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Help and 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.

Autism & Happiness #APAC17

One of my favourite sessions from APAC17 was Peter Vermeulan's presentation on autism and happiness. Peter is a co-director at Autisme Centraal in Belgium, a centre for training and expertise in autism, where they seek to bridge the gap between the academic/scientific...

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Strong & Deadly Partnerships #APAC17

APAC17 was held in Sydney last week and I wanted to provide a quick summary of the sessions I attended for those who couldn't make it. The first keynote of the conference was from June Riemer (First Peoples Disability Network) and Lee Casucelli (Positive Partnerships)...

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APAC 2017

I am very excited to be speaking at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference in September! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with many carers, service providers and individuals with autism and I am really looking forward to it. I will be doing two talks at APAC and...

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