Since the first of my children was identified autistic more than ten years ago, I've consistently observed a lack of spaces for families who want to move forward and learn how to embrace and thrive as neurodivergent families.
And as an autistic woman, I've experienced an ongoing sense of despair and sadness 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.
Many of us, as autistic adults, are raising our own neurodivergent children and we have found so many ways to find beauty and joy in what is embedded inside of autistic identity and culture.
inTune Access Support: Family Collective
was created 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.
There are no expectations of you to complete any questionnaires or comply with any demands.
It's a quiet, calm and peaceful place, just for you.
Want an inside peak at what iTas: Family Collective involves?
Watch our short video where Kristy talks about why she created the iTas family collective and the community that's on offer to you.
A l l c o n t e n t i n t h e i T a s M e m b e r s h i p i s a c c e s s i b l e
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F i v e A r e a s o f C o r e C o n t e n t :
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 strength & power & support ourselves in order to be stronger & reconnected with 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.
Monthly Connect Sessions
Each month we connect over Zoom for coffee mornings, wine evenings and other events, all decided on together; including varying dates and times.
Weekly Live Streams
You have the option, at any time, to submit questions for Kristy on neurodivergent family and life by dropping them into a form that sends them directly through to us. Kristy then answers them in the following weekly live stream.
M o n t h l y e v e n t s w i t h s p e c i a l g u e s t s , h o t s e a t o p p o r t u n i t i e s a n d t h e p o t e n t i a l t o c o n n e c t w i t h f a m i l i e s f r o m y o u r a r e a .
"Kristy has this incredible ability to pinpoint feelings and emotions with such an accuracy. Her compassion, understanding and encouragement helps me more than anyone else I have ever met. Her authenticity and presence is 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 a tremendous amount of reassurance, relief and hope."
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.
"Inspired by you, I sat down with our daughter and told her how sorry I was for the years of misguided parenting approaches and various therapies we had put her through. How I was no longer going to try to make her be someone she was not, and most importantly, I told her that I love her and do not want to change anything about her. That moment has changed everything for us. Not only has it meant a shift in the dynamic in our home, it has changed the way we communicate with the school and with our friends and family. Basically, every aspect of our life is changing. It is of course a process and none of us are perfect, but what a difference it has made.
The other thing that has made an impact on me was your encouragement to approach autism from a completely different perspective. Rather than treating autism as something that needs to be corrected and treated it should be accepted. The only way for an autistic person to thrive is when they are allowed to be their authentic self.
I urgently want you to know how important you and your work are and to thank you for everything you do."
"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.
There is life before Kristy Forbes, and life after. For me as a parent of my autistic daughter with a PDA profile, I feel seen, have more self-compassion, I have hope, and trust again in my intuition as a parent. Thank you for helping me better understand my daughter with each post and video I see. It is so so helpful."