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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
 I am so excited to share that my book Mother's Guide Through Autism is coming soon! This book, written by me and my son Joseph, offers two distinct perspectives. In part one of the book, I share my journey and lead mothers through a journey to heal their own hearts. In part two of the book, “Through the Eyes of the Guided”, Joseph offers insight into his experience living with autism.Writing this book has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of our autism journey and I want to share how we came to write this book together.  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. 
I celebrate my son Joseph turning 30 this month! In this episode, I wanted to share some thoughts and reflections and what has helped me during difficult times along the way. These past 30 years have been full of growth as a human being for me. I have evolved into a much kinder, patient, and loving person because of my son. He has taught me more than I could ever have taught him. He teaches with love and grace. I am filled with gratitude for my autism parenting journey with one of the most unique, delightful humans on this earth. Thanks for picking me to be your mom. Happy 30th Birthday Joseph! Enjoy the show!If you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to our newsletter. 
When I began the autism journey with my son Joseph, I decided to speak about anything and everything I learned about autism to help my son. And I continue to do so to this day. The more we share our stories and offer knowledge, the more we are making a difference in our society. Let's come together not only for the month of April but each and every day to give opportunities for our children to shine their light.Happy Autism Awareness Month!Enjoy!If you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to our newsletter. 
In this episode, I talk about the importance of having self-compassion on the autism parenting journey. I myself lived many years without practicing self-compassion on my journey as a mother and I want to encourage all mothers to incorporate this powerful practice. I can honestly say that if I had the understanding of what self-compassion meant and how to practice it, I would have lived a much happier life! I want you to live a happier life!I'm going to guide you through a practice of self-compassion in this episode. Enjoy!If you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to my newsletter. 
When I started advocating for my son Joseph, sometimes I hit a wall. Some educators and administrators at his schools were defensive or wanted nothing to do with my son. Perhaps they were fearful or intimidated or had their own negative experiences with disabilities in the past. Whatever the reason, what I decided to do was that I was going to be kind.I thought if I entered a meeting with kindness, perhaps I would be heard. I knew that my requested strategies would be a win-win for all of us. Were there times that kindness didn’t work in certain moments? YES! But what I noticed over time was that although fear was greater than kindness for some, eventually kindness would offer each person an experience that helped heal and lessen their fears. I left those meetings being who I wanted to be, a kind person with my goals met.  In this video, I want to offer you some practical advice on how to advocate for your child on the spectrum. Enjoy!If you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to our newsletter. 
Why is kindness essential on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder journey? Well, you probably have noticed that this autism parenting journey is no cakewalk. It comes with a lot of daily frustration, fear, guilt, and overwhelm that can cause heavy wear and tear on your mind, body, and soul, and because of that, you need to bring a massive amount of kindness to yourself.I talk about why you should practice kindness to yourself and guide you through one of my kindness practices in this video.Enjoy!If you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to our newsletter. 
"My child was just diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, now what?"This is a question that is often asked by newly diagnosed parents. I can remember the immense feeling of overwhelm taking me hostage when my son Joseph’s diagnosis was confirmed. To say my mind, body, and spirit were overloaded with fear of the future is an understatement. There was so much to process. I processed what this diagnosis meant for my son, my family, and myself. I decided to put myself on the back burner and move to what was most important to me at the time, which was finding ways to help my son. So I got to work--finding help for my son and advocating for him. As you begin this process of finding help for your child, I want to share some important tips in this video.Enjoy! 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
The days following hearing the words “Joseph is autistic,” were some of my darkest days. I was living with the deepest pain I had felt in my 32 years of life.But along the way I found hope. And hope was what got me out of the deep dark forest of pain. I learned that hope is the north star. When I found hope, I learned to hold on to it.In this episode, I show you how you can do the same to find your way out of the deep dark forest of pain. Enjoy the episode!If you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to our newsletter. 
In this episode, I talk about the grief that mothers go through when they receive their child's autism diagnosis. Once you hear the words “Your child is Autistic,” you may feel like your world has been shattered or you may feel relief to know what you have suspected all along. For me, it was daunting to hear that my son was going to live with a lifelong disability (this was back in 1995).I believe grief is a part of the autism journey. I encourage developing a relationship with grief because becoming familiar with grief will strengthen your healing journey.Enjoy this episode!If you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to our newsletter. 
