ABOUT ME




Hi, I'm Brigitte Shipman and I’m a mom to two beautiful adult sons, author, and life coach. I help moms with children on the spectrum to navigate the journey of autism so that they can be their most loving and joyous selves in guiding their child.

I was an educator and director in the public school system for 20 years and now I am a Certified Martha Beck (aka Oprah’s life coach) Life Coach.

My journey as a mother has been faced with challenges of raising my son Joseph through autism, type I diabetes, losing my sons' father, and drug addiction of my younger son. 

Life "tsunamis" hit me pretty hard and I was in survival mode every day. But I was a mother warrior so I kept fighting for my children and kept praying each day to help me find the way. I eventually found a way and got my family back on track and started helping other women struggling in their life tsunamis.

I now live a life of gratitude being a mother of two grown sons, single, and loving my life. I love spending time with my family, having long deep conversations, dancing anywhere, traveling, and helping other moms thrive in their lives.

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Currently, both of my sons are thriving in their lives. Being their mother has been the highest honor in my life. They both have been my greatest teachers. They continue to show me opportunities for personal growth. They each own half of my heart.  

ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Brigitte Shipman and I’m a mom to two beautiful adult sons, author, and life coach. I help moms with children on the spectrum to navigate the journey of autism so that they can be their most loving and joyous selves in guiding their child.

I was an educator and director in the public school system for 20 years and now I am a Certified Martha Beck (aka Oprah’s life coach) Life Coach.

My journey as a mother has been faced with challenges of raising my son Joseph through autism, type I diabetes, losing my sons' father, and drug addiction of my younger son. 

Life "tsunamis" hit me pretty hard and I was in survival mode every day. But I was a mother warrior so I kept fighting for my children and kept praying each day to help me find the way. I eventually found a way and got my family back on track and started helping other women struggling in their life tsunamis.

I now live a life of gratitude being a mother of two grown sons, single, and loving my life. I love spending time with my family, having long deep conversations, dancing anywhere, traveling, and helping other moms thrive in their lives.

Currently, both of my sons are thriving in their lives. Being their mother has been the highest honor in my life. They both have been my greatest teachers. They continue to show me opportunities for personal growth. They each own half of my heart.  

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About Mother's Guide Through Autism

My coaching program (as well as the podcast) and the name have been inspired by my son Joseph. He is an adult living with autism. They once told me that he might not be able to ever live on his own, attend school in a traditional learning environment, or if he did attend public school, he would be in a self contained classroom away from his peers. He would be confined to an environment that would limit his education, personal growth, and opportunities to function in society. 

This was when inclusion was just being introduced in education. It was also recommended that we drug him so that he could pay better attention if he were to attend school.

Joseph proved them wrong and now is 29 living independently.

A couple of years ago, I asked Joseph if he could help me with a name for the podcast I was starting. His first response was “Well, I am blank.” I know by now not to take it personally because he speaks the truth.  

About 10 seconds of silence passed and then he said, “Well, I see a wise old man sitting on a mountain with a long gray beard.” He motioned his hands as if he were stroking the long grey beard. Oh, I said, “That's pretty cool.”

He then came back with his final reply and said, “Really it's more like you are my tour guide.” You mean in your life? I asked. He said, “Yes, you have shown me how.”  

A tour guide of life. Wow, I thought to myself that’s powerful and a great metaphor. In fact, I have been his tour guide when I needed to redirect him with love, patience, and communication.  

That is how Mother’s Guide came to be. I would also like to add, it has been in the works for the past 29 years of being Joseph’s tour guide. 

Autism Mom Coach Brigitte and Joseph

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Raising a child with autism is not easy. I offer you support, guidance, and tools to navigate the autism life with less overwhelm, stress and with more ease and joy.

Brigitte Shipman Coach Autism

Transform your grief, fear, and overwhelm into joy, gratitude, and celebration in a safe and supportive environment with me and other moms of autistic kids.

Mother's guide through autism podcast

Episode 1: My Autistic Son--Being Okay with Not Being Okay

This is an inspiring introduction of how Mother’s Guide Through Autism came to be. I offer my background story, and how my son Joseph described what role I played in his 27 years of living with autism.

LET'S GET STARTED

Raising a child with autism is not easy. I offer you support, guidance, and tools to navigate the autism life with less overwhelm, stress and with more ease and joy.

Brigitte Shipman Coach Autism

Transform your grief, fear, and overwhelm into joy, gratitude, and celebration in a safe and supportive environment with me and other moms of autistic kids.

Mother's guide through autism podcast

Episode 1: My Autistic Son--Being Okay with Not Being Okay

This is an inspiring introduction of how Mother’s Guide Through Autism came to be. I offer my background story, and how my son Joseph described what role I played in his 27 years of living with autism.

RAVE REVIEWS




"Brigitte is an extremely empathetic & genuine person. She listens & connects on a level that allows her to understand & guide you through whatever your struggle may be with grace. We all get a little lost sometimes. Let her be your compass. I promise you won't regret it. Invest in yourself. You're worth it. I promise." 

- Julia BarronJulia Barron

"Since meeting Brigitte my life has become more full of gratitude. She has coached me thru an emotional downtime and brought more awareness of joyfulness and peace. My life-long love for exercise and health has been renewed and I am forever grateful for this. Thank you Brigitte for your genuine caring, love of life and service to others."

- Pam Johnsonulia Barron

RAVE REVIEWS

"Brigitte is an extremely empathetic & genuine person. She listens & connects on a level that allows her to understand & guide you through whatever your struggle may be with grace. We all get a little lost sometimes. Let her be your compass. I promise you won't regret it. Invest in yourself. You're worth it. I promise." 

- Julia BarronJulia Barron

"Since meeting Brigitte my life has become more full of gratitude. She has coached me thru an emotional downtime and brought more awareness of joyfulness and peace. My life-long love for exercise and health has been renewed and I am forever grateful for this. Thank you Brigitte for your genuine caring, love of life and service to others."

- Pam Johnsonulia Barron