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My Soul Delights is a Catholic podcast and programme exploring the beauty of our Christian faith and the way in which God's love restores and renews us. If you would like to contact us, email us at msdcatholic@gmail.com.
 
Welcome to Adventures in Autism! This podcast was created as a safe place to come together and share our journeys with autism. Host, Megan Carranza, shares her family’s experience with her son, Logan, and speaks with a variety of incredible guests. From fellow autism parents, to siblings, to experts in the field and individuals on the spectrum themselves! It’s all about support and finding a sense of community. These are people who just “get it”. If you’re familiar with autism, then you know ...
 
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Today I’m continuing ‘The Summers Series’ on AIA! I’m recapping our vacation in Tennessee and answering listener questions about travel. I’m sharing some highlights from our trip (seeing the smokies, Logan crushing the lily pads and Laila’s face during the water slide…listen for details!) and talking about what didn’t work out so well- like waiting…
 
The prayer known as St Patrick's Breastplate is attributed to the great saint, St Patrick and it is considered a prayer of protection. The words of this prayer remind us that we arise each day through the strength of Christ with His protection as our shield and His wisdom to guide us. Music Credits: Inspirational Innovation by Ashamaluev Music Cont…
 
In this episode we look at the Miraculous Medal, a story that has many interweaving threads and contributes many examples of the providence of God and the closeness of our Blessed Mother Mary. The Miraculous Medal was a revelation of Our Lady to a young sister called Catherine Laboure, later to be declared a saint. St Catherine was born in 1806, Fr…
 
Today I’m kicking off ‘The Summers Series’ (which is more solo mini episodes through summer!) on AIA! On this episode I’m sharing the start of our summer (so far it’s been AWESOME!) and how we planned/prepped for our vacation. I recorded this episode the night before we left for Tennessee. Every time we take a trip, I get questions about how we mak…
 
Today I’m flying solo with another installment of Hot Topics! This topic came highly requested and it’s dealing with difficult/challenging behaviors. I’m sharing some of the behaviors Logan has struggled with and how we’ve dealt with them. This topic was important for me to talk about on the podcast because as autism parents, it can be really tough…
 
Today I am chatting with the one and only, Jenny McCarthy! Jenny and I talk all about the early days with her amazing son, Evan. Everyone knows the public side of their story, but today Jenny is sharing the more personal side. We talk about Evan’s very scary seizure as a toddler and his eventual diagnosis of ASD. Jenny and I also discuss her feelin…
 
For this episode, I am once again bringing my sister, Melissa, on the pod for a sister chat! Today (May 26) marks one year since Mel had a massive seizure that led to her brain cancer diagnosis. We’re talking about how she’s doing now, and how it feels to be one year out from that life changing event. (If you are a newer listener, check out episode…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom Emily Comer, all about her adorable son, Levi. Levi is 4 years old and was just recently diagnosed with ASD in September. Emily details their journey leading up to the diagnosis and shares how they’re doing since. Emily and I talk about the differences of having both neurotypical children and kiddos on the spectru…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and photographer, Alexys Berry. Alexys shares her journey with her daughter, Charlotte, who was just recently diagnosed with ASD in 2020. Alexys talks about the early signs that led them to seek a diagnosis. She also explains how the pandemic made the process more difficult. She actually received Charlotte’s diagn…
 
In a special episode of the Poetry Podcast, Kimiko Hahn, Monica Youn, Paul Tran, and Megan Fernandes join Kevin Young to read their work, and to discuss Asian-American poetics and the role of poetry in our tumultuous times. Kimiko Hahn, a distinguished professor at Queens College, City University of New York, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship an…
 
Today I’m flying solo and sharing some life updates. First, I’m talking about some of the more difficult stuff I’ve been dealing with lately. There has been a lot going on and I’m truly just so thankful for this community. You guys really are the best! Next I’m talking about how we’re planning for summer break which is right around the corner! I te…
 
Today I’m catching up with returning guest, Eileen Shaklee aka Mama Fry. Eileen is the lady behind the very successful blog “Autism With a Side of Fries” and she’s basically the OG autism mom blogger. I’ve been a fan of Eileen’s for years and she was last on the pod back in early 2019! Today she’s giving us updates on her beloved Kiddo who is on th…
 
In this episode, we look at the story of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette. In 1858, Our Lady appeared to a young girl called Bernadette Soubirous, at the grotto near to Lourdes, at Massabielle. Bernadette came from a humble family who were familiar with poverty but her interior life proved to be a rich source of blessing not only reserved for …
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom Nicole Gottesmann, all about her amazing son, Gabe. I am SO excited to welcome Nicole as guest. Ever since I started following her on social media, I have been so inspired by her story. Nicole is such an incredible and strong mother, I know you will be inspired too! Nicole started her motherhood journey as a singl…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom Valerie Gilpeer. Valerie shares her incredible story with her daughter Emily. Emily was diagnosed with autism as a young toddler back in the 90s. Though she was non speaking, Valerie never doubted her daughters intelligence. Throughout her school years, Emily’s communication was always her biggest struggle. Her la…
 
In this episode, we look at the meaning of Easter and its subsequent meaning and impact for all of humanity. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus reveal God's plan for humanity, one that is not confined to one place or time. The hope and glory of the resurrection is the focal point of our Christian faith, and a revelation of a God who is a God…
 
Today I’m kicking off Autism Awareness Month (one day early!) on the podcast! I’m sharing what this month means to me and how it’s taken on a different light for me over the years. I’m reflecting back on Autism Awareness day from four years ago and telling the story of why I decided to share Logan’s diagnosis on that day. I’m also talking about the…
 
Today I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and podcaster, Hayley Augusta. Hayley shares her journey with her son Charlie who was diagnosed with ASD in 2019. Charlie is also hyperlexic and extremely bright. Because he’s a twice exceptional kiddo, Hayley encountered a lot of differing opinions while they were seeking a diagnosis. Hayley explains how p…
 
Toi Derricotte joins Kevin Young to read “We Feel Now a Largeness Coming On,” by Tracy K. Smith, and her own poem “I give in to an old desire.” Derricotte is a poet, memoirist, and co-founder, with Cornelius Eady, of the literary organization Cave Canem. Her honors include the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry and the Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustaine…
 
Today I’m coming at you with another installment of Hot Topics! This week it’s all about IEPs! I’m sharing our entire journey with the IEP process. From our first meeting (that I actually didn’t even realize was a meeting to discuss Logan’s IEP!) to this past year, and now gearing up for our fast approaching 2021 meeting, I’m sharing everything I’v…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and founder of ND Renegade, Sally Willbanks. Sally is coming to us all the way from Australia! On this episode, she is sharing her story with both her son and daughter. Her son was diagnosed with ASD first and Sally talks all about the early days of their journey and her concerns as a parent. More recently, her da…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and educator, Jackie Killam. Jackie is very seasoned in the realm of autism parenting. Her twin daughters Tammra and Brooke were born in 1990- so Jackie definitely had a lot to share! We talk about the differences between autism awareness and resources in the 90s vs now. Jackie also shares how her experience as an…
 
Today’s episode is a good one! I’m starting off a new, ongoing series on the podcast: hot topics! These episodes will be covering one specific topic and go into detail on our experience. For this first one I’m talking about all things AAC! I’m going way to back to the beginning and sharing the process of Logan starting his AAC and everything that e…
 
In this short episode, we look at St Joseph. This year is being dedicated to St Joseph by the Church, known as the Year of St Joseph. #YearofStJoseph There is an increase in materials, prayers and talks relating to St Joseph and the consecration to St Joseph taking place! This humble man and saint, who was the most blessed and found himself in the …
 
Today I’m chatting with autism sibling, Jessica Leving. Jessica shares her journey with her brother, Billy. Jessica and Billy are both adults now and they have an awesome relationship. Growing up, Jessica felt discouraged the lack of services and resources for fellow special needs siblings and she wanted to change that. Her passion led her to write…
 
Today I’m flying solo and reflecting back on the beginning of our autism journey. Since starting the podcast, I hear from parents everyday who are all on this journey with me. Some of them are just starting out, some have been at it for years. I felt inspired to do this episode for those parents who just heard the diagnosis of ASD. What I’m sharing…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism dad and author, Aaron Wright. Aaron shares his journey with his daughter (who is now a teenager) and explains how their experience navigating SPED led him to write his book ‘Thirteen Doors’. Aaron talks about the difficulty he faced when trying to gain access to appropriate services for his daughter within their schoo…
 
In this short episode we take a look at the Holy Spirit, who desires to be our best companion, draw us deeper into the life of the Trinity and ignite in us the fire of God's divine love. We can make a prayer to the Holy Spirit everyday and ask Him to fill us with His gifts and fruits; to enlighten us in our decisions; to guide us towards truth; to …
 
The words to the Litany of the Holy Spirit. This Litany can be used as part of your own prayer time. As you pray, may the words inflame your heart with the light of the Holy Spirit. Music Credits: Inspirational Innovation by AshamaluevMusic and Folk Inspiration from Pixabay Contact Email: msdcatholic@gmail.com…
 
Words to a prayer of St Francis, also known as the Prayer of the Cave or the Prayer before the Crucifix, seeking the wisdom and light of God. Music Credits: Inspirational Innovation by AshamaluevMusic Contact Email: msdcatholic@gmail.comBy Eileen O'Driscoll and Joyson Joy
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and life coach, Corinne Crabtree. I first became familiar with Corinne after listening to her podcast, ‘Losing 100lbs with Corinne’, which has been a game changer for me! Today, Corinne is sharing her journey with her 18 year old son, Logan. Corinne talks about some of the early signs and gut feelings she had that…
 
Today I’m flying solo and getting very personal about my weight loss journey. I’ve mentioned several times on the show (and especially on episode 112) that I have really committed to making my own self care, mental health, and general health a priority. Losing weight has been a big part of that. As someone who has DEFINITELY had my fair share of we…
 
