183 episodes

This podcast comes to you from a very tired, slightly slap happy and eternally hopeful warrior mom of a young adult son with severe, non-verbal autism.  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 - Our Autism Journey Laurie Hellmann

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 75 Ratings

This podcast comes to you from a very tired, slightly slap happy and eternally hopeful warrior mom of a young adult son with severe, non-verbal autism.  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.  

    S5: Episode 182 - Through his new book, this autism dad shares practical advice & hopes to be a voice for other fathers who may be struggling.

    S5: Episode 182 - Through his new book, this autism dad shares practical advice & hopes to be a voice for other fathers who may be struggling.

    A devoted family man, Harry Psaros has been happily married to his wife Michelle for 24 years and is a proud father of two sons, Costa “Gus” and Maximos “Max.” With a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as minors in physics and philosophy, Harry has a strong educational foundation. Further expanding his expertise, he obtained a certification as a health coach from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition. Professionally, Harry serves as an Executive Neuroscience Account Specialist for AbbVie. Known affectionately by fans as the “Pitt Guru,” he is a top social media influencer for University of Pittsburgh athletics and the senior writer for Pittsburgh Sports Now.
    Harry is on the Board of Directors for the Autism Caring Center, President of North Fayette Township’s Parks and Recreation Board, Vice President of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Weirton, WV and one of the founders of North Fayette P.A.L.S. (an organization for special needs children). Harry is an avid reader, enjoys strength training, running, martial arts and lives to serve others.

    • 41 min
    S5: Episode 181 - Preparing but not stressing for adulthood & never losing hope that our kids will determine their own incredible future

    S5: Episode 181 - Preparing but not stressing for adulthood & never losing hope that our kids will determine their own incredible future

    Jo-Ann Turning also known as “Mrs. Bacon”  is one half of the married, blogging couple from Bacon and Juice Boxes: Our Life with Autism. She's mom to Eric (age 19 on the autism spectrum) and Anna Kate (age 22, recent college graduate who is now working in NYC.) 
    When her son, Eric, was first diagnosed with autism 18 years ago, she couldn’t say the word “autism” without crying.  After many years, and many experiences parenting in both the neuro-typical and special needs world, Jo-ann has become passionate about building bridges of hope for her family and other families like theirs. She's been honored to be invited to give several lectures at conferences and schools, works full-time outside the home, and is President of Special Wants, Inc. a 501c3 organization.
    If she's lucky enough to get a few hours to herself, Jo-ann loves to bake, cook, read and make watercolor greeting cards.
    https://www.facebook.com/BaconandJuiceBoxes/
    https://www.facebook.com/SpecialWantsInc/
    www.specialwants.org
     

    • 1 hr 9 min
    S5: Episode 180 - Uncovering GI issues with a nonverbal teen and beginning to plan for adulthood

    S5: Episode 180 - Uncovering GI issues with a nonverbal teen and beginning to plan for adulthood

    Kentucky mom & former ICU nurse, Rachel Moldoveanu shares her experience navigating through the world of Autism with her almost 15-year-old son Frankie while also parenting her two neurotypical daughters, Livi age 16 and Ellie age 6.  Rachel's love of Diet Coke, Jesus and Kentucky basketball get her through the tough days!  
    You can reach out to Rachel on FB: @Rachel Moldoveanu
    Rachel's first appearance on my show was January 2020 (Episode 12) if you want to listen to more of her family story!

    • 1 hr 28 min
    S5: Episode 179 - Keeping hope alive... and the power of 'yet'

    S5: Episode 179 - Keeping hope alive... and the power of 'yet'

    On this solo episode, I outline our 20 year journey to uncovering and resolving Skyler's GI issues. It finally feels like we are making significant progress! Through his smiles, laughter and decreased frustration (and subsequent hitting), it appears Skyler is becoming less uncomfortable in his own body!
    I provide a more detailed account of our experiences in my book 'Welcome to My Life - A Personal Parenting Journey Through Autism' which is available on Amazon.
    Want to be a guest on Living the Sky Life? Connect with me via my website lauriehellmann.com to learn how!
     

    • 27 min
    S5: Episode 178 - Turning those labeled as "low functioning" into higher functioning individuals through a successful life & job skills training program

    S5: Episode 178 - Turning those labeled as "low functioning" into higher functioning individuals through a successful life & job skills training program

    Mike Stuart is a 74 year old retired educator who lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He and his wife Harriet and their 32 year old autistic son, Aaron, moved from Florida 16 months ago to be closer to their daughter and her family.
     
    In 2015, Mike created a life and job skills program for the more significantly-challenged autistic and other developmentally-disabled individuals called Operation Meaningful Life. It has been incredibly successful in turning Aaron into a skilled higher-functioning individual from his formerly designated "low-functioning" label.
     
    Through the FB group for Operation Meaningful Life, Mike shares programming and behavioral insights with his 12,000 followers. Mike and Harriet are now formulating the next major phase of Aaron's life: a permanent, secure, life-fulfilling, and compassionate residential model for Aaron and others who are considered more-heavily or severely challenged. 
     
    You can connect with Mike via his FB page: @Operation Meaningful Life or his website: operationmeaningfullife.com

    • 1 hr 13 min
    S5: Episode 177 - The importance of improving GI health to eliminate additional neurological effects caused by IBD/Crohn's/ Colitis

    S5: Episode 177 - The importance of improving GI health to eliminate additional neurological effects caused by IBD/Crohn's/ Colitis

    Josh Dech is an ex-paramedic and Holistic Nutritionist, specializing in Crohn’s and Colitis, and other related gut issues. It was the successes his clients have had with complex digestive
    diseases, previously thought to be impossible to fix, that got
    him connected to some of the world’s most renowned
    doctors.
    Since then, he’s been recruited to the Priority Health
    Academy as a medical lecturer, helping educate doctors on
    the holistic approach to gut health, and inflammatory bowel
    disease.
    You can connect with Josh on FB & IG @Josh Dech and find his podcast ReversABLE on all platforms.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

DBOCV ,

All the feels!

I’ve been following this podcaster on social media for a while and have recently learned about podcasts. I find this podcast to be so refreshing and uplifting after a year of road bumps with my son. So I’m thankful for these episodes because all of my feelings from good to bad are validated and felt by so many parents! Looking forward to finishing past and staying up to date with future episodes! Thank you so much for this podcast it has definitely been a form of therapy for me.

Living Life with Casadee ,

Relatable

It is so powerful to feel like our journey is not a solo trip. Thanks to the brave people who have decided to open the doors to their world and share truths, fears, challenges, joys, accomplishments and all of the crazy emotions despite how hard it can be to do so. You make a difference and it matters. ❤️

dlp5192 ,

Amazing

Amazing ! So much insight into the future and so informative 💙

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