Raising a Child on the Spectrum ~ Guest Derek Volk
Be You Parenting with Mary Dravis-Parrish
Children don’t always come into our lives as we expect. Raising a child on the spectrum of autism presents challenges that can leave parents feeling discouraged as they search for answers. What if there were strategies that could help support and make the journey of raising a child on the spectrum more fulfilling?
Our guest, Derek Volk, knows these challenges as he and his wife raised their oldest son, Dylan, diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of 8. Derek knows what it takes to meet the challenges of raising a child on the spectrum of autism and will be sharing with us his story and what he has learned to help other parents facing this journey.
Derek Volk is the author of the internationally acclaimed Amazon best seller, Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum. Derek is a Maine businessman, supporter of Autism awareness, volunteer and philanthropist who, along with his family, was recently named the 2015 Spurwink “Humanitarian of the Year.” He is currently the president and co-owner of Volk Packaging Corporation, a third generation, family owned, corrugated box manufacturer in Biddeford, Maine. Derek actively participates on the Maine Business Leadership Network (BLN), a national organization that focuses on connecting employers with potential employees who have disabilities. His own company currently employs those who are deaf and on the autism spectrum.
A speech communications major at the University of Maine at Orono, Derek has always been comfortable speaking to an audience. Since 2012, Derek has hosted a Saturday morning radio talk show on WLOB 1310AM in Portland, Maine. His show can be heard online at www.derekvolkshow.com and through podcasts available on iTunes and Stitcher.
Derek has been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Amy Volk, for 29 years. State Senator Amy Volk is currently serving her fourth term in the Maine Legislature. Amy and Derek are the proud parents of four children. Their son, Dylan, is 27-years-old and the inspiration behind Chasing the Rabbit. They also have three daughters, Mariah (24), Lilly (20) and Serena (14).
Derek’s book and more information is available at www.chasingtherabbit.org -Contact- firstname.lastname@example.org
** Special Offer From Derek ** Go to www.volkbooks.com and use discount code “volk14” to receive $5 off your order of either book Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum, or Bad Choices Make Good Stories, My Life with Autism.
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