Confession: Dylan has never had a Burger King (or any fast food) burger. 😳 Truth is, he eats extremely healthy most of the time. Initially, it was hard for him to take a bite of something that requires additional bites (same with pizza), so we never forced it or would just cut things into pieces to make it easier. Otherwise, he wanted to put everything into his mouth at once. But yesterday was different. He didn’t love the pickles, but was able to eat a “normal” cheeseburger by taking bites and pausing in between. I know this wasn’t a healthy choice, and he’s lived 17 years without it, but I’m applauding his conquering something so mundane we all take for granted. 🍔🍟🍔🍟🍔🍟🍔🍟🍔🍟🍔🍟 #autismawareness #iamdylankai #autismsupport #mompodcast #autismpodcast #podcasters #miamipodcasters
🔊NEW EPISODE ALERT: S2 E21 On Brand Blondes
On this update episode we are “FALL”ing back, and ironically it’s rosé 🌹🍷that helps keep our footing 👠👠as we reflect upon homecoming 🏈, influencing 💁🏼♀️🤳💁🏼♀️🤳, base running ⚾️, and (sticker) swapping 💌🔄. Also, we see unicorns.🦄 Can this all be accomplished by remaining #onbrand? You’ll have to listen to find out! 🎧 .
Autism Bites Supper Club
The @town_of_miami_lakes Mayor’s Gala
Unicorn Children’s Foundation @ucfoundation
Lisa Frank (yes the stickers!) @lisafrank
La Fresa Francesa @lafresafrancesa
Tiffany Child Photography @tiffanychildphotography
Lucy Lopez @thelucylopez #autism #autismawareness #autismsupport #autismpodcast #womenpodcasters #autismmiami #miamipodcast
My mighty J.R.*💪🏼🎥
*our apologies for the poor angle 😂
Flashback to last week : J.R. was having NONE OF Halloween (fine!) but didn’t know why (not fine! 😢) So I questioned him the next day.
I am still struggling with his frustrations over WHY he is, but there’s no doubt WHO he is: a young man who has autism who CAN express himself and CAN report his day (and, um, correct his mom’s scheduling mistakes 😂). He is a RARITY amongst his peers. I repeat: a RARITY. Many parents rely heavily on school notes 📝 in order to know how their child’s day went. Few have the luxury of hearing their child explain their feelings. A meltdown is their only clue a child is overwhelmed or upset or even hurting.
What does that make me? A mom who KNOWS what she has. A mom who worries a TEENY bit less. A mom who fears, though, that the perception of autism is that every child on the spectrum is like J.R.: awkward but expressive in language. This is so not the case. If you have met one child with autism, you have met ONE child with autism. #themoreyouknow #asd #autismspectrum #autismlife #autismmoms #severeautism #autismparenting #autismpodcast
Teens. Hormones. Autism. These videos are never easy to share, but it’s real and raw. With limited speech, Dylan (17) can’t explain himself or properly ask for help. Before I went inside, he was having a full blown anxiety attack. But as I have mentioned before, the camera has a bit of a soothing effect on him. I suspect the internet was not working. In order to fix it, I usually have to force him out of the room and lock myself in while he uncontrollably cries or self-soothes by deep breathing. It’s that or have him upset the entire time the internet is down (even if it’s a full day). TBH I might have the same meltdown when mine goes out too 😳😜. Today he clearly didn’t want help and I chose to let him ride it out after he clearly said NO a zillion times. 🤷🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ Ten minutes later it seems to have started up again thankfully and he’s back to happy D. ✺ · ✫ ˚ * ✹ ✵ ✺ ✫ ⊹ * · * ✵ * ✹ * . ·
.#understandingautism #IamDylanKai #autismspectrum #differentforall #autismawareness #autismpodcast #autismsupport
Hola! 👋🏻 It's so nice to see so many new faces. It's been a while since we introduced ourselves, so here we go! .
🎧 We are the Disorderly Blondes (spanglish) Autism Podcast.🎤
🙋🏼♀️ Rubia #1: Cuban born, Miami & Hialeah raised, and current Broward County resident, Brenda is Dylan (ASD) and Oliver’s (CHRNA7 duplication + Hypotonia) mami. In 2007, blogging about her life as a mom of two special needs kids as ASD QUEEN BEE was cheaper than therapy, and became a creative and therapeutic outlet. Six years later, she developed @thewhetpalette , a second blog discussing her passion for food and wine. Brenda’s journey also includes an extensive background in interior design and dance. The perfect next step? Podcasting! Her colorful palette wouldn’t be complete without her husband Lawrence’s support and endless belly-laughs with the other rubia, Kristi.
🙋🏼♀️ Rubia #2: Blessed with blonde wisps at birth (that are now maintained at a cost undisclosed to her husband), Kristi’s mane role is mama to two additional golden-haired beauties- one who just so happens to have autism. Born in the 305, raised in the 954, and training boys to be men in the 561, in her infinite amount of spare time (insert maniacal laugh) she pours what’s left of her Vitamin D induced energy into @puzzlepeacenow a non-profit she founded in 2009. Finally, Kristi splits her ends between enjoying quality days in the sun with husband Tim and basking in the glow of her decade+ long friendship with bestie Brenda.
. 🍾🥂 Our chemistry sets us apart and is, without a doubt, our most valuable ingredient. As co-creators, we are equally dedicated to educating as we are entertaining. We crack each other up, share the same blonde brain, and are able to finish one another’s sentences (when we aren’t talking over one another, that is). We’ve been told listening to the podcast is like chatting it up with girlfriends at happy hour- sadly not every autism mom gets much of that, if any. We’re more than happy to virtually toast with them!
Welcome to the #disorderlytribe. It's a little GFCF nutty around here, and we wouldn't have it any other way. 🙏🏻✌🏻
I get asked a lot how J.R. is adjusting to our new puppy, Dory. 🐕
Obviously, we had hopes she would become HIS dog and they would become inseparable. Right!
I probably should have guessed after buying J.R. a lizard and adopting two cats that having an animal as a BFF was not in the cards. 😂
He’s funny though. Nobody can yell at Dory nor speak about Dory in any disparaging way without him getting upset. JR is protective of her, and likes to know she is nearby. Hey, it’s something!
There is no doubt Dory has added a wonderful layer to our family dynamic, even though J.R. is constantly kicking her out of his room. I am sure the benefits my typical Jackson will reap are immeasurable. See for yourself. 🐕 #doglovers #autismlife #doglife
#autismmoms #miamimoms #jupitermoms #ASD #Autism #southflorida #parenthood