A young girl at an LA daycare centre changed the course of Dr Caren Rich’s life. Caren was practicing as a clinical psychologist and perfumer and to this day rubs shoulders with the rich and famous, but she took off her heels and became a special education teacher working with Autistic children in some of Los Angeles most challenging schools. She is now known as the Autism Shaman. Now Caren is in the middle of her 2nd “making the leap” story as she’s transitioning into retirement. In this episode we talk about how she’s transforming the lives of families through her work and we also talk about the challenges of raising Autistic children, something close to my heart. If you have children with disabilities and you want to “make the leap” you will hopefully find today’s episode a welcome balm for your soul and if you don’t have kids on the spectrum, you will gain a lot of insight into what it’s like to parent a child with Autism. This episode is more about life than business today but that’s what un-careering is about… integrating life and work you love.
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If you’ve thought about or recently made the leap into entrepreneurship, but you’re finding the journey overwhelming, I want to help you land on two feet and gracefully overcome the challenges that stand in your way. You can do it. You are doing it… as am I. We are in this together! Through the stories my guests and I share on Your Brilliant Un-Career, the Podcast, I aim to help you shift from stuck to inspired, from dreamer to doer. This podcast is proudly brought to you by my bestselling book: Your Brilliant Un-Career: Women, Entrepreneurship, and Making the Leap, out now on Amazon. http://bit.ly/uncareerp (Paperback version) http://bit.ly/uncareer (Kindle version), and Shift Club, creating marketing that moves… your business, your community and the world!
By night, Caren is an intuitive therapist who works with AWESOME clients who want to transform their relationships. By day, she is a middle school special education teacher in Los Angeles.
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Takeaways from Episode 30
- Practice Radical Self Care: Do whatever it takes to take care of yourself so you can give. You can’t give until you’re filled.
- Therepy with animals works well for kids who struggle with empathy.
- Autistic kids flap and do repetitive activities to self-regulate their emotions.
- The online world makes it possible for Autistic children to make friends.
- Mentions Teamspeak and Skype
- Companies like Yahoo like to hire kids with Autism because they have out of the box thinking.
- You always have to change it up with kids on the spectrum. Otherwise they don’t advance.
- In answer to the criticism that many ADHD people get, “Your putting too many irons in the fire,” Caren says “I think if we live life to the fullest and it’s not hurting anybody, I think we’re fine.”
- Live your fullest life. No regrets.
- Mentions Dangerous Minds. Caren describes what it’s like working in schools where kids are drug runners and violence is the norm.
- Creativity is not being prioritised in US Schools. Many poorer schools do not have an arts program.
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