On today's episode of the podcast we will hear from Kirsten Black, a Certified Child Life Specialist, who had the opportunity to visit children's hospitals in Sweden. Kirsten shares her perspective on the major differences in pediatric healthcare, what she learned...
Episode 130 | Belinda’s Story – A son with autism, low tone and epilepsy [A BELOVED MENTOR]
Podcast Show Notes
“Never listen when they tell you your child will not, encourage them to do the best they can do”- Belinda Hammond, CCLS
Belinda shares her son’s journey with low tone, epilepsy and autism and how her professional and personal experiences collided, giving her an invaluable perspective as a parent and professional. This episode is in our top 5 most downloaded episodes to date.
[4:39] Belinda notices her son is not meeting some major developmental milestones
[5:17] Receiving a low tone diagnosis as an infant
[10:00] Belinda shares a touching moment in her son’s journey to run a 5k
[12:39] Finding activities your child likes to incorporate into therapy
[13:34] She gets a phone call from Justins school, Belinda begins to search for answers
[14:57] Additionally, she learns her son is having absent seizures and after a neurology referral learns he has Epilepsy
[15:41] After hearing feedback from her son’s school, Belinda decides to homeschool Justin
[19:53] Getting her Masters degree helped her become a stronger advocate for her son and patients
[22:45] In addition to low tone and seizures, Belinda shares about Justin’s mild autism spectrum diagnosis at age 5
[24:50] Belinda describes how going back to school was self-care for her
[28:54] Working on self-confidence
[30:09] Justin’s amazing attitude and ability to push forward is inspiring to Belinda
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