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Parenting Severe Autism

Author: Shannon Chamberlin

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A first-hand account of parenting severe autism, this podcast is hosted by a parent, NOT a medical professional. This podcast aims to give superhero parents of special-needs kids with severe autism a community, an outlet - a voice. Your host, Shannon Chamberlin, wants to help you cope with the unbelievable pressure that comes with this job. Shannon will be talking about all things severe autism, raising these kids from early childhood into adulthood and beyond. 
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As the sun sets on another April, we welcome a time of acceptance that extends far beyond a single month. Imagine shifting this conversation to the heart of summer, when the world is in full bloom, or perhaps as we turn the page to a new school year—moments ripe for the seeds of awareness to take root. Today, I'm going to share a lunar eclipse story, one that unveils the unexpected beauty and chaos of parenting a child with severe autism. It's a tale that might sound familiar to those who wal...
Every year as I prepare for the daunting task of legal guardianship reporting, I'm reminded of the unique and enduring challenges that come with raising my son, Jacob, who lives with severe autism. This episode peels back the layers of our daily life, from bureaucratic headaches like insurance verifications and PUNS list updates to the heartache of realizing the unchanging nature of Jacob's condition. I offer a raw look into the emotional landscape of a family navigating the complex world of ...
Welcome, friends, to another episode where we unmask severe autism, one layer at a time. What do you do when your child develops a new tick - like trying to talk with his mouth closed? Well, that's the recent challenge we've been facing with our son. Aside from the obvious communication difficulties this poses, it's also just one of many OCD tendencies he exhibits - tendencies that the medical field often dismisses as mere byproducts of autism. But we're not letting that deter us. It's our ho...
EP. 29 Firing Family

EP. 29 Firing Family

2023-10-0117:37

Are you ready to be part of a journey that is filled with family turmoil, vacation disaster, and the harsh reality of parenting a child with severe autism? This is a candid recount of our recent family vacation that transformed from a much-needed break into an exhausting ordeal that tested our patience and resilience. We grappled with the disappointing behavior of a family member whose unpreparedness and lack of support turned our exciting getaway into a nightmare. We had to deal with a non-f...
Navigating the healthcare system for a child with autism and learning disabilities is no easy task. Join me, Shannon Chamberlin, as I relay my journey of finding appropriate care for my son, battling with insurance and medical coding, and dealing with the lack of attention given to his condition. This episode is filled with real stories, frustrations, and revelations from my own experience.Ever grappled with a dental visit gone awry? Or discovered a new behavioral disorder while seeking help ...
Parenting Severe Autism podcast host and mom Shannon Chamberlin celebrates 1 year of podcasting with a full list of all the things her son is good at, along with short stories or descriptions illustrating these abilities. Shannon and her husband encourage all special needs parents to recognize the talents their children have, and to recognize that as special needs parents, everyone does their best but they're not going to be perfect or know everything. They are also encouraging parents to fig...
Parenting Severe Autism mom and podcast host Shannon Chamberlin shares how she and her spouse struggle to strike a balance between taking care of their own adult needs while also taking care of their adult son's needs. Shannon feels that there has been some sort of shift in her mindset that may be making it more difficult to fulfill the caregiving role as of late. Support the Show.https://www.buzzsprout.com/1989825/supporters/newhttps://psa.buzzsprout.comGet Podcast Merch at the followin...
Parenting Severe Autism mom & podcast host Shannon Chamberlin shares her most recent attempt at keeping her son happy while home alone with him. Shannon describes what it takes, how much she can take, and what happens if it doesn't work out correctly. Near the end of this episode, Shannon is asking for some feedback about a possible upcoming episode, relying on listeners to make the decision.Support the Show.https://www.buzzsprout.com/1989825/supporters/newhttps://psa.buzzsprout.comGet Po...
Parenting Severe Autism podcast mom & host Shannon Chamberlin shares how one timeless boundary had to be broken for safety over sanity, as well as a new communication behavior developed by her son.Support the Show.https://www.buzzsprout.com/1989825/supporters/newhttps://psa.buzzsprout.comGet Podcast Merch at the following link: https://psapodcast.creator-spring.com/ & use Promo Code EARLYBIRD for 10% off your order for a limited time. New products are being added daily.https://www.fac...
Parenting Severe Autism mom and podcast host Shannon Chamberlin shares some personal feelings and family stories about the need for boundaries and rules in their household, along with examples of how these things only work with consistency in enforcing them. Support the Show.https://www.buzzsprout.com/1989825/supporters/newhttps://psa.buzzsprout.comGet Podcast Merch at the following link: https://psapodcast.creator-spring.com/ & use Promo Code EARLYBIRD for 10% off your order for a ...
Ep.22. Comprehension

