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A chat with Autism Awareness Advocate and Founder of No Small Victories, Jacqueline Williams-Hines

A chat with Autism Awareness Advocate and Founder of No Small Victories, Jacqueline Williams-Hines

April 17, 2015


Autism Awareness Advocate, Jacqueline Williams-Hines again joins eHealth Radio and the Autistic Syndrome Information Channel for Autism Awareness month to discuss her organization No Small Victories.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jacqueline Williams-Hines discuss the following:

  • What is No Small Victories?
  • What inspired you to Start No Small Victories? 
  • I understand you are an author of the No Small Victories Children's Book Series, what are the themes of the books in your series? 
  • What are the future goals of NSV?
  • What are some early sign of Autism, listeners can look out for?


Duration: 13:11


Jacqueline Williams-Hines journey began nearly sixteen years ago upon receiving a diagnosis of autism for her youngest son, Joshua. She began to navigate the maze of social services and special education.  In an effort to educate her son’s peers on autism as well as catharsis in dealing with overwhelming depression, guilt and anxiety Mrs. Williams-Hines self-published her first children’s book, “Joshua and the Startabulous Dream Maker.”  Positive response to her book prompted Williams-Hines to organize autism awareness walks, fairs and to continue with the book series to include three more books as well as an accompanying discussion guide.


In 2008 she founded No Small Victories, a program of The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services of Springfield, MA. Through this organization she continues to promote education and early detection of autism through workshops and book signings.  A state member of Mass Act Early, a national autism initiative founded by the Centers for Disease Control, No Small Victories works to combat diagnostic disparities suffered by African Americans and Hispanics in underserved communities.


Website: www.nsvonline.com

How Autism affects language skills with Dr. Martha Burns

How Autism affects language skills with Dr. Martha Burns

November 12, 2014


Dr. Martha Burns, a noted neuroscientist, author, and leading expert on how children learn joins eHealth Radio and the Autistic Syndrome Information and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Martha Burns discuss the following:

  • How does Autism affect language skills?
  • What are some of the common ways to strengthen a child's language skills? 
  • What is BrainPro Autism?
  • How does BrainPro Autism work?
  • Where can parents find out more about Fast ForWord?


Duration: 7:53


Dr. Burns has been a practicing speech and language pathologist in Evanston, Ill., for over 40 years. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is an adjunct Associate Professor at Northwestern University. Dr. Burns has authored over 100 journal articles on the neuroscience of language and communication, has written three books on language difficulties associated with neurological disorders, and lectured around the world on neuroscience applications to education and clinical intervention for children and adults with communication/cognitive disorders.



WebSite: www.brainsparklearning.com/brainpro-autism
Facebook: www.facebook.com/scientificlearning


Note: Parents are invited to apply to the Fast ForWord at Home Scholarship, open through November 20th, 2014.

Would you Teach a Fish to Climb a Tree?

Would you Teach a Fish to Climb a Tree?

October 25, 2014


Anne Maxwell the author of the book, "Would you Teach a Fish to Climb a Tree? A Different Take on Kids with ADD, ADHD, OCD,  and Autism joins eHealth Radio and the Autistic Syndrome Information Channel.


Anne Maxwell, who is a child, play and family therapist, and an Access Consciousness® facilitator with over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages and backgrounds, who have been given all kinds of diagnoses.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Anne Maxwell discuss the following:

  • Why did you write the book - Would you Teach a Fish to Climb a Tree?
  • You work with alot of children with Autism  and have a totally different take? Can you tell us about that? 
  • What can be done for children who have a hard time focusing and concentrating?
  • If there was one thing you wished that parents could take away after reading the book, what would it be?


Duration: 15:50


Anne Maxwell, LCSW, RPT-S, is a child and play and family therapist, and an Access Consciousness® facilitator with over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages and backgrounds, who have been given all kinds of diagnoses. Anne teaches children and parents to tap into and recognize their own abilities and knowing, and to acknowledge that different is simply different; not right, not wrong. As a result, healing and change are so much easier, more effective, more fun and faster!



