Hi there! I’m Kirsty Russell – author, speaker, consultant, wife and mother to three wonderful kids. I’m a special needs parent, taxi driver, personal assistant, hostage negotiator, 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 since 2011, first at My Home Truths and, since 2017, here at Positive Special Needs Parenting. I also contribute to other publications as time permits, namely Kiddipedia, Mumtastic and ABC Open. I want to spread awareness of what special needs families face, share the positives, as well as the negatives and help change others’ perceptions of disability, caring and special needs.
Over the years, 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 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.