Ep.22. Comprehension

2023-03-0836:581

Parenting Severe Autism mom and podcast host Shannon Chamberlin shares several examples of how her son lacks comprehension of most things, the daily struggles they face as a family, and some of the exercises they do as a family in hopes of increasing her son's level of comprehension.We've been having some technical issues with transcripts, and as soon as these issues are resolved, all missing transcripts will be posted.Support the Show.https://www.buzzsprout.com/1989825/supporters/newhttps://...
Parenting Severe Autism mom & podcast host Shannon Chamberlin shares stories from last week's in-your-face experiences and subsequent exhaustion, along with another breakthrough for her son.Support the Show.https://www.buzzsprout.com/1989825/supporters/newhttps://psa.buzzsprout.comGet Podcast Merch at the following link: https://psapodcast.creator-spring.com/ & use Promo Code EARLYBIRD for 10% off your order for a limited time. New products are being added daily.https://www.facebook.c...
Parenting Severe Autism mom & podcast host Shannon Chamberlin shares stories illustrating how her son doesn't seem to fit any mold or profile familiar to professionals in autism. Subjects include autonomy, speech, technology, sign language, comprehension, memory, pharmaceuticals, sertraline/Zoloft, Risperidone, elopement, and routines.Shannon's son bursts into the conversation briefly.Support the Show.https://www.buzzsprout.com/1989825/supporters/newhttps://psa.buzzsprout.comGet Pod...
Parenting Severe Autism mom & podcast host Shannon Chamberlin discusses several occasions where she believes her son was treated as "less than," along with how she tries to help her son recognize a bad situation. In this episode, Shannon expresses concerns about others behaving selfishly and the possible adverse effects these behaviors can have on her son, suffering from severe autism.Wilbarger Therapy Therapressure BrushesWilbarger Therapy Brush, 2 Pack – Therapressure Brush for Occupati...
Parenting Severe Autism mom & podcast host Shannon Chamberlin shares her family's most recent stressful events, including her son's surgery, recovery, holidays & family.Support the Show.https://www.buzzsprout.com/1989825/supporters/newhttps://psa.buzzsprout.comGet Podcast Merch at the following link: https://psapodcast.creator-spring.com/ & use Promo Code EARLYBIRD for 10% off your order for a limited time. New products are being added daily.https://www.facebook.com/people/Parenti...
Parenting Severe Autism mom & podcast host Shannon Chamberlin talks with Speech Language Pathologist Lenora Edwards. Lenora Edwards is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Better Speech, an online speech therapy provider.Lenora has invited listeners to "ask anything" about speech and severe autism. Shannon has put together a list of questions derived from her own curiosity and other parents in the severe autism world.Subjects include Apraxia, External Communication, Mixed Expressive/Recep...
Parenting Severe Autism mom & podcast host Shannon Chamberlin talks with Speech Language Pathologist Lenora Edwards. Lenora Edwards is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Better Speech, an online speech therapy provider.Lenora has invited listeners to "ask anything" about speech and severe autism. Shannon has put together a list of questions derived from her own curiosity and other parents in the severe autism world.Subjects include sign language, assistive technology, expressive language, rec...
Severe Autism Mom & podcast host Shannon Chamberlin shares some ways the holidays can negatively affect her family, along with changes they have made to cope with it all.Organic Herbal Liquid Tinctures For You!Mountain Rose Herbs supplies carefully formulated tinctures that fit in with our busy lifestyle.Magnesium Citrate Nervous System SupportNOW Foods - Magnesium Citrate Nervous System Support 400 mg. - 240 Vegetable Capsule(s) NOW Foods MaSelect a Size TV Screen Impact ProtectorHeavy D...
Parenting Severe Autism mom & podcast host Shannon Chamberlin shares an opportunity for listeners to ask an expert speech therapist "anything". This episode includes some funny family speech experiences and tales of new and interesting behaviors involving Shannon's son and speech.Support the Show.https://www.buzzsprout.com/1989825/supporters/newhttps://psa.buzzsprout.comGet Podcast Merch at the following link: https://psapodcast.creator-spring.com/ & use Promo Code EARLYBIRD for...
Parenting Severe Autism mom & podcast host Shannon Chamberlin shares a bit of a great idea before detailing her feelings of defeat, devastation, and weakness, followed by a sweet story of her son's reaction to all of this.Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.https://www.buzzsprout.com/1989825/supporters/newhttps://psa.buzzsprout....
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