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Ep 46: Human Connection and What Really Matters: ‘Life, Love and Autism’ with Susan Baker

This is a thought-provoking conversation about human connection, trusting your instincts and what really matters.
Nov 16, 2020 | Joy McCarthy

Today’s episode presents an absolutely beautiful conversation with an incredibly inspiring woman. A holistic nutritionist for almost 20 years, Susan Baker is also the mother to two beautiful children and the author of the "Life, Love and Autism" blog on Facebook, where she documents her family’s journey of growth while raising a child diagnosed with autism.

Her blog shares the raw and real experiences of her son, Andrew, and the rest of her family, but it goes far beyond the topic of autism (just like our chat today), delving deeply into the power of connection, understanding, and compassion.


This is a thought-provoking conversation about human connection, trusting your instincts and what really matters.

Susan Baker

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Episode Highlights:

  • Susan’s background and her blog
  • The story of Andrew’s autism diagnosis
  • Being an ‘autism parent’
  • The tools that have helped Andrew
  • The Letter Board and its impact
  • Supporting as opposed to treating
  • Grieving and acceptance
  • The brain-body disconnect
  • Andrew’s learning and wisdom
  • His message for Joy
  • Andrew’s ability to connect with others
  • The myths and misconceptions surrounding autism
  • Loving unconditionally
  • Letting go of expectations
  • The label of autism
  • The biggest lessons that Susan has learned


Susan's "Life Love and Autism" blog on Facebook

Connect with Susan directly: [email protected]

Information on the letterboard AAC method

Jenilyn   •   January 26, 2021

How can I love Joyous Health even more? By covering a topic near and dear to my heart. Thank you for bringing a story about human connection. It's so true what Susan says about parenting a child with ASD and learning to love unconditionally. I'm working on it daily, but I am very aware that my daughter's soul is trying to teach me patience, forgiveness, and putting on a different lens to see the world. I sometimes wonder if she should be called artistic instead, because she is constantly showing me a different way to move, see, and be in this world.

Joy McCarthy   •   January 28, 2021

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