Living the Sky Life - Our Autism Journey

By Laurie Hellmann

This podcast comes to you from a very tired, slightly slap happy and eternally hopeful warrior mom of a young adult son with severe, non-verbal autism.  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.  

  1. 1.
    S2: Episode 94 - Dynamic neurodiverse parents, raising 2 little girls on the spectrum, have created ways to both educate & support other special needs families
    44:35
  2. 2.
    S2: Episode 93 - (Solo Episode) Ulcerative Colitis & other autoimmune issues... that aren't "just a part of autism!"
    22:39
  3. 3.
    S2: Episode 92 - At 25, Emily typed her first words "I have been buried under years of dust." Those words would become the title of her memoir co-written with her mom.
    43:49
  4. 4.
    S2: Episode 91 - Through personal experience & trial and error with her son, this autism mom literally wrote the book on how diets and nutrition can dramatically impact individuals with autism
    40:56
  5. 5.
    S2: Episode 90 - As a blogger, wife & mom of 3, this 'zookeeper' shares the ups and downs parenting a unique family dynamic with honesty & laughter
    54:15
  6. 6.
    S2: Episode 89 - An incredible bond between brothers who recognize the 'spectrum of possibilities' for those with autism
    33:46
  7. 7.
    S2: Episode 88 - A mother's journey to acceptance and navigating the world of residential care
    1:00:23
  8. 8.
    S2: Episode 87 - Chatting about perspective, believing in yourself and staying positive when experiencing trauma and all of the ups and downs in life
    36:18
  1. 9.
    S2: Episode 86 - Raising an autistic teenage son solo while providing encouragement & support to other autism moms through coaching
    1:11:02
  2. 10.
    S2: Episode 85 - A mother & daughter team up and spread awareness & education about autism throughout elementary school & beyond
    1:03:13
  3. 11.
    S2: Episode 84 - Listening to your gut & following your instincts to uncover your child's complex medical needs that aren't "just a part of autism."
    1:07:08
  4. 12.
    S2: Episode 83 - Delving into the connection between motor function and speech delay with an experienced speech therapist and author
    52:27
  5. 13.
    S2: Episode 82 - A sibling's perspective on growing up with autism
    54:08
  6. 14.
    S2: Episode 81 - A dedicated mom who wrote a children's book about her son & is actively making an impact within her local community to spread autism awareness
    41:44
  7. 15.
    S2: Episode 80 - A very inspiring and educational conversation with the one and only - Temple Grandin
    56:37
  8. 16.
    S2: Episode 79 - Discussing continued learning, ignoring timelines and the importance of focusing on what your child CAN do and not on the things they're currently NOT doing
    1:04:12
  9. 17.
    S2; Episode 78 - Transitioning an adult son to independent living with an incredible non-profit organization, STARC and an entire community supporting them
    58:12
  10. 18.
    S2: Episode 77 - Chatting with an optimistic mom who views perceived 'failures' as learning opportunities
    52:37
  11. 19.
    S2: Episode 76 - Leading the charge to support autistic adults who wish to secure employment and pursue their passions
    1:06:08
  12. 20.
    S2: Episode 74 - With a diagnosis of autism and significant feeding challenges, this mom & blogger shares her daughter's journey to provide encouragement and connection to other families.
    34:59
  13. 21.
    S2: Episode 75 - Helping her local community and beyond, this non-profit owner shares her experiences as a special-needs sibling and supports those with disabilities
    59:46
  14. 22.
    S2: Episode 73 - (Solo Episode) My baby turns 18!! Talking about ALL my feelings now that Skyler is officially an adult!
    20:58
  15. 23.
    S2: Episode 72 - Chatting with autism mom and owner of ND Renegade about the importance of encouraging the neurodiverse population to stand proud and embrace their differences
    37:42
  16. 24.
    S2: Episode - 71 - Two inspirational moms on a mission to provide a lifespan of autism services... when they couldn't find what they needed, they started their own non-profit
    39:19
  17. 25.
    S2: Episode 70 - Inviting the world into our autism journey through books, blogging and a great sense of humor
    54:47
  18. 26.
    S2: Episode 69 - "Be Kind To Everyone" and provide all children with opportunities to learn job skills & find joy in everything they do
    1:04:54
  19. 27.
    S2: Episode 68 - An inspirational mom who encourages her adult son to be independent and follow his passion for art
    59:18
  20. 28.
    S2: Episode 67 - Discussing the abuse & mistreatment of special needs children within the education system
    47:46
  21. 29.
    S2: Episode 66 - The reality of caring full-time for your special needs adult with minimal options for services or assistance
    57:49
  22. 30.
    S2: Episode 65 - An autism diagnosis affects the entire family but with multiple children on the spectrum, parenting requires a special balancing act
    51:37
  23. 31.
    S2: Episode 64 - Tapping into our young adult's passions to encourage employment opportunities
    56:04
  24. 32.
    S2: Episode 63 - Differing emotion but similar experience - learning from a podcasting, autism dad who's an "open book"
    42:48
  25. 33.
    S2: Episode 62 - The link between communication delays, negative behaviors and GI disorders... How a diagnosis of Crohn's Disease provided a clearer understanding of the connection
    1:00:10
  26. 34.
    S2: Episode 61 - A journey to acceptance & unconditional love; for our children and ourselves
    1:05:41
  27. 35.
    S2: Episode 60 - Saying goodbye to 2020 and sharing my personal takeaways from a highly unpredictable year!
    22:36
  28. 36.
    S2: Episode 59 - O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree ... How Stressful You Are to Me!
    19:02
  29. 37.
    S2: Episode 58 - Chatting with a mom featured in the documentary "Far From the Tree" about advocating for the non-verbal autistics who type to communicate
    56:06
  30. 38.
    S2: Episode 57 - Catching up & going beyond her well known title of 'autism mom' with Finding Cooper's Voice founder, Kate Swenson
    53:48
  31. 39.
    S2: Episode 56 - An autism mom & author who is on a mission to generate awareness and inclusion within school systems countrywide through her children's book series
    57:49
  32. 40.
    S2: Episode 55 - Podcast host, writer & educator; this amazing mother helps other caregivers find their passion & fulfill their own dreams
    37:06
  33. 41.
    S2: Episode 54 - Author, mother and advocate for the well being & emotional support of special needs mothers
    44:55
  34. 42.
    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
    46:06
  35. 43.
    S2: Episode 52 - DD coffee lover, CIO & founder of The Caffeinated Advocate, blogger, author, editor and very vocal champion for all persons with disabilities
    47:38
  36. 44.
    S2: Episode 51 - Blogger (Love Hope and Autism), Co-Author ("You are not alone..."), Twin mom and vocal advocate for all persons with disabilities
    56:22
  37. 45.
    S2. Episode 50 - Author, Autism Mom, Co-founder of the nonprofit Labeled & Loved and so much more...
    1:02:02
  38. 46.
    Episode 49 - Season 1 Wrap-Up and Recap!!
    15:33
  39. 47.
    Episode 48 - A candid conversation with my daughter Kendall about mental health and growing up with a severely autistic sibling
    35:54
  40. 48.
    Episode 47 - Communication comes in many forms... Spelling to Communicate is helping those with non-verbal ASD express thoughts and feelings
    1:02:14
  41. 49.
    Episode 46 - SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY... important tips for emergency situations
    1:00:24
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    Episode 45 - An unexpected special education teaching assignment then becoming a special needs mom... God has a plan and helps us prepare for what's coming
    1:04:33

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