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Curt & Ana Warner: Raising Twin Boys with Severe Autism

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This week, the TWT team interviews Curt and Ana Warner! Curt and Ana are authors, presenters and the parents of four children, including two boys with autism.

Before the interview, Chris and Rachel discuss questions that Chris received during a recent assistive technology event, including: How can we hear more success stories from users? Where should we store large backups of AAC devices? Why is feature matching important? They also talk about Joy Zabala’s SETT framework (student, environment, task, tool) and how understanding problems through this framework can lead to more efficient and effective solutions.

Next, Rachel and Chris sit down for a touching and informative interview with Curt & Ana! Curt is a Former Pro Bowl NFL running back who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. His wife, Ana, has dedicated her life to caring for her family and studying the treatment of autism.

In the interview, Curt & Ana discuss their experience parenting twins with severe autism, how judgment from others was so challenging when their children were young, and how they have stayed together through the ups and downs of parenthood. Curt & Ana share about dealing with complex communication needs and how difficulty communicating may have caused self-injurious behavior. Finally, Curt & Ana share about the emotional highs and lows of parenting children with autism, and why acceptance and love are so important to them.

We want to know what you think! You can connect with us at our Facebook group Talking with Tech, on Twitter, and Instagram (@talkingwithtech)! Also, please subscribe and post a review for us on iTunes – it helps others to find us!

Links:

Curt & Ana’s book, The Warner Boys: Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope, is available now! For more information, visit bit.ly/thewarnerboys

Learn more about Joy Zabala’s SETT framework at http://www.joyzabala.com

Watch Rachel’s video about the Moments AR app (and see what a “merge cube” looks like): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBBQZiwwQy8

 

Credits:

Hosts: Rachael Madel and Chris Bugaj

Producer: Luke Padgett

Audio Engineer: Michaela Ball

Music: “Ebb and Flow” by Fabian Measures

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