About Autism Live

Autism Live is an interactive webshow providing support, resources, information, facts, entertainment and inspiration to parents, teachers and practitioners working with children on the Autism Spectrum.

Viewers are encouraged to participate by asking question of experts, offering suggestions for topics to be discussed and sharing progress their children have made.

Host Shannon Penrod

Shannon Penrod

Host of Autism Live

Shannon Penrod is the proud mother of a nine-year old who is recovering from Autism. Her son Jem was diagnosed at the age of two and a half after having lost virtually all of his language and social skills.

Helping her son on his journey through Autism became Shannon’s top priority.  Whether it was researching new diets, learning the legal ins and outs of special education law or finding funding for ABA therapy, Shannon became her son’s best advocate and an advocate for many other families.  In 2009, Shannon began the host and producer of Everyday Autism Miracles, a weekly radio show that focuses solely on Autism and hope.

An award winning stand-up comedienne, director and author, Shannon’s goal is to provide families with information and hope while on their journey through autism.


Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh

Ask Dr. Doreen

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center  for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and the Founder and President of the Board of Autism Care and Treatment Today (ACT Today).

Dr. Granpeesheh received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA and is licensed by the Medical Board of California and the Texas, Virginia and Arizona State Boards of Psychologists as well as having her Behavior Analyst license by the Arizona and Nevada State Boards of Psychologists. Dr. Granpeesheh holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been providing behavioral therapy for children with autism since 1979.

She is a member of numerous Scientific and Advisory Boards including the US Autism and Asperger’s Association, the Autism File journal, Autism 360/medigenesis and the 4-A Healing Foundation. Dr. Granpeesheh is also an active member of the Autism Human Rights and Discrimination Initiative Steering Committee, on the Practice Board of the Association for Behavioral Analysis International, and on the Oversight Committee of the Department of Developmental Disabilities for the State of Arizona. In addition, Dr. Granpeesheh currently co-chairs the Early Intervention sub-committee of the North Los Angeles County Taskforce of the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders.

Dr. Granpeesheh has had numerous scientific publications on issues concerning the diagnosis and treatment of Autism and currently oversees the behavioral treatment of over 1000 patients through CARD’s 20 clinic sites across the globe.  

Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson

Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson

Let's Talk Autism with Shannon & Nancy 

Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson is an Emmy award-winning, former national television producer and executive who pioneered the magazine program format with Westinghouse’s PM Magazine. After serving as Vice-President of Group W Productions, she served as executive producer for a number of network and nationally syndicated programs, including the long-running NBC talk show, LEEZA. A former high-powered television producer turned author and activist on the subject of fearless aging and autism awareness. She co-authored Not Your Mother’s Midlife: A Ten Step guide to Fearless Aging (Andrews McMeel) and Fearless Women: Midlife Portraits (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). She wrote and performed in the stage show “Boomer Babes” and has done motivational speaking to sold out audiences around the country.

She has been honored with the United Press International Award, the Associated Press Award, the Gabriel Award, the Genesis Award, as well as having been named one of the Hollywood Reporters “Women to Watch”. Having grown up with a younger brother with Down Syndrome, Alspaugh-Jackson was aware of the challenges families face raising special needs children. She feels it was no accident that she was given a special needs child to raise herself.  Alspaugh-Jackson feels her most important assignment came after her adopted son Wyatt was diagnosed with autism at the age of three (Wyatt is now 11 and making tremendous progress). Although Wyatt started displaying signs of autism at the age of 2, he was not diagnosed with the disorder until three and a half and did not receive effective treatment until the age of four and a half.

With that in mind she began working to help other families find the resources for autism care and treatment. She became the executive director of ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide resources and fund grants for children whose families cannot afford the necessary tools their child needs to reach their full potential.

In the last five years, she has raised 5 million dollars for autism care and treatment, and launched the first national campaign for military children with autism, ACT Today! for Military Families.

Angela Persicke

Breaking it Down with Angela Persicke

Angela Persicke received her master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from California State University, Fresno, and is currently working on obtaining her PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She has been conducting applied research with children with autism for over 5 years and obtained her BCBA in 2011.  Her research interests include behavior analysis of complex human behavior (e.g., language, cognition, social skills), dissemination of applied behavior analysis, early intervention and prevention of ASDs, performance management and staff training, and treatment and assessment for underserved populations. Her primary goal is to conduct and disseminate research that directly impacts the lives of all individuals affected by autism.

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox

Research with Dr. Jonathan Tarbox 

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox is the Executive Director of Autism Research Group, as well as the Director of Research and Development at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Dr. Tarbox values his connections to the parent community and has presented at a variety of conferences for family members of individuals with ASD in the U.S. and abroad, including the Autism Society of America, Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Parents Helping Parents, the National Autism Association, the Back to School Autism Conference series, the Special Needs Network, the Autism Society of Montreal, the Autism Society of Istanbul, Turkey, and the International Autism Conference in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Tarbox is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, and he received his PhD in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno.  His early career included positions at the New England Center for Children and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Tarbox has conducted basic, applied, and interdisciplinary research and has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters in scientific texts, and articles in popular media. In addition, Dr. Tarbox is co-editing the Handbook of Early Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research, Practice, and Policy, to be published by Springer Publishing in 2012. Dr. Tarbox's areas of emphasis in research include behavioral approaches to complex language and cognition, the role of technology in treatment and training, and randomized controlled trials of autism treatment. Dr. Tarbox currently serves on the board of editors of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders and is affiliate faculty at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology.

Evelyn Gould

Making Room with Evelyn Gould

Evelyn Gould, MSc, BCBA, has worked with individuals with autism and other developmental and learning disabilities since 2002. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has worked with children and families within home, school, outpatient clinic and residential settings. Ms Gould moved to the United States from Ireland in 2009 to work at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Tarzana, California. She has since been involved in a variety of different research and development projects, including Skills.  Her position includes directing the development of AIN (Autism Insurance Network) case management and review services, and the integration of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) into CARD parent training and support services.  Ms. Gould is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and the California Association for Behavior Analysis. Her current interests include complex human behavior such as cognition and social skills, assessment and curriculum design, parent training and using ACT with children and families.

Emily Goodwin

Programming Producer

Emily hails from the distant shores of Massachusetts where she grew up and received her BA in Communications and Media Production. With a budding career in television, Emily packed up her little blue car and headed west to the sunny lands of LA to pursue work in live programming. Since arriving, she has kept busy working on the award-winning Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, Stupid for Movies, MLB Pre-season Baseball, SAG Foundation Presents, and various other projects. In her free time, Emily is very active playing on several softball teams, being “Martha Stewart” as Shannon says, and enjoying a good beer with her trivia team.

Suzanne Oshinsky

Segment Producer

Suzanne's interest in art and documentaries has led to her to Autism Live where she has been developing and producing the ongoing documentary series the A-word, craft show SMARTY, GFCFSF cooking segment  What's Left?!, and additional segments yet to be born from her brain. She is thrilled at the opportunity produce content that is educational and at times quirky.

Suzanne is a Los Angeles based artist whose work is centered around miscommunication in language.  She is interested in the stupid, humorous moment where disparate things come together to create unexpected meaning. She received her BFA from Otis College of Art Design in Fine Arts. Her work has screened at the Hammer Museum, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Japanese American National Museum, Artist's Television Access, and the Egyptian, to list a few. Her obsessions are yoga, cooking, crafting, making, doing, loving, living, and learning.