Stress Reduction for Parents of Special Needs Children
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Stress Reduction for Parents of Special Needs Children

Learn to increase wellbeing while parenting Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Physical Disability, Mental Health Disorders..
4.8 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
41 students enrolled
Created by Siobhan Wilcox
Last updated 6/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop strategies to counterbalance the impact of negative stress
  • Recognise their unique stress triggers
  • Learn Quick and Easy Ways to Relax
  • Use Breathing Techniques to Manage Stress Levels
  • Create Self-Care Plan Unique to Them - Their own Thrive Now Blueprint
  • Increase Awareness of their Bodies Unique Stress Signals
  • Recognise What Triggers them into Negative Stress
  • Honor the Unique Journey of Parenting a Special Needs Child and Why it is SO Important for them to Support Themselves
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  • Have a Journal or notebook with you as you take this training.
  • Download worksheets ahead of time so you can work along with the videos, as you move through the sections.
  • Go at your own pace.
  • ENJOY!

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:

  • Simple Ways to Relax
  • The Myths of Self-Care
  • Honor the Unique Challenges of Parenting a Special Child
  • Discover your Stress Triggers
  • How to Manage Negative Stress
  • Release Stress Naturally
  • Deep Abdominal Breathing
  • Progressive Muscular Relaxation for Deep Relaxation and Improved Sleep
  • Mindfulness Techniques – Quick and Easy to Use Anywhere
  • Simple Guided Visualization Practice For Beginner's
  • Create Your Own Self-Care Plan – What we will be calling Your Own Thrive Now Blueprint, and More...

Why You Should Take This Course:

  1. Increase Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Well-Being
  2. Unique Support for Special Needs Community – Parents or Support Professionals
  3. Reduce Stress Symptoms
  4. Increase Energy
  5. Greater Self-Awareness
  6. Increase Spiritual Awareness
  7. More Peace of Mind
Who is the target audience?
  • This Training is designed specifically for Parents of Special Needs Children or Children that require alot of extra care.
  • This training will also support professionals working within the special needs arena. Whether you are a special needs educator, support staff, behavioral specialists, occupational therapist etc..
  • No prior experience or knowledge of wellness is required, however it will benefit even those that already have some daily stress reduction techniques. It is for those that wish to reduce stress and increase well-being.
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Introduction to this Program on Stress Reduction for Parents of Special Children
2 Lectures 14:29

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.

Preview 01:44

In this lecture, you are provided an 

  • Overview of the course,  
  • Background information on the instructor - Siobhán Wilcox,
  • What you can expect to learn,
  • What goals you would like to set.
Section 1 Introduction to this Training Program and Your Trainer
Parenting a Special Needs Child - You are Unique
6 Lectures 27:33

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.

Preview 08:20

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.

Preview 05:17

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.

Section 2 Busting Myths

Allow yourself to reconsider some of your thoughts around parenting your child. Download the worksheet questions to support your reflections and to develop awareness.

Preview 05:14

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.

Section 2 Unique Stressful Situations

Conclusion to this section on the uniqueness of parenting a special needs child.

Section 2 Conclusion

A quick quiz to help you remember some of the important points.

Section 2 Quiz
3 questions
Overview of Stress and How it Impacts Your Life!
6 Lectures 17:12

Section 3 Introduction. How does stress impact your life?

Section 3 Introduction

A stress awareness tool. Download Stress Graph to map where your current stress levels are.

Section 3 Stress Graph

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. 

Preview 02:03

Self-assessment to discover whether you are a Type A or Type B
personality, this helps you understand your reaction to stress at a
deeper level.

Section 3 Type Profiling for Stress Risk Assessment

Good stress versus bad stress - the flight or fight response overview.

Section 3 Flight or Fight Response

Section 3 Conclusion to How Stress Impacts You.

Section 3 Conclusion
Section 4: Stressors & Stress Triggers. What truly impacts your stress reaction.
5 Lectures 37:13

Introduction to Section 4 on Stress Triggers and What Really Causes Our Stress Sympthoms

Preview 04:10

Stressors are one part of the stress cycle, learn to understand this aspect of stress within your life.

Section 4 Stressors

When looking at how to manage stress levels we need to consider our belief systems and the impact they have on our stress reactions. 

Section 4 Irrational Beliefs & Preceptions

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.

Section 4 Self-Talk

This is the conclusion to Stressors and Stress Triggers and how stress truly impacts you.

Section 4 Conclusion
Section 5 Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress
6 Lectures 54:03

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.

Section 5 Introduction and Review of Course to Date

Introduction to Section 5 and a demonstration on how to practice Deep Abdominal Breathing for Stress Reduction.

Preview 06:00

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.

Section 5 Building Awareness and Mindfulness

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!

Section 5 Relaxation Tools, PMR and Guided Visualization

Gratitude is a simple tool to shift your internal view point, a fantastic coping strategy for stress reduction.

Section 5 Healing Power of Gratitude

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.

Section 5 Develop YOUR OWN THRIVE NOW BLUEPRINT - Self-Care Plan
Section 6 Be Inspired and How to Stay Connected
1 Lecture 08:03

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!

Section 6 BONUS Be Inspired and How to Stay Connected
About the Instructor
Siobhan Wilcox
4.8 Average rating
6 Reviews
41 Students
1 Course
Stress Management Expert, Spiritual Life Coach, Author

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.