Bringing Up Betty | True Tales of Special Needs Parenting
By Sarah Evans interviews special needs moms and dads raising children with disabilities, differences, disease, delays and other challenges
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Parents share their unique experiences of raising kids with special needs, disabilities, developmental delays, diseases and other challenges.
||CleanLoving Can Hurt with Kathy Hooven (BUB #21)||We're kicking off summer with a special mini episode! Kathy Hooven's 14 year old son Ryan has autism. Last summer he attended a choral camp and at the final concert Kathy had some surprising realizations. Tune in to hear her story.||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Matthew with Donna Kirk (BUB #20)||Donna Kirk's son Matthew was born in 1970. Due to oxygen deprivation during delivery he was born with severe brain damage and doctors advised Donna and her husband Ed to do the unthinkable - put him in an institution, have another baby as soon as...||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New Meaning of Mom Guilt with Mary Evelyn Smith (BUB #19)||Today we're doing something a little different. Betty's been sick and I didn't want to wait yet another week to put a new episode out, so instead I'm sharing a few uncut chunks of my chat with Mary Evelyn Smith that didn't make it into her story...||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuy a T-Shirt, Change a Life with Robert Thornton of Paper Clouds Apparel (BUB #18)||Robert Thornton is the founder and CEO of Paper Clouds Apparel, a business he launched to change lives and serve the special needs and disabled communities. http://www.bringingupbetty.com/18||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Your Second Child Doesn't Have a Disability with Mary Evelyn Smith (BUB #17)||Mary Evelyn Smith tells the story of becoming a mother to her son Simeon, who has spina bifida, and daughter Franny, who does not have a disability. She explains why constant attention can be exhausting, and how parenting a child with special needs...||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExpectations and IEPs (BUB #16)||In "Expectations and IEPs," Sarah tells the story of Betty's transition out of Early Intervention and into the public education system. How they made the first round of tough decisions about Betty's future, plus bidding farewell to the first round of...||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Kindest Thing... (BUB #15)||Parents and individuals living with disabilities and special needs share the kindest things people have done to show love and support.||12/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Mealtimes Easier: From Feeding Disorders to Picky Eaters with Dawn Winkelmann (BUB #14)||Dawn offers tips and information for parents of kids with feeding struggles, swallowing disorders and general pickiness.||11/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChanging the World, One Cape at a Time with Robyn Rosenberger (BUB #13)||Above and Beyond It's so nice to have supportive people around me who feel like I'm doing something exceptional by being Betty's mom. But I'll let you in on a little secret: I don't feel exceptional. I feel like a regular mom who is doing...||11/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalking to Your Kids About Disabilites and Differences with Courtney Westlake (BUB #12)||Episode #12 Courtney is the mom to Connor and Brenna. Brenna has a rare skin disorder called Harlequin Ichthyosis. Courtney shares her story of Brenna's birth, diagnosis, and the ins and outs of Brenna's condition. We chat about balancing special...||11/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdjusting Expectations: Special Needs on Halloween (BUB #11)||Today Megan Goates is back to share her how special needs have changed Halloween for her family. Megan's oldest and youngest sons are typically developing, and her middle two sons are on the autism spectrum. Tune in to hear how her...||10/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChecking All The Boxes Part 2: An International Adoption Story with Beth Anne Schwamberger (BUB #10)||Fifteen months after finding Holden on Holt International's website, Beth Anne and Chris finally got to bring him home. Beth Anne thought that by going into this adoption with eyes wide open, well aware of Holden's disability, that she would bypass...||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChecking All the Boxes Part 1: An International Adoption Story with Beth Anne Schwamberger (BUB #9)||When Beth Anne spent a summer abroad at 20 years old, she wasn't sure she ever wanted kids. But after falling in love with the children in an orphanage in India where she worked that summer, she knew she wanted to be a mom. And not only that, she felt..||10/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Chance Meeting with Marica Sottile and Angela V (BUB #8)||Marica and her husband were expecting their first baby when they got a diagnosis that would change their lives forever. Before they even had a chance to process the news, they were on a plane to Florida for a work conference. They mourned and...||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Purpose in Grief and Uncertainty with Jeannie Ewing (BUB #7)||Jeannie Ewing is a writer, speaker and grief recovery coach. She's also the mother of two girls with special needs. Felicity is four and Sarah is two. Felicity has SPD, ADD and anxiety. Sarah has Apert syndrome. Jeannie talks about her journey as a...||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHis Own Kind of Miracles with Cami Barney (BUB #6)||Cami talks about her son Calvin who was diagnosed prenatally with spina-bifida. At 25 weeks gestation, a fetal surgery was performed to close Calvin's back. Cami discusses her hopes and fears as a mom, some of the awkward and wonderful conversations...||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReinventing Hope - The Special Reds with Kera Washburn (BUB #5)||Kera has three red-headed children, each with their own set of special needs. Julianna has autism, Tourettes, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, stereotypic movement disorder, and OCD. Blake has mastocytosis. Nathan was born with a cleft palate....||9/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Power of a Prenatal Diagnosis with Angela (BUB #4)||Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Down Syndrome||8/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Friends You'd Never Meet Otherwise with Annie Zawada (BUB #3)||Annie and Jonathan were told that they wouldn't be able to have children so they moved half way across the world, bought a two-seater convertible and... found out they were pregnant. Lots of other surprises followed, including some special friendships..||8/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHigh or Low Functioning, It's All Hard with Megan Goates (BUB #2)||Megan is raising four boys. Two of them have special needs. She talks about the challenges that parents face regardless of the child's diagnosis. She also talks about the sweet relationships that develop among siblings of special needs kids.||7/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Diagnosis Means Everything...Or Does It? - Betty's Story (BUB #1)||Host Sarah Evans tells the story of her daughter Betty and how they arrived at her diagnosis of Potocki-Shaffer Syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder.||7/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Introduction - Why I Created Bringing Up Betty||Bringing Up Betty is a podcast about the struggles and stories of parenting children with special needs. Every other week host Sarah Evans will interview a parent raising a child with special needs about their unique experiences. For more information...||7/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Wonderful support for special needs families!
A great podcast that describes the life of a special needs family through loving stories, and pure honesty! It is humbling to listen to and learn from.
Love at first listen!
This is a fantastic voice for special needs parents and a really lovely avenue for the community to gain some insight into what it's like to be in our shoes and a unique chance to hear these stories in person. I love it and can't wait to hear more!
I'm a new fan of podcasts, I love stories of real-life people facing real-life challenges, and I'm a special needs mom, so Bringing Up Betty is basically a trifecta. I love it. And I got to participate in an interview for an episode, which was such a fun, cathartic experience. Rock on, BUB.
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