5 Ways Special Needs Parents Can Practise Positivity

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...
The Secret Toll on Carers

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...
Don’t Fear Autism

Don’t Fear Autism

It’s the last day of Autism Awareness Month and it seems we are no closer to awareness, let alone acceptance. While most people are aware of autism, they are more aware of the stigma and the fear. They are aware of the “link” between autism and...
What Should Be Included in Therapist Reports for the NDIS?

What Should Be Included in Therapist Reports for the NDIS?

This post is a follow on from 5 Things Special Needs Parents Should Know About the NDIS. In this post, my guest NDIS planner shares practical advice for what should be included in therapist reports for the NDIS. This includes reports when entering the scheme and when...
5 Ways Occupational Therapists Can Help Your Child

5 Ways Occupational Therapists Can Help Your Child

For this week’s ‘5 Things’ post, I welcome Rachelle Day from Happy Dots Occupational Therapy for Children. Rachelle is the director of Happy Dots and a paediatric occupational therapist (OT).  Rachelle wants to share the many ways occupational therapists can assist...
Therapy Hours & the NDIS

Therapy Hours & the NDIS

  This post is a follow on from 5 Things Special Needs Parents Should Know About the NDIS. In this post, my guest NDIS planner tackles a common source of angst during the NDIS planning process – the number of therapy hours requested vs the number of therapy...
5 Things Special Needs Parents Should Know About Self-Care

5 Things Special Needs Parents Should Know About Self-Care

You may have heard a lot of things about self-care and why it’s improtant to us, as special needs parents. It can seem like a bit of a buzzword and something to be pushed to the side, while you deal with everything else on your plate. How can you devote time to...
Parents: Autism Acceptance Starts with Us

Parents: Autism Acceptance Starts with Us

I want to share a somewhat controversial opinion today, for World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). You may not agree with it and that’s okay. You may find it personally challenging to accept and I get that too. To give you some perspective, I’ve been an...