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Author: Brigitte Shipman

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This podcast is to inspire, support, and build community for mothers raising children with autism. Brigitte Shipman is the host and creator of this podcast and it has been inspired by her son Joseph who has been living with autism for the last 27 years. Together, Brigitte and Joseph hope to offer mothers of autistic children hope for the future. They will be sharing what they have learned in their journey as well as have expert guests on the show to give you knowledge, resources, insights, and inspiration.
53 Episodes
In this third installment of the 4-part series Self Compassion, Brigitte and Dr. Michelle Trias discuss how our use of social media is causing many of us to have anxiety and depression and what we need to do to counter that. Research shows that frequent social media users have been shown to have worse mental health than low or no social media users. Social media users that have negative interactions have higher levels of depression and people who use 3 more social media sites are more likely to have anxiety. Dr. Michelles says that the negative interactions that we have on social media are having detrimental effects on our mental health and we are also often using social media to measure our self-worth, which can lead to anxiety and depression. She also says that internal self-loathing begins to happen when you are exposed to hateful comments by others on social media. They offer some simple social media strategies to counter the negative effects and lower anxiety and how to boost your self-worth. "Remember that the opinion that matters the most is the opinion you have for yourself," Dr. Michelle says. Enjoy this episode!Dr. Michelle Trias is a graduate from the University of Central Florida and completed her Doctorate in traditional naturopathy from the New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal studies. Whether it's digestive discomfort, skin conditions, cholesterol, or fatigue, natural foods and herbs are the way back to better health. Dr. Michelle is on a mission to help you heal your gut and help you take control of your health and wellness.Dr. Michelle's Face Mask Recipe:1 teaspoon of honey1 teaspoon of coconut oil1/4 ripe avocado2 drops of lavender oilResources and Links:Dr. Michelle Website Michell Emaildrmichelle@mynaturowellness.comFacebook's Guide Through Autism Private Facebook Page's Website:
In this second installment of the 4-part series Self Compassion, Brigitte Shipman and Dr. Michelle Trias discuss how healing the emotional aspects of ourselves is key to healing whatever condition we may have, and how loving ourselves is an important component of that process. Dr. Michelle explains that in order to achieve optimal health and wellbeing, we have to look at the whole person including past history, traumas, relationships, and heartbreaks to get to the "why" of illnesses. She tells us that the number one killer for women is heart disease, which she believes is intricately linked to emotions in many cases. She shares a story where she started crying when she kept hearing "You are enough" from an instructor in a yoga class. She says that many of us consciously or unconsciously carry the belief that we are not good enough moms, we are not doing enough, or in some way "not enough" and that we need to incorporate daily practices to love ourselves. They talk about the importance of positive self-talk which can release the happiness hormone in the body and remembering that "we are not our thoughts" when negative self-talk pops up in our head. Enjoy this episode!Dr. Michelle Trias is a graduate from the University of Central Florida and completed her Doctorate in traditional naturopathy from the New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal studies. Whether it's digestive discomfort, skin conditions, cholesterol, or fatigue, natural foods and herbs are the way back to better health. Dr. Michelle is on a mission to help you heal your gut and help you take control of your health and wellness.Resources/Links:Dr. Michelle Website Michell Emaildrmichelle@mynaturowellness.comFacebook's Guide Through Autism Private Facebook Page Website
In this first installment of the 4-part series Self Compassion, Brigitte and Dr. Michelle Trias discuss how chronic stress can contribute to numerous illnesses and the importance of adopting practices to reduce stress in our daily lives as mothers. Dr. Michelle explains what happens physiologically when we are experiencing stress and the possible consequences that can result from chronic stress including hair loss, hypertension, poor digestion, adrenal fatigue. "Stress can literally kill you because it starts to wear down on your body," Dr. Michelle says. She shares 3 simple practices that she uses to reduce stress in her own life and offers them to you to start incorporating into your life. These practices will help to calm and relax the mind, handle pressure and unmet expectations, and recover when we fall into the "pool."Enjoy this episode!Dr. Michelle Trias is a graduate from the University of Central Florida and completed her Doctorate in traditional naturopathy from the New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal studies. Whether it's digestive discomfort, skin conditions, cholesterol, or fatigue, natural foods and herbs are the way back to better health. Dr. Michelle is on a mission to help you heal your gut and help you take control of your health and wellness. Resources/Links:Dr. Michelle Website Michell Emaildrmichelle@mynaturowellness.comFacebook's Guide Through Autism Private Facebook Page Website
