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Welcome to The Autism & Sensory Parenting Podcast! Join our host, Candice Curtis, an Occupational Therapist, Autism & sensory specialist, and a parent of an Autistic child as we chat about all things Autism and sensory, including developmental activities, strategies, and how to make it all happen in your day while still keeping your sanity! Continue Reading >>
Welcome to The Autism & Sensory Parenting Podcast! Join our host, Candice Curtis, an Occupational Therapist, Autism & sensory specialist, and a parent of an Autistic child as we chat about all things Autism and sensory, including developmental activities, strategies, and how to make it all happen in your day while still keeping your sanity! << Show Less
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Ep. 36: How to “Dance in the Rain” with Stephanie Weiderstrand, creator of the Empowering Autism Summit Welcome to another great episode where I get the pleasure of interviewing a guest that started on her journey with so many different emotions and has been successful at figuring out what she can do to make tomorrow better.  You are about to hear how she has reframed what success looks like for her family, let go of expectations, and she is now helping others do the same through her Autism Summit.  I was given the pleasure and honor of meeting our guest while being interviewed for the Empowering Autism Summit that is October 27-29th.  Definitely make sure to click on the link in the show notes to grab a seat to that 3 day amazing experience by clicking here!  It is full of fantastic information from 10, yes 10 different speakers, that share their personal journeys and expertise in the area of Autism and helping families thrive and be empowered. Enjoy the show and also, just a reminder to make sure to follow me on Instagram at Integrate Family and check out my website www.integratefamily.com for some free trainings and handouts to help your child and family. Connect with Stephanie at: Event Page: https://beyond-special.com/empoweringautismsummit-oct2021/ Web: https://beyond-special.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beyondspeciall/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beyondspecial
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Ep. 36: How to “Dance in the Rain” with Stephanie Weiderstrand, creator of the Empowering Autism Summit Welcome to another great episode where I get the pleasure of interviewing a guest that started on her journey with so many different emotions and has been successful at figuring out what she can do to make tomorrow better.  You are about to hear how she has reframed what success looks like for her family, let go of expectations, and she is now helping others do the same through her Autism Summit.  I was given the pleasure and honor of meeting our guest while being interviewed for the Empowering Autism Summit that is October 27-29th.  Definitely make sure to click on the link in the show notes to grab a seat to that 3 day amazing experience by clicking here!  It is full of fantastic information from 10, yes 10 different speakers, that share their personal journeys and expertise in the area of Autism and helping families thrive and be empowered. Enjoy the show and also, just a reminder to make sure to follow me on Instagram at Integrate Family and check out my website www.integratefamily.com for some free trainings and handouts to help your child and family. Connect with Stephanie at: Event Page: https://beyond-special.com/empoweringautismsummit-oct2021/ Web: https://beyond-special.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beyondspeciall/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beyondspecial
Ep. 35: How to Plan Your Day for Success with Amanda Cunningham Keeping everything organized and being proactive can make a huge difference.  It can be the difference between just surviving and feeling like everything is out of control versus feeling like you are accomplishing your goals.  Sometimes just taking the time to plan can feel overwhelming, but it can be possible! That is why I invited Amanda, creator of a special needs planner, to the podcast.  I just know that she is going to give you encouragement and inspiration. She will also give you tips and tools for how to plan for success and tell you more about The Glory Days planner. Check out the show notes here:
Ep. 34: Self Care Strategies that are Possible for any Mama with Michelle Lach So often, parents of Autistic children end up dealing with chronic stress and it is so important to learn how to get out of the stress cycle. That is why I was super excited to bring you our guest today.  Michelle is a certified mindset and mindfulness coach.  During her journey, she started to learn about self-care practices and realized how she had been neglecting her self-care.  She learned how to become intentional about making sure that she was taking care of herself to create long-term solutions. There are truly nuggets in this interview for everyone and you are not going to want to miss it!  Check out the rest of the show notes here:
Ep. 33: How I Approach Helping a Child to Get the Best Results! It dawned on me recently that I was trained to think in a different way as an Occupational Therapist.....that this way of thinking is what helps a child gain confidence, motivation, and skills.  Not only do I use it as an Occupational Therapist, but I use it as a parent ALL....THE.....TIME!  This is huge people!!  I am super passionate about this because it makes a huge difference for a child!  Listen in to learn how you can help your child have better behaviors, have a better connection with you, and more confidence and skills that will help them throughout their lifetime!! Make sure to follow me on Instagram @integratefamily or on Facebook.
Ep 32: Your Child Has Autism....Now What???? Recently, I had someone tell me that their child was just diagnosed with Autism. They just felt like, ok..., now what? I started to think about it and realized this was something really important to think about and talk about. How are you supposed to know what to do when your child is diagnosed with Autism? Especially when you are feeling a bagillion emotions. So I stopped and put some thought into this....This is what I came up with. Make sure to get My FREE Simple 3 Step Process to Improve Your Child's Development  Get the rest of the show notes by clicking here.   https://www.integratefamily.com/2021/03/your-child-has-autism-now-what/
Ep. 31: Learning How to Celebrate Our Children’s Characteristics with Kayla Monville Our perspective on how we see our situation and how we see our children makes a huge difference in the actions that we take.  Kayla’s perspective will totally light that fire for you to see your child through new eyes.  The way that she talks about the importance of celebrating all the amazing things about your child is just what so many other parents need to hear. The book that she wrote is an amazing book to celebrate the amazing things about your child, so make sure to check it out! Get the links and the rest of the show notes here: https://www.integratefamily.com/2021/03/learning-how-to-celebrate-our-childrens-autism-characteristics/
Ep. 30: Parenting a Sensory Kiddo In a Nutshell This episode was originally an interview that I did with Natalia Rodriquez in her Facebook group and today I’m going to bring it to you!  I love the easy conversational style of this interview and we talk about how to make it work when you are a busy parent and having a child that has more needs than many of their peers.   We have such a great conversation about taking care of yourself, different seasons of our life, and giving ourselves grace!  I even talk about how to make it possible to work on things our child needs to work on in a very doable way, the importance of play, and sensory processing.  And that's just the beginning!! Don't forget to check out episode 2 to hear the interview that I did with Natalia on this podcast!!
Ep. 29: The Importance of Outdoor Play with Angela Hanscom The importance of outdoor play is so so very important!  Listen in to hear all of the benefits of outdoor play.  When it comes to our children with Autism and sensory difficulties, I honestly think that getting them outside is even more important! Meet Angela Angela J. Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook—an award-winning developmental and nature-based program that has gained international popularity. She is also the author of Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Hanscom has also been a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and was the recent recipient of the SBA Small Business of the Year award in 2019. Check out all the show notes (click here)
Ep. 28: Time To Turn from Doubt to Encouragement, Validation, & Empowerment Have you ever doubted that you know how to help your child?  Have you ever been told that your child needs hours and hours of intervention time with someone else?  Have you ever been exhausted from driving your child to appointments?  Well, today I am speaking from my heart.  I want you to know that you don't need to doubt that you are capable because you are!  I want you to know that you know more than you think and you are capable of learning so much more.  I am here to help you get rid of the guilt and exhaustion.  I am here to hopefully inspire you and empower you to be kind to yourself and embrace this journey with your child!!
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