Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tiger Cub Ryan and his view

We are so happy to say that the Autism and Scouting Radio show is being very well received all over the world  In recent broadcasts I have had the pleasure of interviewing Tony Mei, the BSA National Chairperson for Special Needs, Sean Williams, the creator of the Great Race 2 Autism Awareness and Adam Cox, Cubmaster and District Training Chair.

To listen to any of these shows in archive, please go to:
On Friday, we are going to start a new segment called “Inspiration from the Spectrum”. This will be where we will showcase scouts who are on the Autism Spectrum and talk about their successes and challenges.

Today, we wanted to give you a preview of our next installment of Autism and Scouting Radio which will be on Friday July 20th from 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm PST . Our special guest interview will be with Ryan, a Tiger Scout who is on the Autism Spectrum and his Akela, Karen.

Ryan is a Tiger who really loves being in scouts and is part of Cub Scout Pack 2. At approximately 18 months, Ryan stopped meeting his milestones and began regressing. He stopped talking (it seemed like he had lost his words), began pointing and grunting and would spin often. He was soon thereafter diagnosed with autism. Through a lot of hard work and in-home therapy, he eventually started to sign and later regained his speech. He then had two years of pre-school at the Early Childhood Center. Last fall, he entered a mainstream Kindergarten with SCIP and pull-out learning supports and has been making great progress.

In the fall of 2011, Ryan joined the Royal Rangers, a scouting program within our church and earned the ranks of Antelope, Ram, Elk, Caribou and Beaver. He also earned his Community Helper and Flag badges.

He has been watching his big brother be successful in scouting and was really excited to get started. He was able to join Cub Scout Pack 2 in June of this year where he has been very active.

He just recently completed his first night of camping and has earned his Bowling, BB Guns and Archery Belt Loop. He is currently working on this Bobcat badge and should have it complete by the end of Summer.

We will also be joined by his Akela, Mom Karen who is also the Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 2.

We for sure have no clue how this will go; I think it may be a bit crazy and all we ask is that you grab your seat and hold on for the ride.

Show day is Friday, July 20th, 2012 from 1:30 - 2:00 pm. PST. There are a couple of ways to tune in:

1) You can call in live at (347) 855-8132.
2) You can go to the following link:

If you miss the initial broadcast, it will still be available on demand at the above link. We are also developing an expanded Autism and Scouting page where we will list all our broadcasts future and past.

Our next show scheduled show after Ryan is Thursday, July 31st, 2012 from 1:00 - 1:30 pm. PST when we talk to Erika Schron. I will have a blog about what we will be talking about this coming weekend.

If you know of anybody that you would like to see interviewed or you have a topic idea for a future broadcast, please let us know by emailing

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