Meet Kristy Forbes and learn about her passion for supporting neurodivergent people and their families; and the importance of positive family culture.

 

It has been one of those days today. We've had access to iTas 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 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 on having found you and your services. And just like being in an ND household; everyday is a brand new day; and Kristy that is the remarkable position you are in, navigating the iTAS Collective. 

- Autistic parent of two autistic children

Reading your thoughts on the damage ableism has on neurodivergent people and that it takes time and many different unexpected ways for recovery happen, helped me to cling on and fight my way back to believing that my children and I can have a future where we are not just surviving but that we might actually be able to thrive. Thank you for being so open and courageous with your work, it really is so important!

- Parent of PDA autistic child

 

"Since the first of my children was identified autistic more than a decade ago, I've consistently observed a lack of spaces for parents & carers who want to move forward & learn to embrace & 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.
A narrative that is available to them to be able to start that journey now.
A narrative derived from an autistic-led perspective, which is neuroaffirming and nurtures all needs in family centred practice."
-Kristy Forbes

 

inTune Access Support (iTas): Family Collective

 

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 a community of neurodivergent people and/or the families who love, support and are raising neurodivergent (Autistic, ADHD, PDA, and more) children.

It's a principled, respectful and gentle community where we have the opportunity to learn about neurodivergent 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 "just 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 held, loved and supported in a solution based experience. No puzzle pieces, no warriors, no lighting anything up blue. Just regular everyday folks supporting one another.

What are the features of the

iTas: Family Collective Membership?

Fresh tools and resources each month.

A content library of lists, ebooks, short videos, meditations, tapping sessions and interviews. Updated each month with fresh content.

 
Q&A with Kristy

Send in your questions via a simple form on the member's platform and either have it answered anonymously or personally via a recorded video response from Kristy; uploaded into the Q&A section of the content library.

Fortnightly Live Connect Sessions

 

Every fortnight, we come together as a community to laugh and chat, tell stories and encourage one another.

Members have the option to leave their camera off, use the type chat function rather than mic, or to just be with us without speaking at all.

Your comfort is our priority.

Need to share a challenge? I bet we've been there and can offer an ear or even some suggestions.

 

Guest Speakers

We soak up the knowledge, experience and expertise from a range of speakers on a broad variety of topics to help create our family culture blueprint.

All of our experts are autistic or identify as other neurodivergences. We cover topics such as communication, gender, family life, essential individual care, parenting, and much more.

 

We provide two closed Facebook groups to iTas members.

One is specifically for neurodivergent folks to offer the option to be with neurokin; and the other is for the entire family collective.

We come together in our groups to discuss life, raising children, therapy, gardening, share wins and to hold space for one another's vulnerability..and so much more.

All iTas content is accessible

All videos transcribed and closed-captioned in real-time.

Our Zoom group hangouts are live captioned as an option for those who prefer captions.

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.

iTas is facilitated by Kristy Forbes, Autism & Neurodiversity Support Specialist & Founder/Director of inTune Pathways

Kristy Forbes is an Australian based autism & neurodiversity support specialist

and connects with clients both nationally and internationally.

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 differences, 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 7 years to 23 years, all with varying autistic expression including non speaking and PDA.

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!).

 

Kristy 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 a paradigm 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 is also currently specialising in education and antidiscrimination law via her study of the Juris Doctor.

 "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."

 

 

 

 

"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 changed the way we communicate with the school and with our friends and family.  

It is of course a process and none of us is perfect, but what a difference it has made."

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"I am so incredibly grateful for you sharing your experience.

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."