The Oxygen Mask Episode 5 - Why do we need an Oxygen Mask?

Why do we need an oxygen mask? How you parent your child matters for life! But autism is intense and challenging for our children and that makes parenting a unique challenge too. In this episode we dive into how we respond to these challenges and how to use your oxygen mask to respond in a healthier way. Reset your expectations, avoid the busy badge, embrace JOMO (joy of missing out), reframe how you view autism, get comfortable with uncertainty, stay in the present, and stop asking why. Recognize that it’s a lifelong journey and a spiral staircase of learning and adapting. 

What techniques have you used to put on your oxygen mask? What moments of noticing or mindfulness have given you pause? Do you have any mantras that get you through? What resonated with you in today’s episode?

https://cea4autism.org/oxygen-mask-episode-005-why-do-we-need-an-oxygen-mask/

The Oxygen Mask Episode 4 - What's Going on Here?

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In this episode, we talk about why autism can be so hard to recognize, to grasp, to identify, and to accept. We name “four S’s” to consider why it is so discombobulating: Spectrum, Systems, Stigma, and Self. We know each journey is complex and unique, but we you find some recognition or gain some insights as you listen. As always, let us know what’s missing!

https://cea4autism.org/oxygen-mask-episode-004-whats-going-on-here/

The Oxygen Mask Episode 3 - We're Listening

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We are listening. We heard a sense of hope but also overwhelm from some of our Episode 2 listeners. You took the conversation further, asking, “How do we hold up our children’s strengths when we are navigating systems that need to zoom in on deficits and struggles? How do we communiate so that we feel comfortable knowing our children are listening?” We don’t have all the answers, but we’re having a conversation about our experiences stretching between deficits and challenges and assets and strengths. In this episode, we offer a mix of strategy and encouragement to try, try again.

https://cea4autism.org/oxygen-mask-episode-3-were-listening/

The Oxygen Mask Episode 2 - They're Listening

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In our second Oxygen Mask episode, “They’re Listening,” we have an honest conversation about the power of words in shaping how our children see themselves. Setting aside guilt, we step into the power we hold as parents to make a difference in small, consistent ways. We can be thoughtful and intentional about what we share and where. We can find outlets to process the hard stuff. We can practice “pivoting” from energy-sapping conversations about deficits, causes, cures, and strategies to emphasize gratitude, growth, and strengths. Listen and comment: What are some “pivot phrases” you can use to shift from fear or deficits to strengths? Have you ever had an aha moment where you realized your child is listening?

https://cea4autism.org/oxygen-mask-theyre-listening-episode-002/

The Oxygen Mask Episode 1 - An Introduction

The inaugural episode of The Oxygen Mask podcast is now available!! We are so excited to be sharing our knowledge this way. We know parents, especially special needs parents, are busy and our hope is to give you a short break in your day to become very intentional with your wellbeing and your parent role. Take a pause and a breath so you can best help your child. We will not overwhelm you with lots of shoulds and to dos. We want to empower you to navigate the autism path in your own way. We feel a podcast format is wonderful because it builds a sense of community and allows you to digest information in small doses while giving you the power to investigate ideas further on your own.

https://cea4autism.org/the-oxygen-mask-podcast-an-introduction-episode-001/