Trauma in the Body, in the Mind, and in Our Lives with Meghann Crane-Russ | Part 2 of 3
The Special Needs Mom Podcast
by Kara Ryska
4d ago
As a parent raising a child with special needs, we experience unusual amounts of chronic trauma. Trauma therapist Meghann Crane-Russ, LCSW, PMH-C, is back this week, guiding us through the science and mechanisms behind our primal response to trauma. Strap in as we explore the complex terrain of the human brain, and prepare to gain a deeper understanding of your own responses in the face of fear.  We will learn the difference between feelings and thoughts and why we explode into fight or flight or withdraw into freeze or collapse. Learning how our 'downstairs' and 'upstairs' brains intera ..read more
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Understanding Trauma as a Gateway to Healing with Meghann Crane-Russ | Part 1 of 3
The Special Needs Mom Podcast
by Kara Ryska
1w ago
Discover the hidden & evident impacts of trauma, and the pathways to healing with Meghann Crane-Russ. Meghann is a therapist who specializes in supporting parents navigating medical complexity, medical trauma, traumatic loss and grief. Prior to private practice, she was an inpatient medical social worker in pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care and also did some work in PEDS palliative care.  We unravel together the complexities of "big T" and "little t" trauma and the grief that countless families face. Meghann's profound understanding of the brain and body's response ..read more
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Trauma, Shame & the Loss of Identity
The Special Needs Mom Podcast
by Kara Ryska
2w ago
Our brains are seeking to understand the traumatic experiences of our lives in an effort to keep us safe, both now and in the future. I can almost guarantee, if you are a special needs mom, you have experienced trauma. This trauma shakes our identity, creates false narratives about our role in it all, and disconnects us from ourselves and those around us. On this solo episode, we dissect the science based interconnection of trauma, shame and identity; how our body is protecting us, how they impact our self-worth and how we can begin to give ourselves a break from the shame. This is more than j ..read more
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"Everything No One Tells You About Parenting a Disabled Child" with Kelley Coleman
The Special Needs Mom Podcast
by Kara Ryska
3w ago
When life hands you a narrative you never expected, where do you find the script to follow? This question lingered in my mind as Kelley Coleman, the insightful author of "Everything No One Tells You About Parenting a Disabled Child," joined me to share her journey and the wisdom she's encapsulated in her guide for fellow parents. We peel back the layers of our personal transformations, discussing the complexities of medical care, education, and the emotional landscape that defines the experience of raising a child with visible disabilities. She shares her path, transitioning from a career in t ..read more
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Is "Special Needs" a Bad Word? Unraveling the Language of Disability Labels
The Special Needs Mom Podcast
by Kara Ryska
1M ago
Words like 'disability', 'differently abled', and 'identity-first language' might seem interchangeable, but as we peel back the layers, the significance of each term emerges, shaped by personal experiences and societal perceptions. The episode casts a light on the journey of understanding and accepting disability, not just as a concept, but as a profound aspect of human diversity. Sharing the intimate progression of my relationship with my son's disability, I open the floor to the importance of honesty and the strength found in community support. Evoking change in our subconscious beliefs, we ..read more
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Overcoming the Lead Cloak of Perfectionism and Embracing Support for Special Needs Moms with Kristin Faith Evans
The Special Needs Mom Podcast
by Kara Ryska
1M ago
When the weight of perfectionism feels like a lead cloak, it's the raw, honest stories that can lift it off our shoulders. That's exactly what Kristin Faith Evans brings to our table this week, as we navigate the deeply personal terrain of motherhood to children with special needs. Her voice, a blend of vulnerability and strength, breaks through the silence on the mental health crisis among special needs moms, illuminating the tough yet rewarding journey that lies ahead for many. This episode is a tapestry woven with the threads of shared experiences, where the barriers of seeking help are pu ..read more
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Unhelpful (and Sneaky) Habitual Thoughts of Special Needs Moms
The Special Needs Mom Podcast
by Kara Ryska
1M ago
Hello and welcome to the podcast.  Transitioning back to work after a break can feel like an uphill battle, even when you love what you do. My personal strategy to overcome this, involves a trio of 'C's; method I delve into with heartfelt honesty. Join me as we navigate these waters together, finding strength in community and the shared quest for a year filled with intention and growth. Link to Sign up for Purge Party (Click Here) Connect with Kara, host of The Special Needs Mom Podcast:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thespecialneedsmompodcast/ Website: https://www.kararyska.com/ Co ..read more
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Habitual Thoughts of Special Needs Mom
The Special Needs Mom Podcast
by Kara Ryska
1M ago
Hello and welcome to the podcast.  Transitioning back to work after a break can feel like an uphill battle, even when you love what you do. My personal strategy to overcome this, involves a trio of 'C's; method I delve into with heartfelt honesty. Join me as we navigate these waters together, finding strength in community and the shared quest for a year filled with intention and growth. Link to Sign up for Purge Party (Click Here) Connect with Kara, host of The Special Needs Mom Podcast:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thespecialneedsmompodcast/ Website: https://www.kararyska.com/ Co ..read more
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Creating Harmony in Chaos: A Special Needs Mom's Guide to Decluttering with Angela O'Brien
The Special Needs Mom Podcast
by Kara Ryska
1M ago
When you're balancing the world on your shoulders as a special needs mom, finding time and space for yourself can feel like an impossible puzzle. But Angela O'Brien, mother, professional organizer, and podcast host with a heart as big as her expertise, joins me to piece together the jigsaw of life, proving that every mom can create harmony out of chaos. Our conversation is a heartfelt journey through the evolution of a special needs mom who redefined her identity and blossomed into a source of inspiration and practical wisdom for parents in similar shoes. Join Angela and me in a dialogue that ..read more
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Ending the Chase for Normal with Anna Brown {A Rebroadcast}
The Special Needs Mom Podcast
by Kara Ryska
2M ago
Hello and welcome to the podcast. As the dawn of a new year breaks, I'm filled with renewed hope and the pleasure of revisiting an episode that remains close to my heart, featuring the indomitable Anna Brown. Through the lens of raising a nonverbal child, we discuss the profound lesson of releasing control and the importance of honoring our children's individual journeys without imposing our own expectations. Connect with Anna:Blog: https://www.motheringrare.org/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/mothering_rare/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mothering.rare Link to Sign up for Purge Party (C ..read more
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