Has your child been given a diagnosis? Have you noticed that your child seems to have different needs than his or her peers in any area? Has your child been diagnosed with autism or other spectrum challenges? Has your child been diagnosed with a learning difference or ADD/ADHD? Does your child have a mental health diagnosis like anxiety or depression, attachment challenges or another invisible challenge? Or perhaps a visible different-ability like Downs Syndrome or physical challenges?

If you can answer yes to any of the above,
this virtual parenting support class is for YOU.

Parents who are raising children with extra challenges need extra support. But what I find is that these parents often have less support, spend more time educating themselves and advocating for their kids within systems that are meant to support them. They’re smart and educated, they know their child BEST. These parents are doing so much to make sure the child is getting appropriate services and support that often their own needs are neglected.

I’ve had so many parents share that their children have special needs and they’re not really sure how to support them. How much do they push? What are they really NOT capable of doing at any given point in time.

We’re going to be exploring the story of your child’s life from the beginning to understand his or her story from your own perspective. We’ll look at the moment you discovered something was different and how you felt about it. We’ll look at diagnosis and how it can be really helpful for you as a parent if it isn’t used as a story of disempowerment, but instead to find the gifts in being differently abled.

The best part is a “pay what you can” format. You can choose the amount from the options below that you can afford to pay for the course. I want to make the course affordable for those who need the support. Since class sizes are limited, please do pay as much as you can so that I can continue to offer the options.

Current Class: (Times are Eastern)

Tuesdays at 8 pm: February 7, 14, 21, 28

This particular class will focus on the needs of families with children ages 5 or older. It is not a crisis class, but rather a support for families with on-going stressors due to special needs.

Interested in the next session?

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and sign up to be notified when this class opens again!

Each support class will have time to learn some core concepts about the topic of the day from current neuroscience, and then time to discuss how the information applies to YOUR family, to ask questions and get support. Classes are limited to 8 families (both parents welcome to attend together) for individual support in the class. Classes are 90 minutes and will be recorded. There will also be an off-Facebook private forum area to have conversations and ask questions between classes.

Week 1
  • Regulation and Behavior- The basics
  • Brain Stoplight and Special Needs- Your regulation and theirs
  • Brain basics and understanding what needs extra attention when there are special needs
  • Healing Stories and Listening Partnerships- creating a space for you
  • Your stories and questions
Week 2
  • Acknowledging your child’s story and your own story
  • When did you know something was different?
  • Mom guilt- Did I do something wrong in pregnancy? AND
  • Feelings of wishing the child was “normal” or “easier.”
  • Seeing your own expectations and naming them for yourself so you can see the gifts of the child you have instead of the child you thought you were going to have.
  • Siblings- what’s their story? Strengthening the sibling relationship
  • Your stories and questions
Week 3
  • Caring for the family’s special needs: nurturing yourself and your relationship
  • What do YOU need? Creating a support network for yourself.
  • What does your child need? Your stories of support and its many forms
  • Handling relatives’ and others fears, opinions, advice, disapproval and threats.
  • Your stories and questions
Week 4
  • Repair of disconnections, misunderstandings and expectations
  • The power of language- talking about differing abilities and gifts
  • Creating a healing gift story for yourself and your child
  • Encouraging the next steps; acknowledging the difficulties and naming the resilience
  • Your stories and questions

Do You Have Any Questions?

If yours is not below, please e-mail rebecca@consciouslyparenting.com.

How much is this going to cost?

COST was the number one concern that was brought up on the surveys. Instead of a one-size-fits-all price, I’m going to do a “pay what you can.” My goal is to support families. Yes, I need to eat, too, so please choose the most you can afford. I’m literally supporting my family with this money.

Is there a charge for my partner to join the class, too?

No. It’s so important that partners have as many opportunities as possible to be on the same page. That’s super important to me. So partners are welcome to listen in and ask questions on the call.

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I have a group of friends and we’d like to schedule our own class. Can we do that?

YES! I love working with groups when everyone is in one location so you can really support each other. Just email me and we’ll set something up!

Will there be research shared? I like the idea of sharing with other parents, but I want to make sure I actually learn something from the course!

Yes, I will be sharing research in each class. There will be a good balance of information shared and discussion.

How large are classes?

Class sizes are limited to 8 families.

When do I need to sign up?

Please sign up and reserve your spot as soon as possible. I’m limiting each class to 8 families so that everyone will have a chance to ask questions and get individualized support.

Can I invite a friend?

Yes, please do! Just do it sooner rather than later as spots are limited. It’s way more fun to take these courses with friends.

Will we be able to interact with the other parents taking the class?

Yes. You’ll have both an opportunity to hear from other parents and share with other parents both on the call and in a private forum (off of FaceBook). I think that’s one of the most important parts of classes like these- to meet other people who are on a similar journey!

Would there be assignments/agenda/class notes/minutes provided after?

There may be some suggested homework to apply the information between classes, but it is optional. You will receive class notes and handouts on each topic for your own review. I understand that you’re not always able to take notes or give your full attention to the class, which is also why the classes are recorded so you can review them again on your own time.

Will the class be relevant to my personal situation? Will I get answers to MY questions about my family?

Yes! This is why I’m keeping class sizes small. It’s so important that you leave with answers to the questions you came with, whether that happens during the class, on the forums, or in a quick one-on-one conversation.

How to stay in touch
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