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This show is for anyone who is raising a child with neurological differences. Being a mother of a little girl with autism and epilepsy, its time that us parents talk about what life is really like. Each week, we will discuss topics relating to the special needs parenting journey. From getting second opinions and talking about therapies, schools, and friendships to learning the tips and strategies that parents and professionals use to manage the difficulties along the way.

This show is for anyone who is raising a child with neurological differences. Being a mother of a little girl with autism and epilepsy, its time that us parents talk about what life is really like. Each week, we will discuss topics relating to the special needs parenting journey. From getting second opinions and talking about therapies, schools, and friendships to learning the tips and strategies that parents and professionals use to manage the difficulties along the way.
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This show is for anyone who is raising a child with neurological differences. Being a mother of a little girl with autism and epilepsy, its time that us parents talk about what life is really like. Each week, we will discuss topics relating to the special needs parenting journey. From getting second opinions and talking about therapies, schools, and friendships to learning the tips and strategies that parents and professionals use to manage the difficulties along the way.

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English

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408-466-3439


Episodes

024 | Decisions, How To Know You're Making The Right Ones For Your Child

6/11/2019
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One of the scariest parts of parenting a child with special needs is knowing that the direction you are leading your child is the very best one. We fear that we wont meet the needs of our kids because we don't know how to navigate this special needs world. We want to give our children the best we can but its often difficult to know what the best is. We have recently made the decision to pull Remy out of public special education. It was a big choice and one that I never anticipated making,...

Duration:00:53:53

023 | I know It's Hard But You Can Do It

5/29/2019
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Do you ever feel like your inadequate? that you don't know if you're cut out for this parenting stuff? I had a little pity party this week so I totally understand. In this episode, I talk about how you can keep your head up even though you can't see the road in front of you.

Duration:00:29:23

022 | Making Peace With Autism - With Megan Carranza

5/21/2019
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We never forget our child's first cry, first smile or the first time they start walking. Those are the milestones we dream of when picturing our future children. But we also never forget the first time we look at our child and wonder if we should be concerned with their development. Today I am talking to Megan Carranza from Adventure In Autism Podcast. She shares what it was like to receive an autism diagnosis for her son Logan, how it affected her marriage, what it was like to add 2 more...

Duration:01:15:17

021 | ABA Therapy - With Ashleigh Guich

5/7/2019
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ABA therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a common type of therapy offered to people on the spectrum. But what is ABA therapy? Today I am speaking with Ashleigh Guich, BCBA all about ABA therapy and how it's used for people with autism as well as anyone else who can benefit from changing behaviors and learning good communication skills If you like this episode, DM Ashleigh and tell her what you thought. She is also happy to help in any way with questions or inquiries Find Ashleigh...

Duration:00:55:28

020 | I Accept My Childs Diagnosis But...

4/30/2019
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Hey there, do you ever get into weird funks in life? I totally get it, Im there right now. It just seems like sometimes life gets heavy In this episode, I talk about a bunch of things. Depression, IEPs, Vaccines, Acceptance. All the stuff on my mind. But what's really on my mind is what does acceptance really mean? Can you accept your child but? I tell you what I think in this episode. Thanks for listening. With love, Jody PS Hit me up on Instagram, I would love to...

Duration:00:46:38

019 | You Are Enough

4/16/2019
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We all want to be the best parents. I remember when I was pregnant with my first son, I was going to be the best mom there ever was. I wasn't going to make all those mistakes that everyone else did. But then he was born and I realized that there is a lot of things out of my control. I wasn't able to be perfect and felt it in a way I hadn't anticipated. Fast forward to having a child with autism and epilepsy. My daughter Remy. She needed a different kind of mom. A kind that had all her...

Duration:00:25:14

018 | How Our Marriage Survived Special Needs Parenting - Zach Warshawsky

4/9/2019
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Zach Warshawsky shares what he has learned about marriage and how hes managed to put his marriage first despite the medical diagnosis of our daughter Remy. Here are some of the links mentioned in the episode The router we use to manage parental controls for our teenagers. https://jodyslinks.com/disneycirclerouter It allows us to manage the amount of time they get and when they get it. It has filtering to block all the explicit content and you as a parent have complete control on their...

Duration:01:04:58

017 | Self Care

4/2/2019
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Do you ever feel overwhelmed, stressed, bitter and resentful at doing the mother thing? When your kids act up or have a meltdown and you have only had 2 hours of sleep, how does that make you feel? I know for me that when I don't practice self-care, that's when the stress and overwhelm come in. Today we are talking about the importance of self-care when raising a child with a disability. If we don't take care of ourselves and treat us with love, we may not be healthy enough to really...

