Resources

Books I Love: Neurodiversity, Mental Health

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, Revised and Updated Edition click here

Temple Grandin (movie) click here

The Autistic Brain click here

The Unprescription for Autism (this is the book I read as we embarked upon a journey into naturopathy & homeopathic medicine; both benefited our Bliss greatly! also, we followed this protocol and regained eye contact) click here

The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s: Revised & Expanded, 4th Edition click here

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (The Out-of-Sync Child Series) click here

Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders (The Disconnected Kids Series) click here

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What-to-Do Guides for Kids) click here

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents click here

 

Books I Love: Mindfulness

Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere click here

10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children–and Ourselves–the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives click here

 

Books I Love: Stories of Hope

The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism (this book propelled forward our homeschool journey) click here

Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him click here

Because We Are Bad (OCD) click here

 

Books I Love: Emotional Healing

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature click here

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma click here

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out click here

 

Podcasts

Exceptional Parenting Podcast click here

Note from above: I get questions about how I “knew” Bliss had/has sensory processing disorder (and an anxiety disorder – OCD). Parenting coach Wendy Bertagnole asked me about this in September 2018. That recording can be found here. At the time, we still believed that Bliss was on the autism spectrum. We are no longer sure that is the case. P.S. Wendy is an incredible human being, with a gift for serving families in special spaces! 

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World with Michelle Gale click here

 

Support

Aimee’s Farm Sanctuary (Arizona) click here

SAARC Southwest Autism Research Centers (Arizona) click here

The STAR Institute (Colorado & online information/ed) click here

Child Mind Institute click here

EAGALA Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy & Personal Development click here

Brain Balance Academic Centers click here

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Support click here

The Sensory Spectrum click here

 

My Testimony

If you have questions about my personal story and it’s relation to my faith, you can click here to see a video with our church from 2017. It explains my hope, and what can be yours too. Our part starts at the 27:00 minute mark, though I recommend watching the whole thing! This sermon on “storms” might just change your life.

My Emotional Healing

In 2015/2016, I hit rock bottom with my mental health. Parenting a special needs child as a mother with chronic disease got rough! There’s a saying I learned in Celebrate Recovery that says unmet expectations leads to resentment. A part of me kept expecting things to get easier. They didn’t and they haven’t. CR is for all hurts, habits, and hangups; with locations around the globe. For me, I need to regularly turn my parenting over to Jesus to thrive here. (He always does a much better job than I can!)

My Chronic Disease Journey

I am a trauma and recovery-informed Family Yoga Instructor, Life Coach, and Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula who lives with chronic disease. I have been living a green, clean, low carb lifestyle since my official diagnosis with CFS/ME in 2015. You can grab an insiders view on my pinterest boards or contact me for suggestions.

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