100 episodes

Parenting: Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast is a podcast dedicated to giving compassionate advice for all stages of life. Our conversations revolve around the entire special needs community including those with autism, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health issues and more.

Parents and experts (and sometimes parents who are experts!) discuss a whole host of issues facing the special needs community including raising children with different abilities, transitioning into adulthood, sibling challenges and how to effectively navigate the complex systems in our world.

We offer inspiration, support, expertise and a wide range of discussions that will help you survive and thrive as you support your loved one with special needs. Imagine yourself having coffee with a friend and discussing all the important challenges in your life – but your best friend is an expert!

Hosted by Attorney Annette Hines, special needs mom, author of the best-selling book Butterflies and Second Chances, national expert speaker, writer and contributor to publications, and founder of the Special Needs Law Group based In Massachusetts, Annette has regular guests that include experts in the field of special needs, siblings that offer stories and survival tips with a positive message.

Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast Annette Hines

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

Parenting: Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast is a podcast dedicated to giving compassionate advice for all stages of life. Our conversations revolve around the entire special needs community including those with autism, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health issues and more.

Parents and experts (and sometimes parents who are experts!) discuss a whole host of issues facing the special needs community including raising children with different abilities, transitioning into adulthood, sibling challenges and how to effectively navigate the complex systems in our world.

We offer inspiration, support, expertise and a wide range of discussions that will help you survive and thrive as you support your loved one with special needs. Imagine yourself having coffee with a friend and discussing all the important challenges in your life – but your best friend is an expert!

Hosted by Attorney Annette Hines, special needs mom, author of the best-selling book Butterflies and Second Chances, national expert speaker, writer and contributor to publications, and founder of the Special Needs Law Group based In Massachusetts, Annette has regular guests that include experts in the field of special needs, siblings that offer stories and survival tips with a positive message.

    Depression and Stress in Teens: What to Look for and When to Seek Help

    Depression and Stress in Teens: What to Look for and When to Seek Help

    Annette Hines host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast Co-Founder and President Elliot Kallen of A Brighter Day an organization created in memory of Kallen's son who committed suicide. A Brighter Day in San Ramon, CA provides resources for teens and their parents to reduce stress and depression and prevent teen suicide.
    His research uncovered shocking facts such as higher suicide rates in more affluent communities and the frightening impact of social media on increasing teen depression. Suicide is preventable. Kallen shares ways that families can support their teens through ways such as modeling how to enjoy life, slowing down, eating a daily cell-phone-free family meal, asking probing questions to learn about your teen and what's happening in their life.  Concerning signs to look for include anxious body language, changes in sleeping and eating habits, hopelessness--no idea for tomorrow, concerning websites your teen is visiting and friend activities. Find help and resources as a teen or a parent clicking here: https://abrighterday.org. We would love to hear what you think about this episode. Please leave a comment: https://bit.ly/3yfQsIv

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ninety-Day Goals and Tolerations

    Ninety-Day Goals and Tolerations

    Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast hosts a minisode to address how to combat feelings of being unmotivated or uninterested in life. When you recognize that you're a little off, it's probably time to sit and reflect on your goals and make a list to identify your tolerations.  Ask yourself: "What am I tolerating in my life that I should not be putting up with?"  Tolerations can be simple or complex to resolve. Once you start to identify and categorize your tolerations into themes, you can can create action steps and goals to resolve them for the next 90 days or year. When you start making progress and crossing items off of your list, the emotional benefit is huge.
    Please send Annette your tolerations. What are you tolerating in your life? She really wants to hear back from you. Click here: https://specialneedscompanies.com/podcasts/ to submit your comments or email her at: hello@specialneedsfamilyservices.com

    • 15 min
    John Felageller, father, Special Education teacher, & blogger shares a dad's perspective on disability parenting

    John Felageller, father, Special Education teacher, & blogger shares a dad's perspective on disability parenting

    Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast starts the podcast talking about her recent live video post in the Circle of Care Facebook private group open to anyone in the disability community in which she asked: "If I could do one thing for you today to make your life better, what would it be? Dream big." Coming from a place of gratitude, Annette shares how important the gift of service is through asking others how we can help. 
    Being a servant leader to your family and community is one of the healthy, necessary roles for dads that John Felageller shares based on his experience as a single father raising his son, Christopher who has non-verbal autism.  John explains how essential his faith and social communities were to the development of his role as a dad and learning disability parenting.  His communities foster the response of giving back to others after receiving support ourselves and sharing resources.  John's service to others in the disability community has flourished through almost 20 years in education, serving as teacher, mentor, and director, and author.  He currently serves as Ministry Relations Manager at Joni and Friends Chicago and a Special Education teacher in Chicago and is a regular contributor to Key Ministry’s Special Needs Family blog, as well as other special needs blogs including Hope Anew and The Mighty. You can read John's encouraging messages on his Facebook page: John's Blog for Special Needs Parents and learn more about his work on his website: www.johnfelageller.com

    • 45 min
    Ryan Rydzewski, co-author of When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids

