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The Full Potential: Thriving with Autism

The Full Potential: Thriving with Autism

By Sara Intonato
This podcast teaches parents of children with Austim to support their children in meeting their full potential. We will look at a variety of topics such as health, advocacy, and spirituality. I will give you the tools to heal yourself and in turn become a bold advocate for your children
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My son's autism diagnosis was a traumatic event in my life

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Your Language Matters
I don’t subscribe to labels, but the fact is we’re surrounded by them. Autism, ADHD, Special Needs, Uniquely Abled, Disabled, and beyond. There is so much terminology around unique children, it can be difficult to know which ones are acceptable to use. On today's podcast episode we are talking about why your language matters, and we’re diving into how to properly address people in your life who are different whether or not they carry a diagnosis in their life. This is an exciting topic for me to talk about because I have a child on the Autism Spectrum and many people notice that I don't call him autistic.  My reason for that is because, while I acknowledged that labels help professionals understand the children that they’re working with, labels don't define my child. Labels matter and also don't matter at all.  Come find out why on today's episode.
14:07
July 22, 2021
What happens when you stop advocating for your child alone
On today's podcast episode I am sharing a very special interview. A few months ago I was fortunate to be a guest on The Full Frontal Living Podcast with Lisa Carpenter. Together, we discussed what it means to truly advocate for your child, including how to ask the right questions and how to stand your ground when the going gets tough, REALLY tough. And we don’t just pay it lip service. Lisa shares what it was like when her son, a unique learner, was blindsided by an intense situation, one that could have changed the trajectory of his entire education experience, at his new school after just three days. She vulnerably shares her story and what it felt like as I coached her to stand in her power as a parent. Come find out how to stand up and advocate for your child starting right now.
45:52
July 15, 2021
How To Stand Up For Your Child When The "Experts" Pull The Rug Out From Beneath You
On today's podcast episode I am sharing a very important message, especially for any parent whose child is different, whether their diagnosis is Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, or a unique learner in another way completely.  Today I'm getting real and sharing with you a real story of how I recently had to step up and advocate for my son. I'll also be sharing with you how I really react when I get one of "those" emails or phone calls! You know the kind you receive out of the blue when everything is going well, and them BOOM, your district or some higher up on the food chain writes you and says, "Hey, just want you to know that we're making some changes that affect your child's programming". Come find out how to stand up and advocate for your child starting right now. Click below to listen.
14:27
July 8, 2021
If you want to change your child's path to success, change your inner stories, featuring Katie Soy
On today's podcast episode we have a very special guest, Katie Soy.  Katie is a brilliant writer who recently created a powerful children's book, The Firefly and the Storm. Katie is both an author and a powerful coach. In addition to both writing and publishing stories, Katie also empowers you to deeply examine and change the stories that you tell yourself about yourself every single day. Ever felt not good enough? You can change that story. Are you wondering if you're really strong enough to make a difference for your child? You can rewrite that story too. As you begin to take a closer look at your self talk, you're going to uncover SO MANY STORIES that are hindering your journey. The good news is you don't need to judge yourself for having them, you can simply start to create something new. Today's episode powerfully highlights stories that you may be telling yourself about your children. Mic drop! And how to rewrite them in a positive way that is supportive of your family's future. It all starts with you.
31:45
July 1, 2021
Are You Showing up for Everyone but Yourself
On today's podcast episode we're diving into how you can create time for yourself when you are the parent of a child on the autism spectrum. This is no small task, and I'll be the first person to tell you that taking time for yourself is rarely convenient or easy.  When you have a child that's unique, whether it be through autism or any type of disability, it’s crucial that you take time for yourself even MORE than the average parent. Why? Because you have to give more of yourself than the average parent does, every single day. Thinking your can pour ALL your energy into your child and save none for yourself is a broken strategy. Expecting your child to thrive while you’re barely surviving in the background is like expecting an Olympic athlete to make it to the podium without a strong coach by their side.
24:39
June 24, 2021
The Crucial Piece Your Child Needs to Thrive, and How You’re Probably Missing It.
On today's podcast episode I have a very special guest, Caspar Szulc, who’s super power, in my humble opinion, is being disruptive without being rude It’s an art form, and one that is deeply needed in the medical and neuro diversity spaces. Caspar Szulc is an expert on both topics. He’s the President and Co-Founder of Innovative Medicine, a company dedicated to transforming healthcare through an advanced and truly comprehensive form of personalized integrative medicine. His work in medicine has garnered attention from top medical minds across six continents (which he's traveled to by the way), including Nobel laureates, top CEOs, Hollywood royalty, and bestselling authors. Together, we took a deep dive into what it REALLY takes for a child to thrive, especially one with developmental challenges, and how parents often miss this critical component. This was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve ever done. We could have talked for hours! Caspar is both a sharp mind and a deeply caring human. Don’t miss this powerful conversation! 
48:50
June 17, 2021
My son's autism diagnosis was a traumatic event in my life
On today's podcast we are getting personal. I am sharing with you what it was like when my son was first diagnosed on the spectrum eight and a half years ago. I was a young mom. I had two kids in 18 months and all of a sudden it felt like you took me and flipped me upside down and shook me around and then flipped me right tied up. I couldn't make sense of anything. It really felt like my world had come crashing down today. I don't feel that way anymore. I love the life that we have. I love my child's uniqueness. He is thriving. We're all thriving, but it wasn't always the case. Come check out my latest episode to hear my story. Want more info on how to advocate for your child in the midst of a pandemic? Head over to sarayoga.com/journey and download my free mini- guide today.
17:49
June 10, 2021
Slapped in the face by "experts?" Here's how to take your power back
On today's podcast I'm here to share something very important. It’s a sad fact that most parents of kids with autism wait until they have an “oh s&!t” moment in order to do an assessment around what needs to change so their child can thrive.  What’s an “oh s&!t” moment? It’s when your unique child is being kicked out of school. It’s when you get a letter that your child’s services are being stopped, or that there was an outburst in classroom I’m here to tell you it doesn't have to be this way. Come check out my latest episode to find out what you can start doing now. Want more info on how to advocate for your child in the midst of a pandemic? Head over to sarayoga.com/journey and download my free mini- guide today.
05:42
June 3, 2021
Are the siblings of your special needs child getting what they need?
Today we are talking about siblings of special needs children. So many times I have special needs parents that are concerned about the siblings. They are worried that their neuro-typical child is not receiving the attention that they need or that they won't feel loved. I am here to bust that thought. I have a daughter that is 18 months younger than my son that has autism. When she was a small child I made sure that I focused on giving her more attention. Now that she is older I see that she is more loving and has a better understanding and appreciation for the world around her. She sees the world from a whole other view. Join me today as I dive deeper into this topic and help you release that feeling that you are not doing enough for your other child. Want more info on how to advocate for your child in the midst of a pandemic? Head over to sarayoga.com/journey and download my free mini- guide today.
07:24
May 27, 2021