Stacy and Anne are moms with young adults who have autism. Between the two of them, they've experienced many things as they've raised their kids. Now, they are learning to be moms of special needs adults who live with them. Join them as they talk about all things autism, no holds barred. It's a real, raw ongoing dialogue full of tears and laughter.
Building healthy family relationships and helping your child with their writing
In this episode Stacy and Anne unpack some writing/homework hacks for kids in school along with the ever present problem of being there for the siblings of a high need child. How do you cultivate healthy relationships and keep things from getting too competitive or having the other siblings become resentful of the time given to the special needs child. How do you balance your own needs, the needs of your other children and your special needs child? We don't have the answers, but we have some thoughts, right here today on Moms Unpacking Autism.
How do our own Fears go into making decision for our ASD kids?
It's hard to make decisions and sometimes our fears really get in the way. Who's fear is it anyway - our children's, ours, our partners? We all have fears and sometimes they really get in the way. Join us this week as we unpack this topic.
The Autism Shutdown, Moms Unpacking Autism
Autism shut downs happen. Things get confusing, the mind muddles and then bam, all functions shut down for maybe a long period of time. The pressure is too much. Or on a smaller scale your child will fall asleep in the strangest places. It's a scary situation and if you don't know what's going on you are prone to many diagnosis errors and much heartache. Listen as Stacy and Anne begin to unpack this from a mom's perspective.Join our Facebook Page Moms Unpacking Autism. Or watch us on YouTube.
Moms Unpacking Autism, Ep 8, Special Needs Parenting and your Marriage
In this really raw and vulnerable talk, Anne and her husband of 30 years talk about the complexities that they had in their marriage as they tried to raise their special needs child. Marriage is hard under the best of circumstances. Raising special needs children is not for the faint of heart and unfortunately, nothing that anyone chooses. We get the kids we get and then we have to figure out how to raise them and sometimes it is not easy, especially when the answers are not available. Some sources say that there could be up to an 80% divorce rate among families of special needs children. Even though this statistic has been debunked and some say that special needs kids can help your marriage grow stronger, there are many complexities that lie behind this tender relationship. Join us as we unpack some of the issues that we experienced. We weathered the storm, but what matters is that you come out in a place of better health and support in the end.
Moms Unpacking Autism, Ep 7 Driving Woes of the ASD Young Adult
Whether or not your adult child with ASD has a drivers license is based on many things such as motor skills (pun intended), anxiety level and other things. Some ASD adults are able to drive and do it well, while others are unable to drive for various reasons. Some are able to drive but are too anxious or overwhelmed by the DMV (who isn't?), test taking and driving with a stranger in the car. There are so many things we just don't think of!Join Stacy and Anne as we unpack this topic. Stacy is currently fretting over her son's lack of driving. Anne's daughter got her license when she was 18. Together they have an active discussion filled with tips and topics as they unpack autism and driving.
Moms Unpacking Autism, Ep 6, Mom Friends
Raising an ASD kid can lead to great loneliness for the moms. Many give up their job, their career and stay home full time with a child that may have too many challenges to take out of the house. Are you bound by your routine and all of the needs your child has? Moms of ASD kids also struggle with shame, blame and others not understanding their child. Perhaps their child doesn't get invited to the parties and thus neither do you because people are uncomfortable with the unpredictable behavior your special needs child exhibits. There are just so many reasons to experience isolation.But moms of special needs kids need friends as much as every other mom, if not more! We need people who "get" us and our kid. We need to go out and let our hair down with our girlfriends! Join Stacy and Anne as they unpack this topic today.
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Very honest conversations
Raising a special needs child and also young adult is tough. Parents need support, especially the moms. These two moms sprinkle raw honestly with humor and talk about the challenges of raising kids on the spectrum and how they’ve made it through to adulthood. It doesn’t stop there... the challenges are still real and they are not afraid to be transparent and open about all they face in order to help other moms along the way.