    Ryan Rydzewski, co-author of When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids

    Annette Hines host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast starts the podcast reflecting on the role of fathers in the disability community.  With Father's Day approaching, Annette Hines will interview three different guests who are fathers and share unique perspectives from mothers.
    Our topic in this episode is about honoring the worth of all people and the universal need to be seen that are fundamental in the lasting values Fred Rogers taught in the Neighborhood. Annette Hines talks with Ryan Rydzewski, co-author of When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids about Fred Rogers' enduring legacy and how his lessons continue to serve children and adults alike to ensure we sustain an accepting, curious society. 
    Ryan Rydzewski is an award-winning author, reporter, and speechwriter whose science and education stories span everything from schools to space travel to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His book, When You Wonder, You’re Learning explores the tools Fred Rogers implemented such as curiosity, creativity, and collaboration and ways families can follow his lead.  Fred was intentional every day in practicing kindness, and his values of all humanity and loving your neighbor are so pertinent to the disability community because so often we feel unwelcome, unseen, and other in our neighborhoods. Fred Rogers understood 'other' and he welcomed in everyone and made them feel seen.  We highly recommend the book, and you can learn more about Ryan Rydzewski and his book by clicking here: ryanrydzewski.com.
    We would love to hear what you think about this episode. Please leave a comment!

    • 51 min
    Lenora Edwards, M.S. CCC-SLP of BetterSpeech.com

    Lenora Edwards, M.S. CCC-SLP of BetterSpeech.com

     Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast starts the podcast honoring the memory of disability advocate,  and mom Julie Beckett, who passed at the age of 72. Julie is a champion in the disability community who fought to allow children with disabilities to live at home while receiving care covered by Medicaid. The Katie Beckett Waiver, named after her daughter, has changed so many families’ lives for the better. 
    Since our topic in this episode is about changing people’s lives, Annette Hines talks with Lenora Edwards of BetterSpeech.com. about using this innovative virtual speech and language service right in the comfort of your own home! Lenora Edwards is a speech and language pathologist along with over 150 other licensed therapists with an average of 10 years of experience, available nationwide. BetterSpeech.com offers a free 30-minute consultation on how BetterSpeech.com might help you or your loved one. The disability community has been greatly impacted by mask-wearing and working with a speech and language pathologist can bring about progress if you cannot find a pathologist in your area for a young child or elder this can be an incredible resource. Areas they offer help with can include voice disorders, stuttering and fluency, reading readiness, speech sound disorders and learning to create proper facial expressions. In addition, their clients also have access to a “practice library” so adults and little ones can practice on their own what they are learning in the virtual therapy sessions. So if you are interested in getting these services (which can be covered by most health insurances) please click on BetterSpeech.com.
     We would love to hear what you think about this episode. Please leave a comment!

    • 49 min
    3 Things To Consider Before Retirement with A Disabled Adult Child

    3 Things To Consider Before Retirement with A Disabled Adult Child

    Getting ready to retire and have a disabled adult child in your care? In this episode, Annette Hines host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast shares her tips on the 3 Things you should consider before you retire should you have a disabled adult child?  Annette goes into detail on updating your financials, looking at healthcare and health insurance, updating your “Circle of Care” and a bonus tip on estate and special needs planning. Please join Annette as she explores this important topic that affects our kids, families, caregivers, and parents in the disability community. 
    We would love to hear what you think about our episode. Please leave a comment!
    Attorney, mother, author, advocate and founder of Special Needs Law Group,  Special Needs Family Services,  The Special Needs Companies, and host of Parenting Impossible - The Special Needs Survival Podcast.  Annette Hines, brings personal experience with special needs to her work as the mother of two daughters, one of whom passed away from Mitochondrial disease in November 2013. This deep personal understanding of raising a child with disabilities fuels her passion for quality special needs planning.
    Annette Hines knows firsthand just how complex and overwhelming the legal systems and processes are for parents of children with special needs. Amidst the grief of losing her beloved Elizabeth, Annette realized that life was giving her a “second chance” to use her extensive legal expertise to help families who are going through the same challenges she faced. She authored her life story of her and Elizabeth’s powerful journey of hope in her memoir,
     Butterflies and Second Chances.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

jsagoe ,

Chalk full of great info

Any parent who needs a great perspective on how to get a handle on tough parenting issues can find great resources from Annette Hines! She is such a wealth of knowledge and her guests add so much value, as well!

Christykrc ,

Courageous and calming

Annette has a sweet energy that helps to explore these sensitive topics with ease and give space for information and stories to be shared. Thank you for hosting this podcast for families. So valuable!

JenDrennanRN ,

THANK YOU!

This should be part of every special needs parents coping tool box! I just stumbled upon this podcast and I am SO happy I did! As a special needs parent, I wish I had found this years ago! So much support and validation in each and every episode. I can connect on some level with every single show and that's just... WOW! All I can say is THANK YOU! I will be sharing with all of my special needs parents tribe! 🙌

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