Friday, May 13, 2011

My first radio interview!

Do you have 30 minutes to spare? You should head over to the Total Tutor’s Total Education Show on Blog Talk Radio and hear yours truly in my very first one-on-one radio interview. You may recall that I was on the Total Tutor’s show as a call-in guest not that long ago. I even wrote about it here.
I was really surprised when the host, Neil Haley, asked to conduct a full interview with me for his show a couple of days ago. It was exciting but it also gave me that same small wave of nausea I used to get before going into a final exam. It was scary to think about filling a half-hour just with me. Luckily, he had lots of great questions, so it wasn’t as hard as I imagined. Of course, I was nervous and messed up here and there. Oh well.   
The interview took place on Tuesday, May 10th and is now available for instant online streaming or you can download it and listen to it later. 
He asked me about my blog and why I started it. I got to share a little bit about my kiddos and some of the progress they’ve made. He also asked me to talk about my support group. I even got to spend a moment on my soapbox and speak about the need for insurance reform for autism in the State of Washington. We talked about other stuff, too. You’ll just have to listen to the interview to find out the rest!   
I’m happy to say that I got through the interview and I didn’t totally bomb it. Yay for that! I hope you have a chance to listen to the show, and feel free to give me your feedback. 


Lynne said...


Caffeinated Autism Mom said...

I remember seeing a comment on here about this post, but it was deleted by Blogger when they were doing maintenance and removed this post temporarily. They restored the post, but the comment is now gone. Apologies to whomever wrote it.

Cari said...

You Amaze me! That was fantastic. What a gem you are in the Autism community, and I know that there is so much to come for you on the horizon. Thanks for all you do for the kiddos on the spectrum.
You should be very proud!

Caffeinated Autism Mom said...

Wow, Cari. Thank you so much. :-)

Cari said...

I have to add one more thought, this was just swirling around in my brain last night. The insurance issue for you guys in WA, for lack of a better word, sucks! I was just thinking how blessed I am to live where I do and that my kiddo is not discriminated against like that. I know Minnesota is one of the best states for kids on the Spectrum. I am a firm believer in intensive therapy early on, but I also have that luxury. My kiddo's insurance pays for him to attend a developmental preschool 5 days a week with speech, ot, music, physical, social skills, all the bells and whistles. It was not without a battle, but one that could be won with perserverance. As a single mother, if I lived in Wa, I don't think I could even afford to send my son to therapy once a week. That just makes me sick. Health care reform is needed so badly; and especially reform for the ASD and SPD kids. I'm sure you have done this b/c you are a superstar Mommy and such, but have you checked into any of the insurance coding forums, or hire someone (lol) to bill the insurance co. under a different code? I know this worked for a friend in Oregon. Anything I can ever do to help, let me know! March on the capital? I'm there.

Caffeinated Autism Mom said...

It's nice to know that all of the autism families in our state have support from people like you, Cari. That means so much. We've been trying for 3 years now to get Shayan's Law for autism insurance parity passed. It's named after a boy named Shayan, whom I have met and I am fortunate to call his mom my friend. I've spoken in our capitol, I've met with my legislators and I've sent many an email about this issue.

Our personal situation is kinda nuts because we have had to switch insurance companies and therapists due to job loss, etc., and so sometimes things are covered because the claims are managed and processed in a different state. We had been getting things covered before, but then our insurance company did a review and determined they had made a "clerical error" and that they were going to collect on some of those claims. We're working the appeals system and are also trying some different billing codes. I hate having to play games like this to get needed medical care for my kids. It's ridiculous!

I feel my blood pressure rising and a blog post brewing...

Cari said...

I know what you mean...I hate having to "manipulate" the system. But it's either that or my child suffers. I know you know. It's terrible that we parents have to do that, and shame on the health care system for enabling it!

Cari said...

Oh, and blog on sister!!!!

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