In this week's episode, Brigitte interviews Dr. Sarah Lane, a Developmental Optometrist who specializes in working with children who struggle with the development of their visual skills and visual processing abilities.Dr. Lane offers Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation to children and adults in her community and is a creator of Meaningful Moves which are a collection of exercises designed for parents and caregivers to easily use with babies to help optimize the development of sensory and motor skills.She tells how Developmental Optometry found her when she started developing vision problems in 2nd grade. She struggled with reading and learning but she somehow made it through doing things differently from her classmates and sister and always making the high honor roll. When she got to optometry school, she had frequent headaches that resulted from switching from looking at a board far away to looking at her notes. She was diagnosed with a vision problem—problem with focusing and two-eye coordination—and was recommended to do vision therapy, which she had never heard of. She changed her career path to help others who had vision problems that could be helped with vision therapy. Along the way, she became a student of yoga and movement and as her vision improved with vision therapy, yoga, and movement, she started to ponder the question of how does the organization and movement of the body impact the visual system.She brings a lot of learning to her optometry session with her clients including MNRI, Feldenkrais Method, Pilate, and Yoga as she believes in the importance of having a holistic approach and putting a lot of different pieces together that over time allow us to create the shift we desire. She shares a success story of a boy in 7th grade who struggled to do what teachers wanted him to do exactly in the way they wanted. When he came to see her, she discovered that he was seeing double pretty much all the time and that double vision was related to the stress within his body. She brought in different modalities and body movement to balance the nervous system and now moving into high school, he is no longer seeing double and able to articulate what’s happening because of the tools he gained.Dr. Lane's goal is to teach a person how their visual system works and to teach them tools to continuously maintain organization within the visual system. She helps them to have an experience that gets them more connected with how their eyes and visual system works.She also talks about Meaningfull Moves, a program of exercises that parents can do with their children that set the foundation for sensory, motor, and visual development that include 5 areas of movement--Hand, Feet, Side to Side, Up and Down, and Upside Down. Finally, she gives us this advice, “Take a deep breath and pay attention to your child and pay attention to yourself. Take one step at a time to make sure that each movement or each step gets you to a better place mind, body, and spirit.”Enjoy this episode!Resources/Links:Meaningful Moves Center for Vision and Learning Moves Book's Guide Through Autism Private Facebook Group Life Coach
In this week's insightful episode, Brigitte interviews Sarah Wayland, Parent Coach, Certified Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) Consultant, and Special Needs Care Navigator who helps parents learn how to confidently and effectively help their children with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, and other brain-based differences at home, at school, and in the community. Sarah is a mom of two young adult sons who are on the spectrum and shares her journey of raising kids with autism. She tells how different their diagnoses came and how differently they expressed themselves when they encountered difficulties; the older son would shut down whereas the younger son would let her know in a very conspicuous manner.She also tells a story of how she could not sit with her son for 10 minutes without doing anything because her grief was so great in the first few years of her autism journey. She got cognitive behavioral therapy with a counselor to manage her own anxiety so she didn’t bring her own “stuff” to her interactions with her son. Once she got through, she was able to sit with him for however long she wanted to.She now feels that she was giving him the wrong message that he wasn’t perfect and that she had to fix him, and wishes that she had enjoyed every moment she had with him and loved him for exactly who he was in those early interactions. Sarah also shares how RDI or Relationship Development Intervention has hugely helped her to confidently and effectively help her children develop the skills they need to navigate the world. It has helped her so much that she became an RDI consultant herself.She talks about the four core challenges of autism--co-regulation, joint attention, self-regulation, executive functioning skills--and how to use the RDI curriculum to improve these areas of functioning. RDI helps to establish a Guiding Relationship between parents and children, which means that parents are there to be their guide and to help their children navigate life so that they can be the best version of themselves.In RDI, parents take the guiding role in the day to day life with their kids at home to teach them the skills they need in the areas of core challenges. She gives us the example of helping her son develop joint attention by using their playtime with Pokemon toys. One of the strategies in RDI that she found useful was to slow down. She realized that she needed to give her son time to process things and give him the chance to think through things for himself before she jumped in to help him.Sarah likes to give parents she works with the education piece but also the strategies to help them help their children develop a sense of self-competence and self-efficacy.In addition, she talks about the importance of allowing our kids to go at the right pace for them as opposed to going at a pace society says they need to go, as she recalls her son having anxiety in college until he was able to go at the right pace for him. Finally, she tells you to trust yourself and listen to your child because you know better than any experts and your intuition will guide you. Enjoy this episode!Resources/Links:Sarah's website Autism and ADHD Summits and online classes Practitioners Life Coach's Guide Through Autism Private Group
