55 episodes

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 - Our Autism Journey Laurie Hellmann

    • Parenting
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

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.  

    S2: Episode 54 - Author, mother and advocate for the well being & emotional support of special needs mothers

    S2: Episode 54 - Author, mother and advocate for the well being & emotional support of special needs mothers

    Julie Hornok has over fifteen years of autism industry experience as a parent, non-profit founder, behavioral program facilitator, global interviewer, speaker & award-winning author of the book United in Autism: Finding Strength Inside the Spectrum. Her daughter, Lizzie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two & as her daughter made good progress, Julie poured her freed-up energy into providing emotional support, community-building events for special needs moms through her non-profit Labeled & Loved.

    • 44 min
    S2: Episode 53 - Author of Sunlight Burning at Midnight & new podcaster of Coffee with Caregivers, this inspirational mom of 8 has an incredible attitude & outlook rooted in faith

    S2: Episode 53 - Author of Sunlight Burning at Midnight & new podcaster of Coffee with Caregivers, this inspirational mom of 8 has an incredible attitude & outlook rooted in faith

    Jess Ronne is an author, speaker, podcast host, documentary producer & caregiver advocate.  She is founder & executive director of The Lucas Project—a non-profit dedicated to providing recognition, resources & respite for special needs families. She & her husband Ryan live in Tennessee with their 8 children, including their son Lucas who has profound special needs. Her story of beauty from ashes is detailed in her memoir Sunlight Burning at Midnight. 

    • 46 min
    S2: Episode 52 - DD coffee lover, CIO & founder of The Caffeinated Advocate, blogger, author, editor and very vocal champion for all persons with disabilities

    S2: Episode 52 - DD coffee lover, CIO & founder of The Caffeinated Advocate, blogger, author, editor and very vocal champion for all persons with disabilities

    From the Pittsburgh, PA area, Catherine Hughes is a mother to Christian who is on the autism spectrum. She is a passionate advocate, innovative storyteller & community strategist. Catherine is an international best-selling author & editor of multiple books. Her long-awaited memoir, Imprisoned No More: A Mother and Son Embrace Autism and Journey to Freedom released in August 2020. Catherine has managed a blog & social media platforms as The Caffeinated Advocate since 2018. 

    • 47 min
    S2: Episode 51 - Blogger (Love Hope and Autism), Co-Author ("You are not alone..."), Twin mom and vocal advocate for all persons with disabilities

    S2: Episode 51 - Blogger (Love Hope and Autism), Co-Author ("You are not alone..."), Twin mom and vocal advocate for all persons with disabilities

    Christina Abernethy is a dedicated wife, mother of three, and passionate advocate for people impacted by disabilities. She is the founder of Love, Hope and Autism and is proud to be the coordinator for Changing Spaces Pennsylvania, a movement to build accessible restrooms with powered height adjustable adult sized changing tables across communities to promote inclusion. She also works as a Family Support and Community Engagement Specialist at Achieving True Self, supporting families like hers.

    • 56 min
    S2. Episode 50 - Author, Autism Mom, Co-founder of the Labeled & Loved non-profit and so much more...

    S2. Episode 50 - Author, Autism Mom, Co-founder of the Labeled & Loved non-profit and so much more...

    Dr. Lisa Peña is a clinical pharmacist, public speaker & busy mom of three including a daughter with a unique subset of autism called, pathological demand avoidance (PDA). Dr. Peña is a co-founder of the nonprofit Labeled & Loved and director of the nonprofit’s annual weekend retreat for mother's with special needs children. She is a Today Parenting team contributor, the writer behind the website/blog The M.o.C.h.A. Diaries & author of “Waiting for the Light Bulb: the ramblings of a crazy, gritty mom.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 49 - Season 1 Wrap-Up and Recap!!

    Episode 49 - Season 1 Wrap-Up and Recap!!

    Wow!!  What a jam packed first season of Living the Sky Life!  I want to extend my sincere thanks to all of the many incredible guests who took the time to chat with me and I'm equally as grateful to ALL of the thousands of listeners each week!  Your feedback and encouragement has made hosting this podcast so much fun and rewarding... so, THANK YOU!  I sure hope Season 2 is even more memorable - keep subscribing and sharing so no one misses a single episode. 

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Dadof2Ts ,

Perfect mix of knowledge and heart

Laurie is such a great guide sharing her journey as a mom of teen (and soon to be adult) son on the spectrum) as well as through discussions with the guests on each episode.

ReebMac ,

Host is so real - I feel understood!

I absolutely love this podcast. I am a special needs mom with a rare kiddo who is unusual in many ways. I hear other people talking and discussing issues about behavior and feeding and anxiety, and it’s great to know we are not alone. Love the host - she is so real and honest! My new favorite podcast!

Sitalox ,

Wow

This is the podcast that you’re definitely gonna wanna take a listen to. Laurie does such an amazing job not interviewing her guests, but sitting down and actually talking to them. This podcast feels so completely and totally genuine, and NOT scripted. Pull out your tissue, relate or learn awareness with her and her guests.

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