Raising a child with autism into adulthood comes with numerous challenges. Many situations are complicated by our own emotions and how we handle them. Having been through a range of emotions from grief to frustration, powerlessness, exhaustion and elation, I have seen first hand how my energy can impact a situation in both good and bad ways. As a young mom, I really could have benefited from a coach who understood the inner workings of the parent. My hope for you is that I can assist you in understanding your ego, your strengths, your innate power as a parent to model for and lead your child through their complex emotions. Emotional mastery is a skill set that will serve you for a life time. This on-going process is empowering and can change your perspective and in effect, empower your child as well.
In an effort to help alleviate some of the emotional challenges you might be facing, I published my book, "You Were Made for This- Finding Courage and Intuition for Raising a Child with Autism." It offers simple reminders for the importance of self-care and how to achieve it. Written with the tired mom in mind, each chapter is an easy read and makes a great bedside companion. It was highlighted in the Coastal Insider and Grand Strand Magazine (August 2022) in Myrtle Beach. SC. My most recent article, "It's Time to let Go! The Many Ways Perfectionism Shows up in Parenting," was published in the on-line magazine Exceptional Needs Today which voted my book "Top Exceptional Needs Book of 2021." Order your copy here or visit Ship On Site in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Be sure to visit the autism resources page for a list of helpful people and services. And meet some of them in person by listening to my podcast, The Caretakers.
Thinking of you, my fellow moms!
"As a coach working with her child, I am continuously in awe of Rebecca's parenting. She and her husband maintain a loving, supportive home for their young adult son. Rebecca balances understanding with loving guidance as she holds space for her son to learn and grow. She truly understands that parenting a young adult on the spectrum is a daily dance of learning more about herself while learning about her son. She meets him where he is in each moment and is dedicated to setting him up for success. To be present with such love and compassion, a person must also manage their own emotional well-being and find a balance of work/play, family/personal time in their lives. Rebecca is adept at finding this balance and I am certain that she can help others find greater joy in the parenting journey." Susan Cowan Morse www.susancowanmorse.com