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This podcast comes to you from a very tired, slightly slap happy and eternally hopefully autism warrior mom of a teenage son on the severe end of the spectrum.  My hope is to bring together parents of special needs children and professionals so we may share stories and experience to build a worldwide village of support for one another.  Living the Sky Life offers a personal connection and understanding from those who have likely walked in your shoes.  

Living the Sky Life - Autism Journey Laurie Hellmann

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This podcast comes to you from a very tired, slightly slap happy and eternally hopefully autism warrior mom of a teenage son on the severe end of the spectrum.  My hope is to bring together parents of special needs children and professionals so we may share stories and experience to build a worldwide village of support for one another.  Living the Sky Life offers a personal connection and understanding from those who have likely walked in your shoes.  

    Episode 12 - Trusting your gut and finding the services your child needs w/ Rachel Moldoveanu

    Episode 12 - Trusting your gut and finding the services your child needs w/ Rachel Moldoveanu

    Kentucky mom & ICU nurse, Rachel Moldoveanu shares her experience navigating through the world of Autism with her 10 year old son Frankie while also parenting her two neurotypical daughters, Livi age 12 and Ellie age 3.  Rachel's love of Diet Coke, Jesus and Kentucky basketball get her through the tough days!  Ha!

    • 1 Std. 5 Min.
    Episode 11 (Solo Episode) - managing random illnesses and ailments with a non-verbal teenager

    Episode 11 (Solo Episode) - managing random illnesses and ailments with a non-verbal teenager

    The struggle is real when it comes to diagnosing and treating the random ailments that Skyler develops.  We have to do a daily body scan to catch any external issues due to his inability to verbally communicate aches and pains to us.  When his behaviors ramp up, that's a sure sign there is something causing him discomfort... it's just figuring out what it is that is challenging.

    • 17 Min.
    Episode 10 - Eloping, First Responder training and the many challenges with teens on the spectrum entering adulthood

    Episode 10 - Eloping, First Responder training and the many challenges with teens on the spectrum entering adulthood

    Francine Mundt is an upbeat, So Cal homeschooling mom of two sons on the Autism Spectrum.  A Licensed Nurse, she also shares her insights as a WEGO-Health Patient Leader and is a regular contributor at TODAY Parenting Community Team with articles published in various news outlets. Francine is currently the President and CEO of FRAAT.org, (Finding Real Autism Accessibility Training) where she provides customized training programs for First Responders with a focus on the teen and adult population. 

    • 59 Min.
    Episode 9 - Two power house moms creating programs and taking action through continued advocacy on behalf of Kentuckiana kids & adults on the spectrum - Anne Gregory & Janet Pope

    Episode 9 - Two power house moms creating programs and taking action through continued advocacy on behalf of Kentuckiana kids & adults on the spectrum - Anne Gregory & Janet Pope

    I'm speaking with 2 amazing warrior moms who were instrumental in developing local programs for kids on the spectrum as well as starting a non-profit parent support group called FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) 20 years ago in the Kentuckiana area. These ladies are forces to be reckoned with and I'm glad to call them my friends!

    • 1 Std. 14 Min.
    Episode 8 - Parenting an adult son on the spectrum - A dad's perspective

    Episode 8 - Parenting an adult son on the spectrum - A dad's perspective

    My friend, Scott Whitesell, is an actor, writer and producer in West Michigan and is the proud father of 3 sons - Nickolas (25), Travis (23) & Derek (19).  Travis was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3 and as Scott describes, he is on the border of very high functioning Autism and Aspergers.  Travis loves video games (especially getting to play virtually with his brothers) and is a very happy and kind- hearted young man!

    • 37 Min.
    Episode 7 - Behavioral challenges and the sometimes aggressive side of Autism with Heidi Brewton

    Episode 7 - Behavioral challenges and the sometimes aggressive side of Autism with Heidi Brewton

    My guest Heidi was born and raised in the Midwest but has called Florida home for 17 years. She has 3 sons: Drew, Brandon and Connor. Connor (the youngest and at 6'2 the tallest) was diagnosed with Autism at age 3. The past 16 years have been a learning journey, a work in progress and some days seem like a never ending story - but Autism is where her heart is. Heidi has over 5 years of professional experience working with individuals with Autism and other disabilities as a teacher and an RBT.

    • 1 Std. 4 Min.

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