In this week's episode, Brigitte interviews Dr. Jeni Weis about her experience of growing up with her mother and brother both on the autism spectrum. Dr. Jeni holds her doctorate degree in Traditional Naturopathy, and she is board certified through the American Alternative Medical Association.  Her practice focuses on Autoimmune Disease, Thyroid Disorders, and finding the Root Cause of her patient's symptoms. She operates a virtual telehealth practice, seeing patients from all over the world.Dr. Jeni recalls her childhood where she thought her mother was very different and strange compared to her friends' moms until she was about 11. Dr. Jeni tells us how she and her mom traded roles of teacher and student and at times, it was a source of incredible frustration for Dr. Jeni. But as an adult, she is so grateful for her experiences, patience she developed, cooking skills, and for the loving, supportive mother she had, and realizes she had a wonderful and blessed childhood.She also talks about overcoming serious health challenges through diet and lifestyle changes, which made her decide to become a doctor in Traditional Naturopathy.She is currently in the process of creating a virtual holistic wellness center called "Eat, Move, Think" where top experts in the field of natural medicine are able to offer their knowledge and expertise in the areas of nutrition, movement, and mindset. Finally, she reminds us of the importance of diet for our kids with autism and tells us to keep a food journal so as to avoid foods that are inflammatory for them. Enjoy this episode!Resources/Links:Dr. Jeni Website Health Circle Facebook Group Website's Guide Through Autism Private Facebook Group
***Please note there are some background noises in parts of the recording.***In this week's insightful and informative episode, Brigitte interviews Mary Coyle, an autism mom and homeopath who has been working with individuals with ASD, ADHD, and SPD for over 25 years to help them stimulate the self-healing mechanism. Mary began her journey into health when her 2-year-old son was constipated and fretful and started having recurring ear infections and was put on an antibiotic repeatedly. Shortly after that, he started losing eye contact, stopped waving and looking, and was diagnosed with ASD. He also had terrible rashes, temper tantrums, and throwups. After making some progress with some protocols but not satisfied with the results, Mary started to wonder about the connection between toxicity and autism. Mary was at the time working in the chemical industry and was exposed to a lot of heavy metals and chemicals and was also at a lot of construction sites. She then started reading a book on toxicology on what happens when people are exposed to too much pesticides or heavy metals.  She realized that her son had the same exact symptoms as people who were exposed to too much toxins--IQ decrement, behavioral issues, sleep problems, mood issues, cognitive decline, picky eating, pale skin, circles under the eyes. She decided to take the word autism out and replace it with the word toxicity. She then started to put her son on a homeopathic detoxifying program and saw incredible results and she ended up becoming a homeopath because a lot of parents called her up to find out what she was doing. Mary explains that the homeopathic detoxifying program helps mitochondria function better so that the body can repair itself. She also talks about the connection between under-functioning mitochondria and microbial overgrowth that can be prevalent in our kids.She goes on to explain the philosophy of Homotoxicology which uses "like cures like" to move toxins out from the body while supporting the functioning of the body. She shares some success stories of her clients who started developing expressive language after being on her protocol, and reminds parents to never give up. She says to keep finding methods to destress them and keep encouraging rehab and allowing them to be the best that they can be."I'm looking forward to the day when we can celebrate these sentient beings and honor them with the gifts that they have. And they should be leading us, not us leading them with how the future of the world should go," Mary tells us wisely. Enjoy this episode!Resources/Links:Mary's Website & RPM Website's Guide Through Autism Private Facebook Group
In this week's highly informative and eye-opening episode, Brigitte interviews Maria Rickert Hong, Certified Holistic Health Counselor and author of Almost Autism and Brain Under Attack, who has recovered her son from Sensory Processing Disorder along with a host of other health conditions. Maria Rickert Hong is a former Wall Street equity research analyst who is now a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She helps parents recover their children from neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, almost autism, ADHD, ADD, PDD-NOS through diet and lifestyle changes. Her journey into health began when her first son started developing symptoms of diseases at 3 months old. As time went on he had numerous health conditions including asthma, sensory issues, constipation, and