Today we’d like to introduce you to Renee Carleson.
Hi Renee, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
A Sensory Bee was born straight from my heart and out of sheer desperation. The ever-changing demands of my special needs family, two of them teenagers, and my own personal sensory issues led me to find a better way. With a career in health care, I’ve spent a lifetime learning how to take care of others in one way or another.
I have found that special needs parents deal with stress equivalent to that of combat veterans. We are ever vigilant, preparing for anything that can go wrong. Us parents take up all their time taking care of our families and are left with very little time for self-care; it is a vicious cycle we all get into. My mission is to help special needs families learn how to calm the mind and body through mindfulness routines, reflexology, essential oils and sensory experiences.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
This journey has been full of ups and downs. My first priority has always been the well-being of my family and with their diagnosis, we have had to go at their pace. Most of this company has been built in the wee hours of the night. Dealing with the new obstacles and challenges their diagnoses brought, this business was built on finding ways to help my own sensory bees process life. How did I calm the chaos during the 3-hour meltdown over the wrong color sweet potato? How did I find the stillness in the storm when it was coming down all around me? How did I come to terms with the doctor’s diagnosis? As a way to deal with my own emotions and thoughts, I started writing. I wanted a way to express how it felt to be a mother of an autistic child and I wanted to give my children a voice. Much to my surprise, I realized that I had so much more in common with my children than I could ever imagine. This insight gave me the ability to empathize and strategize better ways to help my children cope. The products I have created allow families to shift their focus to positive parenting and productive play through organized routine building tools to help other special needs families thrive.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’ve been practicing as a Massage Therapist for over ten years. I am both national and state certified. I specialize in clinical massage and also have additional training in cervical injury and sports rehabilitation. I focus on alleviating pain cycles, biofeedback, reflexology and meditation for holistic healing. My job is to help you reconnect to your body. I help you hear your body’s whisper so that you don’t have to feel it screaming in pain. As a mother of two special needs children, I have found massage and aromatherapy to be the easiest form of holistic treatment I could bring to my family. As a mom, I know how difficult it is to take care of yourself when you have a demanding lifestyle.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Through my years of practice and research, I have collaborated with behavioral specialists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, as well as an LMFT therapist to create a program that can teach families how to effectively calm the body & mind and reduce negative behaviors all while creating positive, purposeful interactions with their special needs loved ones. We are always looking to collaborate with anyone who has a heart for the special needs community.
- A Safety Bee Kit: $24.95
- Too Cool For School: $24.95
- Email: Renee@asensorybee.com
- Website: www.asensorybee.com