92. Everything No One Tells You About Parenting A Disabled Child: A Conversation With Kelley Coleman
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by Lisa Thornbury
2d ago
Kelley wrote the book we've all needed! It's going to become a go-to handbook for so many parents. I wish there had been something like it when we were starting out on our disability parenting journey. I felt pretty alone and lost back then (and still feel that way from time to time, even now). This book is going to spare so many parents from that feeling. I hope you'll have a listen to this longer than usual episode. We talk about the book, get to know more about Kelley (spoiler alert: she's awesome), and connect over our mutual love of tacos and to-do lists. Visit Kelley here: kelleycoleman ..read more
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91. This Trick Isn't Cheating! It's A Tool.
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by Lisa Thornbury
1M ago
Phone conversations and video calls, especially for folks with communication disorders and developmental disabilities, can feel awkward and frustrating. We have some strategies that have really helped us over here, so we’re sharing them here. Plus, Avery pops in to share a bit about herself while demonstrating how to use "magic words." FYI... She recorded this segment completely independently! Get your FREE and fully editable Chat Chart here **** This podcast was recorded in Garageband and edited by Lisa Thornbury (with assistance from Avery Thornbury). Read more and find the transcript for th ..read more
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88. Seizure Plan, Sugar Shows, And Sharey Christmas
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by Lisa Thornbury
3M ago
Create your own Seizure Action Plan (SAP) or Medical Action Plan using our free customizable template. In this episode we also talk about our list of go-to "Carrot Shows", which are movies and tv shows that are somewhat nutritious for kids' brains, and a fairly entertaining break from their fave "Sugar Shows." We end the episode talking about why Lisa isn't a total Grinch, even though she's not giving gifts this year. Well, with the exception of THESE gifts. **** This podcast was recorded in Garageband and edited by Lisa Thornbury (with assistance from Avery Thornbury). Read more and find the ..read more
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87. This Is Why My Mom Is The Way She Is
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by Lisa Thornbury
4M ago
*Trigger Warning for childhood trauma I think everyone has traumatic events in their past that play a part in shaping who they are as adults and even how they parent. There were two specific tragedies that happened when I was young. Once you hear what they are, you might better understand why I am the way I am... spoiler alert—over-protective to the max. In this mish-mash episode I talk about that and also about some of the ways I question my parenting. **** This podcast was recorded in Garageband and edited by Lisa Thornbury (with assistance from Avery Thornbury). Read more and find the trans ..read more
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86. Where The Heck Do We Go Now?
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by Lisa Thornbury
4M ago
⁠Do I do know what I'm doing? Not really. But am I trying to figure it out? Yep. Raising a child with developmental disabilities is a life full of love, but is it easy? Not particularly. Especially when information and resources and supports are all over the place and the red tape is plentiful. In this shortie episode I share how none of us really know what we're doing. And THIS is why I'm on a mission to share the good stuff when I find it. Mentioned in the episode: @MomentsOfJoyPodcast Instagram reel ? **** This podcast was recorded in Garageband and edited by Lisa Thornbury (with assistance ..read more
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85. CTSD or cPTSD...Trauma's Trauma, Mama
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by Lisa Thornbury
5M ago
We've all heard of PTSD, but have you heard of CTSD or C-PTSD? The "C" has historically stood for "Complex." Some parents have added "Chronic" to the definition. Whether it's lingering trauma to varying degrees or persistent worry about the future, many caregivers live with an unhealthy level of anxiety. And though the stress is often warranted, it needs to be managed. Let's chat about it. Links Mentioned In This Episode: @Open_Future_Learning's Instagram Post Erica's Instagram post about the FREE GreenShield Cares Women’s Mental Health Program Where and How To Sign Up For This FREE Therapy ..read more
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84. Oh Rats, It's Creepy Creeps
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by Lisa Thornbury
5M ago
Most men are lovely. But sadly, a handful of them are dangerous. We've happened upon a few of those ones recently so I've had to explain to my daughter HOW and WHY she always needs to be cautious. I hate this for her. For all girls. But this is what we do as parents (especially as mamas of daughters with disabilities). We teach them as best we can to keep them as safe as possible. Even if it means forgoing a bike ride into the woods because there's a "creepy" man in there. Also, are you as afraid of rodents as I am? Probably not. Outside animals need to stay OUTSIDE. And. cats are a-holes ..read more
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83. Inclusion Delusion
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by Lisa Thornbury
6M ago
We're baaaaaack and starting this season off with a topic that's been on my mind for a while... inclusion. Seems like a positive topic, right? WRONG. I mean, the idea of inclusion is on the right track, but actual inclusion? It's a bit of an illusion sometimes. But it doesn't have to be that way... **** This podcast was recorded in Garageband and edited by Lisa Thornbury (with assistance from Avery Thornbury). Read more and find the transcript for this episode at averybrightlife.com. And, come chat with us on social! No seriously, c'mon over! It's fun there. Instagram: @LisaThornbur ..read more
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82. We Can't Believe THIS Happened (AND... Summer Hiatus Alert)
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by Lisa Thornbury
8M ago
"Disability Parent Advocate Life" can feel exhausting. But then sh*t like this happens and it's all so worth it. In this episode we share the thing... the pretty incredible thing that happened as a result of this little podcast. PLUS... heads up, we've gone fishing. Not literally because we don't fish. But we've taken off for the summer to rest, relax, work (Avery has a job) and do all the summery things (minus actual fishing). See you back here with bells on, September 7th! Mentioned In This Episode: Ep 80 Data Discrimination **** This podcast was recorded in Garageband and edited by Lisa Th ..read more
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81. One Love, Two Ducks
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by Lisa Thornbury
9M ago
It’s shocking when you witness hateful people revealing themselves. And it’s gross to know that many of them are parents because… hate is learned. Kids aren’t born like that. They LEARN to hate and to discriminate by listening to and watching their parents. In this episode we tackle the topic of how intellectually and developmentally disabled people often view dating, gender labels, and "ONE LOVE". It's a lesson EVERYONE can learn from. **** This podcast was recorded in Garageband and edited by Lisa Thornbury (with assistance from Avery Thornbury). Read more and find the transcript for th ..read more
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