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Joseph and I get together for this special 100th episode of the Mother's Guide Through Autism Podcast! We share reflection and insight and we also talk about self-soothing methods and employment for people on the spectrum. Purchase my book A Mother's Guide Through Autism:https://amzn.to/3mO1fmSSign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
For this week's podcast episode, I talk with Becca Hopson about how to tap into your inner urge to create the life you're thirsting for.Becca Hopson is a feminist wellness coach. She helps to empower women to create change and take action to create the life they are thirsting for.We talk about some of the struggles many moms face to create the change they desire in their life and the resistance to doing the work needed. Becca offers some tools to overcome resistance and challenges so you can create the life you desire. You can learn more about Becca and download your copy of Inner Wisdom by going to https://beccahopson.com/Purchase my book A Mother's Guide Through Autism:https://amzn.to/3mO1fmSSign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
When you get the autism diagnosis of your child, it's easy to get stressed out and let life be a checklist of endless to-dos. When I got my son's diagnosis, my life became exactly that: a checklist of all the therapies, looking for resources 24/7, and advocating for my son.I was a ball of stress much of the time and having fun or being kind to myself was not on my list of to-dos. But I discovered that being kind to myself was a must if I wanted to be a kinder and more present parent.I share my small acts of kindness practice that will change your life for the better. Enjoy!Purchase my book A Mother's Guide Through Autism:https://amzn.to/3mO1fmSSign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
When you have a child with special needs, it's easy to focus on the difficulty and challenges of daily life. I have found that the daily practice of gratitude made my life happier and deepened my joy in spite of the challenges I faced as a mother raising a child with autism. Practicing gratitude will open up more possibilities for you and I'm sure that it will deepen your joy, too. I share my daily gratitude practice step by step in this episode. Enjoy!Purchase my book A Mother's Guide Through Autism:https://amzn.to/3mO1fmSSign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
No parent plans to have a child with special needs when they're starting a family. So when they get their child's autism diagnosis, there is quite a bit of adjustment they have to make in their expectations. Making adjustments to their expectations is also true as the kids get older. We have our plans for them and they have their own. I share my story of letting go of my plans for my son Joseph as he was becoming independent. Enjoy!Purchase my book A Mother's Guide Through Autism:https://amzn.to/3mO1fmSSign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
The moment you have a child, advocating begins. But even more so with a child on the spectrum.It can be very frustrating navigating the school system, healthcare, or any public places when you are dealing with people who might not be well-versed in autism. I want to tell you why we should always advocate with kindness even when it's hard and how we can approach difficult situations with kindness and get better results. Enjoy!Purchase my book A Mother's Guide Through Autism:https://amzn.to/3mO1fmSSign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.coom
When you have a child on the spectrum, fear can come up pretty strongly. It certainly did for me.The fearful thought I often had was, "Joseph would have a bleak future without me," which led me to believe that I could never die. Fear is part of the human experience but if you constantly fear the worst-case scenarios for your child, you would be weighed down to the point of exhaustion. I'll show you how to crush your fear in this episode.Enjoy!Purchase my book A Mother's Guide Through Autism:https://amzn.to/3mO1fmSSign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
If you are currently struggling with the autism diagnosis of your child and their future, please take a breath and give yourself grace. It is okay not to be okay with your child being diagnosed with autism.Ironically, when I allowed myself to be okay with not being okay with my son’s diagnosis is when I found acceptance of the life I had. I was no longer TRYING to be okay or searching for a cure for my own aching heart.Learn how you can be where you are AND find more joy and peace on this autism parenting journey in this episode.Enjoy!Sign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
When I went through my life tsunamis including my son's autism diagnosis,  I didn't know how to work through my grief. And although I had moments of grief, I pretty much used all my energy to avoid it. Many of my clients have a hard time with it too because let's face it, it's difficult to feel painful feelings. While it's difficult, doing the inner work and working through grief is an important step toward healing and living a joyful life. I share my thoughts on how you can gently and kindly grieve in this episode.Sign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
