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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 • 35 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.

    Vacation Strategies for Special Needs Families with Dawn Barclays

    Vacation Strategies for Special Needs Families with Dawn Barclays

     Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast tackles the world of travel for families with kids with Autism as well as other special needs. Dawn Barclay, book author and writer of travel, shares with us her new book, Traveling Different -Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse. Dawn makes traveling more possible with this encouraging book and the wonderful tips she gives in this episode. Be a more confident parent by following her thoughtfully researched strategies and resources. Predictability is key in setting up a stress-free trip for you and your children. Dawn Barclay suggests introducing the concept of travel by starting small and local, along with an overnight at a friend or relative’s house. Think through each activity’s pacing and preparedness. Use programs like Wings for Autism, TSA Cares and Certified Autism Travel Professionals to help you plan a predictable trip. Dawn talks about so much more including the 16 questions you should ask cruises and tours about how autism friendly they are. Join us to learn how to plan your families upcoming summer vacation! Click on the book title to pre-order her book, Traveling Different - Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse. 
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    Dawn Barclay is an award-winning author with 30 years of working in the travel industry. She worked for her parent’s firm, Barclay Travel Ltd and then began travel trade reporting with senior or contributing editor positions at Travel Agent Magazine, Travel Life, Travel Market Report and recently Travel Report. She also writes fiction as D.M. Barr. She is available for speaking engagements and loves to hear from her readers at dawnbarclayauthor@gmail.com. To pre-order her book Traveling Different - Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse, click on the title of the book. 

    • 44 min
    Raising Children with BIG Emotions

    Raising Children with BIG Emotions

    Does your child have big emotions, which are loud or quiet? Do you as a caregiver or parent have a challenging time with these emotions? In today’s episode  Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast talks with a Psychologist, Parenting Specialist, host of Your Parenting Long Game podcast, and creator of The Long Game Method, Rachel Bailey, about raising children with big emotions. Rachel works with families to develop a long game parenting plan instead of using band-aid strategies to address kids’ emotions. Annette and Rachel talk about tips on how to regulate yourself in difficult family situations as well as Rachel Bailey’s three pillars of working on your child’s big emotions. So, join us to learn some very useful parenting strategies you can start with right now and how you can get further training on The Long Game Method from Rachel herself!
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    Rachel Bailey is a mom of two girls, a Clinical Psychologist, Parenting Specialist, host of Your Parenting Long Game Podcast, and teacher of The Long Game Method. For over the past decade she has taught parents and children the tools for improving behavior, motivation, resilience, and self-esteem. Prior to working with parents, she was an ADHD coach, intensive in-home mentor, and psychotherapist for children, adolescents, and adults. Rachel is a frequent speaker at schools, companies, and community groups. 

    • 44 min
    What's Happening in the World of Disability?

    What's Happening in the World of Disability?

    What are the latest updates and happenings in the World of Disability? Annette Hines host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast gives tips on navigating the Social Security office reopening, the current state of employment and job coaching programs, and the latest in healthcare including the funding of healthcare, research, and institutional bias. Please join Annette as she explores these crucially important topics that affect our kids, families, caregivers, and parents in the disability community. 
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    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.

    • 25 min
    Teaching Kids Executive Function Skills with Gaming with Dr. Randy Kulman

    Teaching Kids Executive Function Skills with Gaming with Dr. Randy Kulman

    How do you empower your teen with ASD, ADHD and executive functioning challenges to transfer their video games skills into real life success?  Dr. Randy Kulman, clinical psychologist, author, and founder and president of LearningWorks for Kids joins Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast to talk about his work with teens using the power of playing video games. Having a healthy balance of play is important in developing personal skills your teen will use in their adult life. Dr. Randy Kulman works with teens to detect their developed skills in video game playing, reflects on those skills and connects the skills for the teen into real world. This person-centered planning strategy helps to find a teen’s natural inclination and teaches them to use it in the real world. What are the types of play and how do you leverage one kind of play with the other? How do you encourage a healthy balance in their play diet? Tune in to find out more and learn about how your teen could benefit from LW4K.com  programs using the coupon code Podcast 04. We would love to hear what you think about our episode. Please leave a comment!
     
