87 episodes

If you are raising a child diagnosed with autism this podcast is for you. Every week, we talk about ALL things that go hand in hand with our unique parenting journey.
info@notyouraverageautismmom.com

Not Your Average Autism Mom Shannon Urquiola

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

If you are raising a child diagnosed with autism this podcast is for you. Every week, we talk about ALL things that go hand in hand with our unique parenting journey.
info@notyouraverageautismmom.com

    86. Understanding Commonalities of Dyspraxia and Autism

    86. Understanding Commonalities of Dyspraxia and Autism

    There are many similarities between autism and dyspraxia and for that reason, there are sometimes challenges in diagnosing one over the other or both. Both disorders present very similarly and in some instances, they can occur side by side.

    Some of the signs of both disorders are seen in early development, those things would include delays in sitting up, crawling, and walking as well as potty training.  Individuals with dyspraxia have difficulty articulating themselves and their brain processes the information that they want to say at a slower rate.

    Dyspraxia is known as a developmental coordination disorder and you might have also heard it referred to in the past as the “clumsy child syndrome”.

    Dyspraxia like autism will show up differently in each child from more severe challenges to lesser ones and no two people will struggle with the same symptoms.  Diagnoses of both dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorders should be made only by qualified professionals.  

    Early intervention is critical and what is important is that your child gets the therapy they need that focuses on the difficulties they are having right now. 

    Have you checked out our PRIVATE SISTERHOOD?

    You should see all the training, resources, coaching, and above all, community available inside.

    We are an amazing group of women who are all traveling this unique autism parenting journey and we would love you have you join us.

    Get all the details at www.notyouraverageautismmom.com

    • 18 min
    85. Understanding Pragmatic Language

    85. Understanding Pragmatic Language

    Pragmatic language by definition is the social skills that we use in our daily interactions with others. This includes conversation skills, the use of non-verbal communication skills, understanding non-literal language, and interpreting and expressing emotions.

    Does your child have a difficult time interacting with others? Do they have a hard time starting a conversation or engaging in back and forth conversation? Do they struggle with reading body language or understanding personal space? If so, then I am hopeful that this episode will be helpful.

    Whether your child is verbal or not, while the difficulties they face are different, there are still some communication challenges that our non-verbal kiddos have when it comes to pragmatic language. We know that just because a child is considered non-verbal, that does not mean that they don't learn to communicate.

    Think about how many unwritten rules our society has that influence our behavior? These are the exact things that make our children’s world so confusing because they don’t just “get it”.

    So many opportunities throughout our day are speech opportunities even the smallest tasks. Ask questions, and have them elaborate on things that they say.

    It is so important that we focus on bridging the gap in pragmatic language deficits for our children, it can make a huge difference in the way they are able to interact and navigate their world.

    Have you checked out our PRIVATE SISTERHOOD?  

    You should see all the training, resources, coaching, and above all, community available inside.  

    We are an amazing group of women who are all traveling this unique autism parenting journey and we would love you have you join us.  

    Get all the details at www.notyouraverageautismmom.com 

    • 19 min
    84. Helping them Find their way in Relationships and Dating

    84. Helping them Find their way in Relationships and Dating

    In today's episode I am talking about traveling into the uncharted territory we face when our kids become interested in dating and romantic relationships. This time calls for some BIG conversations, so come on, join me as I dive in.  

    Our teenagers develop sexually in the same way as other teens but they have to build the skill-set to navigate it. Like so many other things, it doesn’t come naturally to them.

    Studies tell us that people with autism often experience feelings and emotions stronger than those without autism, yet, they are often misunderstood because they don’t exhibit them in the same way neurotypical people do.

    When they or someone they are with says NO what does that mean? They need to understand boundaries and respect the other person's boundaries.

    What are the qualities that a boyfriend or a girlfriend would like?  Also, talk about what they would like in a boyfriend or girlfriend? What qualities are important to them? What do they think is important in a relationship and why?

    They might ask questions, are you prepared?  You should be.  

    If you are ready to join an AMAZING SISTERHOOD of women who are all traveling this journey, click the link below for all the details.  

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    • 18 min
    83. Assessing Your Child's IEP

    83. Assessing Your Child's IEP

    How do I know if my child's IEP is good or good enough?  Such a common question.  

    Today I am giving you things to consider when assessing your child's IEP.  What are some red flags?  What is and isn't ok?  

    Questions to ask so that you understand the goals on your child's IEP and when 80% mastery is not ok.  

    I talk about what you should always do and what I don't recommend that you do.  An IEP should be focused on where they are headed and not focused on their deficits right now.  The goal is to give them the services and accommodations to help those lacking skills emerge.  

    If you want to learn more about special education be sure to check out all of the benefits in our Private SISTERHOOD.

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    • 21 min
    82. Relationship Dynamics in the Teen Years

    82. Relationship Dynamics in the Teen Years

    Teenage years are hard, without a doubt.  As their dependency on us and our need to care for them and control their world shifts, it can be super uncomfortable for both them and us.

    In today's episode, I am talking about the most common things that come up when I am coaching moms of teens or pre-teens.  I am giving you strategies I hope will help you navigate through this time with less resistance from them and for you, less frustration.  

    I also talk about parenting from a place of faith and hope instead of from fear.  I see many parents who parent from a place of fear and that is never recommended and in this episode, I talk about what that means and why it isn't effective.  

    If you are feeling alone on your journey or maybe you are looking for other moms to connect with who understand your day-to-day challenges, be sure that you check out all of the benefits available to you in our PRIVATE SISTERHOOD.

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    • 25 min
    81. Toe Walking and Autism

    81. Toe Walking and Autism

    In this episode, I am talking about one of the behaviors that many parents see in their child diagnosed with autism and that is toe walking.  What is toe walking?  What should you do or not do if you are concerned about your child's toe walking?  

    Research tells us that as many as 25% of autistic children engage in some form of toe walking.

    Toe walking isn’t specific to autism but it is more common in children with autism than other forms of developmental delays.  

    If you are looking for a community of amazing women to connect with who are all traveling this same unique autism parenting journey, please be sure to check out our private membership and all of the benefits you get as a member.

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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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Blakers 💙 ,

BEST PODCAST! For anyone raising a child w/autism🧩

Absolutely love listening to this podcast , it has helped me so much with stuff I didn’t understand or stuff I’m now dealing with . I’m a single parent raising a child with autism and it can be confusing, overwhelming . But since I have been listening to your podcast , it has given me hope ! THANK YOU 💙

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You’ve seriously saved me with what I’ve been listening to. I’m happy to report my son and I have a much better/easier relationship and same with my husband. Went from everyday is a struggle to maybe 1 day a month I feel was just flat out bad. I cannot thank you enough!!
I am not a parent of a child diagnosed with autism, and this was still very relevant to all parents. Common behavioral issues are addressed and now to properly navigate them in a healthy way. If you’re a momma just thinking you’re doing everything wrong but, you’re trying-this is for you!! Constant affirmations that simply state if you’re trying, you’re succeeding. If I could give it more stars, I would!!

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