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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 29 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 … Continue Reading >>
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 29 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. << Show Less
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Meet Your Heart Where It Is 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
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Meet Your Heart Where It Is 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
Let Yourself Grieve for Your Child's Diagnosis When I went through my life tsunamis including my son&apos;s autism diagnosis,  I didn&apos;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&apos;s face it, it&apos;s difficult to feel painful feelings. While it&apos;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
Put the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First 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
Why You Should Ask for Help on the Autism Parenting Journey 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
#1 Advice I Give to Mothers Raising Kids with Autism 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
Mother Guide's Prayer and Top 10 List of Advice In my 30 years of the autism parenting journey, I&apos;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&apos;s Prayer from my book A Mother&apos;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
Create More Joy in Your Life Through Self-Discovery 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&apos;s Guide Through Autism Podcast on Apple Podcast here: https://apple.co/30UFFW3
Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Kids on the Spectrum with Dawn Barclay In this episode of Mother&apos;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&apos;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&apos;t travel and what they can do to make their trips possible and successful.Enjoy this episode!Dawn&apos;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
Healing the Mother's Heart - My Interview on Autism Detectives with Patricia Lemer For this week&apos;s episode, I&apos;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&apos;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&apos;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
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