The Autism Mom Coach Podcast

I’m Lisa Candera, a single mom of a teen with Autism, and I’m on a mission to teach moms raising kids with Autism that they have more power than they think.

Check out my podcasts. I created them to give you useful insights and strategies from my Be the Solid Object coaching framework.  Contact me and let me know what you think!

Ep #15: I Need to Live Forever

Whether your child is verbal and capable of carrying out the activities of daily living, or has an intellectual disability and requires 24/7 care, the physical, mental, and emotional demands of caring for a child with special needs are always significant. This is why...

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Ep #13: Managing Summer Break Anxiety

As special needs parents, we all love the structure that school provides for us and our kids. That is, until school is out for summer, and my son is looking at me and asking, “What should I do today?” Less support for my son as well as new and varied routines always...

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Ep #12: Stepping into Your Role as the Expert

In last week’s episode, I showed you why you are always the expert when it comes to parenting your child with Autism. So, now what? Well, I’ve got one amazing tool for you to use for truly stepping into that role, so you can show up and parent from a place of...

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Ep #11: You Are the Expert

Whether you are new to the diagnosis of Autism or an OG like me, you’ve likely heard the phrase, “You are the expert on your child.” But what does this mean exactly? Well, over the next two episodes, I’m taking a deep dive into what it means to be an expert. There are...

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Ep #10: Catastrophizing

Do you find yourself time-traveling to the future and imagining a worst-case scenario for yourself or your child, even when it there doesn’t seem to be anything going wrong in that particular moment? Well, this is called catastrophizing, and you’re not the only person...

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Ep #9: This Should Not Be Happening

None of us really knows how life is supposed to go. But when it comes to parenting your child with Autism, do you find yourself thinking, saying, or shouting, “This should not be happening?” If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. This situation comes up for...

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Ep #8: Riding the Wave

Our emotions are a lot like waves. They build up and they break, they ebb and they flow. You can try to stand firm in their way and get knocked over or pulled under, or you can let go, let them flow, and ride the wave until it meets the shore and disappears, and I’m...

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Ep #7: When You Are Rigid

All-or-nothing thinking, or being rigid, is generally defined by pairs of opposites. So, maybe you’re thinking of someone or something as simply good or bad, working or not working. But it can also show up as thinking there are only two choices available in a...

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Ep #6: The Self-Coaching Model

Remember the book The Little Engine That Could? Before The Little Engine has the courage to start up the hill, another character tells her, “If you think you can, you will. If you think you can’t, you won’t. Either way, you’re right.” This is the power our thoughts...

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Ep #5: Think-Feel-Act Cycle

Whether you know it or not, there is a cycle constantly working in the background of everything you do, including dealing with the challenges of parenting a child with Autism. It’s called the Think-Feel-Act Cycle, and understanding how this process works in my brain...

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Ep #4: Negativity Bias

Do you ever find yourself fixating on all the things your child can’t do, while paying little attention to the tremendous gains they’ve made? Well, this is your brain’s negativity bias at work. This comes up for so many of us when it comes to our parenting, but just...

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Ep #3: Separating Your Child’s Behavior from Your Thoughts

I’m sure you’ve realized by now, no matter how hard we try, we can’t control our children’s behaviors. However, we can choose how we want to think about them. That might not sound particularly powerful, but trust me when I say it’s a real gamechanger. Your child’s...

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Ep #2: Your Child’s Behavior Is Not Personal

How do you react when your child is having a meltdown? So many of us feel like we’re just one step behind, ready to throw a tantrum ourselves. When your child is having a meltdown, taking their behaviors personally is a normal automatic reaction. However, it is never...

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Ep #1: How We Make Parenting Difficult for Ourselves

Do you fear you’re not doing enough for your child with autism? Do you terrorize yourself with thoughts about their future, and how you’re not able to give them the right kind of support? Do you put caring for yourself on the back burner because you think, “I’ll be...

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Introducing The Autism Mom Coach Podcast

Welcome to The Autism Mom Coach podcast! Do you sometimes feel like your life has been hijacked by Autism? If so, this is the podcast for you. The Autism Mom Coach is the podcast for moms who feel overwhelmed, afraid and sometimes powerless as they raise their child...

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