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Autism and Resiliency, with Dena Gassner | Spectrumly Speaking ep. 2

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In this episode, hosts Lauren Gerber Ms. Ed., PSY. D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS speak with Dena Gassner. Dena has Asperger’s syndrome, and is an advocate, writer, and speaker- including presenting for the UN in Geneva, Russia, and Cambridge. Dena talks about her and her son’s diagnoses, the challenges of balancing her Ph.D. program with family needs, and her work on resiliency theory.

For more about Dena, check out her website, www.denagassner.com, and her Facebook page.

Mentioned in this episode-


Pretending To Be Normal

Elijah’s Cup


Characters in the media with autism- Julia on Sesame Street and the blue Power Ranger

Moms raising money to improve sensory accommodations at local school

For more about Dr. Gerber, check out her website, drlaurengerber.com.

For more about Becca, check out her website, beccalory.com, and look for her on Facebook

Have a question or story for us? E-mail us at SpectrumlySpeaking@gmail.com


Spectrumly Speaking is the podcast dedicated to women on the autism spectrum, produced by Different Brains®. Every other week, join our hosts Haley Moss (an autism self-advocate, attorney, artist, and author) and Dr. Lori Butts (a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist, and licensed attorney) as they discuss topics and news stories, share personal stories, and interview some of the most fascinating voices from the autism community.