The BY YOUR SIDE Autism Podcast

Welcome to the BY YOUR SIDE Autism Podcast! 

BY YOUR SIDE – Autism Therapy Services (BYS) podcast can be heard on the first and third Monday of every month. The podcast is an interview show featuring open and honest conversations with therapists, parents, educators, authors and experts from the autism community. BY YOUR SIDE provides therapeutic services in three different environments (in-center, in-home, school-based) in Northern IL offering ABA, Speech and Occupational Therapy. The BY YOUR SIDE podcast topics include therapy tips, coping skills, ideas, strategies and candid conversations from parents who live with autism in their lives.

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BYS 028 SibShops
Released: June 19, 2017

Six BY YOUR SIDE therapists went to the official SibShops training where they learned how to facilitate a workshop for kids who have a sibling with special needs. Hear these therapists talk about what kids can expect during the workshop, the benefits of giving these kids their own time, and first-hand accounts of being someone who has a sibling with special needs.

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BYS 027 Sensory friendly stage productions
Released: June 5, 2017

Leslie Shook has worked as the theatre manager for The DePaul Theatre School in Chicago since 1982 and is responsible developing audiences of more than 35,000 people at DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre each season. One show of DePaul’s Theatre School’s production of Cinderella was turned into a sensory friendly performance. Leslie talks about theatre and it’s importance to children, plus she discusses what goes into and what can be done with sensory performances.

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BYS 026 Gaining cooperation from your child
Released: May. 15, 2017

Brian Katz, BCBA, breaks down in detail an article about gaining instructional control from your child. Brian talks about methods and prompts that will help parents with their child to act more independently. He focuses on the concept of positive parenting. A must listen for those seeking guidance in getting their child to respond to their requests.

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BYS 025 Dr. Temple Grandin
Released: Jan. 9, 2017

Dr. Grandin’s passion is in full force as she clearly defines what parents and kids need to be doing and how to prepare for the next stage of their lives. Her philosophy of “Mentors are attracted to talent” offers as a great reminder of getting kids “doing” things that fit their ability.

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BYS 024 Brian and Matthew: Explaining ABA
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

Brian Katz and Matthew Zaffos are both BCBAs at BY YOUR SIDE. In this week’s episode, they discuss their strong views on topics such as, parent training and early intervention, and explain how they are passionate that these are the keys to a child’s success.

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BYS 023 An Insightful Perspective of Speech Language Pathologists
Released: Oct. 10, 2016

This week, we speak with two BY YOUR SIDE Speech Language Pathologists; Natalie Halm and Susan Theis. They discuss the importance of playtime as a family and how the Speech Pathologists work with the ABA team to tackle some of the issues.

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BYS 022 – Anita Lomax Discussing What We Heard
Released: Sept. 2, 2016

We do something a little differently in today’s episode. We review with a behavioral specialist, the interview we did with Andrew Blaha, a teenager on the spectrum. Anita and I break down what Andrew talked about and we discuss it from a professional angle.

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BYS 021 Andrew Blaha: A 19 Year-Old with Autism. Part 2
Released: July 18, 2016

Andrew discusses the difficult topic of bullying in this interview as a teen with autism himself. He also discusses how help at school literally changed his life from anger to one with knowledge and comfort.

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BYS 020 Andrew Blaha: A 19 Year-Old with Autism. Part 1
Released: June 14, 2016

Our first interview with someone on the spectrum and it offers some great perspectives on growing up with Autism. Andrew Blaha is a 19 year-old on the spectrum. He offers insight through – what he calls – his lens.

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BYS0 019 Laura Mahlmeister BCBA, Sr. Manager of ABA Therapy (North)
Released: May 17, 2016

Laura is a BCBA at BY YOUR SIDE. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis, from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2010. Laura’s interest in working with individuals with developmental disabilities started at an early age.

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BYS018 Nick Johne: Second City Teacher: Improv and Autism

Released: April 18, 2016

Nick and his wife Sinead have a daughter named Emma who is on the spectrum. For about two years now Nick, along with one of his improv partners Molly Fisher, have been teaching improv classes to people who are on the spectrum.

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BYS017 Samantha Mitchell: Occupational Therapy
Released: March 16, 2016

Samantha is the Sr manager of OT at BYS. She holds a Masters of Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University. Sam talks about areas of therapy most people don’t know OT’s can do. She gives tips and ideas about everyday household items that can be turned into OT activities.

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BYS 016 Caitlin Dalton: Navigating through an IEP
Released: February 8, 2016

Caitlin Dalton is a certified special education teacher who has her Master’s in ABA. Before working at By Your Side as a behavior specialist, she worked as a teacher in both public and private autism classrooms. Caitlin has a passion for educational rights and teaming with local school districts.

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BYS 015 Julie Stretch: Parent of a child on the spectrum talks about how they found ABA.
Released: January 25, 2016

Julie has recently been on both sides of her understanding of ABA therapy. The before, where her son didn’t start yet and she was researching if it was the right fit. And the after, seeing firsthand what ABA can do. Julie walks us through the good and bad of what she heard and ultimately the positive results she sees in her son.

