Understanding the Levels of an Autism Diagnosis and Their Unique Challenges
Jul 7 • 43:48
Understanding the Levels of an Autism Diagnosis and Their Unique Challenges
Episode:

Understanding the Levels of an Autism Diagnosis and Their Unique Challenges

July 7, 2024 • 43:48 • Greg and Jessica Hurlbut

In 2012, our daughter received a diagnosis of classic autism. We had no idea what that meant. But a year later, the DSM 5which is the rulebook used for diagnosing mental conditionswas published, creating what we know as the autism spectrum and different levels of need. If your child is diagnosed with autism, they will now be categorized as a Level 1, 2, or 3 based upon the amount of support they will need. 

In Episode 82, I invite my friend and fellow autism mom, Kelly Werwie, to join me as we discuss the different levels on the autism spectrum and the unique parenting challenges each level presents.

Click here to order Jessicas new book, Unlimited Motherhood: Overcome 12 Limits that Overwhelm and Conflict our Hearts: https://a.co/d/4yxk5AG (https://a.co/d/4yxk5AG)

Full Spectrum Parent is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.Christianparenting.org

Podcast:

Full Spectrum Parent

With Greg and Jessica Hurlbut
The Full Spectrum Parent Podcast is the only faith-based autism parenting podcast on the web. As pastors and special needs parents, each episode we offer parents a dose of help, a dose of humor, and a dose of hope.
All Episodes:
Jul 18 • 30:12
Life for Our Kids on the Spectrum After Aging Out of Special Education

As a special needs parent, when I think of the future it scares me. 

Parents of kids on the spectrum often wonder what will happen to their children and fear what transition into adulthood will look like. 

In Episode 83, we interview Carrie Cariello. Carrie is a mother of five and her son Jack is on the autism spectrum. He recently graduated and is now thriving as an adult. 

Being a few steps ahead of many of us on this autism journey, Carrie shares her wisdom on how to navigate this difficult transition. You wont want to miss this episode! 

Carrie is the author of 3 books on parenting. Her latest is, Half My Sky: Autism, Marriage, and the Messiness That is Building a Family. Learn more at www.carriecariello.com 

Full Spectrum Parent is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network.

To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.Christianparenting.org

Jul 7 • 43:48
Understanding the Levels of an Autism Diagnosis and Their Unique Challenges

In 2012, our daughter received a diagnosis of classic autism. We had no idea what that meant. But a year later, the DSM 5which is the rulebook used for diagnosing mental conditionswas published, creating what we know as the autism spectrum and different levels of need. If your child is diagnosed with autism, they will now be categorized as a Level 1, 2, or 3 based upon the amount of support they will need. 

In Episode 82, I invite my friend and fellow autism mom, Kelly Werwie, to join me as we discuss the different levels on the autism spectrum and the unique parenting challenges each level presents.

Click here to order Jessicas new book, Unlimited Motherhood: Overcome 12 Limits that Overwhelm and Conflict our Hearts: https://a.co/d/4yxk5AG (https://a.co/d/4yxk5AG)

Full Spectrum Parent is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.Christianparenting.org

Jun 20 • 32:13
When Autism Hits the Road: Tips and Trips for Summer Travel

Vacations are supposed to be a time to unplug, a time to laugh, and a time to enjoy just being with family. 

But as special needs parents, traveling and vacations can be extremely stressfulto the point you need a vacation AFTER your vacation. 

In Episode 81, we talk about our familys cross-country RV roadtrip, sharing different tips and tricks were implementing as we attempt to travel with our kids on the spectrum for 31 days!

Click here to order Jessicas new book, Unlimited Motherhood: Overcome 12 Limits that Overwhelm and Conflict our Hearts: https://a.co/d/4yxk5AG (https://a.co/d/4yxk5AG)

Full Spectrum Parent is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network.

To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.Christianparenting.org

Jun 7 • 24:42
Life with Autism: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Life with autism can sometimes feel like a roller coaster ride. The ups and down, twists and turns can often make our heads spin and our hearts sick.

In Episode 80, Jessica shares openly about this past week and our struggles with our daughter Mara. Reflecting on a week full of highs and lows, we are reminded how quickly a good day can transition into a bad one. Jessica encourage listeners to remember that life is a paradox: its beautiful and terrible all at the same time, but God promises to walk with us through our valleys. 

Click here to order Jessicas new book, Unlimited Motherhood: Overcome 12 Limits that Overwhelm and Conflict our Hearts: https://a.co/d/4yxk5AG (https://a.co/d/4yxk5AG)

Full Spectrum Parent is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network.

To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.Christianparenting.org

May 10 • 36:12
The Glass Children: The Invisible Siblings in a Special Needs Family

Glass children are the typical kids in a special needs family who often feel invisible because their parents are consumed with caring for their special needs sibling. If both kids were standing side-by-side, the parents often see right through the typical child, as if they are made of glass. 

In Episode 79, we share the struggles we have had attending to the needs of our three typical children when our two kids on the spectrum demand so much of our time and energy. We offer 4 Tips for Parents to Consider When Addressing the Needs of Their Kids. 

Click here to order Jessicas new book, Unlimited Motherhood: Overcome 12 Limits that Overwhelm and Conflict our Hearts: https://a.co/d/4yxk5AG (https://a.co/d/4yxk5AG)

Full Spectrum Parent is a part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network.

To find practical and spiritual guidance to help you grow into the perfectly imperfect parent you want to be visit www.Christianparenting.org

About the Host

Greg and Jessica Hurlbut

Greg and Jessica Hurlbut are pastors in Upstate NY and parents of five kiddos; two whom struggle with severe autism, two adopted through foster care, and one typical teenage boy.

Greg and Jessica are huge adoption advocates. After adopting a sibling group of two from foster care in 2014, Jessica attempted to run 110 miles as a visual representation of the 110,000 kids currently in foster care who were freed to be adopted and in desperate need of a forever family.  This feat sparked an annual National Adoption Day Run where over 100 virtual and in-person runners gather to complete a 125-mile relay across St Lawrence County in 24 hours.

When facing the grim diagnosis of autism, they searched far and wide for Christian resources to help them walk this difficult road and found none. Through the Full Spectrum Parent Podcast, Greg and Jessica desire to be the person they needed. Each episode offers practical advice and hope to special needs parents—reminding them God is with them, for them, and will use all they have endured for his glory.

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