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Positive Special Needs Parenting

Positive Special Needs Parenting

Kirsty Russell is a positive special needs parent, dedicated to helping fellow parents find positivity and empowerment, even in the most difficult of moments. Parenting two kids with additional needs (autism, albinism, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, vision impairment), she knows life is not easy and that some days are overwhelming.

However, life as a special needs parent can get better when you accept the reality of your situation, manage your expectations, love your kids for who they are, understand how you can best help them and learn to find the positives (despite what you think, there are ALWAYS positives!)

Founder of My Home Truths and Positive Special Needs Parenting, Kirsty began as a personal blogger in 2011, recounting her return to the workforce after the birth of her third child (it turns out blogging was WAY cheaper than therapy!) Over time, her writing became more focused on her experiences as a special needs parent and she found herself providing advice, resources and understanding to fellow special needs parents, all around the world.

In 2016, Kirsty’s commitment to sharing her experiences earned her a place as a finalist in the Bupa Blog Awards and My Home Truths is now recognised by many as an important resource for special needs parents.

In 2017, Kirsty launched Positive Special Needs Parenting as a dedicated website for special needs parents and disability service providers. Her goal is to improve understanding between parents, providers and educators, to achieve better outcomes for their kids.

She aims to do this by providing consulting services, speaking in the community, creating resources and continuing to share her personal experiences in regular blog posts. 2017 also saw her international speaking debut at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference and the publication of her first book, Autism Family Travel.

Wife to one man, fur mum to two pugs, parent to three entertain-ing children and carer to too many to count, Kirsty is always busy, always worrying, always juggling and always wondering what she’s forgotten now…



How to Better Manage Sibling Relationships

It’s the eternal question that challenges every parent – how can we better manage the relationships between our kids? If your family is anything like mine, stress and strife characterise sibling relationships. In my house, there’s the 14 yo older… Continue Reading >

Tips for Travelling as a Special Needs Family

Travel can be a daunting prospect for special needs families. Depending on the specific needs of your child, it can be tough finding appropriate accommodation, transport and activities to meet all your requirements. It can also be overwhelming leaving the… Continue Reading >

5 Reasons to Revisit Your Local Library This Winter

As temperatures drop, it’s time to rediscover the joy of indoor activities with the family. If you’re struggling to find an alternative to the park or playground, why not consider revisiting your local library? In my younger days (yes, pre-internet… Continue Reading >

My Child Has Received a Diagnosis – What Now?

Receiving a diagnosis for your child can be devastating. It’s confronting to have your fears confirmed, hear the condition said out loud and seea diagnosis next to your child’s name for the first time. A diagnosis for your child makes… Continue Reading >

Sensory Activities to Help Address Problem Behaviours

With the holidays fast approaching, you may be dealing with a range of behaviours right now. Some kids will be exhausted, particularly younger students, struggling with a particularly long school term. Others may only now be hitting their stride, finally… Continue Reading >

5 Inclusive Ideas for the Traditional Easter Egg Hunt

You only have to look around the supermarket to see that Easter isn’t too far away. Easter eggs, hot cross buns, Easter baskets and craft supplies for the school easter hat parade are already on the show. Sure, some of… Continue Reading >

How to Beat the Back to School Blues

The holidays are over and school is back in session. While we, as parents, may be grateful for the return to routine and some peace and quiet, strangely enough, our kids may not share in our enthusiasm. Many kids become… Continue Reading >

Why Your Family Should Take Things Slow This Holiday Season

Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash   At this time of year, it’s so easy to get swept up in the celebrations that herald Christmas and the end of the year. There are school events to attend, extra-curricular activities to… Continue Reading >

5 Ways to Make Your Holiday Celebrations More Inclusive

Photo by Chris Benson on Unsplash   If you haven’t already noticed, the holiday season is fast approaching. For most of us, this is our favourite time of year. A time to kick back, catch up and end the year… Continue Reading >

5 Ways to Establish a Positive Relationship With School

Education can be a real battleground for parents, particularly if your child has a diagnosis or disability. It can be a battle to find the right educational setting for your child, let alone getting your child’s needs met. It can… Continue Reading >

Are You NDIS Ready?

  If you’re the parent of a child with a disability or diagnosis, the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) may play a big role in your life. Whether you are already in the scheme, preparing to transition or you’ve only… Continue Reading >

How to Meet the Challenges of Special Needs Parenting

It can be hard to manage the needs of a child with a disability or diagnosis. Regardless of your situation, the condition(s) you’re managing and the support available to you, being a special needs parent is one tough gig. As… Continue Reading >

How to Support Your Kids through Grief

As much as we yearn to protect our kids and shield them from pain, there are times when they will be hurt. For instance, there is not much we can do to protect them from the pain of grief and… Continue Reading >

5 Practical Self-Care Ideas for Busy Parents

With the fast pace of modern parenting, it can be easy to get caught up in the never-ending whirlwind of school, after-school activities, work, housework, family and all the other commitments that come with life. Which is why you may… Continue Reading >

How to Create a Sensory Friendly Bedroom for Your Child

If you’re like me, your bedroom is your haven, a place where you feel safe enough to rest and escape the overwhelm of life. Home to treasured possessions, decorated in your own style and full of creature comforts, your room… Continue Reading >

School Holiday Survival Guide for Special Needs Parents

While school holidays can pose a challenge to most families, for special needs families, they can be especially tough. It’s hard to balance the needs of the whole family while meeting the needs of your special needs child. It’s even… Continue Reading >

5 Ways to Establish a Positive Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher

It’s vital to develop a good relationship with your child’s teacher. Sure, your child is the one spending the most time with their teacher, so you may feel developing a relationship yourself is not all that important. However, it’s crucial… Continue Reading >

Positive Special Needs Parenting – Is onboard!

  For a parent of a child with special needs, they see their experience as unique and challenging but not an unrewarding one. They make it their mission to find simple joys in this whole ugly mess we call life…. Continue Reading >


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