Celebrating the Spectrum

On "Celebrating the Spectrum," KSL's Debbie Worthen delights in the joy and happiness her son, a child with autism, has brought into her world. Each week Debbie consults the experts and connects with others who are also learning to navigate life with a child who has special needs. This is a place where we find hope, look for solutions and connect with those working to create a better world of inclusion.

Episodes

  • September 26, 2022

    I Thought I Was a Vampire

    A discussion with Sarah Aida Heuser who when she was 18 years old found out she was on the autism spectrum. She tells how emotional it was to hear, and how it helped make sense of her life up to that point. Since that time, she has thrown herself into studying autism and is finishing her master’s degree to become a licensed clinical social worker where she hopes to help people with autism. She promotes self-advocacy and determination and is, overall, a delight to talk to.

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  • September 19, 2022

    Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

    We have the amazing opportunity to talk to Dr. Barry M. Prizant the author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism. He has studied autism for 50 years. He has a love for people with autism and their families. He shares what he has learned, how things have changed over the last five decades and what he hopes for the future. His book is the winner of The Autism Society’s Temple Grandin Literary Work of the Year Award”. This is a must-listen.

     

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  • September 12, 2022

    Not a Broken vs. Normal

    The language surrounding autism can be intimidating. As someone who knows and loves many people on the autism spectrum, FM100.3 Kari Bushman explains why the words matter when it comes to describing the people we love. She also helped create  “AutCon: An unconventional convention designed for adults on the autism spectrum.”

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  • September 5, 2022

    The Alternative Field of Dreams

    Diagnosed with autism at four years old, Taylor Duncan was often excluded from playing the game he loved. Baseball. So, as an adult on the spectrum, he hopes no one else with any disability must sit the game out. He has successfully created Alternative Baseball, a traditional baseball setting free of judgment. He focuses on physical and social skills growth through the hands-on authentic experience in all practices and games.  Alternative Baseball is now found in 30 different communities across the county with hundreds of players. In this episode, he talks about the challenges involved with creating the program and some of the greatest moments his teams have experienced on the baseball field.

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  • August 29, 2022

    An Island in Alaska

    Jared Stewart describes himself as an “ambassador for autism”. After college, he started a job at an adult autism treatment center and quickly realized he was on the spectrum. Jared was officially diagnosed with Asperger’s a short time later. In this engaging conversation, Jared talks about the two cliffs parents of children with autism face; when their child enters adulthood and no longer gets government-mandated services and the second, scarier cliff, when the parent can no longer care for the child. Jared is advocating for a world that celebrates the uniqueness and strengths of those with autism.

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  • August 22, 2022

    The Recovering “Pretend Post” Addict

    Stephanie Hanrahan, creator of Instagram account Tinklesherpants and creator of Podcast: Labeled and Loved gives us a raw look at her life with a husband who needs a heart transplant and two adorable autistic children. Stephanie shares the moment she decided to use social media as a journal and how that has changed her life, as well as those who have connected with her.

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  • August 15, 2022

    Love on the Spectrum

    Jennifer Cook found out she was Autistic well into her adult life. In this episode, she tells Debbie what it was like growing up feeling different and how she’s used her skills to help others. She’s a best-selling author but you’ve likely seen her on Netflix Original: Love on the Spectrum U.S.

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  • August 15, 2022

    Spreading Hope and Autism Awareness in Pakistan

    Danish Mamtaz, also known as autism dad on social media, is a commercials director, life coach and father to Sulayman, his oldest son who is autistic. He shares his methods on raising a happy, healthy son. 

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  • August 9, 2022

    A whole New World

    In the opening episode of Celebrating the Spectrum, Debbie Worthen and her husband, Brandon tell us about the day their son, Asher was diagnosed with Autism. They discuss the feelings and thoughts they had entering a world they knew nothing about. 

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