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Oxygen Mask Episode 26: Visualize your resources

In this second episode with Shannon Andreson, we go deeper into reframing summer in terms of resources. We discuss two more LifeCourse tools that help visualize and communicate our own or our kids’ supports, connections, and strengths. Don’t miss the links and examples in the show notes!

Show Notes

Beth’s YouTube video on the support star and schedule.

Example: Beth’s Integrated Supports Star. Note: The underlined items are those that “fell off” during the pandemic and could be resumed if doing so would be supportive.

Wait a minute, what is LifeCourse? We’ve talked about it on the podcast before, but it’s been awhile. Check out Oxygen Mask Podcast Episode 20: LifeCourse Tools for Planning and Advocacy to learn more.

Disability Hub MN links to LifeCourse

Acknowledgements

This podcast episode was made possible thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Oxygen Mask Episode 25: Reframing summer

Our guest, Shannon Andreson, is a parent of a young adult on the autism spectrum and leader in education and autism advocacy. She helps us shift our thinking about summer. For many special needs families, irregular schedules and long summer days can be daunting. But Shannon’s reframing helps us see summer’s flexibility as an invitation to build support and independence and to recognize resources close at hand. In this conversation, we highlight a visual tool that may help you reframe to see structure and abundance in your day-to-day. Don’t miss Episode 26 for the second part of this conversation with Shannon.

Show Notes

Charting the LifeCourse schedule tool (bottom of page). Note: The schedule is nestled into a group of tools related to respite, or small breaks for caregivers throughout the day. You can use the schedule to illustrate your own day (and small chances to rest) or the way your child spends his or her time. Caregiver respite is a huge area of need and a rich area to explore with LifeCourse tools. Communities Engaging Autism hosted two events in Spring of 2022 on this topic. We’d love to connect with you to walk through possibilities and resources for finding small moments to put on your own oxygen mask on. for your family. Connect with us at info@cea4autism.org

Wait a minute, what is LifeCourse? We’ve talked about it on the podcast before, but it’s been awhile. Check out Oxygen Mask Podcast Episode 20: LifeCourse Tools for Planning and Advocacy to learn more.

Disability Hub MN links to LifeCourse

Acknowledgements

This podcast episode was made possible thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

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