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How are moms like us who didn’t plan for this autism parenting journey embracing life just as it is right now instead of staying stuck wishing, hoping, and dreaming it was different?

We are Not Your Average Autism Moms. That's how.   

  • If you find yourself feeling confused, overwhelmed, exhausted, 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 going to be different.  
  • 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!

 

Let's TALK AUTISM Monthly

Autism topics that directly impact your family.

There will be many services & therapies for your child along this journey, but this, this is for YOU! 

When you become Not Your Average Autism Mom you will 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.

Support and encouragement when you need it most.  After all, this parenting journey can be lonely.  Especially when everything falls on your shoulders. 

Being #notyouraverageautismmom is an identity.  It is finding your tribe, your people, and your home!

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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, 20 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 really 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 really 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 26 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 thousands and thousands of dollars 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.  

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Introducing...

Not Your Average Autism Mom Membership

When you join us, you have access to what I believe are the most essential things that will help you navigate this journey more easily with less overwhelm and stress.  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 on Facebook 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 subscriber pages, but there was no place that combined these three things. 

I searched everywhere for that place, but I couldn't find it because it didn't exist, so I built it.  

Education training programs, coaching packages, and online subscriber pages all cost money and can add up financially.  It was a priority for me to make what we offer affordable for most families and we did that. For me, it is about helping moms like me embrace this journey even in the most chaotic moments, because, well, 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. 

Educational Coaching 

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.

Parent Coaching

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.

The #1 Podcast for Moms Raising an Autistic Child

Find us at Not Your Average Autism Mom on your favorite podcast platform, Amazon Music and Audible.

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

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 this SISTERHOOD 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 the Sisterhood 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

Being part of this membership has given me so much support and information from other moms that have been in my shoes.
  
I don't feel so alone anymore.  The other members truly care about and understand each other.
 

Melanie DeLuca - Casco, MI

If you are a mom of an autistic child, joining our Not Your Average Autism Mom Community will be life-changing for you. I have found my MOM tribe that brings knowledge all the way around.  

This has given me the strength to advocate for my son in all parts of his autism journey and relationships with other moms who understand.  

Sarah Zielke - Pasadena, TX

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

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