Laura Hales bio
Laura Hales is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, a voice actor, and an autism activist. Additionally, she is a children’s book author.
Laura’s journey to personal training business started
After seeing what her sister, a personal trainer, could do for people, Laura developed an interest in personal training. After studying and passing her exams, she got into personal training. To hear more, go to [02:11].
How raising her two autistic sons has influenced how she connects with people
Being a mother of two autistic sons, Laura developed a better understanding of how to connect with people. Recognizing that her sons are not trying to give her a hard time, but they are actually having a hard time enables her to connect compassionately with other people, making them open up to her. To listen more, go to [07:15].
“We can’t control everything that happens to our body, but there is a lot we can.”
How she transitioned into publishing
When working with the US Army in Korea, she developed an interest in Korean culture. This made her start writing stories based on her experiences in Korea. To hear more about how she transitioned into publishing, tune in at [11:34].
Laura’s experience while giving birth in Korea
At [15:23], Laura shares her experience while giving birth in Korea. The hospital in Korea had translators, which made communication a two-step process.
Moreover, when it came to check-ups, their way of doing check-ups was different from what she was used to in the American culture. To hear more, go to [15:23].
How she presents autistic people and their families in her book
In her book, Laura presents people with autism as people would find them in the community. This presentation is different from what is currently available in the media, which is straightforward and not inclusive. To listen more, go to [24:27].
What you can do to help a mom with a child that is having a meltdown
At [29:26], Laura shares what would be helpful to a mom with a child that is having a meltdown. You can call an associate if the mom is shopping and the child has made a mess.
If it is in a crowded place, helping provide space would be a great help. Additionally, just giving a smile and making a positive remark would be encouraging. To hear more, tune in at[29:26]
Sensory sensitivity of autistic people
Autistic people tend to be oversensitive or undersensitive to various stimuli in their environment. The stimulus can be sound or certain light wavelengths. To hear more, go to [34:52].
Why autistic people tend to have repetitive speech
For people with autism, thinking of how and what to say makes them feel uncomfortable. As a result, they tend to have repetitive speech because it makes them feel good using speech and words of things they know.
Additionally, they do it to try to connect with people. To learn more, go to [37:14].
What she hopes to accomplish with her book
At [39:02], Laura shares what she hopes to achieve with her book. The same emotional connection that we make when we hear people’s stories is what she hopes to accomplish with the story in her book.
“You can’t literally control another person.”
What she talks about in her school tours
Laura focuses on autism acceptance and awareness at a kid-friendly level in her school tours. To hear more, tune in at [43:02].
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