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Help & advice for parents and providers

 

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. Together we can build our skills and grow a supportive network of strong parents.

Providers

Your mission is to support parents in making the best choices for their children. An experienced parent advocate can enhance your understanding and opportunities to engage authentically with clients.

Autism Family 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, the guide sets out strategies, systems, tools and resources so you can finally fulfil your travel dreams.

E-book version available now through Amazon (Paperback version coming soon!)

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!

I’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.

5 Ways Special Needs Parents Can Practise Positivity

You may believe that practising positivity as a special needs parent is all about faking it until making it. Or, fixing a smile on your face, while you put your best foot forward. You might even think it's about pretending all is well when it most clearly isn't....

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The Secret Toll on Carers

Post in collaboration with Bupa   I’ve been a carer for over 14 years now. I know how hard it can be. I know the forces at play in our lives every day.   I know how hard it is to juggle all the responsibilities. I know how challenging it can be to face up to all the...

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