In this Parent to Parent episode, I talk with Jacqueline Carrillo about her experience raising twin autistic, teenage daughters. Jacqueline discusses several issues that matter to her, including the importance of employers being accommodating to parents who are trying to balance work, and the demands of raising special needs kids. This is especially true for single parents.
Jacqueline Carrillo is a single mom to twin, teenage, autistic daughters. She's a business owner and advocates for autism awareness, not only for her daughters but for everyone else in the community. She also loves to help promote other small businesses via her social media platform.
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Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys as well as Found and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, digital marketer, social media influencer, and respected public figure for well over a decade.
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[00:00:52] I have no idea how the conversation's gonna go, but I love these episode. Because it's so important that we remember that every family's experience is different. Every autistic person is different, and this is a great way to highlight that. So Jacquelyn, thank you very much for taking the time to come on the show.[: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [:
[00:03:51] Jacqueline Carrillo: They will be 14 in December. Okay. The 23rd right before Christmas.[: [: [: [: [: [: [: [:
[00:05:17] Was very persistent because that's when the girls were diagnosed. Um, they were like two and a half.[:
[00:05:27] Jacqueline Carrillo: Yes. I'm currently in New Jersey, but at the time when the girls were born and diagnosed, they were, we were living in Michigan. They were born in Detroit, Michigan.[: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [:
[00:13:14] And it's really interesting because like, it, it really depends. I think, on where you live. You know, uh, that it sort of impacts the ability to find services. Cuz I I've talked to parents who are on, especially in the advent of COVID 18 month wait lists to get diagnosed, you know, and, and services don't open up until the diagnosis takes place.[: [: [: [:
[00:14:41] And then they would go, you know, and now they're, you know, a little bit, actually more sociable the other day natal. And I went to a public pool and sat Plainfield. That's her favorite one? And all in her own, she, she was very sociable saying hello to everybody in the pool. So that was just really nice progress that, uh, I was able to enjoy, see all the hard work, all the tears, all the screaming, all the biting, all the kicking has.[: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [:
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[00:28:55] Jacqueline Carrillo: Right. So you gotta, you gotta, and failing's okay because you're just learning. Yeah.[: [: [: [:
[00:29:57] Jacqueline Carrillo: It really is. It truly is you do have to be selfish in order to do what we need to do, you know, and it's not the normal things that every parent does.[:
[00:30:18] Rob Gorski: Do you have any advice or. Guidance to parents out there who are on that same journey.[:
[00:30:31] Jacqueline Carrillo: As far as learning on the way, the beginning, part of my journey for any other parents that are in their beginning of their journey or their concern about, you know, their child might have autism or they might not, you know, I always say, you know, go ahead and get them evaluated.[: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: [: