Beth Irtz is more than just a special guest on this podcast; she is Amanda’s mother and grandmother to her children. Beth Irtz spent her entire professional career as a nursing home administrator, dedicating her service to improving the lives of elders. She truly understands what it means to care for and understand the human being first – and the diagnosis second. Beth Irtz is the President and Chief Guide of Focus Consultation, Inc. where she continues to be the voice for the elder care experience. You can learn more about Beth Irtz on her LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
Get ready to hear about the importance of mental health for moms and why asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Christina Abernethy is a two-time best-selling co-author, most recently including You Are Not Alone: Stories, Resources, and Hope From Autism Moms; a book that is filled with inspiring stories, helpful resources, and hope for families to let them know that they are not alone in their journey. Her first co-authored book is Made to Overcome: Chronic Illness. She is the founder of Love, Hope and Autism and is proud to be the coordinator for Changing Spaces Pennsylvania, a movement to build accessible restrooms with powered height adjustable adult-sized changing tables across communities to promote inclusion.
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Original Recording Date: January 24, 2021
Victoria Wilkins knows that for life to be full then your cup must also be full. Victoria will share the moment when her daughter’s echolalia stopped, just momentarily, and the moments that continue to inspire her. She is a mother, wife, and owner of a small business. You can learn more about Victoria at https://rosecolouredglasses.us.
Original Recording Date: December 28, 2020
ShonNicole believes in sitting in stillness, exercising with her son, and asking for help. Why? ShonNicole gives herself grace because she knows that raising a child on the autism spectrum is about accepting YOURSELF for you. It is about recognizing where YOU are in life and being okay with that. Whether it is exercising with your child, because it is better than nothing at all, or simply sitting in stillness when the moment finds you, ShonNicole reminds us all about holistic wellness. More information about ShonNicole can be found at https://essenceofaqueen.net and on social media.
Original Recording Date: 01-06-2021
Delasber Griffin Sanders is a former teacher of the year turned “Mommee” of a special needs daughter. Delasber is a force of inspiration that you must hear. She shares how she walks through not one, but multiple diagnoses of her daughter, Amoree. Her untethered voice reminds us all of what joy and perfection truly are. Delasber is the author of No Greater Love: Parenting Through Multiple Diagnoses. You can learn more about Delasber at https://delasber.com, https://amoreesjourney.info, https://ngl-family.com.
Original Recording Date: January 10, 2021