Living as a Mother Guide

The Diagnosis Is Not the Outcome

By Brigitte Shipman | September 2 2021

When we were sitting in the waiting room for my son Joseph’s appointment to determine what his official diagnosis was, it felt more like meeting with a wizard who would tell us what our future was going to be. Will we have a bright future raising our genius son, or will we have a dark heartbreaking one watching our son live a lonely life of rejection?

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The Heart of the Matter

By Brigitte Shipman | August 5 2021

The heart of the matter is an idiom. When Joseph was in third grade he had several earth angels as his teachers that year. His classroom teacher turned in his name as a candidate for the gifted and talented program. He passed all the markers with flying colors except for one caveat, he also had an IEP (Individual Educational Plan). He was on the autistic spectrum and needed accommodations for his education.

Summer Time Gifts

By Brigitte Shipman | July 30, 2021

Our summers were both challenging and filled with freedom when Joseph had his summers off from school. We could sleep in, which seldom happened, but at least the option was there. We would play and go see things that I knew he would enjoy...


By Brigitte Shipman | July 23, 2021

I just had a great conversation with Patricia Lemer about transitioning our kids from high school to either post-secondary education or into the workforce during our Mother’s Guide Through Autism Podcast interview this week...

Flow to Let Go

By Brigitte Shipman | July 16, 2021

As I have traveled on my own personal journey of autism, there are times when life feels really big. I believe I am one of those people who makes life harder than it needs to be. I do not like accepting things that I do not want in my life. I go right into fight mode and try to change what is, even when I know intellectually that this is how it is going to be...

Something Is Bigger Than Me

By Brigitte Shipman | July 9, 2021

To this day I do believe that Joseph picked his father and I to travel on his life journey with him. He has taught me more about myself than I believe I have taught him about himself. My son amazes me...

Is It A God Thing? Excerpt from My Upcoming Book

By Brigitte Shipman | July 5, 2021

For the past 5 years, I have been called to write my personal story about what I refer to as life tsunamis and how I now live with joy through gratitude. I was led to write this book through conversations, random comments, and a very deep feeling inside of me... 

Letting Go of Expectations

By Brigitte Shipman | June 25, 2021

The stories of my son Joseph giving profound insight to me are my favorite to tell. He reminds me that my struggles are my own. I have life lessons to learn on my life journey just as he does...

Patience Is A Virtue

By Brigitte Shipman | June 4, 2021

When I was much younger, I heard the proverbial phrase, patience is a virtue, and thought it was interesting but I never really applied it. It was a moment where I thought, “I wonder what that really means?”

Denial to Acceptance

By Brigitte Shipman | May 20, 2021

Being a life coach and helping moms heal their mother hearts has also helped heal my own heart. I have gotten the question from other mother guides as they speak from their broken hearts, “How can I accept this diagnosis?” 

The Lesson I Learned From A Nonverbal Woman

By Brigitte Shipman | May 6, 2021

We all have a voice although we do not all have the capability to speak. I will never forget the morning that I understood the depth of not being heard, literally...

A Year of Self-Compassion

By Brigitte Shipman | April 23, 2021

As Mother’s Day is approaching I have noticed that I personally am in another beautiful life transition. My two sons are grown and living on their own. They will not be celebrating Mother’s Day with me this year. This could be a time of sadness, but I have decided to approach it as an opportunity. An opportunity for growth...

How To Build Resilience

By Brigitte Shipman | April 14, 2021

I do not believe that when Joseph was diagnosed with autism that I had the resilience that I have today. My resilience was built one breath at a time...

Awareness Is The Beginning Of Understanding

By Brigitte Shipman | April 12, 2021

Awareness is the beginning of understanding that brings us all the ability to move forward with love and grace. This applies in all the areas of our life that we are navigating to live authentically.

Fearing The Future

By Brigitte Shipman | March 25, 2021

Fear is one of the biggest energy suckers that we battle with each day as a mother guide. I introduced this topic in my last blog The 3 Big Energy Suckers. Fear is ongoing as we dare to peek into our child’s future, once we receive the diagnosis of autism.

The Big 3 Energy Suckers

By Brigitte Shipman | March 12, 2021

When I think back to my son’s journey to adulthood I am amazed that we both came out on the other side of our journey happy and living for the most part a peaceful life. I often think wow, how did I do all of that and work and raise another child?

Being in a Foreign Land of Autism

By Brigitte Shipman | March 7, 2021

When my son was diagnosed with autism I became lost in an instant. Being Joseph’s mom was familiar one day and the next I was dropped off in a foreign land with no cell phone, GPS, or road map. I had no idea how to find my way to help my son...

Accepting the Journey of Autism

By Brigitte Shipman | March 1, 2021

Acceptance in essence is how we set ourselves free. Once I accepted that Joseph was autistic, I began to move forward with full force rather than what was just required. Now I had my full mind, body, and spirit on board...

Walking Through Grief

By Brigitte Shipman | Feb 19, 2020

It felt like a death for me. The son I gave birth to three years earlier had a completely different future than the son I was holding after our diagnosis. He was the same light that filled my heart, but now his future seemed daunting. I had no idea what to do or what our lives would look like moving forward. My grief was huge, messy, and painful...

Choosing the Sunny Side of the Street

By Brigitte Shipman | Feb 13, 2020

We have all experienced the moment when we hear that our children have been diagnosed with a life long disability. We all grieve our hopes and dreams that once were of our beautiful child...

Fly, Joseph, Fly

By Brigitte Shipman | Feb 5, 2020

As I am writing this week's blog, I am watching my son Joseph prepare for a brand new beginning. He is leaving the nest to begin his independent life away from home...