Like the women I meet both professionally and personally I am many things to many people. I’m a GAPS Specialist, Naturopath, Western Herbalist and overall Wellness Coach but most importantly I’m a mum.
I started off many years ago with an interest in Natural Therapies and holistic healing and used various forms for different ailments over the years. After living overseas for a number of years and then travelling the world with my husband for 12 months we returned to Adelaide, I was pregnant with our first child and ready for the next challenges in life.
Our first child, a gorgeous baby girl was of course perfect, we all think that about our kids don’t we… or so I thought until my son was born. Then it all came crashing down, the illusion of perfect kids, a full nights sleep, being able to go to the supermarket without meltdowns and judgement from other shoppers was all shattered with this one tiny child.
My son was a handful to say the least!
As a mother it’s fair to say you just know; you know something isn’t quite right with your child but you probably don’t know what it is. Initially friends and family would say “he’s just a boy - they’re much harder work than girls are”.
Okay, I thought, this will get easier then; nope!
My son was 12 months old, I’d been doing a number of natural therapies with him including Naturopathy, Homeopathy and Kinesiology with him for general settling, sleeping, colic etc, all of which was helping but still something was telling me that things weren’t right.
18 months in, he just didn’t seem to be hitting the milestones he was supposed to be hitting, he was becoming increasingly difficult and violent and life was getting pretty hard. 2 years in and I was ready to throw in the towel… everyday with him was hard. I couldn’t take him to the supermarket, appointments, shopping, to see friends.
Everything was a nightmare!
Off for a diagnosis when he was nearly 3 and finally an answer.... Autism - well originally it was diagnosed as PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise stated), but 12 months later he was reassessed and diagnosed with Autism.
Further down the track, hours and hours of every type of therapy you can imagine it was like having a different child. A few years on he speaks (actually he never stops), he laughs, he's funny, he can be reasoned with and more importantly I can go to the supermarket minus the meltdowns.
The most recent and greatest development has been that he's now 7 and has been going to mainstream school with his sister for the past 2 years. He settled in brilliantly and has kept up with his peers with his education, has made a number of fabulous friends and loves going to school. This is something I'm incredibly proud of as there was a time in the early days when I never thought this day would come.
So why am I telling you this?
This particular situation is close to my heart and something I want to and am able to help other families with. I understand how hard it is on the parents and their relationship, the siblings and how children on the spectrum or with any type of disability dictate the family dynamics.
There were times when I just couldn’t see clearly and thought that things were always going to be hard but I’m here to tell you now that things can change. Let me help you and your family get the life you want.