    Dr. Randy Kulman. is the founder of LearningWorks for Kids an educational technology company that specializes in using video games to teach executive-functioning and academic skills. He conducts neuropsychological evaluations of children with executive functioning and attention difficulties at South County Child and Family Consultants in Rhode Island. His latest project is LW4K.com  a live, online, small-group executive function tutoring program that uses games such as Minecraft and Roblox to practice and improve executive functions. Dr. Randy Kulman is the author of  Train Your Brain for Success: A Teenager's Guide to Executive Function,  Playing Smarter in a Digital World, and  The Gaming Overload Workbook.  His current research projects include the development of a parent and teacher scale for assessing executive-functioning skills in children and a large survey study examining how children with ADHD and Autism use popular video games and apps. 

    • 43 min
    How to Support Your Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing Child

    How to Support Your Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing Child

    Don’t focus on what you can’t do, but what you CAN do is great advice from Dr. Michelle Hu  on raising a deaf and/or hard of hearing child. Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast, talks with Dr. Michelle Hu, pediatric audiologist, mom, and hard of hearing herself about her life’s journey and creating  Mama Hu Hears website, and an online course, "My Child Has Hearing Loss, Now What?"  where parents can find guidance and resources to be prepared in supporting their deaf and/or hard of hearing child. With majority of deaf children born to hearing parents, advocating for your child requires experience with school resources, and medical professionals. Dr. Michelle Hu has taken her 39 years of experience and created an online course to save time and worry for parents. What is Michelle’s top three tips to families? Listen in to learn her great advice and inspirational words to those in the deaf and hard of hearing community. We would love to hear what you think about our episode. Please leave a comment!
     
    Michelle Hu has been a pediatric audiologist for over 12 years working specifically with the diagnosis, hearing amplification, cochlear implant evaluation, programming, and aural rehabilitation. Something unique about her is that she grew up hard of hearing herself. She was fit with hearing aids at 3 years and now utilizes bilateral cochlear implants. Her personal experience lends to her uncanny ability to relate and be a role model for others with hearing loss and source of strength and hope for parents of children with hearing loss. As a military spouse and mother of three, Michelle strives to balance family life, clinical practice, and entrepreneurship. During maternity leave with her second child, she found herself missing the relationships created in the clinic with patients and parents. Thus, Mama Hu Hears was created as a space where she shares personal and professional experiences with hearing loss and the field of audiology.

    • 40 min
    Helping Your Child Be Successful In School with Jessika Shields

    Helping Your Child Be Successful In School with Jessika Shields

    How do you help your child be successful in school? Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast talks with Jessika Shields, licensed educational psychologist, former teacher, parent of four, owner of a parent mentoring company Stronger Minds, Stronger Youth, and host of Parent Them Successful podcast, about how to utilize your schools best resource, the school psychologist. Inside schools, the educational psychologist plays many roles to support students including educational assessments, one-to-one and group therapy as well as crisis management. Outside of the school, an educational psychologist can provide a clinical diagnosis, offer a neutral voice in an educational assessment, and coach parents on advocating for their child’s needs in school. Listen in on the top three tips Jessika Shields shares with Annette Hines about what parents should do to get the most benefits for their children in working with their in-school psychologist. This episode is full of great information for parents! Please tune in! We would love to hear what you think about our episode. Please leave a comment!
     
    Jessika Shields is an educator and licensed educational psychologist with nearly 20 years of experience in education. Her extensive career has been built upon these two principles – educating and helping others achieve more. As a wife and mother of four, she knows all too well the challenges that come with trying to do what is in the best interest of your child while trying to navigate the roadblocks that sometimes get in the way of their success, and this is why she founded Stronger Minds, Stronger Youth , a go-to resource for parent mentoring and parent education. Jessika has a passion for helping you break down barriers that may be holding your child back from succeeding academically, socially, and emotionally. Even several Southern California school districts have contracted with Jessika to bring her expert advice to their parent populations, but her favorite type of work is the direct work she does with individuals like you!
     
    In addition, she is the host of the  Parent Them Successful podcast where she continues to share a wealth of knowledge to help parents gain a sense of control over their children’s education, growth, and development. Jessika Shields utilizes both her company and podcast to provide parents with support that help them make meaningful connections that empower them to go from guessing about what to actionable steps to take next in finding solutions to problems that arise, and Jessika is your trusted guide that will help you get there. 
     

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

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! 🙌

Pam Godbois ,

Annette and her podcast, absolute gems!

Annette’s passion for creating a space for special needs families to feel supported and guided is top notch. This podcast offers so much great information and so many amazing stories, it is a must listen! Thank you for all your hard work!

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