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These posts are collections of my real life experiences and learnings all created to help you navigate the challenges, and rewards, of special needs parenting. Contact me if you want to know more!

Fear of Being Judged By Other People

My client, Amy, has a near phobia of taking her 10-year-old son with Autism and other disabilities out in public because of her fear of being judged by other people. She imagines all eyes being fixed on them as he stims and repeats words.She imagines other people are...

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Loving the Child You Have

My son, Ben, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. After his diagnosis, my life stopped. The life I had expected, anyway.  I went from planning my next baby to learning the ropes of Autism parenting.  For me that looked like diving into the research,...

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This Ain’t Holland

I can’t stand when people learn of my son’s Autism diagnosis ask me if I’ve read the essay, “Welcome to Holland.” In case you have not read it, it is about planning a beautiful trip to Italy and being unexpectedly re-routed to Holland.  It uses the metaphor...

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Autism, Employment and Hope

BeanZ + Co is an inclusive coffee café in Avon, CT, employing equal numbers of individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  

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“Everyone expects me to drop everything.”

This week my client, Melinda, came to me with a classic example of burnout & people-pleasing, when she reported that she was burnout because, in her words, “everyone expects me to drop everything.” Melinda explained that for the last 3 weeks, she had been...

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The ABCs of Living in Survival Mode

As a single mother of a teenage with Autism, OCD and GAD, I understand what living in survival mode is like. Some days/weeks/months can feel like a constant struggle to get through the never-ending challenges of parenting a child with special needs. From sleepless...

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Lisa Candera

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