None of us planned for this autism parenting journey, yet here we are.
- If you feel confused, overwhelmed, disappointed, and alone, we get it.
- Getting an autism diagnosis can turn your world upside down.
- You have to process and accept that parenting an autistic child is different.
- You will have many emotions and please know that is normal.
- Give yourself grace as you work through your feelings.
We help moms raising autistic children strengthen and improve their emotional and mental well-being so they are more confident, less stressed, and find happiness and joy along this unique parenting journey we are on.
It is possible to live a life that is not filled with loneliness, confusion, and constantly feeling like you are failing.
When you are Not Your Average Autism Mom, everything changes!
How are we embracing our lives instead of staying stuck wishing, hoping, and dreaming it was different?
We are Not Your Average Autism Moms.
There will be many services & therapies for your child along this journey, but this, this is for YOU!
Find confidence in yourself & embrace your journey. Learn to reduce self-doubt in your parenting, lower your stress level, and learn coping strategies to manage your emotions along the way.
Time is your most valuable resource. You will have exclusive access to time-saving resources that you can find and use as you need them.
Identify what is working in your parenting and change what isn't using the tools and strategies we teach. Gain wisdom and strength from other moms who have gone before you and build relationships with others who are right where you are.
If you are struggling with self-compassion and acceptance but don't know where to start, you found it here. Do you want to be happier and more content with your life? Just as it is right now? Amongst the chaos?
Support and encouragement when you need it most. On days when your motivation has run out, or you just want to share something you’ve done, turn to your VILLAGE. Every step of the way, we are here to celebrate your wins, encourage you to meet any challenges and cheer you on to the next milestone.
You are never alone. After all, this parenting journey can be lonely.
Want to get to know us better?
Want to learn more about what it means to BECOME Not Your Average Autism Mom?
In this booklet, you will learn:
The power of acceptance and how it can transform your parenting journey.
Practical tips for navigating the emotions and challenges that come with an autism diagnosis.
The significance of early intervention and how it can positively impact your child's development.
How to build a supportive community of like-minded parents to share experiences and find solace.
Strategies for advocating for your child's unique needs and rights.
Ways to educate others about autism and foster a more understanding and inclusive society.
The importance of celebrating your child's individual strengths and talents.
Encouragement to embrace the journey, filled with love, growth, and endless possibilities.
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 that my life changed forever. I went through years of feeling lost and confused and having no one to turn to who understood what it was like having an autistic child. Trying to find my way and figure it out. Wondering most days how I was going to make it through another day. I wished I had other moms who understood the challenges I was going through day in and day out. I know what you are going through because I live it every day, just like you.
Jordan is 27 now 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 very often, if I'm being honest, I learned them too late.
All the years I questioned God, WHY ME? Why am I having to travel this lonely road lost and confused? I spent countless hours learning and a lot of money on training and coaching seeking answers which ultimately transformed my life.
Not Your Average Autism Mom is everything I wish that I would have had when I was raising Jordan.
Not Your Average Autism Mom is an identity. We are an incredible group of women from different walks of life raising autistic children and doing what others don’t understand.About Me
Not Your Average Autism Mom Membership
Are you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by the daily challenges of raising an autistic child? Do you want to learn how to be happier and more content with your life and accept your child's autism? Our program provides strategies for managing stress and overwhelm, as well as a supportive community of other moms who understand the unique challenges of raising autistic children.
Our focus is on self-care and finding balance in your life as a mom.
There are (3) pillars that we incorporated into our membership, which you can't find in one place anywhere else.
- Emotional support for your own well-being. We have a complete coaching program, including live coaching.
- Knowledge and understanding of Special Education When your child requires additional support along their educational path, learning Special Education isn't optional, it is necessary.
- A private community of other moms who "get it" and normalize this journey. It is the collective wisdom of these amazing women that you can learn from successes and failures. We celebrate the milestones that the outside world doesn't understand. This is our VILLAGE.
There are coaching programs and packages, there are advocacy training programs and special education courses, and there are online support groups, but there was no place that combines these three things.
I searched everywhere for that place, but I couldn't find it because it didn't exist, so I built it.
