Jenn Jordan has always loved talking about her life with her son Jakob, who has autism. Here, she shares all the feels that come along with sharing space with someone who is different. It’s the journey they’ve taken together, finding ways to connect, love and laugh through all the challenges. At its core, this podcast isn’t just about parenting autism, it’s at the heart of the human experience that we all share.

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Latest Episodes

Episode 27…First Year in Business (with Jakob)

As we talk about our first year in business, we have a few moments where I wait…and wait…and wait…for answers. I know that he has these answers to my questions in him, it just takes awhile for him to get the words out. I love these long pauses that give him the opportunity to be heard. It’s not often that he’s given this opportunity…well-meaning people fill in the blanks, make assumptions, or just disengage. It’s a lesson in listening and a great reminder that I need to do more of it…

Episode 26…The Bridge (with Jakob)

Recorded the week between Christmas and New Years, Jakob has a lot to say about his favorite presents. And even more to say about the new Spiderman movie. Jakob shares something that Mom had no clue he knew. So much power in the silence as he searches for the words to say what he’s thinking…

Episode 25…then she was gone

Chapter 16 of the book I wrote and haven’t published, yet. There’s so much more of this story to tell but this was what I knew 8 years ago. I knew I lost a friend and I was afraid for myself. That what became of her could become of me.

Episode 24…A Big Weekend (with Jakob)

He’s trying to tell me something. I have no clue. I can’t help. But I try. I can’t imagine how hard this must be for him. His whole life. All I can do is be curious. And open. And not assume I know what he’s trying to say. That’s a start anyway…

Episode 23…Grass on Tuesday

I pull out the manuscript of the memoir I wrote 8 years ago. This is Chapter 27. It’s a conversation that Jakob and I had about snow and grass that I remember vividly all these years later. Some things remain the same…

Episode 22…Let Him Speak (with Jakob)

Apraxia. The disconnect between the brain and the body. The brain wants the body to do something and the body does not cooperate. Jakob experiences a good dose of apraxia of speech. Sometimes words come out the way he wants and sometimes they don’t come out at all. And sometimes it just takes awhile. In this episode, I didn’t edit anything. I left in all the silence. You can hear how the words come…sometimes fast and furious and sometimes I have to wait. The waiting is soooo important. You’ll hear why. If I didn’t wait for his answers, I wouldn’t know what he’s thinking. And boy oh boy do I want to know what he’s thinking…

Episode 21…Changing the World

I share a speech I gave a few years ago to a big group of special needs parents and caregivers. It’s the speech that made me want to do a Ted Talk. And I still love it today. I talk about BEING instead of DOING and how our loved ones with disabilities can change the world and make it a better place for all of us. And what we can do to help make that happen.

Episode 20…What a Trip (with Jakob)

Jakob wanted to talk about our trip to New York to see his doctor and our hiking adventure in Watkins Glen. He had a lot to say in this episode, love how much he loves this and how hard he’s working to say all the things he wants to say.

Episode 19…How We Do Christmas

Decorations, presents, and church. Attempts to feel ‘normal” and letting that go. And always putting the relationship first.

Jenn chats with author Liane Holliday

Liane Holliday, author of “Pretending to Be Normal,” will be at the GE Aviation Learning Center on March 10 from 6-9:30pm to talk about her book and what it’s like...

VIDEO: Meet Sam the Dancing Barista!

I wanted to share this beautiful story with all of you. Sam has autism and is a barista in Toronto. Thanks Ellen for sharing with the world! (-Jenn) If you...

Reel Abilities Film Festival

There’s something really cool coming to town and I’m very excited to be a part of it.  It’s the Cincinnati Reel Abilities Film Festival March 9-16, the largest national film festival...

"Mom Talks"...January 22, 2013

So excited for the new Q102 website and the new blog!  And so excted to start writing about Jakob again… He’s dong so great, I couldn’t be any prouder.  He’s...


It’s been 16 years since we received my son Jacob’s autism diagnoses. I didn’t know where to go, who to turn to, I certainly didn’t know what kind of therapies and interventions I should try.

Now thanks to the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, there is a local live helpline that you can call right here, right now, called the Cincinnati Autism Connection. They will connect you with a family who is living with autism. They’re going to help you figure out which treatments are best for you and your family, so please take full advantage of it. Call 513-561-2300 or learn more at Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati.