Even during “normal” times, raising a child with special needs can be extremely challenging. You feel isolated and completely alone in this world.
Now that your family has been thrust into a pandemic and thrown out of sync from your daily routines, it’s made your job as a special needs parent even more difficult.
You were relying on in-person services like occupational and speech therapy to help with your child’s on-going developmental needs. School services, including special education curriculum, 1:1 behavioral aides, adaptive PE and psychology counseling sessions were core necessities to your child’s every day life.
But the world has shut down and many services aren’t available in the ways they were before.
The anxiety and uncertainty are beginning to take their toll and you’re worried that after all the progress you’ve made with your child, regression and dysregulation are settling in.
You love them with all of your heart but you just don't know what to do anymore or who to turn to for help.
There’s really no other way to put it...
And then a scarier thought creeps in. What abou NEEDS? You begin to wonder if you’ll ever find joy & purpose in life. Can you still experience a meaningful life?
Aren’t you supposed to sacrifice your own desires and goals in life and solely focus on your child? Shouldn’t you just concentrate on facilitating your child's life so that it runs as smoothly as possible?
Does YOUR happiness and well-being matter anymore?
I understand exactly what you’re going through! My name is Susanna Peace Lovell and 12 years ago, my daughter Arizona was diagnosed with myriad challenges and special needs. I was in complete and utter shock.
I experienced severe anxiety, and, after the newness of being a warrior mom wore off, fell into a deep and lengthy depression. I felt I needed to sacrifice the rest of my life to ensure that Arizona would have the best shot at her own life.
But what I slowly grew to understand was that the more I allowed myself to experience my own joy, recharge my batteries, and stay connected to the practice of self-care, the more I was able to be present for my daughter and tap into what her real needs were.
I believe that we teach what we most need to learn, and I recognize the power in flowing with the ups and downs of this distinct journey.
It is a true gift to realize that your child’s potential doesn’t have a limit; but to realize YOUR possibilities are also unlimited is a tremendous breakthrough not to be missed!
Imagine waking up every morning excited for the day knowing that it can be full of fun, love, happiness and personal growth!
What if you can finally face the day with confidence knowing that you’re providing the best life possible for you and your family.
I’d like to help as many families as possible achieve this, which is why I finally created this online course...
This course is completely self-paced and will take special needs parents on a journey in rediscovering joy and balance.
As we advocate for and support our children to lead fuller and richer lives, it is also possible for us as parents to experience this same richness for ourselves.
This course will dive deep into the following topics:
Our journey as special needs parents is a non-linear one. There are ups and downs as well as progress and setbacks. We need to build a solid foundation for ways in which we can continue to get the right help for our atypical children, and ourselves.
In this class, I will share my story as a Mom raising a teenage daughter with myriad special needs and challenges, provide an introduction to the practice of self-care, dive into specific hints and tips for getting help for your neuro-diverse child, and lean into the spiritual practice of honoring and loving our children for exactly who they are.
As is our custom as parents to focus on the ways in which we can best advocate for our children with needs, it is an equally important task and practice to simultaneously be in touch with our own needs.
This class will help you set the foundation for being the best advocate for yourselves and your child / children, my top tips for making the most out of your therapeutic journey and learn some powerful spiritual mantras for continuing to honor our children (and ourselves) as whole, perfect and complete. Nothing needs to be “fixed” – because nothing is broken!
As our unique journey continues to shift and change, it’s important to create a village around ourselves and our child / children. This village may change, but what doesn’t change are the ways in which we can set a solid intention around finding the best support that works best for the entire family.
I am a firm believer in that finding the best help for our children includes therapeutic healing for the entire family. This class dives deep into the core of building a team around us: finding the best learning environment, identifying and tapping into the best therapeutic support and building community. I also share my top tips for co-parenting along the journey (whether you have a “partner” or not).
Self-care has been at the forefront of my journey as a special needs parent. I have found that the practice of self-care is the quickest portal to abundance – of joy, connection, purpose and fulfillment. My ability to take care of my daughter is heightened when my cup is full (and especially when it’s overflowing)!
In this class, I share my top 7 tips for truly leaning into the practice of TRUE self-care – emotional, spiritual, physical and beyond!
We will follow along with my handbook (PDF download) on my 7 top tips: 1) Speak Your Truth, 2) Just Say No, 3) Release the Guilt, 4) Receive Help, 5) Let Go of Expectations, 6) Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable) and last but not least … 7) Find Your Joy.
Please join me on this journey as we learn, laugh, cry and celebrate together. Whether you have been a special needs family for many years or have just received a diagnosis, this class is for you!
Life Management for Special Needs Families: An Ultimate Resource Guide for Creating a Thriving Life is open for enrollment.
You can start or stop the class whenever you would like as it is 100% self-paced! We will dive deep into the following topics:
Class # 1: Redefine Your Plan for Meeting Your Child’s Special Needs
Class # 2: Be the Best Advocate You Can Be for You and Your Child
Class # 3: Build and Manage Your Dream Team
Class # 4: My Top 7 Tips for Self-Care as a Special Needs Parent
The entire course is available within a self-paced online classroom environment! All content is pre-recorded and will be accessible for life! Lectures, powerpoint, PDF files, homework questions; all included.
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days and we will give you a full refund.
Susanna Peace Lovell received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, and is a certified professional life coach and advocate dedicated to the health and wellness of special needs families everywhere. Her own daughter Arizona has multiple challenges and diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety and myriad food allergies.
On her journey of navigating through the worry and heartbreak of raising a special needs child, Susanna found her true life calling: to help other parents find and realize joy and passion in their own lives.
It is a gift to realize that your child’s potential doesn’t have a limit. But to realize your own possibilities are also unlimited is a tremendous breakthrough not to be missed! Susanna can help you unleash this potential within and start soaring in your own life.
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