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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 Life Hacks for Special Needs Parents

Life can be a whirlwind as a special needs parent. Not only do you have all the normal responsibilities of a parent but you also have so much more on top of that: scheduling appointments planning outings explaining diagnoses following up on reports, funding and...

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Effective Advocacy Begins With Relationship Management

Some of you may not know that I was a relationship manager in my previous life, before the stress of my caring roles took its toll and led me to make the hard decision to leave my position. I loved managing relationships. It was a role where I could do what I do best...

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