Since the first of my children was identified as autistic more than a decade ago, I've consistently observed a lack of spaces for families who want to move forward & learn to thrive as neurodivergent families.
And as an autistic woman, I've experienced an ongoing sense of despair at how little families know about a completely different narrative that is available to them to be able to start that journey forward.
That narrative is the autistic led perspective.
inTune Access Support (iTAS):
Kristy created iTas as an offering for families seeking a new narrative. A family story that is empowering, joyous and vibrant.
It's a space where we all come together as neurodivergent people and the families who love and support us.
It's a safe, respectful community where we have the opportunity to learn about autistic identity and culture from an autistic led perspective, based on real lived experience, away from a medical disorder perspective which is predominantly deficit-based.
iTas is not another group for parents of autistic children.
You deserve better as families, and
so do we, the autistic community.
You have the right and the permission to take back your power as families; as leaders, and create a new beginning for you, and your family.
You get to explore what a paradigm shift in thinking, feeling, doing and being might look like for you in everyday life.
You have permission to engage in a space that is uplifting, nurturing, compassionate, empathetic and encourages shifting from a problem-based experience to having a community of like-minded kindred spirits that hold space for you, in order to keep you suspended in a solution based experience.
It's a quiet, calm and peaceful place, just for you.
Want a peak at what iTas: Family Collective involves?
Watch our short video where Kristy talks about why she created this space and the community that's on offer to you.
All iTas content is accessible
All videos are transcribed and closed-captioned in real-time.
We also use the UserWay Website accessibility widget on all of our digital products where possible.
This allows site users to access keyboard navigation, screen reading, contrast adjustments, link highlighting, text sizing adjustment and spacing, pausing of animations, dyslexia-friendly font and the ability to enlarge the cursor - all within one click of a button.
Five Areas of Core Content:
We open ourselves to the possibility of letting go of everything we think we know in order to have a new experience.
We practise a willingness to radically accept our current lives and return to our centre as the eye of the storm.
We give ourselves permission to explore our power and support ourselves in order to be stronger, and more connected to our intuition.
We take what we've discovered about us and we use it to strengthen the relationship we have with ourselves.
We stand tall, move onwards and upwards and thrive. We connect with our joy and supports and we soar.
We provide both a private community forum and a closed Facebook group to iTas members.
We offer both because we recognise some of you might prefer a space completely separate to Facebook, where others appreciate and are more familiar with the Facebook platform. Both are available to members.
Fortnightly Lives with Kristy
You have the option, at any time, to submit questions to Kristy on neurodivergent family life.
Kristy then answers those questions in the following fortnightly live Q&A gatherings members are welcome to join (recorded and saved in the platform).
Monthly events with:
hot seat opportunities
the potential to connect with other parents from your area
Kristy Forbes is an Australian based autism & neurodiversity support specialist
with experience working with clients from all over the world.
This includes neurodivergent people and their families, and professionals who wish to support them, such as Educators, Psychologists, Paediatricians, allied health professionals, support workers and integration aides.
Her work is informed by her extensive professional experience as an educator (Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary teaching), as an integration aide to children with social, emotional and behavioural challenges, and as a childhood behavioural and family specialist.
Her most valuable insights, however, come from lived experience.
Kristy is autistic herself, and diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).
She is a Mother to four autistic children, ranging from 6 years to 22 years, all with varying autistic expression including non speaking and PDA, and Kristy is married to a wonderful autistic man.
Kristy has the unique experience and insight of many perspectives: the teacher, the support specialist, the parent, the partner and the person (including the autistic child she once was!).
She understands, accepts and acknowledges the very real challenges neurodivergent people and their families face, and the severely misunderstood and often undermined position they are in.
Her own personal journey as an autistic person, and the story of her family is often documented throughout her work in her writing, her speaking, her many programs and webinars and in private consultation with others throughout the deeply personal process of empathy and compassion.
Kristy is passionate about radical acceptance, and the profound need for a paradigm shift that moves us as a society from a perspective of autism as a medical disorder to an identity and a culture that is interwoven with pride, inherent and organic autistic expression and intersectionality with our sibling communities such as the LGBTQIA+ community and many others.
After beginning her own journey as a parent to autistic children, seeking to cure and change autism, she has emerged from the doom and gloom narrative of neurodivergence and into the light of positive autistic identity and family life.
Her passion is to support families raising autistic children to thrive. No matter where they’ve been, no matter the trauma or crisis they find themselves in.
"Kristy has this incredible ability to pinpoint feelings and emotions with such accuracy.
Her compassion, understanding and encouragement help me more than anyone else I have ever met. Her authenticity and presence are so strong and she is the most valuable guidance on this experience I am having as a newly diagnosed autistic mother to autistic girls.
Thank you is not enough."
"Parenting neurodivergent kids sometimes feels like I’m always getting it wrong and the water feels completely unchartered.
Kristy has provided me with a tremendous amount of reassurance, relief and hope."
"I am so incredibly grateful for you sharing your experience. I have shared your posts with so many and am finding a community of people who are supportive.
As a parent of my autistic daughter with a PDA profile, I feel seen, have more self-compassion, have hope, and trust again in my intuition as a parent. Thank you for helping me better understand my daughter."