more, and was on about 10 different medications by the time he was 18 months old. By the time he was 3 and Maria had her second son, Maria developed severe adrenal fatigue, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, bronchitis, and shingles when she wasn’t getting enough sleep from her son waking up 6 times a night. Maria ended up taking Zoloft and Ambien for insomnia but they didn’t help.Frustrated with not getting help for her son nor herself from her conventional, western doctors, she started doing research and found nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman and her books which led her to try out magnesium for her insomnia, which solved her sleep problem immediately. After working with a naturopath for herself and her son and seeing significant improvement in their health, Maria decided to pay it forward and become a Holistic Health Coach. Maria is also the Education and Media Director for Epidemic Answers, a 501(c)3 non-profit that lets parents know that recovery is possible and is the sponsoring non-profit of The Documenting Hope Project.She lays out the roadmap for the recovery process for many disorders which includes proper nutrition and lifestyle, finding the right practitioner, and finding therapies that incorporate reflex integration.  She emphasizes the importance of getting to the root causes of the issues. "No one thing caused your child’s autism. It’s a multitude of factors. It’s a perfect storm. And because of that, there’s no one thing that will undo it. And it’s always a journey," Maria says.She tells us it's never too late and that some adults with autism have turned things around. She also reminds moms to take good care of themselves because if they don't they can't take care of their child either. Enjoy this episode!Resources/Links:Maria Website Answers Hope (Chirp Study) Louise Gittleman Magnesium Miracles Story Balance of Optometrists in Vision Developmentcovd.orgBrigitte Website's Guide Through Autism Private Facebook Group
In this week's information-packed episode, Brigitte interviews Teresa Badillo who is a mom of an adult son with autism and a writer for The Autism Exchange and Epidemic Answers about getting to the root of the issues in autism at the biomedical level.  Teresa embarked on a mission to find alternative non-invasive biomedical, therapeutic, sensory, and educational solutions for autism after the diagnosis of her son in the early 90s. She has served on several Boards of Director: Foundation for Children with Developmental Disabilities (FCDD); The Autoimmunity Project (TAAP), Developmental Delay Resources (DDR) and currently Epidemic Answers (EA).She has been researching and writing articles for The Autism Exchange and Epidemic Answers’ websites and consult and advise parents on biomedical protocols to autism spectrum disorders.She shares her journey of struggling to find the answers and right therapies for her son in the '90s when there wasn't much awareness, information, or resources for autism. She recalls the story of being told that her son was going to be institutionalized and how not many doctors wanted to work with kids with autism back then. She took whatever therapy that was available at the time, including oxygen therapy among other things, and saw improvement gradually over time. She says that autism is like peeling the layers of an onion and many layers have to be addressed at the biomedical level as well as behavioral and sensory levels. She talks about how comorbidity is common in autism and how her son started having seizures when he entered puberty. Seizure can develop in 1 in 4 kids with autism at puberty because of the hormones that kick in around that time, she says.  She shares some of the therapeutic protocols that parents can look into to reduce the symptoms of autism. She advises autism moms to look into the gut-brain connection and find the right help and support they need to make this journey a little easier. She tells autism moms to never give up no matter where they are on this journey. "Body is the great healer, we just have to figure out what it needs," Teresa says. She also tells autism moms to not dismiss their intuition even if their doctor doesn’t see what they see. "You know your child best. Find the right doctor who will work with you. Follow your gut!"Enjoy this Episode!Resources and Links:Teresa emailbadillo9@aol.comEpidemic Answers Autism Exchange Plains Laboratory Matthews Nemechek Bernard Rimland (Autism Research Institute) Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
In this week's informative and insightful episode, Brigitte interviews Joye Newman, author of Growing an In-Sync Child, about the importance of movement for children to become more confident and competent in everything they do.Joye Newman is the co-author (with Carol Kranowitz) of the best-selling book, Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow and an expert in Perceptual Motor Development. She earned her M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University.She integrates behavioral optometry, occupational therapy, movement, and psychology to help kids feel more comfortable in their own bodies so that they’re in control of their bodies and their bodies work for them.She explains that children on the spectrum tend to be clumsy and not comfortable in their bodies because they are often not comfortable in their sensory or visual systems, which causes them to receive information haphazardly and react accordingly.  