Autism Parenting;

A Path Less Traveled.

Navigating the world of autism parenting can leave you feeling overwhelmed.

We understand the emotional rollercoaster that an autism diagnosis can bring‚ÄĒit can feel like your entire world has been turned upside down.¬† If today you‚Äôre feeling uncertain, lost, or alone, just know this is a path many brave parents walk and you can too!

We help moms raising autistic children strengthen and improve their emotional well-being so they are more confident, less stressed and find joy and happiness on this parenting journey you weren't prepared for.

If you’re battling feelings of confusion and isolation, you are not alone.  It is possible to live your life not consumed by loneliness, confusion, and constantly feeling like you are failing. We provide a space where it's okay to feel everything you're feeling. 

When you are Not Your Average Autism Mom, everything changes!



Journey to Resilience;

 Navigating Autism Parenting. 

Wednesday, May 29th at 12 PM (EST)

Presented by Shannon Urquiola


Hi, I'm Shannon.

I know all too well the feelings of not being good enough and asking why me.  I remember the day that Jordan was diagnosed with Autism, 22 years ago. The day my life changed forever.  

I went through years of feeling lost and confused and trying to find my way and figure it out, wondering most days how I was going to make it through another day. I know what you are going through because I live it every day too.

Jordan is 27 and my parenting journey has not been easy.  I made really hard decisions.  I learned many things along the way, unfortunately, I learned most of them the hard way, and being honest, I learned them too late.

I spent countless hours and a lot of money on training and coaching seeking answers that ultimately transformed my life.  Now I teach other moms like me to make their lives better every day and I can help you too. 

My Story


Not Your Average Autism Mom Membership 

  • Personal Emotional Support:

    • Gain access to strategies designed to help you navigate judgmental¬†stares or comments and remain calm during chaotic moments.
    • Support your child with renewed confidence and resilience.
  • Special Education Training and Resources:

    • You will have the tools and knowledge to navigate the complexities of Special Education with advocacy tips and communication strategies.
    • Access resources (training and templates) designed to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed.
  • A Private Community:

    • Join a¬†VILLAGE of moms who understand and share your experiences.
    • Benefit from a¬†community that normalizes this journey,¬†provides emotional support and celebrates¬†every milestone.
  • Affordable Access:

    • We prioritize making our membership affordable for most families. Enjoy all these benefits for less than the cost of a pizza a week‚ÄĒbecause support should be accessible, not a luxury.
    • As long as you remain a member in good standing, your monthly¬†fee will never increase.¬†
  • Continuous Learning and Support:

    • Engage in ongoing training, coaching, and access to a wealth of resources.¬† Our resources are continually updated to provide you with the best and most current information.
    • Grow, learn, and¬†be part of a community that supports you every step of the way.
  • Identity and Empowerment:

    • Not Your Average Autism Mom it is an IDENTITY to be proud of.¬†¬†
    • We don't aim to meet other's expectations, we do what others don‚Äôt understand.

Learn to embrace your journey even in the most chaotic moments, because the truth is, that is autism sometimes. 


Being Not Your Average Autism Mom is special and here's why...

Blair Miller - Rocky Mount, NC

Since I became a member, my son has made the most progress I have ever seen! Incredible! 

The coaching has been so helpful and every week I take away several things I can work on. 

I became a member in October 2020 and continue to be so proud to be Not Your Average Autism Mom and you will be too! 

Jennifer Hill Baker -  Columbia, SC

The resources as a member go beyond how to handle autism.  The friendships with other moms who have walked in your shoes.  Being a resource to moms who are just beginning their journey. 

Becoming Not Your Average Autism Mom is the best thing I've done since my son was diagnosed.

I am no longer alone.

Angela Taylor -  Lawrenceville, GA

Since becoming a member in February 2023 I don't feel alone anymore. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging.  When I'm having a tough day, I log into the VILLAGE and read about the awesome accomplishments of other members.  I stay more in the background but I am constantly learning something.  

My journey may look different from others, but we are all looking for our village, this is mine!  

 Melanie DeLuca - Casco, MI

Being part of this membership has given me so much support and information from other moms who have been in my shoes.

I don't feel so alone anymore.

The other members truly care about and understand each other.  

Samantha Crocker - Hope, AR

I have felt a huge sigh of relief in my autism parenting journey since joining.  The member features are incredible!

I am so proud that I was the first member to become Not Your Average Autism Mom in 2020.

I continue to learn and grow using the training, coaching, and all the resources available to us.

I promise you won't be disappointed!


Pamela Levine - Bristow, VA

Being a member has been life-changing for me. I have a place where I get support from amazing moms who just "get it". 

I get guidance and direction on all things education, real coaching, and the member portal has answers to any questions or problems that arise.  

I am so thankful to BE Not Your Average Autism Mom! 


Samantha Little - Hattiesburg, MS

I LOVE our VILLAGE and am so glad I took a chance and joined.  All the training modules are so helpful and detailed.  It is awesome to have a place to learn and ask my questions.

I am finally connected with other moms who understand this parenting journey because they have been in my shoes.  

When you join, you will see, it is worth so much more than the membership fee. 

Donna Lorman - Orlando, FL

I have known Shannon personally and professionally for many years.  She is not only the mom of a son on the autism spectrum, she has been an extraordinarily strong advocate for the autism community for years.

I highly recommend that if you are raising a child on the spectrum, you add NYAAM to your support team. 

You will be so glad you did.  


The #1 Podcast for Moms Raising an Autistic Child

Find us at Not Your Average Autism Mom on your favorite podcast platform, Amazon Music/Audible, or iHeart Radio.

New episodes EVERY Thursday.  We talk about topics that directly impact your life along this unique autism parenting journey we are on.

Frequently Asked Questions

So, you have a few questions? Let's try to answer those for you...

If there‚Äôs anything at all that you‚Äôre not certain about, anything we haven‚Äôt made clear in the FAQ‚Äôs; any concerns or questions please email us at¬†[email protected]¬†and we will¬†be happy to help you out.