Moments of Joy
Happiness is Down Syndrome with Misty Coy Snyder

Happiness is Down Syndrome with Misty Coy Snyder

December 7, 2022

During this episode I'm sitting down with founder of Happiness is Down Syndrome and mom of Jed, Misty Con Snyder. We chat about diagnosis, resources, the beauty of raising a child with special needs.  

God’s gift with Yasmeen Hamed (Ibrahim’s Mom)

God’s gift with Yasmeen Hamed (Ibrahim’s Mom)

November 30, 2022

Today my special guest is the mom of Ibrahim Hamed and her name is Yasmeen. They are constantly going viral on Tik tok and Instagram for showing the day to day life of her family and son who is now an adult living with Autism and Cerebral Palsy. We sit down for a candid discussion that is sure to encourage parents raising children with special needs.  

Hearts of Joy with Lauren Costabile

Hearts of Joy with Lauren Costabile

November 16, 2022

Today I'm sitting down to chat with the founder of non profit organization Hearts of Joy International. Hearts of Joy is a non profit that  provides life saving heart surgery to individuals with Down Syndrome. They are dedicated to serving vulnerable children who otherwise would have no access to quality medical care. 50% of children born with Down Syndrome are born with a congenital heart defect that requires surgery to repair before it becomes life threatening. Due to poverty and lack of resources in developing worlds, children are not given access to proper medical care. After traveling to Uganda, East Africa and seeing the need first hand and witnessing how individuals with Down syndrome are disregarded and seen as a burden to society, Lauren was inspired to start a program to help. Hearts of Joy International walks with families through the surgery process, providing resources, support and education to communities, orphanages, caregivers and parents on the inherent dignity and value of the child. Hearts of Joy International serves in the Philippines, India, Mexico, Uganda and right here in the United States. 

Let’s Talk Autism with Shae ( Stece’s Mom)

Let’s Talk Autism with Shae ( Stece’s Mom)

November 9, 2022

Today I'm sitting down with Shae with is Stece's mom. If you don't know who they are you must check them out on Tik Tok where they have millions of followers. Stece is 17 years old , nonverbal and has autism. He is a viral sensation who loves to cook. I talked to mom about the journey as a mom and finding resources and everything needed to take care of her son. let me know what you think and follow them online @shaenstece.

28 years as a special needs mom with Michelle Hobgood

28 years as a special needs mom with Michelle Hobgood

November 2, 2022

In todays episode I'm sitting down with Michelle Hobgood. She is the Mom of 28 year old Devon who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Michelle is a home organizer and fitness trainer and she shares her journey with us. Listen in and let me know what you think.

Sanfilippo Syndrome with Ashley Haywood ( Sadie’s Mom)

Sanfilippo Syndrome with Ashley Haywood ( Sadie’s Mom)

October 26, 2022

Today Im sitting down to chat with Ashley Haywood. Shes the mom of 6 year old Sadie Rae who is a viral sensation on tik tok and instagram @savingsadierae where she spreads advocacy and joy. Sadie Rae was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome which is  childhood dementia. I wanted to have mom come on and share to bring awareness and also to encourage other parents with special needs even if you don't have the same diagnosis.

 

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Autism Beauty with Jada Boo’s Mom (Danisha)

Autism Beauty with Jada Boo’s Mom (Danisha)

October 19, 2022

On todays episode I'm sitting down to chat with viral sensation Jada Boo @autismbeauty22's mom Danisha. Jada is a 17 year old young woman who is diagnosed with autism. She is shattering the myths around what Autism looks like and bringing awareness and acceptance . Follow her on social media and tap into this episode to let me know what you think.

It’s Dwarfism Awareness Month with Missy Mills

It’s Dwarfism Awareness Month with Missy Mills

October 11, 2022
Did you know that this week is Dwarfism Awareness Month?? 💚💚💚
Meet Eden! @edenolivia.com_ She’s 6 years old and she was diagnosed with Achondroplasia which is the most common form of dwarfism at 5 months. There are over 400 types of dwarfism. On today's episode of The Moments of Joy Podcast I’m sitting down with Little Eden’s mom and her name is Missy. Will you listen in to be educated with me and join in to support this amazing community! Community, would you join me in dropping your green hearts below 💚💚💚💚💚to show your support! Because even though many of us may have different diagnosis you’d be surprised to hear how much we as parents still have in common. I’m excited about this episode 💚💚💚💚
 
Actually Autistic with Kaelynn Partlow

Actually Autistic with Kaelynn Partlow

October 5, 2022
Today I'm joined by Kaelynn Partlow, one of the stars of the Netflix Series Love on the Spectrum (U.S). 
Kaelynn is a therapist who at the age of 10 was diagnosed with Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Adhd.
Listen in to the incredible chat and let me know what you think. 
 
Be sure to connect with Kaelynn on all of her social platforms:https://linktr.ee/kaelynn_vp
 
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Resources and Community for the special needs parent

Resources and Community for the special needs parent

September 28, 2022

One thing that I know well, is resources, and another is finding and growing community. So we're gonna get into that. My therapist, she said, Camille, I'm impressed with you. She said, You are so resourceful, and you have the gift of problem solving. And I said, Wow, I've never thought about that. And so I realized that maybe some people may not know when I'm going to share. So I'm going to just start sharing resources. If you are a parent, and you have a child, and you think there may be some delays, I spoke about this on a previous podcast, but there is something called early intervention. And that is a program that exists all throughout the United States. It's called something different in every state, I know up north where I'm from, it's called Birth to Three. Down here in Texas, it's called something different, but every state has it. And what early intervention is, is a list of it's a place of resources for your child, they can have speech therapy, sometimes occupational therapy, different things to work with them to get them on the level that they should be on developmentally, before there's ever a diagnosis. And many children who receive birth for three services don't even need have a need for a diagnosis after not because of the early intervention, just because they may have never had a disability, they just might have needed someone to work with them along the way. And so you can find out who that is in your area by using Google or 211. Google, and 211 are my favorite resources. Very simple to access to one one, you pick up your phone in the United States and Canada, and you dial 211 It's a UNICEF number, but it is going to put you in touch with someone who can give you the resources you need around your area. So say you're looking for respite, respite care in your area, and you have no idea how to get started, how to find someone that can help you with your child or your adult. You find respite. Respite is relief for the caregiver. So it's a short period of time of rest or release relief for the caregiver. This means say you have a teenager or a 19 or 20 year old, you're not able to leave your child with anyone or your adult with anyone you are their primary caregiver. But you have to go on a trip for work. Now what? 

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