Show 26: Autism with a Side of Fries: Mama Fry tells it like it is.

                Mama Fry from “Autism with a Side of Fries” is the feature interview and then Beauty pageant winners (Jeri Yarber and Augusta Rentenbach) share Art For Autism programs.   This show is warm, funny, and informative.  Please listen for tips on these Autism topics:  1. HUMOR  2. jobs 3. emotional sensitivities  4. giving 5. structure/scheduling  6. planning for parties and visits  7.  scripting  8. burnout  9. destructive behaviors 10. learning to adapt  11. navigating IEPs and 12. art Please Subscribe and Listen to Loud Mute Radio on iTunes : Show... Read More

Show 25: Parents who artfully raised neurodiverse children featuring Mike Rentenbach

This is a touching and uplifting show about parents who raised artfully raised neurodiverse children.  In the interview, Mike Rentenbach (aka Barb’s Dad) shares what he learned from parenting a non-verbal daughter with “severe autism.”  In addition, Mr. Rentenbach gives advice to parents who called in and emailed questions concerning raising their own children with special needs. Please Listen and Subscribe to Loud Mute Radio on iTunes : Show... Read More

#1 Gift Idea for Strong and Silent Types

#1 Gift Idea = Silent Night Theme Party = Priceless Description:  For those of us who believe all life is part of one intelligent Source, separation is an illusion best overcome.   Many of us who struggle to produce spoken words find talking artificially partitions off connection.   This gift joyously reunites and one size fits all. Components: 1. Music – The more dancy the better.  Models shown here (aka my boyfriend Jerry and me) enjoying Avett Brothers Pandora Station. 2. Comfort food – Olive Garden pasta, salad and my personal carb antidepressant favorite BREADSTICKS shown here…along with a sassy sign from my activist friend, Ty. 3. Clear start and finish time – No navigating social norms to figure out when it is cool to show up or appropriate to go home at this party because guests are expected to arrive on time and leave on time.  Lovely! Many of us quiet folk appreciate knowing what to expect.   Plus chatty friends are often uncomfortable in silence but most can handle a two-hour block if they really focus.  It is important to respect neurotypicals’ special needs. Six to 8 pmshown here. 4. Creative task – Painting/drawing shown here as I help my friend Jeri make this painting not suck. Other available tasks are: Decorating a tree, Lego building, sidewalk chalking, working with clay/playdough, coloring, and other imaginative sandbox type play options. 5. Intent to lovingly be together as equals – Shown here is Lois standing on a chair demonstrating her intent to be more equal to my six foot seven inch boyfriend. 6. NO TALKING  (None happily shown here) Customers who bought... Read More

Neurodiversity Train Tickets

Neurodiversity is the fact that neurological differences like Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, etc. are natural human variations that have real benefits.  The neurodiversity movement which values such human differences that were traditionally pathologized is gaining speed and no way do we want that train to go back to the station. Mule and Muse Productions is proud to contribute our steam with a new book, Neurodiversity: A Humorous and Practical Guide to Living with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Dyslexia, Homosexuality and Everyone Else.  My co-author, Lois has more of these traits than I so I get to play the “normal” this trip. Our last book was about shattering pity with purpose.  This book is about creating equality with perspective. Courage and connection are needed to give all gifts and is our collective purpose. You are not alone.  We are going your way. Your differences are your ticket to ride. Take the N train and share your strengths. Here are a few projects that may speed our locomotion:                Lois, Pretty Loud Mute, and Emma Willmann at Hangar Studios NYC 1. Hilarious new LOUD MUTE RADIO podcast with Comedian and neurodiversity poster child, Emma Willmann.  Emma literally has every brain style noted in our title except “Autism” so she got to write the forward.  If I find some beauty, with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Dyslexia, and Homosexuality, Ill share some book cover space. Click this link to hear Emma Willmann live in studio discuss her experiences with Overeating, ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression, Anxiety, Homosexuality, and other funny stuff.  Warning: This show is educational but not politically correct. Plus, you know I am... Read More