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Positive Special Needs Parenting

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.

Getting the Right Fit Conference

This time last week, I presented a keynote and two workshops at the Getting tht Right Fit Conference in Adelaide. I was invited by Disability Policy & Programs (SA Department of Education), to share my education journey as a special needs parent. It was an honour and...

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5 Strategies for Tackling Parent-Teacher Meetings

I've just finished parent-teacher meetings for my high school kids. Or, as I prefer to call it, speed dating on steroids! For two afternoons this week, I spent two hours at my kids' school, talking to their teachers in quick fire 10 minute interviews. I met with...

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Dealing with Grief as a Special Needs Parent

Todays marks a full month since my mother passed away. It's been a busy month, a sad month and an emotional month. Just like last time around, when I lost my Dad, this time has also been a time of pre-grief as well as the grief that comes with the final loss. Ever...

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