She talks about the importance of understanding the underlying causes of a child's inability to do certain activities and address those things first before he or she can learn to do the actual activities. She tells us that behaviors are not things we have to act against or change but what we have to learn is to understand what the behavior is saying. She says that children are too often taught to do things when they’re not ready to learn them and if you try to get your child to do what he’s not developmentally ready to do, it becomes a splinter skill. She urges parents to meet their kids where they are and stay with them until they're comfortable and ready to move on to a new skill or activity. Instead of thinking about how we can get these autistic children to function in the “normal” world, Joye asks us to change our perspective and concentrate on getting our kids comfortable in their own bodies. Joye says that when they're comfortable in their bodies, they’ll be able to navigate through the world just fine. But if they're not comfortable in their bodies, they can’t be expected to navigate. "Try to forget what someone else told you and let your child guide you," Joye says.She also offers simple activities like "Hold Up the Wall" and "Paperballs" you can do with your kids at home from her In-Sync Activity Cards that incorporate "push, pull, lift, or carry" that are so important for your kid's development. And finally, Joye leaves us with these wise words: There is no norm. Your child is not wrong. There is nothing wrong with your child. There is something different with your child. Find a way to embrace it. Enjoy this episode!Resources and Links:Growing an In-Sync Child Website Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
In this week's highly informative and powerfully enlightening episode, Brigitte speaks to Patricia Lemer, author of Outsmarting Autism, about the power of vision, which might be the missing link for the structural issues many children and adults with autism have.  Patricia Lemer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician in the Washington, DC area for over 40 years. She was a co-founder and served as Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), an international, non-profit organization for 20 years.Ms. Lemer has served as a bridge between optometry and the public for over 30 years. She is the author of many articles and podcasts on Vision Issues in Autism and ADHD. She explains what vision is and how it's different from eyesight, which is about the clarity of seeing.  She tells us that vision is about what we do with what we see and the interaction between the eyes and the brain—conceptual, organizational, imagination—that helps us to move through space without having trouble with coordination and other essential functions, which many people with autism lack. People with autism are often having a binocular problem, she explains, where the two eyes may not be sending the brain the same message simultaneously which leads to information not being processed by the brain properly. Lack of eye contact, which is traditionally considered psychological, may actually be the result of having double vision or inefficient vision, and cross eyes might be due to a brain-eye coordination problem although it’s often considered to be a muscle problem, Ms. Lemer says. She also says that kids with autism are often limited in visual flexibility and inflexible behavior is a sign or symptom of inflexible vision and as we loosen up the vision, we loosen up the behavior as well. She recommends every child with autism have a developmental vision exam with a qualified optometrist so that the underlying issues with visual processing can be addressed with vision therapy. In addition, she goes over the 5 important steps you can take to help your child with autism function better and be the best version of himself. And finally, she offers 3 crucial things to remember when your child gets diagnosed with autism. Enjoy this episode!Resources and links:Patricia Lemer Website Lemer Emaildevelopdelay@gmail.comOutsmarting Autism Detective Podcast of Optometrists in Vision Development CHIRP Study Ayres Extension Program Foundation“See It. Say It. Do It.” - Lynn Hellerstein“Thinking Goes to School” - Harry Wachs Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
In this week's information-packed episode, Brigitte interviews Dr. Will Cole about the functional medicine approach to autism. Dr. Will Cole, IFMCP, DNM, DC, is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh. Named one of the top 50 functional medicine and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Cole specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is the bestselling author of Ketotarian and The Inflammation Spectrum. Dr. Cole has also cohosted the popular podcasts goodfellas and Keto Talk and will be hosting the new podcast, The Art of Being Well, which launches in early 2021.Dr. Cole grew up in a household where health and wellness and adaptogenic tonics were the norms of the family and he soon went into the field of integrative medicine to further pursue his passion in health and wellness. He explains how functional medicine is different from mainstream medicine in that it combines the best of conventional and alternative medicine where it's strongly evidence-based and at the same time getting to the root cause of the problem. He discusses the alarmingly increasing rate of autism along with conditions like Hashimoto's, autoimmune conditions, digestive disorders, and many more,  and believes that there's "genetic epigenetic mismatch" where our genes have not adapted to the fast-changing environment around us, resulting in many dysfunctions we see today. He believes that each patient is unique and requires a highly individualized approach to achieving their optimized health but he also believes that inflammation is the commonality in most cases. He talks about the connection between gut inflammation and the dysfunction of the brain and reveals the 4 foods that are most likely to disrupt your child's microbiome and raise inflammation in their brain. He also talks about the importance of intuition and says to not let your intuition be delegitimized even by your doctors when it comes to your health and your child's health. Furthermore, he gently reminds moms to take good care of themselves because they simply cannot afford not to and they can only give what they have. Enjoy this episode!Resources and Links:Dr. Will Cole Website: Medicine Website: Cole's Books: Cole Facebook: Cole Twitter: Cole Instagram: Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