There were so many times in my life I wished I had a handbook on parenting (I still do at times!). I was fearful about making the wrong decisions for my child and it got even scarier when my son Joseph was diagnosed with autism. There were so many therapies to choose from and I was constantly seeking things to help my son. When I connected to my love for Joseph, I was able to listen to my heart which gave me instructions on how to proceed.I share my process and guide you through this step by step in this episode.Enjoy!If you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to our newsletter. 
In this brand new episode of 2022, I talk about using joy as a guide on this journey of raising our kids with autism. It's so hard to have any goals or set New Year's Resolutions when you are in survival and trying to cope with the autism diagnosis of your child. (I know, because I've been there...)My message is that you will be okay. Your child will be okay. Have hope and connect to the joy that is inside of you to carry you through. I share some tools to connect to your joy even through life challenges. Enjoy!If you would like to get news and updates from me, go to https://www.mothersguidethroughautism.com and subscribe to our newsletter. 
In this week’s episode, Brigitte interviews Marcelle Ciampi, a respected autistic author of Everyday Asperger, to talk about her life as a late-age diagnosed woman on the spectrum and her work to promote workplace inclusion.Marcelle is the Senior Manager at Ultranauts Inc., a fully remote engineering firm with an Autistic hiring initiative where she is credited for architecting a universal design approach to workplace inclusion. Her knowledge is shared through training and consultancy work at Fortune 500 companies. She serves as the founder of Spectrum Suite LLC, the Co-Founder of The Diversity with Dignity Global Roundtable, and Co-Executive of neuroguides.org. Marcelle is also a contributor to the book Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. Marcelle shares her story of struggling with her middle son and his eventual diagnosis of autism and her own late-age diagnosis that came much later. She started writing about her experience of living on the spectrum and what it was like to receive a late-age diagnosis as a woman, which she turned into a blog and later, a book.  She talks about her motivation behind her advocacy work which stems from her desire for autistic people who have been bullied and told they need to be different than they are to know that they’re valuable and worthy. She also talks about workplace inclusion and the universal design approach that she helped to architect to consider the challenges of every team member and to support them through all life circumstances and capabilities.They discuss the obstacles to employment that autistic adults face and the broken systems that were not set up to support neurodivergent people and in what ways we can improve our recruitment process.In addition, they talk about the importance of vulnerability in the workplace that encourages everyone to feel accepted and supported and to be able to have mature, kind, and uncomfortable conversations where everyone can express themselves safely. Enjoy this episode!Resources/Links:Marcelle emailmarcelle@ultranauts.coSpectrum Suitehttp://www.myspectrumsuite.com/Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/everydayaspergers/LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.comMother's Guide Through Autism Private Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/mothersguidethroughautismBrigitte Websitehttps://bmvlifecoach.com/
In this week's insightful episode, Brigitte interviews Greg Burns who is a system safety engineer in Australia to talk about his recent autism diagnosis in his late 50’s and his experience of living on the spectrum.Greg shares his story of how he came to be diagnosed on the spectrum in this late 50's back in 2019.  Through his online interaction with other autistic adults, he realized he had many characteristics common in autistic individuals. He was soon after diagnosed by a psychologist in his local area. His diagnosis helped him realize that he had been masking to fit in with the neurotypical ways of communicating.  He says that masking can cause stress that can be internalized and manifest as various kinds of illnesses, which he personally experienced. He recalls his mom telling him that he didn’t develop a personality until he left home, which he believes resulted from trying to fit in and masking. He talks about the challenges of the neurodiverse-neurotypical marriage of 30 years with his wife Robyn and how his primary motivation for getting diagnosed was to offer understanding to his wife and himself of his behaviors that distressed her so they could both get their needs met. The diagnosis provided much understanding for how his thinking would be different from most people’s thinking and what would make him stand out. He also talks about how his autistic traits, such as focus and attention to detail, have helped in his successful engineering career. He shares his poem called "My Language" which expresses frustration and sadness of how autistic people are not being understood. Finally, he shares what he wants us to know most about being autistic. Enjoy this episode!Resources/Links:Embrace Autismhttps://embrace-autism.com/what-its-like-to-be-autistic/Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/EmbraceASD.Community/Poetic Christihttp://poeticachristi.org.au/"My Language" Poemhttps://the-art-of-autism.com/my-language/Mother's Guide Through Autism Private FB Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/mothersguidethroughautismBrigitte Websitehttps://bmvlifecoach.com/
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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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