Advocating Moms: A Special Needs Parenting Conference

When Kinsley was born, the world of special needs parenting seemed so foreign to me. I didn't know how to advocate for her and her needs, I didn't know what resources were available to us, and I felt like I was constantly swimming in medical debt with no real idea of how to get myself out of it. 

After being in this world for five years, and finding my way through loads of red tape, and seeking out the alternative options, I constantly find myself wanting to share what I've learned with the entire world. I share so much on Instagram, and here on the blog, but I can only do the information so much justice. 

I'm so excited to announce that I have put together a parenting conference that will happen next month in Salt Lake City, UT. There will be four speakers (see bios below!), speaking on sensory systems and behavior, saving money on mobility equipment and other financial resources in the state of Utah, all about IEPs and the special education system, and the importance of recreational therapy and resources for that in our state as well. 

This is something that I've been working hard on for over six months now, and I'm so excited to be able to share my vision, these people, and their knowledge with as many of you as possible. I hope that I can meet many of you at the conference on September 21st and that it can be such an amazing experience that can benefit you and your family. 

Tickets for the conference can be purchased here:

Michael J Workman: Michael has been a life saving asset for our family. He is Kinsley's physical therapist, and has been working with her for over a year now. He runs Ability Found, a local foundation that helps people access low cost mobility equipment that they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. He also provides home based pediatric physical therapy in the state of Utah through, and is the Owner of The Bamboo Brace, a dynamic elbow brace that aids in upper extremity function for children and adults suffering from cerebral palsy, stroke, and other neurological disorders. This conference also would not have happened without Michael trusting my vision, and signing off on it for my college internship. He is one of the most generous people you'll ever meet, and is such a wealth of knowledge for this community. 

Wendy Bertagnole: Wendy and I met about a year ago when her family had recently moved back to Utah. She has a master's degree in special education, is the owner of the Exceptional Parenting Podcast, and facilitates a Sensory Solutions parenting course. Wendy is dedicated to helping people understand the root cause of their child's behavior, and explains sensory differences/sensory processing disorder in such a way that anyone can understand it. Her methods and explanations are so simple and effective that you can immediately start implementing them in your home to help your child. 

Brooke Buchanan: I actually met Brooke through Wendy. She is a licensed speech language pathologist, and also happens to be a special needs parent. Her personality is so warm and inviting that you instantly feel like you have a new best friend. She offers a unique perspective as someone who sets goals in IEP meetings for other people's children, and yet has to advocate for her own child in these meetings as well. She will be speaking on how to navigate IEP meetings and the ins and outs of the special education system. 

Andrea Thompson: Andrea is a recreational therapist for the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. When Kinsley was young I often felt sad that she wouldn't get to do sports or fun activities like typically developing children. I didn't know that these were the types of things recreational therapists provided and instantly wanted to know all the places in our community that offer these types of adaptive sports and activities. Andrea will be speaking on services the National Ability Center provides, along with other resources in our state!

I'm so excited about this conference and hope that you can share this with as many people as possible, so we can help make a difference in the lives of some amazing families!

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