Becoming the parent of a child with complex disabilities opened up a whole new community to me that I didn’t even know existed. We’re a funny bunch of people from all walks of life held together by the tread of loving someone with a disability.
Over the years, I have found strength in sharing our stories. We are stronger together and can make big changes – for the better. Like the pebbles on a beach our stories shape us, change us and make us who we are today.
I love facilitating workshops with other parents as we explore what it means to be a parent of a child with additional needs. There are some hard lessons to learn and this new normal can be challenge, so doing it together works best.
I aim for each workshop to be relaxed and open, where I share a little of my own real life experiences and encourage others to share their stories too. Each workshop has a practical component aimed at helping people relax and think outside the box.
Workshop topics include:
“Don’t call me mum” How to get the best out of your professional.
More than surviving: becoming the parent of a child with additional needs
Living an unexpected story
Effective communication with professionals
Broken and Whole
Fight Club: learning the art of fighting as the parent of a child with additional needs
What if? The world of blame and forgiveness
Protecting your child from body shape changes