Putting the oxygen mask on yourself first is #3 on my top 10 list of essential advice on the autism parenting journey. This journey begins with you, and the practice of nurturing yourself will not only benefit you but also your child on the spectrum because you will have more resilience to meet the daily challenges.I share my practice of self-nurturing in this episode. Sign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
We mothers are good at giving and helping others but not so good at asking for help. You might be struggling to ask for help or might not even realize that you need help on the autism parenting journey but I want to tell you that getting help is crucial to living with more joy and resilience while you help your child on the spectrum. Find out why you should get support ASAP and how you can do so in this episode. Enjoy!Sign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
This is truly the number 1 advice I give to mothers I coach on the autism parenting journey. We all need to hear from someone who has been in our shoes that can offer us hope, especially when we are deep in fear and pain from the autism diagnosis of our kids. Enjoy!Credit:Welcome To Hollandby Emily Perl KingsleyCopyright©1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved. Recited by permission of the author.Sign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
In my 30 years of the autism parenting journey, I've learned a lot. And so, I decided to share my top 10 list of advice for the autism parenting journey. I will be sharing each piece of advice for the next 10 weeks and this episode is an introduction to the list. I also recite the Mother Guide's Prayer from my book A Mother's Guide Through Autism to give you strength on your autism parenting journey. Enjoy!Sign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
I use my Sundays as my personal growth and discovery day. I use this time to fill myself up with inspiration before the work week begins. I encourage you to develop your own self-discovery practice so that you can begin to experience more peace and create more joy in your life on your autism parenting journey. I believe this practice is essential because we mother guides often get lost in the caretaking of our kids that we start to forget ourselves—we lose ourselves in the process. The self-discovery practice can bring you back home to yourself where peace and healing reside in the heart. I share my 5 Small Steps to Begin Your Self-Discovery Practice in this episode.Enjoy!Sign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.comCheck out more episodes of the Mother's Guide Through Autism Podcast on Apple Podcast here: https://apple.co/30UFFW3
In this episode of Mother's Guide Through Autism, I talk to Dawn Barclay, an award-winning author who has spent a 30+ year career working in the travel industry, about traveling strategies for kids on the spectrum. Dawn wrote her upcoming book Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse because she understood how difficult it was for parents to travel with kids, especially kids with special needs, and there was no guidebook to help them with it. She says that in one study done by IBCCES, where 1,000 special needs parents were interviewed, they found that 87% of them didn't travel and of those, 93% would’ve if they knew where to go and what to do.Dawn believes that children deserve to be global citizens and they deserve to see a world outside of their own, and she wants to open up the world for people by giving them the tips and strategies offered in her book. She shares the number one reason parents with special needs kids don't travel and what they can do to make their trips possible and successful.Enjoy this episode!Dawn's websites:http://www.dawnbarclayink.com  http://www.travelingdifferent.comFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/TravelingDifferentTwitter:https://twitter.com/travelingdiffInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/traveling_differentSign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
For this week's episode, I'm sharing the interview I did recently for the Autism Detectives Radio Show with Patricia Lemer where I talk about the deep grief mothers of autistic kids go through that they need to process in order to move forward lighter and happier. We talk about my newly released book A Mother's Guide Through Autism which my son Joseph and I co-authored and what the intention of this book is.  We also talk a lot about healing the mother's heart and I share my personal journey of how I went from not processing my grief and getting sick in the process to healing my heart by incorporating practices like self-compassion. Enjoy this episode!You can listen to the original recording at:http://www.healthylife.net/RadioShow/archiveADD.htmYou can find Patricia Lemer at:https://www.patricialemer.com/Sign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com
