BYS 002 – Jen Ivey – Parent of a child with autism

I was thrilled to be able to sit down with Jen Ivey for a conversation. Jen has always been willing to openly discuss challenges in her life, in the event that her experiences might be able to help others. Jen has four children, ages 12, 10, 9 (Mitchell who has autism) & 6. She and her husband Steve were married seven years when Mitchell was born.
Jen belongs to a variety of autism groups: Yahoo! PDD-NOS group (1st one she found right when he was diagnosed). FB groups of Disney w/special needs, Lincoln Way parents of Special needs, Will-County special needs therapists & parents, Illinois autism Society, Lockport Area autism Families (her own FB page).

In this episode, we’ll cover:

• Jen’s frustration of her neighbor’s misguided attempt of help by calling DCFS on them.
• Why she has a difficult time reading success stories.
• How autism has made her a better person.
• Not being afraid of putting it out there that a child is on the spectrum.
• How her group of friends became smaller, but how smaller is better.
• Her experience when the research said her son would never talk.

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