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Are you experiencing isolation as the result of parenting your demand avoidant child respectfully?
I hear you. I see you. I feel you.
I wonder if anyone has told you recently how courageous you are. How selfless you are.
Perhaps it's that your child has recently left the schooling system after prolonged school avoidance..
It might be that you have had to make changes in your own life around work, study, social connections, sleep and any other form of essential individual care.
You may feel as though nobody gets it.
People you are close to, friends and family may have told you that you're enabling your child's 'behaviours' or that you are the problem.
I bet you know your child like nobody's business and face barriers you would never have imagined you'd be facing.
If PDA was a chronic illness spacespace
We take a deep dive into the nature of PDA itself and the impact it's complexity has on the ways in which we parent and care for our children; and how to begin to create space for recovery from burnout and trauma whilst remaining connected as a family.
The pitfalls of declarative, low and no demand language
Feeling confused about how to word things, how to frame instructions & not sure when to try & when to step back? We take a look at how declarative, low and no demand language may be doing more harm than good & where our focus *might* be better placed.
It wasn’t a wolf, but I fainted anyway space
Understanding burnout, exhaustion, and how demand avoidance, anxiety and mental health will often get worse before it gets better, even when we're creating positive change. We cover what to expect and how to manage the changes.
My child won’t stop/won’t start..
Reassessing much of the information on offer to us as parents regarding child developmental trajectories is crucial in being able to assess the benefits and/or challenges associated with common aspects of demand avoidance such as screen time, hygiene, food and relationships. We discuss this in greater depth from an autistic perspective. Spacespacespacesp
Managing distressed behaviour Space
Anger, aggression, targeting siblings and others, self harm, property damage..we check in on how to support ourselves and our children through distressing situations, meltdowns and shutdowns. Spacespacespace Spacespacespace Spaces pacespace Space spaces pace Space spaces paceSpace spaces pace spaces pace spaces pace spaces pace spaces pace spaces pace spaces pace spaces pace spaces pace
Quality of life
So what about the tricky bits? Education, therapies, medical support, social connections and relationships, independence and all the things that make up a well balanced life?
These are all critical topics to discuss and we spend some time taking a close look at how to create a balance of what works and doesn't work for our families.
We'll be discussing topics and situations that are all too common and all too real, that perhaps have not been facilitated in preexisting spaces due to the fear that many families experience around being alone.
You are not alone.
If you're looking to learn where to begin assisting yourself and your child in moving forward from burnout, shutdown and trauma related experiences such as school avoidance or not being able to leave the family home; then this is the space for you.
I love your voice, I adore your take on life, I think your openness and honesty and generosity of spirit is refreshing. I’ve read your posts, listened to lives, and most recently watched the Bright & Quirky seminars, of which yours was a highlight for me with so many gold nuggets of aha! moments.
Thank you for offering a lifeline those of us who are often out of our depth.
You have literally kept me sane while I figure out next steps.
You are so amazing and I’m so grateful for everything you share with us on social media and in your class. Your work is healing work! I love the zoom session recordings. The other parent questions are wonderful.
It has been one of those days today, and we have had access to you twice today and we are feeling like we are in the twilight zone! ( in a very very good way). Just a quick one to say to you, you are an incredible being; the past 24hrs for you and you still give back. There is nothing to express to you the depth of gratitude for myself in having found you and your services.
I heard you on Tilt parenting with Debby Reber a year ago and it was my light bulb moment. I’m grateful to you for leading me to continue exploring this parenting journey. Without you I wouldn’t be where I am today. Finally getting my child out of conventional schooling after being tormented all these years. Still a journey but a little more peaceful.
From Canada, I acknowledge your depth of lived experience, information and vulnerability in sharing with all of us, around the world. You have opened so many opportunities in so many ways for us. As a paediatric OT, Mom of two autistic boys, wife of a wife with PDA who is late diagnosed and is also an executive coach. We have watched your modules together. I have recommended your programs often to parents. So much to reflect on, learn and discuss. I could listen to you all day. It is priceless.