In this episode of Mother's Guide Through Autism, I speak to Sarah McClary, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a daughter on the spectrum, about her emotional journey of receiving her daughter's autism diagnosis and finding hope from the remarkable progress her daughter made with ABA. Sarah's daughter Leah was diagnosed with autism shortly after her third birthday after her pediatrician noticed some differences in her development.Sarah described the day of the diagnosis as one of the hardest days of her life and recounts the emotional pain she experienced in the beginning of her autism parenting journey.It was recommended that Leah have ABA therapy, and soon after she started, she made extraordinary progress in speech and communication. After seeing remarkable changes in Leah, Sarah changed careers and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Sarah explains what ABA is and how it can help kids on the spectrum and addresses the controversy around ABA and the negative experiences some autistic adults say they had with the therapy in their childhood. She hopes to change the view of ABA by providing compassionate and value-based care to her clients as a therapist because ABA has been life-changing for her daughter and she passionately believes that ABA therapy can make life easier for kids on the spectrum and their families. She shares the lessons she learned on this journey and offers advice to mothers raising children with autism. Enjoy!***Please pardon the occasional noise in this episode.*** You can find Sarah McClary at:https://www.hopebridge.comSign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.comCheck out more episodes of the Mother's Guide Through Autism Podcast on Apple Podcast here: https://apple.co/30UFFW3
In this episode of Mother's Guide Through Autism, I talk to Jennifer Wiese, founder and CEO of BeeFree Gluten-Free Bakery and mom to an adult son with autism. Jennifer shares her story of starting her company after her eldest son was diagnosed with autism back in 2008 and learning later that the gluten-free diet helped him to function better. While searching for gluten-free foods to help her son's overall wellbeing, she quickly found that gluten-free and tasty did not often go together.She enlisted the help of her mother, and they got busy in the kitchen recreating favorite family recipes. Once they created a snack that all four of her boys would enjoy, BeeFree Gluten-Free Bakery was born! Now 12 years later Jennifer is laser-focused on bringing delicious snacks full of real ingredients to the world while creating jobs for adults with autism. Jennifer shares her struggles and successes as well as the lessons she's learned on this autism parenting journey and inspires us with her mission to help make this world a better place for her son and others on the spectrum. Enjoy!***Please pardon the occasional noise in this episode.***You can buy Jennifer's delicious gluten-free snacks here:https://www.beefreegf.com/Follow her on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/beefreeglutenfree/Sign up to get news and updates from me: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.comCheck out more episodes of the Mother's Guide Through Autism Podcast on Apple Podcast here: https://apple.co/30UFFW3
In this episode of Mother's Guide Through Autism, I talk to my friend Sarah Magnoni, a life coach, intuitive medium, Reiki Master, and the host of the Intuitive AF podcast, who shares her experience of living through her daughter's diagnosis of both autism and schizophrenia. Sarah takes us through the journey of her daughter's developmental/behavioral differences at age 1, diagnosis of autism at 9, and her eventual diagnosis of schizophrenia at 18. Sarah talks about the struggles of getting care for her adolescent daughter for mental health and shares the heartbreaking story of her daughter being discharged without getting help for her psychosis in the emergency room. She also talks about the importance of getting help for ourselves and how getting therapy and coaching helped her get through challenging times.Sarah has written a book called Not Alone: A Parent's Guide to Navigating Mental Illness to give voice to other families struggling with mental illness and to give hope to those who are affected by it. You can find out more about Sarah Magnoni at https://www.sarahmagnoni.com/You can find her book Not Alone at https://www.amazon.com/Not-Alone-Parents-Navigating-Illness/dp/1737563932Find reources and help at National Alliance on Mental Illness:https://nami.org/HomeEnjoy!If you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to our newsletter. More episodes of the Mother's Guide Through Autism Podcast are available on Apple Podcast here: https://apple.co/30UFFW3
In this special, audio episode of Mother's Guide Through Autism, my son Joseph takes the mic and shares his experience of writing our upcoming book Mother's Guide Through Autism/Through the Eyes of the Guided. Our book gives two different perspectives of going through the autism journey: mine being the mother's and Joseph's perspective being the one who lived it. He talks about why he agreed to team up with me and what he was able to accomplish by writing his part of the book. Enjoy!Sign up for our book waitlist here so you don't miss my sneak peek updates and the book launch: https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com/bookIf you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to our newsletter. More episodes of the Mother's Guide Through Autism Podcast are available on Apple Podcast here: https://apple.co/30UFFW3
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Heidi Volltrauer

The perspective of a Mother, and her grown son with Autism is very interesting. I highly recommend this podcast for better understanding, and appreciation for Mother's and their children with Autism.

Aug 1st
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