In this week's highly informative episode, Brigitte interviews Carol Stock Kranowitz who is an author of a groundbreaking book The Out-of-Sync Child about Sensory Processing Disorder.They discuss what Sensory Processing Disorder is, how it affects children in different ways, and which therapies can help them manage their sensory issues. Carol, a former teacher, introduced Sensory Processing Disorder to parents and educators around the world through her “Sync” series books. Carol speaks internationally about SPD's effect on learning and behavior and how families, teachers, and professionals can offer “In-Sync” experiences to support children and adolescents — at home, at school, and out and about.She shares her unexpected journey of becoming an expert on SPD while she was working as a movement teacher at her sons’ preschool and observing kids who seemed to be "out of sync." She worked closely with the occupational therapist who came to give a workshop at the school and started organizing the information she received to help herself and her colleagues about sensory issues, which she later turned into her first book The Out-of-Sync Child. Carol breaks down the 8 sensory systems and tells us how sensory processing issues can affect children in many different ways. She shares with us some examples of over-responsivity, under-responsivity, sensory craving, and the combination of all. She says that there are more than 29 million ways people can exhibit sensory processing disorder.She talks about the therapies parents should look into to help their kids manage their sensory issues as well as activities they can do at home.Finally, Carol offers parents the most important thing to remember about SPD. Enjoy this episode!Resources and Links:Out-of Sync Child Website Institute lenses Website Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
In this week's episode, Brigitte Shipman interviews Dr. Michelle Trias to talk about the importance of self-care for all mothers but especially for autism moms. Dr. Michelle Trias is a graduate from the University of Central Florida and completed her Doctorate in traditional naturopathy from the New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal studies. She is passionate about helping people find their way back to health through natural foods and herbs. Dr. Michelle defines self-care as taking steps each day to help your mind, body, and spirit so that you feel regenerated and rejuvenated and ready to take on the next part of the day. She tells how easy it is for autism moms to end up in a place of upset and resentment because they keep giving to other people without getting their own cup refilled--they keep giving from a depleted place.She says that your ability to be present in the moment is hampered unless you spent time loving yourself doing self-care on a regular basis. She shares her own experience with her children when she lacked patience and understanding because her self-care tank was empty. She makes sure to fill her own cup daily so that she is able to have more patience and understanding in difficult situations. "More I love myself, the more patience, the more understanding I have," Dr. Michelle says. She urges autism moms to nurture themselves the way they nurture their children because when there is no love in the tank, there is no love to give and the person who is ultimately responsible for the love that is in their cup is them. She offers tips on how to implement self-care even when you think you don't have time and what foods to eat to relieve stress and anxiety.She reminds moms that they are the heartbeat of their house and what happens to them will affect everyone else in every way, emotionally and physically. Enjoy this episode!Resources and Links:Dr. Michelle Website Michelle Emaildrmichelle@mynaturowellness.comDr. Michelle Facebook Michelle Instagram Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
Brigitte Shipman and her son Joseph continue the conversation on Joseph's postsecondary life and share their lessons and insight they gained from the experience. Joseph is a 28-year old who is an adult on the autism spectrum and offers his perspective on what the transition into adulthood was like. He talks about "Indecision Paralysis" that he often found himself in, faced with a myriad of choices about what to do with his life. Tune in to this candid conversation between mother and son to peak into their life of living with autism. Enjoy!BMV Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
In this week's episode, Brigitte Shipman and her son Joseph candidly talk about the life after postsecondary education. Joseph who is a 28-year old living with autism shares his experience of going through a period of trial and error trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. He talks about being put on academic probation at a community college from failing classes he was not interested in,  having a 6-month period of doing "nothing", and having a sense of not even knowing what the problem was. Brigitte and Joseph both look back at this period in his life and offer mother's and son's perspectives about the process of transitioning into adulthood. Enjoy this episode!BMV Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
