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Kirsty Russell
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Blogging and writing and living and loving!

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We’ve just survived another NDIS Plan Review. These meetings are held annually to re-visit the needs of the participant, review their goals and put together a plan for the coming year. We’ve been having these meetings each year since we entered the scheme…
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There’s a part of me that has always shied away from this sort of post. The superstitious side of me doesn’t want to tempt fate by giving relationship advice. However, the practical side of me knows this is a huge issue for special needs families. How do…
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This time last week, I presented a keynote and two workshops at the Getting tht Right Fit Conference in Adelaide. I was invited by Disability Policy & Programs (SA Department of Education), to share my education journey as a special needs parent. It was…
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I’ve just finished parent-teacher meetings for my high school kids. Or, as I prefer to call it, speed dating on steroids! For two afternoons this week, I spent two hours at my kids’ school, talking to their teachers in quick fire 10 minute interviews. I…
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Todays marks a full month since my mother passed away. It’s been a busy month, a sad month and an emotional month. Just like last time around, when I lost my Dad, this time has also been a time of pre-grief as well as the grief that comes with the final…
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If there’s one piece of advice I have for fellow special needs parents, it’s this – we can’t place limits on our kids. Now, I don’t mean we shouldn’t have rules or set boundaries for them. All kids need boundaries and rules as they grow up, together with…
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One of the major conundrums facing special needs parents is whether to tell your child about their diagnosis. This is especially tricky in the early years when they are younger and less aware of what their diagnosis means. It can also be contentious as…
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For a long time now, I’ve woken up exhausted. It doesn’t matter whether I go to bed early or late. It doesn’t seem to make a difference if I have to get up early or get to sleep in. Even having a rare full night’s sleep doesn’t help me. Whatever I do, I…
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We’ve had a tough few weeks around here. The kids have been unwell, they’ve been under pressure at school, my husband and I have both been busy with work, my Mum has been hospitalised, we’ve had lots to do and the weather has not been very kind. It’s easy…
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For this week’s ‘5 Things’ post, I welcome Shae Rodgers from Small TALK Speech Therapy. Shae is a certified practising speech pathologist with a passion for helping children with autism and complex communication needs. Shae and her team help families…
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