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Dr. Ali Griffith: “People are caught up in the pain in the past and the uncertainty of the future”

…people are still caught up in the pain in the past and the uncertainty of the future. One key exercise I do with my coaching clients is to have 3–5 of their family or friends answer a short series of questions. They would have to ask them to “tell me” what do you see are […]


…people are still caught up in the pain in the past and the uncertainty of the future. One key exercise I do with my coaching clients is to have 3–5 of their family or friends answer a short series of questions. They would have to ask them to “tell me” what do you see are my gifts describe and show how do I now offer it to the world. The eye-opening responses establish the identification and nurturing of many of them towards moving in life’s purpose.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Alisha Griffith (affectionately known as Dr. Ali). She is a trained audiologist, speech pathologist and #1 best selling author. Dr. Alisha “Ali” Griffith is an autism parenting strategist, speaker, and coach. She is also a compassionate professionally trained educator, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist for nearly two decades. She has worked in schools, homes, offices, and in her own practice connecting to families with autism and other sensory challenges. Through her service and coaching, Dr. Ali has helped many to SHIFT their self-talk towards BELIEVING in their unique strengths, differences, and gifts.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

As a mom to a son with Autism, Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Coach with a passion for positivity and inclusivity, it was inevitable to be inspiring and motivating others. Identifying my unique gifts and passion was also a catalyst to serving the world in this capacity today.

What does it mean for you to live “on purpose”? Can you explain? How can one achieve that?

Choose what you love and makes your heart smile. Living on purpose means when you don’t have to think if it’s right for you to do, does it feel right. You can achieve it by seeking different possibilities that maybe your purpose. Be still and present to how for you feel about it.

Do you have an example or story in your own life of how your pain helped to guide you in finding your life’s purpose?

The 7 years of walking around with a mask on and completely in despair of my son living on the autism spectrum. Until I hired my coaches and worked on my own self-development, I couldn’t help anyone. Learning and using strategies to finally grow into embracing and appreciating myself led me to accept my son Zachary and my gifs of offering the world.

The United States is currently rated at #18 in the World Happiness Report. Can you share a few reasons why you think the ranking is so low?

The ranking was so low because people are still caught up in the pain in the past and the uncertainty of the future. One key exercise I do with my coaching clients is to have 3–5 of their family or friends answer a short series of questions. They would have to ask them to “tell me” what do you see are my gifts describe and show how do I now offer it to the world. The eye-opening responses establish the identification and nurturing of many of them towards moving in life’s purpose.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

Making noise and speaking to special needs moms internationally. I also love using my voice locally and speak to various forums.

What are your 6 strategies to help you face your day with exuberance, “Joie De Vivre” and a “ravenous thirst for life”? Can you please give a story or example for each?

1. Start with meditation because that will help monitor time for self. I especially love to listen to my meditation tracks with Oprah Winfrey to start my day in positivity.

2. Create a Gratitude journal to write down daily the things that you are grateful for.

3. Choose your friendship circle of accountability very carefully that pours into you at the time as your pour into them.

4. Listen to soca music, a genre of music from my Carribean lineage. I consider it to be happy music, as it is always upbeat.

5. Enter my son’s world, so that I can say I have access to his thoughts and concern.

6. Travel to someplace new will help to truly embrace differences.

Do you have any favorite books, podcasts, or resources that most inspired you to live with a thirst for life?

The Secret, with the concepts of ask, believe play a critical role in my self-development.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote” that relates to having a Joie De Vivre? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Keep a Positive thought because positivity cannot be denied. In my business, it has helped to surrender knowing it all and staying in the positive flow of life.

Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?

I am launching a membership program called au-mazing Ignite Nation, where we are building community, support for each other empowerment through workshops.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-).

I will be launching my ignite nation membership program, Aumazing Moms Wellness RETREAT also, would appreciate any level of support as we continue to create opportunities

Embracing uniqueness, Embracing being different. Ignite Autism.

Kristin Marquet is an entrepreneur and the founder of FemFounder.co, TheSplendorStudio.co, and DEFTMagazine.com.

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