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BYS 014 Senior Manager of ABA Ginny Nikiforos, LCSW & BCBA talks about: What is ABA?
Released: January 11, 2016

ABA is not only a therapy model for the child. An effective ABA plan includes a team of people: child, parents, siblings, teachers, therapists. Ginny explains the team concept of ABA and how it works, how it’s performed, and how it’s a team effort as parent training, supervision, and assessment are all part of the ABA plan.

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BYS 013 ABA Therapists with a Brother on the Spectrum
Released: December 23, 2015

An emotional and a poignant interview with three of BY YOUR SIDE’s ABA therapists, each who have a younger brother with autism. Alex, Lizzie, and Natalija give their insights to being in a profession that hits close to home.

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BYS Podcast 012 Lianne Paterson: Parent
Released: November 23, 2015

Lianne Paterson is a parent with a child on the spectrum and gives an open look into how her son’s diagnoses changed her as a person, parent, and wife. Lianne’s insight into her world ranges from dinner time, damaged furniture, and sleepless nights.
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BYS Podcast 011 Katurri Phillips: BCBA – Transitions
Released: November 2, 2015

Preparation is your friend. Katurri walks us through an example of dealing with a situation where you go to the grocery store and your child is not ready to come out of the car. Katurri goes into specific details on how to handle difficult behaviors when it comes to a child needing guidance going places.
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BYS Podcast 010 The BY YOUR SIDE Community Outreach Team
Released: October 23, 2015

The BYS Community Outreach Team – Tom Trimingham, Nimra Irfan, and Kimberly Childs talk about what it is like working for a therapy services business in a non-therapist role. They discuss what surprises them, what they have learned, and how they work within the local community to help spread the message about the value of the different therapies that BYS offers.
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BYS Podcast 009 Sandie Beierwaltes – Parent of a child with autism
Released: October 5, 2015

Sandie Beierwaltes has been teaching elementary school for 29 years at St. John Brebeuf in Niles IL. Sandie and her husband Dave have three children. Their youngest son Michael is on the on spectrum. Michael is now 15 and the Beierwaltes’s have been on this journey for over a decade. Sandie shares the challenges and the joys that they experienced along the way.
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BYS Podcast 008 Karen Kabaki-Sisto, M.S., CCC-SLP – Founder of Autism Breakthrough Solutions
Released: September 14, 2015

What common characteristic of autism are parents and doctors quick to dismiss?

In episode number eight, we have the pleasure to talk with Karen Kabaki-Sisto, M.S., CCC-SLP. She has been helping children with autism all over the world for 20 years. Karen is the founder of Autism Breakthrough Solutions and creator of “I Can Have Conversations With You!™”, an interactive iPad program that enhances social skills and language abilities.

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BYS Podcast 007 Sarah Henderson – Occupational Therapist
Released: September 1, 2015

Sarah is a licensed and board certified occupational therapist. Since graduating from Saint Ambrose University she has worked with children in outpatient clinics and schools. Sarah is one of our therapists in both the school and our clinic.

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BYS 006 – Cindy Zinzer – Parent
Released: August 17, 2015

Cindy has a 9 year old daughter who has been dealing with seizures her whole life. Cindy talks about a very scary moment in the middle of the night where her daughter was having an episode, and a touching insight when her other daughter wrote a paper for school about her sister seizures, a feeling Cindy never knew until she finished reading the assignment.

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BYS 005 – Julie Martin – Transitions
Released: August 3, 2015

Julie Martin is the center director, as well as the lead SLP and BCBA, of BY YOUR SIDE autism center.  In this episode, we spend the full podcast discussing why it’s sometimes difficult for a child to transition from one place to another and tips on how those transitions can be made easier.  The conversation moves into the topic of change, which as Julie points out, is the same as transition, yet can have its own set of challenges.

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BYS 004 – Eunice McConville- Parent of a child with autism.
Released: Jul 20, 2015

Eunice has been taking her child to BY YOUR SIDE for over 4 years and has become the parent that we send other parents to talk to if they have questions about having a child of the spectrum. Eunice tells us of her low points and how community involvement has been one of the best moves she’s made.

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BYS 003 – Theresa Petru- Speech-Language Pathologist
Released: Jul 6, 2015

Theresa is a certified licensed Speech-Language Pathologist holding a Master’s of Science from Governor’s State University. Prior to working at BY YOUR SIDE Theresa gained extensive experience working with children with a variety of speech-language disorders including Autism in both public and private school settings. Theresa has received training in PECS, Kaufman Protocol for Children with Apraxia, Stanley Greenspan’s Floortime/DIR model, and S.O.S. feeding.

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cover170x170002 Jen Ivey: A Parent of a child with autism
Released: Jun 26, 2015

Jen starts the show with a story of her neighbor’s misguided attempt of “helping” by calling DCFS on them, an act that could lead to having Jen’s children taken away. Jen discusses not being afraid of putting it out there that your child is on the spectrum. How her group of friends became smaller, but how smaller is better. And Jen gives us honest insight to why she has a difficult time reading success stories.

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001 Julie Martin: BCBA – SLP – Center Director of BY YOUR SIDE
Released: Jun 25, 2015

Julie Martin is the center director, as well as the lead SLP and BCBA, of BY YOUR SIDE Autism Center. In today’s podcasts, Julie covers basic topics about how a BCBA’s job is finding out the “why” in the Child’s behavior and what is happening when a child with autism is having a meltdown. Julie also leaves us with a tip on what parents can be doing more of with their child.

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