In this week's informative episode, Brigitte interviews Sarah Kennedy who is a certified life coach for parents and supporters of LGBTQIA+ youth as well as an occupational therapist specializing in sensory integration. In addition to having two children on the autism spectrum, Sarah herself was diagnosed with autism as an adult and has sensory processing challenges and brings a unique lens to the individual experiences we each have within the world. She works with many parents to help them create a suitable home sensory environment for their children on the spectrum or with sensory challenges. She offers some strategies to implement at home as many parents are homeschooling during these challenging times. She encourages parents to take care of themselves first and then try to identify if their child is a sensory seeker or a sensory avoider. That would in turn help them to find ways to help their child regulate their sensory processing. She reminds us to know that our child is perfect for this world and there is a hole in this world exactly the size of our child that our child is going to fit and that their purpose is so amazing. Enjoy this episode!Resources/Links:Sarah Kennedy Coaching Emailsarahkennydycoaching@gmail.comOut of Synch Child Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
In this special episode of Mother's Guide Through Autism, Brigitte Shipman and her son Joseph Shipman celebrate the one year anniversary of the podcast. They share their reflection and insight they gained in the last year from creating and producing this podcast together as well as their hope for the future. Make sure to tune in till the end to learn how to enter the FREE giveaway for the first edition, signed copy of Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin. Enjoy!Resources/Links:BMV Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
In this week's insightful episode, Brigitte Shipman interviews Lorraine Murray, the founder of the Connected Kids program, who has been practicing meditation for over 30 years and has been teaching it since 2003.She started teaching meditation to kids and teens to give young people skills to reduce stress, anxiety, and to build their self-esteem. She is the author of two bestselling books, Calm Kids and Connected Kids: Help Kids with Special Needs Shine with Mindful, Heartfelt Activities.She shares her own journey of starting a meditation practice as an adult to cope with difficult feelings that arose from challenging childhood and how it helped her move through the grief of losing her mother. She is passionate about sharing the practice of meditation with both mothers and their children since whatever the mother is feeling is easily felt by her child--especially the ones on the spectrum--and the grounded and calm energy she cultivates through meditation can have positive effects on her child. She says that practicing meditation doesn’t mean that you won’t ever be stressed but the ability for recovery and self-regulation will be stronger with meditation. It can also be a calming and connecting activity for both you and your child to do together. Meditation can offer both you and your child a toolkit to reduce stress and anxiety, she tells. She talks about the importance of self-compassion and how to turn inward to bring acceptance to our feelings instead of avoiding them and reminds us to not rush and cultivate for ourselves a sense of wonder and curiosity kids have.Enjoy this episode!Resources/Links:Teach Children Meditation Timer App Meditation Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
In this week's informative episode, Brigitte Shipman interviews Nancy Kling, the founder and director of Behavior Plus who has worked with children with challenging behavior since 1992.Nancy has extensive training and experience with autism spectrum disorders and a wide variety of behavior issues. She is an author of the book The Cup Kid: Parenting a Child with Meltdowns. She explains what's happening with a child with a tantrum using an analogy of a cup where their cup becomes full of sensory and emotional overload. A lot of kids don’t realize that their cup is getting too full so they don’t step away and the cup runs over.She tells us that If we can figure out what’s going in the cup and what empties their cup, we can do whatever we need to do to help them chill out before it runs over. She advises parents to come up with a list of cup fillers as much as they can and to also pay attention to what kids do when they have time on their own because what they do will be a cup emptier for them. Understanding what goes on in situations where a cup kid tends to have a meltdown will help to make necessary changes to prevent meltdowns before they happen. She shares a success story where they incorporated the strategy of jumping to help a boy on the spectrum manage his meltdowns in school and at home. Finally, she offers advice to autism moms to stand strong and help their child find their “thing” that they like and they’re good at and cultivate that because their self-esteem comes from doing things they like and that they’re good at. She emphasizes the importance of focusing more on what they can do than what they can’t do. "It’s important to focus on the strengths they have and to continue to develop those skills," Nancy says. Enjoy this episode!Resources/Links:Behavior Plus Timer Life Coach Website Life Coach Facebook Live Coaching & Q&A (2pm Central Wednesday) Mother's Guide Through Autism Facebook Group
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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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