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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!

FraserCast E08 - David’s Story

FraserCast E08 - David’s Story

April 14, 2020

Today, we welcome David, who was diagnosed with autism as a child. Join us as David shares his story of growing up in school, working with case managers, and how his aviation hobby helped him stay on track for success as well as provide tips for parents who may have children with a diagnosis.

We'd like to thank our sponsor for this episode, Central Roofing Company.

FraserCast E07 - COVID19, Therapy, Parenting, Schooling, and Adapting

FraserCast E07 - COVID19, Therapy, Parenting, Schooling, and Adapting

April 2, 2020

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has disrupted our daily lives, from going to work to sending our children to school. Most schools, places of public gathering, and nonessential businesses are closed, and parents and other caregivers are faced with helping their families adjust to the new normal. Services and providers like Fraser–and most importantly, our neighbors and community members with mental health challenges, special needs, and other health concerns–have felt the impact of this pandemic. This week, we are joined by Pat Pulice, Fraser VP of Integrated Healthcare and Cheri Brady, a licensed independent Clinical Social worker with Fraser to discuss how services have been impacted, how Fraser is adapting to the situation, what telehealth opportunities are available, and how kids and families can better cope at home during this trying time.

If you would like to contribute to Fraser's emergency relief fund–where your donations up to $25,000 will be matched dollar-by-dollar during the month of April or learn more about Fraser services, please visit us at our website at www.fraser.org.

FraserCast E06 - Fraser Community Living

FraserCast E06 - Fraser Community Living

March 20, 2020

Did you know that Fraser has living and housing options for individuals with special needs? Tiffany Byers-Draeger, director of Fraser Community Living, walks us through Fraser's three Community Living options: Supervised Living, Supportive Living, and Independent Living.

 

This episode was sponsored by Central Roofing Company.

FraserCast E05 - Sensory Sensitivity and Sensory Certification

FraserCast E05 - Sensory Sensitivity and Sensory Certification

March 3, 2020

Did you know that we have more than five senses? Or that people can be hypersensitive and hyposensitive? Or that more and more of your local events and venues may have a designated sensory tent or quiet space? Gina Gibson, Fraser Sensory Inclusion Specialist, explains the importance of creating sensory-friendly environments and events to accommodate children and families with sensory needs. She also talks about what businesses and organizations can do to improve their sensory accommodations such as partnering with Fraser Sensory Certification. Join us today to learn about how you, your business, and your community members can create positive experiences for everyone, with or without special needs.

We'd also like to thank our episode sponsor Central Roofing Company, who is also our presenting sponsor for our annual Walk for Autism on April 18, 2020. Thank you for supporting our podcast!