42 episodes

A podcast about traveling the special needs road and discovering the hidden gems and unique finds of a place you didn't think you would be. We share how families are doing amazing things as a result of a diagnosis, and give you a glimpse into the realities of raising children with differing needs.

Embracing Holland Angie Auldridge and Megan Barrett

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

A podcast about traveling the special needs road and discovering the hidden gems and unique finds of a place you didn't think you would be. We share how families are doing amazing things as a result of a diagnosis, and give you a glimpse into the realities of raising children with differing needs.

    Caring for the Caregiver with Rory Lawrence

    Caring for the Caregiver with Rory Lawrence

    This episode is all about taking care of the caregiver. Rory Lawrence, mother of a child with complex medical needs and staff member with David’s Refuge, talks with us about the organization she works for that pours into parents turned caregivers, and how she and her husband have found meaningful respite. We also talk about practical ways to weave in self-care that don’t require a sitter but can actually make a difference. 
     
    Links
     
    Sensory Pathway Booklet
     
    The Intentional Family:  Simple Rituals to Strengthen Family Ties
     
    Mae Bae Fan Club - Unique Apparel for Special Kids and Those Who Care for Them
     
    David's Refuge
     
    Rory’s Email - rorylawrence@davidsrefuge.org 
     
    David's Refuge Private Facebook Page

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Embracing Autism with Lia McCabe

    Embracing Autism with Lia McCabe

    For this episode, we share with you another Maryland parent and fellow autism mom, Lia McCabe, who started AutismWish.org which seeks to fulfill the wish lists of families across the country without all of the red tape of government programs. She and her husband also host a podcast called Embracing Autism, which is child focus and helps parents to understand and embrace their neurodiverse children. Give it a listen, follow, and subscribe to support their mission of helping families in the face of fear and the unknown. 
     
    We talk about:
    Neurodivergent parenting
    Empathizing with sensory needs
    The formation of Autism Wish and the Embracing Autism Podcast
    Accepting behaviors that are harmless
    How IQ testing is not designed for children who are non-verbal
    Maintaining a positive perspective
    Growing to understand that a diagnosis doesn't mean future dreams are gone
    Lia’s website
    Autism Wish
     
    Autism Wish Facebook Page
     
    Lia’s Recommended Books
     
    More Than Words: A Parents Guide to Building Interaction and Language Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties by Fern Sussman
     
    The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
     
    Other books mentioned
    Autism Breakthrough by Raun K. Kaufman
    An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate and Learn by Sally Rogers

    • 56 min
    Enjoying Your Child with Leylani Cardoso

    Enjoying Your Child with Leylani Cardoso

    This week we chat with Leylani Cardoso, warrior parent, and mother of Sophia, her daughter with Down Syndrome. Leylani and her family helped Sophia bring her passion for food and entertaining to life by creating the YouTube Channel Cheeky Sassy Me

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Hard Landings with Cammie McGovern

    Hard Landings with Cammie McGovern

    If you’ve ever worried about what adulthood might look like after high school or you’ve ever been inspired to create a meaningful space for your child to spend adulthood, tune in to our interview with critically acclaimed author, Cammie McGovern. 
     
    Cammie McGovern was awarded a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University, and has received numerous prizes for her short fiction. Her stories have appeared in many magazines including Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook and Seventeen , and she is the author of another novel, The Art of Seeing. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband and three children, the eldest of whom is autistic. She is one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    When Life Gets Life-y with Maura Moore

    When Life Gets Life-y with Maura Moore

    In this episode, we chat with teacher, Maura Moore, cheerleader of her students, encourager of those in her life, and developer of the Meep! Maura shares with us her vision to help those who are struggling and ways we can help too!


    We talk about:
    Using creativity and crafting to support others The creation of emotional support orbs Helping others who are dealing with heavy things Creating and fueling a movement A creative way to connect during the pandemic


    Links


    All You Meep is Love


    All You Meep Is Love Facebook Page

    Meg's Favorite Cheap Crochet Hooks

    • 35 min
    A Foundation of Hope with Aimee Darby

    A Foundation of Hope with Aimee Darby

    In this episode, we chat with Aimee Darby, founder of the Eliza Hope Foundation. 


    We talk about:


    Recognizing and savoring the important moments  The devastation that is losing a child The remarkable way that Aimee has turned her grief into action A foundation built to nurture families running to multiple therapies  Her come one, come all concept that serves all levels of functioning Equipping families while they are dealing with a new diagnosis Passing it on when its incredibly difficult to do so Eliza's purposes and the lessons taught in her four and a half years here The ability to celebrate other’s successes  The critical importance of saying their name, and allowing their memory to live on

    Related episodes


    Seizing Joy and Grace with Tracy Umezu


    Links


    The Eliza Hope Foundation


    The Pinecone Collection
    Custom jewelry with all proceeds benefiting The Eliza Hope Foundation: 
     
    Holland 
    A blog post that Aimee wrote a month before Eliza passed


    Eliza Hope
    Aimee’s first blog post after Eliza’s passing

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

JenJeraci ,

Validating

Discusses topic in a “take it or leave it” fashion. No judgement or “you should do this, or you should do that...” here the way other special needs podcasts or books do.

shujoylala ,

Embracing Holland is a must for all who love a person with special needs!

Proud to share with all my family and friends: Embracing Holland podcast is AMAZING. Do you have family members or friends who are parents of children with special needs? Have a listen and then share with them. You may be able to relate or you may find a nugget of wisdom to help that friend or family member.

These two young moms have experience themselves and let you know you are NOT alone on this journey. They have resources and tricks up their sleeves that I never heard of before, and my son is 26 years old!

Listen, share, listen, share. (Those, plus love, make the world go round.) 💕

scn2a grandparent ,

Great podcast

Interviews are personal and real. Life hacks and living with the Coronavirus is insightful for families that are living with a child with autism and the special challenges. That brings. While listening I found myself picking up on little hacks that I had never thought . Keep it up

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