The start of the year is always a busy time for families, particularly those with school-aged children. As we begin another school year, Spectrum Group’s Directors take a moment to reflect, realising that this will be the final year all three of their children will be in school – one in Year 12, one in […]
Spectrum – Autism Awareness
I recently had the privilege of being invited by Friend In Me to co-host their third Nurture and Connect Retreat alongside fellow board member, Nicole. Together, Nicole and I had the honour of welcoming five incredibly deserving mothers on a three-day, fully funded retreat. These women, selected for their remarkable resilience in navigating the challenges
To say becoming a mother to a child on the Spectrum, has changed my life would be a huge understatement. Every day, I encounter new challenges, but that also means every day I am learning something new. I now see the world in a new light and have met some amazing people along this journey.
Did you know that 1 in 6 individuals have a sensory need or an invisible disability? These are individuals with PTSD, autism, dementia, strokes just to name a few. Sensory needs are a common medical condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. One of
When Jayden was just over two years old, he was diagnosed with Autism. Since then, our focus has been giving Jayden all the tools we can to help prepare him for life. He has had therapy across many different areas. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavioural counselling, and physio. Most of these sessions were one-on-one with
April used to be known as Autism Awareness Month. But in 2021, the designation changed to Autism Acceptance Month. Although it’s only a small change to the name, it’s an important one. Awareness is knowing that somebody has autism, while acceptance is when you include a person with autism in your activities and your community.
Friend in Me (FIM) is a registered Australian charity that promotes inclusion and acceptance in at risk and disadvantaged children through sensory friendly events, workshops and programs. One of the aims of the FIM organisation is to reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation that children can experience by bringing families together to meet, share,
The Special Children’s Christmas Parties are the biggest events of their kind in Australia for special needs children and their families, and this year Spectrum Lawyers & Consultants are delighted to be a Bronze Sponsor. Can you believe we are even talking about Christmas!? Where did 2021 go? Even though we’ve spent a lot of
As a parent, there are many concerns around COVID and the welfare of our children. But one definite concern for me is that our kids can’t enjoy just being kids. Things like not being able to go to school and learn face-to-face, not being able to run around or play on the playground and being
Friend in Me is a registered Australian charity that promotes social inclusion and acceptance in children through sensory friendly events, workshops and online programs. As the Secretary and Legal Director of Friend and Me, I am very passionate and proud of this charity. This year has been incredibly difficult for Friend in Me (like it