It’s been a dream of mine, for a long time now, to partner with others to give fellow parents the information I wish I’d had when I first got on this rollercoaster of special needs parenting.
Finally, I am making this dream a reality! I’m going to be working with a range of specialists, teachers, special educators and more, to give you 5 Things Special Needs Parents Should Know. It will be a series of posts, highlighting 5 things to help parents deal with a given situation or providing insight into how things work.
I envisage a weekly series with concise and actionable information. I want parents to come away each week, with increased understanding and the confidence to make improvements and changes to their situation. I want to encourage discussions, share advice and work together to help each other.
But, I’m looking for your input!
If you are a professional, who can provide valuable insight to parents, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, behavioural consultants, music therapists, sports therapists and anyone else who can help parents better understand and navigate the system.
If you are an advocate – legal, education, financial, government, medical, mental health – your input will be valuable. Advocacy is something we all need to improve and I know the community is crying out for more assistance with the roll-out of the NDIS and the ever-changing funding arrangements in health and education.
If you are an educator – a teacher, principal, learning support teacher, teacher’s aide, tutor, special education teacher – I’d love to hear from you too. Education is one of the biggest sources of grief for special needs families and I’d love to cut through the noise and provide actionable advice to fellow parents.
If you’re a disabled adult, I especially want to hear from you. Parents need to hear about lived experience and disabled and #actuallyautistic adults are the best source of this. Having your input will help parents better relate to their kids and give some insight into what their kids may be experiencing, resulting in better outcomes for all.
If you’re a parent and you want to share your experience or provide insight into a particular issue (e.g. homeschooling, biomedical treatments, advocacy, specific condition etc.) please, get in touch. I think it’s important we share our knowledge and our experience too!
I’m open to anyone getting in touch with ideas so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s discuss your idea. If you’re not confident with writing, I can help with that. I can also accept anonymous submissions so, if you’re worried about privacy or conflict of interest in your professional capacity, we can work around that too.
On the flipside, if you have a business, I can definitely give it a shout-out as part of a post – it’s the least I can do after you’ve made the effort to share your expertise!
What topics would you like to see in this series?
What do you think special needs parents should know?