It was a priority for me to make it affordable for most families and we did that.
I help moms like me to embrace their journey even in the most chaotic moments, because the truth is, that is autism sometimes.
Our mission is that every mom raising autistic children not only wants to be Not Your Average Autism Mom but more importantly that it is available to you. For less than what you pay for a cup of coffee a day or as one of our members said, less than a pizza a week you can be Not Your Average Autism Mom.
We include everything for only $44 a month and even less if you choose the annual option.
Join us and find the support and guidance you need to thrive along this unique parenting journey.
Never leave a school meeting feeling more frustrated than when you got there again.
Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge & clarity to support positive collaboration with your child's educational team. We are experts in IEP and 504 plans specializing in autism.
Trainings & Resources
Educational training modules on everything you need to know about Special Education. A library of educational and family resources including other diagnoses' that often co-exist with autism.
Everything you need in ONE PLACE and access to our Educational Advocate & Coach.
Learn new skills that will allow you to make the changes you want to see. Whatever challenge you are facing, receive an honest perspective and get help seeing what you can't see.
If you are like me, working with a coach might be the best thing that you never knew you needed.
Monthly Guest Expert
Each month we have Guest Hosts join us to share information about topics important to our members. You have the opportunity to learn from different professionals in their areas of expertise.
This allows you the space and time to ask the expert your specific individual questions.
Being Not Your Average Autism Mom is special and here's why...
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 joined in October 2020 and am so happy that I am Not Your Average Autism Mom and you will be too.
Blair Miller - Rocky Mount, NC
I have felt a huge sigh of relief in my autism journey since joining. The member features inside are incredible! I continue to learn and grow as a Not Your Average Autism Mom using the training, coaching, and all the resources inside. I am so happy that I was the very first member and I promise, you won't be disappointed!
Samantha Crocker - Hope, AR
Being part of the Not Your Average Autism Mom Community has been life-changing for me. I have a place where I get support from amazing moms who "get it". I get advice on all things education, real coaching, and access to our member portal that has answers to any question or problem that arises on my journey.
I am so thankful to BE Not Your Average Autism Mom!
Pamela Levine - Bristow, VA
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 all my questions. I can finally connect with other Not Your Average Autism Moms who understand this parenting journey because I know they have been in my shoes. When you join you will see, it is worth so much more than the cost.
Samantha Little - Hattiesburg, MS
The resources in this membership go beyond how to handle autism. The friendships built with other moms who have walked in your shoes. Being a resource to moms who are just starting 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.
Jennifer Hill-Baker -Columbia, SC
Melanie DeLuca - Casco, MI
I have known Shannon personally and professionally for many years. She is not only a Mom of a son with autism but she has been an extraordinarily strong advocate for the autism community for years.
I highly recommend that if you are raising a child with autism, you add NYAAM to your support team.
You will be so glad you did!
Donna Lorman, Autism Society of Greater Orlando - Orlando, FL
Donation is not just about financial support; it's about becoming a part of someone's journey toward acceptance.
In every act of donation, there lies the power to transform lives and create meaningful impact. Our mission is to equip families and communities with resources and training in hopes of creating a more inclusive world for our children and adults on the spectrum. Your generosity has the ability to light up someone's world, uplift them in their darkest hours, and pave the way for a brighter future. Every contribution, no matter the size, ripples with kindness and compassion, creating a chain of positivity that spreads far and wide. So, let's join hands and hearts to make a difference together. Your donation isn't just a transaction; it's a gesture of love, a beacon of hope, and a testament to the boundless potential of human kindness.
Together, we can create a world where every individual's dreams, despite their different abilities, are supported and their challenges met with open arms. Donate with love and be a part of something truly extraordinary.
Frequently Asked Questions
So, you have a few questions? Let's try to answer those for you...
I'm an Autism Dad- can I still join?
Do I have to be on camera for the calls?
Does it matter where in the world I live?
As you add new trainings will there be additional fees?
How confidential are the coaching calls in the community?
If there’s anything at all that you’re not certain about, anything we haven’t made clear in the FAQ’s; any concerns or questions please email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to help you out.