Link: www.childfamilyplaytherapy.com

Educating the community about Autism and supporting families with an autistic child

Educating the community about Autism and supporting families with an autistic child

September 22, 2014


Jacqueline Williams-Hines, Autism Awareness Advocate and Author of the No Small Victories Children's Book Series joins eHealth Radio and the Austism Information Channel. Jacqueline's organization is focused on educating the community about Autism and supporting families with an autistic child on the Autism spectrum.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jacqueline Williams-Hines discuss the following:

  • What is No Small Victories?
  • What inspired you to Start No Small Victories?
  • What are the themes of the books in your series?
  • What are the future goals of NSV?
  • What are some early sign of Autism, listeners can look out for?


Duration: 11:50


Born in Monroe, Louisiana in 1965, Jacqueline moved to Springfield, MA with her family in 1970 and has since been a Springfield resident.


A graduate of the former Classical High School and  grad student of American International College, Jacqueline subsequently left college to marry and start a family with her high school sweetheart. Though employed in several positions in her youth, it was the birth of her youngest son and his later diagnosis of autism that brought Jacqueline back to her first passion as a means of catharsis and coping mechanism…writing.


Though the dream of publishing her work had never truly been forgotten, it was this new found drive to help educate her son, Joshua’s, peers about autism as a way of bridging the communication gap that motivated her to self publish her first book in 2006.


Since then, No Small Victories has grown to become an organization active in increasing Autism Awareness as well as annually hosting an Autism awareness fair and boasting 4 books and counting.



Web Site: www.nsvonline.com


How Google Glass can assist those with disabilities

How Google Glass can assist those with disabilities

March 20, 2014


Paul Louden a 31 year old man diagnosed with autism at the age of 23 who has been selected by Google to help explore potential uses for Google Glass joins eHealth Radio and the Autistic Syndrome Information and Technology Channels.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Paul Louden discuss the following:

  • What is Google Glass?
  • How did you get chosen as an explorer?
  • How has Glass helped you?
  • What other uses can you see for it in relation to autism?
  • Do you see potential to help those with other disabilities?

Duration: 8:41


Paul Louden is a 31 year old diagnosed with autism at the age of 23. Before his diagnosis he visited many countries with his family as a child and young man, and from these experiences has developed a thoughtful perspective on autism spectrum disorders and what they can mean to those who live with them. He advocates for those on the spectrum at conferences, conventions, and on the Understanding Autism Radio Show.


Web Site: facebook.com/UnderstandingAutismRadio


Helping people affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders with Celina Miller

Helping people affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders with Celina Miller

February 25, 2014


Celina Miller, an advocate for people affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders joins eHealth Radio and the Autistic Syndrome Information Channel. She works to raise awareness for positive solutions to answer the questions that face people affected by ASD.


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Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Celina Miller discuss the following:

  • How and why did you become an advocate for people affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders?
  • You have a child with Aspergers Syndrome.  Can you tell us about the early signs of ASD?
  • What is the prevalence of ASD?  Why is the number of children diagnosed on the rise?
  • How can a concerned parent begin the process of having their child tested for ASD?
  • Can you talk about some of the resources available to parents whose child is diagnosed with ASD?

Duration: 10:29

Celina Miller is a writer, advocate, trained yoga instructor, musician, and mother to three - one of whom is affected by Aspergers syndrome.  She understands the complexity of issues faced by families who are touched by ASD. 

A graduate of the University of Virginia, the former editor-in-chief of YogaMom Magazine volunteers her time with various organizations to help people affected by Autism, mental health issues or homelessness.  A member of the Board of Directors at Oasis Center for Women and Children, Celina is the co-chair for a multi-million dollar expansion that will provide needed play therapy services and resources to children in need. 

A volunteer with Autism Speaks, Celina reviews grants and is a committee member for the Alabama Walk Now for Autism Speaks.  In this capacity she meets with various organizations to encourage involvement and further raise awareness.

Celina service as a volunteer at the First Light Women’s Shelter where, with her children, she makes and serves food to homeless women and children.  Celina is an active member in her church and a children’s service-project organizer.  She also teaches piano. 

A writer, Celina advocates for the protection of civil rights for people affected by ASD as well as promotes awareness about the issues faced by those affected and their families.  You can visit her website and blog at www.celinamiller.com.

Celina lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband and children.

Web Site: www.celinamiller.com
Facebook: facebook.com/millercelina
Twitter: @celina_miller
Phone: (251) 363-5000
email: celina.miller@me.com


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