So curiosity has gotten the better of you hey? This is me, or me when I’m not head down in the books and ready to “people” as we call it @ our place anyway.
I use an avatar because frankly I don’t want to see my own face all over the place as I interact online. I know what I look like after all.
I’m a bit of a “Jill of all trades”, currently I’m a researcher, data analysis, disability support worker, web designer, programmer, mother and provisional PhD candidate.
In 2008 I started my journey into Motherhood. What I didn’t realize was this would also mark the start of my conscious journey into raising children within a neurodiverse family. In our home this predominantly fits clinical labels of Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and more.
I say that it marks the start of the conscious journey because frankly neurodiverity was already a factor within our family, we just never understood ourselves enough to know that. I can only truly speak for myself but in hindsight it is no wonder that at this point in time 2/3 of our genetic offspring fall on the ASD side of life.
Over the early Mummy years I realized I spent way too much time reading research papers and devouring information without direction. As such I returned to my studies in Psychology and basically found I had to redo most of my undergraduate degree. On the upside I discovered I actually understand statistics and my once enemy had become an ally. Far from being my stumbling block it was now a tool I could use to explore the world around me.
As part of my Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours) requirements I was given the support and freedom to conduct novel research into parenting and Autism. The results showed glimpses of something I feel is invaluable for other parents raising children in what I am classifying as High Demand Care-giving Environments (HDCE’s). The passion was sparked and I am now on my next journey into my own PhD research. I will still be pursuing my Masters alongside my research as I feel that combining both academic and practical aspects within the field is critical in becoming the best Psychologist I can be for my clients. The scientist-practitioner model is one that I have embraced deeply to say the least.
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