Duration:00:34:46

016 | Special Needs Siblings, How To Balance Siblings Needs

3/26/2019
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One of the biggest questions I get asked, is "How do you do it? How do you balance everyone and have a daughter with special needs?" The short answer is "whats balance?" Being a parent is hard stuff. Trying to raise children, giving them equal attention and time is the trick we are all trying to figure out. I have come to learn that it's not about being equal, but it's about nurturing each child's needs. In this episode, I talk about how we as a family have managed and not managed. I...

Duration:00:58:07

015 | So What Had Happened Was... (update on the podcast)

3/19/2019
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This weeks episode didn't go to plan. I recorded it, edited it and then just wasn't feelin it. I want to always make sure that you get the very best content so I decided not to publish something I didn't find the value in. So today's episode is all about the direction of the podcast. Heres a little secret, the next direction is up to you. For the next several episodes, I will talk about what you want to hear. So here is your homework. Email me and let me know what you want me to...

Duration:00:10:07

014 | Autism, Nonverbal Communication

3/12/2019
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One of the first warning signals we may have that our kids have autism, is the fact that they may not be able to speak. We look at the parenting books and see our kiddos are behind. We worry that they may never catch up. What if they are "non-verbal" forever? I think a lot of times, we skip ahead. We worry that they may never talk but before anyone learns how to talk, they learn how to use non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is things like gesturing, pointing, using our...

Duration:00:53:59

014 | Autism, Nonverbal Communication

3/12/2019
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One of the first warning signals we may have that our kids have autism, is the fact that they may not be able to speak. We look at the parenting books and see our kiddos are behind. We worry that they may never catch up. What if they are "non-verbal" forever? I think a lot of times, we skip ahead. We worry that they may never talk but before anyone learns how to talk, they learn how to use non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is things like gesturing, pointing, using our...

Duration:00:11:58

012 | Autism, How To Get Your Child To Communicate

2/26/2019
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I remember when Remy was first diagnosed with autism. The first concern I had was that she wasn't able to communicate. If she couldn't communicate, she would never function in a way that could get her through life. But what I didn't realize is that communication and speaking weren't exactly the same thing. There are plenty of people who can speak but they aren't using words to form thoughts and communicate them to another person. I never knew what a complicated task that was for our...

Duration:00:55:16

011 | Autism, How To Get Your Childs Attention

2/19/2019
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Kids learn the most from watching others. They learn facial expressions, tones, sounds, speech, emotion etc. Our kiddos with autism have a harder time paying attention to all the details from people. This makes it harder for them to learn from others. A child with autism can become fascinated with an object or toy and miss out on essential learning opportunities that adults and other children can provide. For parents, learning how to be interesting enough to get a child's attention is a...

Duration:01:03:36

010 | Autism, Our Story

2/12/2019
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Autism has become a very big topic of conversation in our society. I never really cared about the conversation to be honest, until I wondered about my daughter. The thought of autism is scary. We as a society fear it because we don't understand it. I know I didn't. With Remy having seizures due to a genetic disorder, I never could have imagined that autism would also be a part of her world. But here we were seeking out a diagnosis and coming to terms that our child might be autistic. I...

Duration:00:57:27

009 | How I Use Cannabis For My Daughter's Seizures

2/5/2019
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Cannabis There's so much talk about cannabis with our kiddos seizure disorders. It's also a big topic for kids with autism too. Since our daughter Remy started having seizures, the number one topic people bring up is "Have you tried cannabis?" The reason is that medical marijuana has been successful at treating some of the worst types of epilepsy that the other pharmaceuticals cant touch. Its only natural that we would be curious to see what it could do. So in this episode, I talk...

Duration:00:32:57

008 | Im Not Doing So Well At This Mom Stuff

1/29/2019
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Today I had a hard day. Do you ever have those days where you just feel like everything you do is wrong? You don't have anything figured out? The laundry is piled up, You haven't read your kid a bedtime story in forever, you haven't showered in 2 days, motherhood isn't quite fulfilling your sense of worthiness, you are questioning if you are doing anything right. I had that day today. The to-do list was longer than the completion list. Sometimes I feel like I should know how to juggle...

Duration:00:32:05

007 | Making Peace With Drugs / Pharmaceuticals / Medications

1/22/2019
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Having a daughter (she's 5) who has such severe seizures, our medication protocol is essential to be the very best. But I have to be honest, drugs scare me. There are so many side effects. I wish I could have the magic pill. The one that would cure Remy (my daughter) with zero side effects and we could just live happily ever after. So today we are talking about how the decisions of our kid's medications are critical to get right, extremely scary and risky and how its always going to be an...

Duration:00:57:58

006 | Acceptance, Accepting the Child You Have

1/15/2019
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Acceptance sounds like a poetic and silly thing to talk about. Especially when we are talking about a child we haven't lost. Sure, we all know that you should accept your child. But what if they have a disease or neurological condition and you just can't see how its fair or how to get over it. You might be thinking, sure I accept my child no matter what, it's their disability that I don't accept. What if I told you that if you don't accept their disability, you don't accept them. Ouch,...

Duration:00:46:48