early Childhood Mental Health and Development

FraserCast E09 - Early Childhood Mental Health and Development

April 29, 2020

Claire Hysell, Clinical Services Manager at Fraser, walks us through early childhood development, school screening processes for additional support, and how kids can express their mental health needs and challenges at an age when they may not have the language to describe them. We also discuss how stress such as the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine can affect a child as well as how children are far more resilient than we may think.

 

This episode is sponsored by UCare. Thanks for sponsoring the podcast!

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