Joyriding In Autismland: Autism Podcast with Kid Gigawatt : 30 Kelley Fitch | On episodes 1-29 - a quick guide

Launched by parents of an infectiously funny and *mostly* happy boy on the spectrum, the Joyriding in Autismland podcast chats with ASD parents, kiddos, therapists, writers, and artists about the unexpected, charming, and funny moments with Autism. Because laughing? Is the best vacation. Find the show notes online at

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Today's episode is a bit different, because I won't be doing any interviewing - I'm flying solo. It's been a rough week for us all, because my father-in-law died on Monday afternoon, and he was just a great guy. A coach, a teacher, a veteran, a lifelong athlete, and a kind and gentle man.

I'm feeling nostalgic, so I wanted to give a look back and give you guys a quick guide to our previous episodes to help you find a good one you might have missed. 

The episodes from the parent perspective are:

Numbers 4 & 5 with Keri Bowers, fillmaker and art therapist on raising a son on the spectrum
Number 7 with Dan Korins on his son, who has an amazing voice
Number 8 with Rupert Isaacson, NYT best-selling author and filmmaker of "The Horse Boy"   
Number 12 with my husband Jeff Waites, on raising the Romanator
Number 14 with Wayne Gilpin, author, and autism book and magazine publisher
Number 18 with Kara Wilson, on raising a daughter with Asperger's
Number 21 with Margret Ericsdottir, filmmaker and mom of a nonverbal teenaged boy
Number 28 with Cynthia Lord, NYT best-selling children's author, and mom to a young adult son with autism   
Number 29 with Julie Cole, entrepreneur and mother of 6 kids, the oldest of whom has autism

Writing from the first-hand perspective of autism    

Episode 2 with Temple Grandin, autism rock star   
Episodes 9 & 10 with Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Aspie and author   
Episode 23 with Tom Angleberger, Aspie, NYT best-selling author of a series of kids books with Aspie main characters

The sibling perspective is highlighted with my own kids in episode 6

Authors- we have a bunch in the parent category (Rupert Isaacson, Wayne Gilpin, Cynthia Lord), but also:

Episode 3 with James Ball, chair of the national Autism Society and autism behavioral consultant
Episode 20 with scholar, NYT best-selling author and speaker Andrew Solomon

And then there are therapists and therapies on

Episode 13 with Alisa Anderson on adaptive ski
Episode 16 with Sarah Bronson on therapeutic horseback riding   
Episode 17 with Jill Schacht on occupational therapy
Episode 19 with Elizabeth Mortati on art therapy
Episode 25 with Rachel See on music therapy

School & Home focused:

We talk in-home support in number 11 with Lauren O'Neil
We talk school inclusion in episode 24 with Tim Villegas

Episode 22 with Eric Tivers is about how ADHD tends to co-occur with autism

And then there are two episodes not specifically related to autism, but to being different:

Episode 1 with NYT best-selling author, wine expert and social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk
Episode 27 with NYT best-selling author, magazine publisher, super nice guy, and business consultant Chris Brogan

And the last episodes I haven't mentioned are about Kid Gigawatt (that's us!)

Number 15 is about why we sell t-shirts to microfund therapies for kiddos with autism
Number 26 is about the road trip documentary movie we're making this summer

And today is episode 30, so there you have it! And after 4 planes and a funeral, what I'd really love more than anything, is to hear from you. Please email me your funny stories from Autismland, I'd love to put together an episode together just with some of the bright spots. So when we're feeling a bit blue, we can have a good laugh. Email me at I'm counting on you! :)


PS Here's a link to the blog post I mentioned on the podcast, Remembering Opa.

Direct download: 30_Kelley_Fitch.mp3
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