The words of the prayer to the Holy Trinity as written by St Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880 - 1906) Music Credits: Inspirational Innovation by AshamaluevMusic Contact Email: msdcatholic@gmail.comBy Eileen O'Driscoll and Joyson Joy
 
Cultivating a language of gratitude. Why is gratitude important? In what ways can we increase our practice of giving thanks each day? In this short episode you will also find references to selected Psalms which through the grace of the Holy Spirit, can encourage us to give thanks. Music Credits: Inspirational Innovation and Nature by AshamaluevMusi…
 
Today I’m chatting with returning guest, Mary Susan McConnell. Mary Susan and I are catching up about how life looks very different since she was last on the pod in January 2020. Mary Susan shares how her daughter, Abiella, has been doing through quarantine and how her medical needs have been a huge consideration during this season. We’re also talk…
 
In this episode, we look at what it means to be a child of God and the gift of wonder, an innate gift that keeps us moving in our search for more. The promise of God's protection is something reassuring and affirming, this is particularly evident in Psalm 91 and Psalm 121. The life of Mother Teresa or St Teresa of Calcutta is an inspiring witness a…
 
Today I’m chatting with Amy Churchill, who is a licensed clinical therapist, about all things mental health. Amy also happens to be my best friend of more then 20 years (!) so this was a real treat! Today we’re digging into the importance of making your mental health a priority, as well some good coping techniques for dealing with stress and anxiet…
 
Today I’m ringing in the new year with my sister and we’re reflecting back on 2020. Obviously, this has been a real dumpster fire of a year for all of us. 2020 definitely hit our family extra hard- today we’re discussing the highs and (extreme) lows of this year. Per usual, Mel and I keep it EXTREMELY real. This conversation definitely included som…
 
Today I’m flying solo and talking about all things Christmas. This year things obviously look a little different because of Covid. That being said, we’re doing our best to enjoy the holidays in our own way. In this episode I’m talking about our family traditions and what makes the holidays special for us. We might do things a little differently, bu…
 
In this episode we take a look at the theme of joy and happiness. Is there a difference between the two? How can we attain true joy amidst temporal, earthly things? We take a look at some modern examples and understanding (the paradox of choice); the happiness test by an anthropologist and the understanding from our faith perspective. Joy is one of…
 
Margaret Atwood joins Kevin Young to read “A Stranger,” by Saeed Jones, and her own poem “Flatline.” Atwood, a prolific poet and novelist, is known for brilliant books such as “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Blind Assassin.” Her many distinctions include the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, the pen Center U.S.A.’s lifetime…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Megan Heinz of @abovetypical. Megan and I connected on Instagram when we both started our accounts around the same time over two years ago. I have loved following her story with her son and it was such a treat to have her on the pod! Megan shares the early days of their journey and how living in a small community…
 
Today I’m joined by my husband, Manny, for the third time! In honor of Logan’s 8th birthday later this week, we’re talking about all the ways we’ve seen Logan grow in this past year. We’ve definitely both witnessed him maturing which has been both surprising and welcomed. We’re also discussing Logan taking a pause from ABA therapy and how that real…
 
In this episode, we discuss the season of Advent, its rich heritage and meaning within the Church's liturgical year and how we can make this a fruitful time. The word 'Advent' is the Latin word for 'coming' or 'arrival'. It is a word that denotes expectation and hope for us as Christians. In the season of Advent, there is a rich Catholic tradition …
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom, Jenna Cooper, all about her adorable son Owen. This was a really fun episode for me because Jenna has been a long time listener & supporter of the podcast, so I was thrilled to bring her on the show and hear her story! Jenna is a mom of 5 (!) and Owen is her youngest. She talks about the “learning curve” of autis…
 
In this episode, we take a look at the lives of various saints from different generations. The saints, as ordinary human people, understood personal human struggle and weakness but they also understood the greater presence of God's love. They reveal to us the innate capacity for God within us, and God's invitation to every human person to go deeper…
 
Today I’m chatting with powerhouse autism mom, and president of the Autism Hero Project, Tamika Lecheé Morales. Tamika was my guest way back on episode 9 of AIA and I am thrilled to bring her back on today! Since we recorded that episode over two years ago, so much has changed. Not only has her nonprofit, Autism Hero Project, blown up and done abso…
 
Today I’m chatting with my sometimes cohost, my sister Melissa! We’re giving some updates and talking about how Mel is doing in her cancer journey. She’s just finished her second month of maintenance chemo and so far, so good. She’s elaborating on that and sharing her feelings now that she’s 6 months out from her brain surgery. Also, I’m giving som…
 
Today I’m catching up with past guest, Whitney of @thebehaviorcompass. Whitney shared the early years of her journey with her son Kyson back on episode 41 of AIA. Today, we’re picking up where we left off and answering some awesome listener questions! Since we recorded that episode, a lot has changed for Whitney. She talks very openly about experie…
 
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