Stress Reduction is essential for your health and well-being. Parenting or working with a special needs child or adult requires you to have increased stamina and energy on a daily basis. This course is designed to support you deeply with tools and strategies that will make a difference in your daily live.
The course offers you simple tools that you can use to become more aware of how stress is negatively impacting you and then counterbalance it with practical and simple exercises you can do 10-15mins a day.
What You Will Learn in This Course:
Why You Should Take This Course:
This training program is designed specifically for parents of special needs children or professionals supporting this community- autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, mental health disorders, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities or medical illness - type 1 diabetes, etc.
It is not meant to replace any medical support or medical interventions for illnesses associated with increased stress, it is however a great support to reduce stress. If you are currently under a doctors supervision for a stress related illness or any sickness please talk to your doctor about this training to make sure you have no contra-indicators before proceeding.
In this lecture, you are provided an
This is the introduction to Section 2 What makes parenting a special needs child unique. Begin this section with a short relaxation technique - meditation and body check in. This is a simple tool that can be used throughout your day to reduce stress and increase awareness.
Parenting a Special Needs Child has very unique challenges, watching this section will help you recognize your challenges and help you reflect that you are not alone in this parenting challenge.
Parenting a Special Needs Child can be stressful. When researched many of us where holding a number of beliefs that weren't always servicing us. Can you see some of your limiting beliefs in this list of myths? Be Honest.
Allow yourself to reconsider some of your thoughts around parenting your child. Download the worksheet questions to support your reflections and to develop awareness.
What are your unique stressful situations associated with your family life. For example are you parenting a child on the autism spectrum, or with down syndrome or a physical disability. Parenting is a stressful job at the best of times, but when you add in extra needs it can increase. Reflect on your ones in this section.
Conclusion to this section on the uniqueness of parenting a special needs child.
A quick quiz to help you remember some of the important points.
Section 3 Introduction. How does stress impact your life?
A stress awareness tool. Download Stress Graph to map where your current stress levels are.
Download this self-assessement worksheet to help you discover how stress is impacting you - physicaly, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and within your relationships. This awareness is key to begin counteracting your stress, you can't change what you are not aware of.
Self-assessment to discover whether you are a Type A or Type B
personality, this helps you understand your reaction to stress at a
Good stress versus bad stress - the flight or fight response overview.
Section 3 Conclusion to How Stress Impacts You.
Introduction to Section 4 on Stress Triggers and What Really Causes Our Stress Sympthoms
Stressors are one part of the stress cycle, learn to understand this aspect of stress within your life.
When looking at how to manage stress levels we need to consider our belief systems and the impact they have on our stress reactions.
Just as important as belief systems in how we react to stressors, this section looks at self-talk. It explores the types of internal self-talk, where they come from and how you can counter act negative sabotaging self-talk.
This is the conclusion to Stressors and Stress Triggers and how stress truly impacts you.
Introduction to this section on Relaxation Techniques to help you reduce stress. This section has video and audio relaxation exercises for you to work with. This section also is a review of what we have currently studied to help anchor in your learning.
Introduction to Section 5 and a demonstration on how to practice Deep Abdominal Breathing for Stress Reduction.
Building awareness of how stress is negatively impacting you is key to long term stress reduction. This section begins this discussion and supports you with the introduction to a tool - Mindfulness to assist with this.
Progressive Muscular Relaxation is a stress reduction tool designed to interrupt the flight or fight response and reduce the build up of tension in the muscles of the body. Included in this section is two audios. It is important to listen to the introduction the first time you try this technique, this is 7 minutes in length. The Progressive Muscular Relaxation Guided Exercises takes 15mins start to finish. Once you have mastered this technique you can practice it without the guided audio. Enjoy!
Gratitude is a simple tool to shift your internal view point, a fantastic coping strategy for stress reduction.
Bringing it all together. Creating your own Self-Care Plan. What will work for you and how to integrated it into your life for long-term stress reduction.
Having Special Needs doesn't mean you can't achieve greatness. Here is a brief introduction to some people who have turned their challenges into gifts. BE INSPIRED!
I'm the best-selling author of "Thrive Now Blueprint- Self-Care & Success Strategies for Parents of Special Needs Children": Learn to manage your stress while parenting Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Mental Health Disorders and more...
Born from my passion to support and inspire other special parents just like myself, my children have a number of issues from autism, ADHD, sensory integration disorder, various processing disorders, mental health challenges and type one diabetes. (I know sometimes I have a serious conversation with myself about taking on all these challenges :-)
I have taken my vast experience as a stress management expert and spiritual life coach, and brought them together to share the success strategies I have been using with my clients and in my own life over the last 14 years as the mom of a special needs child.
With over 19 years experience inspiring audiences, I bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to my training programs. In the past my clients have called me their 'Success Guru" as I support them with MINDSET MAKEOVERS, STRESS MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES and help them to develop their own THRIVE NOW BLUEPRINT for increase well-being and energy.
As well as my experience supporting parents of special needs kids and special needs care-workers, I first began hosting personal development training and stress management programs for senior executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders in 1998, and still offer support to leaders in business.
My depth of knowledge comes from my own personal journey to recover
myself from stress burnout at 24 which led me to studied many different areas related to reducing stress while increasing well-being. I have studied with master teachers around the global, to date I hold over 3,000 hours of training in the areas of Training and Education, Counseling Skills, Stress Management, Personal Development, Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Holistic Therapies and Business Development.
I love supporting special needs focused non-profits around the world, some include National Autism Association, Special Olympics Eurasia, and KIT - Kids Included Together.
I'm a regular media contributor supporting with a voice for the special needs community: Fox 5 ‘Ask a Mom’ Guest, Parenting Autism Magazine, Insight Magazine, and Experts Beacon, to mention a few.