Welcome to Positive Special Needs Parenting

 

Hi there! I’m Kirsty Russell – author, speaker and mother to three wonderful kids. I’m a special needs parent, and a taxi driver, and a personal assistant, and hostage negotiator, and private chef and… well, all those jobs that go part-and-parcel with being a Mum!

Kirsty Russell - positivespecialneedsparenting.comI’ve been sharing my experiences about caring for my kids, advocating for their needs and looking after myself as a carer for a while now. I’ve been lucky enough to work with service providers to help them better understand the needs of not just children with special needs, but their parents and, indeed, entire families. I have also been very privileged to share the stories and experiences of many other special needs parents, having a laugh about the good times and supporting each other through the rough parts.

Being a parent to a child with special needs is a unique and challenging experience, but not an unrewarding one. I make it my mission to find the joys in this whole ugly mess we call life, and to share the positives. It is my belief that building strong connections with others, learning to be a powerful advocate for our children, and choosing to find the positives in our experiences makes us better parents, happier families and stronger individuals.

Parents

Finding the joy every day isn’t always easy, but it is essential for a physically and mentally healthy family. Discover strategies, resources and tools to help you.

Teachers

Building positive relationships with parents can be a challenge. Discover tools, resources and training to help you engage parents and improve outcomes.

Service Providers

Your mission is to support parents in making the best choices for their children. An experienced parent advocate can help you engage authentically with clients.

Recent Articles 

Making the Most of Your NDIS Plan

I recently attended a session presented by my LAC (Local Area Coordinator), focused on how to make the most of NDIS plans. Now, while I thought I had a good grasp on all things NDIS, I actually...

5 Myths About Using Online Platforms to Find Support Workers

For this weeks' "5 Things" post, I welcome Lauren from Careseekers, an online digital platform that links individuals and families to care and support workers. Careseekers is built on the idea that...

The Emotional Labour of Special Needs Parenting

I've been quiet around these parts as I'm developing training for teachers and professionals, to help them improve relationships with parents. As I've been working on course material and delivering...

5 Resources for Parents of Kids with Intellectual Disabilities

For this week’s ‘5 Things’ post, I welcome Sunnyfield, a member-based, not-for-profit charity committed to enriching the lives of people with intellectual disability. Sunnyfield provides...

How Schools Can Work With Parents to Improve the IEP Process

Last week, I addressed teachers and parents at two joint professional development sessions. It was an unique opportunity for parents and teachers to come together, improve their understanding and...

7 Realistic New Year Resolutions for Carers

A few years back I wrote a post detailing the new year resolutions I would love to make as a special needs parent. I'm sure you'd be able to probably relate to them as well: Being more patient...

5 Ways To Support Your Child Through Rejection

For this week’s ‘5 Things’ post, I welcome James Thomas from Feel the Magic, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing grief education and support to bereaved children and their...

Do What’s Right For Your Family This Christmas

The Reality Facing Special Needs Families at Christmas Christmas is literally around the corner. I know many of you will be worrying, stressing and dreading the day and what it will entail....

2018 PSNP Parent Carer Survey

Calling all parents and carers to children with disability or special needs.   I need your input into the 2018 PSNP Parent Carer Survey. This survey is easy to complete (there's only 6...

How Parents Can Become Disability Allies

Today, December 3, is International Day for People with Disability (IDPwD). It's a day to celebrate disability, support the disability community, recognise the continuing challenges they face and...

Autism Family Travel book cover

Dreaming of Travel?

Discover how you can travel as an autism family (and actually enjoy the experience too!) in the new guide, Autism Family Travel.

Based on real life experience, this e-book is full of practical tips, tools & resources, as well as strategies that really work!

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